We took a while to write this since it required a degree of effort to get it right. We estimate that over the last 13 years, we have stayed in 79 different accommodations, in 59 different cities, in 13 countries in Europe. We have discussed it, and we would rank this #1 on that list, not simply in terms of value for money (which, at 80E per night, is almost absurd value for what you get), but on overall quality. First of all, let’s get the disclaimers out of the way. Our flat was up three flights of stone stairs in a building that fronts onto a sloping cobblestoned street, and we could hear noisy neighbors down the hall one evening. Also, Girona is a hilly town where mountain goat skills are useful to get around, plus to get to your accommodation you have to check in at the Hotel Historic up the street.
That said, here was our experience: We arrived at the hotel and were greeted by Xavier, head honcho for this family-run operation – young, personable, perfect English, good sense of humor. We said we are checking into Casa Cundaro #204 and he says “Great. I just finished it last week! Oh, here’s my Mom.” Mom smiles at us, grabs most our luggage and begins trotting out the door and downhill down the street encouraging us to follow. We keep up, follow her up the stairs and through the door. She drops our bags, smiles and says something equivalent to “Beautiful, no?” Our first thought was that we couldn’t begin to estimate what this apartment would cost to buy in the New York City area. Living room: high, wood beamed ceilings, stone walls, fitted with top quality sofa-bed, chairs and table. Kitchen/Dining Area: Fully fitted, all utensils, great table and chairs. Master bedroom: Queen size bed, plenty of storage, sliding door for privacy. Second bedroom: two twin beds, skylight in the ceiling with view of cathedral, large solid door that separates the room for the rest of the apartment. We both started feeling foolish for not have asked others to join us! The bathroom was spacious and modern .
Once Mom left we plopped down on the sofa and felt as though we had bought a new home.
Over three days we found Girona to be a wonderful town with fine historic sites, almost no foreign tourists and great restaurants. We had originally intended to visit Figueres and Cascais for Dali , but we decided Girona was to cool to abandon. Stranger to say we always advocate that accommodation doesn’t matter that much; that the object of travel is to get out and see what you came to see. But, for the first time in our travels, we were hard-pressed to leave the apartment because being there was so totally rewarding.
Good luck to Xavier and his family. We can’t wait to come back!
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