HI - Girona - Cerveri de Girona Hostel

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The Hostelz.com Review

HI - Girona - Cerveri de Girona Hostel is conveniently located just a ten-minute walk from the train station in the old part of the city where the narrow streets can be difficult to navigate.

The Location

To find the hostel on foot, it's best to get walking directions from Google Maps in advance. Even then, look for the street number 9 as you walk along the street Dels Ciutadans, because all of the information on the front of the hostel is in Catalán, and it may not look like a hostel at first glance. Once you find the hostel, you will be glad you did. It is clean and modern and employs a very friendly staff, whose English may be limited, but who will nevertheless do all they can to make your stay pleasant. The hostel is close to almost everything a tourist would want to see including the basilica, museums, and one of the best-preserved old city walls in existence. (You must walk along the top of the city wall both for its historical value and for the excellent views of the city.)

Rooms and Bathrooms

The rooms are modern and clean, and many of them have a balcony. The bunk beds have a metal frame and reasonably comfortable mattresses. There are lockers in the rooms, but you must bring your own padlock, and only the smallest of padlocks will fit the miniature hasps on the locker doors. The hasps could easily be removed with a pair of pliers. However, valuables may be left at the reception desk where they will be locked in a safe.

Common Spaces

The ground and first floors are devoted to common areas, and the sleeping rooms start on the second floor. The only elevator is reserved for staff, so backpackers have to haul their luggage up the stairs. The ground floor contains reception, the cafeteria, and three internet-connected computers, for which there is an hourly charge. Wi-Fi is free, however; ask for the password at the reception desk.

The cafeteria serves an excellent breakfast, which is included in the price of lodging. In addition to the normal bread, jam, juice, coffee, and cereal, there is sliced cheese and a selection of cold cuts. The bread is white but seems to come from a bakery and is hand sliced by the cafeteria staff. The midday and evening meals are available for purchase and are a good bargain.

On the first floor there is a table tennis room, a TV room, and a storage room for bicycles, which are available for rent. There is also plenty of seating, so this is a good place to hang out and meet other hostelers.

Summary

In summary, the hostel is modern and clean with a friendly staff. It is not a party hostel (go to Barcelona for that), but it is a good, well-located place to stay for those who want to see the sights of Girona and also get a good night's sleep.
by Jack Quinn
Hostelz.com Staff Reviewer
2014-07-18
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The hostel entrance
Reception
The Intert compiters
The common area
A two-person room
Toilette and sink

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(Location is approximate. You may need to pan/move to find "HI - Girona - Cerveri de Girona Hostel" at Dels Ciutadans, 9.)

Location/Contact

Address
Dels Ciutadans, 9, Girona, Catalonia, Spain
Coordinates
41.983832, 2.825169 (accuracy not guaranteed)
Location
Website
None (if you know the URL of their website, tell us and we'll add it)
Telephone
(34) 972 218 003, Reservations: (34) 934 838 363
Fax
(34) 972 212 023
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Hostelz.com Guest Reviews

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.
Neel Shah
(Canada)
2009-09-22
 
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.
nobby mccormick
(english ormskirk)
2009-07-23
  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.
worldtour4
2007-03-17
  good hostel with big and clean rooms, good facilities in general, and friendly staff.
elly
2007-01-22
  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.
Elliott
2006-06-14
  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.
michael stingl
(austria)
2004-11-21
  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!!!
Anonymous
2004-11-01

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