H10 Itaca Hotel
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This morning we woke up around 9:30, and went downstairs to eat breakfast before heading out. We quickly checked out of our hostel and were off. We took a subway, and transferred one line then we were there. When we walked through the door the lobby was beautiful! When we finally had our keys in our hands we were up the elevator and to the door. < …
... tickets was insanely long. We had to get a ticket like at the DMV and waited easily over an hour to book our trains. Thankfully, Brittany had the Eurail app so we were able to figure out which trains we wanted to take and which trains we needed reservations for (turns out it was all of them). After booking our trains, we got our ice cream of the day (not as good as yesterday) and went on ...
... the chance to view the beautiful countryside on our way to Tarragona. Tarragona is a very cool port city with a rich history. Due to its strategic location on the Mediterranean it was a Roman fort city and there was lots of neat Roman architecture to check out.
... cards it is until we get some money exchanged. Everywhere we went, the people were very friendly and spoke perfect English. It's just embarrassing to not speak Spanish. Or French. But it all worked out.
We never really figured out the tipping. US and the Caribbean you tip everyone. So far in Barcelona, there's no tip line on any credit card slip.
What I do know, is that at every rotary there is a statue or ...
Day 2. Decided to be totally N. American and have bacon and eggs for breakfast (we were very late out of bed - jet lag). 9 euros (from here on in all prices include VAT, tips and any other euro Surcharges). Fresh orange juice, English back bacon, one egg (sunny side, this is Europe!). Big smiles, no add ons. Did the tourist thing, 20e for a seniors (don't you love that) day pass on the double decker bus. Did 6 hours of exhaustive exploration of Barcelona. Learned how ugly ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews H10 Itaca Hotel Barcelona
Very Good Hotel
My wife and daughter and I stayed here from May 14-16, 2004. Good location, very friendly staff, very good room, great bathroom, excellent bar, close to train station and great market next door.
Stayed at the Hotel Itaca for 3 nights. Thanks to BA and a busted plane got in really late at night, so wasn't greeted with the champagne on arrival like the other reviewers.
The Itaca is a modern very comfortable hotel. The rooms are spotless, bathroom very nice. Very close to the tourist bus route making exploring Barcelona very easy. The staff were friendly and helpful. We would stay in this hotel again if we returned to Barcelona.
Just back after a fabulous week in Barcelona. Stayed at the Itaca and would strongly recommend it, from champagne on arrival to the excellent breakfasts. Bedroom and bathroom were both spotless, very important issues which can make or break a holiday. Staff very friendly and helpful. Itaca a little further from the centre of things than I had thought, but the Sants railway / metro only 5 minutes away. A brisk 20 minute walk will get you to La Ramblas and you can enjoy the sights on the way. A taxi ride from the airport should cost around 20 euro, and around 6 euro from the hotel to the centre, but make sure the meter is used. Only minor criticism is the hotel dinner menus did not change, but there are so many restaurants to choose from eating out will be a delight. A favourite was Ba Ba Re Ba on Passeig de Gracia.
We were a little unsure of the H10 Itaca as there was on one review on it. This excellent hotel located a short walk from the station was first class in every way. Greeted with a smile & a chilled glass of Cava, we were shown to our room which was immaculately clean, the most important thing to me, beautifully decorated with every toiletry item you could wish for in the marble bathroom. Breakfast was unbelievable, fresh fruit, cold meats, cheeses, even smoked salmon. Cooked eggs, bacon, sausages. Juice, cereals, savoury pastries, danish sweet pastries and cakes. Simply the best breakfast I have ever experienced in any hotel I have stayed in! Having worked in the hotel trade for 20 years I could not find fault. Barcelona itself is amazing. We will return to this wonderful city and this hotel.
Out of The Centre
We took a cab form the airport (costing approximately 20 Euros) and were met at the Itaca by friendly staff and a glass of champagne which was fantastic. Our rooms were spacious and clean and inspected and cleaned on a daily basis. Although we didn't have an evening meal, breakfast was a suptious affair with all sorts of fruit, cold and hot meats, pastries and bread on offer. You could replenish your plate at any time although there was always a mad rush whenever the strawberries came out! The Itaca was more than a walk from the centre but a few minutes on foot lead us to a main bus/train/metro stop - 10 minutes on the metro and you could be at Las Ramblas. Personally I would use the Itaca again.