The hotel as both smoking and non-smoking rooms so be sure to state your preference when booking.
It was an OK sized room, not very large, but modern with a king size bed which was firm, but comfortable and there were 2 types of pillow which were very comfortable and thick.
There was a glass topped desk and the hotel has free wifi which was reliable and a reasonable speed. There was a 24” flat screen TV, but it only had Channel 4 and Sky News as English channels, unlike the H10 which had loads of English speaking channels. There was a stocked mini bar which had plenty of room for personal items. The built-in wardrobe had glass doors with around 5 hangers and shelves and housed the safe which was free.
The bathroom was clean and modern, fully tiled in green marble. There was a bath with shower over, sink in a vanity unit, toilet and bidet. One complaint was that there was a door stop in front of the toilet which you had to remember about otherwise you could stub your toe. Shampoo / shower gel and soap were provided via dispensers on the wall.
The staff on reception were efficient and helpful with any query, although not overly friendly.
A buffet breakfast is available at €12, but you can get €3 discount if you agree to take it for the whole stay and tell reception when you check in. It wasn’t as good as I was expecting from what I had read. The hot food was stone cold apart from the baked beans and I don’t mean it was lukewarm, it was cold. There was tortilla, bacon, fried and scrambled eggs, baked beans, mini sausages. There was a selection of cold meats and cheeses, yogurts, fresh fruit, toast and pastries which were all good. There 2 types of juice and the orange juice was very good and the coffee was hot.
The hotel has a small outdoor pool and a hot tub, which is unusual for a city hotel, with ample sun loungers and even double 4 poster beds. There were 3 computer terminals in reception which were free for guests’ use, but these always seemed to be occupied by children playing games.
The beach at Nova Icaria is a 5 minute walk and the promenade goes all the way to the marina at the bottom of Las Ramblas and beyond. There is a Consum supermarket 5 minutes away in a small shopping centre. There are bars and restaurants within a 5-10 minute walk.
The location may not suit some as it is a 30-40 minute walk to Las Ramblas if that is where you want to be. We knew the location and it suited us as we have been to Barcelona many times and we were staying for a few days being going on a cruise.
The No 14, No 41 and No 92 buses stops at the hotel and the fare is currently 2 euro.
Not sure if we would stay again as we preferred the H10 Marina Barcelona.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A modern hotel between the historic and the contemporary Barcelona, between the beaches and the monuments, everything is close to Hotel Icaria, for fun or for business. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Barcelona Icaria Hotel
- Hotel Icaria Barcelona
- Icaria Barcelona
- Hotel SB Icaria Barcelona Catalonia