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Four of the best boutique hotels in Girona

A tribute to chocolate leads the Catalan city’s boutique hotel offering.

By Lauren Jade Hill
photographs by Joan Pujol-Creus
Published 19 Jul 2021, 06:07 BST
The Junior Suite Cacao Bean at Casa Cacao.

The Junior Suite Cacao Bean at Casa Cacao.

Photograph by Joan Pujol-Creus

Casa Cacao

Part chocolate factory, part hotel, Casa Cacao is the realisation of chef Jordi Roca’s dream of opening a site dedicated to a bean-to-bar chocolate experience. Opened in February 2020 on a quiet street off Plaça Catalunya in Girona’s old town, the hotel is a temple to the dark stuff. From the street, passersby peer into the glass-fronted chocolate factory. Inside, is a shop-cum-cafe where you can sample chocolate from six different places of origin, as well as colourful bonbons with imaginative fillings and drinking chocolate on tap. 

Spread across three floors upstairs are 15 spacious suites, as well as indoor-outdoor rooftop lounge La Terrassa, which overlooks the old town. Each suite is, naturally, decked out in cocoa tones, and features ceramics and furnishings made by local artisans. The indulgent breakfast, meanwhile, features regional ingredients that champion Catalonia, such as goat’s cheese, ibérico ham and black truffle. Snacks including brioche and cold cuts are offered with vermouth late into the evening. Sweet dreams. From €250 (£215), B&B.

Exposed stone walls add to a powerful sense of ambience at Mas Carreras 1846.

Photograph by Mas Carreras 1846

Mas Carreras 1846

A 15-minute drive from the city, this 11-room former farmhouse retains original elements, including the old cellar. Rooms pair exposed stone walls with fresh interior design and painted frescoes. There’s also a large lounge area and a kitchen, which spills out onto a terrace and pool garden. From €159 (£137), B&B.

Montjuic Boutique B&B

This neoclassical villa, perched on a hillside above the old town, is home to just a handful of guest rooms, whose terraces have views of the city and Pyrenees. Breakfasts highlight the produce of local farmers, and guided experiences range from ‘gastro-botany’ walks to yoga. Don’t miss the saltwater pool. From €125 (£108), B&B.

Palau dels Alemanys

Set within a medieval annexe to the Roman city wall, close to the cathedral, the location of this inner-city sanctuary is hard to beat. Stone arches and beamed ceilings meet pared-back design and individually styled suites. Admire the surrounds from Jimmy’s Bar — named after the jazz trumpeter Enric ‘Jimmy’ Rosell — which features a section of the Roman wall. From €170 (£147).

Published in the Jul/Aug 2021 issue of National Geographic Traveller (UK)

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