Location - Excellent, a few minutes walk from the placa catalunya.
Cost - Good, it says it's a five star but that can be disputed, on the site of the former Ritz hotel it has a very plush interior and lobby, this is not however to the standards of any decent 5 star hotel, more like a 4. Overall much cheaper than most decent 5 stars.
Rooms- We were in a room on the first floor, this meant we could hear (and feel the room shake) every time a subway train passed by. This happens every 10 minutes from 05.30 to 24.00. We asked to be moved but was told nothing was available. The beds were very firm and not of the standard expected at a five star hotel, they need to call the Four Seasons and ask where they get their beds from.
Room service- The menu was limited and very expensive, there are however some nice restaurants around so you can avoid room service if you have to.
Staff - Very good and extremely friendly, they are the hotels main plus point.
Overall we enjoyed our time in Barcelona and the hotel was ok, I don't think i would return though as im sure there are others that are better.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- El Palace Hotel has been totally refurbished and reopened late 2009. The works have preserved the classic spirit that has always characterised this property, distinguished as a symbol of Barcelona’s hotel tradition. Set in the heart of the city centre, close to Las Ramblas and in the most prestigious shopping area, it is surrounded by boulevards, theatres and main banks. It has an excellent transport connections and it is just 20 min from el Prat Airport.After the restoration, the Hotel will have 125 rooms, 42 of which will be suites and junior suites, all equipped with last-generation technology. A new room design, a soft interior re-decoration of public areas and lounges and the realignment and optimisation of the architectural infrastructure will enhance the beauty and majesty of our Hotel like in the 20’s. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- El Palace Hotel Barcelona, Catalonia