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Hotel Duquesa de Cardona Hotel 4 star
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The Duquesa de Cardona is a charming hotel set up in a 16th century palace lying between the Gothic neighbourhood and the port of Barcelona. It offers a personalised service with a lovely panoramic patio and swimming pool. To crown it all, you can be sure of treating yourself to a tasty meal in a lovely background. One of our special favorites at Barcelona.

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    Location 8.0 /10

    At the Passeig Colom opposite the seaside footwalk, between the Gothic neighbourhood and the port, not far from the Ramblas and close to the Drassanes subway station. The beach is a 20-minute walk. Barcelona airport is situated 9 miles away, you will need 25 minutes to get to the hotel.

    Accommodation 8.70 /10

    The Duquesa de Cardona is a charming hotel boasting 40 rooms set up in a former 6-storey 16th century palace. Open year in year out since its inauguration in 2003, the Duquesa de Cardona can accommodate 80 clients. One is taken in immediately by the style of the palace with its pillars, arches, arcades and original staircase leading to the former entrance to the Gothic neighbourhood. Today, it adds to the decoration of the magnificient restaurant hall. On a bright day, which is quite often in Barcelona, it is a delight to have a meal on the exquisite wooden patio on the 6th and last floor. The vast sundeck equally houses a small rectangular swimming pool of 16 feet by 4.6 feet, open 24h/24. Here, you will find 6 deck chairs, a parasol and towels. The vista of Barcelona is simply stunning. In the basement, the former cellar carries a large plasma screen: just the right place to relax, read and play cards.

    Overview 8.45 /10

    Fitted with a carpeted floor, the rooms of the Duquesa de Cardona are equipped with plasma screens (25 channels), two armchairs, an office desk, a free electronically-coded safe, a paid mini-bar, discreet individual airconditioning, heating and direct international phone line and paid Wifi Internet access (8 pounds per day). Windows are fitted with double glazing and walls adorned with paintings and flowers. The well-decorated and immaculate bathroom comprises a bathtub fitted with flexible shower, non-separate toilets, a bidet, maganifying mirror, dental care kit, dressing robes, bathrooms slippers, hair dryer, handkerchiefs and elaborate hospitality products.

    Food and drink 8.95 /10

    The cuisine of the Duquesa de Cardona is an aboslute treat: one of the choiciest destination of Barcelona. Meals are taken in the splendid La Duquesa dining hall on the ground floor adorned with the majestic original staircase of the 16th century, exquisite pillars and arcades, or directly on the panoramic patio with its stunning view of Barcelona, at the "La Marina" under the solicituous eyes of the Merce, the patron saint of the city standing directly in the background. A small room is equally available upon request offering candlelight dinner for lovers. Breakfast is ready from 7:00 to 11:00 AM and offers mainly fruit juice and Nespresso coffee. To have it on the patio, it is better to book the previous day. Thereafter, you can have your meal from midday to 11:00 PM. You will find the day's menu for lunch and an ŕ la carte selection for dinner on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Served in stylish crockery, meals are offered with an obsession for detail. For instance, you can have a delicious pine-nut or courgette potage as an appetizer, an exquisite mango salad, shrimp, cherry tomato, balsam vinegar and Japanese mushroom for starters, tuna marinated in soybean, soybean oil, balsam vinegar and wasabi, before crowning all with cream and wine stock accompanied by Iberian ham all served in bell jars: an absolute delight!!! The Brisa del Mar bar on the patio equally offers a variety of cocktails and drinks from midday to 11:00 PM. Drinks can be served everywhere in the hotel. A room service with hot and cold meals is available 24h/24.

    To know

    A free business centre is open 24h/24 with a computer offering free Internet access in a room upstairs. A printer, scanner and CD-burner are equally available. An orchestra provides live music on the panoramic patio on Saturday evenings from 1st June to 30 September.

    Accommodation advice:

    The 8 luxury rooms on the upper floors offer a breathtaking view of the port. The 5 junior suites are suitable for families. With a surface area of 516 feet˛, they are fitted with a king-size bed, a two-place davenport and two bathrooms. Several connecting rooms equally provide a practical set-up for families. The rooms on the "passeig Colom" side offer a better view, but these overlooking the Gothic neighbourhood offer more quiet and a small balcony.

    Equipment

    • Shuttle bus
    • Car park
    • Handicap access
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      massage, beauty salon, sauna, spa, Turkish bath

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      fitness

    • Whirlpool bath
    • Safe
    • Non-smoking rooms
    • Solarium
    • Meeting room

    advantage

    • The restaurant.
    • Charming architecture and decoration.
    • The panoramic patio and pool.
    • Seaside located.
    • The warm reception.

    disadvantages

    • The long distance from the subway.

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