We'd booked a 'classic' room which overlooked the garden, but due to low-occupancy (this was October) we were given a free upgrade to a sea-view room. Although the décor was a little dated (a refurbishment must be due at least for the bathroom), the room was spacious and very comfortable, with a great view of the Magdalena peninsula and Cantabrian Sea. A varied and well-stocked breakfast buffet was available in the breakfast room 0730-1030 hrs, overlooking the gardens, and we also enjoyed late drinks on the comfortable bar terrace. The staff were very professional and welcoming as befits a Grand Hotel. The quiet, hill-top location in a prosperous suburb is not ideal for the city centre, but has the benefit of being an easy walk to Magdalena, Biquini and El Sardinero beaches and the regular and cheap bus service from Avenida Reina Victoria (5 minutes walk away) means the city centre is easily accessible in 15 minutes or so. The No.12 service also operates one-way from virtually outside the hotel but the service is half-hourly only.
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