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HI - Girona - Cerveri de Girona Hostel

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Hostelz.com's Review
When on a break from Barcelona or stuck in Girona between Ryanair flights, HI - Girona - Cerveri de Girona Hostel is a good place to crash in the heart of the historic old town. The hostel has a weird feel to it as students also stay there during the school year, which changes the atmosphere of the hostel. The building feels very institutional and not like a typical hostel. Reception closes at 11 p.m., with a night watchman on duty after to let in guests. Note that the youth hostel closes over Christmas break.

The Location

The hostel is conveniently located in the old town, a fifteen-minute walk from the train and bus stations. The town is easy to navigate by walking, and this hostel is a perfect location to start from.

Rooms and Bathrooms

The dorm rooms are very basic, and range from two to eight beds. Each room also has a desk or two with a chair. You can email them if you are in a group so they place you in an appropriate sized dorm. They only provide one key, which must be left at the front desk any time you leave the hostel. This can be annoying if you need to wait at the front desk. Dorm rooms lack air flow and get very stuffy at night during the summer.

The bathroom has a shower, sink, and toilet, with a door separating it. The bathrooms are in need of renovation and are quite dirty, with clogged drains. There are no issues with temperature or pressure in the showers, but there's nowhere to keep soap and shampoo. You could change in the bathroom area and hooks are available, but it is dirty.

Common Spaces

The hostel has an outdoor patio area and a library, but both can be locked and therefore inaccessible. The breakfast area is adjacent to the kitchen (only with a microwave and fridge) and is the main open common space. The included breakfast includes bread, cheese, meat, wrapped pastries, coffee, and juice -- but it isn't very good. Internet terminals are available for a fee, but no Wi-Fi is available. It is difficult to meet people as most people are just eating in the kitchen. The hostel is dull, and no party atmosphere as alcohol is not permitted. There are people of all ages, including families. Luggage storage is available at reception.

Summary

The hostel is ok as a place to sleep, but needs a renovation and lacks atmosphere. For families and older people, it is a nice and cheap place to stay. For backpackers, partying, and groups, you're probably better off looking somewhere else.

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September 2009

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Hostelz.com Guest Reviews
4   Going again l loved it all. staff good. spoke english. bars good in area. meals in yha very good. staff explained what you could have or not. all clean. lot toilets and showers handy for all things. booked again.  , english ormskirk ()
2  It's a basic International Hostel. Breakfast is ok, the rooms are clean. They have two of the three floors filled up with noisy, unfriendly students who do not much care about the rules in the hostel, or about your nights sleep. It's an option to stay when in Girona, but you'll get better staying at one of the private Hostal or Pensione for a couple of Euro more.  ()
4  good hostel with big and clean rooms, good facilities in general, and friendly staff.  ()
4  There is now self cooker kitchen in this hostel. At weekends, they do not offer meals, but there are lots of cafe/restaurants in the next streets. There are no tea or coffee making facilities, but there is a hot drink machine. A clean hostel, with internet access as well. Bags can be kept in a small cupboard during the day as the hostel is not open for first visitors until four p.m.  ()
5  This was a hostel that really surprised me, just like the whole city. It's bang in the middle of Girona's medieval centre with its ramparts, the cathedral and all those narrow alleys. The hostel has 4 floors, and there is an elevator, however it wasn't working when we stayed there. The rooms are spacious and clean, there's 3 beds (1 of them a bunk bed) and 1 table+chair for every person. There's also huge luggage lockers. You don't need any padlocks for them, just a €2 coin which you get back. There's no curfew, although the reception closes at 11p.m. The staff are really helpful and all speak English. The toilets and showers are reasonably clean, although the showers are the annoying kind where you always have to press the button for the water. Internet is available for €1 per 30 minutes. Breakfast is included in the price, but you have to get up between 8 and 9 to get any of it. It's plenty but like everywhere in Spain really sweet. There's also a common room with TV and table tennis. The youth hostel is about a 15 minutes walk away from the train station, but I'm sure there's also busses. All in all I really enjoyed the stay there.  , austria ()
4  This is a friendly hostel, which also doubles as student halls. The rooms were very clean and large. The only downside was that there is only one toilet and shower per sex on each floor. However we did not find this a problem. The all-you-can-eat breakfast is good, too!!!  ()

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