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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
Kids club
: 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
Hot tub (private)
Pool (private)
Tea & coffee making facilities

Bedding options

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

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