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.
Eating and drinking
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.
Who stays there
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.
- Business travellers
- Culture vultures
Pros & Cons
- Very friendly service
- Great location
- Rooms slightly small
- Small hotel car park