Good Hotel Guide Review
Hotel 1898 once housed the headquarters of the Phillipines Tobacco Company (the name refers to the year Spain lost the Philippines as a colony) and the company’s initials are still engraved on the revolving glass doors onto La Rambla. A contemporary colonial style remains in the dark wooden floors and furniture, although amenities are very modern; rooms have ‘huge and comfortable beds, good lighting (once we’d worked it out!), and quiet but properly controllable aircon/heating’. All rooms have bathtubs; some face the interior courtyard and others look out onto the street. There’s a very good restaurant which sources its ingredients from nearby La Bouqueria market, with ‘lovely views out onto La Rambla, very comfortable chairs and tables well-spaced for privacy, and knowledgeable staff to help with the wine list’. The roof terrace, where an excellent breakfast is served in summer, has a pool and a cocktail bar, and there is a spa and larger pool in the basement. Staff ‘at the welcome and at all times were discreet but welcoming, and very efficient and helpful’.
109 Las Ramblas
00 34 9355 2955 2
Wi-Fi, air-conditioning, library, restaurant, bar, roof terrace, indoor and outdoor pool, spa, parking, room service, concierge.
All major cards accepted.
Standard double from €180–€250.