Built by the Marquess de Pombo, one of the founders of Banco Santander, in the 19th century, the Palacio de Pombo stands at the end of the elegant central square which also bears his name and which was originally the private gardens of the grand house.

A protected building, the palace has recently undergone a complete, two-year renovation retaining the original facade with its marine and mercantile themes and its characteristic towers which house the superior rooms. Inside, the halls have been preserved with the frescoes on their walls, as well as the spectacular marble staircase.

The hotel occupies the upper story of this elegant, modernist building which it shares with the Royal Club of Regattas, and offers 64 rooms, as well as meeting and event rooms, a restaurant (breakfast only) and a cafeteria with views of the square.

Rooms are furnished in a minimalistic style with plain white walls and elegant furnishings yet retain period touches such as wooden shutters and plaster mouldings in keeping with the building's history. Standard rooms are a comfortable size whilst superior rooms are duplex (two floors) and are housed in the towers.

At the heart of the city's shopping district, a stone's throw from the Port, the Bot?-n Centre, the wonderful Museum of Prehistory and Archaeology of Cantabria and the Barrio Pesquero (where fishy delights await), and just 2km from the beaches – the hotel could not be better located. And the helpful staff will make sure you get the most out of your visit to Santander.


64 en-suite rooms including doubles, triples, superior doubles, junior suites and suite

Hotel Features

Central location near the ferry port, old-town and shops
Public parking close by in the square (Plaza Pombo – extra charge)
Activity booking service
Pets allowed


Buffet breakfast is served in the hotel restaurant.
Plenty of dining opportunities within a short walk of the hotel including Santander's famous Barrio Pesquero (Fisherman's Quarter).

Hotel Facilities

24 Hour Reception
WiFi all areas
Shared Lounge / TV Area
Luggage storage
Laundry Service
Air Conditioning

Room facilities (all rooms)

En-suite bathroom
Air conditioning
Fridge / Minibar
Coffee maker
Tea/Coffee making facilities
Walk-in shower
Safe deposit box


Restaurant, open to the public
Bars / restaurants within walking distance of the hotel
Bar, open to the public, serving drinks and light snacks


Facilities adapted for guests with reduced mobility
Room(s) adapted for guests with reduced mobility


Public parking nearby (pay locally)


Pets allowed by prior arrangement - please consult

Santander, North Spain

At the heart of Cantabria the beautiful bay of Santander not only offers a natural harbour but lovely sheltered beaches right beside the city centre.

Favoured by the royals at the turn of the century the city centre has a definite Belle Epoque feel to it and the royal Palacio de la Magdalena stands proud on the headland which all but closes the bay as testament to those days.

Often overlooked or thought of as just a port of entry, Santander is a beautiful, lively city, steeped in history and with plenty of great restaurants and tapas bars, a fine maritime Museum and great shopping too!

  • If staying east of the city take the little ferry from Somo into the heart of Santander – an experience to remember!Centro Botín – splendid new arts centre right on the water
  • MUPAC – archaeological museum of Cantabria – not to be missed!
  • Splendid beaches of Madalena & Sardinero
  • Palacio de Magdalena
  • Maritime Museum
  • Fishy treats in the Barrio Pesquero
  • Take a ferry across the bay to Somo
  • Cycle out on the Via Verde to the Valle del Pas
  • Altamira caves in nearby Santillana del Mar
  • Delightful Comillas with the Capricho de Gaudí