Very Good 2087 Reviews
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What We Love

  • A great downtown location close to Paseo de Gracia and Las Ramblas
  • Revamped bedrooms and enormous bathrooms with L’Occitane products
  • Spectacular public spaces decorated with antique furniture and acres of marble
  • The food: Michelin-starred fare in Caelis restaurant, brasserie options in 19/Nineteen restaurant
  • Late-night drinks and live jazz at Bluesman
  • Diana’s Romantic Garden and swimming pool on the hotel’s rooftop terrace
  • Spain’s only temazcal in the gorgeous spa

What To Know

  • A city tax of approximately $3 (2.5€) per adult per night (16 and over) will be collected by the hotel at checkout
  • The hotel is above a metro station, so expect some train noise and vibration in rooms on lower floors
  • Opulent interiors galore; this is not the place for clean-line minimalism
  • A large buffet breakfast is served in the garden restaurant
  • Most rooms overlook the bustling Gran Via intersection
  • Free WiFi


  •  Babysitting
  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Gym
  •  Handicap Accessible
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pet-friendly
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Spa
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The Review

In a prime downtown location close to all the city sights, Barcelona’s El Palace hotel was originally known as the Ritz (you can still see the “R” motifs dotted across the property), and it played a lead role in the life of the trendsetting metropolis in the early 20th century. After a top-to-toe renovation in 2009, the guestrooms and public spaces have been restored to their gilded glory, with ornate moldings, French and Belgian tapestries, and 17th- and 18th-century hand-painted murals.

Past the smiling, uniformed doormen at the entrance, the lobby hints at what’s to come: glitz, glamour and all the marble trimmings. Beneath an enormous chandelier and columns of black marble, two mirror-image staircases wind their way up to the central lounge, filled with the leather banquettes, antique furniture and elaborate drapes of another age.

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Everything has been designed to retain the classic, elegant balance that defines El Palace; the minibars are hidden behind paintings, and some plasma TVs are disguised as mirrors in gold frames. All the bathrooms carry lovely L’Occitane products, and those in Junior Suites mix modern whirlpool spa tubs with mosaic details.

The real pampering experience, however, happens in the Mayan Luxury Spa, an award-winning sanctuary that’s home to Spain’s only temazcal (a traditional Mesoamerican sauna made with volcanic rock), plus a slew of Mayan-inspired treatments.

Beyond the location, grand style, revamped interiors and unique spa, El Palace is best known for its culinary offerings, including the Michelin-starred Caelis restaurant. French chef Romain Fornell is at the helm of this serious eatery, which fuses French flavors and fresh Mediterranean ingredients to sensational effect. Don’t miss the vichyssoise, which is served on an ice dish, and foie gras that’s presented as yogurt. For less formal functions there’s the brasserie-style 19/Nineteen restaurant, a popular garden brunch and, for late night cocktails, the moody jazz spot Bar Bluesman.

The newly opened Diana Garden roof terrace is the real highlight though, with a swimming pool inspired by the Roman Baths (designed by Cesar Ritz) and elegant pergolas and fauna. The garden, designed in Noucentism Style, is full of orchids, jasmine and flowering fruit trees. Nights are best spent by the LED lit fountain sipping an aperitif.

How to Get There

El Palace
Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes 668
Barcelona, 08010 Spain


4.5 Very Good 2087 Reviews
Beautiful Grand Hotel in Barcelona
Reviewed 1 day ago

Celebrating the hotels 100th anniversary, the El Palace is elegant and seems to be recently refurbished and is very well maintained. Everything is spotless, our room on the 6th floor was spacious and very comfortable. The roof top bar area has great views and is a nice place to relax. The location is well suited for seeing the sites, and the staff was extremely helpful. We would not hesitate to stay here again.

El Palace
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A fabulous hotel in a great location to see the city. Comfortable yet elegant, all amenities provided. Staff friendly and helpful. Restaurants and bars great, especially roof top Terrace. If you don’t feel like sightseeing or shopping, the hotel is a wonderful place to relax in a very luxurious setting.

Barcelona, Spain
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great hotel. Service was outstanding. Treat you like royalty. Very personal touch. Concierge was very helpful. Great recommendations for restaurants. Jazz club downstairs was perfect location to end night with after dinner drink.

Stylish Grand Hotel wtih excellent service
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great rooms with excellent design. Spacious reception, breakfast area and bar with live musik. Beautiful top terrace with 360 view over barcelona and outdoor pool. Great service in this wonderful setting.

Probably the best kept secret in Barcelona
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you are looking at staying at a hotel that is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, this is the place. The decor is leading you to think last century as is the impeccable attention to details from the staff.