Condes de Barcelona
What We Love
- Alaire Terrace, the rooftop champagne bar, has sensational views of La Sagrada Familia and La Pedrera
- A choice of restaurants: fine dining at two-Michelin-star Lasarte, or Catalan bistro classics at Loidi
- The rooftop swimming pool
- Located in the city’s cultural hub, Quadrat D’Or
What To Know
- Reservations are recommended for Lasarte
- Alaire Terrace is popular with the after-work crowd
- The hotel is located on Paseo de Gracia, one of Barcelona's busiest streets
- Parking On Site
Occupying two 19th-century palaces, Condes de Barcelona has a stellar location in the city’s cultural hub, Quadrat D’Or. Split into two sections on either side of Carrer de Mallorca, the upper chunk is known as Monumental and the lower part as Central. The low ceiling and blocky furniture of the bar in the Monumental building feels very early-’90s, though the palace’s Belle Epoque features shine through in the grandiose proportions of the lobby. The higher you go the more modern it gets, culminating in a magnificent roof terrace. Monumental’s is lushly planted to create hidden corners for canopy daybeds (for guest use only), and Central’s has a distinct buzz with a wall mural by Mariscal, live music most nights and a hip local scene.
Bed and Bath
With 235 rooms split into five different categories, these are some of the city’s brightest and most spacious guestrooms. Each has plenty of natural light, parquet floors and matching wood furniture. Crisp white bed linens and cream-tone bathrooms (with shower and tub) are reassuringly utilitarian rather than boutique, though there are some welcome 21st-century touches such as the 28 to 32“ LCD TVs.
Sip a pre-dinner glass of bubbly at the rooftop champagne bar, Alaire Terrace, and drink in the views of La Pedrera and La Sagrada Familia. Dining options include Lasarte, a two-Michelin-star restaurant helmed by Basque chef Martín Berasategui. The intimate eatery seats just 35 and serves a tasting menu inspired by regional produce. The other restaurant, Loidi, is a laid-back, affordable alternative that serves bistro dishes created by Berasategui. Head up to the sun terrace and rooftop swimming pool to soak up the Spanish sunshine.
How to Get There
The hotel is along the Passeig de Gràcia, very convenient with shops, restaurants, attractions nearby. We took the Hop on Hop off bus just across the street, had dinner within 2-10 minutes walk from the Hotel. Room is clean & nice, toilet is big with separated toilet & shower. Good pick.
As the HOTEL CONDES DE BARCELONA is located on the Paseo de Gracia, in the heart of Barcelona it is ideal for sightseeing. The hotel offers excellent service with attentive and friendly staff. Breakfasts are amazing with a variety of dishes to suit all tasts and cultures. We have stayed at the Condes many times and regard it as one of the best hotels with spacious comfortable rooms in a sale environment.
Arrived at the Condes around 10:30 am & we were pleasantly surprised to find our room ready for us.
We spent 3 nights in an Executive Room which included Breakfast Buffet. #757 is right next to the pool, overlooks the street and is below the outdoor bar/terrace Alaire. I was worried about the noise, however, we didn't hear a thing other than the sirens during the protests.
The room is very spacious with a large bathroom, which includes double sinks, bathtub, separate shower, separate w/c & large plush towels. An outdoor balcony is furnished with a table, chairs & loungers. There's a Nespresso and a mini fridge with juice & water, which are replenished daily. Blackout shades cover the step out windows.
There are a couple of inconveniences though. Lighting is very inadequate. I'm only 5 ' and not a very big person, so the vanity mirror was out of my reach. I had to use the makeup mirror which should have had the light fixture mounted on the same side, not in the corner by the door. Also, the tub is very narrow, slippery and difficult to stand up in without a grab bar.
There was a great selection of food and drinks at the breakfast buffet. The hot foods weren't very warm, but there were plenty of other options.
We enjoyed dinner upstairs on the 8th floor in Alaire all 3 nights. It was always busy and as a result service was sometimes slow, but still excellent and the food was delicious.
The Condes is in a great location and staff were always helpful & polite. We'd stay again.