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El Palace Hotel
Ranked #6 of 522 Hotels in Barcelona
Certificate of Excellence
Livermore, California
2 reviews
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“Wonderful experiance”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 June 2014

We stayed here as the final stop on a 2 week plus vacation. It was a great place to unwind and prepare to head for home. There are several must see locations with in walking distance. Go see the Barcelona Music Hall. La Sagrada Familia is a good walk but worth it. Several Gaudi buildings are close by. The Picasso Museum is close as is the old district with some wonder shops and restaurants. Don't miss the Barcelona Cathedral. The accommodations were wonderful. They upgraded us to a suite. The bed was very comfortable, the staff very professional and courteous. They serve a buffet Breakfast every morning in the courtyard that is to die for. Will definitely stay here again if we return to Barcelona

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Ted H
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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 June 2014

Great Hotel in a convenient location. We arrived mid day on a Friday and our room was available. A smooth check in and we settled in for 4 day of all that Barcelona has to offer. The hotel is located just @ the edge of the Bari Gotic and it certainly is the corner of walk and don't walk (very busy).

The room was comfortable and spacious (we had a junior suite) but it was the Bathroom that made it for us. very large with a great shower with an awesome rain head and that jacuzzi tub made the stay for my wife. who'd have thought that the bathtub would be the hi point of the stay?? It's the little thing that have the biggest impact.

The staff was cordial and helpful and made us feel welcome. We had breakfast one morning and while the room was quite beautiful we felt that the variety of the offerings was a bit limited. The selection of items was not what we expected from a hotel of this rating and price. We'd just come from Madrid @ The Westin and they had a more extensive buffet @ a slightly lower price. We were especially disappointed by the rather pedestrian breads offered as well as pretty generic yogurts and cereals really?? I know they can do better to elevate that part of what otherwise is a World Class Hotel.

We scheduled a Mayan reflexology massage @ the spa and it was in a word Disappointing!! We have regular reflexology massages in the states as well as in Mexico on the Mayan Riviera so i think we know what it should be. believe me I've had better in Las Vegas and I think they are known for a B grade spa experience at best. For the price charged there was no value and I'm not a cheapskate by any stretch of the imagination. The therapists were very nice just not very good. it turns out we were walking around in the neighborhood the next night and stumbled upon a massage place that offered reflexology massages @ 60 euros for 45 minutes that were a quantum leap better than what we had @ the hotel spa.

Room Tip: The inside room was very quite
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Coral Springs, Florida
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2014

This was our first visit to Barcelona and we wanted location, comfort and service. El Palace's staff could not do enough for us. They guided us to the best restaurants, even the best tapas restaurants, were fabulous. We were celebrating an anniversary and were given an immediate room upgrade. The bed was extremely comfortable & the bathroom was marble, double sinks, large beautiful opulent shower & roman tub. Our room overlooked the Gran Via, but we were not disturbed by the street noise. The breakfast room is stunning, everything from continental to full breakfast. We chose the continental, as the full breakfast had so many meats & we prefer light fare in the morning. We plan to visit Barcelona next year and will certainly visit El Palace again.
Thank you so much to the entire staff, including the doorman & concierge who helped with reservations. El Palace is the hotel to stay when visiting Barcelona!!

Room Tip: Do not worry about the street noise, as all the rooms have sound proof windows.
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles 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
2 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles 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
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Parry661
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London, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank NW-NW8
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New York City, New York
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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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:
#1 Spa Hotel in Barcelona
#5 Romantic Hotel in Barcelona
#6 Luxury Hotel in Barcelona
#8 Family 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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