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OVERVIEW

Everyone from Dali, Miró and Ronnie Wood has stayed at this opulent palace which drips luxury from an earlier age at every turn. With impeccable service, high-quality cuisine, characterful bars, opulent public areas and spacious guest rooms, staying here will be a real occasion.


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THE NEIGHBOURHOOD

Located at the cross-section of some big busy thoroughfares, on the eastern side of the Eixample neighbourhood, and just a couple of blocks from the Gothic Quarter, the hotel has a good, pretty central location. Some of the top sights are a short walk: Gaudi's renowned Casa Batllo is a ten-minute walk, and his Sagrada Familia Cathedral is double that. Las Ramblas and Plaça Catalunya are a ten-minute walk.

By plane: Fly direct from London (2 hours 5 mins) and Manchester (2 hours 20 mins) to El Prat airport. The hotel is a 30-minute drive away. Public parking costs €38 per day. Book flights to Barcelona.

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THE LOOK AND FEEL

They don't make hotels like this anymore: opulence at every turn, with Versailles-style ornate furniture, huge fussy drapes, swirling carpets and oriental rugs, polished marble pillars and floors, and in the Grand Hall, a grand piano. However, some will find it dated.

THE FACILITIES

Service is impeccable and old-school here, with liveried doormen and a very helpful concierge. There's a small business centre with a computer and printer, a spa and fitness room, and on the rooftop, a 14-metre pool. As well as the Grand Hall restaurant and cocktail bar, there are further bars in the basement and on the rooftop.

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Roof terrace
  • Swimming pool
  • Spa
  • Fitness centre
  • Paid parking
  • Free Wi-Fi

BED AND BATH

Ivory and cream palettes mean the guest rooms are generally more restrained than the public areas and present an air of luxury from an earlier age. They have high-quality antique furniture, luxurious king-sized beds with Egyptian cotton sheets and mounted TVs hidden inside ornate mirrors.

Room types: Classic Room, Superior Room, Junior Suite, Superior Suite, Family Suite, The Art Suites, El Palace Suite by Ronnie Wood

Key amenities: ensuite bathroom with sustainable toiletries, TV, tea and coffee facilities, desk, free Wi-Fi

FOOD AND DRINK

The extensive buffet breakfast is usually served at El Jardín. The Grand Hall offers all-day dining as well as drinks at the swish cocktail bar. Amar is a seafood restaurant headed by renowned chef, Rafa Zafra. There is also a gorgeous cocktail bar, Bluesman, located in the basement, and there's a second bar, the Smokers Club, for whiskey and cigar fans.

Grand Hall: Modern European dining: pastas, salads and sharing plates. Open all day. Mains from €19.

Amar: seafood restaurant from chef Rafa Zafra. Open Tue-Sun for lunch and Tue-Sat for dinner.

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