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.
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.)
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.
The rooftop pool is small, with few loungers, but has a great view across the port and out to sea.
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.
Who stays there
The Duquesa attracts a slightly older crowd, who feel comfortable in its traditional atmosphere.
A 10 per cent reduction is offered if you stay for three nights or more.
- Business Centre
- High-Speed Internet
- Room Service
- Swimming Pool
- Culture vultures
- Families with younger children
- Mature travellers
- Great views / scenery
Pros & Cons
- Large rooms
- Great view from terrace
- Cosy, and classy, decor
- Expensive at busy times
- Service can be slow