My girlfriend picked this hotel for my birthday and it is ideally located 200m south of Plaza Catalunya (where the excellent 6 euro airport bus picks up and drops off every 5mins). That means it is just at the top of the Ramblas but also handy for the newer, swanky shopping district.
Arrived to complimentary champagne for my birthday and loved the ambience of the hotel - all moody black and white decor, dark wood, armchairs, low lighting and soothing music. The lighting in the rooms is adjustable by the bedside to about five different levels and there are great bathroom kits and robes. There is a fun heated rooftop pool and equally good indoor one that is like swimming in a cave with the arched brickwork overhead. The library has decent internet and the reception staff are very friendly and efficient.
What's not to like?
My only quibbles would be i) the price of breakfast/room service food but we skipped all that anyway as there is fantastic food all around the hotel at the Boqueria market, tapas bars and restaurants; and ii) the TV channels. There were absolutely loads to choose from but the vast majority were Spanish and there were some obvious omissions like CNN, Sky or decent sports channels.
But these really are quibbles. I loved the place and the surrounding area. Topped off by watching Messi and co in full flow in the Nou Camp.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- 1898 Hotel Barcelona
- Hotel 1898 Barcelona, Catalonia
- 1898 Barcelona