H10 Marina Barcelona Hotel
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Historical Traveler Reviews H10 Marina Barcelona Hotel
Very nice hotel!!
We stayed at the hotel from September 20-24 and had a wonderful time.
The hotel is very modern, clean and very comfortable. Because it is so new, it took the cab driver a little bit of time to find it, but once there, there was no problem. We checked in at night on the 20th and if there is one "bad" thing to say about the hotel, it is that the staff also seems to be very new and inexperienced. They did however, finally get it all together and we were checked in. The room was beautiful and very spacious and comfortable. It it located in a great area, in that it is just a few minutes walking distance to two metro stations and the marina area where there are tons of restaurants and clubs. The immediate area around the hotel is being developed as that area is becoming the new "hip" place to live since the Olympics were there. But we never heard any of the construction and it doesn't get in your way of getting to anywhere. The breakfast was really good and had a variety of items from cereals, to eggs to yougurt to croissants. Also the business center is fabulous. You just go in and there are three stations with brand new computers and each has it's own printer. It's great for checking e-mails..There is a small wine bar that has tastings and there is a bar in the main lobby where you can have a drink before going out on the town. There is also a small, but nice pool on the roof and in the health center which, costs I think $10 Euros a day to use.
The overall experience we had was really quite good and I would definitely come back here again.
Some of the complaints regarding location are correct although it's only a few blocks to the Bogatell metro station. We did walk to the BArri Gotic one day and it was no big deal and you walk through some of the best parts of the city. The hotel is very nice, modern and new. We felt the amenities were great and we were able to get a great rate on Orbitz. The included breakfast buffet was quite amazing and had a superior selection and the largest variety of food I had seen in 3 weeks of travel in Spain. If you are looking for a "traditional" old world european hotel, look elsewhere. If you want modern comfort and cleanliness this is a great place to stay.
Nice Hotel - Poor Location
This hotel is fairly new, and it shows.
The hotel is very nice, but it is located in a run down (or is developing the politically correct phrase???) area of Barcelona.
Granted, there are two metro stops close-by, and the Port Olympic area is about 7 mins walk away (from here you can join the Tourist Bus), but I would recommend that visitors to Barcelona stay in a more central hotel.
The staff at the hotel gave the impression that they had just been hired, and the whole reception area appeared extremely unorganised (it took us 15 mins to get checked in, and then they advised us that our room wasn't ready - at 4.00pm!!). We were informed at check-in that breakfast was included, only to be told on day 3 that we would have to pay for breakfast. After a fight, they eventually backed down, but still implied we were in the wrong, even although our check-in card said breakfast was included.
I think in time the teathing problems will disappear, and hopefully the area will improve, however at the moment I would not recommend the H10 Marina to Barcelona visitors.
We liked it!
We stayed in the H10 from 11th to 16th September and for the most part, we thought it was fine. The location is ideal. Only a 5 min walk from 2 main line metro stations (which take you to the centre of town within 5-10 mins) and only a 5 min walk from the bars and restaurants of Port Olympic. Far enough out of town to be quiet, and close enough to all the transport links for when you want a bit more excitement. The pool is small and there are not enough loungers, but other than that, we had no real complaints. The rooms are big and modern(not that we were in it much) and given how expensive it can be to eat out, the breakfast is a lifesaver! Staff were friendly and helpful, and we'd certainly go back.
The H10 Marina was sold to us as a four star hotel in a good location, featuring two swimming pools and bedrooms packed with a mutltitude of amenities. Well, they got the name of the hotel right - but that's about all. To a regular traveller who utilises many hotels in many countries, quite how this hotel merited four stars is a mystery. It is a soulless place in the middle of an expanding building site which has yet to be discovered by taxi drivers. Indeed, even with the help of my own detailed map, the taxi driver who brought us in from the airport had great difficilty finding this hotel. How I wish he had failed in his quest. It is a new building, for which allowances must be made.
