We stayed once in this hotel for a short break on Christmas.
Location. Very convenient. It is located on Rambla near Placa de Catalunya, so you’ll have easy walking access to famous La Boqueria market, gothic quarter, major shopping area, etc. The only issue you may experience is that Rambla is rather crowded in the evening and it is sometimes slightly difficult to use taxi or even go by foot back to the hotel.
Room. Our room had a very nice balcony with sitting for at least 6 people and large table. So little party would not be a problem. The room was very spacious too. Everything was clean and working. Centralized smart light management switch required some knowledge to use as in the beginning we had it wrong all the time. After getting used to it we actually enjoyed it.
Amenities. The hotel has even 2 pools, one of which is on the roof. We could not really use it as it was rather cold outside but the one in Spa area was good, yet not too big and deep. Gym is rather small but it will help you stay fit during a short stay. Wi-Fi worked with no problem as well.
Breakfast. I think is one of the best in terms of choice we have ever seen. But you do not need to pay so much money to enjoy Barcelona cuisine. Especially if you are 200m away from La Boqueria, where you can find so many nice places to eat in the morning. We once went there before official opening at 7:30am and had our great breakfast with no problem.
Overall. The hotel gave us an impression of seamless and smooth operation. We did not use any effort to be there, never wanted to ask for anything extra as everything was ready for us and before us. So it felt very much at home. Reception staff was generally helpful. Only once we were surprised to hear that we better had to go to a taxi rank nearby if we wanted to catch a taxi as the company the hotel had contract with was closed for the day. To our relief next shift receptionist was able to help us with no problem so we were not sure what it was.
1898 is a well balanced hotel. It is a good yet fairly expensive option to enjoy Barcelona. We recommend.
- 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