The 161-room Hotel Chiqui is a three-pearl property located on the end of Sardinero Beach -- but without direct beach access from the hotel. Though the views of the water are crystal clear, expect a four-minute walk through a parking lot and down the promenade to get to the sand. The on-site restaurant, Cafeteria, has an outdoor terrace and gets good reviews, though there's a fee for a buffet style breakfast. Slate gray paint, flat-screen TVs, and streamlined bathrooms look sleek, but not all rooms are air-conditioned. Book a room with a balcony for the best water views and cool breezes. For fast access to the ferry and downtown Santander, check rates at Hotel Bahia de Santander.