While luxury may come at a price, the type of luxury offered by Hotel 1898 is worth splurging on. Like being in the heart of the action? Look no further. Located on the buzzing Las Ramblas, the hotel has soundproofed all its windows, letting guests soak in the street’s energy while still maintaining a peaceful atmosphere.
Named for the year in which the final Spanish colonies—Cuba and the Philippines—gained independence, the decor incorporates a contemporary twist on colonial-chic. Heavy on striped patterns and dark woods, the building was the former headquarters of the Compañía de Tabacos de Filipinas.
If your nights out on the town are taking their toll, head to one of the hotel’s two pools (outdoor or indoor, take your pick) or one of their two libraries. Not enough? Try a spa treatment.