Located just off the famed Las Ramblas strip in the heart of Barcelona, the Hotel 1898 is a luxurious throw-back to the opulence of Spain’s 19th-century empire era. Set within the former headquarters of the Philippines Tobacco corporation, there is an understated glamour-meets-rustic chic feel with exposed brick walkways, whirring ceiling fans and bold stripe printed furnishings throughout the lobby. The hotel’s lovely rooftop lounge bar is one of the most beautiful terraces in the city, with gorgeous sweeping views over the downtown Las Ramblas area. The fashionable, see-and-be-seen crowd can be found sipping cocktails on the surrounding teak sun beds during summer months. Guests can also enjoy a beautiful stone indoor pool, sauna and steam room, along with a modern spa and fitness centre with all manner of modern treatments and therapies. Although the rooms err on the small side, they are nonetheless well proportioned, highly comfortable and best of all soundproof. The Hotel 1898 is one of the most popular luxury hotels in Barcelona and has an indulgent price tag to match.