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
Hotel 1898 is a very nice hotel centrally located on La Rambla where it all happens. But it is still nice and quite despite being so close, Fantastic breakfast buffet, one of the best we have experienced. Friendly helpful staff. Rooms were really nice and very clean. Overall this is a very high quality hotel. Superbly comfortable bed. definitely one of the best we have stayed in.
Don’t know what to say about this place. If I can do six stars I would. The front seat was great. The room was always clean and the price we paid it was very low. If I ever come back I would not look anywhere else. This would be my spot for ever.
This was our second visit to hotel 1898 and it was equally as good as it was before
All the staff from reception, breakfast , pool and terrace Isabella were amazing and friendly
Our classic room was very clean, extremely comfortable bed and quiet
The pool was a great place to relax in the hot sun
Plenty of selection at breakfast
Beautiful decor throughout and ideally located on Las Ramblas
Will return again