El Palace Hotel
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Well, it's my last night and my last official entry... I may write something later with final thoughts when I am more rested and have a bit more perspective - or this might be it...
So, we had our goodbye dinner tonight here in Barcelona on the roof of the Museum de Historia which was right on the waterfront with a spectacular view of the …
... is the nautical monument to Christopher Columbus. We begin to walk up the long street toward our Hotel when we decide we probably should have some dinner before returning. We find a nice little Italian place and sit outside to eat. A thunderstorm has been brewing for a little while and just as we finish our meal, down it comes!!!!!!! It is a deluge!!!!!! We race inside, pay our bill and then begin the staged run back ...
... store and burly security guards proving access using a fingerprint scanner.
They sat with Rahael who presented tray after tray of watches. Battery Boy was mesmerised by the shiny trinkets presented before him. He admired a multitude of watches, IWC, Paneri, Rolex and many more. Rahael looked at Battery Boy and said, "Sir, I notice that you are looking at the IWC and Paneri with great interest, and rightfully so, they are beautiful timepieces but they ...
... said "I think that's it! No, I'm pretty sure it's it! I mean, it could be a church or something, but I'm pretty sure it's it!". We were greeting but a multitude of photographers, photographing the building, not me, though I wish it was me. Tangent aside, it was a fantastic building! So, if you have the time of day, go get a couple of shots, but don't forget to take a moment to admire labyrinth of detail the building holds. It truly is awesome, in all essence of the word.
... next cruise with Holland America and got a great deal.
Mom finished packing tonight except for a few things. Then we went down to the computer room where Mom checked her email. She freaked out with an email saying her bank account was overdrawn and we checked her account. It was fine but the email was a phishing fake one.
They had a big desert show up by the pool at 10pm but we have our last excursion tomorrow, this one in Barcelona, so we turned in ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsEl Palace Hotel Barcelona
Excelente localização, ótimo serviço e quarto.
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Historical Traveler Reviews El Palace Hotel Barcelona
Beware when exiting the Hotel
I have to say that the hotel definitely offers that old world charm. It is an a great location, within walking distance of all the key locations and shopping.
The only downfall, is that there are pick-pocket gangs that are targeting guests exiting the better hotels in the city. One of them is the Ritz. I had my bag snatched just across the street, and the thieves run down to the parking garage and can exit on the other side of the block. I was lucky - my husband and a friend chased them down and managed to get the bag back. The hotel personnel (porters and concieges) witnessed all the commotion and called the police. However, I was disappointed to find out that this is not the first time this has happended outside the Ritz and is a common ocurrence. The hotel personnel are aware of this problem. Obviously, it tends to be a problem in all major cities, but I do believe that the hotel should warn their guests. Since the hotel is reluctant to "panic" the guests with such an advisory, I do think it is important that future guests are informed.
As I was walking, I was tripped from behind... as I reached out to prevent from falling, my bag was snatched. So when you walk out of the hotel, hang on tight to your bag!!!! They work in two's and tend to hand out just outside that underground garage, right across the street from the hotel. Therefore, do be vigilant from the moment you exit the hotel.
Old World Charm
From the moment I arrived, I knew I was in for a treat. The Ritz is a classic, old world hotel and has all the charm one would expect from a Ritz hotel. The keys come with a large tassle--and the Junior Suite was delightful with two full bathrooms and a confortable bed. The Courtyard did not provide a view--but it was very quiet. The Restaurant for dinner was outstanding--and while expensive--provided a memorable experience. Breakfast in Diana's Garden was most pleasant as well. The hotel has a superb location, just a few blocks from the upscale shopping area.
The most rubbish hotel ever
Hotel Palace in Salou is RUBBISH. Do not go there if you want a good time, go there for an absolute waste of money. After TWO hours of waiting for someone to come and serve us, we were finally given our room, but there were eleven of us, and we were given a pokey little room for about eight people. That meant that some of us would have to sleep on the floor. Me, my husband and our nine children took it in turns to sleep on the floor every night, because apparently there were no spare rooms. I did NOT think this was right, after seeing about only twenty people at the meals. I did complain, but they ignored me completely.
