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“It truly is a palace!”
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El Palace Hotel
Ranked #10 of 512 Hotels in Barcelona
Certificate of Excellence
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
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“It truly is a palace!”
Reviewed 19 June 2014 via mobile

We have never Ben welcomed so warmly at a hotel before! We arrived from San Francisco, a long flight, and were greeted by Celine who has to be be one of the most elegant people I have ever met. We had tea I'm the gorgeous parlor as they made our rooms ready. The concierges were very helpful with tickets and information, and the rooms were very spacious and beautifully decorated. Finally the best shower in Europe! The door actually closes!
This is our new home in Barcelona!

Stayed June 2014
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 19 June 2014

We celebrated our 25th Wedding Anniversary at El Palace and we cannot thank all of the staff enough. What a truly magnificent time we had and were very well looked after! Our room was upgraded to a beautiful Junior Suite and we would like to thank Janna, Katharina and Carla and the General Manager for our gifts. We would like to also thank Reception and the doormen and room staff for always greeting us with a smile and for tending to all our needs. The No.19 restaurant provided excellent food and service.
Our Anniversary evening was spent at the Caelis restaurant? We ordered the Menu Festival and words cannot describe how wonderful the food and wine pairing was! All of the staff were fabulous and we were very impressed with the wonderful display of courses? If in your lifetime you want to experience quality in food and service you must book this hotel and enjoy splendour throughout! Thank you El Palace and Caelis you are the best in the world! Mr and Mrs Parry

Room Tip: Any room at the El Palace is truly remarkable but go the extra and book a Junior Suite!
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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32 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 June 2014

We spent 3 nights at El Palace. In its previous life it was The Ritz and taxi drivers still refer to it as that. The hotel is very luxurious and service was superb as was the breakfast though at Euro28 a head it's is not cheap. You can get a good quality breakfast or snack at the cafe opposite.
The rooms are very well equipped and the bathrooms great, especially the walk in shower. There is building work opposite but you don't hear it with the windows closed. All rooms have air conditioning.
It is one street off the Passieg se Gracia which did feel like a street too far when walking back from La Ramblas late at night but the area felt safe.
A couple of niggles: there was a bare earth wire attached to one of the wall lights in the room and they didn't fix one of the lights in the bathroom but as there were about a dozen more it did not make a big difference.
No pool unlike many of the hotels in Barcelona but we spent so much time sightseeing we probably would not have had time to use one.
Would heartily recommend.

Room Tip: 616 was nice and quiet overlooking the side street.
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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New York City, New York
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3 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 June 2014

The El Palace provided a wonderful honeymoon for me and my wife. The service is impeccable, the rooms are spacious and very clean, the hotel is walking distance from almost all the great restaurants and sight-seeing areas. We couldn't have asked for a better hotel in Barcelona.

Pros:
Central location--walking distance to lots of eating locations, tourist sites including the Sagrada Familia, beach, and central plazas.

Service--each hotel employee was extremely helpful with restaurant recommendations, directions, problem-solving, and anything else we needed during our stay.

Room--The rooms were spacious. They had a walk-in closet. The king bed we had was comfortable. The tv worked well. The view was great. It was always clean.

Lounge--The lounge is opulent and worth having a drink or coffee at during your stay.

Cons:
Bathroom--The bathrooms are awkwardly designed with too many doors (shower, toilet, main door) that keep bumping into one another. It's a little tight for two people to be using at the same time.

Wi-Fi--The wi-fi connectivity was not great in the hotel rooms. We had about one bar (if that). It was fine in the lobby and the lounge though.

Overall, we had a wonderful experience and the cons are just my attempt to provide feedback so that they might address these issues in the future. In other words, the pros far out-weighed the cons. I would recommend this hotel to anyone thinking of staying in Barcelona. Thank you to all the El Palace employees for a great honeymoon experience!

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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charlotte
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Reviewed 15 June 2014

The hotel is head and shoulders above anything else - I actually went by or had dinner at the other five stars that I was considering before spending time in Barcelona - and they weren't even close -
The rooms are elegant, the breakfast room is a gorgeous veranda, and the staff, from the maid to the concierge - were professional, elegant and graceful - not just doing their job - going beyond helpful in every possible instance.
All five stars should be doing this - but often, that is not the case for travelers. If you are considering a once in a lifetime trip to Barcelona (and if you aren't you should) - just stop reading and comparing and book this hotel. The restaurant is amazing, the spa is small but elegant, the location is perfect - and Barcelona is an amazing world city in every direction.
The desk staff upgraded us for no particular reason, except they were graceful and accommodating - we received a bottle of sparkling wine in our room that evening, just over and over people seemed to be glad that we had made this choice. If you wish to feel like royalty, you will make the absolutely perfect choice staying here. I wish that trip advisor gave me the opportunity to give six stars on the review - pay the bit extra (if you are still debating) - you aren't going to even notice the difference in a year or two - and you will remember your experience at the Palace Hotel.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
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Columbus, Ohio
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 June 2014

We stayed at this hotel for the first 2 nights of our trip in Spain. The rooms were very nice and the the staff was great. Very convenient location and easy to walk to many tourist sights. Great food and drinks just down the street.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
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Boston
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31 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 June 2014

If you like tyo be pampered this is the hotel for you! Excellent nightclub and a very cool Cigar Bar. Breakfast in the atrium was exciting, almot felt like being served in a big mansion!

Spa services are wonerful...book at check-in with 15% off coupon!

Room Tip: Ask for an uggrade to a two room suite...worth it!
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: El Palace Hotel
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
#5 Romantic Hotel in Barcelona
#8 Family Hotel in Barcelona
#9 Luxury Hotel in Barcelona
#29 Business Hotel in Barcelona
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
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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