Fodor's Expert Review H1898
La Rambla 109, Barcelona, Catalonia 08002, Spain See on Map Fodor's Choice
Originally home to the Tobacos General Company of the Philippines (TGCP) and dating to 1890, the hotel actually takes it name from the last year of Spanish colonial rule in 1898. Despite its complicated historical implications, H1898 pays homage to its Philippine roots with stunning full-size portraits of the island nation throughout the building. Other touches from the past can also be seen – most especially in the spa – with original brick arches that used to be a coal bunker and is now a stunning relaxation oasis. Warm and cozy with a distinctly masculine vibe, this central spot is ideal for history buffs who want to be in the middle of the city.
Every Wednesday, the hotel hosts a unique walking tour of the Gothic Quarter. It’s free, so don’t miss out.
Rooms generally abandon any Philippine themes as they’re decorated simply with clean hardwood floors, striped headboards, lots of wood accents, and leather ottomans. Smart TVs are mounted on the walls and all come with Bluetooth speakers, and pillow menus. The suites are where the hotel really shines though as they have insane terraces with large private pools, sunbeds, and epic views.
Black or green marble is standard across the hotel bathrooms where you’ll also find shower/tub combos in every room as well as double vanities. Etro bath products are super nice.
The expansive lobby harkens back to Spain’s colonial past with zigzag brick floors, navy carpeting, deep leather sofas, and black & white day beds. The masculine-feeling space also has a 24-hour business center with computer terminals, along with work desks.
From 5-7pm every day, the hotel hosts a complimentary tea time in the lobby with tea, coffee, and pastries for all guests.
For hotel guests only, the rooftop pool has endless views and is just a small part of a giant rooftop terrace. Gray loungers along with red, white, and black daybeds surround the space that is ideal for long summer days in the sun.
In the summer the hotel hosts DJ sessions and live music nights on the rooftop. Ask the hotel ahead of time for a complete schedule of events.
Simply stunning, the basement spa feels like entering a different time period with red brick arches, a spacious hammam, and sauna and steam rooms. Open from 8am-9pm, there are also two cabins offering massages, wraps, skin treatments, and facials.
Close to the spa is the gym with tile floors, free weights, and TechnoGym machines with internet connections so you can get Instagram inspired while pumping iron.
El Nido is the main restaurant which is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and serves Mediterranean cuisine. The robust buffet has separate tables for fruit, cheese, pastries, meats, and cakes.
Named after a Philippine island, La Isabella is the rooftop terrace open from noon to 12:30 am and serves tapas, classic cocktails, and perfect views of the Barcelona Cathedral. The lobby bar is more a classic space with brown leather high tops and chairs and an impressive liquor collection.
It would be hard to find a more central location as this hotel is just off the famous Las Ramblas pedestrian street and within walking distance of some of the best attractions in the city. Las Ramblas cuts between the neighborhoods of Raval and the Gothic Quarter and gives you immediate access to dozens of great bars and restaurants. If you need to get further away, the Liceu metro station is only a few minutes south of the hotel and taxis are constantly canvassing the neighborhood.
No matter what, make it a point of hitting up La Boqueria (3-minute walk), one of the best open markets on the planet with food stalls and restaurants featuring every type of cuisine. If health food is on your mind, just a few minutes away is Flax & Kale (6-minute walk), which has the best vegan and vegetarian dishes in the city.
Cocktail and history fans should hit up Boadas Cocteleria (3-minute walk), the oldest cocktail spot in Barcelona. Another fun and super casual cocktail spot that’s popular with locals is Two Schmucks (4-minute walk), helmed by two very laid-back barmen.
WHY WE LIKE IT
There is a lot to love at this historic hotel. The location first and foremost is along Las Ramblas and ideal for seeing a lot that the city has to offer. Inside, the rooftop is truly special and if you come in the summer you’ll be treated to late night DJs and live music. Make sure you hit up the hammam as it’s a true relaxation spot to get you away from city life for a while. With a bunch of little perks – walking tours, tea times, and other charming goodies, this hotel is one of the few higher end options along this chaotic stretch of Barcelona.