Duquesa de Cardona

Passeig Colom 12, Barcelona, Spain, 08002

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Duquesa de Cardona pool and terrace

By Sally Davies, your Barcelona expert

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#17 of 40
expert-rated hotels in Barcelona
Expert overall rating:4.5 out of 5
Location:
4.5
4.5
Bedrooms:
4.8
4.8
Eating/drinking:
4
4.0
Public areas:
4.5
4.5
Leisure facilities:
4
4.0
Service:
3.8
3.8
Value for money:
4.2
4.2
Recommended for:
Culture vultures, Families with younger children, Mature travellers, Great views / scenery

Expert review of Duquesa de Cardona

Neo-Classical opulence overlooking the port.

An old-fashioned hotel whose antiques and traditional decor offer a refreshing change from the achingly hip teak-and-white minimalism of most upscale Barcelona hotels.

Location: 

The hotel entrance looks on to the Port Vell, but behind it (exit via the restaurant) is the C/Mercè, home to some of Barcelona's most authentic tapas bars. Though it's not a reason to be too paranoid, the streets running off here do have their share of pickpockets, so don't leave dripping in jewellery if you can help it.

Bedrooms: 

The bedrooms are uncharacteristically large by Spanish standards. The look is old-school, with antique prints and engravings, and a beige and sandstone colour scheme. The rooms at the front overlook the port, but are noisy. I'd advise taking a room at the back and enjoy the sea views from the rooftop terrace instead. A family suite sleeps two adults and two kids, with adjoining rooms and two bathrooms. (It's worth knowing that the hotel also has a babysitting service.)

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Public areas: 

There are lots of little seating areas dotted about the hotel, and the terrace on the roof is a great place to kick back after a day's sightseeing.

Eating and drinking: 

Inventive Mediterranean cuisine that doesn't cost the earth is served in a pretty dining room.

Leisure facilities: 

The rooftop pool is small, with few loungers, but has a great view across the port and out to sea.

Service: 

My experience might not be typical, but it was a bit slow. Snacks ordered from the roof terrace took the best part of an hour to arrive. Otherwise reception seems to be generally efficient.

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Who stays there: 

The Duquesa attracts a slightly older crowd, who feel comfortable in its traditional atmosphere.

Price advice: 

A 10 per cent reduction is offered if you stay for three nights or more.

Pros: 
Great view from terrace
Cosy, and classy, decor
Large rooms
Cons: 
Expensive at busy times
Service can be slow

More information on Duquesa de Cardona:

Price from:
£60
Type:
Hotel
Address:
Passeig Colom 12, Barcelona, Spain, 08002
Free tags / Keywords:
Beach
Amenities:
Business Centre, High-Speed Internet, Restaurant, Room Service, Swimming Pool
Neighbourhood:
Barri Gòtic

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