Hotel El Palace Barcelona

Gran Vía de les Corts Catalanes 668, Barcelona, Catalonia, 08010, Spain

Founded in 1919 by Caesar Ritz, this is the original Ritz, the grande dame of Barcelona hotels, renamed in 2005 but with all its lavish Old European style intact, from the liveried doorman in top hat and tails and the red drapes at the entrance to the imperial lobby, all onyx and marble, gilded columns and moldings, ormolu clocks and cloisonné bowls, and a massive crystal chandelier. Guest rooms follow suit, with Regency furniture and flocked wallpaper and fireplaces; the Classic Deluxe doubles have the step-down Roman-style marble baths, complete with mosaics, from the original 1919 building. A recent additional to the hotel is the sumptuous Diana's Garden rooftop terrace, with 14-meter pool and tapas bar and stunning views. The restaurant, Caelis, serves star-quality French cuisine. On a slimmer budget? At least experience the quintessential British afternoon tea, served daily 4–7:30 (reservations essential) in the Bar 19/Nineteen.


  • equidistant from Barri Gòtic and central Eixample
  • excellent service
  • old-world elegance throughout
  • Mayan-style sauna in the award-winning Spa


  • €30-per-night surcharge for small pets
  • painfully pricey


Phones: 93-510–1130


67 rooms, 35 junior suites, 6 suites
Rate Includes: No meals