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“Excellent little hotel”
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Hotel DO
Ranked #7 of 517 Hotels in Barcelona
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 18 June 2014

We stayed in this lovely little boutique hotel in June 2014. Its situation is ideal for touring the city. Our very first encounter with the staff was very pleasant, they were all extremely friendly, courteous and polite and speak a very high standard of English. Everyone was very welcoming and helpful. Our trip coincided with my birthday, and the staff made me feel very special, even giving me a cake to celebrate with! The room was very comfortable, fitted to high standards and very quiet, which is amazing considering it overlooked Plaza de Reial. I'd thoroughly recommend this hotel to anyone. Thank you Hotel DO!

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 June 2014

This is a good hotel; just not a hotel to rave about. We stayed 5 nights; not sure why this hotel is gushed over.
Location: the hotel is about a 15 minute walk to everything that you might want to do in Barcelona area, other than the Olympic village area to which you should take a taxi. It is on the square and young adults DO congregate there until all hour in the morning. Yes, you CAN hear noise in your hotel room, but as you have been warned about this on this site and are still booking this hotel, you should not criticize based on the sound that filters in. The local walking tours outside the hotel. The sound flowing up to the room is not awful. I rate the location as excellent.
Room: we had a front facing deluxe? double. I thought it was very small. We had to place one suitcase in front of the closet doors and move it to get in and out of the closet. The only chair in the room was more "design" than comfortable. The "balcony" had no seating and was pretty useless. Pillows and sheet were great. We retire early and as a result got NO bedtime treats. It would have been great to get chocolate covered strawberries like the other guests; be aware that you will not get them if you retire early. The room is pretty spartan, clean but not beautiful. I rate the room "good."
Bathroom: Very strange provision of toiletries. Shampoo, conditioner and bath gel are in pump containers mounted by the shower wall. SO, if you want to take a bath, you either need to fill your hands with the liquids and sprint 3 feet to the tub,or exit the tub to get the liquids. And, it took 20 pumps of the wall-mounted shampoo container to wash my medium length hair. The hotel should toss the containers and provide toiletries in small individual use bottles. Toilet paper was not replaced daily. This was a problem when we had upset tummies and ran out out of TP. Only one bar of soap was provided; this is a pet peeve-- one is needed for the shower and another for the sink. The light switches were impossible to figure out.My spouse accidentally turned off the light in the toilet twice when I was in the toilet room. We did not figure out the switches in our 5 days at the hotel. Shower floor a littel slippery; no shower mat provided.
Service: At the front desk was as should be expected but not on stellar. A stellar front desk crew would have asked us on day one what we intended to see during our stay, and suggested that we get tickets in advance for some attractions. Instead, if you want help, you have to ask for it, and have to know what to ask.
Breakfast: Everything must be ordered, once you realize that you can order without cost, it is a good experience. What we ordered was of good quality, the orange juice is real, not from a container. No complaints as to breakfast.
Rooftop: We found this on our own, not having been given a tour of the hotel on check-in. There is no service on the roof top , and its very small, no flowers, pretty dismal.
Taxi service: very easy, they have a taxi stand about 40 feet from the front door.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank cbellehu
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Reviewed 15 June 2014

This is an excellent 5 star hotel in a great location. My wife and I spent two nights at the hotel and it was a good base to get our first taste of Barcelona - which we loved. Our room looked out onto Placa Reial, which is busy throughout the day and into the early hours of the morning. The room was decorated beautifully and we especially liked the14 foot ceilings. We took breakfast at the tables outside the hotel on the square. This was a great way to start our day.

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1  Thank Philip S
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Reviewed 12 June 2014

Had 6 nights at the hotel and it was lovely. The staff were fantastic, friendly and very helpful. The hotel and rooms are on the small side but the location is perfect. The restaurant was lovely and it is located on a busy, vibrant square. Wouldn't stay anywhere else when visiting Barcelona.

Stayed: June 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 1 June 2014

DO Placa Reial in Barcelona. Barcelona is a city of excitement and the Placa Reial just off the Rambla is at its heart. The reception, the accommodation and the service were outstanding. It was great to look out the window on the Placa Reial loaded with people enjoying themselves at all hours of the day and well into the night.

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2  Thank rndavies
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Reviewed 28 May 2014

We spent 3 nights at the Hotel DO for our city break in Barcelona.
On arrival we were checked in whilst enjoying a glass of cava sitting on the Placa Reial. Already relaxed, we were then shown to our room which was absolutely spot on - excellent bed (very firm), marble bathroom, shower room etc. all very clean and well appointed with more than enough wardrobe space (for my wife!).
The staff are excellent - friendly, helpful and focussed on making your stay as enjoyable and trouble free as possible - we were offered breakfast in our room on the day of our departure even though it was a much earlier than when breakfast was normally served.
We've done a few city breaks like this in recent years (Rome, Paris, New York) and I have to say that this was by far the best hotel we have stayed in
Would highly recommend if you are looking to have a short break in Barcelona - central to the Gothic Quarter, the harbour, La Rambla and for the metro system for when you don't feel like walking.

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1  Thank Stevieboy1961
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Reviewed 27 May 2014

This was the most fantastic hotel my wife and I have ever stayed at. The room and the service were impeccable. The room was a little smaller than we are used to as Americans but it had everything you could need.

The bed and linens were very comfortable; they gave you a bathrobe and slippers to wear and also have a towel warmer for those early morning showers. Double sink in the bathroom made getting ready in the morning a breeze! We would get ready and go to breakfast, which was included and when we came back the room was made up already. When we came back from dinner the room was turned down and some fruit or candies were provided as well. Could not be happier with the service.

Speaking of the breakfast, it wasn't some continental breakfast that was included. You could go to the restaurant and order anything you wanted and it was free. Just tell them what room you were in and that was it. Breakfast was one of my favorite meals partly for this reason!

The staff spoke wonderful English and were very helpful. They greeted you every time you came and went and asked if there was anything we needed. One of the nicest things about coming back to the hotel was that everything in the mini bar was free as well. It was so nice to know you could come back to the room and have a drink and not worry about how much it would cost. It really seemed that they went out of their way to make everything enjoyable.

I will say that the hotel is in the Placa Reial, which is very loud pretty much 24/7. There are several night clubs in the area and the noise from people does not stop til about 4 in the morning. There is nothing the hotel can do about that but they do have shutters, decently thick windows/door and blinds. That is the only bad thing but again, if you are getting a hotel in Placa Reial you have to have some expectations of noise.

We are already planning our trip back!

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank Chris S
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Address: Placa Reial, 1, 08002 Barcelona, Spain
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Region: Spain > Catalonia > Province of Barcelona > Barcelona > Barrio Gotico (Barri Gotic)
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#3 Romantic Hotel in Barcelona
#13 Business Hotel in Barcelona
#110 Luxury Hotel in Barcelona
Price Range: £205 - £364 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Hotel DO 5*
Number of rooms: 18
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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