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“Flawless. Stunning room and excellent service.”
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El Palace Hotel
Ranked #8 of 513 Hotels in Barcelona
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 27 March 2014

Of the three hotels we stayed at in Spain, this was our favorite. Now, you should be prepared that to get there by taxi, you have to say it used to the Ritz (lots of hotel using the word "Palace" gets the cabbies a little confused). You are warmly greeted and assisted with the heavy doors every time you enter and exit. Your hotel key is a retro key on a large tassled chain, which I liked. There's a beautiful old-world flair to the public spaces but not stuffy. The room was beautifully appointed with an old fashioned marble fireplace (not functioning as far as I could tell), incredibly comfortable bed, TV hidden inside the mirror (I know it's not new technology but it always seems so cool to flick on the remote and the mirror turns into a TV). Large windows overlooking the main street but rich, deep and thick silk curtains keep the noise out.

The breakfast buffet is served in a beautiful, marble floored sun room. There are heaters on in the morning to take the chill off. One of the best breakfasts ever with hot foods, some Asian foods, fabulous pastries, cheeses, meats, little tapas sandwiches, cereals, etc. Very child friendly choices I noticed as well. Full selection of newspapers when you enter. Our breakfast was included in our room rate so it was a great way to start the day and kept us going until mid-afternoon.

The staff is attentive, friendly and helpful with every tourist need. The bathroom amenities were Occitane and were refreshed every day with full bottles by the housekeeping crew. Just can't say enough about this lovely hotel and hope I get to stay there again.

Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 March 2014

The El Palace is absolutely spectacular with old-class grandeur. The hotel is in an excellent location, close to Placa Catalunya and within easy walking distance of most sites. The public areas, such as the large lobby, are indeed like a palace. Staff is very accommodating and helpful. El Palace offers free Wi-Fi. The breakfast buffet is served in the covered patio and is excellent. I had a "single" room; there is one of them on each floor. These single rooms are small, with little space to manoeuvre around the bed. There is plenty of hanging space for clothes, but very limited shelve space. By contrast, the bathroom is spacious, with a lovely rain shower (no tub) and is well equipped. Highly recommended is the Caelis restaurant (1 Michelin star), here I had my best dinner ever. I also used the Spa and booked massage. The massage was excellent, criticism is the high price. The Spa is well equipped, the sauna is somewhat small. All in all a great hotel and highly recommended.

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled solo
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Thank Khangela
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Reviewed 23 March 2014

Fabulous old world decor and service, great location and spacious suites
So much more charm than the modern hotels built for the olympics
You will be glad you stayed here
The concierge staff went above and beyond in helping us with dining and sightseeing choices

Room Tip: Our junior suite was spacious with all the amenities
  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Frank N
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Reviewed 23 March 2014

The title of this hotel does not disappoint. El Palace is great, the rooms are spectacular and the location is prime for those who like being near everything, but not necessarily in the loud, busy hustle and bustle. The concierge is great and the hotel maintains old-class splendor as the keys are still turn key and you can leave them with the front desk each time you leave. Only disappointment was the high price for the breakfast buffet (32 euros per person per day). This turned us away from eating at the hotels every morning, which we usually enjoy doing. The room's facilities made up for this.

Stayed: March 2014, travelled with family
Thank ecatsnow
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Reviewed 23 March 2014

Nice clean hotel with rooms recently updated. Staff was terrific. Location worked well as it is a short walk to most major sites. Only real complaint was that the fitness room was very small and didn't have great equipment. Plus, our room was at the end of the hall and there is construction going on in the building next door. The noise started around 7am daily which made sleeping in challenging.

Room Tip: If you plan on going in the spring of 2014, check ahead to see if construction is still taking place...
  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled with family
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Thank mosno
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Reviewed 15 March 2014

I took my wife to Barcelona for her 60th birthday. We stayed at El Palace Hotel. I cannot heap enough praise on the staff and accommodation. Talk about total opulence and splendour, it was amazing 5* The Hotel made the trip something very special and the staff could not be more helpful and friendly. We will most definitely be staying at the El Palace again.

Room Tip: We stayed in a Junior suite which was called the Coco Mat. The reason it was called this was because...
  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank brich1
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Reviewed 13 March 2014

Very nice hotel: nice room and very well located near the most important barrios. Th internal 1 michelin star restaurant (Caleis) is worth the money and i will not be surprised if shortly it will get a second one. Good services provided with the help of a valid concierge. Just a negative poin , I would have expect some basic SPA service ( Sauna, Steam room) to be offered for free to the hotel customer and based on the high rate that you are expecting from a 5 star hotel

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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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:
#1 Spa Hotel in Barcelona
#5 Romantic Hotel in Barcelona
#7 Luxury Hotel in Barcelona
#8 Family Hotel in Barcelona
#29 Business Hotel in Barcelona
Price Range: £217 - £560 (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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