Thursday 25 February 2016

H10 Port Vell, Pas de Sota Muralla, Barcelona, Spain

Although it occupies an elegant nineteenth century building overlooking the waterfront in Barceloneta, this brand spanking new branch of the H10 chain has a sleek, contemporary interior. You get to choose between relatively spacious bedrooms with views of the port or the cheaper and very compact double rooms overlooking the central atrium. Either way, you can use the roof terrace which has sun loungers and a plunge pool. The quiet en-suite rooms are tastefully decorated in creamy monotones, enlivened by funky lighting. They are also well-equipped with safes, flat-screen TVs, bathrobes, a myriad of toiletries and respectable WiFi. The impressive breakfast, served in an airy ground floor dining room, is a mixture of table service and a buffet. You can order omelettes, poached eggs and the like, while also helping yourself to the pastries, yoghurts, cheeses, cold meats, Nespresso machine coffee and decent fruit juices. Only the dry croissants disappoint.  The service is friendly and warm - the young staff seem genuinely interested in striking up a conversation. A short walk from Barcelona's Gothic heart and sandy beaches, H10 Port Vell is a very pleasant place to stay. 8/10

A (very) compact double room
The view from the roof terrace