Plaça Miquel Santaló, Girona
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The first thing we have to say about the Hotel Carlemany is that it has seriously comfortable beds. There’s no messing about with blankets or tight fitting sheets just soft, welcoming duvets that embrace you luxuriously and send you off to meet the sandman in seconds. Apart from marshmallow beds, the Hotel Carlemany is a sophisticated and stylish base – all dark chocolate and coffee cream tones – within easy walking distance of Girona’s old quarter. We liked its artistic and gastronomic aspirations; the dining room was suitably attired for the Temps de Flors festival whilst original sculptures and paintings lend the communal areas a more individual feel than many other city centre hotels. It also successfully bridges the gap between catering for businesspersons and tourists.
A four star hotel with lashings of style and panache that makes an extremely comfortable base for enjoying Girona’s cultural, architectural, historic, artistic and gastronomic riches. It’s about a fifteen minute walk to the old town, but walking anywhere in Girona is no hardship, there’s always something interesting to catch the eye. The Hotel Carlemany sits in its own square – nice for a post wander cerveza in the sunshine and there’s the added bonus of an H&M shop opposite the hotel.
With 82 privilege rooms, 3 junior suites, executive juniors with meeting room and the super luxurious Suite Carlemany, there are sexily stylish accommodation choices for most tastes. All rooms feature attractive décor that manages to be sleek and sophisticated without being overly masculine (something that can often happen in business hotels). Rooms have flat screen TVs, a mini-bar and free Wi-Fi (if you make a reservation via the hotel’s website).
As you would imagine the Hotel Carlemany has excellent business facilities but less to offer guests who are visiting Girona purely for pleasure. That doesn’t pose a problem as city centre hotels are really be more of a base than anything else and in that respect this is a particularly comfortable one. The hotel does have a piano bar and cafeteria, but with the choice available on Girona’s streets outside the doors, these are useful rather than essential. The Restaurant El Pati Verd is as nicely turned out as the rest of the hotel and has a relaxing airy, greenhouse ambience. It also serves a local dish called a xuixo at the breakfast buffet. Locals claim that once you try this cream filled pastry you will never want to leave Girona.
Prices start from around €76 for a double room.
Buzz Trips stayed at Hotel Aigua Blava courtesy of the Costa Brava Tourist Board