On the N end of La Rambla, the Hotel 1898 is well located for tourists who are not deterred by the bustle outside and is close to much of what a visitor will want to see in Barcelona. 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 low rise Barcelona - and with a bar offering tapas - and the other in the basement, beside a small gym, sauna and steam room.
Internet access is free from an elegant 'library'.
Room size varies. We stayed three nights in a well sized 'superior' room which had a view over a quiet side street and was candy striped and elegantly equipped.
We used the restaurant only for its excellent continental breakfast (full buffet also available).
All the staff we met were efficient and pleasant.
Barcelona is not short of good hotels but we won't look further on our next visit. Highly recommended.
(i) the excellent Onze Cent in the adjacent Le Meridien is one of the few fine dining restuarants open in the early evening and its window tables offer superb people watching opportunties.
(ii) we also enjoyed an excellent meal in the (relatively) nearby and Gaudi designed Casa Calvet.
- 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