We enjoyed another return two night visit to H1898. On the N end of La Rambla, the hotel is close to much of what a visitor will want to see in Barcelona and thus well located for tourists who are not deterred by the bustle outside or the not-quite-gentrified nearby El Raval. The Catalunya metro, a major transport hub, is a five minute walk.
The hotel is an elegant 21c conversion of a late 19c townhouse, later used as the HQ of the Philippines Tobacco Company (hence the name). The decor in the public areas is designer black with wood accents and some imaginative photographs.
The excellent leisure facilities include two pools - one on the roof terrace with great views over the city and the elegant other in the basement, which also has a gym, sauna and steam room.
Room size varies. Our ‘de luxe’ room and its bathroom were ’compact’ - reflecting our relatively low room rate - but elegant, well designed and well equipped (apart from unnecessarily complicated lighting).
WiFi is free, fast and uncomplicated throughout the hotel.
Breakfast is an excellent buffet with good staff support and eggs cooked to order.
All the staff we met were efficient and pleasant.
We thought the hotel quite good value at a room rate of c. $270 including breakfast.
We would grade the H1898 as four star plus and recommend it to tourists not on a tight budget..
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel in Las Ramblas, in the center of Barcelona. Hotel 1898 is the only offering spa and 2 swimming pools all year open. A hotel where luxury and small pleasures will take you to the 19th century and the Spanish colonies in Cuba and the Philippines. Discover our Colonial Suites with private terrace and swimming pool. An authentic oasis in the heart of Barcelona. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- 1898 Hotel Barcelona
- Hotel 1898 Barcelona, Catalonia
- 1898 Barcelona