El Palace Hotel
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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.
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... enough time to walk around the outside and get in line for quick entry (as I wisely bought my ticket the night before). The outside was great but the inside was even better! Throughout the whole thing are giant stain glass windows which light up the walls with brilliant colours. The walls are also shaped in a way that the colours form great patterns. I was in there for about an hour and kept picturing perfectly in my mind how Mum would react if she were ...
... in the early part of the twentieth century.
Pincho - Lunch on a stick
We had lunch al fresco at Txapela, where we played tapas bingo. All of the tapa were pictured on paper place mat, making selection slightly easier. The waitress kindly brought a menu written in English (bad sign) but the tapas turned out to be OK. We shared six between us: Pincho Vitoria (Prawn in batter with tartar ...
... in La Pedera. The main lesson we learnt though was do not mess with Gaudi.
On this tour I met the Kiwi couple who were on my original walking tour again- Sarah and Matt. Seeing as we had all missed out on the towers that morning we tried to see if we could climb them in the afternoon (they were still closed). They were going to try catch a performance at the Catalonian music Palace and invited me to join them. ...
... which just uses pure fruit only. They were quite yummy and made up for the unhealthy KFC!
We did the bible readings after tea and then the soccer came on. It was between Argentina and Germany. It was a pretty close game – Argentina was playing better but in the end Germany got the winning goal. The boys were disappointed!
So that was the end of our time in Spain. We had all really enjoyed it and thought it would be a nice country to come back to and explore ...
... be. There's this amazing church that everyone tells you to find. Like it's hidden, and you need to walk around and stumble upon it... Yeah, no, the bus drives right past it. So it's kind of impossible not to find it. Walked La Ramblas, and didn't get anything stolen(checked later we are all good, still have every thing I went there with) walked along side the beach. Wasn't dressed to go in. I was, but then I changed cuz it was really cloudy ...