This intimate refuge occupies an atmospheric corner of the Placa Reial, one of the prettiest plazas in all of Spain, just off the Ramblas, the historic, tree-lined boulevard that runs through the heart of the oldest neighbourhoods of Barcelona. Completely renovated a few years ago, the family-owned property offers 5-star amenities in a limited number of well-designed rooms, as well as a superb restaurant in the cave (or basement), a large outdoor terrace for tapas and drinks, a small bar with lounge and library on the ground floor, and a rooftop plunge-pool with gorgeous views. Travelling alone, I stayed in the hotel's smallest room, a "single" that is VERY tiny despite the fact that it includes a double bed and a small desk where I could set up my lap-top to use the excellent wifi. The room's bathroom is a good size, with a walk-in shower large enough for two...though I don't advise booking this room for more than one person. Be aware that if you do book it, the window is covered with translucent glass which means that the room lacks not only a view but any indication of the exterior whatsoever. In fact, the "window" opens into a light-well, which partially accounts for the quiet that adds to the room's sleek but cell-like atmosphere. The hotel's larger rooms increase considerably in size, with a few being quite grand. Those that offer French doors onto small balconies overlooking the busy plaza are as noisy as they are picturesque, so be warned if you are a light sleeper. They also are more expensive. Given that all the rooms include a magnificent breakfast (basically, anything you want) that can be consumed in the cave, on the rooftop, or in your room, along with turn-down service, and impeccable attention from the entire staff, a stay in any one of them is worth the price...and even, for me, the inconvenience of a space smaller than a cruise-ship cabin. Others seem to agree, for this hotel is difficult to book. Look it up on a map, take a good pair of walking shoes, and reserve early. You won't be disappointed. And you will be in the vibrant centre of one of Europe's great cities.
- 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