We stayed at this 3 star hotel for 2 nights. Should be a 2 star at most. Stayed on a half board basis. Room was like something out of the 70s (not funky, more like Terry & June style!) The room had lots of furniture and ornaments in it. I'm not even sure it was supposed to be a guest room because as we were booking the manager muttered something about moving someone! One of the first things I do in hotels is pull back the covers on the bed to check for cleanliness. There were two big beetles in my bed and the pillow was more like a boulder. We had our 3 year old son with us so before anything else we had to move all of the ornaments into a cupboard to make sure he didn't break any. There was a real bear rug on the floor (eyes, nose, everything). We had to hide that. The hotel itself makes you feel like you are on a ship. Very dark and nautical. All the guests looked miserable - I felt we were at a wake. The food was terrible and the waitress, rude. Not child friendly. We were led to believe when we booked that our stay would cost around 300 euros. The final bill with the terrible food was more like 1000 euros. The parking is on the street and in the summer you're lucky to get a space. They also have two brothers (I called them Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dumber) that carry cases etc. and also try to sell you things like jars of anchovies!! Very strange place and unfortunately it coincided with my daugher's 9th birthday so we're are having to have another birthday in England to make up for this disastrous stay.
Location: Spain > Cantabria > Laredo
Bar / Lounge Restaurant
Ranked #4 of 6 Hotels in Laredo
Price Range: $84 - $115 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel El Ancla 3*
Number of rooms: 42
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