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Hotel Duquesa de Cardona
Ranked #45 of 513 Hotels in Barcelona
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Reviewed August 26, 2010

I cannot understand the complaints about this hotel. We're from New York and we are very fussy. Yes, everyone still smokes in Europe and Spain in particular. You cannot destroy ALL the smell. We had a very nice room facing the harbour, with a small balcony. We came off a cruise, and the hotel arranged for a car to pick us up at the port, and the next day, take us to the airport. They were friendly, and more then helpful. This is NOT a top luxury hotel, but the bed is King Size, the bathroom reasonably large, the room is clean, and the location is FABULOUS, close to all the sights and great restaurants at the port. Breakfast was good, not great, but best of all, the room was approx. $ 200US per night. This hotel deserves a much better rating. Yes, the pool is very very small, but during our one day stay, it was 100 degrees in Barcelona, and the pool was just what we needed to cool off. It is on the top floor facing the port and has a really nice view. All in all, a very nice hotel.

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 24, 2010

The hotel is a short 5 - 7 minute walk from the bottom of La Rambla. Gave us the luxury of ending our nights very late and feeling safe walking back to the hotel. Easy walk to the tourist bus stop at the base of La Rambla and short walk to the Barcelonetta beach too. The only good thing about this hotel turned out to be the location. We got a very oversized room with 2 bathrooms, which very functionally great, however, the room smelled of a wet, rotten carpet and complaints yielded answers from staff that 'its a part of life'. Being a boutique hotel, the lobby in non chalant and there's no concierge. It was hard to get service after 7 pm as only one person was manning the front desk with no support. Breakfast (included) was average and no hot foot (eggs, omlettes) were offered up. We learned you ask for it and it will be cooked inside the kitchen and brought to you. There is a rooftop seating and a very small wading pool. Eating here had an extra service charge as food had to be brought up from the kitchen in the first floor. Also, there are 2 very noisy bars at the bottom of the hotel facing the Barri Gothic area....at night the noise levels were high, and the partying continued through 2-3 am everyday. The room rates very not too expensive considering Western Europe in summer. Overall, I would stay here again.....Le Meridian is on La Rambla and costs about the same - modern hotel with modern services....Duquesa was a disappointment.

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 23, 2010

we stayed for two nights at Duquesa, and quite frankly that was too long, I couldn't wait to leave. There was no welcome or friendly face at reception, rooms that should be clean smelt of stale smoke, not good for anyone let alone a non smoker...Swimming pool should be described as a kids paddling pool very very small. Poor service at the bar and the internet did not work and the staff did not seem to care or show and interest to get it fixed. This was not the relaxed holiday that we had planned and did not live up to the expectations of the website not worth the money..definetly would not describe this as a four star hotel!!

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 23, 2010

We stayed at this hotel for just a few nights in Barcelona, unfortunately the staff were very rude and unfriendly on arrival, the rooms smelt of smoke... even the non-smoking rooms! The noise levels at the front of the building were quite loud. This is definitely not a 4 star hotel, and there were no staff management working in the evenings. The internet did not work and the shower was broken, we stayed for 2 nights and had to change rooms 3 times! Not good.

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 30, 2010

We arrived home yesterday from a 4 day Stay at the duquesa de cardona hotel and absolutley loved it!

We got a taxi from Barcelona Airport to the front of the hotel which cost 25 euros, the taxi driver was lovely warning us to be careful of pick pockets in las ramblas and to make sure we ate along the sea front, especially the fresh fish!

The hotel was lovely, The best location, Right in front of you you have the harbour, which is just in front of the beach, the beach is a 15-20 min walk from the hotel, but well worth it! Much busier beach than we expected too! The reception staff were friendly and the hotel has a real air of class!

To the right of the hotel you have 'Las Ramblas' which is just a 5 min walk.
It has a huge food market, lots of places to eat and lots of street performers to see! Well worth a look.

We took the Barcleona tour bus from just outside the hotel (The right and head to the roundabout) which cost 29 euros for 48 hours - Well worth doing as you get to see the entire city.

The views from the duquesa de cardona roof top are amazing - they look right over the harbour and to the beach in the distance, the pool is very small, but cosy and most of our stay the roof terrace wasnt very busy, so having it to yourself is very romantic.

