We stayed one night at the AC Hotel Irla prior to the departure of our cruise from Barcelona. We arrived early (10:30am) after an overnight flight from Seattle. The staff was very accommodating and let us store our luggage both on the day of arrival and departure while we played tourist. The staff made up our room up quickly and was ready and available for us to move in when we returned at 12:30pm. The room was very clean and the furnishings in excellent condition, but was much smaller than what appeared in the pictures. I was hoping to get a quick email out to let our daughter know that we had arrived safely, but when I asked about the business center, I found out that it only consisted of a work table in the lobby. There were no computers or printers, equipment that would normally be found in a business center. The booking site (Expedia) also stated that there were in-room safes, but I didn't find any. That evening (Friday), there were still plenty of people on the street (midnight). Unfortunately, we could still here them, even though we were on the third floor. The room was not as quiet as I hoped for.
The hotel was located two blocks away from Avinguda Diagonal, a main street in Barcelona with the hop on/hop off bus Turistic (red and blue lines) stopping about three blocks away at the Placa de Francesc Macia. This placa is also the end of the T1 tram line. Boarding the tram and going two stops will allow you to connect with the rest of the Barcelona Metro and the airport. We did make it La Sagrada Familia on Saturday morning. It was about a 12 minute (8 Euro) cab ride from the hotel.
The other bright spot in addition to the staff was the European breakfast. There was a one cup coffee maker which had a variety of coffees to choose from, Spanish ham and cheese, pastries and breads, juices, cereal, and fruit. Breakfast was included in our room price. The charge would have been 16 Euros had it not been. If I had to pay for it separately, probably would have gone down a block from the hotel on Carrer de Calvet and gone to one of the bakeries (one on each side of the street). There are also a couple restaurants on this street as you walk towards Avinguda Diagonal.
If you are using this hotel as a jumping off point for a cruise, take a cab. Normally, I try to take public transportation, but It is much easier to take a cab. The price ran a little over 20 Euros down to the cruise ship terminal from the hotel.
The AC Hotel Irla was a good hotel and a good value, but unfortunately not as advertised.
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- Also Known As:
- Ac Irla Barcelona
- Ac Hotels Barcelona
- AC Hotel Irla Barcelona, Catalonia