|Reservation information for the Hotel 1898|
Hotel 1898 has a long list of facilities available to those staying in all categories of rooms. I was stunned by the pampering opportunities available. Downstairs there is a spa, sauna and steam bath. There is also a brand new gym and an underground pool. On the roof of the building, seven floors up, a heated pool and terrace area overlook the rooftops of Barcelona and provide views of the city.
The restaurant on the first floor overlooks the Ramblas. A breakfast buffet is available, although not included in the room price. The dinner menu is typically Spanish with some exotic twists. Expect to pay high prices for the luxury, with mains starting at €17.00 .
The staff at the concierge are helpful- they are willing to answer endless questions and offer a range of personal services. They do not provide Currency Exchange, however there are numerous opportunities for this on La Rambla.
To me Hotel 1898 gave the impression of being a hotel that focuses heavily on catering for business trips and conferences. Throughout the hotel there are several function rooms- detailed below, there is also a formal atmosphere amongst the staff in the way in which they talk to customers. For couples or families looking for accommodation, this may lessen its appeal.
There are seven large function rooms overlooking the Ramblas. There are also five meeting rooms providing television, fax and telephone points, a sound system, broadband and internet.
Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel for free. There is also a library and business centre where books and computers are available 24 hours per day.
The hotel's 'Classic Rooms' are designed to be suitable for disabled customers. They provide separate twins beds and a low bath. The also have doors wide enough for wheelchairs. There is wheelchair access to the building at the main entrance on Calle Pintor Fortuny and lifts to all floors.
There are six categories of room at the hotel. These vary from the standard room, described as 'Classic', to the 'Suite Colonial' with its own private pool and terrace.
The Classic Room faces the hotel inner courtyard, meaning that peace and quiet at night time may make up for the lack of view- La Rambla can be a noisy street at night. Despite double glazing on all windows, the hotel advise that those who want to ensure that they are in the quietest rooms should request a room without views of La Rambla. The Superior rooms are slightly more expensive than the classic rooms and provide a view of the Gothic Quarter. This is Barcelona's legendary old town and is renowned for its historic, narrow and busy streets.
The rooms include all of the usual facilities that you would expect, also providing dressing gowns and slippers. Every bathroom contains a full bath and shower.
The 1898 hotel is located on La Rambla. This means that once you step your foot out of the hotel you will be immersed in a lively and bustling street, full of street performers, stalls and cafes. It also ensures that you are never far from essentials such as cash machines, a pharmacy and a large supermarket. This may not appeal to those who are looking for a more relaxing break to the city.
The hotel is situated 2 minutes walk from Europe's famous food market, the Boqueria. This provides an opportunity to buy a picnic lunch or simply spy the weird and wonderful fruits, seafood and meats on offer.
|El Lobo Restaurant- Behind Hotel 1898|
The hotel has a second entrance on Calle Pintor Fortuny - a more peaceful route into the heart of Raval. This area is well known for being cutting edge and bohemian. With a wide array of independent bars and cafes, design shops and galleries, it is a good place to get lost for an afternoon. It is also home to the CCCB and MACBA- two of Barcelona's more modern galleries.
Situated directly below the hotel is a Starbucks café. There is also a Custo Barcelona Women's clothes store- a popular clothing store renowned for it's distinctive Barcelona style.
If you fancy somewhere more original for lunch, the El Lobo café at the back exit of the building, offers a fresh and airy space and a three course lunch for only €12.00 . This is a good value and quality alternative to the restaurants that you may encounter if you head straight onto La Rambla on leaving the hotel.
The advanced booking transfers below are independent of the the public transport system. This means if there is a public transport strike these services will continue to operate as normal and you will not be affected by the strike action.
Minibus shared transfer (advanced reservation required)
A shared minibus transfer option is cheaper than the private transfer. You would need to make your way to designated meeting point at the airport.
Private transfer (advanced reservation required)
With a private transfer service the driver will be waiting for you at your arrivals gate. He will have a board or a sign with your name on it so that you can easily identify him. The driver will help you with your bags to the vehicle and then drive you to your hotel.
Via Taxi: A taxi from the airport should take about 25 minutes and cost around €25.00 - €30.00 .
Via Train: The RENFE train leaves the airport every half an hour and will take you to Passeig de Gràcia in about 25 minutes. A single ticket costs €4.10 . The hotel is about 20 minutes walk from the station. Alternatively, you can take The Green Line, L3 to Liceu Metro on the Ramblas. The hotel 1898 is two minutes walk from here.
Via Bus: Take the 'Aerobus ' to Plaça de Catalunya from directly outside the airport. The Aerobus generally runs every 10 - 15 minutes and the journey time is 30 minutes. The hotel is 5 minutes walk from Plaça de Catalunya.
Built in 1881, Hotel 1898 is classic and stylish. Located on the Ramblas its spacious relaxedness is a welcome respite from Barcelona's bustle. Catering for business people and honeymooners alike, the facilities on offer and central location justify the high prices.
Hotel 1898 (4 Star)
La Rambla, 109
08002 Barcelona, España.
Tel: +34 93 552 9552
Fax: +34 93 552 9550
Metro: Liceu (Green Line, L3)