4.5
Very Good 2023 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 2023 Reviews
Palace Barcelona, Spain
Reviewed 1 week ago

The location was perfect. the hotel lobby is beautiful and inviting. the hotel front desk was charming and they have keys with big tassels and you drop off your key on the way out and pick it up on the way in. they all know you by site. the rooms are incredible and the stair up to the rooms are like you are in a mansion. I would stay there again.

Highlight our trip to Barcelona!
Reviewed 1 week ago

Once of a lifetime stay at the Palace. It was hard to get out and leave the hotel. All time customer service and rooftop views. Check out our YouTube video of our trip for more sights: GoPro 2K: Running Around Spain and France HD.

Perfect.
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wonderful stay & great staff. You will not find a more suitable hotel in Barcelona. Love it. The staff all over the hotel had a mission to please , the breakfast & lobby halls are majestic, the waiters & the concierge staff are so friendly, they just go out of their way to help . Defiantly recommended for couples & family leisure stay.

Lovely romantic getaway
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have stayed here before, and on this occasion just for the night. Beautifully decorated hotel. Good fun on the Friday night downstairs in the 'Jazz Bar' ... where we listed to live Cuban music. Breakfast was ample and the location is central.

Great Hotel in city centre
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great hotel with a fantastic location - the service was remarkable. The attention to detail in the guestroom was amazing! Love the secret minibar behind the painting! The gold framed television went perfectly with the guestroom.