Housed in a magnificent 19th century mansion, which was built for the Lopez y Lopez family and later became the HQ for the Filipino Tobacco Company, the hotel derives it's name from the year that the Philippines gained independence from Spain - 1898. Aside from the privilege of staying in one of the best-looking buildings on Las Ramblas, guests of Hotel 1898 can enjoy plenty of other treats besides, such as a dip in their rooftop terrace swimming pool, a steam bath, massage or work out in their spa and gym, or, for the more erudite visitor, a browse through their library. Although the rooms are not the biggest, Hotel 1898 didn't earn its reputation as one of the finest spots in Barcelona for nothing and there's a touch of class about each suite as well of course as standard four-star amenities, such as WiFi, and several first-rate bars and restaurants, which offer a seasonal tapas menu. For quality and comfort in the centre, this one's hard to beat.
Stunning. What more can I say? The best location and service you could hope for and magical views from on top of the hotel. The staff spoke excellent English and made us feel very welcome.
reviewed by Otis from United States on Jan.26.2011
THere's no doubt that Hotel 1898 is a fine hotel, however the staff were a little aloof and being on Las Ramblas it was rather noisy at times. We did enjoy the views from the rooftop, especially at sunset, however for a more relaxing stay I might be tempted to find a hotel slightly off Las Ramblas for our next visit to Barcelona.
reviewed by Ian Jenkins from United Kingdom on Nov.17.2009