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... of Juan. And as we walked through, there he was!!! So we did!!!
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Historical Traveler Reviews Gran Ducat Hotel Barcelona
Super central friendly hotel
Just spent 3 nights at the Gran Ducat. Great hotel, very central to the Catalunya Square and few minutes from the Ramblas. Spotlessly clean and good breakfast. Staff very friendly - even baked my son a 21st birthday cake! Little noisy in the front of the hotel but traffic quiet during the night. Room quite small but clean and comfortable. A great base. I would recommend to anybody.
v central+close to los ramblas!!staff were friendly and helpful, great price for barcelona full marks
The location was excellent. The rooms very clean with simple yet cute decor. The only complaint would be that the water never got "hot"
it was warm. Since they offered full size tubs it would have been nice to soak in a hot bath after a day of sight seeing. Besides that everything was great.
Excellent value for money
My husband and I recently spent 6 nights at this hotel including breakfast. The position of the hotel made it so easy to get to and to make use of all the different forms of transport available to go sightseeing round the city. Our double bedroom was spotlessly clean and serviced every day. The room was spacious enough for the two of us and we had no problems with noise although we were on the back and maybe this helped. Breakfast was not exceptional but there was certainly enough variety to satisfy most people. We would certainly recommend this hotel out of season.
NOISY, great location
I stayed at the Gran Ducat for 7 nights, 7 very noisy nights. There is no soundproofing whatsoever!!!! I was able to hear luggage being unzipped in the next room, and conversations. The price, on the other hand, could not be beat!!! 65 euros including breakfast. I found the hotel to be very clean, I thought housekeeping did a great job. Breakfast was very tasty, the location is fabulous, it's just very noisy. Bring earplugs!!!
Great location - Great value for money.
The combination of price,location,cleanliness and staff friendliness made for an excellent stay. Only stayed for 1 night so cannot comment on the cleaning services. While our double room was smallish, the modern Ikea-like furnishings meant it didn't feel at all cramped or cluttered with wardrobes and the like. Would definitely stay there again.
Great Location, Poor Hotel
I recently stayed at the Hotel Gran Ducat for 4 nights. The location is ideal, it's literally a block from Placa Catalyuna. The rooms are minimalist - I found them to be below average. They're very small, even by European standards, and extremely noisy. It was hard to get a decent night's sleep there. Reception was great - they were very accomodating and helpful. Housekeeping, on the other hand, could definitely use some improvement. Our shower (very small) was not cleaned once during our stay!!
I agree that this hotel is an ideal place to stay as it is right by the Placa de Catalunya where you'll find the Bus Turistic (Tourist Bus) stationed at, as well as the Metro, and the beginning of Las Ramblas (shopping and eateries).
The hotel was clean. I had a room facing the Ronda St Pere, so at night it was quite noisy, and the rooms aren't soundproofed, so I did get woken up at times by fellow Brits coming back in from a night out, and other odd noises.
The receptionists spoke good English. I got told to check in at 2pm. The room was fully air conditioned. The bathroom had a shower, toilet and bidet closely clustered, so getting out of the shower was a bit tricky.
I would stay there again, but only for a short stay, and not for a special occasion.
Clean and convenient
Room was reasonable size and newly decorated (Aug 04). This minimalist loved the white/cream decor. Great location opposite le Corte Ingles - one of Barca's best department stores, and a minute's walk from placa Catalunya which meant not so far to haul our rucksacks! We had a room with a view of the square, but despite our fears, it wasn't at all noisy when we wanted to sleep. Staff were very helpful and all seemed to speak English. Didn't use room service/breakfast, etc. so can't comment on that. All in all - not a bad place to stop for a couple of nights in the heart of Barcelona.
Excellent location in the heart of Barcelona
Hotel Gran Ducat was recommended to us. It was extremely convenient for any part of Barcelona but particularly because of its close proximity to Placa de la Catalunya the hub of Barcelona where all transport starts and finishes. The airport bus drops off and picks up here too.
We booked direct with the hotel. They spoke English which was very helpful. The rooms were compact but comfortable. Everything was clean and tidy. The cafe was very expensive but at the end of our stay they forgot to charge us so it worked out okay! We only ate in the hotel for one morning. The best way to do breakfast in Barcelona is in one of the many cafes - churros and chocolate - the kids will love it!