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Hotel DO
Ranked #4 of 513 Hotels in Barcelona
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 16 August 2014

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.

Room Tip: If you book a room overlooking the Placa Reial, take a pair of ear-plugs. Personally, I would ask f...
  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 11 August 2014

Highly recommended - wonderful stay, excellent staff, beautiful hotel. Lovely little pool on the roof to cool off, views over the buzzing Placa Reail. Clean, friendly, calm, pleasant and nicely designed. Extremely comfortable bed.

Room Tip: The junior suite is magnificent.
  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank TimCB
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Reviewed 11 August 2014

stayed with my husband in the junior suite which was excellent. good breakfast and excellent personnel. The swimming pool in he roof was a bit of a joke, though, not really for swimming. otherwise a great experience!

  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 August 2014

Just returned from Barcelona, Costa Brava and Venice. This hotel was by far our favourite.

Best quality was the welcoming atmosphere, from being greeted with a Cava, to the free non-alcholic mini bar in the room, to the sumptuous and delicious breakfast. Re the latter, you can order anything off the fabulous menu as your breakfast, free of charge. It was not a place that nickled and dimed.

And you were a special guest, always greeted and they always knew who you were.

We were in 34 overlooking the Placa as requested. We would have preferred the room one floor down with the balcony but that was taken. There was no noise issue whatsoever and the Placa is incredibly lively to all hours.

The bed was fabulous. The A.C delightfully cold. There was a ton of space to put away and hang up your clothes. We were there for 4 days.

The bathroom is enormous and so functional - double sinks, separate toilet area, stand alone shower, great tub, great water pressure.

The room is not big - I think ours was a superior or the second category - but because of the use of space, you never felt uncomfortable or that is was small.

The Placa itself is beautiful, a rare old Spanish style you don't find elsewhere with two lamplights by Gaudi.

One con is location in the sense it is off the somewhat shoddy La Ramblas and not in the elegant Eixample but I suppose then it would be twice the price and the Placa itself is elegant. On the other hand, you are very central,

Also, the concierge staff could be bit more experienced. We were told to get off at Placa Espanya for the airport bus and I think Catalunya might have been better but I am not sure They also sent us to a restaurant that was not great and we ended up walking out.

But they do try very hard and are always at your disposal.

Altogether a highlight of the trip. Luxury at a high but not unreasonable price in comparison to others.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank fiftiesgirll
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Reviewed 5 August 2014

Wow! I knew that I had chosen someplace special from all the other reviews, but Hotel DO really exceeded my expectations. It is well designed, well located and the staff is truly excellent. They were friendly and accommodating and made a point to make my visit feel special. Everyone that I encountered was a true professional. A special note to Dayana who was especially kind and welcoming. I look forward to returning to Barcelona and will only stay at Hotel DO. Fantastic restaurant, too!!

  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled solo
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1  Thank Anna D
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Reviewed 2 August 2014

The hotel was so clean and comfortable. Nothing was too much to ask from the staff. It is situated on a busy plaza with excellent eating places and lively entertainment. Our room was very comfortable, with a complementary non alcoholic mini bar, a balcony enabling us to look out over the plaza, treats left in our room once or twice each day, and in the evenings someone came in and had closed the shutters and mats by the bed. The breakfasts were delicious - staff were always incredibly helpful.

The location is also great - in a lively plaza, which opens out onto the middle of Las Ramblas. There are loads of mini streets and alleys leading off the plaza which are also well worth exploring.

Many people had complained about the noise - our room overlooked the entrance to the plaza, we were aware of a murmuring from the plaza, however it was not a loud enough noise to disturb us.

  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled with family
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2  Thank Vicki P
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Reviewed 2 August 2014 via mobile

Stayed here for an anniversary without the kids. The hotel was a perfect location for exploring las ramblas and Barri gotic. The room was everything we'd want for a city break, clean with a good shower with lots of Molton brown bits and pieces to keep mrs happy.
We used the roof terrace on a nice day to sunbathe and use the pool, and again for an evening drink. Breakfast was brilliant and we kept over lots of pastries for lunch to mean we had more money for evening tapas! :)
Great experience and would definitely recommend this hotel.

Stayed: July 2014
2  Thank jay_seal
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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
#4 Luxury Hotel in Barcelona
#13 Business Hotel in Barcelona
#63 Family Hotel in Barcelona
Price Range: £223 - £566 (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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