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El Palace Hotel
Ranked #8 of 516 Hotels in Barcelona
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 29 April 2012

This was my 4th trip to Barcelona and this hotel made the difference from really like to love. We arrived at 8AM and our (upgraded) junior suite was ready. Really important after a 9 hour trip. The room was and remained through our 5 day stay immaculate. The room was large for a European city and the bathroom was enormous and extremely modern and well appointed. Big walkin shower with huge rain head, plus jet tub, double sinks, and enclosed toilet, etc.

The location was great. 2 blocks from the Passeig de Gracia.Turn left and walk to the Plaza Catalunya and walk the Rambla and/or the barri gotic. Turn right and feast upon Gaudi buildings, and upscale shopping if that's what you like. Lovely little park area. however, you must taxi or bus to the Sagrada Familia and the Parc Guell. If you are in Barcelona on a Sunday be sure to go to the Gotic Cathedral around noon to watch the "sardana" the folk dancing accompanied by an orchestra on the steps of the cathedral. That was great.

The staff of the hotel was the best, especially the concierge desk. Breakfast was really good and the room or courtyard was incredibly beautiful. This hotel was formerly the Ritz which you must tell your taxi driver as there is more than 1 palace hotel in the city. I would go back to this hotel in a heart beat,it was that good.

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Reviewed 28 April 2012

Staff was warm and welcoming, considering we arrived at night during a football match, FC Barcelona vs. Real Madrid. Spain is a football crazed country. Our room was large, with huge bathroom. Walking from the hotel to most all tourist areas was convenent.

  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 28 April 2012

Really great hotel. Very grand and impressive. Believe was formerly The Ritz. Staff were very friendly and extremely helpful/attentive. Breakfast good in really nice surroundings. The cocktail bar entertainment was a real highlight for us but closed Sunday and Monday. The Michelin Star restaurant was overly formal and the food tepid...but we enjoyed the experience (we enjoyed the wine selection and giggled through each food course). better to eat out or in the hotel's
less formal restaurant. We walked for 4.5 hours Sunday eve looking for somewhere decent to eat. I would highly recommend Sensi, Calle Ample 26 close to marina excellent tapas, service and great wine. Lots of places closed sunday so do your research. We got very used to enjoying the Roman bath together before bed and we are now thinking of having one installed at home! Overall - Expensive but worth it.

Stayed: April 2012
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Reviewed 25 April 2012

This is a beautiful luxurious hotel. The rooms are clean and of high quality, the service is second to none. The breakfast is delicious with lots of choice. The location is very close to the metro, tour buses and attractions. The only down side was there was no tea/coffee making facilities in the rooms.

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 April 2012

Beautiful hotel. Excellent service. Arrived the day of the general strike which was interesting. Excellent location close to almost everything you want to see or do. Signed up for the gastronomic experience at their Michelin starred restaurant and it did not disapoint as it was one of the best meals I have ever eaten. Rooms were comfortable. Three minor complaints: 1) the drapes were so large and heavy the windows could not be fully opened 2)no wi-fi in rooms 3)for the price breakfast should be included.

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 April 2012

We spent our 'mini-moon' at the hotel El Palace and had a wonderful 4 night stay. The hotel interiors are very grand and ornate yet have a very 'new' and fresh feel.

Our room, on the 5th floor was very quiet, clean and well decorated. The bathroom was beautiful, a small bath, seperate shower cubicle with rainfall shower and hand held attachment (ideal if you do not wish to get your hair wet every time you shower) and a WC with its own door. The bed was very comfortable although it was 2 beds pushed together to form a super king - a pet hate of mine. Rooms do not come with an iron or ironing board. There is an ironing service offered at a (high) charge but we phoned down to reception and they brought both within 5 minutes of our call.

Room keys are of the old style with an enormous tassle on. This is presumably to encourage you to hand in the key to the concierge before leaving the hotel. This was no problem for us and we never had to wait for our key even when arriving back to the hotel after midnight. The concierge was very helpful for us, booking restaurants and giving recommendations, they also helped us get FC Barcelona tickets before we arrived.

We did not eat in the hotel and there really was no need. The Palace is situated near a plethora of cafes, tapas bars and restaurants. We were a 10 minute stroll from the nearest metro or Placa de la Catyluna and the start of Las Ramblas. We could not have picked a better location.

We had a fab stay in Barcelona and a lot of that was down to our choice of hotel. After a hectic day walking the streets of the gothic quarter and las ramblas it was lovely to come back to a calm, quiet hotel for some rest and relaxation.

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Reviewed 21 April 2012

The hotel has clearly had a lot of TLC on it. They have kept the traditional feel but at the sametime our room was modern and very up to date. We stayed in a Junior Suite (423). Having travelled with hand luggage only the toliteries are very welcome, including a wet razor. We were shown to our room which had a welcome plate of fruit and a bottle of water. Only observation here, is that the water was not replaced and the fruit plate was removed before everything was eaten. The hotel is ideally located for exploring Barcelona but I receommend a room at the rear, although we had air conditioning it was nice to open the windows. I did think the description of overlooking a traditional courtyard was a bit of a stretch but it depends on what you consider a traditional courtyard. Staff could not do enough for you and the Cocktail bar is like stepping back in time to a 1930's era. Cocktails range from €12 - €18. We did not eat at the hotel as we like to find somewhere where the locals eat. As any City the tourist areas rip you off in charges. The fitness room is free but there are charges for the Spa. Cannot comment on these as we did not use them. Also I do think that in this day and age Wi-Fi should be free. Would we stay at the hotel again - YES!

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Address: Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, 668, 08010 Barcelona, Spain
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Region: Spain > Catalonia > Province of Barcelona > Barcelona > Eixample
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Spa Hotel in Barcelona
#4 Family Hotel in Barcelona
#5 Romantic Hotel in Barcelona
#8 Luxury Hotel in Barcelona
#29 Business Hotel in Barcelona
Price Range: £208 - £433 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — El Palace Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 125
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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