In the mood for some royal treatment? Then stay at Hotel Real, an impressive building that towers over the bay of Santander; the façade is just as blue as the sky behind it. Tucked within a quiet residential area, it has its own park, and is near such attractions as the Gran Casino, Magdalena Palace, and the beaches of El Sardinero.
All guestrooms have gorgeous views, and are furnished with fine woodcraft, as well as pieces from the early 20th century. Air conditioning, Wi-Fi, a TV (with international channels and Canal +), a magnifying mirror, and a safe can be found in each room; you can bring your dog along, too. Laundry, medical, and fax services are offered; you can also get free on-site parking.
For a blissful experience only offered here, come to the Thalassotherapy area, where warmed and filtered seawater is gathered in a bath that'll relax your body and rejuvenate your soul. Find other delights such as a sauna, aromatherapy, and Turkish baths here, too.
At Hotel Sardinero, waves lapping at the shore are your lullaby at night; modestly furnished, the hotel nonetheless has a regal feel. It was refurbished several years ago, and now combines Old World ambience with modern equipment. Each room comes with a telephone and a satellite TV, and of course, sea views. For a full meal after exploring Santander, ask for the menu of the day at the hotel restaurant, or grab a sandwich at the cafeteria; a breakfast buffet is available too.
Other Santander hotels include Hotel Chiqui, Palacio del Mar, Hotel Matalenas, Silken Coliseum Hotel, and Hotel Vincci Puerto Chico.