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Hotel Ciutat de Girona
Ranked #2 of 20 Hotels in Girona
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Reviewed December 19, 2011

Ciutat de Girona did not disappoint our expectations - on the contrary. It is a fine hotel, right in the centre of Girona. The reception service is friendly and tries to fulfill every wish (a quiet room was important for us). Our room was spacious and really quiet (due to the perfect closing windows), the bed was big and we liked also the interior design of the room. There was even a kettle and some tea bags, things you wouldn't expect in a hotel in Spain!
Last but not least we can recommend the hotel restaurant "Blanc", where also breakfast is served.

  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 30, 2011

We stayed at the hotel for 3 nights in December 2010 -- very happy with both the hotel and with Girona. The bright red design emphasis in the rooms appealed to me in person as much as it did online. Great (firm) bed, fine shower, interestingly designed bathroom sink. No problems with noise. Our room overlooked the patios of apartments in neighboring buildings; looking at the various unique plantings and other features in these small outdoor spaces added local color and character.

The front desk provided a cable so we could get wifi on our computer. I'm assuming an iPad (have now stopped lugging the computer on vacation) could simply pick up the wifi signal from the room. We didn't eat breakfast at the hotel, but there were plenty of cafes nearby. The parking cost is real money, which we were able to avoid when the receptionist told us about the option of parking in a vast free lot some distance away -- but still a pleasant walk in early December weather. Uncertain if the lot fills up at busier times of year. But I appreciated the receptionist not trying to strong-arm guests into using the pay-lot (which is around the corner and not attached to the hotel). A different receptionist was also friendly and helpful when a friend came to meet us on his bicycle; he was encouraged to simply leave his bike in our room.

As other reviewers have mentioned, it's tough to find the hotel, even with one person driving and another one navigating. Patience, and a cell phone if you get lost, are helpful. You will find it eventually.

Girona, with its river running through it, is a wonderful small city, very walkable, with sights ranging from several museums, including the thoughtfully put together and beautifully laid out museum of the Jews of Girona; an old city wall for a good long stroll and photo opportunities from on high; and shops and cafes of all varieties. The location of the hotel, a minute's walk from one of the bridges over the river into the old city, makes it very easy to reach destinations on either side. A well-stocked bookstore, with a reasonable number of English-language titles, is another minute or so from the hotel, as is a toy store that invites lingering. A huge government-operated bookstore attached to the nearby tourist information office has almost every conceivable kind of reference, history, photo, cooking, or art book you might want related to Catalonia (and some, beyond), though nearly all are in Spanish or Catalan. I bought a paperback aimed at Catalan speakers who want to learn English; reverse engineering is really tough in that strange and wonderful language but it's been interesting to dip into the book and try to learn a few phrases.

Girona is close enough to the Costa Brava to make it inviting to explore the towns and beaches nearby, even in the offseason -- including the area in and around Empuries, with its Roman ruins. The town of Figueres, the birthplace of Dali, is not too far a drive either.

A note to the reviewer who asked what's up with all the gelato shops in Girona . . ..Yes, they're ubiquitous, not only there but in Barcelona, and the flavors and displays are almost beyond imagination. On our 2010 trip, one shop was featuring "Avatar" -- blue, of course, though it tasted like vanilla. It's the US which is behind the curve on gelato, unfortunately, though there's at least one city in North America where it seems to be sold on every corner -- Vancouver could give Spain a run for its money on gelato shops.

  • Stayed: December 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 19, 2011

Pros
- great location. Very close to the old town and yet you're outside of the old town so you have access to better restaurants and great shopping nearby
- The hotel's restaurant, Blanc, has amazing food with very reasonable prices. I normally don't trust hotel restaurants, but this one was an exception --- gourmet food at regular bistro prices.
- great service
- spotlessly clean rooms
- comfortable beds
- nice decor
- very fast internet!

Cons
- only thing i can think of is the very limited English TV channels

Definitely deserving of its number 1 status in Trip advisor.

  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Esther S, General Manager at Hotel Ciutat de Girona, responded to this reviewResponded February 23, 2012

After reveiwing you comment, we noticed that you indicated that our English TV Channels are limited.
So we would like to inform you that we have taken steps to resolve this issue.
Thank you for everything.
Yours sincerely,
Esther Soler

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Reviewed November 15, 2011

Excellent boutique hotel. Room comfortable, quiet, usual amenities. Hotel staff were great in helping us with directions and information. You are within walking distance of many shops and restaurants as well as the medieval village just across the short foot bridge.

  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 25, 2011

We did a brief stop in Girona built around a dinner at Can Roca, and chose the Ciutat as our place to stay for one night. It met or exceeded all expectations....once we found it.

If you are arriving by car, make sure you have printed some detailed maps of the immediate vicinity, because your GPS is unlikely to get you there, given the warren of one way roads and roads blocked to car traffic. We probably spent about 20 or 30 minutes stopping, asking directions, and trying to get to the front door, before we found it. After we knew where it was, it was easy to get in and out, and there was very convenient parking just down the street. But our first attempt was a challenging one.

That said, don;t let it dissuade you, as the hotel is excellent. Great location just across the bridge from the old town. The staff were wonderful. The rooms very well equipped, and very clean. The sound proofing from outside was excellent. The only complain would be that interior sound proofing was not as good, and we could hear noise out in the hall through our door. We made the classic mistake of accepting the room by the elevator, so this was likely not a unique issue with this hotel, more an issue of our not asking to be move away from the elevator.

  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 24, 2011

First impression was the excellent service. We were greeted by our names late at night upon arrival and the concierge gave us excellent restaurant recommendations.

Very well located, good value, clean rooms, etc. All that you could ask for.

We did not enjoy as much the modern decor for visiting a city that has so much history to offer.

The bells from the nearby cathedral are nice to hear but they ring every hour during the night.

Overall, we would recommend this hotel for a modern setting in Girona.

  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 23, 2011

Lovely room, the best food we had in Girona, and right where you want to be in Girona. Staff were very pleasant as well.

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Hotel Ciutat de Girona

Address: C Nord, 2, 17001 Girona, Spain
Location: Spain > Catalonia > Province of Girona > Girona
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 20 Hotels in Girona
Price Range: $109 - $398 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Ciutat de Girona 4*
Number of rooms: 44
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Ciutat de Girona is located in the most symbolic, historical and cultural heart of Girona. Surrounded by the most charismatic buildings and the best shopping in the city.The hotel combines a modern style and it is decorated with pictures of the most representative places of Girona. It is equipped with last generation facilities. Among its services you can find and indoor swimming pool and a indoor cycling. In the lobby you will find "the corner of the musician" where you can have a glass of moscatell ( sweet wine) and some nuts to make your arrival at the Hotel a special moment.Hotel Ciutat de Girona is an option to enjoy an exquisite treatment and exclusive facilities in the heart of the city. These and many other details will fill your stay with pleasant surprises. Hotel Ciutat de Girona aims to achieve maximum customer satisfaction. This is why our priority is to work to adapt to the uses, traditions and tastes of each of our clients. This purpose is achieved thanks to bi-directional teamwork of all the teams that are part of the Hotel, both in his daily task and other moments. ... more   less 
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