What We Love
- Luxe spa treatments using gold, pearls and lava shells
- Prime location
- 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
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
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.
How to Get There
The hotel itself is beautiful! The pool is really relaxing and so is the sauna and steam room. Staff is professional. The room we booked had a view to the walls and rooms across, definitely book a different one if you are claustrophobic. The bed was one of the most comfortable beds I have ever slept in and the button controlled lights were perfect! Room service was super fast. One con: the walls are thin so you can hear everything and everyone outside. It sounded like people were moving furniture or something similar. Overall, we LOVED the hotel, even though it was kind of boujie 😀
We spent 3 nights before a cruise at Hotel 1898 and wish it had been longer. Everywhere we turned we were greeted with staff members who truly cared about our comfort. From our initial email contact to Fanny at reception to Jordi in bell services and Roberta in the breakfast room we were pampered and treated with respect and care. Thank you for making our first trip to Barcelona so memorable. We will return to your beautiful establishment.
The 1898 is right at the Rambla avenue inviting visitors for a strall at any time. The house is a very good mix between tradition of the building and modern facilities in the rooms. The terasse at flor 7 is a must, being for a drink or a meal under the stars.
We had booked one night at 1898 before we planned our driving trip to Cannes and ended up booking an extra two nights for when we got back. It is a wonderful beautifully appointed hotel in an excellent location on La Rambla. The staff were helpful particularly with our re-booking thanks to a pleasant English guy on the front desk and the rooms were gorgeous with an amazing and comfortable bed and beautiful bathroom. Breakfast was also fantastic and the upstairs roof bar a great place to watch the sunset and indulge in a cocktail. This is now our go to hotel in the area!
This hotel really was amazing, we were so glad we stayed there.
Nice lobby area with a bar attached when you first walk in. Friendly and helpful staff at reception, room was beautiful and clean and very comfortable. Good location at La Rambla which was central to everything, we walked almost everywhere. Hotel also included a free 1.5hrs walking tour of the Gothic quarter which we did and it was worth it, interesting history to learn. We also spent some time on the rooftop terrace with lovely views of the Barcelona Cathedral and the city (included pic was taken on terrace).
The only things that could be improved:
- the perfume in the lobby is overwhelming, way too strong and should be lessened
- there are no tv channels in English other than the news, which is not a nice way to relax. We were glad we brought a Mac and streamed our own Netflix whilst I was sick
- the indoor pool and spa area was so hot and humid that we decided not to use it. No one else was there either.
- they forgot to let us know when our room was ready despite us repeatedly stating we were waiting in the foyer, right in front of them, and would need a doctor as soon as room was ready as I was quite sick. They did however ask how I was the next day when they remembered us.
The above are really small issues. The rest of the hotel experience was flawless and I’d highly recommend you stay here.