This hotel was formerly the Ritz. We arrived early after disemabarking an Azamara cruise. Our room was not yet ready but were made comfortable in the old world style and very impressive lobby. Hotel is absolutely beautiful. Room was very large and beautifully decorated. Large modern bathroom and plenty closet space. We had a corner room with a balcony which overlooked the city.
Service was excellent from doorman to concierge. They were always very helpful with suggestions and directions. We were here only 2 nights. Did not eat at the hotel restaurants. Had breakfast right across the street at a small cafe....great coffee and buns!
Location was great. A few blocks walk to Las Ramblas area with plenty of restaurants and shopping. Short driving distance to "old town", museums and other attractions or about a 40 minute walk.
Barcelona is a beautiful city and would definitely return again and stay at the El Palace.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- El Palace Hotel has been totally refurbished and reopened late 2009. The works have preserved the classic spirit that has always characterised this property, distinguished as a symbol of Barcelona’s hotel tradition. Set in the heart of the city centre, close to Las Ramblas and in the most prestigious shopping area, it is surrounded by boulevards, theatres and main banks. It has an excellent transport connections and it is just 20 min from el Prat Airport.After the restoration, the Hotel will have 125 rooms, 42 of which will be suites and junior suites, all equipped with last-generation technology. A new room design, a soft interior re-decoration of public areas and lounges and the realignment and optimisation of the architectural infrastructure will enhance the beauty and majesty of our Hotel like in the 20’s. ... more less
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