Del Vi Apartments

Girona, Catalonia, Spain Book from Book from £143 per night

Elegant and spacious 2- and 3-bedroom apartments in the heart of Girona’s medieval Old Town
History buffs will have heard of Girona’s well-preserved medieval centre. Others will recognise it as the city of Braavos in Game of Thrones. Whichever your interest, it's a stunning part of this elegant Catalonian city, with a fascinating mix of architectural styles. Set on the cobblestoned streets facing Plaça del Vi, with its back towards the River Onyan, this block of 8 apartments is a short stroll from the main attractions – a Gothic-style Cathedral, the 13th-century Arab Baths, the medieval Walls – and steps from the atmospheric old Jewish Quarter.

Inside, muted colours and minimal furnishings lend the 2- and 3-bedroom apartments a modern, Scandi feel; high ceilings and tall windows add to the comfortable sense of space. They’re chic, but not intimidatingly so: homes-away-from-home. Owned by the Hotel Ciutat de Girona (5 minutes’ walk over the bridge), you're welcome to use their pool and spa, or have a breakfast buffet there. But the apartments’ open-plan kitchens, cosy living rooms and sun-drenched balconies might tempt you to stay put for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Highs

  • A perfect riverside location in the heart of the Old Town, 30 mins' drive from golden beaches
  • Spacious, light-filled interiors, with pops of 50s-style furnishings
  • Great for families; all bedrooms can be set up as twins and our toddler loved the suitcase of toys provided for him
  • Wonderful restaurants all around, and excellent kitchens for self catering a few meals
  • Guests have access to a pool and spa at the nearby sister hotel

Lows

  • Our double bedroom was on the small side, but there was tons of space in the apartment itself
  • There's no parking in the Old Town. Perhaps ditch the car altogether and travel here by plane and train
  • Note, rates do not include a final cleaning fee and security deposit, both of which must be paid in cash on arrival

Best time to go

Visit in May to see Girona’s streets decorated with thousands of flowers during the annual Girona Flower Festival. Cyclists may want to come in June, in time for the city’s famous cycling festival. Otherwise, September is lovely, when the weather is still warm and the nearby beaches are less busy than during peak summer months.

Our top tips

We loved the romantic wine bar Plaça del Vi 7, next door to the apartments. There’s an excellent list of wines and an expert sommelier to guide you through it, plus a small list of traditional tapas. Arrive early-ish for a table as it's very popular.

Great for...

City Style
Family
  • Boutique Apartments
  • 8 apartments for 2-6
  • Self catering (restaurants nearby)
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Towels & Bedlinen
Room:

Rooms

The 4 categories of apartment vary in size (through Comfort, Luxury, Penthouse Comfort and Penthouse Deluxe), but each features the same elegant muted décor. It’s all creams and beiges, with minimal artwork – a framed wall hanging here, nest of copper tables there. Excellent lighting includes warm spotlights and Scandi-style lamps, meaning you can create perfect mood lighting any time.

Comfort and Luxury apartments each have 2 bedrooms and 1 shower bathroom; the penthouses add extra m2, with 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms apiece – perfect for families with older kids. The Penthouse Comfort has an interior balcony linking the 2 bedrooms, while the Penthouse Deluxe has the added luxury of a suntrap terrace that looks out towards the emblematic Rambla de la Llibertat and the River Onyar.

You’re in the heart of the Old Town, above bistros and bars, but inside it is blissfully silent: soundproofing and calming bedrooms guarantee a good night’s sleep.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Bathrobes
  • Central heating
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Coffee maker
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge
  • Full kitchen
  • Hairdryer
  • Hob or stove
  • Iron
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Phone
  • Safe box
  • Satellite TV
  • Toaster
  • Washing machine
  • WiFi

Eating

Well-equipped open-plan kitchens and comfortable living spaces (plus a breakfast bar in the Deluxe Penthouse) are cosy settings for holiday meals. For a small surcharge, you can breakfast at Hotel Ciutat, a 5-minute walk away. Served in the colourful dining room, it has all the buffet classics – eggs, bacon, a selection of bread and a self-serve juice machine – but no a la carte options. Back at the apartments, swanky coffee machines and an artisan bakery next door might tempt late risers to have breakfast in bed, instead.

For other meals, Hotel Ciutat has a relaxed lobby bar and a good-value Mediterranean-style restaurant, but Girona is a foodie hotspot so it’s worth venturing out to top-rated restaurants for meals. If you haven’t pre-booked a table at 3 Michelin-starred El Celler de Can Roca (voted one of the world’s best eateries), don’t worry! Cosy bistros, gourmet tapas bars, and laid-back fish restaurants are dotted around the Old Town.

