With friendly service and an enviable location in downtown Barcelona, the Gallery Hotel provides a comfortable base for exploring the city. Its contemporary design and rooftop pool add to its appeal.
Situated in the heart of Barcelona, the Hotel 1898 is a boutique property set in the former headquarters of the General Philippines Tobacco Company. Beautifully restored to all its colonial glory, the handsome building contains a majestic marble lobby that opens directly onto La Rambla and is less than five minutes’ walk from the Plaça de Catalunya.
Drawing on its august heritage, the decor throughout the property is one of stately elegance. Expect dark wooden floors, rich red or candy-striped walls and furnishings reminiscent of a gentlemen’s club. The corridors throughout are lined with evocative images of the Philippines, while the common spaces feature details such as historic models of tobacco ships or navigation charts. The 169 rooms continue to draw on the colonial style and all feature stylish, modern bathrooms.
Beneath the hotel you’ll find an extensive spa area and indoor swimming pool, however, the stand out feature of the hotel is the stylish rooftop cocktail bar and outdoor pool with panoramic views across the city. In the summer months it is also possible to enjoy your breakfast on the rooftop terrace.
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All the rooms at the Hotel 1898 are decorated in the same sumptuous colonial style as the rest of the hotel. While the smaller Classic rooms overlook the interior courtyard, the Superior rooms and above all overlook La Rambla, or surrounding streets. If you opt for a Deluxe room, you’ll also be able to enjoy your own private outdoor terrace. As well as Wi-Fi, air conditioning, flat screen TVs and minibars, all the rooms feature comfortable robes and slippers as well as a good range of bath amenities.
The location of the Hotel 1989 is convenient for exploring the heart of Barcelona and will place you right in the thick of things. The atmospheric lanes of the historic Gothic Quarter are just steps away, while the Plaça de Catalunya and L’Eixample with its Modernista architecture are within an easy five minute walk.
Food and drink
An impressive breakfast buffet is served each morning in the main restaurant overlooking La Rambla. Guests can choose from a wide selection of artisan meats and cheeses, pastries, cakes, fresh fruit and smoothies, while eggs cooked to order, tea, coffee and cava are all served to the table. In the evenings, the restaurant offers a creative menu of Catalan dishes as well as tapas or you can choose something from the light menu of snacks served on the roof terrace. During the summer months it is also possible to enjoy breakfast on the rooftop terrace.
Facilities and activities
As well as the rooftop pool, the hotel also boasts a relaxing basement spa complete with treatment rooms and a second indoor pool. If you chose to stay in, the hotel regularly shows classic movies in the lobby in the evenings.
In addition to its sophisticated styling we find the service at the Hotel 1898 to be warm and friendly. The buffet breakfast is also one of the best we have come across.
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Alternative places to stay nearby
Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favorite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.
Set in a historic building in central Barcelona, the Grand Hotel Central is a sophisticated option boasting elegant decor, comfortable rooms and a rooftop terrace that offers an unmatched panorama of Barcelona.
Surrounded by Modernist architecture in the vibrant Eixample district, H10 Casa Mimosa provides a stylish base for exploring Barcelona. This chic boutique hotel has a large central courtyard and plunge pool and offers views to Gaudí’s Casa Milà.
Vintage styling, comfortable rooms and a rooftop terrace and Jacuzzi make the H10 Montcada a worthy option, but its convenient location in the heart of Barcelona is the real draw.
Ideally located in the heart of Barcelona, the Hotel Colón offers comfortably modern rooms, a relaxing rooftop spa terrace, unrivaled views of the city’s central cathedral and easy access to all the main sights.
A historic boutique hotel offering chic contemporary decor and an intimate roof terrace, the small Hotel Neri is conveniently located yet offers a sense of peace and tranquillity away from the city crowds.
An elegant hotel in the heart of Barcelona’s fashionable Eixample district, the Majestic Hotel & Spa offers historic grandeur as well as all modern comforts. Service is impeccable and the rooftop terrace and pool are among the best in the city.
Incorporated into Barcelona’s ancient Roman walls, the Mercer Hotel employs a clever blend of original architecture and modern comfort and style. Its convenient location in the heart of the Gothic Quarter means many of Barcelona's attractions are within easy walking distance.
In the heart of one of Barcelona’s most vibrant districts, Ohla Eixample offers chic, modern rooms alongside Michelin-starred dining, a glorious roof terrace and pool, and a convenient location for exploring the city.
Experiences while staying here
The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.
Take off on two wheels and explore Barcelona by bicycle with the help of a local guide. You’ll discover the waterfront area of Barceloneta, ride along the winding narrow streets of the Gothic Quarter and visit some of the city’s main sights.
Journeying around the Penedès wine region, you’ll discover the home of cava, Spain’s sparkling wine, on this full-day guided tour. Learn about its history and production, and tour the Codorníu estate, before continuing on to Montserrat to see the basilica, one of Spain’s major pilgrimage sites.
This full-day private tour from Barcelona takes you to Figueres, Salvador Dalí’s hometown and the site of his surreal museum, as well as the historic city of Girona, with its Romanesque and Gothic buildings and Baroque cathedral.
The architecture and influence of legendary Modernist Antoni Gaudí are revealed on this guided half-day tour of Barcelona. You’ll visit three of his most renowned projects, rippling Casa Milà, his greenspace Park Güell and the Sagrada Família.
Learn to cook a traditional Spanish paella in Barcelona on this half-day course, which includes a visit to a local market. You’ll find out how to choose the best ingredients before putting them together in an engaging, hands-on day of activity.