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
Although we had to walk several blocks with our luggage since taxi couldn’t drop us off closer to hotel because of a marathon, once inside, the hotel was impressive. The underground pool was delightful. Once outside, there was so much to explore within walking distance. My husband and I wished we could’ve spent more time at this beautiful hotel and Las Ramblas and look forward to coming back.
Fantastic location right on the Ramblas. Very clean and well maintained. It appears to have been updated recently and has a contemporary lobby and bar area. The staff was polite and helpful and spoke English well. However, the best part was the rooftop bar and pool which also had a jazz group playing albeit at select times. This was a great place to unwind after a long day of exploring Barcelona.
Excellent location, friendly staff, nice rooms, and super breakfast. The room was even ready early for us when we arrived from the airport! We liked pretty much everything about this hotel and would stay here any time we are in Barcelona!