Hotel Llegendes de Girona
C/Portal de la Barca, 4, Girona, Girona, Spain, 17004
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- Business travellers, Couples, Culture vultures, Romance, Shopping, Trendiness
Best for Trendiness - Expert review of Hotel Llegendes de Girona
The Catalans are brilliant at updating historic old buildings for the modern world whilst at the same time sensitively managing to hang on to their original character and the Hotel Llegendes is no exception. I love the way they’ve mixed arched stone ceilings and medieval rough-hewn brick walls with 60s style space-age furniture that’s straight out of Sean Connery-era James Bond or Austin Powers.
I also really like the little touches in this hotel. Some smart hotels will have a plate of fruit in your room on arrival, the Llegendes is much more original. Every room has two small complimentary glasses of Moscatel – the amber-coloured sweet, sherry-like local wine awaiting you alongside a chic, rectangular dish of frutos seccos or dried fruit and nuts.
Right in the heart of Girona’s Old Town and Jewish Quarter, you’re within walking distance of the old town’s sights including the Arabic baths, Cathedral and museums as well as Girona’s main city centre with great shops and a brilliant choice of restaurants and bars. Girona airport is about half an hour away and Barcelona about 2 hours away by car, bus or train.
All the rooms are named after different historical legends as per the hotel’s name ‘Llegendes’ - ‘legends’ in Catalan but there’s nothing historical about the decor. Apart from the rough-hewn old stone walls, the rest is all super-contemporary dark woods, whites and greys and 21st century chic rectangular bathroom fittings.
Everyone I know who’s stayed here adores the comfy beds and rain showers in the bathrooms but complete silence is at a premium as you are still close to the quite loud cathedral bells. Rooms overlooking Plaça del Paul Rodó are the quietest.
The two ‘Romantic’ Suites – Number 304 (Cocollona) and 301 (Fountain of Lovers) both feature ‘tantric chairs’. (Imagine a kind of leather-upholstered narrow, undulating ‘chaise longue.’) I didn’t quite catch on at first as to what these were, but if I say that they’re ‘designed for couples’, you can probably work out the rest.
All rooms have also got fluffy robes, slippers, flat-screen TV, mini-bar and safe.
There’s a small, hip, 60s style lounge area with flat screen TV on the ground floor with arched brick ceiling as well as the similarly groovy and light breakfast room which is open all day for teas and coffees.
There’s a self-service breakfast in the small, 60s space-age style breakfast-room with a good selection of coffee, teas, fresh fruit, fresh juices, cereals, croissants and cold cuts. If you’re really hankering for some boiled eggs, the staff will make you some on request.
You can help yourself to free tea and coffee all day in the breakfast area and there’s free WIFI throughout. The hotel can arrange bike rental including some very good bikes and works closely with a local bike route organiser.
The youngish staff are super-friendly and helpful. They all also speak perfect English and will go out of their way to help with whatever you need. They’ll also help arranging cycling trips.
Mostly Spanish, British, French and Dutch couples as well as some American cyclists and golf enthusiasts.
Room prices don’t automatically include breakfast. There’s a separate room price which does includes breakfast.
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- C/Portal de la Barca, 4, Girona, Girona, Spain, 17004
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