Stayed here for a 2 night weekend break at the end of March. What a good choice we made. This hotel lives up to its Tripadvisor rating and more. The location is superb - handily placed for all the attractions and right in the heart of it on Las Ramblas.
We were a little worried that it may be noisy but we never heard a sound all night in our fifth floor room with a view over the rooftops. The room was beautifully furnished and spotlessly clean with robes slippers and lovely toiletries. There were 2 showers over the bath both nice and powerful and massive fluffy towels. The breakfast was included in our deal and the choice was extensive.
The service in the restaurant and throughout the hotel was friendly unobtrusive. and efficient. We loved the rooftop area and pool and could imagine what a haven it would be on a hot summers day. The views were amazing. We used the indoor pool and spa on both days and this was lovely to return to in the evening after a busy day's sightseeing. My only slight complaint about this was that the pool area was a little bit dark.
Just a few yards away from the hotel entrance on Las Ramblas is the market. Do not miss this - the sights of the fruit and fish displays are incredible. We ate at one of the fish stalls where you sit on a bar stool and watch them prepare the dishes - I think it was called Universal Kiosko. Look and see what other people are eating and just ask for that. It's very popular so you may have to wait at lunchtime.
I would also recommend the Barcelona City Tour Guide on the open top bus, There are 2 routes and you will see everything if you go on both routes. Get on and off as you go along to get a closer look at the sights. Good value @ 35 euros for 48 hours.
Another good tip if you are staying at this hotel is don't bother with a taxi to the airport - use the airport bus from Plaza Catalunya five minutes walk from the hotel and 5.90 euros each way. Excellent service every 10 mins and takes 25 minutes.
If you are thinking of a weekend break in Barcelona I can't recommend this hotel highly enough.
- 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