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Hotel Historic
Ranked #14 of 20 Hotels in Girona
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Pelham, New York
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230 reviews
29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
“Very disappointing”
Reviewed 15 July 2009

We stayed here for 1 night in mid-July, and it was very disappointing. The hotel says that it has parking, but gives no directions to what turns out to be a very complicated (many one-way and pedestrian streets) public, and often full, small parking area. There was no one to help us with our luggage. We had an apartment, for our group of 5, and the 5th bed was not ready when we checked in (after the set check-in time). While the public areas are lovely (although tiny), the room looked like it was circa 1975, and not that clean. The kitchen had no amenities -- if we had intended to cook there, it would've been impossible. The rooms overlooked a (lovely) street, and conversations were audible from the 3rd floor through the night (no air conditioning meant the windows had to be open). Sunday morning the church bells chimed incessantly, starting at about 6 am -- obviously not the hotel's fault but again, with air conditioning, we could've closed the windows.
When we asked for a breakfast spot, we were directed to an area about 10 minutes' walk away where there are several restaurants, only 2 of which were open. This might've been fine with all adults, but with 2 young children, this was not ideal. Turns out that the hotel serves breakfast, but no one volunteered the information. In fact, the room had no information at all (including check-out time, and so we were locked out of our room when we returned 45 minutes past check-out -- a time we'd never been told) -- aside from a massage offer.
The suite was very disappointing, especially because it was not cheap -- 160 euros, with tax, and we did have other options.

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled with family
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 July 2009

The location is excellent and difficult to beat. It really is right there next to one of the cathedral's plazas. It's terrific. Who cares about the bells? It's awesome.

The decor is a pleasant mix of the old stone from the original building and modern granite and wood. It functions very well from an aesthetic standpoint.

Staff were friendly, competent, and quick to do what they said they would do.

If you can get a deal, the apartments are a steal. For us, even just for two people, an apartment was cheaper than the regular hotel room, which turned into a wonderful blessing. The apartment was massive, and not just by Catalan standards. It could sleep five, including the couch. The kitchen was quality, with all appliances functioning perfectly. A drawback, though, is that we had no washer. There was clearly the typical alcove for a washer, but it was vacant. And the fridge was a monster. It chilled better than anything I've ever experienced in Spain.

Also, flat-screen tv, satellite (I watched the Barca-Chelsea semi) all work great. My only real complaint is that lack of wireless internet. The rooms are, however, wired with ethernet jacks, and the guy at the lobby desk was only too happy to lend us an ethernet chord, thus remedying the problem.

I highly recommend this place to anyone, especially during the off-season when the deals you can get for such quality are just unheard of. This is the best hotel in all of Girona, hands-down. The only other complaint is that I was with friends and not able to take advantage of the uber-romatic atmosphere of the hotel and Girona's old quarter with a significant other.

  • Stayed April 2009, travelled with friends
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Thornbury, Victoria
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69 reviews
53 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 June 2009

After tripadvisor recommendations we booked this hotel. We were pleased to have a personal pickup from the airport with our late night arrival from Pescara. The trip to the hotel was interesting and we were excited to find ourselves in the historic centre stopping almost next to the huge cathedral. Thehotel is beautifully maintained and we were upgraded to a 2 bedroom apartment - very flash. The apartment was spotless and cleaned promptly each day. Breakfasts were a bit chaotic as there were many cyclists staying at the same time - and they seemed to invade like a plague of locusts. Food was quickly replenished however and there was a good selection - with nice freshly brewed coffee as well.

  • Stayed September 2008, travelled as a couple
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London
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 June 2009

We ended up staying at Hotel Historic at the beginning and end of our trip and were incredibly satisfied both times by the friendliness of the staff and hotel accommodations. The hotel is right in the heart of the old city, which really is worth a visit. We stayed in an apartment both times due to lack of availability in the hotel rooms and they were each spacious and clean. The bells can bother however, especially if you are a light sleeper. Consider ear plugs! But ask the owners about the Jewish quarter as they know a lot.
Definitely worth a stay.

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled on business
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Northumberland
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113 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 June 2009

We spent 3 nights at Hotel Historic after reading the good reviews in Tripadvisor. We were not disappointed. The hotel is in a perfect situation in the Call, the old Jewish quarter of Girona. Some parts of the hotel date back 1700 years and the building has been sympathetically restored to enhance its historic features. Our room was large and tastefully decorated with a large fully tiled bathroom. The owner speaks good English. Both he and his wife were helpful and pleasant. We would go back to this hotel again.

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled as a couple
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NYC
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 26 May 2009

The rooms in the main building are unbelievable -- beautiful stone walls, gorgeous bathroom, etc. etc. Service is fabulous and the location--hard by the Cathedral in the middle of the medieval district --is just stunning. Price (115 Euros) was pretty nice too. One issue: the bells in the Cathedral ring hourly through the night. Some can sleep through this, but if you cannot, it might be a problem. Other than that, this is a great hotel, and the proprietor is a font of information about restaurants, regional travel, etc.

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank DZNYC
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Teesside
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27 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 May 2009

Xavier and his family were so welcoming, one of the distinct advantages of staying at a family run hotel.

We missed our flight home so had to stay another 2 nights which was great as we couldn't have asked for a nicer friendlier hotel to stay.

The pillows were a bit hard and there was no draw space, only wardrobe hanging space which was a bit of an inconvenience.

The bells became part and parcel of waking up which I actually liked.

As 2 girls on our own, we felt very safe in this charming little town and had lots of late nights but were not at all worried about walking home, even though the steps were a killer!!!

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled with friends
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Property: Hotel Historic
Address: Calle Bellmirall 4A, 17004 Girona, Spain
Region: Spain > Catalonia > Province of Girona > Girona
Amenities:
Kitchenette Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 Romantic Hotel in Girona
#9 Luxury Hotel in Girona
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Historic 4*
Number of rooms: 13
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