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
This a a historical building with all of the modern comforts. Location is excellent as it is midway on La Rambla. The staff are exceptional! Very helpful for restaurant and tour recommendations. Beds are extremely comfortable with world class bedding and pillows. Despite being located tight on Ka Rambla, this is a very quiet place! This hotel is a must stay!
Ideally located on the Rambla. This beautiful hotel is also a nice example of an old builing reconversion. The equipments (spa, rooftop, gym, swimming pool) were great and a real plus for our one week stay. We were upgraded to a nice room on a street perpendicular to the Rambla so it was a bit quieter. The personnel is smiling and helpful. I'd like to give a special mention to Daniela and the breakfast team who together made this moment a very pleasant way to start the day ! It was our second time here and a pleasure to be back.
The location can not be more central then that ... The Spa is fabulous and the entrance is free for the hotel guests
.. The heated pool is so beautiful and romantic and as it equipped with little bottles of water as they think of every small detail . The Terrace view is breath taking and the roof top
bar is a place you would love to hang out at .Victor and The rest of the Staff were so helpful and made us feel as they would do anything to make you happy . The room is also very welcoming with lightning which you can choose to fit your mood or shower which designed for the perfect shower . Not to mention the sweet Tea time with fresh cookies between 17-19 every day and the live music singer on weekends . Everything in this hotel tells you you're in a very classy , full of style and history place . I've been to 5 stars hotels which wasn't even close to math the level in every category with this outstanding hotel . :-) Thank you
Very friendly and helpful personnel. Location was perfect. Eventhough close to Traffic no noise noticed in the rooms. Very well isolated to other rooms. The whole hotel gives a very clean aspect to clients.
Breakfast and restaurant food very good.
What a great place this is! Perfectly situated in the heart of the city and on the La Rambla! The bartenders on the first floor lobby are expert drink makers. Also, complimentary snacks and drink for hotel guests in the evening is a plus. The breakfast buffet was phenomenal! Beautiful cheeses and pastries as well as a freshly sliced jambone each morning. Also, yogurt, fruit, fresh breads.....all very beautifully set up. Oh, and American coffee from an urn! So nice to have the right coffee in the morning when traveling. Thank you Hotel 1898!