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“Free Parking, Good Value, Few Minutes by Bus to Cathedral Plaza”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Hotel Santa Lucia

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Hotel Santa Lucia
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“Free Parking, Good Value, Few Minutes by Bus to Cathedral Plaza”
Reviewed April 29, 2013

A no-star 'hospedaje' near the center cost
30€... a pretty ratty, tiny room with shared hall toilet and bath. But if you add the hourly parking some distance away it is really expensive! Other nearby 1 and 2 star places were 45€ up.
So, drive down in the direction of Ourense... On N 525, near where AP 9 and AP 53 meet. You'd pay 60€+ for this calibre room in the city center with parking extra!
The Santa Lucia has a newish, very clean rooms with attached baths and a beautiful country view from the backside, Portuguese restaurant and Galician bar w/ light meals downstairs... For only 30€ double occupancy! We were give a top, backside fifth floor room. Perfectly quiet and lovely.

  • Stayed April 2013
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Braggtown, NC
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed July 22, 2011

Our trip to Santiago de Compostela was semi-spontaneous and, as such, in the summer there were few choices left to accommodate our family of four. Given that the TA reviews weren't entirely horrible, we booked two nights at Hotel Santa Lucia.

Phoning for reservations two days in advance of our arrival from Sevilla, the clerk was professional, pleasant and accommodating.

We arrived at and departed from the Santiago train station. NOTE: Beware of one of the clerks at the cafeteria in the train station; after giving the woman a 10 euro note for a 3.15 prepackaged ice cream purchase, she only returned change for a 5 note then turned her attentions to another customer. When we returned to tell her she'd given change for a 5 note and not a 10, she stated that she thought the 5 note was intended for her (a tip!), but she willingly and promptly returned it. One can only imagine how much bonus she racks up this way from those less familiar with euros.

We hailed a cab from the train station to the Hotel Santa Lucia. Having earned my compostela a few years ago, I contemplated walking the 3 KM or so distance that the hotel supposedly was from the train station. I do think it's closer to double that distance. Our cab cost 8 euros (again, we were 4 and I think that gets us a surcharge) and the ride was quite a ways from the old town and near nothing really.

The hotel seems stuck in a 1980s-era time warp. The lobby, while clean and unfussy, features some pillars sporting a rose-colored faux finish. There is an internet computer that was free, to my recollection (I only used it once). There is a café/bar that offered the basics and the prices seemed fair enough (there was an adjoining restaurant but it was closed for renovations). The lift is small and slow, so when not hauling bags, we tended to climb the five flights to our top floor family room.

The room itself was small and not quite as well appointed as the other hotels in which we've stayed in Spain. I suppose the '80s motif extended to the rooms. I believe that this is the first and only Spanish lodging where I've stayed in which the room was carpeted. Therefore, the room just didn't feel as clean as my other rooms. Additionally, the sheets were well worn, to the point of nearly being threadbare. The single beds pushed together kept coming un-pushed and I was worried of losing things (valuables, 6-year-old crack) down the ever-widening gap. The wardrobe was suitable enough for our needs. While we saw no way to adjust the interior climate (which was hot and stuffy), we finally realized that the window is of the European variety that requires pulling inward from the top, letting in fresh air.

The bathroom was probably the best feature of the room. The shower worked well and water temperature stayed consistent. The towels were actually bath sheets with nice Hotel Santa Lucia monograms on them (quite a contrast to the sheet rags). The bathroom provided all necessities (shower, toilet, sink, toiletries) as well as the un-necessity, to my mind—the ubiquitous bidet.

There is a bus stop right outside the door so getting into the heart of Santiago de Compostela is fairly simple. The ride takes about 20 minutes and costs 1.25E (if I recall correctly). The majority of riders are locals so you can soak up some of the Galician language flavor on your ride to town. There are several stops, but wait for the one at the tall stone wall with steps on either side (on your left). Many riders get off here and at the top of the steps you'll find Santiago's famous and wonderful City Market/Praza de Abastos. We spent hours here and it was a delightful place to sample and shop. Note that the return bus stop is opposite the hotel, across a busy roadway with no light or crosswalk, so be very,very careful crossing here.

