Too many times us Americans are warned about how different European hotels can be. This was not the case with Hotel 1898, a boutique hotel in La Rambla. My father and I stayed her for 5 nights in February, and had an incredible time.
The hotel itself is just 10 meters off La Rambla, putting you right into the action, without the noise. I had heard that this area was not very safe, but I have to totally disagree; it was completely fine and we had zero problems. The hotel bar is very cozy, with couches and warm colors. The overall decor of the hotel is very mellow, with warm striped wallpaper and large black/white nature photos. It exuded class and comfort, without being invasive.
We ate at the restaurant in the hotel, as well as the bar. Both were fantastic!! I would recommend this restaurant even if you are not staying at the hotel, it was that good. The service and the quality of the food was outstanding. I am getting hungry just thinking about it!
The rooms are very nice, with very high end amenities and lighting system. There is not much TV in english, but who really cared. The room was peaceful and allowed for a great rest after sightseeing.
The downstairs pool and spa are really unique. Its like going to relax in an underground cave! I could have spent hours in here, it was really and excellent way to unwind after a long day. We didn't take advantage of the spa, but it looked very inviting. There is also a small gym for working out. All at no extra charge. Since it was winter, we did not visit the rooftop pool.
I would like to come back again in summer, and I would absolutely stay here again. Excellent!
- 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
- 1898 Barcelona