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“Nice modern hotel, great value, a few quirks”

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AC Hotel Palau de Bellavista
Ranked #7 of 20 Hotels in Girona
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Houston, TX
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18 reviews
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“Nice modern hotel, great value, a few quirks”
Reviewed December 28, 2013

Pros:
-Spacious, nicely-equipped rooms with a few extras (stereo system, bidet, etc) and pleasant, modern design.
-Great road-trip hotel: plenty of free parking, and yet, only a ~10-15 minute walk from the Girona city center.
-The on-site restaurant referenced in a couple of the earlier reviews has finally opened - and it's excellent! My wife and I generally avoid on-site hotel restaurants, except for breakfast, but after a long day of traveling we didn't feel like hunting for a place to eat in Girona. Our meal turned out to be one of the better ones on our trip.
-We got a great rate.

Cons:
-No free wifi in the rooms, although it is free in the lobby (and rooms near the lobby can pick up the free signal).
-Thin walls/doors - we could hear people in adjacent rooms and in the hallway.
-A few quirky design elements. Despite the amazing hilltop location, rooms were not oriented towards the views. Also, no pool, spa or fitness center. Given the newness of the hotel, my guess is that some of these omissions may have been the result of value engineering by the owners, who were opening the hotel in the midst of lean times in Spain. Perhaps over time, more amenities will be added to the property (the excellent restaurant is a great start).

Overall, the missing amenities didn't bother us, as we were just using Girona as a base from which to explore the Costa Brava region. If you're traveling by car, it's tough to beat the AC Hotel Palau de Bellavista.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 20, 2013

This is a lovely hotel on top of a hill with a great view .... UNLESS you follow your GPS and go the "back way" ... We put the address into our i-phone and headed on our merry way up a narrow road, got to a tight turn and a patch of dirt and thought "there's no way this could be correct" so we headed back into town found a cafe with WiFi and looked it up again ... tried calling the hotel to get confirmation but no - one answered as it was starting to get dark we thought it best just to hit the road and get there before we had another thing agains us (no sunlight) Well lets just put it this way ... we are still married but my husband and I haven't been that tense at each other ... well ... ever.

We had rented a BMW in Barcelona so the thought of having to pay to replace the scraped up rental kept me from gunning it through a needle-eye alley - my hesitation prompted my husband to leave me on the side of the road as he plowed through .... long story short we finally made it to the hotel - I mentioned the trials and tribulations to the front desk and they said "oh you shouldn't have followed your GPS" .... and continued on to tell us it happens all the time but it is a prob with Google .... I get that but put something on your website or warn people when they confirm a reservation.

Anyway other than that it is a great place a bit quiet as it is a few minutes walk from town but nice hotel all in all. (Especially if you are a Marriott member as it doesn't take many points for a free room)

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Chennai (Madras), India
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
Reviewed November 27, 2013

We were on a bachelor driving holiday in costa brava and I selected this hotel as it was a Marriott. I was very impressed with the hotel. Its designer with its rooms and bathrooms done very tastefully. The hotel is located on a hill a 5 min drive from the old town of Girona. It is best when you have a car of your own to access this hotel. They offer free parking. The terrace in front of the Reception is a very good area to relax and has some beautiful views of the Town. The staff was very helpful. As we wanted some local information about a mosque to attend our Friday prayers the reception staff went out of the way to locate for us the correct place. As Girona is a industrial town there were a lot of business guests in the hotel. It is also very good for families. Break fast offered was excellent. They have a proper restaurant in the ground floor which serves some great italian food among other choices as well. Highly recommended hotel!

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed November 16, 2013 via mobile

Stayed one night with an early start to the airport. Couldn't fault the hotel. Warm welcome and helpful reception staff, free car parking and comfortable, clean rooms. Had to leave just after 5.00am so the complimentary coffee was a godsend.

Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 13, 2013

We spend 2 nights with my wife there. Hotel is excellent and you definitely see Mariott traces there.
The view is very good too, I got a photo of myself with Fenerbahce sweatshirt, this will keep the hotel always in my memories

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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alhambra,ca
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed October 30, 2013

it is very modern and new hotel up on top of the hill with nice view of Girona. It is out of town, you need a car. There was no restaurant in the hotel. We were told that they would have one in a few months. They did have a breakfast room and the breakfast was very good. They did have a shortage of staff in the breakfast room, so if you needed anything special it took a while.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Phoenix, Arizona
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed October 29, 2013

We traveled by train from Barcelona to Girona. This hotel was chosen because it advertised it was .6 miles from the station. Not!!!! We walked and walked and walked uphill!!! Perhaps it was .6 as the crow flies. We were exhausted and dripping with sweat when we arrived.
We cancelled and ordered a taxi to town and stayed at a better hotel in the historic old city where all the activity was.
AC was a Beautiful place...only if you had a car.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: AC Hotel Palau de Bellavista
Address: Pujada Polvorins 1, 17004 Girona, Spain
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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 ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#7 Romantic Hotel in Girona
#7 Luxury Hotel in Girona
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:5 star — AC Hotel Palau de Bellavista 5*
Number of rooms: 74
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Category: 4 StarsObservations: Central / Parking / Meeting and banqueting Rooms / Restaurant / Cafeteria / Safe / Internet / Coffe shop free / Access disabled. ... more   less 
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