Hotel Duquesa De Cardona
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... it's a new procedure, certainly hope so.
Sat in my seat and watch the red caps wander back to row 24 and I'm in row 7, the gods are smiling.
A couple board the plane and spend ages talking to the steward who scurries about talking to different people then finally the captain and the couple are back off the plane. Turns out their kid has chicken pox and the note from the doctor is not enough to get them aboard so we have to wait 20 mins while their ...
... within 75mins for free but once you exit the metro station, you cannot return for free. Change of lines within the metro system does not require an exit. Most tourist would buy a T-10 card that's allows 10 trips for 10.30€ in Zone A. We stay a little out of the city and still in Zone A so I believe Zone A would covers a big area of the city center. You may share a card, there is no need to have a card per person. You can use the T-10 card from the airport, so ...
Well, I am declaring the new title for Barcelona: Capital of Europe. Impressive in so many ways, this is the fantastic city I had not expected. Not sure why, so much is said, written and shown about the capital of Catalunya and the seat of the best soccer team in the world: F.C. Barcelona! http://www.fcbarcelona.com/
This stage of our journey marks a departure from our visits to Italy and France, where we hiked in small towns and villages mostly ...
... home - have been Navaras. I would even go far as to suggest we have seen more Hyundai than Toyota so far.
Of course Monte Carlo breaks all the rules and the blatant displays of gross wealth are over the top as far as cars and boats are concerned, as well as all the designer shopping outlets.
Costs aren't crippling either. Diesel is dearer than NZ petrol, but the cheapest fuel here. And good quality accommodation is available at similar rates to a quality motel in NZ ...
... beggars and street vendors are everywhere. We noticed right away the games going on between illegal street vendors and the police trying to chase them. The street vendors have all their wares on a blanket with a rope tied to each corner, when they spot the police coming they snatch the rope and the lot is wrapped up and off they go. It seems to be a real game of wits the police try to round them up and the vendors ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsHotel Duquesa De Cardona Barcelona
don't think the fella serving/helping with breakfast is too keen on his job. Otherwise all is fine - not overly friendly but a good location, just far enough away from Las Ramblas and close enough to fab restaurants all within walking distance.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Duquesa De Cardona Barcelona
New & modern with great location
The hotel is new, with modern interior and a great roof terrass and very small swimming pool. The location is fantastic too, close to the sea and El Born. We had a room facing the patio, which was very quiet. Compared to normal Spanish hotel standards very recommended! The people at the reception were very helpful as well.
We loved it.
We just spent 2 enjoyable nights at the Duquesa De Cardona. It is recently remodeled and beautifully furnished. It has a very fine restaurant that has a 25 euro fixed price dinner including wine but it is also close to many other restaurants. The subway stop is a block away and the main cathedral is about six blocks. Wow!
Beautiful suite lots of space, enormous very comfy bed.I loved the separate dressing room with more hangers than even I needed. The location is great a short walk from Las Ramblas.Small rooftop pool, great view,super spot in warm weather. Plenty of good restaurants nearby, I'd definitely stay here again.
Lovely and convenient
Stayed in late November. Hotel is new, elegant and well-located. It's just across the street from Port Vell, a short walk to Barceloneta and the beach, or La Rambla, and backs up to the Barri Gotic. (Great location for runners; you don't have to keep stopping for traffic along the harbor!) Rooms sport plasma TV, attractive furnishings, and spacious marble baths. Modernist decor is very spare, though (no drawers in the night tables or desk), so the closet space is tight for a couple or a long trip. We chose a room on the Barri Gotic side; quiet, and the baths feature separate shower and tub. Size-wise, not large, but not cramped - and our queen-sized bed was extremely comfortable. (Slept like logs!) The lobby is attractively and comfortably furnished, and a 6th floor terrace offers tables/chairs, a little dipping pool (not much use in November, though!), and a great view of the harbor. The staff was extremely helpful and efficient, and we liked the extra touches - apples and candies in bowls in the lobby, robe and large Turkish towels in the bath. We skipped the breakfast at 14 euro p/p, went to the cafe next door instead. Had a great off-season promotional rate (109 E/night), and got more than money's worth. Would definitely return.
Perfect city break location
Had a great time in Barca and the Duquesa was a great base. Recently opened hotel with fine decor and a business type feel to it. Staff very friendly and helpful. Breakfast wide-ranging and plentiful. Rooftop sundeck and small pool perfect for a sunny afternoon with great views of the harbour area. Highly recommended and would stay there again.
Great location only 5 mins from La Ramblas, 5 mins from Port Vell and about 15 mins from the beach.
Noisy but smartly decorated
We booked a deluxe twin room with sea views. However, the only room that had sea views was very loud with noise from the street below (note windows not soundproofed). We opted for an internal room which was smaller and had no view at all. The decor was beautiful and the hotel was very clean and well maintained. The staff was extremely friendly and helpful. The rooftop 'pool' was a dipping pool. Also, there are only 4 sun loungers, so it may be difficult to find space in the afternoon. The only other problem was that the walls and doors were extremely thin, so you can hear everything. Also, they do not lend out irons - so unless you want to pay for professional pressing, bring your own.
A 5star Hotel for a 3star price.
An excellent hotel.Superb location (5 minutes from La Rambla) and on the sea front. Excellent Bus service stops just across the road. Clean, Airy, modern, secure and soundproofed. Air conditioned comfortable rooms with nice little extras: electronic room safe,bathrobes,slippers and a nightly weather forecast with chocolate on your pillow!First class staff - good English and happy to oblige.A varied Breakfast - from cereals, thru' speciality breads, hams, cheeses and fully cooked - a bargain at 4euros (pre-booked!). Even a solarium on the roof with excellent views (and small plunge pool).Can't rate it highly enough and I'm sure to return to Barcelona and will choose this hotel without even shopping around!DK, England.
What no Bar? - Don't Worry!
As web reservations go this was a bit of a long shot. The Hotel was not finished when I booked and it had postponed the opening once already. Duquesa De Cardona is situated right across from the harbour and within easy walking distance of Las Ramplas and the old quarter. The open topped tour bus stops just outside, so it is easy to get to places like Guell Parc, and the Neu Camp. As for the Hotel the rooms are great, new and each has a little Balcony from where, at the front of the Hotel you can look over the sea, or from the back peer into the narrow old streets. Amenities are pretty basic, when we were there the jacuzzi on the roof wasn't ready, but when finished it should be great in the summer, as for food not bad. Let's be honest here, you don't come to a city like Barcelona to eat in the Hotel, there are litterally loads of fantastic restuarants within ten minutes walk, some offer great sea food. So, it got me major points with the wife for choosing Barcalona and the Hotel for her birthday, and it didn't cost a great deal either. The Duquesa De Cardona doesn't promise much but it delivers at the perfect level for a city break, a base from which to explore, eat, shop and seek out great Spanish wine.
Not so impressed!!
I agree the rooms were nice but as to the view and the fact that half the facilities advertised on booking were not available then this was less than impressive!! Our room was at the rear of the property and had no views, unless you count looking into the apartment opposite, the safe did not work and took 3 attempts to fix, an order was made for breakfast in our room and this did not arrive....these are just a few of the problems we encountered!
Loved the Kings sized canopy bed
The room was salmon colored with shuttered windows. The view was of the Salt Mountain. We were pleasantly surprized of the huge room with the marble like bathroom also very big. Cotton Robes and slippers. Very romantic and such a very reasonable price. Will love to do this again.