Hotel Duquesa de Cardona, Barcelona – World’s Best Roof Terrace

The Hotel Duquesa de Cardona overlooking The Port of Barcelona is on Conde Nast Johansen’s Best Roof Terraces Around the World list and what a view.


Dine at La Terrassa del Duquesa for fabulous views of not only the port but extensive views of the city too. After a hard days shopping or sight-seeing there is no better way to relax or view than on the roof of the 16th century Hotel Duquesa and far above the maddening crowd.


With 40 rooms it’s not small but the remodelled former home of kings and nobility has a modern feel with touches of the past nicely interwoven. Just a stroll to Ramblas and the Gothic Quarter it’s not only the best view but central to the very pulse of the city.

Definitely one of the best hotels in Barcelona and the best roof terrace view this port-side city hotel is the one for the. But you don’t have to stay there to enjoy a cocktail on top of the world’s best terrace the bar is open to all.

Spain’s Top Hotel – Alfonso XIII, Seville

In Travel and Leisure’s World’s Best Hotels list which is compiled from Readers’ votes only one Spanish hotel appears and that is the fabulous Hotel Alfonso XIII in the heart of Seville built in 1929 and renovated in 2012.


With nearly 40 percent of the hotels listed being in America I rather wonder how many of the voters are American. Without a doubt the Alfonso is a worthy inclusion as are many other Spanish hotels, but with a worldwide list how is it possible to narrow it down to fifty hotels?

Perhaps I should start to compile my own Spain’s Best Hotels list or even city by city – Seville’s Best Hotels, Madrid’s Best Hotel etc. Now there’s a thought for future posts.