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“Great Modern Hotel” 5 of 5 stars
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Hotel 1898
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   La Rambla, 109, 08002 Barcelona, Spain (El Raval)   |  
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“Great Modern Hotel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2012

Super friendly staff, great location (Right on Las Ramblas), amazing facilities.
The spa in the basement is perfect for relaxing before and/or after a long day of walking around and exploring.
Train station 2 blocks away from the front door, right across the street from an amazing daily market where we could've easily eaten every meal of the 3 days we were there.
Room's have wifi, large wall mounted flat screen tv's and electric teapots along with all the amenities in the bathroom one would expect from a high class hotel, shoe polish kits, toothbrush kits, along with the standard hair supplies.
I would avoid eating on most of the places on Las Ramblas unless it looks heavily frequented by locals and/or has a wait, but by walking 10-15 in either direction from Las Ramblas you can get a little further off the beaten path and find something delicious very easily.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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h1898, Director General at Hotel 1898, responded to this review, November 10, 2012
Dear Guest,

Thank you for taking your time and sharing your high reviews regarding our hotel’s services, facilities and especially about our Staff!

We are deligheted to know that your experience out hotel was marvellos and that you could enjoy Barcelona!

Looking forward to having you back and welcoming you again on your next visit.

Kind regards,
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
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  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Tubingen, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2012

This is our second stay at the 1898. I love quiet dark sleeping rooms. Both the roof top pool and bar are a great place to hang out and watch the sun go down! We also swam in the pool in the spa (which is below the ground level. Very nice. Starbucks is right next store as is my favorite tapas place Bar Lobo. Take the 6 euro bus from the airport to within two blocks of the hotel. It doesn't get much better than this! I do agree with a previous reviewer. The restaurants associated with the hotel are not that great! But you are In La Ramblas area! Just a few doors down is the famed Boqueria market! Can't wait to stay here again next year!

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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h1898, Director General at Hotel 1898, responded to this review, November 10, 2012
Dear Guest,
We are delighted to know that your experience at our hotel was wonderful and thank you for choosing us again as your next stay in Barcelona!

Thank you for your feedback about our Restaurant – any opportunity for improvement through this kind of sincere and constructive feedback is gladly welcome.

Looking forward to welcoming you again on your next visit.

Kind Regards,
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Kettering, United Kingdom
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21 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2012 via mobile

We stayed at H1898 in November 2012 on our honeymoon for four nights.

We chose to stay in one of the junior suites on the sixth floor - a generous open plan room with a separate lounge area, widescreen TV in front of the bed (not in the lounge?), toilet and bathroom with another toilet, shower and bath again separately and an extremely comfortable four poster bed. The room was extremely luxurious. The towels were as thick as duvets, the coffee was a machine and not a kettle, slippers and robes and all of the trimmings that you might expect.

On our arrival at the Hotel we didn't feel that we received a five star welcome. There was no offer to help with our bags, we were not asked about our journey or even told where the lifts were to find our room. This might sound minor, it is, but for a five star honeymoon we expected more.

The Hotel itself is immaculate. The Spa in the basement is warm and extremely relaxing, though small. There is a small hotel gym (three or four running machines and not much more in front of a large TV). The pool is shallow but warm and fitted with various relaxing additions - a small waterfall, chairs in the pool to lie on with bubble jets etc. There is also a sauna and a steam room all to use free of charge.

On the roof of the hotel you will find an outdoor pool, a bar and seating all around the edges overlooking the city. We didn't spend any time on the roof terrace (it was November!), but I can imagine in the summer it is a real benefit of this hotel.

Overall, we would highly recommend H1898. The location is perfect for La Rambla and once you are accustomed to the busy street noise below it is a very calm chilled experience staying here. Breakfast is a buffet arrangement with the option of eggs to be cooked in addition and the quality of the food is very good.

If you are looking to eat out rather than at the Hotel then avoid the strip of La Rambla. If you turn left out of the hotel you are a very short walk from a small courtyard area where you can drink and eat for half of the price (Bar Lobo for example). If you turn right out of the hotel, cross La Rambla and keep going you will soon find the Gotic area where the food is good and inexpensive.

The hotel bar is fine for a nightcap and is not overpriced given its location and status (10 Euro for two drinks). You should expect to pay 40 Euro for a taxi from or to the airport.

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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h1898, Director General at Hotel 1898, responded to this review, November 10, 2012
Dear Guest.

First at thank you for choosing us as your next stay in Barcelona and for all yours really high reviews about our hotel!
Regarding your comment about your check in moment we would like to apologize if your first impression about our staff was not friendly as you were expecting.
We will take note of your complaint into consideration in order to keep improving our services and costumer care. On behalf of the Front Desk staff we would like to inform you that we do care about all our guest and we are grateful for all them that are staying here with us, so we hope to have another chance to see you in the next future and make our best to change your impression about us!

