The location is just right between the "old town" and their museums and the Gaudi buildings and attractions around the city.
My rate included continental breakfast and the difference between that and the 39Euro breakfast was "cold-cuts" on the buffet.
Upon arrival at the airport the driver was not familiar with the hotel and the address that I had did not have a street number. He went to the area and asked a hotel doorman for advice and found out it was the Ritz. When I looked up the location on Google Earth it showed a hotel in the middle of a block and not the correct hotel. My guess is that this is a new name on an old facility that recently underwent a major renovation.
That said the facility was up to date and clean. On my floor but not in my room there was a faint smell of "fish". The separation of tasks for each employee was very obvious such as the concierge would not have the internet code but the front desk does.
The room was large enough for 2, but not a suite. The bathroom was laid out nicely with dual sinks a tub and a separate shower. The room also had an entrance lobby about 8 feet long that helps keep the room quite. Like in a lot of hotels now, you have a choice of pillows and soaps.
The restaurant was rated one star but I did not find the food up to standard for a one star. Also my American tastes prevented my from ordering many of the items on the menu.
I found Barcelona the be one of the most buitiful cities that I have ever seen. One building was nicer than the next!
Spend some time drinking a Cava on a couch in their bar area.
- 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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- El Palace Hotel Barcelona, Catalonia