If you're looking for an hotel on the Rambla in the centre of Barcelona, convenient to the airport bus stop & the ever open tourist office in the Placa Catalunya just 250 metres away, close to Metro and bus links generally, then the 1898 cannot be bettered. Criticism that the hotel isn't quiet is unfair, given the noise from the Rambla below my balcony, the proximity of the metro rail running almost beneath the building & the neighbouring church bell, the hotel is a relative haven of peace within an almost frantically busy city and everything possible has been done to isolate visitors from the external distractions. Walking into this neo-colonial haven resplendent with wood floors, tasteful & expensive furnishing and large model trading ships, sea charts on the walls and large monochrome photographic murals, rooms with vast comfortable beds, quality bedding & dark green marble bathrooms; the guest is encouraged to rest & relax; sunglasses so essential outside can certainly be discarded. It's astounding that this is a four star hotel, albeit a prestige or premium grade, given the added politeness, quality and language expertise of all staff I encountered, so much effort is made at every level to please the client that it surely merits a five star crown in due course. Certainly the facilities, the rooftop terraces, pool & bar, sunlounge areas & seating are astounding, matching even the finest penthouse standard, with breakfast optional on the roof for a mere ten euros extra. Yet it was hard to resist using the calming restaurant area in the morning, overlooking the Rambla; breakfast facilities are generous & expansive with guests from all parts of the world being able to secure a satisfactory start to the day. For those who wish to snack quickly, or guests who like to gorge on many courses, there's no hurry for breakfast & staff are continually attentive & efficient and although breakfast is twenty-five euros, I had a deal whereby breakfast was included, either way it's generous, freshly prepared & diverse. The subterranean spa & pool area is quiet, well laid out, more than suitable for guests to relax in peace or to enjoy the facilities, the gymnasium, adding to the general tranquility & exclusivity of the atmosphere. The free wi-fi & computer access is impressive as most hotels are only too pleased to charge heavily for the privilege & it's evident that there are impressive conference facilities afforded to the business user. The bathroom is impressively stocked with toiletries, robes, free carpet slippers, grooming items & the room well provisioned with an impressive wooden box of notepaper and stationery, tea & coffee making facilities, quality bottled water, one has the distinct impression that everything conceivable is afforded to the guest without the usual extra charges attatched to so many quality hotel visits. Although the 1898 is not inexpensive, it offers amazing value for money where so much is on offer at no additional charge and when it's not fully booked, as it often is & deserves so to be, there are some great offers to be realised. My own experience of a superior room with balcony oevrlooking the Rambla added greatly to the quality of my visit; I was so impressed I attempted to book another night or two but there were no vacancies. Having stayed in some of the best hotels around the world, from New York most recently to Hanoi, Singapore and Paris, amongst other places, here in Barcelona is an hotel where it's genuinely difficult to find criticism & where you can find peace, friendly intelligent & multi-lingual staff, genuine professional courtesy & respect for guests at every level. The tasteful treatment of the historic building is a credit to the hotel management & will best suit the guest whose idea of a good hotel is far removed from concrete and glass and vast impersonal global corporate ugliness. Enjoy, I did.
- Also Known As:
- 1898 Hotel Barcelona
- Hotel 1898 Barcelona
- 1898 Barcelona
- 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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