We had just come from the Hotel Alfonso in Seville, which is pretty hard for any hotel to top, but Hotel DO really tried. This hotel is very well decorated, and charming. A great choice for Barcelona!
The staff was exceptionally professional. They offered us a welcome drink, and we got an additional bottle of wine and tapas sample for booking directly with the hotel. The two gentlemen that manned the front-desk were very helpful and remembered us each time we saw them. A huge selling point for this hotel was the charming staff.
Our room was well decorated but small, however, we had a personal terrace with a pool, which increased our room size a lot. Without the terrace, the room size would have been way too small for the price, but we were happy with the terrace. The private terrace was amazing because we smoke, so it was wonderful not to have to go down to the lobby to exit for smoke, especially later at night. The pool was very clean and well maintained. Unfortunately, when we were there it was raining a lot, and a bit cooler. We didn't get as much use out of the pool as we would have liked. If you plan a trip for July/August though, that pool would be godsend because it does get very hot in the city during the day walking around. Also the mini-bar was free, which was a nice bonus, and they leave little samples of desserts each night when they turn down the beds.
The real selling feature of this hotel is the location. We were right in Placa Reial, a beautiful open square with a fountain that leads into the gothic area with tiny old 'walking only' streets in each direction. On the other side, the hotel is right off of La Rambla, a major touristy walking street. The square has tons of restaurants along the perimeter (including Hotel DO's restaurant) and buskers/street performers come and go through out the day putting on impromptu shows. The square was always filled with people, and you could easily spend the day drinking and eating while people watching. It was a great starting point for walking around the city. We stayed at another hotel after this one, and we really missed the area. We ended up coming back to the Placa Reial our last night just because we missed the atmosphere of the square.
Hotel DO's restaurant was quite good. We ate a couple meals there and found the food to be some of the best we had while in Barcelona.
The only negative thing I can say about our stay, was that we were under the impression (perhaps mistakenly) that our terrace was private. When we first arrived, we thought we were on the top floor, so nothing above us and it has quite high walls around it. At one point I was sunbathing and looked up to find several people staring down at me from a higher point on the roof. I was quite shocked and realized that there must be a way to get to a higher vantage point through the public pool area on the roof, and it would be have been polite for the staff to let us know that the terrace is not actually private, and you could be seen by other guests. Luckily it wasn't the end of the world as I was wearing my suit, but I can imagine that many people might want to know that, and it should be stated by the staff upon arrival to avoid unpleasant situations.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In the heart of Barcelona, in one of the most historic squares in the city, the Hotel DO: Placa Reial is a unique gastronomic boutique hotel. Located in a historic building that dates from 1856 and was completely renovated in 2011, this 5-star hotel has a total of 18 luxury rooms, most of them with views over the Plaza Real.The Hotel DO: Placa Reial has a swimming pool, solarium, spa and a carefully selected gastronomic menu based on the concept of local produce and on the authenticity of what is local, presented in its three restaurants: La Cuina, La Terrassa and El Terrat.True to its surroundings, the Hotel DO: Placa Reial is close to the main tourist attractions in the centre of Barcelona such as the Ramblas, the Liceo, the Boqueria market, the Palacio de la Musica concert hall, the Cathedral, the Palau Guell, Santa Maria del Mar, the Picasso Museum and the Port of Barcelona, among others. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel DO Barcelona, Catalonia