Monday, 15 September 2014

The best accommodation in this journey

So, by the time I stepped into the apartment, it was very late. But what greeted me was a sight for sore eyes (in the positive sense).

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Living room with two sofa beds
Best apartment in Santiago de Compostela

Of course, I'd already seen photos of the apartment before I booked it, but sometimes, the real picture doesn't match the official photos, but this time, they do; perhaps the reality is even better.

As you can see from the photos, it's a modern apartment, very elegantly decorated, clean and spacious. The two sofas double as beds - no need for cumbersome pull-outs here (I hate those because they're almost always so awkward that once they're pulled out, they stay that way, eating up the living space); just remove the covers, and the sofas are ready to be used as beds. The sheets underneath the covers were black. Cool.

Lighting was soft, but sufficiently bright. During the day, there are two large windows (to the left of the photo above), letting in daylight and looking out to the rooftops of Santiago. You can catch a glimpse of the Cathedral, which is a mere 3-minute walk away.

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Rooftops of Santiago
There's a cabinet along one wall, with wines, pretty serviettes, etc, should you decide to have a little dinner party! Beside one of the sofas, there's a stack of four ornamental antique-looking suitcases. I didn't open them so I don't know if they hold some secret belongings!

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Stored secrets...
The kitchen and the bathroom are fully equipped with just about everything you would need for a comfortable stay, including candles! The Spanish being coffee drinkers, once again, a kettle and teapot were sorely missed. Sorry, but I don't have any photos of neither the kitchen nor the bathroom.

The bedroom is large, with ample storage for your clothes, but do be careful with the bed, especially if you're as clumsy as I am! The bed is wider than the mattress and the covers drape over the whole bed, so, if you're orientating yourself to the mattress, you may get an unpleasant surprise - walk around it carefully!

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All tastefully decorated.
The inclined roof reminds you that you're in an attic, but otherwise, you won't notice it as the roof is quite high. The window prevents any claustrophobic feeling you may get, but it leads to an empty space whose floor is, I believe, the roof of a similar room in the apartment below. There's no light coming in through here, but there is a plant. If you look carefully above the window, what you see is actually a pull-out washing line. Shame that there's no sunlight here, but there is a superduper techno fan, which I had to use to dry our clothes.

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Jesús and Mark live on the 2nd floor - the apartment is on the 3rd - so if you have any problems, they can be reached quickly. We didn't have any, really. There was a slight one, actually. Mark came to check that we had everything we needed and I told him that there were two bottles of shower gel, but no shampoo. He brought one up immediately.

Everything about the apartment is fabulous. It may get a little noisy, but close the windows and you won't hear a thing. Internet connection is powerful, and there are plenty of sockets. Location is perfect, smack in the heart of the old city. It's really a home away from home and if I went back, this would definitely be on top of my list.

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