My boyfriend and I spent 3-/12 days at the El Palace Hotel before departing on a cruise. This hotel did not disappoint!!! We had an early flight into Barcelona and as soon as we arrived at the hotel, the staff advised that they had held a room for us so we could get comfortable right away. Both of us I were blown away by the staff and attention to detail at this hotel. Nothing was overlooked. When I inquired at 10 p.m., before leaving for dinner, if we could possibly get additional pillows for our room the next day, the gentlemen immediately informed me that the pillows would be in our room upon our return that evening. His response was "we are a 24 hour hotel, just let us know what and when you need something and we'll take care of it". Impressive! The room was a very nice size, not huge but definitely big enough for two. The bed was super comfortable and the room was extremely clean. Our room was cleaned every day and turned down even if we left twice in one evening. They didn't miss a detail!
Our room at the front of the hotel on the third floor overlooked the lovely boulevard and statue. The bath was beyond huge and was separated by a hallway with another door for extreme privacy. We could practically swim in the mosaic tub. We felt as if we had checked into a beautiful spa when going into the bath. The huge glassed in shower is separate from the tub and has a waterfall shower head directly from the ceiling. Felt so great, we never wanted to leave the bath!! From the third floor I have to admit you can hear and feel the rumble of the subway. It never bothered my boyfriend but it took me a day to get used to it. If you are bothered by noise and some light shaking, this aspect will annoy you. Also, the breakfast is very expensive. We had a continental breakfast included with our room. I ordered cereal and fresh fruit once and it was $22 Ouch! But there are option! One morning I walked across the street to the market picked up some fresh fruit and yogurt for about 3 Euro. There are many little restaurants close to the hotel so that is also a great option. I definitely would not let this aspect deter you as there are tons of options for breakfast and the hotel is just too fantastic to let those little issue scare you away. Also, buy bottles of water from the market across the street. To exchange money, there is also a bank directly across the street. Bring your passport!
I did want to eat in their beautiful restaurant downstairs but couldn't justify the prices of an additional $20 per person or $40 per day. Perhaps if we stayed a week, we would have experienced it but there was just so much to do and see!
Barcelona is a vibrant, exciting city with so much to do during the day and a place where the city really gets going around 9 or 10 p.m. for dinner. We loved this aspect of the city. You don't have to eat late but it is definitely part of the fun and part of the overall experience of Barcelona. We never had a bad experience. The architecture, art, food and people were everything that we had hoped for and more! We would leave for dinner at 10 p.m. and stroll through the streets. We would finish up around Midnight or 1 a.m. and would walk back to the El Palace. We never felt any fear. Of course, it is always good to be aware of your surroundings and not pull wads of cash out in public. Tthere are pickpockets, as everywhere, but if you exercise good judgement and keep your valuables in front pockets and purses in front of you and walk with confidence there won't be any problems. Also, ladies, don't hang your purse on the back of your chair especially in outdoor cafes.
The hotel is in a fantastic location with easy walking access to everything. Places not to miss! Sagrada Família - Make sure you go inside ... Incredible!!! Casa Milà (don't miss the roof terrace). You might want to take the elevator as it is about 12 flights and pretty exhausting. Anything and everything Gaudi. Las Ramblas - Experience it both day and night - Completely difference experiences.. During the day a must see is Mercat de Boqueria, this is the most amazing marketplace ever! Sights, sounds, colors & smells - Beautiful!! Walk all the way to the end of Las Ramblas, you won't be disappointed. Eat tapas late at night, one recommendation is Divinus which is about 4 to 5 long blocks from the hotel. Yummy! We also ate at 4 Cats which we also loved. I believe it is located in the Gothic district another area of Barcelona which is terrific to explore! Narrow alleys filled with shops, tapa bars, cava bars and apartments. You'll have to ask the hotel for the location of 4 Cats, it is pretty tough to find located in a narrow little alleyway but well worth the experience to find it!
Too much to see in just three and a half days! Day Three, we took a day trip to Montserrat for Cava tasting and a vist to the Basilica. It was above and beyond and worth the hour trip each way The Benedictine Monk retreat and Basilica is spectacular with amazing views of Catalunya. After visiting the Basilica take the cable car to the top of the mountain to experience magnificent views of the very unusual rock formations and breathtaking views from every direction. You will be blown away by the views. Wear good walking shoes and take time to explore!!
We can't wait to return to Barcelona and we will definitely be back to El Palace Hotel where we received a warm, warm welcome every time we walked in the door! We belong to Leading Hotels of the World and received some very nice perks such as free Continental breakfast, early check-in and free in-room Internet. If you forget to pack something, there is every shop in the world in Barcelona. Save room in your luggage to bring home some treasures. Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions - firstname.lastname@example.org. Above all else, Enjoy Barcelona
- 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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