Features include:

  • Children's meals
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Coffee maker
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge
  • Full kitchen
  • Hob or stove
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Restaurants nearby
  • Toaster
  • Catering service
Eating:
Activity:

Activities

  • Explore the Old Town: walk along the medieval walls for stunning panoramas, admire the Gothic nave in the cathedral, wander the cobbled streets of the Jewish Quarter, and visit the Arab Baths
  • Stroll along the River Onyan past colourful houses, and criss-cross over stone bridges
  • Hotel Ciutat offers private themed tours around the city and region – choose from a cultural tour of Girona’s historic hotspots to a foodie tour, to a moonlight trekking tour in the foothills of nearby mountains!
  • Explore the Catalonian countryside by bike (Hotel Ciutat can arrange rentals) or book a hot-air balloon ride for a bird's eye view
  • Day trip around the 3 main sights of the Dalí Triangle: the museum in Figueres, his house in Port Lligat and the castle in Púbol
  • Bask on beautiful hidden beaches in the Costa Brava (30 mins' drive), or hop on the train to see Barcelona’s Modernist gems (40 mins)
  • You're free to use Hotel Ciutat's spa and saltwater pool; treatments include a chocolate body wrap, sports massage and reflexology

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Historical sites
  • Museums / galleries
  • Nightlife
  • Shopping / markets
  • Swimming
  • Well being

Kids

These are family-friendly apartments, stylishly decorated but not intimidatingly so for parents with small children. All bedrooms can be set up as twins or doubles, and cots are available upon request (no surcharge). We loved the age-appropriate suitcase full of toys left out for our little one – a really nice touch. You're welcome to use nearby Hotel Ciutat's heated spa pool, too (children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult).

Best for:

All ages

Family friendly accommodation:

There are 4 categories to choose from: Comfort and Luxury, which each have 2 bedrooms, or Penthouse Comfort and Penthouse Deluxe, which each have 3 bedrooms. Every apartment can fit a baby cot too.

Babysitting:

On request

Baby equipment:

Baby cots

Remember  baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking

Children's meals:

Kitchens are well equipped for self catering and there are family friendly restaurants all around, including one at Hotel Ciutat, which has special mealtimes for families

Kids Activities on site:

Toys and books

Kids Activities nearby:

  • Walk along the city walls, built in 1BC
  • Older children will love the Passeig Arqueològic, which is full of local legends and ghost stories
  • Parc de Domeny has ziplines, a playground, a climbing wall and skateboard area. Bring a picnic
  • The Cinema Museum teaches a history of film, from shadow theatre to the magic lantern to Charlie Chaplin, and there are regular workshops for kids
  • Swim in Hotel Ciutat's heated indoor pool
  • The Costa Brava's golden beaches are 30 mins' drive away

Distances:

  • Airport: 20 mins' drive (Girona)
  • Hospital: 10 mins' taxi
  • Shops: outside the apartment
Kid Friendly:

Location

Girona is an hour north of Barcelona in Catalonia, northeast Spain. The apartments are in the heart of the Old Town, backing the River Onyan.

By Air:
Fly into Girona (16km) or Barcelona (118km). It’s a 20-minute journey from Girona airport; we'd recommend taking a taxi. From Barcelona airport, it takes roughly an hour by car (an easy drive along the high-speed toll road to Girona), or you could take the train (1 hour 10 minutes) then a taxi.

Detailed directions will be sent when you book through i-escape.com.

Airports:

  • Girona 16.0 km GRO
  • Barcelona El Prat 118.0 km BCN

Other:

  • Beach 35.0 km
  • Shops 0.2 km
  • Restaurant 0.2 km

Our guests' ratings...

Based on 2 independent reviews from i-escape guests

10/10
Room
9/10
Service
9/10
Value
9/10
Overall

Lovely stylish apartments in a fantastic location. It was a nice touch to be able to use pool in hotel.

8/10,

Fabulous apartment! We stayed in apartment 2 and it was huge and super comfortable. The beds and pillows were amazing! Great location in the historic old town. Girona is a beautiful city, easy to walk around with a plethora of restaurants and bars. We had a delicious lunch at the restaurant no.9 (2 doors down from the apt), fabulous food and such friendly staff. Highly recommend the apartment, the restaurant and Girona.

10/10,

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