|Reservation information for the Icària Hotel|
The red, silver and black colour scheme gives a sophisticated almost quite oriental feel to the lobby, where the staff are helpful and multilingual. The hotel from the outset well deserves its 4 star rating.
The hotel also offers you an easy walk to both Barceloneta and Icària beaches which are only about 10 minutes walk away.
The lobby is large, and incorporates a café and if you walk past the aquarium there is a red, modern piano bar. There is also free, wireless internet in this and every public area of the hotel.
On the ground floor is the restaurant which also has a garden terrace. The food is Mediterranean and there is a buffet breakfast available for €14.00.
The Icària has an outdoor pool and sun terrace for the days you can't make it to the beach, and a small gym so you have no excuses. If you're not a gym person then relax and enjoy the sauna and Turkish bath.
The reception staff are happy to help organize your sight-seeing, book you into restaurants or onto tours.
Business facilities at Hotel Icària Barcelona
The hotel Icària Barcelona has 5 meeting rooms which you can hire, along with specialist staff who will help organize your function. You can also hire all equipment from computers to audiovisual gear, and if this happens to break down, as they do, there is a maintenance team on hand to help. If you would like there is also a multilingual secretarial service available.
The Hotel Icària Barcelona has 180 rooms in total, including rooms designed for the disabled. If you are at the hotel for business then there are 24 business suites that have been adapted with PCs, printers and such to fit all business needs. The standard rooms are light and decorated in a classy manner. They are equipped with all you would expect from a 4 star hotel: Satellite TV, safe, 24 hour room service, air-conditioning.
Hotel Location and Facilities
The hotel Icària is located on the wide Avenida Icària, about 5 minutes walk from a large complex called Vila Icària. Here you can go shopping, have a bite to eat or watch a movie in the 15 screen cinema in English.
There is also a supermarket on the ground floor and a pharmacy just outside. Surrounding the complex on every corner are banks with cash points, which you will no doubt need if you are intending on going shopping inside. If you find the breakfast a bit pricey, walk round the corner from the hotel and there is a lovely bakery.
|Marina area at the Olympic village|
The Metro stop, Ciutadella Villa Olympica is past the Vila complex, a 10 minute walk away. At night you may want to do the 10 minute walk to the Olympic village to sample the varied night-life on offer there, and it's only 10 minutes to both Icària beach or the marina area.
Or perhaps if you feel like a walk during the day then head left down Avenida Icària and you will wander into Poblenou where you can see how the locals live and have a coffee in a little Catalan café.
How to travel from the airport to the hotel
You can either arrange a private transfer or minibus shared transfer.
Private Transfer A private transfer is dedicated for you and your party only. The driver will be waiting at your arrivals gate holding a sign with your name on it. Your driver will assist you with your luggage to your own private vehicle and you will be driven directly to your hotel.
Minibus Transfer The shared minibus transfer option is cheaper than the private transfer. Unlike a private transfer you would need to make your way to a dedicated meeting point and the vehicle may be shared with other passengers. You will be taken to your hotel however there may be some stops for other passengers along the way.
You can reserve both the private or the shared transport by following this link:
Public transport transfer options
Via Taxi A taxi from the airport should take about 25 minutes and cost around €25.00 - €30.00.
Via Train The RENFE train leaves the airport every half an hour and will take you to Passeig de Gràcia station, in about 20 minutes and costs €4.10 for a single ticket. You then have to change here for the Yellow Line Metro to Ciutadella Villa Olympica (Yellow Line, L4) and the hotel is a short 10 minute walk from the metro.
Via Bus The Aerobus will also take you from the Airport to Catalunya station and costs €5.90. The journey time is around 30 minutes. From Catalunya you need to change for the Green Line Metro to Passeig de Gràcia and then change onto the yellow line metro. Your nearest metro stop is Ciutadella Villa Olympica (Yellow Line, L4) and the hotel is a short 10 minute walk from the metro.
In a nutshell
Hotel Icària Barcelona is a good choice for those who appreciate a classy establishment but don't want to be right in the hustle and bustle of the city centre. It offers you excellent access to the beach and the marina area and there are some fabulous seaside walks to take.
Hotel Icària Barcelona
Avenida Icària, 195
Metro: Ciutadella Villa Olympica (Yellow Line, L4) 10 mins
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