Itaca is a pleasant enough hotel, let down by its location and a few small, niggling, things.
The bathroom, for example, is very smart, as one would expect in a 4 star hotel. However the shower is fed from the bath tap and does not have a thermostatic valve. The temperature fluctuates rapidly from tepid to scalding and back again. Another niggle is that we were provided with just one tiny bar or soap that disintegrated on day 1 and was never replaced.
The rooms are advertised as having 'international TV' and sure enough there are about 60 channels to choose from. However, all but 2 or 3 (presumably local) stations are so very badly pixellated they are impossible to watch or even listen to. The TV is therefore useless.
Free wifi throughout the hotel? Yes! Hurrah! More hotels should realise that these days, for the majority of guests, wifi is like hot water. It should be free and unmetered. Speed in my 4th floor room was generally only about 2mbs but adequate for email etc.
On the top floor of the hotel, there is a gym, sauna and sun deck with outside jacuzzi. However, there are no changing facilities, leaving you the prospect of wandering through the hotel in swimming costume..... (we chose not to).
The restaurant does a good buffet breakfast and the evening menu is very good. Our meal for two was 66 euro including wine and was only let down by being served on cold plates - such a simple oversight!
Despite the above niggles, we enjoyed our 3 night stay here, the staff are helpful and friendly. But I doubt we will be returning, because of the location. Prospective visitors should be aware that Itaca is quite some distance from the tourist area of Barcelona. There is next to nothing within easy walking distance of the hotel and a taxi down to the old town costs between 12 and 20 euros depending on traffic. The buses however are plentiful and clean, and if you can work out where they are going, are a bargain at only 2 euros.
If I visit Barcelona again, I will find a hotel in the Born district.
- 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