This could be an amazing hotel. The location is excellent and beautiful.One of the few hotels to overlook the water at the front but has the twisty lanes of the shops and bars of the Barri Gotic straight behind. A 10 min walk to La Ramblas or 15 to the beach on either side.
I had enjoyed a stay here 4 years ago so made an early (prepaid) booking for myself and friend for a girls weekend away. I checked my twin bed booking with the hotel two weeks before arrival and asked for a room on a high floor. I did stress we were friends and liked our space. I received a email agreeing to both and stated that the classic rooms were all 25m. On arrival (15 mins, E30 by taxi from airport) we were given room 14. Ground floor at the bottom of a tiny internal courtyard. My friend described it as a dungeon. It was the smallest darkest room I have ever seen and certainly not 25m. Why would you give a returning guest such a poor room?
The receptionist said it was the only room available. We said we were leaving .He then found a room on the fifth floor (54) but with a double bed.The next day the only room we could change to was on the third floor so we stayed put. The rooms need a bit of a sprucing up although we saw carpet being put in so maybe it's being done. There's no drawer space ,tea/coffee facilities or chocolate on the pillow.On the third day they put a bottle of Cava in the room for our troubles but this was only because we had complained a lot.
We went to the Hotel 1898 for a drink as this would have been our second choice. The location was not as good but the level of service and attention to detail totally outshone the Duquesa. The waiter insisted on changing my cocktail when he noticed I wasn't drinking it and there were blankets, patio heaters and free nibbles brought out with our terrace drinks. The staff at the Duquesa had to be tracked down all the time and did the minimum expected only bringing things if asked- for example pool towels and chair cushions for the outdoor seating.
Breakfast was included and whilst not much of a choice was OK. Coffee was horrid though and the buffet is set up in a totally awkward corner so you have lots of guests bumping into each other.
Having said that the location is the best with the charming bars literally behind the hotel and some fantastic places to eat. There's a place next to Sensqui(?) that has a E16 set dinner menu that is fantastic.
I might stay again because of location alone but do make sure you don't pay more than E150 a night because it's not good value.Other guests are all very nice and are a slightly older, well heeled bunch.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Exclusive boutique historic hotel in front of the port of Barcelona, and just 3 minutes walk to Ramblas, Gothic quarter. Unbeatable location for visitors interested on the heart of the historic center and cruise passengers .On the sixth floor Hotel Duquesa de Cardona Barcelona offers an unforgetable view over the harbour of the city, with a plunge pool, asolarium and a all year open-air cocktail .The buffet breakfast restaurant on the ground floor is the former entrance of this palace of the 19th century , and introduce us to the fantastic history of this mediterranean city. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Duquesa De Cardona Barcelona
- Duquesa De Cardona Hotel Barcelona
- Hotel Duquesa De Cardona Barcelona, Catalonia