Hotel Duquesa de Cardona
What We Love
- Sensational views of the Port Vell from the roof terrace and pool
- Lovely service and an unpretentious atmosphere
- Historic property with plenty of original features
What To Know
- A city tax of approximately $2 per person, per night, will be collected by the hotel at checkout.
- The spacious rooms are soundproofed, but not sound-tight
- There’s no formal restaurant, but light meals and snacks are served throughout the day
- Free WiFi
A former palace and noble residence dating from the 16th century, Hotel Duquesa de Cardona is a stately sleep on Passeig Marítim, overlooking Barcelona’s bustling harbor. A drawing of how the street once looked hangs in the lobby, along with a copy of Cervantes’s Don Quixote in which he describes the area. The building was bought by the Duchy of Cardona in the 1930s, and although the Torres family has owned it since 2003, plenty of original features remain, such as the swirling staircases and Modernisme tiles laid like carpets on the floors, and the soaring columns and arches in the ground-floor dining room, which housed a horse and carriage in the 19th century.
Bed and Bath
The most recent renovation, completed in January 2013, spruced up nearly all of the hotel’s 44 guestrooms in muted tones of oatmeal, ecru and beige. It’s not the most exciting decor on earth, but it is calm and unobtrusive, which makes for a supremely comfortable stay. In Barcelona’s old city spacious rooms are something of a rarity, so it’s a plus to come across a place where even the smallest rooms (interior) are well proportioned. Book a room at the front for views of the port or at the back to overlook the Gothic quarter. Damask cushions depicting country scenes in sage and duck egg–blue combine with cozy throws to create a restful vibe, and the bathrooms are spacious too, especially in the Deluxe Rooms, which are painted in a sultry elephant gray and have a tub and walk-in shower. Cable TV, decent toiletries, fluffy bathrobes and a kettle with free tea and coffee, complete the offering.
The jewel in the hotel’s crown is its roof terrace and plunge pool, where guests, and indeed many Barcelona residents, chill beneath a balmy night sky from May to September. The recent addition of heaters and blankets should extend the season well into the winter, when the sunsets are spectacular. The carriage house on the ground floor makes for an impressive start to the day, with a generous breakfast buffet including eggs cooked to order and the more traditionally Catalan pan amb tomaquet (toast rubbed with tomato, olive oil and salt) with cold cuts and cheeses. The rest of the menu is fairly simple — tapas, salads, sandwiches — but it’s tasty enough. The intimate library on the mezzanine is a lovely place for a glass of wine on chilly evenings. There’s no spa, but the hotel can arrange for in-room massages as well as tours of the city’s highlights.
In the Area
The back of the hotel leads onto Carrer de la Merce, Barcelona’s emblematic tapas street. There’s no finer time to be had than bar hopping along it in the early evening, stopping at Bar Celta for Galician octopus and the best patatas bravas in the city, La Plata, one of Ferran Adrià’s favorite bars for little fried fish, and El Corral for chorizo flambéed in Galician orujo (a grappa-like brandy). On the other side you have the Port Vell, home to Maremagnum, a floating mall, and Barceloneta, the fishermen’s district, with its myriad seafood restaurants. Among the best are La Mar Salada for an excellent value lunch menu and Kaiku on the beach for smoked rice paella.
How to Get There
We stayed for 2 nights and had an allthrough positive experience at the hotel. Very friendly staff, speedy check in and the biggest hotel room that we have ever had. 2 rooms and 2 bathrooms - and that was the cheapest option! The room included a bottle of sparkling wine which was waiting for us on ice. That was a very nice touch!
The roof top terrace has a magnificent view of the marina and the lunch is awesome. I highly recommend this hotel and I will definitely stay here again.
Really a great hotel and very friendly and professional staff. Next time in BCN i will book this hotel for sure. perfect location, nice and spacious rooms and great breakfast and a Beautiful Roof top bar.
We showed up late in the evening after a long day of flying and the two people who greeted us (Ruben and I can’t remember the name of the woman at the front desk) knew my name and acted as if we were old friends stopping in. They made us feel very welcome. The accommodations were really nice. Room terrific, amenities top notch. An old friend happened to live nearby and stopped over during breakfast. Without blinking an eye the breakfast people suggested we grab coffee and set us in a quiet room to relax that was off to the side. So nice to go somewhere and feel at home by the people.
In 2016, we spent several days at the Hotel Duquesa de Cardona in Barcelona and were deeply impressed by the location (central to the old town as well as the waterfront and a great many of the famous sites), the excellent service of all the staff, and the facilities themselves.
When we returned in 2018 for another stay (driven primarily by our fond memories from our first stay), we were definitely not disappointed! The location was obviously still wonderful, the staff were, if anything, even more considerate and helpful, and the facilities -- hard to believe -- were improved beyond their previous excellence. Several small renovations, including an expansion of the breakfast buffet area, the addition of a lunch/dinner restaurant with a quite amazing menu, and a realignment of the roof-top terrace bar all contributed to our amazing experience there.
Our thanks go to Miguel, Ruben, Ramon, and all the front desk and other staff that made this such a memorable experience.
Perfect location, uppgraded on arrival by Marta, bags on the room by Ruben, free Cava on the terrace overviewing the fantastic harbour in Barcelona....and the service from Ramón....😎😃🤣🌹
One of the best trips ever, thanks to perfect service from the staff, a very nice Hotel situated within walking distance to everything worth seeing in Barcelona. We Will be happy to returnera to this luxury Hotel with the best service anytime😍