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Hotel Casa del Marques, Santillana

Casa del Marques

Santillana Del Mar

Splendid little luxury hotel in the quaint mediaeval village of Santillana Del Mar

Double rooms from £ 66
15 rooms
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Guest Rating: 8.9 / 10
Hotel Casa del Marques, Santillana del Mar

Originally the residence of the first Marquis of Santillana, the Casa del Marqués is a splendid luxury hotel in a splendid location. Before you even reach the hotel you will be astounded by the medieval village of Santillana Del Mar. Although a justifiably popular tourist spot, the town is far from "preserved in aspic". It's a living village, and down at the far end you may find the local farmer bringing his cows or goats up for milking.

The facade of the Casa del Marques is a bluff stone 16th century edifice with large heavy wooden doors studded with ironwork and family coats-of-arms carved in stone on the wall above. It faces directly onto one of the tiny cobbled streets. Inside, the excellent decoration balances modern convenience with all the glorious sensations of a historic building. One of the first things that will face you inside is the staircase, carved in one piece from an oak tree more than 700 years old. Then as you continue, you will want to look into every corner to discover the next carefully restored treasure.

The 15 rooms (including a suite) are all generously sized and individually decorated, following a theme of French rustic style. They are fully equipped with telephone, mini-bar, safe and so on, but without disturbing the classic surroundings and period details.

Santillana Del Mar is semi-pedestrianised so it is good to know that the hotel has its own car park.

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There is no restaurant at Casa Del Marqués, but the dining room does serve an excellent breakfast with local Cantabrian produce and home-baking.

Santillana Del Mar: Right on the doorstep, this historic village has cobbled streets, medieval manor houses, museums and the collegiate church.
Beaches nearby
Golf (17 km)
Walking (many excellent routes of various grades of difficulty)

Places to visit:
Santander (30 km): Casino, Palacio de la Magdalena, lighthouse, cathedral, museums.
Cabarceno ( 40 km): Vast open-air zoo with animals from all continents living free.
Altamira: Caves with pre-historic paintings (book well in advance to go into the painting chamber!)
Comillas: Good walks on the beaches and Paseo. Capricho de Gaudí, University, Sobrellano Palace.
Pasiegos Valleys (50 km): Puente Viesgo, Monte Castillo caves, hot springs, Pasiegos villages, museum of local culture.
Picos de Europa (100 km): Famous walking country with fantastic views. Cablecar ride at Fuente De. Santo Toribio monastery.
Covadonga (110 km): Basilica of the Virgin of Covadonga, lakes, national park, fishing villages, beaches.

Really lovely hotel. The downside is it's in the middle of a very, very touristy village.
We had a great trip, all hotels worked out fine and the Triumph Spitfire made it, in fact it caused quite a stir. Highlight hotels were Las Helgueras in Noriega (Carmen is a wonderful host) and Casa Del Marques in Santillana.

Happy to recommend your services to anyone.
Wonderful hotel! Really beautiful, comfortable, and accomodating and we were traveling with two young children. Wonderful breakfast included. This hotel definitely worth the stay.

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Atmospheric and beautifully designed hotel. Friendly unobtrusive staff.

Guest Rating: 8.9 / 10
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In the hotel
  • Bar‑cafeteria
  • Several lounges
  • Free internet connection
  • Fireplaces
  • Lift
  • Car park

In your room
  • Telephone
  • TV
  • Minibar
  • Safe
  • En‑suite bathroom
  • Air‑conditioning and heating
  • Hair‑dryer

We Say

We loved Santillana del Mar, and the Casa Del Marqués is aa really significant and important part of it. It's pedestrianised apart from the vehicles of a few locals who still live (and farm!) in the old village. We would have liked to see the cave paintings in Cuevas de Altamira but visitor numbers are restricted for preservation reasons, so you have to book months in advance. The rest of the cave is open as normal though.

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