I so very much wanted to write a great review for this hotel, but cannot. Yes, there's a lot to like about Hotel DO and we were very excited to stay there. True, it is beautiful--intimate and well appointed. True, the rooms are absolutely lovely. True, the restaurant is very good. True, the location is perfect. Yet, for the price paid, and it is expensive, there are numerous issues. Our Junior Suite and adjacent Double were located on the Placa Reial side. We were delighted, thinking the view was so sweet. However, though the tourists and Spaniards in the courtyard were having a great party until 4 a.m., it was so very loud that the group of us traveling slept very little. I don't think we've every had a noise complaint at any other hotel, ever, but truly, this was an impossible situation for sleeping. Secondly, one would expect the concierge and staff to be outstanding--for the price. This was not the case. We tried for days to confirm a side trip (offered by the hotel itself!) to a local winery/cheese farm, and it was the most difficult thing to accomplish. For example, the quoted price for a driver changed daily. The cheese farm was not available after all, etc. We asked if the wine tour was offered in English and were assured that it was; when we arrived at the winery, it was only Spanish. We also tried several times to have drinks on the roof terrace, to no avail--"private parties, not open right now, no tables..." were just some of the reasons given so we never actually enjoyed that space as we had hoped to at the end of a long day. Also, if you want breakfast on the roof terrace, you must fill out a detailed order form the previous night, which is inconvenient. Service staff at the restaurant, and generally around the hotel were not overly friendly, though a few of the bartenders were great. It was quite a sharp contrast to Hotel Urban in Madrid, where staff was so very friendly and accommodating. If you plan to stay here, make sure your room is AWAY from the plaza, and don't plan on any exceptional assistance from the staff. The daily room snacks were quite nice, however....
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In the heart of Barcelona, in one of the most historic squares in the city, the Hotel DO: Placa Reial is a unique gastronomic boutique hotel. Located in a historic building that dates from 1856 and was completely renovated in 2011, this 5-star hotel has a total of 18 luxury rooms, most of them with views over the Plaza Real.The Hotel DO: Placa Reial has a swimming pool, solarium, spa and a carefully selected gastronomic menu based on the concept of local produce and on the authenticity of what is local, presented in its three restaurants: La Cuina, La Terrassa and El Terrat.True to its surroundings, the Hotel DO: Placa Reial is close to the main tourist attractions in the centre of Barcelona such as the Ramblas, the Liceo, the Boqueria market, the Palacio de la Musica concert hall, the Cathedral, the Palau Guell, Santa Maria del Mar, the Picasso Museum and the Port of Barcelona, among others. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel DO Barcelona, Catalonia