4.5
Very Good 1893 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

Amenities

  •  Babysitting
  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Gym
  •  Handicap-accessible
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pet-friendly
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Spa
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Overview

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

Reviews

4.5 Very Good 1893 Reviews
Fabulous Afternoon tea
Reviewed 1 day ago

A group of us went for Afternoon tea at the 5 star El Palace. It was 28 euros each and delicious. A lovely setting, great food and fabulous staff. I would recommend. A great cake selection, scones and lovely sandwiches. There were cute menus you could take home and such pretty plates and cups. The English breakfast tea was the best I have ever tasted. A good option for a Sunday when many shops are closed in Barcelona.

Truley An Amazing Hotel
Reviewed 2 days ago

My wife and I stayed here for a few days whilst in Barcelona. We have stayed many times before and have always enjoyed our time there.
The rooms are very luxurious, spacious and well laid out. The king bed is very large and comfortable with ample pillows. The bathroom is also quite amazing, large bath, separate rain shower and a separate closed-off toilet.
The best part of the hotel though are the warm and friendly staff, second to non, from the moment you arrive, you are treated as royalty.
Breakfast is served in a glass roofed area, a very pretty location. Our only criticism of which is the hot food was not hot, only warm.

A very special mention: sadly whilst exploring the city of Barcelona my wallet was stolen with all my credit cards. Returning to the hotel, we explained our situation, and to our relief and gratitude the staff we both very sympathetic and incredibly helpful. We were given use of their telephone to make several international calls, free of charge, were able to settle our hotel bill even without presenting our credit card and were given a lot of help and support, as well as some calming drinks. The hotel staff were all amazing, in particular Pablo on reception and Amal in the main foyer. Sadly, we cannot recall all of your names, but thank you all for your help and support, you helped change a terrible situation into a less stressful event.
Thank you all again, hope to see you soon.

1 Night in Barcelona
Reviewed 3 days ago

The Palace hotel is a great place too stay if you are pressed for time on your trip in Barcelona. The hotel is clean with beutiful rooms with lots of space. Staff was very friendly and breakfast was great with a wide variety of too choose from . What make this hotel great is that you are a 2min walk from the famous La Rambla rd and a 1min walk too a Red Bus pickup point. Can definitely recommend this hotel

Gorgeous Hotel in the Heart of Barcelona
Reviewed 3 days ago

We stayed at the El Palace Hotel in Barcelona in June 2018 and absolutely loved it. The hotel is gorgeous with beautiful rooms and bathrooms. It is also very well located close to Las Ramblas and the main shopping district. The breakfast too is very good and i would strongly recommend it.

Charming, historic hotel
Reviewed 4 days ago

Originally The Ritz in its heyday this charming hotel is full of romance and charm. Lovely breakfast and a short walk from La Rambla - the place to go to see and be seen - and La Boqueria, the food market that is a foodies delight. Delightful stay. Highly recommended.