ALL I'M SAYING IS: DO NOT GO THERE. >:-(
In one word terrific
The room was spacious, cosy and comfortable. The hotel service was fine. The breakfast was outstanding, a lot of choices. The hotel was very good. It's located just outside the busy streets and everything is within walking distance. We would stay here again. The price is what you expect of a Ritz Hotel.
Enjoyed our stay
This is a beautiful older hotel, well maintained, newly renovated, with outstanding details like bronze statues antiques in the rooms, and a fireplace, and it also has the most spectacular breakfast room. This website has not listed the many references for this hotel for some reason and most will refer to the high prices. We obtained a very competitive rate at the Hotel Ritz website and it included the wonderful breakfast. Perhaps if you book far enough in advance as we did, the rates are better. Our room was upgraded at arrival to one with a roman bath and it was wonderful. We could not have been more pleased with the staff, the room, and the location.
A bit dissapointed!
Me and my husband have been at Four seasons Hotel in Lisbon last summer and it was a real pleasure so we desided to choose this hotel for our vacation this summer. We stayed at the hotel in August 2004. We made our reservation through the same internet source as last year but this time we were not very lucky.
Despite the room was a small junior suite, it was at the first floor with absolutely no view and a terrible noise of the hotel's generator that forced us to keep the windows always closed in the middle of the summer!In the end, they tried to overcharge us with 45 Euros for two contintental breakfasts we didn't have so we had to fight for the truth!
Next time in barcelona we will be more carefull with our choice..
Average Hotel at a High Price
For the high price (around $300 per night with a discount), this was an average hotel. It was quite and clean, but I would not stay here again because there are so many more hotels in the area with better locations at more reasonable prices. I stayed at the hotel 7/21/04-7/25/04. When I arrived, the service was courteous, but nothing distinguising. (I had just stayed at the Hotel Ritz in Madrid which was outstanding, but don't confuse this hotel which I booked under "Hotel Ritz Barcelona" with the one in Madrid...they are not associated. Now, apparently they call this one Hotel Palace.) The room was a junior suite with a small, hard love seat, a table and a bed. The room was in inside room and it just felt a little gloomy. It was clean, but just lacked any decor. Perhaps I would have asked for a different room, but I just did not feel that the front desk was as personable as other hotels, so I shyed away from making a room change request. Again, everyone was polite, but for the price, I did not feel as if there was that level of personal detail and attention I expected. Everything is extra, so if you ask for bottled water, you'll have to pay. If you're in the lobby in your shorts after sightseeing, be sure they'll wisk you off to your room quicky if there is a formal event occuring in their dining room. The hotel was about six blocks from the old gothic area...not too far, and there are metro train stations nearby, so you can get to places easily. I would recommend you into the Hotel Artz Barcelona (which is right off the water) or look into renting an apartment. All in all, it is a safe and acceptable hotel, but nothing to write home about.
Right in the middle of the city which is great for shopping and site seeing. A little of a walk to the harbor, but we enjoyed exploring the city on foot. Lovely room and nice people. A good solid hotel.
Know well Barcelona for coming often on business. Stayed there recently (Dec 03). This hotel has great location but is not worth Leading Hotels of the World brand. Needs heavy investments. Especially if you consider it is over priced. Restaurant Diana is great though. Staff is not really welcoming. Just do their job. Try Majestic. Stayed there and best 5-star value in town.
Ritz Barcelona, Excellent hotel
Stayed here recently(Dec. 02). What a wonderful hotel. The rooms are luxurious, service is great. Rooms are made up in the a.m. and the p.m. My room on the 6th floor had a view to the Cathedral. I used hotel vouchers , and got a great rate of $150 per nite, plus the taxes. Itīs close to Plaza Catalunya, and a metro station is nearby.