El Palace Barcelona
Ritzy near Las Ramblas
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What it is
A 1919 former Ritz hotel that’s still puttin’ it on.
What it isn't
She’s may be getting on in years, but she’s not dowdy—the property is in the midst of another glam renovation.
What we think
Legends who’ve stayed at El Palace Barcelona include Sir Sean Connery, Diane Keaton, Norman Foster and Bo Derek—and that was just last year. Everyone from John Wayne to Salvador Dalí laid their heads here back in the day (actually, Dalí and his wife lived there, in the suite now named for them). The world’s boldface names still choose it for its discreet service, up-to-date (but still traditionally styled) rooms and floor-to-ceiling-luxe restaurants, including a poolside one on the extensive rooftop garden, where the original bamboo furniture dates to 1919 (a stuffed peacock watches over it all).
You're here because
You like kicking it old-school but still want a few Instagram moments—even the en-suite showers are worthy of a post, in Roman Bath-inspired blue and white tile with curved ceilings.
As the sun rises you do, too—and head to the orange blossom–scented rooftop pagoda to watch the light change over the city. Once properly caffeinated, you bend down to steal a long glance through the on-site telescope, aimed directly at the Sagrada Familia.
Restaurants & Bars
There is a wide gastronomic offering of the most outstanding quality, in line with the hotel's values and which offers an international and delicious cuisine in intimate ambiences.
The Caelis Restaurant - By Chef Romain Fornell and awarded with a Michelin Star is part of El Palace, with a full offer of top-class inventive food, inspired by French nouvelle cuisine and modern catalan food.
19/Nineteen Restaurant - Newly decorated in the style of a Parisian brasserie, for a delicious meal with plenty of choices. The Chef Marc Mallasen has designed a seasonal menu based on the simplicity and authenticity of its principal ingredients with Mediterranean and International inspiration and notes of avant-garde as well as to traditional cuisine.
Winter Garden Restaurant - Opening in winter, located at the Diana's Garden where the focus will be offering the most exclusive products in the market combined with organic and ecologic offerings. It is forecasted to be the Gastronomic Gem at the hotel because of its product offering.
19/Nineteen Restaurant - Is serving also our Hotel's hall with the most outsting cocktails and drinks in the market. Opened daily, in it you will be able to delight the "typical British" afternoon tea.
The Bluesman Cocktail Bar - Open daily also from 8pm until 2am, receives its name honoring the Bluesman Picture painted especially to decor the area, and offers the best cocktails in a space surrounded by history and music. Decorated like a Scoth Bar, it is possible to enjoy live music concerts on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights with different music styles applying. It is the only cocktail bar in town offering a typically decorated Irish Smokers Club complimentary for our customers. In it clients can keep their own exclusive bottles and cigars and delight the best ones from our Cigars Cave.
Barcelona Aquarium - They also offer a tour to enable the children to observe and learn about life at the bottom of the sea from one of our educational tour guides. One of L’Aquàrium’s educational tour guides accompanies the children to help them observe, learn and understand the bottom of the sea as they tour the Mediterranean and tropical aquariums and the Oceanarium. The children will learn about the marine environment and the animals that inhabit it through questions, explanations and observations that will arouse their curiosity and also raise their awareness of the importance of respecting and conserving the natural environment.
Barceonla Zoo - The zoo a popular Barcelona attraction both for children visiting Barcelona. Barcelona Zoo is home to more than 4,000 wild animals in spacious green enclosures. Animals include elephants, gorillas, dolphins, lions, monkeys, hippos and many more. For many years the most famous animal in the Barcelona Zoo was the famous "Floquet de Neu" (Snow Flake) which was a very rara albino gorilla, who lived in Barcelona zoo for many years and became an icon of Barcelona.
Miba Museum - Located in the very heart of Barcelona, MIBA offers a wide variety of content covering the fascinating world of invention and creativity. The museum consists of three areas: Societat Il limitada, Reflexionàrium and Espai Absurd. Each one has a specific function in order to transform the visit on a recurring experience.
Petit Liceu - The ''Petit Liceu'' is a programme of events and activitities for children and families organised by the Barcelona Opera House "El Liceu." Activities for children include classical music, fairy tales and more.
Museu Blau (Science museum) - The Museu Blau, or Blue Museum, in Parc del Fòrum, is the latest home of the Natural Science Museum. Seeking to combine recreation with scientific knowledge, it has become a reference museum for anyone who wants to know more about the natural sciences.
Xocloate Museum - They offer many interesting and fun activies for children of all ages.
Magic Fountain of Mont Juic - The Magic Fountain is the main feature of the collection of waterfalls and ponds on Avinguda Maria Cristina, which stretches from the Palau Nacional to Plaça Espanya in Montjuïc. This is a spectacular fountain which is very popular because of its water arrangements, sound and lighting. 2,600 litres of water are pumped through this great fountain per second in three concentric pools which have a water recirculation system.
Tibidabo - It is one of the three oldest amusement parks in Europe. Located at the top of Tibidabo mountain it offers magnificent views of Barcelona. At the top there are lots of surprises in store – a world of fantasy for all ages. In June 1900 work began on creating access to the Amusement Park with a tram (known popularly as the Blue Tram) and a funicular railway. At the same time, at the top of the mountain, work continued with the landscaping and construction of the buildings and terraces. In 1901, the Park was officially opened, and the funicular railway turned out to be the first main attraction
Port Aventura - One hour away from Barcelona, between the municipalities of Salou and Vila-Seca, you will find Port Aventura, the biggest theme park in Spain, and the second biggest in Europe. Port Aventura opened in 1995, becoming the first of its kind in Spain and it has never stopped innovating since then. Now, the park is host to 40 attractions, 76 restaurants, 29 shops, and 100 shows, all of them distributed along 6 thematic areas: Mediterranean, Far West, China, Mexico, Polynesia and SesamoAventura. Each of these areas has different attractions, ambiance, ethnic products and cuisine.
In central Barcelona, mere blocks from Las Ramblas, the Gothic Quarter and the must-see Picasso Museum.