Let's start with the negatives, which were few and far between. First thing of note is that the rooms do not come equipped with, nor does the hotel offer irons or ironing boards(they do offer a press service for a fee). So be prepared if you worry your clothes may get wrinkled in transit. Also, I felt as though I could hear any and everything going on outside my door in the hallway. Was never really loud or disruptive, but I could hear the going ons. Still minor issues that did not take away from my overall experience during my 6 days in the hotel.
The location is IDEAL for those looking to tour the city of Barcelona. Located on La Rambla, and near numerous metro stops, we couldn't ask to be in a better position. With that said, we were worried about street noise at night. We expressed this in our room request and were accommodated with a room facing the opposite direction, and we're NEVER disturbed by any of the commotion down on La Rambla. The hotel is also approximately a 5 minute from Pl. Catalunya the last stop for the Aerobus from the airport. We found this a very comfortable and cost efficient way to get to and from the city center.
We booked through the Hotel 1898 website and they immediately reached out to confirm, and discuss any issues. The staff was at all times professional, helpful and pleasant, both through email and in person. And you should note that everyone who we ever encountered at the front desk spoke perfect English, which we found very helpful.
I can not rave enough about the roof deck pool and bar. We were slightly disappointed in the beaches of Barcelona, and my wife and I do not know what we would have done without that roof pool. It offered AMAZING views of the city, and was extremely relaxing. And again at no point were we disturbed by street noise. We only ate up there once, and the menu did leave a little to be desired, but again such a small detail. Trust me, even if you choose not to stay at the hotel, make your way up to the roof one night for cocktails and light fare just to take in the view's.
So the pool up top is great for laying out and getting some sun, cocktails and terrific views of the city. Well the pool down in the spa is fantastic as well, especially after a day of walking the city. The heated pool and its jets were ideal after a long day taking in the sights. It's suppose to be for those over the age of 14, and trust me its annoying whenever(happened twice during our stay)someone brought kids in. When your trying to relax the last thing you need is a kid splashing and making noise. Typically I'd have no issues with this as pools should be fun, but this pool was not put in place for those type of activities. We also took advantage of the sauna and steam room located down in the spa. We did not spring for any of the massage packages as they were pretty pricey. But after a few long days in the city we did seriously consider giving in.
Lastly is the look and feel of the hotel. I loved the dim lighting, black and white photo's and comfy leather furniture throughout. Always had light music in the background and I swear that they pumped cologne(not overbearing in the least)into the building. Whenever you walked through the doors you were instantly removed from the hustle and bustle of the busy streets just outside. We stayed in a superior room, which by American standards is small, but two people with a weeks worth of luggage and we were more than comfortable. On first appearance the bed would not look all that comfy, but when I got back to the states I was missing my pillow from the hotel, it was that good. Rooms were always cleaned and they offered a turn down service each night.
If ever back in Barcelona I wouldn't look to stay anywhere else, and will recommend Hotel 1898 to any, and all going into the city.
- 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