The Best Hotels in Girona, Spain, for Every Traveller

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Explore beautiful Girona from one of our selection of the Catalonian city’s best hotels — for any traveller.

The medieval city of Girona, just north of Barcelona, offers a gateway to the majestic Pyrenees and the rugged Costa Brava. Situated at the confluence of four rivers and woven with cobbled lanes, stone stairwells, and medieval fortifications, the city has a rich architectural history that traces back to Roman times. A major cycling hotspot, the best hotels in Girona include amenities for two-wheeled travellers as well as the more laid-back, culturally-curious visitors. Here’s our selection of the best.

1. Hotel Palau de Bellavista Girona


Hotel Palau de Bellavista Girona
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History seekers will love the Hotel Palau in the residential area of Les Pedreres, within easy walking distance of the Jewish quarter and Barri Vell (old town). The walk back to the hotel requires trekking up steep staircases, which reflect the strategic location of the historic district and its ancient fortifications. If you want even more exercise, you’ll also have access to a pool and a fitness centre during your stay. For guests arriving by car, free parking in a secured garage is available. The crowning glory of the hotel is the panoramic view of the city that you can comfortably enjoy from the bar terrace.

2. Hotel Carlemany


Hotel Carlemany
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Conveniently located in the commercial centre, Hotel Carlemany stands out for its dedication to representing local art. Ranging from sculpture to painting and tapestry, more than 100 works by major artists from in and around Girona are on display throughout the property, offering guests a creative way to engage with the character of the city and surrounding landscape and culture. A bar, restaurant, and coffee shop are on-site, and the hotel is within strolling distance of some of the best restaurants and gastronomic experiences in Girona.

4. Hotel Gran Ultonia


Hotel Gran Ultonia
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The stately Hotel Gran Ultonia occupies a heritage building that once served the Ultonian Infantry Regiment during the various Napoleonic sieges that Girona faced in the early 19th century. Fully restored and thoroughly modernised, the hotel is a pet- and bike-friendly place to stay in the heart of the city. Enjoy a drink at La Terrasseta, the charming rooftop bar, or relax with a sweeping, cityscape view from El Secret lounge on the sixth floor. Ideal for cyclists with four-legged friends in tow.

5. Ciutat de Girona

Hotel, Spa Hotel

Ciutat de Girona
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Just steps from the Eiffel Bridge (Pont de les Peixateries Velles), which leads right into the historic district, Ciutat de Girona is a hub for sports tourism. The hotel has bike storage, repair and cleaning in addition to menus for athletes on request, extended breakfast hours and a laundry service for sportswear. Gym facilities include a spinning room with virtual classes, aromatherapeutic massage and other spa treatments, and a jacuzzi area with a salt-water electrolysis system. Staying a little longer? The hotel also offers eight luxury apartment-style accommodations located nearby, at Plaça de la Vila. Guests have access to hotel services while remaining independent.

6. Hotel Historic

Hotel, Luxury

Hotel Historic
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Just a few steps from Girona Cathedral and next to Sant Domènec Square, the family-run Hotel Historic blends the rich past of Girona with modern amenities. Check in here if you want to feel like you’re living in the city’s ancient heart. The unique decor incorporates foundations dating from the Roman period and original walls from the 8th and 9th centuries. A rooftop terrace offers a beautiful view of the city skyline. Guests can choose to stay in a room, suite or apartment, all of which exude charm and comfort.

7. Hotel Nord 1901

Hotel, Luxury

Hotel Nord 1901
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Hotel Nord offers a calm retreat that you wouldn’t believe is a stone’s throw from the historic district. Situated in a typical Catalan building that has been restored and modernised, the charming setting incorporates a pool (and poolside bar), a private garden and a showcase of sculptures and ceramics by local artists. Rooms and suites come with a minibar, coffee maker, slippers and robes. A breakfast buffet is offered free from Sunday to Wednesday.

8. Casa Cundaro


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Step back in time with a stay at Casa Cundaro, a quaint heritage building and garden nestled in the Jewish Quarter (also called Call Jueu). This cosy, five-room hotel offers apartment-style accommodation with kitchenettes and microwaves; some have balconies that offer views over rooftops to the mountains beyond. The famous cathedral (featured in Game of Thrones) is right next door, so be prepared to hear the medieval bells tolling the hour, just as they have done for hundreds of years.

9. Peninsular Hotel


Peninsular Hotel
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Planning some retail therapy? Located on the bustling Carrer Nou in the shopping area of the city – just over the bridge from the historic district – Peninsular Hotel offers modern amenities in a renovated 19th-century building. The hotel has been in operation for 150 years, and currently has bike storage facilities, a buffet-style breakfast and a lounge. The on-site restaurant, Café Savoy, once served as a hub for well-known residents such as actor Mario Moreno (known as Cantinflas) and writers Josep Cruset, César González, Ruano and José Maria Gironella.

10. Melia Girona

Hotel, Chain Hotel

Melia Girona
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Situated in the commercial area known as the Ensanche (between the airport and the historic district), Melia Girona is a large, airy hotel that caters perfectly to both business and leisure travellers. The wellness centre offers hydromassage, a sauna, a treatment and massage cabin, and a gym. Dining spaces include a breakfast buffet (with a dedicated gluten free area), restaurant and lounge bar. If you’re coming by car, private garage parking is also available.

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