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Reviewed 23 March 2018 via mobile

Family Apartment Corner(Room 505).  Better than average apartment-hotel.  It's affiliated with the long-established Duquesa de Cardona Hotel so has trained staff. The Front Desk Manager, Antoni, was the best!!!  He made our visit extra special by securing 4 tickets for us to the FC Barcelona vs. Chelsea Champions League game (a "bucket list" wish of my husband's & son). He got the tickets at a price higher than face value but much less than scalpers on ViaGogo.com were charging & he knew the reputable sources.  Paid on our visa as it was difficult for us to source them not speaking Spanish & being from across the Atlantic!  What a great experience. 

The Corner suite is not fancy but has functional, Ikea-like furniture.  It's convenient to have full front desk & concierge services (out of a simple 2-person desk) & daily housekeeping combined with having a full kitchen to prepare meals as desired.  We went to La Boqueria market & bought a variety of pre-spiced burgers with cheese (lamb, beef, chicken) & broiled them in our oven; made steamed asparagus on stove, spiced using a tiny 2-pack combo (€6) of basil infused olive oil & lemon spiced Himalayan salt (or we could've used the salt, pepper, oil & balsamic vinegar that came with our suite).  Bought the freshest meatiest sweetest tomatoes.  Delicious & only less than €40 for 4 people! + the bottle of wine.

Complementary with our suite:  1 bottle of red Rioja wine, single-use packets of instant coffee, tea bags, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, 1 bottled water each on arrival day, dishwasher tablets, dish soap, Kitchen amenities:  cutlery/ plates/ cups/ knives/ cooking utensils/ serving things/ large frying pan/ 2 sauce pans/ colander/ Pyrex rectangular casserole dish, tea towel, dish cloth, scrub sponge, full size fridge & freezer, mini dishwasher, microwave, pod pod coffeemaker, stovetop, oven, electric kettle.

Starter coffee pods provided. Extras cost €1 each.  Starter basket offered on a pay per use basis (includes pasta, pesto sauce, tomato sauce, etc.)

1 Queen bed in separate bedroom w flat screen TV, 1 bathroom, 2 twin beds (with special covers & cushions to use as sofas during the day) with another flat screen TV

Lots of closet space (hanging & shelves).  

Rooftop terrace:  Loved it!  So relaxing after a long day sightseeing.  Plunge pool. Chaise lounges.  Couch/ bar tables.  Views of harbour on one side & an ornate architectural building on the other.  Snacks on rooftop terrace from 1230 hrs to 1930hrs daily include:  espresso, coffee, tea, fruit infused water, delicious mini-sandwiches from their sister hotel (brioche bun w pulled pork & arugula/ red pepper or sesame bagel w smoked salmon & cream cheese), double chocolate cookies, chocolate & regular croissants, fresh fruit, individual bowls of mixed nuts & chips. The only thing missing was full bar service &/or a rooftop restaurant!   They should open one here for guests.

Dislikes (minor):  No facecloths or poufs in this aparthotel so bring your own. Not a big deal.  Biggest annoyance - shower has no ledge so water spreads all over bathroom floor - we used the bath mat to stem water flow but after 1st room guest takes a shower, mat is soaked.  You really need to wear your complimentary room slippers to keep your socks dry after someone uses shower !  Need better lighting in bathroom to makeup / shave. Or a tabletop makeup mirror.  Need 1 more shelf in bathroom for toiletries.  No paper towel but they give u thick dinner serviettes (or bring your own roll). No box of Kleenex - if u ask, you will receive several individual packets containing 3 in each packet.

No balcony on 5th floor corner so we went to rooftop terrace one floor up.  It was magnificent up there!  Lower corner rooms had wraparound balcony.  Wish our Master Bedroom had a harbour view but only the living/ dining room (kids twin beds) had that view.  Street noise can be annoying (eg. Catalonian Independence demonstration, 2am loud young partiers, highway noise at rush hour, ambulances).  If you're a light sleeper, don't face the Via Laetania or Placa Antonio Lopez square. Even being on the highest floor (5th) didn't help us since the corner suite faces a highway / harbour & another busy street.  We still managed to enjoy the place for other wonderful advantages. 

Breakfast: only continental bkfst is offered here but their sister hotel 1 block away has a hot buffet with regular American & some Spanish breakfast items.  Eggs made to order. Fresh juice. Unlimited coffee/ tea. For only €15 per adult.  Also 2 other great brunch restaurants around the corner called Milk (very interesting & delicious menu items) & The Benedict (traditional brunch menu).  Reasonable prices.

We would definitely book here again!

Stayed: March 2018, travelled with family
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DuquesadeCardona, Director General at Duquesa Suites Barcelona, responded to this reviewResponded 23 March 2018

Dear familyfunseeker,

Thank you very much for choosing Duquesa Suites Barcelona and for taking your time to describe your experience with us on TripAdvisor.

