My friend and I decided we wanted to do a last minute city break and agreed that Barcelona was the perfect place for us as it combines culture, good weather and an awesome nightlife. However, trying to find the perfect hotel seemed to be impossible, reasonably priced hotels were in the middle of nowhere, and hotels with a great location were unaffordable for us! Finally my friend stumbled across H10 Itaca and after reading great reviews on trip advisor we decided to book as it seemed to have everything we were looking for!
Making our way to the hotel from the airport couldn't have been easier, we got the train from the airport, important to note here that you will need to get off at the third stop "Barna Sants", and once you've made your way out of the station the hotel is about a 5 minute walk away! Checking in was a breeze, hotel staff were friendly and helpful, and we were given a free glass of cava to welcome us to the hotel which was a lovely touch! The hotel was immaculately clean, modern and the rooms had everything we needed, our bed was also ridiculously comfy, it was a struggle to get out of bed in the mornings! We never had lunch or dinner at the hotel, but we did have breakfast which was great and had something to please everyone and was regularly replenished by staff.
We managed to pack a lot into our three day stay, on our first day there we purchased a three day unlimited travel card for 18 euros to use on all the metro lines which was great because it meant we could go anywhere! I definitely advise to use the hop on hop off tourist bus, there are two different companies who run these buses, we used "Barcelona Bus Turistic" and was 26 euros for one day or 34 euros for two days and through this we managed to see all the sights! If you're planning on seeing Sagrada Familia then I would say buy your tickets online beforehand, we didn't and ended up queuing for an hour and half, it was worth the wait but still pretty long!
If you're wanting to check out the nightlife, definitely head to Port Olimpic, loads of bars and clubs are along there! We wandered along there in the day time before going out there and were slightly confused as to where the clubs were going to be, but once it hits about 11pm everything comes to life and you're spoilt for choice for places to go!! We also got a taxi back from Port Olimpic after our night out and it was pretty cheap back to the hotel.
I would also like to mention that the hotel is great to chill out around by the pool or on the roof top terrace, we had a couple of hours in the afternoon of lazing about on the roof top, which has a jacuzzi, it feels nice and exclusive up there as there are only two sunbeds, so if they're free, definitely go and chill up there! To find a hotel with a pool in a city is hard to come by, and although the pool at this hotel is only a dipping pool it's great to be able to cool off after lying in the sun! For those of you who like to train, there is also a small gym on the top floor with a few pieces of equipment and weights etc - it's nothing amazing but definitely a bonus!!
All in all our stay in Barcelona was amazing, we had the perfect break we were looking for! Although the hotel is not right in the centre it didn’t matter as the transport links are top notch and the hotel was brilliant - I couldn't pick a fault with anything. Don't pause for thought, go and book! H10 Itaca 100% won't disappoint!
- 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