Petit Palace Opera Garden

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Address: Carrer de la Boqueria 10, Barcelona, 08002, Spain

Star rating:
4 star hotel

3.8

A secret garden just off La Rambla.

The Petit Palace hotels belong to High Tech hotels, so named for the computers in every room. The Opera Garden, named for the nearby Liceu opera house, has as its two greatest features its location (just off La Rambla) and the hidden garden at the back. This, however, is what you're paying for (whoever awarded it four stars was in a good mood, I suspect), so if you're after luxury and attention to detail you might do better elsewhere.

Location
4.5
90%
Eating/drinking
n/a
90%
Leisure facilities
n/a
90%
Service
4.3
90%
Value for money
4.5
90%
Bedrooms
3.5
90%
Public areas
4.8
90%

Location

If you want to be in the thick of it, welcome to your little slice of hotel heaven. The Opera Garden is just metres from La Rambla on a narrow pedestrian thoroughfare that doesn't want for lively bars.

Bedrooms

The rooms are Spartan and mostly white, with a different colour scheme in each one, and opera scores writ large above the beds. All have TVs, basic minibars and laptops, but the Executive and High Tech rooms are a crucial bit bigger. There is also a family room with bunkbeds, though the beds have no guard rail, so are not for toddlers. C/Boqueria is something of a party street after dark, and, to be honest, bristles with drunk tourists (invariably Brits or Germans) at times. Ask for a room overlooking the garden for the most peaceful experience.

Public areas

The entrance evokes the former grandeur of this 19th-century townhouse, but once upstairs the cookie cutter approach to modern design (shadowy black corridors, all-white entrances) does away with the elegance. With luck, however, you won't be spending too much time in the corridors, but rather in the lovely garden at the back, a real surprise so close to the bustling Rambla. It’s actually a public garden (a terraced part is sectioned off for the use of the hotel) but very few of Barcelona’s residents seem to know about it.

Eating and drinking

Breakfast is often thrown in, but if it's not, and you want the all-out opera experience, go to the nearby Cafè de l'Opera (La Rambla 74) for coffee and a croissant.

Service

Can be a bit slow, but is certainly considerate.

Who stays there

Party people and those who want the buzz of La Rambla.

Price advice

WiFi is free throughout the hotel, and there are also free bikes for hire.

Amenities

  • High-Speed Internet
  • Room Service

Recommended for

  • Culture vultures
  • Families with teenagers
  • Families with younger children
  • Travellers with pets
  • Sightseeing

Pros & Cons

  • Peaceful garden
  • Very central
  • Some rooms could use a lick of paint
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