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 Value for Money  3.3
 Rooms  4.0
 Cleanliness  4.0
 Location  4.0
 Security & Safety  4.3
 Service & Staff  3.0
 Food / Dining  4.3
 Total  3.9

"peace and food"

User Rating:  3.8
Reviewer:   Marta G. of Barcelona, Spain
Reviewed:   October 6, 2008  (see hostel reviews from Spaininstantbooking.com)
Traveled:   September 2008     Type:   Family
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Comments  (English):
When my family arrived at CEL, we were warmly received by Camilo who offered us a tea. We met a group of people leaving in the following days. We enjoyed the macrobiotic diner offered the first night by the cook Matthias. Breakfast was great, specially the miso soup and the just baked bread. When the group finally left the cook vanished with them , something I greatly regreted. We spend the rest of our holidays there alone which was good for the peace but no so much for the unestable timetables of meals and their reduced splendour. The house is nicely decorated, clean and provide ecological shampoo and gel. Mosquitos seemed to be abundand, but also the mosquito nets in the rooms which give a saffari atmosphere, we were never bitten. There are a few cats, a dog and two or three horses. There is free access to internet, a library and some DVD with a TV set. If I ever go back, I would like to do it with a a large group of people doing a workshop or seminar. I was also told of the beautiful walks nearby, but we did not visit them.

"I was disappointed"

User Rating:  3.0
Reviewer:   Juanita L. of Albuquerque, United States
Reviewed:   October 30, 2007  (see hostel reviews from Europebandb.com)
Traveled:   October 2007     Type:   Single
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Comments  (English):
My experience at Cel Centre left much to be desired. It was very disappointing. I consider myself a trooper when it comes to travel and I also know what good hospitality is even under rustic conditions. Trying to keep an open mind on arrival, I left as soon as I could trace down a taxi to come get me after sunset. Since I did not stay overnight, my ratings are neutral.

On arrival to the Cel Centre premises, I had to hunt down and interrupt two youth in their trampoline diversion to get help. I was finally shown the entrance where I was greeted and shown my accommodations. This one person was my only real communicant and he was cordial. Although I did have free access to Internet, I had no access to the telephone which was in the locked office. Hours later, when the overseer finally arrived with the key to the office, I was never notified. I was not given any towels. Basically, I was left totally on my own, finding myself alone with the entire house abandoned. I assume that drinking water was avilable by self-serve in the kitchen although I had not been shown where to find potable water. During this time, the house attendants were out in the far field on a skate board ramp. I had to hunt them down to see the swimming pool advertised, but its condition was not usable as anticipated from advertisement. By sunset, the ambiance of neglect was extremely depressing. As a woman traveling alone, I found it impossible to spend the night and find the rest and serenity that I had in mind when I made the original reservations.

I had expected to be in a Spanish rural environment with some sense of local eco/history and agricultural awareness. This was lacking. I had no sense of being in Spain nor of acknowledgment of historical/cultural continuity that created the argirulctural architecture so arduously and admirably renovated. To me GREEN includes an awareness of locale, which includes a sensitivity to local inter-generational history of geological/human interaction and agricultural efforts. I found this ecological acknowledgement lacking.

"a piece of heaven"

User Rating:  4.8
Reviewer:   Tuuli K. of Joensuu, Finland
Reviewed:   October 3, 2007  (see hostel reviews from Hosteltraveler.com)
Traveled:   September 2007     Type:   Youth/Student
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Comments  (English):
Cel could not give you disappointments if you are looking for something different than a mere cityholiday. This calm place is situated 15 km outside of Girona, and the bus goes three times a day to Girona and back. The building is an old rock house, I'm almost tempted to say a castle but it wasn't quite that.. The surrounding area is just countryside, woods and fields. At Cel there are many activities, one may find the internet there, as well as a trampoline and over 20 cats to pet :) A ping-pong board can also be found, and an ecological swimming pool. Surrounfing the house you may also find figue trees, peach trees, lime trees, lager trees and on the wall some grapes.
People working there are very nice. The cook of the place considers macrobiotic issues and other stuff, so it's pretty healthy, and the food is also organic and vegeterian, and veeery tasty :P~~
Especially I would recommend this place if you are getting on a city holiday. Reserve a few days from the end of your holiday to stay here to sooth your mind.. WARNING: maybe not a good place for those who are looking for a party every night and so on... Perfect for solitude seekers and nature lovers!


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