As September is mostly still regarded as peak season in Cádiz, we ended up paying full whack for our two nights at the Bahía, i.e. EUR 76 per night for a twin room. Considering that this rate is room-only (the Bahía doesn´t offer breakfast, although you don't have to go far to find some), I have to say that it is more than we normally pay for a modest hostal (we managed to stay comfortably in central Madrid for EUR 55!), but then space is limited in the old city and I think this sort of rate is not unusual.
However, we were pleased to find on arrival a friendly, chatty (in Spanish) welcome, and a lift to take our cases up to the second floor. Although smoking is allowed in all rooms, the communal areas on the second floor were smoke-free, and in fact we didn't notice any smell of smoke in the room - it all smelled nicely of soap, as so many Spanish places do!
Both bedroom and en-suite bathroom were clean but on the small (and a touch dark) side, but had all the necessary facilities (incl. air con & TV) and comfortable beds, and despite having a room facing the street (complete with mini balcony), and being near a busy square, the noise level wasn't at all bad (the balcony has double doors, although one didn't quite close fully).
Being an hostal rather than a full-blown hotel, there is no lobby/foyer to speak of (just a reception desk at the entrance), but floor 1has a communal area with comfy chairs and a coffee table with various magazines.
The location is certainly handy, being within walking distance (for us, at least) of the port, the railway station and the Comes coach station (walking from the latter took us perhaps 10-15 mins, with suitcases), and unlike in some cities this doesn't mean the location is seedy - the surrounding streets are pleasant and it is right next to the Plaza de San Juan de Dios and within a few minutes' walk of the Cathedral.
Shopping-wise, the old city doesn't do too badly and the central market and Supersol and Carrefour Express supermarkets aren't far away. The Hostal is also not too far from the new part of town, should you want to go.
Originally, I was thinking of going for the Hostal San Francisco, which is even more in the heart of the old city, but had to give up that idea as they simply refuse to take bookings for fewer than three nights (likewise their affiliate Hostal Canalejas, which I also had my eye on), but in the end we were reasonably happy with the Bahía and can recommend it as a straightforward, well-positioned base in the enjoyable city of Cádiz.
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