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Hotel DO Plaça Reial

Hotel DO Plaça Reial

Hotel DO Plaça Reial

Address Plaça Reial 1; 08002 Barcelona
Neighbourhood Barrio Gótico | See on map
Metro Liceu [L3], Drassanes [L3]
Telephone +34 93 481 3666
Website http://www.hoteldoreial.com/
Price From EUR 145 (singles), EUR 220 (doubles)

Picturesque, yet also the destination número uno for the city’s backpackers, scam artists and drug peddlers, this palm and hostel-lined square just off Las Ramblas may be one of the more unlikely locations for a luxury boutique hotel. But that’s precisely where you’ll find the five star Hotel DO Plaça Reial.

Access aside, it’s pretty fabulous – for once said without debasing the term – with the 18 rooms and suites designed by Oriol Bohigas and the ubiquitous Lázaro Rosa-Violan, for a swank, yet very homely feel. A home with free Wi-Fi, views of the bustling square – and from up here, it’s really quite pleasant – and beautiful common spaces that include a rooftop splash pool and a small private spa.

The hotel may be petite but its gastronomic ambitions are far from small with no less than three onsite eateries. In charge is the young chef Sergio Ruiz Nieves who has already made a name for himself in the kitchens at Hotel Neri, Casa Fuster and Hotel Arts’ Enoteca. Head to La Cuina for his signature market fresh Catalan fare or the more informal La Terrassa and El Terrat for al fresco tapas and snacks.

Perfect for a romantic weekend lock-in and well-located for exploring Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter, as long as you’ve got the street-smarts to deal with the immediate surroundings. Bring the big wallet to visit DO and put it in a very secure place before leaving.