This apartment was amazing. I chose five stars in the review for whether the photos accurately demonstrate what the apartment is like, but I was actually unprepared for how delightful the apartment is. It's actually nicer in real life.
It's incredibly clean, and the amenities are great. The bed is really comfortable--a nice memory foam mattress that was wonderful after wandering around town. There was shampoo and body wash in the shower, and the water pressure was good. There's a small washing machine, so I could pack light for my trip, knowing I could do laundry here. Each part of the house was perfectly clean. It felt like a very nice hotel....but better.
The location is perfect. You can see the cathedral from the windows, and the view is incredible. It overlooks a little medieval square. It's right in the middle of the old town, and it felt like we were living in this medieval spot, but with all the amenities of modernity. Incredible.
The windows in this apartment are magical. They are like triple windows, so the apartment is very quiet even though there are pilgrims, musicians, and ringing bells outside at all hours. But you can open the windows and lean out like you're in a Disney movie. It's wonderful.
Santiago itself is also great. We ate incredible food (try the setas con jamon at A Gamela, just a few minutes away!) and wandered around this beautiful town.
This was our first time staying at an Airbnb, and we were on our honeymoon. I'm so happy we did it and stayed here, because it was just a perfect way to start our vacation. We are about to go to different cities in Spain, but we don't want to leave because it's so, so wonderful here.
Ines was also great. She met us outside as we walked up to the building, and was incredibly responsive whenever we had questions--how to get a cab to the train station, where we could get cash, little things like that. We had no issues even though we can't speak Spanish. Also, Ines is an artist, and there are drawings and paintings she's done on the wall of the apartment, some for sale. We bought a pen and ink drawing of the cathedral for just 10€, so we can always remember how wonderful our vacation was and how beautiful this town is and how fantastic it was to stay in this perfect location. If this is what all airbnbs are like, I'm never staying in a hotel again.