Fodor's Expert Review El Palace Hotel Barcelona

Gran Vía de les Corts Catalanes 668, 08010, Spain Fodor's Choice

Founded in 1919 by Caesar Ritz, the original Ritz (the grande dame of Barcelona hotels) was renamed in 2005 but kept its lavish, timeless style intact, from the liveried doormen in top hats to the opulent mirrored lobby lounge. 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, or enter the worlds of Ronnie Wood, Salvador Dalí, Joan Miró, and Josephine Baker as you step into one of the six signature Art Suites inspired by former prominent guests. The sumptuous rooftop garden is hung with wisteria and features a pool, restaurant, and stunning panoramic views. Drop in for a drink in the lobby bar or enjoy live performances of blues, jazz, or Afro-Cuban music in the hotel's legendary Bluesman cocktail bar. 


  • historic grand-dame luxury
  • nightly live piano music in the lobby bar
  • garden-like rooftop terrace


  • may feel slightly intimidating
  • painfully pricey
  • formal atmosphere


Pet Friendly


Phones: 93-510–1130


120 rooms
Rate Includes: No Meals