H1898

La Rambla 109, Barcelona, Catalonia, 08002, Spain

Overlooking La Rambla, this imposing mansion, once the headquarters of the Compañiá General de Tabacos de Filipinas, couldn't be better located—especially for opera fans, with the Liceu just around the corner. Named for the fateful year when Spain was stripped of its final colonial outposts (the Philippines among them), the hotel's elegance evokes those bygone imperial days. The lobby spaces are spectacular, with marble barrel vaults and coffered ceilings, stained glass and subdued lighting, sink-in comfortable leather armchairs and sofas. The spa, on the lower level, is equally spectacular: the pool is in a brick-vaulted grotto, originally a drying-room for the tobacco, discovered when the space was being remodeled. Rooms have free Wi-Fi, hardwood floors, and high ceilings. The huge roof deck, with bar and chill-out pavilions, and heated pool, affords wonderful 360-degree views of Montjuïc, the Mediterranean, and the Barrí Gòtic.

PROS

  • impeccable service
  • ideal location for exploring the Barri Gòtic
  • the Library lounge: sweet smell of success

CONS

  • subway rumble discernible in lower rooms on the Rambla side
  • no pets

Location

QUICK FACTS

Hotel
Historical, Service
Sophisticated
Central
Grande Dame

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 93-552–9552

HOTEL DETAILS

166 rooms, 3 suites
Rate Includes: No meals

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