My husband and I were so glad that we decided to visit Girona and that we decided to stay at the Hotel Historic. Girona is now one of my favorite cities in Spain and if you are debating whether to visit, just do it! You will not be disappointed as it is historically interesting, captivatingly romantic, with beautiful views at every turn in the old city. That being said, I can't imagine not basing yourself in the old city and staying at the Historic, which is a perfect blend of the old and the modern, is just the place for such a visit.
Our room, which faced the narrow front street and had a small balcony, was beautifully decorated. While the outer walls were hundreds of years old, the room itself was very modern. Lots of glass, sleek wood, high tech amenities, very good internet access, a lovely, completely modern bathroom. The bed was super comfy and the room spotlessly clean. Despite the age of the structure, during the renovations they were able to get an elevator installed, so no lugging bags up stairs. As you go to the elevator, be sure to notice the case where the hotel has assembled information on all the professional bicyclists who have stayed with them, including Lance Armstrong. I had no idea that this area of Spain was a major training ground for cyclists, but apparently it is and apparently Girona has served as a base for many of them over the years.
In addition to the lovely accommodations, we were impressed with the staff. The hotel is family run and we interacted primarily with the son who speaks good English. He was very knowledgeable about the city and the restaurants. He lives with his family not far from the hotel in the old town, as do his parents, who we met one evening in the small lobby. Lovely people. We believe that one benefit of staying at small, locally owned boutique hotels is to meet local residents who can share their knowledge and experiences. If that is something you value as well, then the Hotel Historic is THE place to stay.
A few other points -- finding the Hotel Historic is not necessarily easy and if you are driving into the city as we were you would be wrong to follow the signs the city has posted. Instead, call the hotel beforehand and get directions. We asked the owner of the hotel we stayed in in Begur to call and she was kind enough to do so and map them out for us. We skirted the old town and then entered it without any misturns and made our way to the parking lot nearest the hotel. Once there you can walk to the hotel, check in, and the hotel staff will help you bring your bags from your car to the hotel. You do not want to be driving on those narrow streets!
One particularly good restaurant recommendation -- we had a fabulous late lunch at LeBistrot, a short walk down from the hotel. Wonderful service, wonderfully prepared food, a nice way to spend a lazy, rainy afternoon.
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- Also Known As:
- Historic Hotel Girona
- Hotel Historic Girona