It is our pleasure to read your special recommendation to our friendly staff, specially when you mentioned our Front Desk Manager Anthony. Your kind words will be shared with him and the rest of the team!

Moreover, we are grateful to hear your positive remarks about in-room facilities, roof top terrace and great location.

On the other hand, we are currently taking good note about your minor dislikes in order to improve them as soon as posible.

It would be our pleasure to welcome you back in the near future.

With our kindest regards,

Ruth Morales
Guest Experience Manager

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Reviewed 22 March 2018

We loved our stay at the Duquesa Suites! The room was spacious with a small, separate living area. The location was great with easy access to so many of the top tourist sites. It's also right in front of the marina and the view from the rooftop is gorgeous. We went up there twice just to look at the bustling street and the water. The hotel offers free refreshments and snacks during the day so we partook in those while enjoying the views.

The rooms are clean and well kept. Our room didn't have a view, the windows looked into an enclosed space in the hotel, but we didn't mind. It was nice and quiet which made it easy to fall asleep!

The hotel staff is friendly and helpful should you have any questions or need additional toiletries. The hotel isn't fancy with a big lobby, but it had everything we neeeded - including a safe in the bedroom which was important to us as we're traveling here from the US!

The only downside from some may be that there is no hotel restaurant or room service (aside from breakfast), but we had all our meals planned out so it didn't make a difference to our stay.

Overall, great place and would definitely stay here again!!

  • Stayed: March 2018, travelled with family
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DuquesadeCardona, Director General at Duquesa Suites Barcelona, responded to this reviewResponded 22 March 2018

Dear Amy T,

Thank you very much for choosing Duquesa Suites Barcelona and for taking the time to write a review on TripAdvisor.

It has been our pleasure to read your amazing feedback recommending our hotel great location, nice rooms and friendly staff.

We are grateful to hear that you enjoyed our complimentary daily snacks and in-room facilities.

We are thrilled to hear that you would definitely stay with us again!

Looking forward to welcoming you back again soon!

With our warmest regards,

Ruth Morales
Guest Experience Manager

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Reviewed 20 March 2018

The service is incredible, the complimentary food from 12:30pm-7:30pm atop their rooftop bar with views is delightful, and the location is prime. When we arrived the concierge took us to our room and explained the city to us with a map. Prior to our arrival we asked if they could secure FC Barcelona tickets for us for a champions league game. They had them waiting for us when we arrived. They also booked a tour for us and were constantly available to help should we need anything. The location truly is perfect as well and they upgraded us to an incredible view for free. I would recommend 100%.

  • Stayed: March 2018, travelled with friends
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DuquesadeCardona, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at Duquesa Suites Barcelona, responded to this reviewResponded 21 March 2018

Dear sydney292,

First of all, we would like to thank you for choosing Duquesa Suites Barcelona and for taking your valuable time to write a review on TripAdvisor.

We feel flattered to hear your kind words toward our incredible service provided by our team, roof top bar with complimentary daily snacks and location.

Thank you for describing our place as "Perfect" , it would be our pleasure to welcoming you back soon!

With our warmest regards,

Ruth Morales
Guest Experience Manger

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Reviewed 11 March 2018

Everything was perfect – location (between beach and old town), rooms (clean and cosy), breakfast (really nice, fresh and tasty, served in the room). And a surprise was waiting in the room! Special thanks to the staff! They took care of everything we needed during our stay.

Stayed: March 2018, travelled as a couple
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DuquesadeCardona, Director General at Duquesa Suites Barcelona, responded to this reviewResponded 16 March 2018

Dear Riina K,

First of all, we would like to thank you for choosing Duquesa Suites Barcelona and for taking your valuable time to write a review on TripAdvisor.

We are thrilled to read that your stay was excellent, with special mention to our great location, breakfast, room, welcome suprise on arrival, and our friendly staff who took care of everything you need during your stay.

It would be our pleasure to welcome you back again soon!

With our warmest regards,

Ruth Morales
Guest Experience Manager

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Reviewed 5 March 2018 via mobile

The suites ( more like appartement hotel) are a good choice for a family, since we all stayed in the same appartement. I recommend not to order breakfast at the hotel, no variation. There is a very well equiped kitchen, easier to prepare breakfast yourself. The hotel has a good location to several touristic spots.

Stayed: February 2018, travelled with family
Thank Olav M
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DuquesadeCardona, General Manager at Duquesa Suites Barcelona, responded to this reviewResponded 6 March 2018

Dear Olav M,

First of all, we would like to personally thank you for choosing Duquesa Suites Barcelona and for taking the time to write a review online through TripAdvisor.

We are grateful to hear that you recommend our hotel good location as well as our in-room facilities as the equipped kitchenette.

On the other hand, we deeply regret to hear that you did not enjoyed our breakfast. We are taking good note of your special request in order to improve it in the near future.

It will be our pleasure to welcome you back soon!

With our warmest regards,

Ruth Morales
Guest Experience Manager

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