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
- 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
This hotel is beautiful and the spa is amazing as is the roof top pool and bar/restaurant. The roof top restaurant, " Isabellas" is casual but its one of the highly rated ones in Barcelona but you can just order a snack or tapas if you want to. Hotel staff were all very courteous, nothing was too much trouble. Great location just off the main La Rambla.
Only thing I would say is we had a superior room on 6th floor but we had no balcony just a door that you could open and look at, but the view wasn't great. Apparently there are some rooms with a terrace ?? Would go back but book one of these.
This is a classy hotel less than a five minute walk from Plaza Catalunya ( the main hub of Barcelona). We boarded the auto bus from the airport ( less than 6€) and it took 25 minutes. Everyone on reception was extremely knowledgeable about everything to visit in Barcelona, and always very courteous. The hotel boasts a spa with steam and sauna rooms, small gym and swimming pool. There is also an open air swimming pool on the roof terrace with bar, which was lovely to relax after a day sightseeing. The hotel is spotlessly clean with extremely spacious and comfortable reception/bar areas.
I would gladly stay again on my next visit to Barcelona.
Both my wife and I have recently come back from a trip to Hotel 1898.
The hotel facilities were fantastic along with the very helpful staff.
We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and with the hotel being centrally located was relatively easy to get about.
Thank you very much and we will be returning in the future.
Staying at Hotel 1898 was great. Booking and chekin was easy. Staff is really welcoming and specially Natalia. They made our stay special by offering us a private hour in the spa with champain and softs.
Littles details makes the great things. They get that!
Absolutely loved this hotel !! Great location on La Rambla.
The facilities where really good from indoor spa to rooftop pool .
The only little downside people where reserving beds on roof and not being there . Not enough beds to do this !
We had room on second floor and had outside patio was well impressed!!