3 Best Hotels in Santillana del Mar, Galicia and Asturias

Hotel Palacio Helguera

$$$$ | Palacio de la Helguera, 39679, Spain Fodor's Choice

Just 12 miles from town, this intimate 17th-century palace turned boutique hotel is a treasure trove of curated antiques and immaculate design. Each room and common space has its own character and color palette, and some rooms even have clawfoot tubs. The terrace is especially impressive and offers dramatic views of the sweeping valley below. If you need to sweat off the drive and abundant Cantabrian cuisine, the workout facilities are state-of-the-art. 

Pros

  • Highly attentive staff
  • Plush beds
  • Tranquil outdoor garden spaces

Cons

  • Restaurant interior is a bit stuffy
  • Pool is not heated in off season
  • Need a car to access
Palacio de la Helguera, 39679, Spain
942-945051
hotel Details
11 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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Parador de Santillana Gil Blas

$$$ | Pl. Ramón Pelayo 11, Santillana del Mar, 39330, Spain Fodor's Choice

Built in the 16th century, this imposing stone palace has baronial rooms with heavy wooden beams and splendid antique furnishings. The spacious dining hall has a medieval feel and specializes in local cuisine as well as roasts, stews, and soups borrowed from the Castilian tradition.

Pros

  • Storybook surroundings
  • Opulent decor
  • Attentive service

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Drafty in winter
  • Noise carries from the square into the rooms
Pl. Ramón Pelayo 11, Santillana del Mar, 39330, Spain
942-028028
hotel Details
28 rooms
Rate Includes: No Meals

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Posada La Casa del Organista

$ | Calle Los Hornos 4, Santillana del Mar, 39330, Spain

A typical casona montañesa (mountain manor) with painstakingly crafted stone and wood details, this intimate, gentlemanly hideaway makes a comfortable base for exploring the town and surrounding countryside. Dating to the 18th century, the house has rooms appointed with dark-wood furniture, patterned textiles, and exposed stone and brick walls. It is a handy alternative to the pricier and better-known paradores nearby.

Pros

  • Good base
  • Immaculately clean
  • Lovely views of tiled roofs and rolling hills

Cons

  • Difficult to book in high season
  • Some rooms are small
  • No elevator
Calle Los Hornos 4, Santillana del Mar, 39330, Spain
942-840352
hotel Details
14 rooms
Rate Includes: Closed Dec. 21–Jan. 20, No Meals

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