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La Casa del Organista
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Reading, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
31 reviews
13 hotel reviews
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“Friendly staff and great location”
Reviewed 11 November 2011

We took the ferry from Portsmouth to Santander and drove straight here in no time. We made a wrong turn when entering the old town and ended up doing quite a tour of the cobbled streets! Once we were back on track we were warmly greeted by the manager who carried our bags to a nice clean room. The hotel has a secure car park at the back reached by a few narrow streets. The situation is perfect, an easy walk into the lovely town but far enough away to avoid the noise in the evening. We were directed to visit Oyambre beach which was one of the best in the area. We stayed for two nights but will stay longer next time we visit as this is a good base for touring. Only downside was the cockerel next door but we smiled about it with the manager as the place was otherwise so good.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 November 2011

A second visit .... and now I'm completely sure - this is the best B&B establishment that we have encountered on our recent trips to Northern Spain AND Southern France. This stunning, family run Posada is getting everything right and is outstanding value for money.
The house is traditional and really charming with a great ambience. It feels inviting, homely and comfortable.
Breakfast is especially generous with so much to choose from, including good local cheese and ham, fruit, pastries, yogurts and the best toast you'll ever taste! It is also served until a very civilised hour! Eating out on the sunny terrace, overlooking green fields and the beautiful cathedral is a complete treat. It's easy to stay there until lunch!!
Our room was lovely and spacious with a view of the fields at the back of the house. The bed was comfortable with good linen. The bathroom ultra clean. Everything we needed for a comfortable stay.
The downstairs bar is a relaxing space - with reading materials and a computer for guest use and there's an equally comfy sitting area up stairs.
Your parking problems are solved as there are private spaces at the back of the property and a great deal of help and instruction on how to navigate the town, good places to eat and things to see and do further afield.

Holidays are precious times - there is nothing nicer than arriving in a great location, staying in a beautiful traditional building and being greeted warmly and genuinely by the proprietor, for whom nothing is too much trouble. When this happens again 12 months later - the pleasure is even greater. True quality and fantastic customer service are all too rare . If you are looking for somewhere to stay in Santillana, look no further.

Room Tip: Old properties have their quirks - plus the cathedral clock chimes every hour. Ask for a room at the...
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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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nyc
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 November 2011

We had a two night stay here at the very end of August. Owners couldn't have been more helpful or accommodating - they got us tickets to the Museum of the Altamira Caves (online, wouldn't accept credit cards that weren't from Banco Santander!), directed us to superb beaches 20 minutes away, made dinner reservations, recommendations, etc. This is a lovingly restored hotel in a gem of an ancient village; I feel we were fortunate to be there at the end of high season - uncrowded, charming. The staff was lovely. I never thought I would be one to complain about this sort of thing, but others have, and I must concur: there is a rooster that crows incessantly - if you are a light sleeper, you, too, will wish to find him made into stew by evening!

Room Tip: the back of the hotel has the view of the surrounding countryside and the cloisters - it also, regre...
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  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
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West Sussex England
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103 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 October 2011

This was one of the very best of the hotels we stayed in during our 3 week tour of Northern Spain. Beautiful house, incredibly friendly and helpful staff, well located just off the main, small square in the centre of the old quarter, and a glorious terrace with a view over fields to the Romanesque church, on which you can take breakfast or a pre-dinner drink. The hotel breakfasts are excellent and reasonably priced. Free private parking is provided at the bottom of the hotel's garden. Absolutely superb, and full of character, this hotel is a million miles away from the corporate, faceless style of chain hotel. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Devon
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 October 2011

After three weeks of camping and budget hotels, the four of us decided to indulge in a little comfort and luxury for the final night. We had discovered this gem of a town on a previous trip and booked the hotel for its location (walking distance of the shops, galleries and restaurants) and interest. We were not disappointed! The interior was cool, elegant and peaceful. Check in was welcoming and easy. We were shown to our room, which was quaint, well furnished and the bathroom had all one could ask for; shampoo, bath gel, comb, tissues, vaity kit and even a sewing kit! We awoke early to the cockerel crowing beneath the window (a little shock to the system!) and enjoyed a delicious breakfast served at neatly laid tables adorned with crisp white linen. We wished we could have stayed longer...............and will certainly return.

Room Tip: Rooms at the front are not disturbed by the cockerel!
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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with friends
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Oporto
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 September 2011

This is a nice typical old house at the historical centre of Santillana del Mar. It has it’s negative points, as the noise associated to an old house and the access issue usual in hotels in historical centers. Nevertheless, the greatest thing about the hotel is the staff. They are extremely gentle, service conscious and they can give you excellent tips for your journey. The free car park was great and the wonderful breakfast at the balcony overlooking the monastery was the highest point. Good amenities and a lovely decoration too. The Internet is quite poor, though. I would definitely go back!

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with family
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Roskilde, Denmark
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 August 2011

We had only booked one night at the Casa del Organista but would have happily stayed longer. The staff were friendly and helpful, the room was comfortable and well equipped and breakfast was excellent, Highly recommended!

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: La Casa del Organista
Address: Calle Hornos 4, 39330, Santillana del Mar, Spain
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Region: Spain > Cantabria > Santillana del Mar
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Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Santillana del Mar
#2 Best Value Hotel in Santillana del Mar
#2 Family Hotel in Santillana del Mar
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Hotel Class:2 star — La Casa del Organista 2*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
In Santillana del Mar, The Inn "La Casa del Organista" is a large mountain house dating from the XVIII century. It has been carefully restored by artisan stonemasons and carpenters who have transformed what was for 60 years the house belonging to the Organist of the Colegiata of Santillana for its current use as an outstanding hotel. ... more   less 
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