Luxe spa treatments using gold, pearls and lava shells
An indoor pool and a heated rooftop plunge pool
A sea of sofas in the lobby for cozy post-sightseeing drinks
What To Know
Interior rooms are a little dark but are much quieter than those on La Rambla
Guest rooms have pillow menus
Parking on site
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Colonial-style boutique hotel right on La Rambla with a rooftop pool and a cave-like basement spa
Situated smack bang in the middle of La Rambla, this imposing building was once the Philippine Tobacco Company headquarters. It's maintained a sense of Spanish colonial history, especially in the palatial open-plan lobby, with its wood-paneled walls, candy-striped sofas and decorative fireplaces. Elsewhere the vibe takes on a cooler edge; the wraparound roof terrace is where guests soak up the views and sip cocktails while sprawled across canopy daybeds.
Bed and Bath
The classy guestrooms are kitted out with glossy hardwood floors, wide beds piled high with snowy Egyptian cotton linens, and lamps in all the right places. A burgundy, evergreen and charcoal color scheme decorates the walls and furnishings; creature comforts include tea- and coffeemaking facilities and delicious-smelling Etro toiletries. The two (rather masculine) suites have dark leather sofas, walk-in wardrobes and, most fabulously of all, spacious wood-decked terraces with large, heated plunge pools.
The guests-only basement spa is a peaceful retreat from La Rambla and offers an intriguing selection of treatments, plus a good-size swimming pool (open from 8 a.m.). In the lobby, Bar H1898 is well appointed for a quick glass of cava, though on sunny days guests and locals make a beeline for La Isabela, arguably the best roof terrace in the city, for ambient tunes, tapas and cocktails. The first-floor restaurant and breakfast room are rather somber in comparison, but breakfast is served on the roof in the summer, or you can take it in bed year-round. By contrast the library and business lounge is a lovely place to catch up on your e-mails, with sleek mahogany desks and two full-size computer terminals.
In the Area
In the thick of the Ramblas, this is one of the most emblematic spots in the city. Barcelona’s legendary food market, the Boqueria, is just next door, bulging with fabulous treats to take home as well as stalls for a laid-back lunch. A few blocks into the Raval are the Museum of Modern Art (MACBA) and the Museum of Contemporary Culture (CCCB), with plenty of local designer boutiques and galleries to discover on neighboring streets. On the other side of the Ramblas, in the Barri Gòtic, Plaça Reial is undergoing its own regeneration with the opening of sophisticated bars and clubs such as Ocaña.
La Rambla, 109; (entrance on the street
How to Get There
The preferred airport for Hotel 1898 is Barcelona (BCN-Barcelona Intl.) - 12 km / 7.4 mi. Distances are calculated in a straight line from the property’s location to the point of interest or airport and may not reflect actual travel distance. Distances are displayed to the nearest 0.1 mile and kilometre.