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Hotel Duquesa de Cardona

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Why We Love This Hotel

  • 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


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.

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  • Bar
  • Pool bar
  • Restaurant
  • Roof terrace
  • 100% smoke-free


  • 24-hour front desk
  • Airport transfer (fees apply)
  • Concierge service
  • Express check-in / checkout
  • Laundry / dry cleaning
  • Pillow menu
  • Room service (limited hours)
  • Safe in reception (fees apply)
  • Business center

Room amenities

  • Mini bar
  • Safe
  • Flatscreen TV


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


  • Bathrobes
  • Hair-dryer
  • Slippers


Check-in: Standard Time is 3pm.

Checkout: Standard Time is 12pm.

Children and additional guests: Please note, some room types at this property are not available when booking a stay with children.

Pets: Pets not allowed

Cancellation: 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:

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 seasonal pool will be open from May to October.


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

  • Fee for buffet breakfast: EUR 20 for adults and EUR 9 for children (approximately)

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

Cash not accepted. Debit cards not accepted

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Customer Service available Mon-Sun, 9am-9pm ET

Winner: People's Choice Stevie Awards for Favorite Customer Service

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

Please note: Some amenities and services may not be available in all rooms or may incur an additional charge. All prices stated have been verified at the time of publication and may vary at the discretion of the hotel.

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