The 4-star superior hotel H10 Art Gallery is situated in the city centre of Barcelona only two blocks away from Rambla Catalunya (important information for all shopping fans). It does not only shelter guests, but also art work from internationally renowned artists such as Joan Miró and Miquel Barceló. Prints, sculptures and photographs can be found everywhere at the hotel.
My fiancé and I stayed here last week to visit friends. We booked a double room with balcony. Besides the usual features like safe, wifi and air conditioning the room was equipped with an iPhone docking station (usable for iPhones 4, 5 and 6) and a Nespresso coffee machine.
From the balcony we had a view into the courtyard of the hotel and onto the houses surrounding it. A typical Barcelonan view when staying downtown.
The bathroom was spacious with a walk-in shower, in-house amenities and an environment friendly programme. Towels in the shower means “please exchange”, towels on the holder means keep them for another day.
I am very glad that these kinds of programmes became very common in most hotels nowadays, because everyone of us should contribute to saving the limited resources on our planet. However, unfortunately the housekeeping staff wasn’t trained properly. When we came back in the evening they had changed the towels although we didn’t want them to.
The breakfast is served from 7 to 10.30 am in the Modern Art Restaurant. Thanks to its white decoration and the floor-to-ceiling windows, the room is very bright and makes the start into the day very easy.
The buffet proposes hot beverages, three types of juices, cereals, cheese, cold cuts, different kind of breads (very surprising for Spain), beans, sausages, bacon, pastries, fruits and cheesecake (my favourite item on the buffet). Everything was very good and I was impressed by the large choice considering that the H10 Art Gallery Hotel is a 4-star hotel.
We booked in advance and paid 140€ per night, including breakfast. The hotel is great value for money considering the location and the service.
My must-see and do in Barcelona:
- Sagrada Familia: a beautiful church designed by the Spanish architect Antoni Gaudí. A visit inside is absolutely worth it! The colourful windows, the architecture, the view – simply stunning! Buy your tickets online to avoid queuing.
- Fundació Joan Miró: a museum of modern art honouring Joan Miró located on the hill called Montjuïc from where you have an amazing view over the city and beyond.
- El Born district: an area with a high degree of local life, perfect for drinks before or after dinner.
- Passeig de Gràcia: one of the main shopping streets with a mix of high street and luxury stores.
- Rambla de Catalunya : a smaller shopping street, parallel to the Passeig de Gràcia with high street shops and local brands.
- Jewellery: I discovered a brand called Sita Nevado, which makes beautiful earrings, necklaces and bracelets.
- Uterqüe: the high-end brand from the inditex group (Zara, Massiomo Dutti, etc.) with affordable prices, which copies high fashion directly from the catwalks. There is one shop in town and one at the airport.