Duquesa De Cardona Hotel

, Barcelona, Spain
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Duquesa De Cardona Hotel

, Barcelona
4 star

Rooms: 87

12 Passeig Colom - Barcelona - 08002 - Spain Hotel Website | | 93 268 9090
322 Traveller

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Wonderful location - Great hotel

from ysgf24
Spent a long while wwwesearching a location for our weekend trip to Barcelona and was not in the least disappointed with the Duquesa de Cardona. Close to Ramblas, on the edge of the Barri Gotico, a short walk to Barceloneta ... couldn't really be bettered. As a result of the comments in other reviews on Trip Advisor, I took the precaution of reconfirming our reservation by phone on the morning of our arrival and they happily confirmed and our room was ready for us.

The hotel itself is very comfortable and 'hip designer' in style, if a little bland. The service was generally excellent; we requested extra pillows and they arrived in five minutes; we asked Reception to check whether Barca had cancelled their Sunday match as a result of the Pope's death and they immediately got through to the stadium. A minor quibble was that on none of the three days we stayed was there any fruit immediately available for breakfast .... the buffet was allowed to run right down to empty before they filled up. And one of the servers obviously wanted to do ANY job other than customer service! But, if you were quick enough to grab her attention before she could fix it on the ceiling again, you could get the buffet refilled .... and the quality of food was pretty good when it arrived.

We will definitely use this hotel again. Classy enough, brilliant location and not too expensive.

Great Place

from A TripAdvisor Member
Barcelona, What a place? Gaudi gaudi and more gaudi. We went to barcelona in July 2004. We stayed at the Duquesa de cardona it was a new hotel on the passeig de colom. 3 minutes walk from the beach. 3 minutes walk from the famous Ramblas with all the shops and touristy things. I recommend you get yourself down to the Columbus monument 3 minutes walk from the hotel and get yourself a bus turistico ticket. Barcelona for all its beauty is not a walkers city like paris or london. Lots of beautiful sites to visit. My top five are the Gaudi Cathedral (Sagrada Familia), Palau Guel, Parc Guel, Barri Gotic (right behind the hotel), Casa Batlo. The hotel is located in the perfect within walking distance of most amenities. about a 30 minute trip from the airport. I took a picture of the hotel room which was spacious with modern amenities flat screen tv and the bathroom was spectacular large by European standards. With a separate Bath and Shower. Hotel staff were extremely freindly and happy to help. Breakfast was excellent. Would recommend breakfast. Their "pool" would be more suited as a dipping pool. the Roof top where the "pool"was located is very pleasant to have a drink and enjoy a little sunshine.
The streets are decorated with various sculptures from local artist, giving the impression that you are walking in an open air museum, very charming - the second picture attached taken right outside the hotel, shows one of those sculptures.
The reception will assisst you in finding authentic restaurants, especially the restaurant where Picasso first displayed his work - the quattro gats - the four cats...make sure you request a table inside.

Brilliant

from A TripAdvisor Member
Returned from Barcelona just 2 days ago after having a brilliant weekend there.

I spent ages looking for a decent hotel and was really happy with the choice that I had made. If you are going as a couple then this hotel is perfect. The rooms are nice and clean and the bathroom is good too. The service is also second to none, for example, I went to reception and asked for an iron and it was at my room before I had even got back!!

The location is also brilliant. Literally a minutes walk to the bottom of the Rambla strip but also out of the way so as not crowded by the hustle and bustle of the main entertainment strip.

Only one negative point though. One staff member on reception needs some serious customer service training as she came across as rude when ever I spoke to her. Apart from her all the other staff were really helpful.

I thoroughly reccommend this hotel if you are visiting Barcelona as a couple.

Beware!

from A TripAdvisor Member
We made a reservation via Expedia, which was confirmed by e-mail. When we arrived at the hotel they firstly cliamed to have no record of the booking, then found the booking which they had cancelled. It appears that the hotel deliberately takes too many bookings and then bounces the people who have booked at the lowest rates! The hotel did not advise Expedia or ourselves. Expedia were very helpful. The hotel did very little to help.
An Expedia Customer.

Quiet somewhat generic hotel, excellent bathrooms

from calere
This hotel was very western, very quiet. It's near the beach, but quite distant from Las Ramblas (that has both good points and bad). We ended up riding the subway into town. We stayed in early January so the unheated roof-top pool wasn't even a consideration. The beds were comfortable and the rooms were clean. The bathroom was absolutely first-rate with both a deep bathtub and a separate shower stall. Even though everything was wonderful, I was hoping for a more "Barcelona" experience. This was classy, but generic.

