Hotel Castilla

2 out of 5 stars2 Stars

Corrida 50, Gijon, 33206, Spain

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    pleasant hotel right in the heart of Gijon

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    I stayed at this hotel to go and visit a friend and watch Sporting vs Atletico Madrid. I had booked this hotel online and asked for a twin room with TWO beds and advised them that I would be travelling with a young child (aged 2).
    When I arrived I had an inside room - very quiet and no disturbance as has previously been reported on here. There was only one double bed.

    The room was always spotless as it was cleaned from top to bottom every day - I never really saw the cleaner as she never knocked on the door too early (as with most other places I have stayed) to see if it was alright to clean. Even when we left the hotel after lunchtime the hotel room would be clean and the bed made up for our return.

    We stayed on a room only basis and ate out. There are restaurants and tapas bars as well as a burger king and mcdonalds nearby. There are also many bars and siderias which you can take children into.

    The hotel has a lift - but there is still a flight of stairs up to this - which was awkward with a buggy and two small suitcases. The lift always stops at reception so that they can control who comes in and out of the hotel - and they ask that you leave your key at reception.

    The hotel has a free wi-fi service which is excellent - as most other places I have stayed at charge for this nowadays. Just ask for your user name and password and you can use your laptop to connect to the internet as long as you like.

    Our room had a large flat screen TV- which was a bit of a luxury! There were only Spanish and Aturian channels though... just as well I can understand Spanish!

    There is also a 15min service a day internet service (free) for those who travel without a laptop - so you can easily keep in touch with those back home - just ask at reception.

    The hotel offer meals - but we didn't eat in so I can't comment on these.

    The reception staff were lovely with my little girl and one gave her a wee chocolate one day - she was delighted.

    I would recommend this hotel - but would advise that you check out their own website and other booking websites and compare them for the best offer. I looked at the hotel website after my arrival and found that I could have had a better rate and board basis if I had booked directly - I am not sure if they put this rate and offer up after I had booked as I thought I had found the best rate!

    Unique Quality: right in the centre of town, a short stroll from the old town and the beach and right next to all the shops.

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Asturian language

by asturnut

In Gijon, as in all of Asturias, in addition to castellano, another language called asturianu is spoken. It is the dialect local throughout Asturias and parts of Castilla-Leon. It has an 80% understandability to Spanish. Some of the grammatical structure is different than Spanish, but it's not a radical difference. Some words are exactly the same, some are slightly altered such as:
apple=manzana/mazana
male child=nino/nenu
time=tiempo/tiempu
language=lengua/llengua
Asturias/Asturies
Gijon/Xixon.
Many people who are into cultural revival feel very strongly that asturianu should be recognized by the Spanish government and should be taught in school, etc. It is not uncommon to see signs altered with the asturian spelling as illustrated below.

GIJON

by AsturArcadia

Birthplace of the late 18th century erudite and politician Gaspar Melchor Baltasar de Xove y Llanos (Jovellanos), Gijón (Xixón n'asturianu) is the largest urban area in Asturias in terms of population, marginally surpassing the capital, Oviedo, as far as number of inhabitants is concerned. In winter it is an agreeable enough place - many of the photos on the following Travelogue pages were taken on a brilliant day in January 2008. In summer there are the inevitable crowds associated with any watering-place on the Cantabrican coast. Best then to head for the hills, where peace and quiet reign supreme.

If you are arriving in Gijón by car, perhaps the best place to park is in the free car park overlooking the beach on the Somio road, beyond the bridge over the Piles river, and right at the end of the promenade. 2 km from the city centre - a super walk along the aforementioned prom. That is, unless you are really keen to do battle with others looking for elusive parking spaces. By train - FEVE and RENFE share a terminus at El Humedal, right in the city centre. Park + Ride? Try Pinzales on the FC de Langreo line (the FEVE one to Pola de Laviana) or Perlora on that to Avilés and Pravia. Hotels? Why stay in the city, and pay city prices, when there is the excellent Hotel Piedra out on the coast at Perlora, with trains into the city every half hour, right on your doorstep? The railway is currently being extended under the city centre eastwards to the hospital at Cabueñes, near Somio. A sort of mini-metro . . . when (if ever) it is completed.

Over half of the action in my novel 'The Long Coast' takes place in Gijón, between 1915 and October 1937 (the exodus which accompanied the collapse of the Republican Northern Front during the Civil War), centred around the lives and loves of two families running shipping agencies, the Hansens and Isaachsens, both of Norwegian (Vestland) origin. Both agency offices were situated in the calle de la Trinidad, right here on the quays, which in those days presented quite a different aspect to what they do today - there were fishing boats, and small colliers loading coal from the Nalón valley destined for the heavy industries of the Bilbao district. The intro and epilogue sections of 'The Long Coast' are also based in Gijón, but in September 1974.

For views of the modern port area of Gijón, please go to my separate page (and Travelogues), which VT chooses to entitle 'Musel - Arnao', but which in fact covers El Musel, Cabo Torres, Veriña and Aboño. For Somio and some of the other outer suburbs, access 'Somio', 'Porceyo', 'Deva' and 'Mareo'. The names here are not that precise - the VT place-name index does not cover all the suburbs of Gijón! However, my own collection of photos of the main urban area continues to grow, so some of the Travelogues that originally formed part of 'Gijón' have been farmed out, to create more space here.

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