Stayed for several nights in June and thoroughly enjoyed this superb hotel. Arrived by car (not easy in the heart of las Ramblas) but was immediately personally guided round to the underground car park (payable). Excellent greeting on arrival with plenty of staff, no waiting and a room that was ready. The hotel has recently been restored to what I would call "modern classic". Beautiful old-style furniture and fittings but up-to-date features where neccessary. The staff were very helpful and relaxed. We particularly loved the rooftop bar. The hotel is very centrally situated, ideal for touring the city, and just a hop away from the amazing food market, la Boqueria. Take the time to wonder at the array of produce, particularly the fish, and then stop at one of the many tapas bars for a light snack and a glass of well chilled Fino Sherry (ideal with fish dishes) fizzy Cava or the local Spanish white wines. I would have given this hotel 5 stars if it were not for the fact that one of our suitcases did not get put into our car by the valet, which we did not discover until half way to the french border! The air in the car went blue as we were forced to do a U-turn (I don't DO U-turns!) to collect the wayward baggage. Once again into Las Ramblas only to find ourselves in the Bus/Taxi only section in the middle of lunctime and trying to explain our predicament in our best Spanish to the local constabulary. What larks as someone once said. Anyway, I digress. Would definitely return but count my cases on departure!
- 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