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“Location and class” 5 of 5 stars
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El Palace Hotel
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, 668, 08010 Barcelona, Spain (Eixample)   |  
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Ranked #7 of 518 Hotels in Barcelona
maui
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Location and class”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2012

I am very glad to have a good review of the El Palacio Hotel, in Barcelona ,668 Gran Via de Las Corts Catalones, (i put in address because there are a few hotels with same name).
I had actually put off a trip to Barcelona because I had such a hard time finding a Hotel that was affordable and had a little class in a good location. I read trip adviser every time before I book a hotel and the reviews seemed pretty good for this hotel.
I found my experience with this hotel to be a very good one. I got a room that was spacious and
affordable compared to the going rate of hotels in europe.
The hotel has a gorgeous lobby, very nice breakfast area, and old style regal rooms. I saw so many hotels that were just too ultra modern when I was searching for place in Barcelona.
The hotel is very centrally located. Just a few minutes to walk to Las Romblas, you can also walk to La Sagrada Familia.
I found the Employees to be efficient, and service good. I don't know why but it seems i always make friends with a nice bellman. Gleb (sp)was very helpful.
I wish so many hotels did not charge for wifi, but I was able to connect to Internet in the room.
I found Barcelona to be a beautiful city with great architecture and friendly people. Didn't have any threat of thieves at all. ANd I could not believe all teh great deals being offered in stores.
There were 75% off sales everywhere.
One thing, the beds are very hard..i was ok with that but if you don't like hard beds you might consider that.
So i say Yes to El Palacio, I stayed before a cruise and after and it worked out to be a very good experience.

Room Tip: ask for upgrade to suite..I did and got it
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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York, United Kingdom
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2012

Oh my, the El Palace is simply breathtaking! We arrived after disembarking from our cruise ship at 7.30am. From the moment we arrived we knew this was going to be a wonderful experience. The taxi doors were opened for us and the cases taken into the reception. Our room, even though very early, was ready! And we were upgraded to a room with a roman bath! R207.... my oh my....It was exquisite! The whole hotel is a mix of parisian opulence meets Agatha Christie. It's swags are huge but belong there, the glass mirrors everywhere reflect the lamps and textures of the sumptuous rooms, the restaurant is where you would expect Poirot to be eating his breakfast while solving a murder!! Oh and before I forget this Hotel smells utterly scrumptious! You have to have stayed there to understand this.... It's invigorating and mind teasing! I could go an and on about this hotel and I assure you all, you will not be disappointed staying here for any occasion. The staff are very friendly, polite, and obliging. The rooms are dapper and we will definitely be booking the Salvador Dali suite next time! Yes we will be returning! Our room really was fantastic, everything had been thought about. You need to see the marble fireplace and the hidden tv! The bed was HUGE and the la Ocitaine bath products were such a treat. A perfect place for a honeymoon... Not to mention the complementary bottle of fizz and chocolates! Thank you El Palace!
Everyone must stay at this hotel once in their lifetime... Barcelona is an amazing city and the hotel is fantastically positioned. Go down to the cocktail bar and have a peek in the ONLY smoking room in Barcelona. The decor down there will blow you away.
In a nut shell, stay here! It's amazing!! I just wish I'd seen Piorot! ;-)
See you all very soon!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Riverside, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2012

One of the best parts of our cruise was our pre hotel stay at the El Palace Hotel!!!!!! We cannot compliment this hotel enough. Every detail was taken care of. The interior is BEAUTIFUL. The service is one of the best we have experienced. The room was immaculate. The scent through out the hotel is wonderful. Room service was excellent. The dining room food was very good. My mother, my teenage daughter and I stayed here for two nights before our cruise out of Barcelona. A girls trip. The location is perfect. We were able to walk to several locations and felt very safe. Just having coffee or tea in the lobby is an event. It's a high class hotel, but not stuffy. I would HIGHLY recommend this hotel. It's expensive but so worth the splurge.

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sydney, Australia
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2012

This beautiful hotel which used to be the Ritz has kept all splendor of yesteryear.

The staff was so lovely, my husband and I arrived very early in the morning after an exhausting long light from Australia and the staff went out of their way to get a room ready for us early. The breakfast buffet was awesome and the rooms extremely comfortable.

With lovely staff and it's close proximity to all the great Gaudi sites of Barcelona, the is a great hotel to book.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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greece
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54 reviews 54 reviews
15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2012

It is a very elegant and stylish historic building well kept and maintained with nice personel and five star amenities hotel.It is suitable for people who like luxuriousness and history as well.It is in the most central area of Barcelona in a walking distance from every big attraction of the city.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sydney, Australia
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23 hotel reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2012

This hotel is very well positioned. It’s within walking distance to the Barri Gotic (15 minutes) and 20 minutes to La Sagrada Familia. We walked with a 7 year old child and he never complained about the distance.

Our very elegant room on the top floor was ready at 9:00am, when we arrived from the airport. We were taken to the room by Celine (Guest and Public Relations) who made us feel as we had arrived to a friends’ house. We loved the large room, large bathroom and the jacuzzi in the bathroom, although it took us some time to work out how to operate it. A piece of plastic with instructions how to change the water flow options, is also used to operate the jacuzzi.

While our room was on the top floor, we stayed some time at the lounge and had breakfast every day at the restaurant (both located at the ground floor) and never felt any tremors as mentioned by some reviewers. The room was very quiet, away from the main road.

During our stay we were impressed with the quick and efficient porter and valet service. We rate this hotel as the friendliest of all the hotels we stayed in Spain. This is because of the Guest and Public Relations staff (Celine and Katharina). Every time we were in the lobby, Celineor Katharina would appear and have an informal chat, while recommending sites and making sure we were happy. We don’t like using a concierge, but because we were approached informally, we listened and did take some of the advice which was useful. We really loved chatting to Celine, because she made us feel as we weren’t alone in Barcelona, but had a friend!

In room dining options were bizarre and expensive, and we found nothing for our 7 year old son.

I don’t think you can find a better and friendlier hotel in Barcelona.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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84 reviews 84 reviews
23 hotel reviews
Reviews in 35 cities Reviews in 35 cities
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2012

Many people do not know that this beautiful grand hotel was the former Ritz. The hotel was built in 1919, yet the rooms are very spacious and everything is very modern and clean. I have no complaints other than the Gym is extremely small and a hotel of this ranking probably deserves a true full-scale fitness center such as Le Palais in Prague. El Palace Hotel is truly a Leading Hotel of the World!!!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, 668, 08010 Barcelona, Spain
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Location: Spain > Catalonia > Province of Barcelona > Barcelona > Eixample
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Spa Hotel in Barcelona
#6 Luxury Hotel in Barcelona
#7 Romantic Hotel in Barcelona
#8 Family Hotel in Barcelona
#13 Business Hotel in Barcelona
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:5 star — El Palace Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 125
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
El Palace Hotel has been totally refurbished and reopened late 2009. The works have preserved the classic spirit that has always characterised this property, distinguished as a symbol of Barcelona’s hotel tradition. Set in the heart of the city centre, close to Las Ramblas and in the most prestigious shopping area, it is surrounded by boulevards, theatres and main banks. It has an excellent transport connections and it is just 20 min from el Prat Airport.After the restoration, the Hotel will have 125 rooms, 42 of which will be suites and junior suites, all equipped with last-generation technology. A new room design, a soft interior re-decoration of public areas and lounges and the realignment and optimisation of the architectural infrastructure will enhance the beauty and majesty of our Hotel like in the 20’s. ... more   less 
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