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“Pricey but worth it.”
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El Palace Hotel
Ranked #7 of 515 Hotels in Barcelona
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed September 11, 2012

Spent two nights at this hotel in August. Our overnight flight from the west coast had us at the hotel at 8 AM yet our room was available and waiting. Top floor room with a great balcony and view. The hotel location is a short walk to Placa Catalunya and La Rambla but was quiet at night.The room was very well appointed and spotlessly clean. All of the staff we encountered were very friendly and helpful. The hotel public areas are the epitome of European luxury. The breakfast buffet is as good as you can find anywhere and served in beautiful surroundings. You can find comfortable hotels for less money but if you want something special and are prepared to pay a little extra for it this hotel can't be beat.

Room Tip: Ask for a top floor room facing Gran Via Corts Catalanes
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  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 7, 2012

I stayed twice at El Palace in Barcelona,during August & September2012,( Ritz) each room has a chimney place, very comfortable with pillows menu. I wished for fluffy duvets but they had only sheets & bedcovers .It's a glamorous city hotel with Opulent classical setting & attention to detail in each corner yet maintaing a cosy & relaxing atmosphere with no pretention and a great friendly staff. On my first stay we had a welcome fruit basket and water, on the second nothing! Breakfast is set in an indoor and outdoors areas, very elegant and refreshing start of the day. Staff is attentive and our concierge was very knowledgeable and helpful. Location is perfect, you can literally walk to see all major sites of Barcelona and shopping areas.

Room Tip: Choose rooms on the cross roads, front side of hotel. For suites they all overlook the courtyard.
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  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 3, 2012

This place really feels like a palace! I think this used to be the Ritz, and it definitely oozes old school glamor. Very opulent and classic, but with all the modern amenities. If you want a contemporary feel, this is probably not the hotel for you, but it surely is one of the best in Barcelona.

We stayed in a Classic Deluxe (their smallest room), which was actually quite spacious considering, including a large closet. The bathroom was a bit tight, but had both a nice rain shower and tub. Our windows faced the main street, but we could not hear anything thanks to the well insulated glass.

The location of El Palace could not be better. Walking distance to many Barcelona's central sites and great restaurants, as well as near numerous metro lines. The only strange thing, which other reviewers have pointed out as well, is the internet. No WiFi in the rooms, but what is even stranger is that you need a code to use both your own computer in the lobby or one of the business center computers. Plus, the code expires within a short time frame, so you have to go back and get a new one each time. Bizarre.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 28, 2012

Overall a beautiful hotel in a great location - easy to get everywhere. The room was very large and comfortable. Nice bed, bathroom, amenities and very peaceful. The lobby was very old world and comfortable - I spent time there daily as that is where the only free wifi was located. That would be my only criticism as wifi today should be free. Finally the staff and concierge desk especially were very friendly and helpful whether it was dinner reservations, suggestions or arranging transportation to the airport. I highly recommend this hotel to anyone staying in Barcelona.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 28, 2012

It a pleasure to enjoy such a professional hotel . Charming old world building with the highest of standards . Helpful , attentive staff at all levels made our stay very comfortable and enjoyable . Would thoroughly recommend a stay here.

Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 27, 2012

What can I say about this hotel, well quite a bit but I will stick to the important facts. My wife and I and our 11 year old son stayed at the Palace in August 2012. Everything was top notch. The junior suite room was amazing, the food amazing and the hotal staff amazing. The staff recomended very nice places to eat and were very helpfull in arranging trips, taxis and so on. Like I said it's not cheap but I feel you really get what you pay for. The hotel is well located and you can walk to many attractions.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 27, 2012

This was a lovely old world hotel with a friendly, helpful staff. The bedroom was lovely, the breakfasts were wonderful. My only criticism is that the livingroom and dining area leading to the breakfast room had a strong, sickining sweet smell. I would never have even considered having dinner or a drink in these common areas. I assume the smell was from their cleaning supplies-but it was overwhelming. Otherwise, I enjoyed my stay at this hotel very much.

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled with friends
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Additional Information about El Palace Hotel

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
#5 Romantic Hotel in Barcelona
#7 Luxury Hotel in Barcelona
#8 Family Hotel in Barcelona
#29 Business Hotel in Barcelona
Price Range: $273 - $518 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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