However, the over-selling of the facilities on offer is not so easily forgiven. Having paid just over 140 Euros per night for the room, the least we expected were a few of the comfort creatures as advertised on Expedia. But, the CD player did not exist, neither did the pay-TV facility, the tea and coffee making facility, the bathroom TV (?) nor the bathrobes as displayed on the room photographs. When quizzed about the lack of these advertised amenities, the hotel staff simply shrugged their shoulders and said they did not exist in any of their rooms - and that they never would. After kicking up a stink, Expedia have since reduced the list of amenities on their website. But, too late for mugs like me. The decor was okay, but the bed was rock hard, and the laminate flooring reminded you of a cheap bar. The noise from other rooms made it sound like one as well. The bathroom was nicely finished in marble, but even this seemed to be too much of a challenge for the cleaners who failed to remove marks on the floor which were there when we arrived and were still there when he left. The power shower would have been nice had any sort of increase in power not caused the shower head to rear up and shoot a stream of water across the bathroom, soaking all the electrics on the far wall, including the shaver point, telephone and hair dryer. Breakfast (included) was a life saver, even though the underground bunker restaurant was a disappointment and the queues which formed after you finally got a lift down were quite daunting. Certainly, the food was better than that which was served in the upstairs bar. My wife's salad sandwich came complete with green fly, though the staff did at least have the decency to levy no charge when this was pointed out to them. By that time, we were well accustomed to apologies, especially when it came to waiting for a taxi to take us to the developed part of the city. Give yoursefl a good half hour for this, and prepare for a 3 Euro charge on the meter by the time the cab actually reaches you. Better still, walk down to the main road and hail a cab. Better still, book a hotel nearer the city centre as the only reasons for using the H10 Marina, i.e. the facilitiues, either don't exist or come with a surcharge. The indoor pool and Wellness Centre was only open after 1.30pm, and there was 10 Euro per day per person charge to use them. The outdoor pool on the eighth floor was too small to be of any use and lacked any creature comforts such as cartering facilities or adequate loungers. Sorry this is so long, but four nights at the H10 Marina has left its mark. Beware.
On a sidestreet in the middle of a developing area -- maybe 5 yrs down the road it'll be a hip place. But now, it's atleast a 7-10 min walk to nearest metro stop (streets literally empty at nite); and 10-15 min walk to Port Olympic (restaurants, bars, beach)
The breakfast buffet is pretty good -- lots of variety and free wine/cava; probably the one redeeming factor for the hotel.
Website says spa & indoor/outdoor pool -- well, there's a 10 euro charge to even get into the spa/indoor pool. The "rooftop" pool is rather small...i recommend taking the 10 min walk to the beach
Horray for the H10 marina Hotel!
I have just returned from staying at the H10 Marina Hotel in Barcelona. The hotel has only been opened a matter of weeks. My travel partner and I were both very impresssed with the high level of service provided from the moment we walked into the very stylish and airy hotel reception to the roof terrace which boosts a swimming pool!. The rooms are stylish and of a high standard with great air conditioning (it was very hot in Barc over the bank holiday weekend!).I would highly recommend this hotel, the buffet breakfasts are very varied and provide a great start to the day. The hotel was about 10-15 minutes walk from the beach, Marina (port olympic), restaurants and bars. The hotel is also near Bogatell metro station.This was my first visit to Barcelona and for me it was exciting, friendly, full of culture, style and the people were great too! The bus tours are a must, you get to see most of the major sites of barcelona over 2 hours.I will definately be returning to Barcelona very soon !!!!!
Glorified B & B
Booked a 4* hotel with Spa and rooftop pool. Pool v.v.small with no service. Pay to use Spa 10 per person - no hairdryer or shampoo/creams in changing rooms. No room service before 10.30am but even then coffee didnt arrive til 12noon! Stayed 3 nights. Breakfast room Q's are horrendous but good coffee and pastries once seated - non smoking restaurant in cellar - its only been open for a mnth so maybe teething problems? Taxis are a big problem. Took up to one hour to arrive and everybody waiting. Best to walk to road and hail your own - which we had to do twice. Nice lobby bar - marble,stone,leather settees etc but closes at midnight. No service at all available after this - just your minibar. Rooms new & well decorated(modern) -but v. v.hard beds. Area is 15 minute walk to Hotel Art/Port Olympia but all surrounding buildings are under construction with lots of cranes. Wouldnt go back as just too far to walk for us in the heat and wanted creature comforts that you'd expect a 4* to give. Glorified B & B with modern interior design.
The immediate location of the hotel is a building site but I imagine it will be the place to be in the next few years. Unfortunately the hotel was not completed when we visited in August 2003. The wider location is great - just 10 minutes from the Port Olimpic. The prime reason for booking this hotel was the outside pool and Health and Beauty Centre. The pool was not the one featured in literature - it was much smaller. There was seating for only 8 people (the hotel has 238 rooms) and no shade. There were also building materials, including circular-saws, lying around. The Health and Beauty Centre was apparently open but I think only in the afternoons when most guests would be out. There are supposed to be 2 bars and 2 restaurants but only 1 bar and 1 restaurant were open. The safe in our room broke - with our passports in it. In summary, the hotel is adequate but not worthy of 4 stars. There are a number of design faults and it does not deliver the features which are trumpeted on the website. When the points above were raised with management we were responded to inaccurately and without respect.
Quite simply fantastic. A most enjoyable stay; The accomodation clean and spacious, the staff pleasent and helpful. The location could not have suited me any better-just outside of the main attractions of the city. The best hotel i have stayed at for sometime.
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