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Hostal Javier is a good deal cost wise. An older couple own and run the place without help. They have obviously made an attempt to brighten it up and make it attractive. The reception area is large, decorated with pictures and flowers, has a lounge with comfortable chairs and is clean. The whole place is freshly painted and parts are re-tiled.
My room is funny: Large, clean, freshly painted and with an air conditioner. There is no fridge, telephone or breakfast. The physical set up is such that one must move the bed to get into the closet but after a couple of days I got so used to it that I didn't even think about it, just did it. In fact with the sliding door left open the lower shelf is perfectly placed as a bedside table :) The table provided on the other side of the bed is only just big enough for the small lamp on it.
The mattress is new and comfortable to sleep on. Linens were changed after 3 days. 1 towel only provided.
The shower is a tiny stall - when you bend over you hit the wall and the door pops open, wetting the floor. Only the one towel, no foot towel, so no way to mop up the water. Vent doesn't work. Is clean with new appliances.
One window in the room that opens onto a hallway that leads to other rooms and that has a door that opens onto an inner courtyard - no air, no privacy - so one must keep the ac on even if not wanted. Those other rooms were occasionally occupied during my stay.
The walls are covered about 60% with plastic "wood" overlay. The top is freshly painted. All new tiles in the bathroom and on the floors. Everything is bright and coloured in light, pleasant colours.
An old building with good thick walls. No noise from neighbours.
The one major draw back is that neither of them speak a word of English so they can't help with directions or recommendations of any kind. Actually after a couple of days we began to understand each other a bit and they could point out on the map streets that I asked about.
They stay open quite late at night, but if you want to leave before 10am to go somewhere you have to knock on their door or rattle the gate. Once I left at 8 am and I had to wake them up!
Good enough for the price but only if cheap, clean and safe are your main concerns.
Unique Quality: The location in Santa Cruz is perfect.
Lots of choices for eating places.
All central tourist sites within easy walking distance.
A few minutes walk from the Estancion Autobuses, a short bus ride from the RENFE station.
A short walk from the final stop of the Airport bus.
Directions: Santa Cruz, on a pedestrian street, just 3 streets from the Puerta de la Carne in the juderia, or old Jewish quarter of the city.
7 minute walk to the main bus station.
Unique Quality: The chain-smoking owner has put together a nice place with a charming courtyard. Now, keep in mind that all the places in the Barrio de Santa Cruz have nice rooms surrounding charming courtyards. The entire barrio was originally Moorish/Jewish, so all the houses have fragrant courtyards hidden from view. But I can vouch for the Javier, so I am.
Directions: Calle Archeros 16, just off the Calle Santa Maria la Blanca.
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