A boutique hotel with history in Barcelona's Gothic Quarter
Set in a historic building, which belonged to the aristocratic dynasty of the Dukes of Cardona in the 16th century and was restored in 1850 as a residence for the bourgeoisie, Duquesa de Cardona Luxury Boutique Hotel offers a comfortable and elegant atmosphere, warm and friendly hospitality and personalised service.
Located in the historic centre of Barcelona, opposite Port Vell, our four-star superior hotel is the ideal base for discovering the different monuments, museums and places of historical interest in Barcelona's Gothic Quarter and El Born, as well as the vibrant cultural, gastronomic and leisure options that characterise the city.
Duquesa de Cardona Luxury Boutique Hotel is located in Barcelona's Gothic Quarter, in a building that belonged to the Dukes of Cardona in the 16th century. The building was later restored in 1850 as a residence for Barcelona's bourgeoisie, in an eclectic, neoclassical style.
At that time, the main entrance was located at what is now the rear of the former stable block on Carrer de la Mercè. On the rear façade, the year of the renovation can be seen in wrought iron, as well as various female bust sculptures. Following the removal of the sea wall and the opening of Passeig de Colom, the main façade is now overlooking the sea.
The Cardona Dynasty, dating back ten centuries, was one of the most important and influential lineages of the nobility, both nationally and internationally. There is a tapestry that shows a meeting between King Philip IV of Spain and Louis XIV of France in 1660, at which the then Duke of Cardona was present.
An example of the wealth of this lineage is the majestic castle that can be visited in Cardona, 90 km from Barcelona, which was one of the most powerful fortresses during the Middle Ages and until 1714. In 2003, the current Duchess of Cardona, Casilda Ghisla Guerrero-Burgos y Fernández de Córdoba, visited Barcelona and gave her name to our hotel.
The sea wall, built in the 15th century, became a favourite place for a stroll for the Barcelona bourgeoisie in the 19th century. However, as it had lost its defensive function, it was demolished between 1878 and 1881 in order to extend the Port of Barcelona to include the Barceloneta neighbourhood, which was outside the wall.
Once the sea wall had been demolished, work began on the development of Passeig de Colom, with the aim of providing Barcelona with a stately promenade for the Universal Exhibition of 1888, the year in which it was officially inaugurated. At one end of the promenade, the monument to Christopher Columbus was constructed and, at the other, the beautiful but ephemeral Hotel Internacional, the work of the architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner.
Our hotel is located at number 12 Passeig de Colom, just a few steps away from the building at number 2, where the writer Miguel de Cervantes lived during his visit to Barcelona, the exact date of which is unknown.
Cool off in our two pools with sun deck on the rooftop terrace of the hotel, while enjoying spectacular views over Barcelona's seafront and the beautiful dome of the Basilica de la Mercè.
Enjoy the most vibrant summer evenings and nights on our rooftop, with a dining experience with views and a pleasant atmosphere.
Elegance, comfort and a unique interior design created with special care and attention, successfully blending different styles and colour palettes, characterise the 64 rooms of our four-star superior hotel located in the historic centre of Barcelona.
Start your day with an appetizing breakfast buffet featuring a variety of local products and a wide range of juices, pastries and à la carte dishes, all freshly prepared to your taste. Breakfast is served daily in the lounge located on the ground floor of our hotel, which was the former entrance to the building.
Monday to Sunday
From 7:00 to 11:00
Stay in shape in our indoor gym, located on the third floor and equipped with all the necessary equipment for a workout without leaving the hotel. The gym is equipped with three cross trainers, a treadmill, exercise bike and set of dumbbells, an area with multifunctional and abdominal machines, and more.
Gym opening hours:
Monday to Sunday
From 9:00 to 20:00