A journey through time

History

The Hotel Peninsular was inaugurated in 1876. It occupied a distinctive building in the Raval district or Barcelona, it was located in 34 Sant Pau Street. It has had several owners throughout time: in the 18th century it was the old convent of the order of the Augustinian friars (1730), in 1868 it became the Gran Fonda Restaurante Peninsular with Prudenci Bros as the main chef. Later, in 1875 it was inaugurated as Hotel Peninsular, with five Italian partners and directed by Francisco Totti of Silvestre and Co. The hotel enjoyed a reputation of luxury and excellence. In 1912 it was owned by Messrs Regàs, Badó and Maulini.

In the sixties, the Hotel was acquired by the Herrero-Catalán family. In the nineties it underwent through extensive renovation to provide better facilities and to enhance the Modernist elements of its architecture. It was done in a such a way that respected its original style.

Today, a picturesque patio with three floors of modernist aesthetics with hydraulic flooring still exists, which gives this building a distinct and unique charm that will surprise you.

Once you go down the elegant stairs you will find the bar-restaurant, which also displays modernists features with a spectacular ceiling and other decoration elements that will take you back to the 19th century. The Hotel Peninsular is run with the outmost care and dedication by the third generation of the Herrero-Catalán family, who have created a warm family-oriented atmosphere.

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Un repàs per la història

❧ 1730 Convent of the order of the Augustinian friars.

❧ 1868 Prudenci Bros, who was Isabel II's cook and after the dethronement returned to Barcelona and started working at the Fonda La Peninsular.

❧ 1875 La Gran Fonda Restaurante Peninsular run by the Italian Francisco Totti of the Silvestre & Co.

❧ 1888 The year of the Universal Exposition, it was known as Hotel Peninsular and it emerged as a successful business.

❧ 1912 Renovated to 90 rooms, the owners were Messrs. Regàs, Badó and Maulini.

❧ 1952 TheHotel Peninsular had 70 rooms, 40 bathrooms and an "accomplished cuisine" as advertised back then.

❧ Sixties. TheHotel Peninsular is acquired by the current owners, the Herrero-Catalán family.

❧ 2020 Today, the hotel is run by the third generation of the Herrero-Catalán family.

Links and information

Interesting Facts

  • 📕 100 indrets insòlits de Barcelona (2018) Joan de Déu Prats i Pijoan
  • References to the hotel appear in the book “Raíces piamontesas de la hostelería de Barcelona 1571-1936” From the Peninsular Inn to the Peninsular Hotel it tells the story from being the great Fonda, to being restaurant plus Hotel Peninsular, pension and Hotel. Stories and curiosities with different owners such as Gamba, Maffioli, Ondolo, Maulini and Francesco Totti of Silvestri partner who was an ancestor of the football player Francisco Totti.
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  • “Barcelona, sempre” Lluís Permanyer y agenda del fin de semana Què fem? Diario «La Vanguardia» Modernismo desconocido.”
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  • Get to know Barcelona, what to do, points of interest, beaches, culture... “Living in Barcelona” (Barcelona City Council) The Peninsular hotel appears on the following website: Consulta la web
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  • Rebecca Horn Expo EL RÍO DE LA LUNA (Barcelona March 1992)
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