A small, perfectly designed and excellently located Santiago hotel. Think of Santiago de Compostela and probably the cathedral and the Santiago may come to mind, but where to stay if you are looking for a well located, comfortable and charming hotel in this world heritage city. Here’s our suggestion – the Costa Vella. This super little hotel lies on the Porta de la Peña Street, one of the seven gates that lead into the old quarters of the city. Most of the major monuments are within walking distance from here, including the city’s ex-libris, the Cathedral of St James, so the location is second to none. The hotel itself, which is classified as a historic and artistic complex, does the local area justice, with the major renovation work carried out in 1999 having been sympathetically undertaken, without altering the traditional glass fronted architecture, whilst adding to the comfort and enjoyment guests will palpably feel here.
So what are the other plus points, though rooms are on the small size, they offer the perfect balance between combination of classical and modern décor. Floor to wall windows, for example, make the garden view that much more impressive. In short, everything is in the right place and nothing out of order. Then there’s the beautiful garden which looks out onto the city walls and falls within the shadow of the convent. It really is the perfect place to enjoy a summer breakfast consisting of Galician delicacies such as honeyed cheese, almond cakes and homemade bread.
We stayed at Costa Vella for 2 nights on our driving trip through northern Spain. We were welcomed warmly and found that the staff were exceptionally helpful. The room was adequately sized, very clean and comfortable.
The hotel is conveniently situated within easy walking distance of good bars and restaurants, as well as all the key historical sites.
As others have said, the garden is delightful, and having breakfast there is quite special. In the evening, we enjoyed a few drinks there whist chatting to other guests.
Thank you to all the team at Costa Vella, and we do hope to return.
Classy little hotel
by Jon Strebler
Date of stay 17/07/2021
We've stayed at Costa Vella three times in the last 20 years. It's always a part of our Santiago adventures. Antonio and his sister Anna are super polite, friendly, and helpful. Breakfast is always a treat. And that's all I have to report.
Date of stay 17/06/2021
Lovely accommodation and really close to the old town with its many bars and restaurants. Very friendly staff who went the extra mile to make us feel comfortable and welcome! Would highly recommend for anyone staying in Santiago de compostello!
Very relaxing stay
Date of stay 09/06/2021
I found the hotel to be in great location by the centre of ciudad and with easy parking 200 metres away.
Very pleasant and helpful staff plus a great garden for taking breakfast ,coffee and food at anytime or just chilling out after wandering around the cathedral and nearby streets ,
santiago in loving style
Date of stay 28/09/2019
great accommodation in santiago de compostela. great location. fantastic staff. great rooms., delightful garden cafe/bar, couldn't have been better. even the weather cooperated
Very charming place to stay
Date of stay 26/07/2019
Good location if you want to visit the old part of the town. The service is excellent and very relaxing to be in the garden and have a drink or a cup of coffee. The rooms are clean and comfortable in a nice country style
Date of stay 20/07/2019
Nice hotel, very good located right at the border of the old town center, friendly staff
Love costa Vella
Date of stay 21/06/2019
This is my second time staying at this wonderful establishment. The staff is amazing and I love the whole design, garden and comfortable setting that is offered when staying here.
Robert is incredible as well as Jose. Haviier? Was very helpful with my Camino injury.
I would only stay here. My friends stayed st the Parador and I said no... my secret place is costa Vella!
Date of stay 11/09/2018
Es stimmte einfach alles. Freundlicher und reibungsloser Check-in und Check-out, die familiäre Atmosphäre, die liebevoll gestaltete Einrichtung, alles tadellos sauber. Die Mitarbeiter sind durchweg freundlich, verbindlich, zuvorkommend, hilfsbereit und immer ansprechbar. Das Frühstück wird liebevoll zubereitet und mit einem Lächeln serviert. Man fühlt sich willkommen und zu Hause. Absolutes Highlight ist der zauberhafte Garten, eine wahre Oase der Ruhe inmitten des Trubels von Santiago. Einziger Kritikpunkt: Die Zimmer sind nicht klimatisiert. In meinem nach vorne gelegenen Zimmer war es relaitiv warm, und nachts war es draußen einfach zu laut, um das Fenster geöffnet zu lassen. Dennoch: 100 % Weiterempfehlung, ich komme gerne wieder!
A Fabulous Friendly Hotel
Date of stay 27/06/2018
A charming hotel in a very central location, ideal for exploring the old town of Santiago. The rooms whilst not huge, are spotlessly clean and have lots of character. The walled garden is the perfect hideaway and a great area for relaxing or having a spot of breakfast. I would recommend this hotel for its character, friendly staff and great location and hope to be back soon.
Date of stay 05/05/2018
Das Hotel kann man nur als excellent bezeichnen. Das Zimmer wie auch das gesamte Haus sind super. Das Personal sehr nett und hilfsbereit. Hier haben wir uns sehr wohl gefühlt. Das Frühstück ist ebenfalls sehr gut. Und von dem schönen Garten träumen wir heute noch.
