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El Palauet Living Barcelona
Ranked #128 of 753 Speciality Lodging in Barcelona
New York City, New York
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2 reviews
“Hidden Gem”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2011

A very nice experience. Rooms were surprising spacious and ultra-modern.
Staff could not have tried harder to help and to please. Quaint elevator and secret rooftop oasis that is beyond belief. My family and I loved this place.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
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JanaSantamaria, Director General at El Palauet Living Barcelona, responded to this review, 30 August 2011
Dear Friend,
First of all I would like to thank you for having chosen El palauet Living Barcelona during your recent stay in Barcelona!
Your feed-back is of great importance. I look forward to welcoming you back to the hotel when you will next be in town.

THE FAMOUS TOLERANT AND VIBRANT SPIRIT OF BARCELONA IS WAITING FOR YOU.

GLAD TO ASSIST YOU!

Directora
Jana Santamaria
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 June 2011

This is one of the most t superb and memorable hotels of my many years of privileged travel experiences worldwide: El Palauet Living Barcelona. It is more than a hotel because it is a destination experience in itself, living in Barcelona as an insider, not like being in a hotel. El Palauet (it means “little palace” in the Catalan language) has only six suites, and they are immense, each with two bedrooms, two baths, a huge living room, separate sitting/office area-- I loved the complimentary broadband wi-fi and sat at my desk happily writing on my laptop. I had a full kitchen, completely equipped, all utensils, appliances, modern and high-Europe-design accoutrements, and a full dining room. I had the luxury of what they call a “personal assistant”, more than a butler or valet, at my service 24/7. Johnny, his name, told me about this exquisite mondernista (Catalan version of art nouveau) building built in 1906 by a famed architect contemporary to the great Antoni Gaudi (whom you should Google) whose imaginative and undulating buildings are just down the street. Gaudi is most known for Barcelona’s iconic Sagrada Familia. Johnny cooked my breakfast which was lavish and included eggs Catalan style, delicious and even with a unique “design” (I later learned he studied with one of Catalonia’s most celebrated chefs.) He also instructed me -- and instruction is a must -- how to operate the touch-screen “room intelligence” controls for climate control, music (great selection, and because there re many many high- quality speakers, I better enjoyed the music rich in quality while low in volume), also controls for the automatic curtains on the vast picture windows.
Bathrooms have gigantic “waterfall” showerheads, and the master bathroom is complimented by an additional room containing a big bathtub where the highlight is chromatherapy ... a progression of every color in the spectrum changing seamlessly and almost mesmerizing and relaxing in that room. Most memorable for me was the “Japanese style” combination toilet-bidet, I must say a high-tech human-friendly “luxury” even for that particular activity, hygienic, refreshing, paper-free, and hands free. Although not necessary, there were generous rolls of toilet paper.
The elaborate original modernism design -- elaborately carved ceiling adornments and decor -- were either perfectly preserved or perfectly restored. Special high-tech non-porous surfaces, in the kitchen counters and other tabletop surfaces are industrial strength yet soft to touch and highly clean, in creams and other warm colors. Embedded within these surfaces are subtly illuminated vignette designs that mimic the original patters on the walls and ceilings from over a hundred years ago. As if there were a conversation between them.
Hence the most ultra modern comforts -- and i really mean Comforts -- mingle within the authentic atmosphere and aesthetic of this treasured modernism period building
Yes, staying here I felt I was experiencing Barcelona from the “inside”. And with Johnny’s orientation even more so.
I exit my suite through my stalwart front door, stepped into my own marble foyer and into the antique elevator, perfectly restored, yet another “living experience”. Then out the almost private entry hallway , out the massive antique wood front door and, as i stepped onto the sidewalk of Passeig de Gracia, i knew i was exactly where I was supposed to be in Barcelona. (You encounter no lobby while entering or leaving...a drawing room set off from the entry hall, is where you register while relaxing on a sofa enjoying, a welcome drink and tapa, and reviewing your “guest profile and preferences” that you had sent via email .)
This is the charming neighborhood where the swank Passeig de Gracia (a tree-lined avenue often compared to New York’s (less lovely) Fifth Avenue, becomes much narrower as it crosses the major intersection of Avinguda Diagonal and morfs into a lovely tranquil street with a neighborhood ambiance and a garden-parkway with trees and statuary in the center.
Jimmy oriented me and accompanied me for a short walk pointing out some favorite shops, restaurants and patisseries (of course he could order anything I wish and bring it and serve in my room). At the same time he is admirably knowledgeable about history, architecture, cuisines and generously shared his knowledge in a way that was more meaningful to me as a visitor.
I stayed three nights with my partner, and with all the sightseeing, concerts and museums, we were always drawn back to our suite because we felt we were missing something by not being there. Additionally, we enjoyed going up to the private garden rooftop to use the open-air jacuzzi, Finnish sauna, have a massage in the spa area, then simply rest and have a drink in the quiet al fresco lounging area designed specifically for that purpose.
We will be returning to EL Palauet, and are considering combining a future stay there both before and after a Mediterranean Cruise out of Barcelona. Either way, I fell El Palauet is not a place to stay just one time, and to me it IS Barcelona.

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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JanaSantamaria, Director General at El Palauet Living Barcelona, responded to this review, 30 August 2011
Dear Friend,
Thank you for having chosen El Palauet Living BArcelona during your stay in Barcelona!
I look forward to welcoming you back to the hotel when you will next be in town.

See you soon
Best regards from Sunny Barcelona

Jana Santamaria
Directora
THE FAMOUS TOLERANT AND VIBRANT SPIRIT OF BARCELONA IS WAITING FOR YOU!
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Property: El Palauet Living Barcelona
Address: Passeig de Gracia, 113, 08008 Barcelona, Spain
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Region: Spain > Catalonia > Province of Barcelona > Barcelona > Gracia
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Spa Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #128 of 753 Speciality Lodging in Barcelona
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:5 star — El Palauet Living Barcelona 5*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
21st-century ultra-modern decor and luxuries harmonize with the preserved 1906 modernista (Art Nouveau) artistry of this landmark suite only boutique hotel. Six two-bedroom, two-bath, extremely spacious apartment-style suites (1,615 square feet), can accommodate up to four guests. Similar in layout, the suites feature a fully-equipped kitchen, dining room, living room, stellar contemporary furnishings, and state-of-the-art technology throughout. Guests enjoy utmost privacy at the rooftop private spa and terrace. Spa facilities include a wooden Finnish sauna, treatment rooms and massage tables, outdoor saltwater jacuzzi with hydro-massage “beds”, and solarium for sun tanning.The bar and al-fresco lounge area are ideal for yoga, simply relaxing, or for gatherings. A personal assistant is assigned to each suite throughout your stay: multilingual, knowledgeable about Barcelona tourism, museums, shopping, entertainment and dining, they can make all your arrangements. ... more   less 
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