Cozy comfort in cave country
Posted Oct 10, 2016
Casa del Marques is a very comfortable, centrally located small (12-15 rooms) hotel in Santilliana del Mar. The staff is friendly, helpful and considerate. For example, at one point I wanted to try some cider; the bartender tried to slip out the back entrance on the QT to a local wine shop to pick up a bottle rather than tell me they were out. They have a sitting area in the rear garden that is very private and the bar area is partly in an old cellar that connects to a small walk-out covered patio. Very nice outdoor spaces for a drink, coffee or reading. Indoor spaces for the guests are also clean, warm and welcoming. There is a reading room with complimentary newspapers and a TV room (not much used as such) with a fireplace. Our room was larger than I thought it would be, bed was good, and the bath was nicely updated and roomy. The breakfast was a fairly typical continental, but augmented by hot breakfast options prepared by the kitchen staff-- a nice touch if you want to get away from croissants, meat, fruit and cheeses-- and a bit of a pleasant surprise given the size of the place. A parking lot immediately out the back entry was a huge plus in a town built up 700 years ago.
Short walk to the Collegio with cloister and old church complex. Lots of little shops with Cantabrian food stuffs, cheeses, sausage etc. Oddly, bread was a little hard to find but that's not the fault of the hotel.
We were very happy with our experience and highly recommend Casa del Marques.