My husband and I just got back from Spain. Hotel 1898 was just as expected from the other tripadvisor reviews and the hotel website. We were in Room 401, a Classic corner unit. The room itself was well-appointed. The decor was quite sophisticated, in dark green, wood, and silver hardware. The bed was larger than the ones in the other hotels we stayed in during our trip. I would consider it a true king. The air conditioning worked perfectly. Wireless internet was free. As for toiletries, from what I can remember, you're provided with tooth brushes, a shaving kit, shower cap, comb, shampoo, lotion, body wash, and two pairs of slippers. The room has some neat technology. The mirror in the bathroom does not fog up. The light switch has various levels of intensity (regular, welcome, reading, relax, etc.). Room 401 has a small balcony (less than a foot in width so you can't go out there). There is no view. They provide one bottle of water upon check-in. However, all other water is from the mini bar, which is not free. No irons are provided.
There are two swimming pools, one on the roof top and another on the bottom floor. The one on the bottom floor looks just like what you see on the website pictures. The roof top pool is kind of small. Although the pools are heated, we skipped the upstairs pool b/c it was too cold and rainy. Even if you don't go swimming in the roof top pool, the roof top deck is definitely worth checking out. The set up is nice and the views are amazing. There is a bar up there. (However, it wasn't open when we were there. Probably b/c it was too cold.) I can imagine that during warmer weather it would be very cool to hang out up there. There is a fitness room & spa. Unfortunately, we didn't have time to check out either. The fitness room did look well equipped with up-to-date machines. The spa also looked very nice.
The hotel is located in a great spot. It is close to the Metro and right in the midst of all the fun on the Rambla. From the hotel we were able to walk to most sights. (My husband and I are walkers.) We did take the metro to Sagrada Familia. From Sagrada Familia, we walked a ways and caught a bus to Parc Gruell. We never got to Barceloneta, so I cannot attest to whether that distance is walkable. Judging from the map however, I'm sure it would have been fine.
Our favorite places in Barcelona were the Picasso Museum, our self-tour of Gaudi's work (which, included Park Gruell, Sagrada Familia, & the homes on the Block of Discord), and the Catalan Concert Hall. The Concert Hall is beautiful. You can buy tickets for a tour during the day. Or, you can do what we did...We bought the cheapest tickets ($29/person) for a classic guitar concert at night. It was one of the most memorable moments we had in Barcelona.
We used Rick Steves as our guide.
- 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
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