The location of this great hotel on La Rambla could not be much better - right on the romantic main walkway of historic Barcelona downtown, a block from La Boqueria gourmet food market, two blocks from great shopping and steps from the Old City and all it's haunts. But what makes it so great is the quiet luxury and incredible service.
We stayed here recently because I had a business conference at the hotel, and brought the family along for an extended vacation in Spain. The rooms are large and well appointed, with comfortable beds and bigger bathrooms than most European hotels. The rooms and public areas are all decorated in dark woods and colors, with gives everything a haze of yesteryear that makes it seem even more historic. (The building was originally a cigar factory, and a lot of that historic charm has been retained).
A rooftop bar and swimming pool overlook the entire city with 360-degree views, and the spa and underground pool in the basement are equally stunning. I had a massage after arriving from my 14+ hour flights, and it was the perfect way to adjust to Barcelona time.
One thing to note for families - there are no suites and no adjoining rooms. We had to split up with the kids in two rooms, since there was no way we would allow them to sleep in a room all be themselves. They loved the hotel anyway, so no worries there.
- 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