Fabulous hotel, superb staff
Date of stay 21/04/2018
We had 4 nights here after a journeying through Spain. I can't recommend it highly enough. It's in a fabulous location, a very pretty hotel, charming gardens. We had a room with a balcony and sitting area facing the garden (because the others were all fully booked!)not the biggest ever but superbly set out and arranged - loved the modern stylish furniture. The Sofa in the seating area was great. Loads of natural light in the room. All the staff were ace - welcoming, helpful, enthusiastic, recommended places to go. Our breakfasts had some of the best bread we had eaten in Spain - toasted of course. We will stay there again when we re visit Santiago de Compostella
Cute and wonderful place in the middle of SdC
Date of stay 15/04/2018
cute and wonderful little place to stay in Santiago. Perfect location in the center. Very friendly and helpful staff. Would always come back
Truly a gem
by Mary Robertson
Date of stay 10/09/2017
We (4 pilgrims) stayed at the Costa Vella for 2 nights after walking the Camino. It was such a delight to stay there! We were made so welcome from the moment we arrived untll we left. The staff could not do enough to help and were so friendly and helpful.
Our rooms were very comfortable, breakfast was delicious and the hotel was so well situated near the Cathedral, easy to find and in a quiet location in such a busy city.
The shady garden was an additional bonus and we appreciated relaxing there after our long walk. We would love to return.
Please pass our thanks to the staff.
Date of stay 31/08/2017
the service was really good, the room has a good space, and was clean. the bathroom was good size and clean, with a beautiful view.
the garden is the actual charm, really lovely.
the location of the place is great.
Date of stay 10/08/2017
Comfortable standard room at front of historic hotel overlooking pedestrian street conveniently at edge of historic city. Lovely coffee shop and gardens to relax over coffee, wine or beer. Discounted car parking can be provided in adjacent underground municipal car park.
Date of stay 07/04/2017
Date of stay 19/09/2016
Sehr schönes zentral gelegenes Altstadthotel. Netter Empfang mit wertvollen Tipps zu Restaurants und Sehenswürdigkeiten und Unterbringung des Autos. Individuell gestaltete Zimmer mit neuen Bädern. Sehr sauber. Wundervoller romantischer Garten mit tollen Sitzecken und vielen Blumen.
Frühstück wird am Tisch serviert. Leider war es zu den Stosszeiten dort sehr voll und der Service war oft sehr schleppend weil die Bedienung auch noch die Gäste von ausserhalb im Garten bedienen musste.
Beautiful little hotel with amazing garden and cafe
Date of stay 02/07/2016
We couldn't have been more delighted with our stay at Costa Vella. The service is fantastic, the rooms are lovely and the garden is gorgeous. It's in a great spot, walking distance to everything and they will have lots of tips for you when you get there. 5 stars from us.
Beautiful boutique hotel
Date of stay 26/04/2016
Great stay, the hotel is managed by its owners and they are extremely helpful and nice. Great location and beautiful garden.
by Nuno Amaro
Date of stay 20/11/2015
Fiquei muito satisfeito com os vossos serviços assim como com o hotel Costa Vella.
Eficiência, comodidade e simpatia.
Vou ficar cliente.
Muito obrigado e os meus parabéns.
Costa Vella - Enchanting
Date of stay 02/08/2015
Costa Vella was an ideal place to stay in Santiago de Compostela. The room was very comfortable, the staff was extremely helpful and pleasant, and the gardens in the back and along the side were beautiful, restful -- even magical! -- places to enjoy a drink one afternoon and breakfast the next. The atmosphere of the street was really indicative of the pedestrian area of the city and quite picturesque along one edge of the property which was bordered by a side street. We relished our time here.
Date of stay 12/05/2015
Wonderful friendly hotel in the old town, hard to get to by car. Beautiful garden, helpful staff. Parking is available nearby. Great breakfast, good restaurants nearby. The place to stay in Santiago de Compostela.
Date of stay 09/08/2014
Both my wife and myself have stayed in 5* hotels all over Europe as part of our business life but never have we had such excellent service. Every member of staff always had a smile on their face and nothing was too much trouble. The rooms were slightly small but well furnished with a comfortable bed and always spotless with fresh towels every day. Breakfast was continental but you could have as much as you liked with fresh toast, cheese, fruit exc. and all served at your table. This small hotel is an absolute gem and we shall certainly return. If all your hotels are up to this standard then you have just found two new customers.
Date of stay 06/08/2018
Very friendly, gave us great info about where to go for good eats and sights. Supermarket opposite not well stocked. Accommodation close to all sights.
Lovely garden at the back.
Date of stay 03/05/2015
The hotel is well positioned and is also in a very quiet location. Owners are attentive, breakfast is lovely and the garden setting is a nice bonus. The place is crisp and clean and no fuss.