Icaria Hotel Barcelona
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- Swimming pool
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- Free High-Speed Internet
Historical Traveler Reviews Icaria Hotel Barcelona
We stayed for 5 nights at this hotel in May 2005. The hotel staff greeted us as we arrived and were very helpful throughout our stay, offering us advice on places to see and the best way to get there. Our room was on the top floor, it was spotlessly clean, very spacious and modern with great views of Barcelona and was amazing for the 89euro a night we paid. The hotel is located 5 minutes in a taxi from Las Ramble costing approx 5 euro. The beach is about a 10-minute walk. Overall we really enjoyed our stay and would definitely come back to this Hotel again.
Great place for the price!
We stayed at the hotel for 4 days while in Barcelona. The hotel is very cute and modern. Great size bathrooms, and very modern furniture. It's also in a great location as far as walking to restaurants, Port Olympic, and there is a bus station outside the hotel.
There are a few recommendations I have the first is very, very important: Don't order a hamburger from the restaurant or for room se rvice. They charge you ALOT and if you are American you will not like the beef they use. You can feel the tendons while you chew and it tastes horrible. Try to get a room as high as possible due to the street noise. Room service will be stingy with the towels so you may have to request more.
Overall, a good place for the price. We payed $125.00 American dollars per night.
Classy, modern Hotel
The Icaria is a very shiny, modern hotel within 5 minutes walk of Port Olimpic and 25 minutes walk of La Ramblas, but it is in a peaceful location, one block away from the beach front.
Staff are attentive and speak good English. Rooms are large and ultra modern, with wide-screen TVs, hifi, and very spacious bathrooms.
Free high-speed internet is provided. (I view high-speed internet as almost as important as a bed in my room these days!)
I stayed for a 2 day business trip, but I would imagine that the Icaria would make a great base for tourists that don't want to actually stay in the noisy melee of La Ramblas, but want easy access to the beach and tourist areas.
The Icaria is certainly the nicest Hotel that I have used in Barcelona over the past year.
Good hotel an staff.
New modern hotel, good sized rooms, large beds and clean. Breakfast - good variety from fruit, cereal, meats and cooked items. Friendly and helpful staff who can speak English. Quiet location, for trips into Central Barcelona use Bus Turistic, stop is a couple of blocks away, short cut via Shopping Mall to the right of the front of the hotel. Stop is under the two tallest blocks in Barcelona. 30 minute walk into the La Rambla along the sea front, a pleasant walk which can then take you into the main areas.
Great Base to explore Barcelona
We spent 4 great nights in Barcelona. The hotel is 10 minutes walk from the Metro station. The breakfast had a good variety of dishes, (cereals to meats). The staff were very helpfull. Hotel is quiet a night, but still a short walk to busy Port Olympic and 30 minute walk to Port Vell. Loved the Old Town tapas bars, well worth a visit. Beautiful city, hope to visit again.
Nice Modern Hotel, just needs to work the kinks out.
As soon as this hotel gets the little issues worked out, it will be a flawless place to stay.
We stayed for a week in February and overall found this to be a good place to stay. I'm assuming that the fact that this hotel is brand new is the main reason the small things aren't quite up to par.
When we arrived at the hotel, there was a leak in the ceiling in the lobby. It seemed to be off and on and eventually was fixed. On our first night, we could smell quite a bit of smoke in the room from the hall or other rooms. Since we had requested a non-smoking room (which I know is a rarity in Europe), we complained. It was a hard fight, but we got upgraded to a business suite. These suites are supposed to have computers in them. Ours did have the computer, but it wasn't hooked up and finished yet. To top it off, the day before we left, two stereos arrived in our room in the box. Who knows where they came from?
Also, in this room, the hot water was intermittent in the shower. Not a huge deal, but one more thing to add to the list of little annoyances.
We tried breakfast one morning and it was definately overpriced, although we found it to be ample.
The location of this hotel is nice and quiet and only 2 blocks from the Port Olimpico and just minutes from a metro stop and a small shopping center.
Even with all the minor annoyances, I would probably stay here again if I was in Barcelona. I hope that more reviews like this will convince the hotel take care of the small things and make this hotel even better.
I have just returned from a weekend in Barcelona.This hotel is superb, in a great location(for walk into Las Rablas or Getting the Metro) Staff were more than friendly. I would stay here again on my next visit. Very close to the bars and restaurants of the Marina and the Casino.
Hotel was very good value.
Not bad, but could do better!
As a Scot and an honourary Yorkshire woman, I couldn't miss the chance of staying in a brand new 4 star hotel on a '5 nights for the price of 4' deal with Superbreaks!
My boyfriend and I stayed at this modern, clean and comfortable hotel last week. Whilst the bedroom and bathroom were of a standard you'd expect of such a rating, it was unfortunately the little things which marred what could be an excellent hotel. It's only been open a couple of months so maybe these are just teething problems.
As part of the SB hotel chain, it prides itself on being a technologically advanced hotel. It's true that there is free internet access in the lobby, there is a state of the art TV in the bedroom, but the radio channels hadn't been tuned into the latter.
Breakfast was particularly disappointing - both when we had it served via room service and in the canteen style restaurant. Coffee, tea, juice, fruits and pastries - the food didn't seem particularly fresh and no hot water (I like two cups of tea in the morning!) was brought with the breakfast when served via room service. This is a four star hotel after all, breakfast should be special.
There's the mandatory overpriced drinks in the bedroom's fridge but no tea or coffee making facilities. There is a safe though (which was locked when we arrived!)
There were no details of the hotel's facilities available in the room - opening hours for the leisure facilities, where they were, timing of meals etc.
The service from the staff was variable - sometimes very helpful (phoning a restaurant on our behalf to make a booking) and others less so (having to chase them up to give us our drinks bill and being sent on a wild goose chase to pick up room service breakfast forms!!).
The hotel is located on a nice residential street so there is no chance of having a disturbed sleep. The nearest metro (Ciutadella) is five blocks away, though there is a bus stop outside the hotel and the number 41 will take you to Placa de Catalunya in about 10 minutes. The hotel is only 2 blocks from the Olympic Port which is a great place to meander and savour the sunshine. Brilliant for seafood too!
As a final point, I'd recommend buying a metro/bus ticket rather than go on the Tourist Buses. Price (obviously!) is a factor - a 5 day pass costs the same as a two day pass on the latter, but it's also fun and easy to do. Buy the ticket from the metro station (advanced Spanish not required!) and pick up a bus map from the tourist office. Buses run every few minutes.
A great new hotel
We spent three very enjoyable days in Barcelona (from 15 Jan 2005), staying at this brand new 4 star hotel. The Icaria is situated in a quiet residential area in the Olympic Village . It is only about a five minute walk to the very lively Olympic Port, with a wide selection of bars and restaurants. Central Barcelona is a 20 to 30 minute walk. The rooms are very nice with large comfortable beds and well equiped bathroom.
The staff are very friendly and helpful, and the breakfast buffet is excellent