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4 of 5 bubbles Review of Hotel Emporda

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Hotel Emporda
Ranked #9 of 12 Hotels in Figueres
London, United Kingdom
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145 reviews
38 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
“Cheese...”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2013

It is not common to remember a hotel by the cheese platter offered at their restaurant ... But I cannot forget the cheese feast my father, brother and I enjoyed upon our stay at the Empordá. It may have been 10 years ago, but the memory is still fresh.

About the hotel? It was conveniently situated between Madrid and North Italy which was our final destination...

The rooms were fairly priced and simply decorated. provided us with a good night's sleep and that's all we asked for!

The restaurant was that good, it kept my father purposely stopping by every time travelled from those two places! I trust the standards are the same, in which case do stop by for a bite, just make sure you leave sufficient space for the cheese at the end!!!!

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with family
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    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Dover, England, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2012

A beautiful hotel, with very helpful staff, all who appeared to have been trained in the "old fashioned" hotel style. Most effective and quite delightful. The room was recently decorated, maybe in need of a picture a Salvador Dali type would be good given it's position. The restaurant was lovely, the staff excellent and the food memorable. Even breakfast, which can be a tad boring, had lots of local specialities.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled with family
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1 Thank buffysox
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Vincennes, France
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183 reviews
29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2012

Old hotel which has seen better days, everything is old but clean, the rooms on the side of the main road are very noisy, in fact 67€ is the right price , use it just for an overnight stop-over on your way to France or to Spain.
The prices of the restaurant are absolutely crazy!! avoid, menu at 61€!! why not 120€?
Few small restaurants <not far away are much better choice.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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4 Thank SinedVincennes
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Collioure
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2012

I wanted to like this hotel, but it was not what I expected. I booked it because it was a four star hotel and was supposed to have a luxurious bathroom with a "hydro-massage" bathtub. The battub was not well cleaned (black hairs) and the massage function was lousy (cleaned the tub myself first). We live in France and went to Figueres with our five months old baby to have a nice, pampered weekend, and I grudge when I think of how we could have spent that money on something else. The roof in our room had a huge amount of dead insects stuck to it; either small flies or large mosquitos. The beds were clean and the baby cot was OK, but otherwise the room was dusty and worn. Once the maid said she'd changed the towels and I found a towel with my make-up stain (I know my make-up stains) on it, neatly folded ... And why have a huge balcony when there's no furniture there? Are you supposed to just stand straight up and enjoy the view of the highway? Free Internet worked well, the roomservice was good and the food is nice, not too pricey. The staff was quite nice and helpful. The decor is dated and walls are cracked. There are only stairs to the entrance to the hotel, we had to carry our baby up there sitting in the trolley, glad we're not wheelchair users. It's not a bad hotel per se, but I'm annoyed when I think that I chose this hotel just because it was the one with the most stars in Figueres. There's got to be something better there. If you follow the road from the back of the hotel to the centre, it takes about fifteen minutes to walk. A bit dodgy at night, but no one attacked us. A farm or something nearby provided a pungent smell of cow feces. Some of the staff were so nice I almost feel sorry for them working there. We never ate at the restaurant, but the roomservice food was really nice. Didn't match the description on the menu, but really nice. A couple of German and English TV channels. The breakfast was good, but so expensive (13 euros per person) that we just had it once. As we had to carry a kettle anyway for the baby, it was not at all a bad solution to have instant coffee and sandwiches in bed in the morning, although I was constantly afraid that the insects in the ceiling would fall down and land on my face. A good two star hotel, I'd say, but no where near four stars.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
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4 Thank Annie F
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Seattle
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47 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 June 2012

This place is very interesting and somewhat of a hybrid of modern and traditional. First of all, it seems to have two names....Hotel Emporda and El Motel. The decor of the public areas and rooms is quite modern, but in a somewhat elegant way....but in fact this place has been there for decades (since the 1950s at least), and the original chef (Mr. Mercader) is considered to be the "godfather" of modern Catalan cuisine. It is situated on a main road on the outskirts of town, but this didn't mean alot of noise, fortunately. Parking is free.

To be honest, Figueres is not a very nice town, but still an overnight visit there is a pleasure, not only to experience the Dali Museum (which cannot be described, but is delightful), and also to dine at the hotel's restaurant. I had the "Back from the Market" menu, with several very creative and tasty courses, and the total with some wine was 60 euros, so it's not crazy expensive. The only negative is the service was quite formal and cool...a little bit of friendliness would go a long way...but perhaps that was partly due to the language barrier.

Room Tip: Rooms on the east side might be a little quieter, although there is a road along there too.
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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled solo
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Palm Coast, Florida
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73 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 June 2012

We disagree with the reviewers regarding the service. The bartender was obnoxious, of no use, unpleasant and not around when needed. And all we needed was a drink on the patio! The parking was free and very easy access. We entered the town from the East (Parador Cardona) and the GPS led us astray. The rooms were excellent as the reviewers described. Both of our rooms had balconies with peek-a-boo views of the old fort and an active zipline. The walk to the Dali museum took 20 minutes, the front desk and the reviewers said ten would do it. I guess seniors walk slower. The museum itself had fewer Dali originals than the one in St. Petersburg, FL but it was well worth the visit. All in all a nice hotel spoiled by the poor service, particularly one individual.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with family
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dubai
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156 reviews
78 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 April 2012

We managed to get a special 'flash deal' with this hotel - which was excellent value. The room and bathroom are pristine - and everything about this hotel gives the impression that the owners have thought about the needs of their guests. Magazines for both Mr and Mrs - slippers - it just needed a flower in the bathroom and a Salvador Dali picture on the wall to make it to 5 stars. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Emporda
Address: Avda. Salvador Dali i Domenech 170, 17600, Figueres, Spain
Region: Spain > Catalonia > Province of Girona > Figueres
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 12 Hotels in Figueres
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Emporda 4*
Number of rooms: 42
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
THE HOTEL EMPORDÀ is located on the northern approaches to the town of Figueres. Well know for the cuisine. Easy and free parking just in front the hotel. Rooms have all modern conveniences to guarantee the most comfortable stay, just a few minutes from the centre of Figueres and the Dalí Museum. ... more   less 
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