We stayed a few nights recently at the Hotel 1898 and had an amazing time. First, the location simply can't be beat. You are right on La Rambla, just about a block from Placa Catalunya, but the rooms are nicely soundproofed so when you head to bed at night you really can't hear a thing. Second, the decor and design really blew us away - the late 19th century tobacco plantation theme is carried through every single detail.
I've read a few of the negative reviews and really can't believe we stayed at the same hotel. Get this - I posted on Twitter that I was having trouble uploading photos for family back home because wireless (free) was spotty in our room. I got a tweet back in 30 mins from reception offering to loan me an ethernet cable so I could get on their wired network. Amazing.
Lastly, nothing beats hopping into a refreshing pool with amazing views after a long, hot day seeing the city. And if you'd prefer to relax there's also a basement pool that's equally as enjoyable.
We didn't visit the attached restaurant but then again, when you're in Barcelona why wouldn't you walk the 100 metres behind the hotel and get some authentic, well priced Catalan fare?
- 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