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Las Moradas del Unicornio
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Pubol
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Reviewed 3 July 2012

My husband and I had the pleasure of staying here for 3 nights in April. This is a unique and welcoming establishment. Kim and Olga are indeed extraordinary hosts and they went out of their way to make our stay special. As it was our 1st wedding anniversary we decided to renew our vows in their lovely garden setting. We were delighted that Kim and Olga joined in our celebration and made it something to remember. As others here have mentioned, Olga's cooking and hospitality is beyond compare. If we are to mention a negative (and we really are scratching to do so), we too felt that at times the music was a little intrusive. Pubol is a remarkable village with cobblestones,a village square, medieval castle and amazing scenery. It can be a little hard to find though especially if you don't have a GPS............hmm that's another story. Beware of hire car companies that don't let you reserve a GPS when making your booking. If driving from Barcelona follow the signs to La Pera at the North Girona exit as Pubol is not signed. Olga does not speak English but like all good hosts she still manages to communicate and her enthusiasm and warmth are endearing. Our room was magical and we have attached some photos of our stay which say it all. We'd return in a heartbeat !
Ann and David, Brisbane, Australia.

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 March 2012

My wife and I stayed at Las Moradas del Unicornio for 1 night in February as we where visiting El Celler de can Roca in nearby Girona (about 30 mins in a cab). We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and found Olga and Kim to be friendly, welcoming hosts. Olga doesn't speak English but is clearly very passionate about the house, whereas Kim's English is excellent. The house itself is full of character and beautifully decorated. We stayed in the Dorado room which is huge (love the giant sofa) and has patio doors onto the lovely garden. Unfortunately it was too cold to use the pool but I imagine in the summer its great. Olga showed us the other rooms and all look equally lovely and full of character. Olga also arranged for flowers and champagne to be in the room on arrival as it was my my wifes birthday, plus prepared a gorgeous meet / bread / wine snack for us. Overall I loved it and my only regret is we stayed for only 1 night.

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank david_judic
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Reviewed 4 September 2011

My husband and I spent two nights here while biking in the region, and we really enjoyed it! As others have noted, Olga and Kim really go out of their way to make you feel at home, and their home is wonderful!

The property: We stayed in the Dorado Unicorn room, which was huge and had the whirlpool tub mentioned by others--which felt fantastic after a long day of biking. We also spent some time in the library, which was a very cool space, and contained a great variety of books, including those of Kim's photography. The garden in the back was lovely--though we did not get to swim, we ate breakfasts and one dinner there, and it was an extremely romantic setting. Sitting outside at night and gazing at the millions of stars above was extraordinary.

The food: Olga's dinner was one of the best meals we ever had (pricey though). Everything was made with the utmost love and care, from the homemade focaccia and jams to the beans and bacalao cheeks, and for dessert, homemade cheese with quince paste and walnuts, and Basque cheesecake. Olga's cooking was so amazing it was truly unbelievable! And Kim was great at helping us to pair our dinner with a crisp, regional white wine and our dessert with cava.

Breakfasts were also splendid. It would be nice, as others have noted, if the breakfast were free. But at 6 euro/person, it was well worth it, for a variety of fresh artisan breads and pastries, omelettes, etc.

In short, we left Las Moradas feeling well rested and content, and hope very much to return in the future!

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 August 2011

My wife and I stayed at Las Moradas last June. It was a little hard to find (enter Pubol, not Girona, in the GPS), but once there we were welcomed ever so warmly by the hostess, Olga Castells (whose husband is a famous landscape photographer.) The guest rooms are beautifully appointed, and soft mediaeval music combined with Olga's amazing cuisine combine to produce a truly romantic setting. The property also adjoins the fascinating Dali Gala castle. If you are looking for something different, tasteful, respectful and intimate, I suggest you share with us this delightful abode.
David Cruse and Maggie Down

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  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 July 2011

We were looking for something a little different and were taken with the unique and quirky look of the house along with its very special location and history. It is not your average B&B and it is certainly not your average B&B price, but we believe you get what you pay for in life.