Obviously, a major update for the Hotel Santa Lucia would be appreciated, but the room, while basic, was perfectly adequate for our needs. The biggest drawback to the Hotel Santa Lucia is its distance from the old town and Praza do Obradoiro center of activity in Santiago de Compostela. I stayed in the Hotel Barbantes on my previous visit which is at Praza Fonseca, next to Praza do Obradoiro and the Cathedral area. At Hotel Santa Lucia, you will find yourself rather cut-off from the spontaneous revelry in the old town area. By comparison, it offers some semblance of peace and quiet. When I'd stayed in town previously, the partying pilgrims and locals loudly celebrated until 3 or 4 in the morning and, after they finally drifted off, the street cleaning trucks rumbled in for clean-up duty, keeping me from any sleep. By contrast, the road noise and inexplicable booms (that sounded like cannon fire; the desk clerk said it was just a local fiesta), were not disturbing, especially after a long day exploring the old town.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed April 28, 2011

We stayed in the hotel for 2 nights this Easter at the end of our Camino Ingles trip. The hotel is 2* and is very affordable. It is 10 mins by bus from the city centre. Bus No. P3 goes there hourly for 1 Euro. Taxi from the city centre was just under 8 Euros. The airport is 15-20 mins by taxi costing 20 Euros.
Breakfast was included and was typical Spanish hot drink + fresh orange juice and a selection of sweet pastries. We were also given ham and cheese upon our request (as we had been eating sweet pastries for the whole week). Breakfast served from 7:30.
Rooms are decent size. They could do with a bit of upgrading. But again, this is 2* hotel and the service is very adequate.
Reception staff could speak some English. We enjoyed our stay.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed April 27, 2011

We stayed all inclusive and the service is very poor as your not a paying customer as are the half board customers. Our room stunk of smoke and the sheets where untidy and also smelt really bad of smoke. Staff attitude was very poor especially when going to the bar for more drinks (All inclusive).

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with friends
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Israel
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62 reviews
51 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
Reviewed September 9, 2010

The hotel is located a bit off the city center, on a highway.
If you park on the other side of the highway (shortage in parking near the hotel) , be extra careful from the high speed traffic.

Rooms need renovation ASAP.
Elevator is so slow that you better use the stairways.

Breakfast is good.


If you plan to visit the city, you better have a car, as public transportation is not frequent (of course you can take a taxi).

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with family
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Warsaw, Poland
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed May 30, 2010

It`s conveniently located when you travel by car, but also easy to reach by bus and a taxi from the center is about 10 euro. We spent 2 nights in the hotel. The room was clean and comfortable. The staff was friendly and speaking English. The hotel has a parking included in the price.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled with friends
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London
2 reviews
Reviewed October 4, 2009

Some reviewers complain about the distance the hotel is located from the city centre. However, it is very simple to get to this hotel by bus, take bus P3 from Praza Galicia near the Santander Bank, it costs 90 cents only, ask the driver to stop in front of the hotel. Be careful when arriving as the hotel is on the other side of a very busy road (the hotel owner has asked the local council to put in a crossing, which if it happens will make crossing the road easier) . Leaving is easy as the bus stop for the city centre is outside the hotel. The staff are very helpful and polite and will give you advice on anything you need. Some of the reception staff speak English. The food in the resturant is good and the price is excellent compared to the city centre. If you rate includes breakfast, you get coffee, croisant or toast and orange juice.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Santa Lucia
Address: Ctra Santiago-Ourense, Km 2 | Santa Lucia s/n, 15893, Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Location: Spain > Galicia > Province of A Coruna > Santiago de Compostela
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #68 of 74 Hotels in Santiago de Compostela
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Hotel Santa Lucia 2*
Number of rooms: 105
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