The H10 Itaca Barcelona is a very nice hotel for those visiting Barcelona. Although it is a little out for those who may want to be in the centre and within walking distance of everything, its close proximity to Sants Estacio makes it an ideal place to tour Barcelona.
We were offered a room on the fourth floor at the back of the hotel. This appeared to have some impact, particularly with the incredibly noisy ambulances in Barcelona. We were blighted by bright light and the blue light from the TV during the first night. It was only when we looked closely did we spot the blackout curtain (which had a transformational effect on the room) and switched the TV off at the plug, did we enjoy a dark nights sleep.
The room was sufficient for a couple although it was a little tight for floor space. The best word to describe it would be cosy. We were pleased to have the King Size bed though. It would be nice if a small shelf could be provided on the wardrobe side of the bed because there was nothing for anyone on that side of the bed to rest things like glasses, glass of water, phones, etc.
The bathroom was a nice size and we were pleased that it offered all facilities required. The sink had loads of space around it for the vast number of toiletries that we all seem to carry nowadays.
The WiFi was fantastic. It was reasonably fast and we had no trouble accessing it. There was no fiddly signing on procedure, it was just a matter of connect and go. The TV lacked any English TV channels, which was quite a surprise. Everything was clean and the Safe was free to use.
The Breakfast was an interesting Continental spread and we found it met all of our needs. The fried egg on the bread was a novel way of minimising spills, which we though was very creative. There were breads, hams, cereals, croissants, fruit, yoghurts, juices, hot drinks, cakes, hot food and more. Only the most picky will struggle for breakfast here.
There were two disappointments with the hotel.
The first one was that the Air Conditioning in the room appeared to not be very effective. We would not want to be in that room during Summer. We felt that the lack of a fan in the bathroom may have contributed to the higher humidity in the room and the effectiveness of the Air Con.
The second one was the restaurant, which appears to have that pretentious view of serving everything separately (Meat is one thing, veg is another thing that you order separately). With veg, potatoes and chips being so cheap, it would not cost much to add these to the meal together rather than a separate component. I felt a little stung in the pocket when I was served my meal.
Some of the English translations on the hotel documentation were interesting. Americans are served on the menu, although we have a feeling that this may be some sort of sauce and not actual Americans.
Check in was a painless experience, although the receptionist could have apologised after leaving us standing there for five minutes, whilst attending to a phone call. I understood the hotel and the Catelonian Room Tax (payable at the end of the stay).
A supermarket is located at the next block away from Sants Estacio and it offered all of the necessary things needed for a stay in Barcelona.
The hotel is not difficult to find from Sants Estacio. You need to exit the station to the east, where you will be confronted with a taxi rank and an area beyond, which is dominated by some steel structure covering part of an area. If you head towards the back right corner of this area and cross the roads, you will be on the correct road. You will walk one block and cross over a one way street. The hotel is the second building on the right. The hotel is set back from the road, so you will not see it looking down the road. The walk is approximately 5 minutes.
Sants Estacio is on Line 3 and Line 5. Both lines cover most of Barcelona. Some may prefer to walk to Tarragona if using Line 3 because of the network of tunnels that need to be navigated to get to Sants Estacio Metro stop on Line 3.
Sants Estacio is also the third station from the Airport. We found the connection was fantastic, (well signposted within the airport and only 25 minutes journey to Sants Estacio) although not frequent enough considering the demand. The renowned and great value T-10 ticket was difficult to find in the machines at the Airport and I would advise anyone trying to purchase it to ask the staff at the station rather than try to fathom the rail ticket machines. When we purchased additional T-10 tickets in Barcelona on the Metro system, those machines were much easier to navigate. If you are travelling from the Airport, my advice would be to walk to the front of the train which will be a lot quieter than the rear of the train which will be crammed.
We were disappointed by the lack of bars and restaurants nearby and I would encourage anyone visiting the hotel to do their research into this matter to avoid feeling isolated or unsure of what to do.
Overall, H10 Itaca is a really nice hotel. We feel that it met all of our needs and we were pleased to have chosen it. We would certainly return and will keep H10 in mind during future holidays. For Barcelona, this is a great hotel to be based from, whether a tourist or on Business.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The H10 Itaca is ideally situated in the heart of the Eixample neighbourhood, very close to Sants Station (AVE) and the Montjuïc exhibition centre. You´ll be impressed by the hotel´s recent refurbishment with modern and innovative touches to the front entrance, Front Desk and Lobby Bar. The hotel´s new features include a plunge pool on the revamped Chill-Out Terrace and the Itaca Restaurant, which offers select signature cuisine in the evenings ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- h10 Itaca Barcelona
- Hotel h10 Itaca
- H10 Itaca Hotel Barcelona, Catalonia