We spent 9 nights at the Hotel Melia Pita, which is situated across from one of La Coruna’s busiest and most popular beaches, Orzan. Across the road from the hotel is the longest promenade in Europe – 10 kms – which circles the city and gives you easy walking access to local attractions such as the old lighthouse, the aquarium, the Old City and the Castle. The hotel is also within close walking distance to the city centre and the viby Maria Pita Square.
The hotel is stylish and the staff are friendly and helpful. Ask for a room with a seaview – it is definitely well worth it! The rooms are not very big but are adequate, with wooden floors and an arm chair with footstool to enjoy your view. The beds are firm and comfortable, and I loved their pillows. Whilst it is wonderful to sleep with the windows open for fresh sea air and the sounds of the waves, we did find the constant night traffic a little noisy. And if you are a light sleeper, either avoid August because the Spaniards party all night long during the fiesta season, or be prepared to join in on the fun.
I was initially a little bit disappointed that the rooms didn’t have coffee and tea-making facilities but was relieved that my morning coffee arrived within 5 minutes of placing my order. Room service is fast and good quality, and their continental breakfasts are great. The food in the hotel is excellent, and there are also coffee bars, bakeries (to die for), shops and other restaurants close by. When in Spain don’t be afraid to try out their delicious local dishes such as pulpo gallego (octopus which is cooked whole and cut into pieces and seasoned with olive oil, paprika and salt - traditionally served on rustic wooden plates), the famous cocido gallego (a yummy stew), empanada (a “pasty” or meat pie with lots of different fillings, including meat, fish and vegetables), caldo gallego (a cabbage, bean and potato soup), piementos de pardon (tiny green peppers fried in olive oil and sprinkled with sea salt), tarte de santiago (a ground almond cake) and lots of different shellfish and seafood options. Their wines are great too!
On the negative side: there aren’t any laundry facilities in either the hotel or in town so be prepared to pay exorbitant laundry rates e.g. 7.50 euros a shirt. Or perhaps just buy new clothes as the shopping experience in La Coruna is a good one.
The hotel’s internet is slow and a little on the expensive side, and we would have loved a gym. However, La Coruna is a ‘walking’ city with lots of little hills so put on your walking shoes and enjoy a walk around town. And if you have the time, take a day trip to Santiago de Compostela which is only a 40 min train drive away at a cost of 10 euro’s each return – it’s a magical place!
The rest of our family stayed at the Zenit Hotel which they were happy with, but they all said that they would have preferred to stay at Melia Maria Pita.
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