Looking forward to having you back at the H1898!

Kind Regards,
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Newcastle-under-Lyme, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2012

The hotel the room the staff and the location were all first rate excellent service with the attention to detail and help above and beyond expectations i've found in asian 5 stars the restaurant in the evening is good but not up to the same standard with wrong orders one dish that never arrived and a waiter that told us it was our mistake but don't let this put you off one of the best hotels in Spain just use it as a base to try some of the other superb restaurant's in the square off la Ramblas after you've had the excellent breakfast offered here

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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h1898, Director General at Hotel 1898, responded to this review, November 8, 2012
Dear Guest,

Fist at all thank you for choose us as your next stay and thank you for your high reviews about our hotel and staff!
We apologize if your restaurant experience was not what you expected! We will take note of your complaints in order to keep improving our service.
We appreciate the time dedicated to share your impression of our hotel and hopefully see you in the next future!

Kind Regards,
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

Fabulous Hotel to stay in Barcelona off Las Ramblas and a haven to relax in. Roof top pool and restaurant bar is also a bonus. Rooms are sound proof so can party all night long!! The Deluxe Superior Rooms are bigger and offer more room and value. If you are fortunate to stay at the front of the Hotel, the views across Las Ramblas are excellent to people watch at any time of the day and night!!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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h1898, Director General at Hotel 1898, responded to this review, November 7, 2012
Dear Guest.

First at all thank you for choosing us as your stay in Barcelona!

As you have mentioned we are right on las Ramblas, in the plenty centre of Barcelona, which is really easy to reach walking a lot of interesting places to visit.
We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your room- we have different room categories and locations- and had a wonderful time at the H1898!

Thanks again for taking your time and sharing your opinion with us!

Looking forward to welcoming you again!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

This hotel was the definition of luxury top to bottom from the views on the rooftop pool/bar area to the relaxing spa/indoor pool area. The staff was extremely helpful and nice and spoke perfect English. Our rooms were upgraded for no reason so that we would have more space. The beds were comfortable and luxurious, we had a small balcony off our room, the common space in the lobby and the business center were comfortable. The location was perfect for La Rambla, Barrio Gotic, and even Exaimple where most Gaudi can be found. I cannot say enough about this hotel and if you can afford it, I'd recommend it.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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h1898, Director General at Hotel 1898, responded to this review, November 7, 2012
Dear Guest.

We are more than delighted to know that your experience at our hotel was marvellous and we take the change to thank you for your high reviews about our staff, services and facilities!
As you mentioned yourself, the hotel is very well located and offers different services to create the proper atmosphere to relax and enjoy the city from a different perspective while having a tapas or a cocktail at the rooftop terrace or having a massage at our SPA.
Thank you again for your excellent feedback and we are looking forward to your next visit.

Kind Regards,
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Baltimore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

Did not think anything of it, Hotel 1898 is a unique name for a hotel, until the elevator opened on our floor to a picture of the Vigan Church in the Philippines on the wall. On reading the history of the hotel, it turned out to be the former hq of Tabacalera, the Philippine tobacco company. Some of the furnishing were the mahogany tables for rolling cigars. Located right on La Rambla, it was very convenient for a walking tour of Barcelona.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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h1898, Director General at Hotel 1898, responded to this review, November 7, 2012
Dear Guest,

We appreciate the time taken to share your reviews with us!

As you have mentioned the Hotel 1898 is located in the former headquarters of the General cigar company of the Philippines where the architectural past and the modernity coexist. The H1898 is named after the year in which the last Spanish colonies, Cuba and Philippines, became independent.

We are happy to know that you were surprised with our hotel and facilities and hopefully see you again in the next future!

Kind Regards,
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Address: La Rambla, 109, 08002 Barcelona, Spain
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Location: Spain > Catalonia > Province of Barcelona > Barcelona > El Raval
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Spa Hotel in Barcelona
#3 Business Hotel in Barcelona
#7 Romantic Hotel in Barcelona
#11 Luxury Hotel in Barcelona
#15 Family Hotel in Barcelona
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel 1898 4*
Number of rooms: 169
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel in Las Ramblas, in the center of Barcelona. Hotel 1898 is the only offering spa and 2 swimming pools all year open. A hotel where luxury and small pleasures will take you to the 19th century and the Spanish colonies in Cuba and the Philippines. Discover our Colonial Suites with private terrace and swimming pool. An authentic oasis in the heart of Barcelona. ... more   less 
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