Beware this hotel and the online reservation system

from A TripAdvisor Member
We made reservations through tripadvisor link based on reviews here. I have a conformation # and they have my credit card #. When driving from France we had some car trouble. Called Duquesa de Cardona to advise that we would be late, they first said that they did not have reservation, then admitted that "yes they had reservation but for some reason it had never been posted. The hotel was full and all the other hotels in town were full, Sorry."

They did not offer any help, after pleading with them to help us find another hotel, the young woman said she would ask her manager and would call us back. After an hour and not hearing from them, I called back "Oh yes, we have booked you into the AC Barcalona a **** Hotel" and gave me a phone #. AC Barcelona is in the middle of no mans land.

We checked in and Called Majestic Hotel and told them our story. They found us a room in their hotel for the next four nights. The City was sold out, but the Majestic accommodated us. The Duquesa de Cardona could have cared less!

Beautiful hotel, great location

from A TripAdvisor Member
If you like a beautifully appointed room (furniture, linens, lighting) you won't be disappointed. We stayed here three nights in Oct. 2004. Somewhere I got the idea the hotel faced the sea on one side (which it does) and the gothic quarter on the other (which it doesn't). If you have a room with a sea view, it's great, but otherwise you will have a room with a very small window that faces the light well. No views of the gothic quarter for which I was quite disappointed. Our room was lovely but dark -- it faced the light well. It was also much smaller than I expected though the gorgeous attention to detail in furniture, linens, lighting, and bath amenities made up for that. The location is nice, just steps away from the gothic quarter and Ramblas and free use of the hotel's internet connection -- great for checking email.

Ask for a room with a sea view!

from LauraF
We booked the hotel on the back of the great reviews on this site.

We had booked a standard double and were given a depressingly dark room at the back of the hotel. It only had a small window and the neighbouring apartments were so close that all the light was blocked. Plus we were down on the 2nd floor, there would probably be more light higher up.

To see anything (even during the day) we had to have the lights on - trouble was, when the lights were on people in the opposite could directly into the room (which they did, when my husband got out of the bath and didnt realise they were out on their balcony looking right in... very embarassing).

The hotel said they were fully booked and couldnt offer us another room. We were meant to stay 3 nights but left after 1. The room was not a nice, relaxing place to be and just wasnt worth the money.

It was a real shame because the rest of the hotel is fantastic, especially the rooftop terrace (excellent views of the harbour lights at night) and pool. Plus it is in a fantastic location by the Gothic Quarter.

Probably, if we had paid the extra money to get a room with a sea view at the front (which would hopefully have more light) we would have quite happily stayed there and would have had a totally different opinion.

So if you stay here, dont book a standard room, pay the extra cash and book one with a sea view. It would be well worth it.

Or if you do book a double ask them to make sure its not at the back!!

A Beautiful Boutique hotel

from Hoboken Traveller
I spent HOURS looking for the perfect hotel for our honeymoon in Barcelona as well as the right price. Based on reviews from here, we went with the Duquesa de Cardona (and booked online with them directly on their website which proved to be very good prices).

What a FANTASTIC hotel. The hotel is right on the harbour - very close to the beach, Barceloneta, Old Town and all of the great little bars and tapas restaurants.

I can not recommend this hotel highly enough, Excellent service, very comforatble beds, marble bathrooms and a lovely rooftop - think grand scale luxury but at a smaller boutique size.

Perfect place to stay

from A TripAdvisor Member
We stayed here on our honeymoon- great service, very nice building with modern rooms and ammenities. We got a room with a view of the harbor, which was nice. They also gave us a free, chilled bottle of Cava!

The location is excellent, backing right onto Barri Gotic. Highly recommended.

We stayed in many 4 star hotels on our honeymoon, and this was probably our favorite.

Top Local Tips for Barcelona

Transfers from airport From Barcelona airport (not Girona) it should only cost around 20Euros to get to the Duquesa by taxi. The rest of the time public transport is cheap and very efficient.

It sounds cheezy but it's worth it. Take the open-air bus tours of the city. There are 3 routes (2 in the off-seaon)- north, south, and beachfront. They take to the best locations in the city, so if you're short on time, this is great. Additionally, if you have time to explore, they really help you orient yourself as to where certain landmarks and districts are. The bus passes come in 1 or 2 day forms (2 day is cheaper) but you can do both north and south routes in one day if you're in a hurry.

Montserrat If you have the time, go to Montserrat!!! It is about an hour or so away from Barcelona, but worth the trip!!! It was breathtaking. You go up a mountain on a cable car and then even further on a funicular train. The cathedral was beautiful, as well. There is a museum. The whole experience was wonderful. You see the most panoramic views.

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  • Address: 12 Passeig Colom - Barcelona - 08002 - Spain
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