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Hotel Duquesa de Cardona
Ranked #46 of 512 Hotels in Barcelona
Certificate of Excellence
Rockford, IL
1 review
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“A great port location!”
Reviewed 23 January 2009

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!

  • Liked — Location to the port.
  • Disliked — Nightime noise.
  • Stayed January 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 October 2008

I looked for a Hotel for months as we went to Barcelona for a special occasion, and I definitely made the right decision! The hotel has a very relaxed air around it and the staff are very friendly and make you feel very welcome. The room was well decorated and the bed was one of the most comfortable that we have slept in!
We mangaged to get a Classic room at the front with its own balcony overlooking the port which was great.
The breakfast was excellent and the roof top terrace bar was excellent with great views over the port.
The position of the hotel could not be better. Las Ramblas is 5 mins walk and at the back of the hotel is the Gothic quarter, which you need to walk around to appreciate. 10 mins walk in the other direction is the wonderful Barceloneta beach front.
We had no issues at all and overall it is one of the best hotels we have stayed in. We are planning a return trip and we will be going back to this hotel.
Fantastic!

  • Liked — very relaxed atmosphere
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed October 2008, travelled as a couple
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cardiff
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Reviewed 4 October 2008

Spent two nights here prior to joining a cruise.
I have to admit that my first impression of the room wasn`t great. It was small with almost no natural light and overlooked an inner courtyard. The very helpful man on the desk offered us an upgrade for 40 euros per night to a front- facing room. I went along to have a look and loved the room, but then remembered that it was Merce festival time, and a front -facing room might be noisy. So we stuck with our small dark room which turned out to be blissfully quiet at all times of the day and night, so was probably the right call.
That`s the only negative thing I have to say. The location was fantastic with loads of good restaurants nearby. The sun terrace was particularly lovely. It overlooked the harbour and made a great place to watch the Merce fireworks on the Saturday night. Then there was some gentle live music up there - a great way to accompany a glass of local wine. (There is a small pool up there too, but if you`re considering serious swimming - forget it)
The people on reception were polite and helpful. They spoke near-perfect English and humoured my attempts at Spanish.
Recommended.

  • Liked — Sun terrace
  • Disliked — lack of natural light in bedroom
  • Stayed September 2008, travelled as a couple
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Melbourne Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 September 2008

I stayed at the Duquesa de Cardona in September 2008 and had a great time. Great boutique hotel in an central and safe location. The rooms have no real views unless you pay extra for the ones that overlook the water (only 5 of them), but are a great size for Europe and large and very clean bathrooms. The breakfast was hot and cold - fruit, cereals, juices etc and scrambled eggs, bacon and micro sausages but no fried eggs. Beautiful French pastries and bread. It kept me going until dinner. The TV room is small but I would strongly suggest you have drinks and a swim in the plunge pool (it's small !) on the rooftop terrace, awesome views. Some guy had a massage and a guy playing a Spanish guitar for him one night. It's a 5 minute walk to Drassanes Metro, on the waterfront and at the edge of the Gothic Quarter. Barcelona has amazing atmosphere day and night, and we found ourselves wandering the nearby Gothic Quarter after dinner and drinks. Heaps of people about and generally very safe, but you do need to be aware. Walking distance to a lot of restaurants, bars and shops. Great hotel and highly recommended city.

  • Stayed September 2008, travelled on business
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Danemark
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 August 2008

This is my second time in Barcelona this year , and I repeat the hotel. I was in Duquesa de Cardona in may for business, and I loved it! This time I came back to Barcelona to go on a cruise , and the location from this hotel is so good, that I decided to repeat, so here I am again!!.
The hotel is near to everything ...Ramblas, harbour, Gothic Area.. , The atmosphere, although is very relaxed and comfortable. It has a fabolous terrace on the sixt floor, with one of the bests views I have ever seen from a harbour. The rooms are cosy (try a junior suite if you can, is spacious, comfortable, very sweet and quite ).
If you are active people, Barcelona is full of surprises. Get informed at reception desk about day trips , for instance, to Montserrat, Sitges, etc, museums, different restaurants, etc. They will give you a good hand on it

  • Liked — Hotel personality
  • Stayed August 2008, travelled with family
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Flanders
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Reviewed 16 August 2008

With that many hotels in one city, and without any references it was a really hard pick. The nice website pulled us over.

But we were very satisfied with our choice.
Medium small Boutique Hotel, perfectly located near the marina and the ramblas. Perfect starting point to take some good walks in Barcelona.

We only booked 2 nights, what was a mistake because we needed 3 nights. So we asked i've we could stay somewath longer. Unfortunately this was not possible due to the fact that the hotel was fully booked. But the last day there was apparently a 'no-show' so we could have that room. It was even more nicer then the one that we had booked. Unbelieveble big, for a city hotel. Nice cocktails from the rooftop at sunset, what more can you ask for?

  • Liked — Location, great breakfast, beautiful rooms
  • Disliked — As all hotel in Barcelona... There's no parking space...
  • Stayed August 2007, travelled as a couple
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Chevy Chase, Maryland
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58 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 August 2008

I found this hotel disappointing. The rooms were lovely—modern, spacious for this class of hotel, and adequately appointed. The hotel is on one of the largest streets in Barcelona. Our rooms faced the street and were noisy late in to the night and early morning, even though we were on the 6th floor. The rooms on the other side of the hotel were not noisy, but faced an alley. The hotel has a lovely, tiny, rooftop pool and its rooftop terrace offers a sweeping view of the marina and the city.
The staff at the hotel was not as attentive or helpful as you might expect from such a hotel. The service at the rooftop tapas bar was unbearably slow, even in the middle of the day with no one else there. The front desk staff seemed to rely on Google for its knowledge of restaurants and other local attractions. While no one on the staff was actually rude, they were the least helpful of any hotel staff that we saw in Spain.
Our stay here was pleasant enough, but I would try another hotel in this city that has many alternatives to offer.

Stayed June 2008
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Property: Hotel Duquesa de Cardona
Address: Passeig Colom 12, 08002 Barcelona, Spain
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Region: Spain > Catalonia > Province of Barcelona > Barcelona > Barrio Gotico (Barri Gotic)
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#10 Business Hotel in Barcelona
#11 Family Hotel in Barcelona
#13 Romantic Hotel in Barcelona
#41 Luxury Hotel in Barcelona
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Duquesa de Cardona 4*
Number of rooms: 62
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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