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On a pedestrian street in the heart of the Gothic Quarter
The H10 Raco del Pi’s location is ideal for exploring the city’s main attractions on foot. It’s right in the heart of beautiful Gothic Quarter, home to centuries-old churches, squares and buildings, as well as of great shopping, dining and nightlife. While the property is on a narrow pedestrian street lined with stores, Via Laietana and Las Ramblas, a few minutes from the hotel, both offer easy access both by car and via public transportation to other parts of the city. The Jaume I and Liceu subway stops are an easy walk from the hotel.
Sitting on top of the original Roman settlement, the Gothic Quarter is the center of the old city and one of the largest remaining "Gothic Quarters" in the world. It boasts tons of historic buildings, with everything from the remains of Augustus's ancient temple to Els Quatre Gats, the restored pub that served as a main meeting spot for Modernists at the turn of the century. But perhaps the most visually stunning buildings are the many cathedrals. This is one of the most popular neighborhoods among tourists, and there are tons of restaurants (many al fresco), high-end shops, and specialty shops with local favorite souvenirs such as fans and espadrilles.
Housed in a renovated 18th-century building in the heart if the Gothic Quarter, the H10 Raco del Pi is a solid mid-range pick for those who want to explore the city on foot. The no-frills rooms are clean and contemporary, with bright red accent walls, modern artwork, and flat-screen TVs. But mattresses are hard, and though bathrooms are spotless, some guests complain about the sudden changes in water temperature. There’s little in the way of amenities, but the hotel does feature a few nice freebies, including a welcome glass of cava, coffee and snacks in the lobby, and free Wi-Fi.