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Last updated: 28 October, 2022
Expert travel writer: Dana Facaros

The undisputed grand dame of Barcelona’s hotel scene, El Palace channels classic European charm on a lavish scale. Built in 1919, it has preserved its original opulence, with liveried doormen, sumptuous marble and gilt interiors, and attentive service.

Rooms are traditionally furnished in pale colours, and some feature Roman-style baths with mosaics.

There’s no pool and the gym is small, but there is a superb spa, and a range of dining choices: feast on Romain Fornell’s exquisite contemporary Mediterranean cuisine under crystal chandeliers in the restaurant Caelis. Alternatively, tuck into an elegant Sunday brunch served in the conservatory-style Winter Garden.

The centrepiece of the Mayan-themed spa is the domed Temazcal sauna, heated with volcanic stones and perfumed with aromatic herbs.

It is conveniently situated within walking distance of many of the city’s best attractions, including Gaudí’s finest domestic buildings on the Passeig de Gràcia and the stone warren of the Gothic Quarter.

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Key facilities

Airport transfers*
Beach: None
Fitness centre
Fitness classes
Golf course
Hot tub
: On-site *
Pool (adults only)
Pool (indoor)
Pool (outdoor)
Pool (kids)
Tennis courts
WiFi: Free

Food & drink

All inclusive
Kids menu
Restaurant on-site
Self catering
Additional charge

Room types


Room facilities

Air conditioning
Flat screen TV
Jacuzzi (private)
Pool (private)
Tea & coffee making facilities

Bedding options

2+ bedrooms
3+ beds
Connecting rooms
Rollaway/sofa bed

Bucket list experiences our writer says you must do in this destination, closest first

Casa Batllo

Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain[0.5 miles]

The former home of the Batllo family, Gaudí’s shimmering, colour-drenched townhouse is a Modernista masterpiece.

Best for ages: 8+ | £32

Casa Mila (La Pedrera)

Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain[0.9 miles]

Marking the culmination of his experimentation with natural forms, Gaudi’s landmark apartment building resembles a giant cliff face battered by the sea. Inside, a remarkable Gaudi-style apartment, an attic filled with architectural exhibits, and the extraordinary roof and chimneys.

Best for ages: 8+ | £25

Picasso Museum Barcelona

Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain[1.1 miles]

Absorbing collection of early and late works by Picasso, in a beautiful Gothic palace. The collection includes Picasso’s 58 paintings inspired by Velazquez’s Las Meninas.

Best for ages: 18+ | £11

Other worthwhile experiences in this destination if you have the time or the interest, closest first

Inside view of The extraordinary La Palau Musica concert hall

Palace of Music

Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain[0.6 miles]

Catalan’s gorgeous Modernista concert hall, Palau Musica, is a must-see for its extraordinary architecture. It’s now a UNESCO world heritage site.

Best for ages: 18+ | £17

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External view of the Santa Eulalia Cathedral

Barcelona Cathedral

Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain[1 miles]

This massive pile is Catalan Gothic at its most grandiose, full of wonders: lavishly ornate chapels, Renaissance sculpted choir stalls, and crypt of patron saint Eulalia. The cloister is especially charming.

Best for ages: 18+ | Free

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Front facade of the church

Church of Santa Maria del Mar

Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain[1.3 miles]

Barcelona’s Gothic jewel was built in the 14th century by the sea-faring community in only 50 years – hence its rare stylistic harmony. During the Spanish Civil War, its accumulated Baroque decorations burned, leaving behind the bare bones of its sublime interior.

Best for ages: 18+ | Free

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External view of the building

Disseny Hub

Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain[1.8 miles]

Design is Barcelona’s middle name, and this museum is a temple to it, filled with old and new fashions, furniture, decorative and graphic arts.

Best for ages: 18+ | Free

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Spain’s cultural heart has unforgettable architecture, a pioneering arts scene, creative cuisine and nightlife that buzzes till dawn.

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