BOOK THIS HOTEL
Yes, Duquesa de Cardona is bigger than our norm, but it meets the most essential criteria for inclusion in Little Hotels of Spain: it's a hotel that we would want to stay in. Being right on the coast, there can be no urban sprawl on the seaward side, so you can stay in the Duquesa de Cardona in the very heart of Barcelona, yet enjoy the fresh Mediterranean air and light that comes from the sea. The Port Vell area has been turned from the old commercial port into a fresh, modern, sophisticated, fashionable waterside full of bars, restaurants, gardens and marinas. If you only ever do one city break in your lifetime, this should be it.