Palau Fugit Hotel, a seductive gem nestled in the heart of Girona's Barri Vell, stands as a testament to the transformative power of design and the creative vision of El Equipo Creativo. The boutique hotel, born from the conversion of an 18th-century palace, embodies a harmonious blend of historical richness and contemporary allure.
The design firm El Equipo Creativo's approach to Palau Fugit was guided by the desire to infuse high luxury into the space without succumbing to pretensions. The result is a fresh, elegant, and occasionally disruptive haven that pays homage to Girona's dual identity - the weathered charm of Barri Vell and the vibrant hues of El Temps de Flors. Divided into two distinctive parts, Palau Fugit unfolds a narrative that caters to modern travelers and experience seekers. The original palauet, featuring the arched courtyard 'La Placeta,' hosts the reception, restaurant, and a hidden spa. The second building, named the Pavelló, adopts a modern, rational approach. Connecting both structures is a terrace, the 'heart' of the hotel, adorned with a pool, lush ferns, and a poetic sculpture by local artist Frederic Amat. The rooms within El Palauet invite guests into a sumptuous fusion of fin de siècle opulence and contemporary flair. Each room tells a unique design story, with gothic arches and porticoes as recurring motifs. The use of curvaceous furniture, bespoke bed heads, and avant-garde lighting creates an ambiance that is warm, inviting, and steeped in history. Original works by local artists adorn the walls, emphasizing El Equipo Creativo's commitment to the authenticity of the experience. Transitioning to El Pavelló, the design takes on a Mediterranean-inspired 'la dolce vita' theme. Terracotta tones, handmade ceramics, and wood evoke a mid-century chic feel, complemented by natural light streaming in through patio access. The rooms exude casual glamour and effortless coolness, with rattan chairs and locally crafted elements adding a touch of the Costa Brava's artisanal charm.
The rooms exude a casual glamour and effortless freshness
The public spaces within Palau Fugit are equally enchanting. Casa Heras, the hotel's restaurant, pays homage to the original palace's social areas, adorned with modern art and whimsical murals. La Biblioteca, a distinguished library, provides an exquisite setting for private banquets and meetings. La Placeta, designed to be a little more disruptive, invites social interaction amidst stone arches and an original staircase. The Gipsy bar, nestled at the back, provides an intimate space for cocktails and conversations, surrounded by vestiges of the palace's ancient walls.
Palau Fugit is more than a hotel; it's a concept that gracefully balances history and modernity, formality and informality. From the Yves Klein blue reception table to the rich history of Girona's Barri Vell, every detail tells a story of thoughtful design and cultural integration. Girona itself, the gateway to the Costa Brava, adds another layer of allure to Palau Fugit. With its millennium-old historic buildings, renowned gastronomy, and natural beauty, Girona becomes an immersive backdrop for the hotel's guests. The city's authenticity, highlighted by landmarks featured in A Game of Thrones, adds to the overall charm and cultural richness. The studio's commitment to compelling storytelling and inspiration is evident in every corner of the hotel. With over 70 international design awards, including recognition from prestigious platforms like the Restaurant & Bar Design Awards and FRAME Awards, El Equipo Creativo has solidified its position as a global leader in innovative and conceptual design. Palau Fugit Hotel is not just an accommodation option; it's an immersive experience that invites guests to explore the layers of Girona's history, culture, and contemporary allure in a setting that is both luxurious and unpretentious. Photography by Salva Lopez
Architecture by Isern Associats
Text by Elke Aerts