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Hotel SB Icaria Barcelona

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SB Icària Hotel
Whilst quite imposing from the outside Hotel SB Icaria Barcelona does nothing to warn you of the sleek, contemporary design awaiting you inside.

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.

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Hotel Facilities

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.

The SB Icaria 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 SB Icaria Barcelona

The hotel SB Icaria 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 SB Icaria Barcelona has 180 rooms in total, including rooms designed for people with a disability. 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 SB Icaria 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
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

Booking your airport transport in advance online

The advanced booking transfers below are independent of the the public transport system. This means if there is a public transport strike these services will continue to operate as normal and you will not be affected by the strike action.

Bus shared transfer from BCN Airport to designated drop off points

Price Single: €13.59
Price Return: €27.18

Book at least 48 hours in advance.

This service is the cheapest of the bus transport services from Barcelona airport to the city centre.

You would need to make your way to a meeting point at Barcelona airport. This service drops you off at designated drop off points. You would then need to make your own way to your hotel from there.

This service needs to be booked at least 48 hours before you need it but preferably a week before you need it. It is best to book early to ensure availability especially during peak tourist seasons from April to September.

Private transfer from BCN Airport

Price Single: €39.93
Price Return: €79.86

Book at least 48 hours in advance.

With a private transfer service the driver will be waiting for you at the designated meeting point given to you on the booking voucher. You will be travelling in one of the following car types (or similar): Volkswagen Passat, Skoda Superb, Citroen C5 or Peugeot 407. The driver will help you with your bags to the vehicle and then drive you to your hotel.

This service needs to be booked at least 48 hours in advance but preferably a week or two before you need the service to ensure availability.

Business class private transfer from BCN Airport

Price Single: €67.19
Price Return: €134.38

Book at least 48 hours in advance.

This is the highest quality private transport service specifically for people wanting a business-class quality service. This service is more expensive than the other transfer services however you will be travelling in a higher quality vehicle than a regular private transfer. Mercedes vehicles are used and will be one of the following: Mercedes E Class, Minivan Mercedes and V Class Mercedes depending on the number of people in your group. The driver will be dressed appropriately for a business environment - dark suit and white shirt and will assist you with your luggage. The pickup point at the airport is specified on your booking voucher. This service is suitable for business clients, VIP pick ups or if you have a special occasion.

This service needs to be booked at least 48 hours in advance but preferably a week or two before you need the service to ensure availability.

Public transport transfer options

Via Taxi A taxi from the airport should take about 25 minutes.

Taxi Fare: €30.00 - €35.00

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. You then have to change here for the Yellow Line metroMetro to Ciutadella Villa Olympica (Yellow Line, L4) and the hotel is a short 10 minute walk from the metro.

RENFE Train Ticket Prices
Single ticket: €4.60

Via Bus The Aerobus will also take you from the Airport to Catalunya station. The journey time is around 30 minutes. From Catalunya you need to change for the Green Line metroMetro 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.

Aerobus Ticket Prices
Single ticket:

Car parks near Hotel SB Icaria Barcelona

Car Park Name Address Approximate Walking Distance to Car Park in Meters
BSM Litoral Port Avinguda del Litoral, 34 850 m
BSM Wellington - Zoo Ramón Trías Fargas, 23 850 m
BSM Marina Port Marina, 13-17 1,000 m

In a nutshell

Hotel SB Icaria 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.

SB Icaria
Avinguda Icària, 195
08005 Barcelona, España.


metroMetro: Ciutadella Villa Olympica (Yellow Line, L4) 10 mins

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