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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 #10 of 514 Hotels in Barcelona
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“Unique Experience…Superbe”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

Excellent Location! wonderful staff and very rich breakfast buffet… The junior suite was large enough for 4 persons, very large walk in closet and the shower was out of this world with two rain showers :)…

Make sure to try Caelis Restaurant (Michelin star)….

I would like to thank the management of the hotel for the wonderful Christmas gift and champagne bottle

Bravo...

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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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  • Location
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  • Rooms
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  • Service
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  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

recently stayed in Barcelona at the EL Palace Hotel.

I must say, the hotel is absolutely spectacular and the staff and service match.

Food was generally pretty good, though Breakfast was only ok in my opinion but i'm more of a traditional British breakfast type of guy so lets blame my palate for that one.

Prices for drinks in the Jazz bar downstairs are pretty steep but unsurprising within a hotel of this quality.

Only downside is a lack of a pool, but other than that, top notch.

Would recommend staying here if you are ever in Barcelona.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

We stayed at the Palace this past November, and I am remiss in leaving a review. I think all would enjoy the service, the grand style and the location of this hotel. Last couple of times in Barcelona we stayed at the Arts and the Mercer, and although very lovely hotels, the Palace has the best location for seeing the city. The easy access to restaurants, shops and the gothic quarter make this an excellent touring location. The hotel itself is quite comfortable, we found the staff very accommodating and helpful. We were upgraded to a junior suite, and it was very comfortable as well as large. Bathroom and dressing room huge... Room cleaned to perfection every day. We are already talking about returning to this lovely hotel on our next trip. The only minor criticism is that the breakfast room is quite chilly in the cooler weather, so we requested seating under the portable heaters every morning.

Room Tip: We had the junior suite, found it quite lovely and very large.
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  • Stayed November 2013, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

Very luxury one with Top service in the middle of everything you can walk to the touristic plaza Catalonia in few minutes or to the paseo de Garcia just around the corner we had two suites one executive the other privilege both of them were very well even we needed more room for one night which was also very well , all with high speed Wi-Fi very comfortable beds ,spotless clean , the bathrooms were huge with all the needed amenities, they put as a welcome in the rooms bottle of champagne with chocolate

The service starting with the doormen to every one we encountered were very well trained even when we mentioned that the rooms has to have coffee machines – as we thought that – the nice lady at the concierge
Managed to put the machines the next day – they know how to please the guests . I did try their casual dining # 19 one day with group of friends terrific food amazing service . at the new year eve they dropped to our rooms presents what was the nice touch is for men something to suit them as well as for women- was very nice gesture. All in all was very good experience

Room Tip: think all their rooms same high standard
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014

The El Palace was opened in 1919 as the Barcelona Ritz Hotel. It seems the objective of the hotel management is to maintain that 1920s atmosphere. So this is a classic, old fashioned but very well run 5* hotel. Considering the large amount of "design hotels" - it is actually something different.

Overall the hotel has been recently renovated, rooms and in particular bathrooms are very nice.

What we liked about the hotel:

* excellent service in all areas and great service attitude of all staff.

* we really liked the Caelis restaurant - superb classic French food and great service. Don't miss that one!

* nice renovated rooms and bathrooms

* perfect location


We were a bit less excited by the casual 19 Restaurant (fairly average food, quite expensive for what is provided). We also found the main hotel lobby a bit "dusty" and the "forest of christmas trees" was full of spiderwebs. We also did not like the fairly strange breakfast rule for "Leaders Club Members", they provided free breakfast but only allowed one small section of the buffet, if you took some tomato, cheese or ham from the other table they charged extra - we did not like that "nitpicker" attitude.

I would recommend the hotel, just be aware it is the opposite of a "trendy place".

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014 via mobile

Old world elegance with great staff. They moved us quickly and courteously as someone had smoked in our first room. Stunning lobby and bar. We were there for only one night, unfortunately. Centrally located in a beautiful city.

Stayed October 2013
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

I am not one to write too much as I normally just read on TA for tips and get some ideas for my own trips, but I definitely like to give kudos when it is due and to whom so this one goes out to Celine Ferrie! and the rest of her PR staff, Salud!! one of the best services EVER in all the trips I have made across the globe, be it luxury accomodations or hostel. Celine made our stay memorable especially as our trip (bro and sis) coincided on the wedding anniversary of our parents and my bro's bday. Celine made things happen and the concierge services, even from before we arrived, have assisted us already, and who ever were present those days we were there, hands down made our Barcelona stay truly memorable. thanks very much.

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  • Stayed July 2013, 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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Address: Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, 668, 08010 Barcelona, Spain
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
#7 Romantic Hotel in Barcelona
#8 Family Hotel in Barcelona
#10 Luxury Hotel in Barcelona
#22 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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