Hotel 1898 in Barcelona is more than just a luxury hotel, it is a reminder of the complicated relationship we shared with what was once the “Motherland”. If the year 1898 sounds familiar, it’s because it is the year we gained our independence from Spain, and the name of the hotel is a nod to just that.

POSTED BY JENNIE CELDRAN

Touchdown Barcelona. We chose Hotel 1898 specifically because of the Philippine connection. Barcelona has many hotels and apartments but we had our hearts set on Hotel 1898. How could we resist the chance to stay in what was once the headquarters of The Philippine Tobacco Company. Normally, this luxury boutique hotel would be beyond our budget, but because we travelled in winter, we were able to get off season rates! So, there are perks to traveling in the dead of winter after all!

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One word to describe the hotel. Handsome. Lots of leather and wood gives it a very masculine feel. For Pinoys like us though, the enormous black & white photos all around the hotel will astound. Why? because they are blow ups of salakot hats, rambutan, Igorot women, capiz windows, coconut trees and many other distinctly Filipino objects and vistas.

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A Filipino farmer at the restaurant
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Capiz windows at the breakfast buffet
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Igorots in the hallway
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Rambutan in the room
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Salakot in the lounge

The theme is repeated in hallways, guest rooms, even in the basement spa where one can relax in the heated pool while gazing at the Banaue Rice Terraces. The photos are elegant and beautiful and it makes one proud to be Filipino.

So more about the hotel, the rooms are on the small side and no two rooms are the same in terms of colour combination. I shared a room with the other half of the  Traveling Titas  for the first leg of our trip. Our room was Hunter green with dark wood accents. We took a peek at the other rooms occupied by the rest of our group, true enough bold and sophisticated, Oxford blue and a deep Burgundy. The toiletries are by Etro, very posh indeed! We know how Titas judge a hotel by its toiletries!

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Etro Toiletries

What about location? Excellent. Right smack in the middle of La Rambla, a few steps from La Boqueria. We didn’t get to try the hotel restaurant so I can’t write about that. We did discover a restaurant called Luzia in the same building as the hotel. We liked it so much that we ate there twice. Luzia is a rustic, stylish restaurant that serves wonderful hearty meals.

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Luzia

So, what else did 6 moms do in Barcelona in the heart of winter? Plenty! Read about it in our next post about our Barcelona adventure. To be continued!!

To read how we got here click on Winter in Spain with the girls.

Click here to book Hotel 1898.

Hotel photos are from the Hotel 1898 website.