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Hotel Duquesa de Cardona

Ciutat Vella, Barcelona
  • This renovated 16th-century palace is just 10 minutes from the Gothic Quarter
  • Has a year-round rooftop bar & a "stunning" small pool, says Fodor's
  • You get free Wi-Fi & a welcome glass of cava
  • Overlooks Port Vell
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Passeig de Colom, 12
Barcelona, 08002
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Overlooking pretty Port Vell on the fringes of the Gothic Quarter, the Duquesa de Cardona is a perfectly placed gem. Guests can make the most of dining, nightlife and the beach in neighbouring Barceloneta, and it is only 10 minutes on foot from the Cathedral, Picasso Museum, and bustling La Rambla.

Mont Juïc Park and Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia, are easily accessible by Metro -- the hotel is set halfway between two stations (Barcelona on Line 4 and Drassanes on Line 3). Its waterfront location also makes it a top pick for pre- and post-cruise stays.

The hotel’s biggest draw is its decked roof terrace. Six storeys up, it is a sophisticated space overlooking the marina and can be used all year round -- they provide blankets and heaters in cooler weather. There’s also lovely little pool (9am-7pm ) and a bar open from 11am until 11.30pm, supplying cocktails, tapas and light meals. Be sure to snag a chair in the evenings to catch the sunset views.

Built as a palace in the 16th century, it was reinvented as a boutique hotel in 2003. Thoughtful extras include a welcome glass of cava and a nightly turndown service with chocolates. A breakfast buffet is served in the impressive double-height restaurant, once the palace’s stables. The hotel also provides free Wi-Fi throughout and there’s a small library plus a compact business centre.

Standard rooms aren’t huge but most were revamped in 2013 and have large bathrooms, each with a walk-in shower or a shower over the bath. Junior Suites offer more space and a sofa in the sitting area and there are quadruple rooms for families. The hotel is right on a busy road, but the rooms stay quiet thanks to quadruple glazing. It’s worth upgrading to a marina-facing room for the best views. Some even have balconies.

From the press:

  • "Windows are quadruple glazed so you don't hear one car horn" -- Condé Nast Johansens
  • "Its miniature rooftop pool, more for a dip than a swim, provides a stunning backdrop" -- Fodor’s


  • Pool bar
  • Restaurant
  • Roof terrace


  • 24-hour front desk
  • 24-hour room service
  • Concierge service
  • Express check-in / checkout
  • Laundry / dry cleaning
  • Pillow menu
  • Safe in reception (fees apply)

Room amenities

  • Air-conditioning
  • Coffee / tea-making facilities
  • Mini bar
  • Safe
  • Flatscreen TV


  • Complimentary Wi-Fi in guest rooms
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi in public areas


  • Bathrobes
  • Hair-dryer
  • Slippers
Please note: Some amenities may not be available in all rooms and some amenities or services incur an additional charge and are subject to change. Please check with the hotel directly.


  • Standard check-in time: 3pm


  • Standard checkout time: 12pm


  • Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.

Additional details

  • Pets not allowed Check-in time starts at 3pm Check-out time is 12pm

    You must present a photo ID when checking in. Your credit card is charged at the time you book. Bed type and smoking preferences are not guaranteed.Your reservation is prepaid and is guaranteed for late arrival. The total charge includes all room charges and taxes, as well as fees for access and booking. Any incidental charges such as parking, phone calls, and room service will be handled directly between you and the property.

    Know Before You Go

    • Cash transactions at this property cannot exceed EUR 2500, due to national regulations. For further details, please contact the property using information in the booking confirmation.
    • The property has connecting/adjoining rooms, which are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property using the number on the booking confirmation.


    The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out.

    • Fee for buffet breakfast: EUR 18 for adults and EUR 9 for children (approximately)
    • Rollaway beds are available for an additional fee

    The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

    Mandatory Fees and Taxes

    You'll be asked to pay the following charges at the property:

    • A tax is imposed by the city: EUR 1.21 per person, per night, up to 7 nights. This tax does not apply to children under 17 years of age.

    We have included all charges provided to us by the property. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the room you book.

Getting there

The hotel is 20 minutes by taxi from Barcelona Airport and 10 minutes from the cruise terminal. There’s no parking at the hotel, but public parking is available just across the road.


  • Passeig de Colom, 12
  • Barcelona, 08002
  • Spain

Customer Service

Prefer to book over the phone?

Tel: 1-877-966-0000

Mon-Fri 9am-9pm ET, Sat-Sun 12pm-8pm ET

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Rates may vary by date, are subject to availability and are not guaranteed until your purchase is complete.

You will pay the hotel in the hotel's local currency. The rate displayed (in CAD) is an estimate based on today's currency exchange rate.

The room rates listed are for double occupancy per room unless otherwise stated and exclude tax recovery charges and service fees.

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