We arrived late in the afternoon so had already decided to stay in for dinner as it was our wedding anniversary so we ordered from Olga’s wonderful menu before we departed the UK. It was a very romantic setting, a table in the garden surrounded by candles and relaxing music.
The food was all freshly prepared and quite delicious.
Breakfast is also served in the garden and Olga was happy to let us have lye in, we could eat anytime up to 11am!

We stayed in the White Unicorn room which we found very comfortable, there was a lounge and separate bathroom. According to Olga this room has mystical powers!

We felt like we were visiting old friends even though this was our first visit to Olga and Kim’s home, and despite the slight language barrier we found a common bond and always managed to understand each other. Kim was also there to translate from time to time and had a great knowledge of where to go and how to get there.

If like us you want to get away from it all; relax and feel completely detached from the hustle and bustle of every day life this is the place for you.
We loved it so much we plan to go back next year as it is rare that you find such a place and such delightful people.

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 July 2011

We wanted a break from city life, and choose this place based on the trip advisor reviews.

We had the white suite, as the gold was not available. It was lovely antique style and very large, although i found it a bit dark. The house and garden were spotless and tastefully decorated.

The hosts, Olga and Kim, could not have been more accommodating. They really do provide an excellent service and nothing seemed too much.

We stayed for the evening meal and it was one of the best fish dishes I have ever had.

The main complaint we had was the music: while i do not mind new age music, it was much too loud and too continuos. We found it hard to take our needed siesta on arrival. it was playing right outside our room as well as outside in the garden. My partner and I both felt we could not tell them to turn is down - the hosts try so hard for things to be perfect - but it was really too much for us. The other little negative i have is that the breakfast was not included in the price, which i found a little strange as it is a b&b.

Overall though, if you like b&b´s and the personal touch, then i fully recommend this place - try and get the golden suite though.

Room Tip: The golden suite is best.
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  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank fiionabarcelona
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Reviewed 16 July 2011

This was such a surprise and totally unexpected.
As an aside, it is an example of why Trip Advisor is so important as this B&B is not found in the normal travel guides and my concierge service had never heard of it.

BUT this trip was special as we were visiting Can Roca (no.2 restaurant in the world) and we were dosing out on Dali's history - this met all those criteria and even more.
not only was it only 20 minutes from the best restaurant in Spain but it was at the doorsteps of Gala's home.
I normally freak at B&B's as typical proprietors assume they are my best friends within minutes of meeting but Kim and Olga are both courteous and friendly but also leave you alone to enjoy their home.
We not only though had Kim and Olga looking after us in a home that was hundreds of years old but we also had Gala's ex housekeeper make us breakfast in the morning.
History doesn't get any better.
Another bonus was our room - dsecribed by other reviewers as the Golden Unicorn room, and yes, it is large and it fronts onto the pool and garden but more importantly for us,it was described by Olga as the Dorado Unicorn.
This just made it for my wife as Lynn trains brumbies (wild horses known as mustangs in the States) and her special horse is named Dorado - what more could you ask for.

We went onto Cadaques the next day to visit Dali's studio and we stayed in a typical non-descript motel - my only regret then was that i hadn't booked a couple of days at Pubol rather than looking for accommodation at Cadaques - the sense of history and b&b atmosphere was more relaxing than your typical family motel in other towns.
Definitely recommended.

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  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Las Moradas del Unicornio

Address: Pza. Constitucion- c/ Gala-Dali. | a 20 min. del Aeropuerto. Junto Museo Gala Dalí, 17120 Girona Pubol, Spain
Region: Spain > Catalonia > Province of Girona > Pubol
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Pubol
Price Range: £89 - £155 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 35
Also Known As:
Las Moradas Del Unicornio Pubol, Spain - Province Of Girona

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