The rooms and the hotel are very, very clean, the beds and towels changed daily!
Fab service!

The bar was quite expensive, so make sure you as for a menu before ordering - The resturant at the roof terrace was always quite busy at lunchtime, we only ate one meal which wasnt very nice - but we saw some meals that looked ok, so possibly worth a shot.

The resturant staff seem to work quite hard, but there is a lack of organisation, possibly due to them being understaffed? So as nice as they were, when ordering food/room service expect a wait! We waited 45 minutes for toast and tea one morning, despite being told it would be 10 minutes!!

The only other bad thing about this hotel was the noise from the street below, We were unlucky enough to have roadworks from 8am all day, so no chance of opening your balcony door, even without the road works the traffic from the busy road below was loud enough!

The noise at night is also quite load, drunk people singin etc.... but when you put the location into persepective, i would easily stay there again despite the noise!
We were on the 3rd floor and didnt stay at a weekend mind, so maybe it would be worse if you were lower down and there on a Saturday night?!

Overall, despite a few bad points, it is a lovely hotel and i look forward to returning one day!

Thank you Duquesa de cardona for making our stay in Barcelona fab!

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 29, 2010

We stayed in Duquesa for 3 nights in Deluxe Harbor View room. The room was spotless, with big bed, decent bathroom, free electronic safe and even a tiny balcony. The service was excellent - we were amazed when at the first evening a maiden brought us a few candies, weather forecast and a card to choose a scent for room aromatizer. When we asked for an ashtray it arrived in a minute.
Buffet breakfast was decent and terrace bar was beautyful yet overpriced a bit. There was a free wifi network in the lounge.
Location of the hotel is unmatched - in a few minutes walk from Ramblas, Port Vell, Barceloneta, Barcelona Zoo etc. Train station Estacion de Francia is near as well.
Diring our trip we stayed in 4 different hotels in Spain, and Duquesa was the best of them (but most expensive as well, however).

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 26, 2010

We stayed 6 nights at the hotel. The rooms are clean, nicely furnished, we had a junior suite with our 2 kids of 3 and 4 years old.
From the first night on we slept very bad due to the noise in the backstreet although we specifically asked for a room at the back as I read some comments about the noise of the frontrooms. It was hardly bareable as it was till 4 AM, we complained to reception the first night but were told the noise was normal and mostly at weekends so it would get better ... it didn't. After a few nights we complained again and somebody from maintenance checked the window: it was broken and was fixed the same day. For us this is not acceptable for this level of hotel. We got cava and some chocolates from the hotel which was friendly but too late.
The matrasses on the beds are way to hard, even the pillows didn't charm us, at 10 PM it was not possible to get another pillow as housekeeping was gone home?
Breakfast was included but not ok for a 4 star level, the breakfast staff is very poor, tables are not cleaned fast enough, buffet is not refilled on time, I felt like kicking their ... sometimes.
Swimming pool is ok but small, loved the hot water though for the kids. The views over Port Vell and harbour are stunning.
In general our stay was quite disappointing, the service not always very professional, although the reception staff was friendly and most of them ok.
I would rate this hotel max 3 stars and feel ripped off if I compare price/quality, it's a shame ...

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled with family
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Address: Passeig Colom 12, 08002 Barcelona, Spain
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Location: Spain > Catalonia > Province of Barcelona > Barcelona > Barrio Gotico (Barri Gotic)
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#10 Business Hotel in Barcelona
#11 Family Hotel in Barcelona
#13 Romantic Hotel in Barcelona
#39 Luxury Hotel in Barcelona
Price Range: $194 - $500 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Duquesa de Cardona 4*
Number of rooms: 62
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Exclusive boutique historic hotel in front of the port of Barcelona, and just 3 minutes walk to Ramblas, Gothic quarter. Unbeatable location for visitors interested on the heart of the historic center and cruise passengers .On the sixth floor Hotel Duquesa de Cardona Barcelona offers an unforgetable view over the harbour of the city, with a plunge pool, asolarium and a all year open-air cocktail .The buffet breakfast restaurant on the ground floor is the former entrance of this palace of the 19th century , and introduce us to the fantastic history of this mediterranean city. ... more   less 
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