Tired feet, dirty laundry, packing and unpacking, hopping on and off buses and trains..after two and a half weeks of all that, exploring Galicia in the North of Spain, mostly off the beaten track, I was in dire need of a rest and a few days of R&R in a nice hotel in La Coruna. I was more than happy, when, surfing the net in search of not too expensive but conveniently situated accommodation, I discover the Hotel Moon. I couldn’t have done any better.
This new boutique hotel is centrally located in Calle Ramon y Cajal in La Coruna. The central bus station, where I arrived, is only a five minute walk away and a shopping centre is right next door. Walking along Calle Ramon y Cajal you reach the port of La Coruna in about seven minutes and then continue on along a very pleasant road toward all the historical sites like the Parque Nunez, Plaza Maria Pita, Castillo de San Antonio and the old town.
If you are too tired to walk, take the number 7 bus, which stops right across the road from the hotel entrance.
The hotel itself is really one of a kind. It’s themed around the moon and the floors are named after the phases of the moon. Pictures of the moon surface adorn the rooms and the cafeteria downstairs. The hotel is privately owned and not part of a chain and it shows in every detail. The rooms (approx. €56 for a single) are modern, spacious and very comfortable. If you book over the internet or you can get even better deals. The food is also great value. They have a set lunch for just €9, which consists of a starter, main course, desert, a glass of wine or water and coffee and is so ample, it lasted me all day.
The stuff are very friendly and helpful. You can ask them anything and they either know or will find out for you. They really go the extra mile to please their guests. For instance, the hair dryer in my room didn’t work. As it was a Sunday, they couldn’t get someone in to repair it, but managed to drum up a hairdryer belonging to the manager, Maria. That´s service.
Free internet access is available in the cafeteria and a lounge is on the first floor. The only drawback is if you arrive by car. The hotel does not have parking, so they take your keys and park the car for you in the next door underground parking, but it costs €12 per day.
Watch out for the cut out astronaut placed on the pavement. The entrance is narrow and you might just walk straight past if it weren’t for the friendly ‘moon explorer.’
Inka is German and used to be an international attorney with offices in London and Spain. Retired two years ago because I wanted to be a traveler and writer and now live between Didim/Turkey and Miami with plenty of travel in between. Next destinations: Istanbul, New York and Petra/Jordan. Inka’s first novel has just been published and can be found here