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“Pleasant hotel, could be improved by more service-oriented staff”
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Hotel 1898
Ranked #26 of 512 Hotels in Barcelona
Certificate of Excellence
Toronto, Canada
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“Pleasant hotel, could be improved by more service-oriented staff”
Reviewed June 4, 2012

I took my mother to Hotel 1898 to celebrate her 60th birthday in January 2012. We stayed 3 nights in a Superior room, twin beds, non-smoking. The room we were allocated was clean and pleasant, with a ‘Juliet’ balcony on the corner, overlooking the side street and La Rambla. The room was small, certainly by US standards, but fairly typical for a European hotel, and was well laid out, with somewhere to sit in addition to the bed. We had an issue with the hot water during out stay. At first, I suspect the staff thought we were being obtuse as to working the hot water and were quite dismissive (it isn’t a straightforward tap, but it is one which we have come across in the past and were using correctly) and it took two days for the water to be fixed to allow us to have hot baths (versus lukewarm showers). I felt that there was no sense of urgency – in other hotels when there have been plumbing issues they have sent someone up within minutes – at 1898 it took several phone calls and two front desk visits to have it remedied which I don’t feel is acceptable for a hotel of this calibre.

We ate breakfast each morning at the hotel. It certainly isn’t a cheap option (there are far more inexpensive options a stone’s throw from the hotel if you are budget conscious) but the breakfast was lavish, and allowed us to skip lunch, thus pretty good value for us. Omelettes cooked to order are very good, cava and fresh juices to drink are a treat, and there is a good selection of meats and cheeses, fruit, cereals as well as cooked breakfast items. Service was efficient, if not warm, and the décor in the dining room was lovely.

For our purposes, and in January, the location of the hotel was excellent – central, easy walking distance to shops, restaurants, the metro, and even all the way down to the harbour area. In January, there is some life, but certainly not high levels of noise – compared to the rest of the city, it was rather nice have some vendors on La Rambla (delicious pastries and ice cream), and both locals and tourists walking around in the evening – other parts of the city were very dead in comparison. However, I suspect the pleasant level of activity in winter could become unbearable in summer, and certainly what we did, in leaving the window open all night long, probably wouldn’t be possible in the summer with higher noise levels.

We had some wonderful weather the days we were in Barcelona, and I took advantage of it, having a sunset swim in the rooftop pool. The pool is very small, but on a January evening, I was the only person up there, and it was magical, watching the sun set over the beautiful buildings of the city. The pool was officially open, but I had to bring my own towel up with me, something that could easily be remedied by the hotel by having a stand of towels beside the elevator. Again, I imagine in the height of summer it would be a very different experience, but for me it was perfect. (Note, the bar etc. was not open in January). My mother, on the other hand, didn’t brave an outdoor swim, and instead swam in the basement pool. It was a pretty ‘grotto’ pool, but unfortunately, they had not put the underwater lights on, and my mother bashed her leg very hard on a protruding ledge (the pool is set up with bubble beds etc. within the pool which, given the darkness of the grotto, without the underwater lights, are hard to see). I watched a couple of other people do exactly the same thing as my mother – the lights really should be on all the time from a safety point of view.

The business centre is a nice touch, you are able to do your online check in and print off boarding passes, which is very useful. Security appears to be taken seriously, with key cards needed to access all the floors – however, each guest had to use their key for their floor, which was a little cumbersome in a full elevator.

All in all a pleasant hotel, in a good location, at least for a winter-time visit. The staff could be more service-oriented, as well as friendlier with a smile, and address concerns more promptly.

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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 1, 2012

Hotel 1898 is a stylish, luxury hotel in a bustling area of Barcelona, right on La Rambla. It has all the amenities you would expect and more: a spa, an upscale bar, Wifi, and a rooftop pool and bar which is for good reason very popular (though not overcrowded). However, my husband and I simply didn't love the location. It was definitely a great jumping off point for getting familiar with the city and seeing the major sights, but it was loud and we often felt like we were walking out of our hotel and into Times Square. The room was also the smallest room we stayed in during our trip to Spain.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 31, 2012

I can't say anything that as not all ready be said. Hotel 1898 is wonderful, I have no hesitation in recommending this hotel, it certainly ticks all the boxes.
Having just flown back from a holiday in Florida we then flew to Barcelona two days later! it took us a little time to get into the slower, relaxed service that is standard in Europe.
I do think hotels need to ask them selves why so many guests eat out and dont make use of the hotel restaurants. May be an offer, early bird, complimentary drink etc would entice guests in.
We used the Areo Bus from Barcelona Airport which at 6 Euros pp is excellent value. Hotel 1898 is a two minute walk from the bus terminal.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Athens, Greece
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed May 29, 2012

First of all, the hotel is on La Rambla (main street of barcelona) just 200m from Catalunya Sq. It is therefore, easy to come back and rest if someone is tired from too much sightseeing! The barri gotic (area with most bars and restaurants) is just across the street. No need for taxi! The service is great, the athmospere of the hotel very relaxing and quiet. Another great plus is the terrasse and the great cocktails one can have in the evenings.....no need to find a bar if you are tired!

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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Miami, Florida
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Reviewed May 29, 2012

As a first time visitor, I wanted a hotel centrally located because I was afraid of staying too far away from attractions. I didn't know the night-life around las ramblas was so bad though... lots of prostitutes and men selling "beer" which was a cover for other illicit items.

The hotel itself is gorgeous, the roof top amazing, and we loved it. It was VERY VERY expensive so get ready to pay! I wouldn't stay again because of the price and location, there are many other better spots in barcelona.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with friends
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Atlanta, Georgia
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Reviewed May 29, 2012

You will pay for the luxuries, but it is a great experience. The rooms are nice and bright with high ceilings and wonderful bathrooms. The rooftop pool area is very nice. A great Oasis away from the bustle of Barcelona. The underground spa is serene and beautiful as well. The hotel itself is located right on Las Ramblas and steps away from the metro line. There is a nice bar inside and a Starbuck's adjacent to the hotel.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed May 28, 2012

Stayed there for a wedding anniversary... took a privilege room. Fantastically spacious and with great beds very large. Furniture is very stylish, service is good (room cleaning is efficient and discrete, bar tenders at the top floor are swift and make good cocktails, reception desk is professional and friendly even though firm if needed but that is there job).

Overall this hotel is very well managed. The location is great, even if it is very central the cut from city to hotel is very clear you immediately feel at peace.

what would make that hotel excellent in mind ? a big swimming pool, a better spa (beware this is not super pro. spa and they get booked very quickly), bigger lounge on ground floor, bar on top floor with a bit more space... but you are in the heart of barcelona, steps from barrio gothico etc... if you want what I just described you will have to go far from the city center !!!

Room Tip: All rooms seem very well maintained, but classic rooms, on the inside patio seemed very small when I...
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Hotel 1898
Address: La Rambla, 109, 08001 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:
#1 Business Hotel in Barcelona
#5 Spa Hotel in Barcelona
#6 Romantic Hotel in Barcelona
#13 Family Hotel in Barcelona
#24 Luxury 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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