My wife and I stayed at this hotel at the start and finish of a cruise. The first one night's stay was in a room on the second floor on the street side. There was traffic noise but we were so tired from our travel that it did not keep us awake. On our return, two weeks later, we were on the second floor at the back of the hotel on the alley side. In both cases, the rooms were very nice and roomy for European standards. However, the alley side has an unusable small balcony and the noise from the neighboring bar and other bars in the area did keep us awake and continued most of the night. We would probably stay at this hotel on a return trip but would ask for a room on the small interior courtyard or higher up street side.
The location is perfect for a cruise connection and adjacent to the Gothic Quarter with its easy access to Las Ramblas. The staff was very helpful and spoke very fluent English. I would warn others that the breakfast buffet is expensive at 14 Euros in the hotel for the items provided. I only had coffee our first morning and was charged for the entire buffet. There is a local restaurant with a much cheaper breakfast a couple of doors down as you exit to the left. There is also an American style bar next door that has very reasonable drink prices during happy hour. I think that they may also be a contributor to the late night noise in the alley. We followed a dinner recommendation from a previous reviewer and had dinner at the Sofra 18 Restaurant in the Gothic Quarter and enjoyed the experience very much. Just turn right out of the hotel and take the next right into the alley and it is down a couple of blocks on the left. Good food and reasonable prices. The staff guided us to the Tourist Bus ticket stand at Columbus Circle where we purchased a two day pass for a hop on hop off bus tour of town. This is a great way to get acquainted with the city and to visit tourist sites you choose for one price. The bus ticket includes ear phones for continuous information as you pass through town on the bus. Barcelona is a very clean city and if tourists take basic precautions for pick pockets and petty crime it is a great place to visit.
The Port Bar next door has a sister bar in the Gothic Quarter (Travelers Bar0 where we took a free walking tour of the Quarter that was very interesting. We paid a small tip to the student who conducted the tour and enjoyed a free beer at the end!
- 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