Spain’s third city is a lively, youthful metropolis which trades on its stand-out food and beaches. These are the best hotels in Valencia.
A big city with a big heart, Valencia is famous for its food (like the legendary paella) and its festivals. The Roman architecture of the Old Town contrasts with Santiago Calatrava’s otherworldly modernism at the City of Arts and Sciences. This port city buzzes with trade, tourism and business – but its beaches are where everyone goes to relax at the weekend.
This hipster hangout is popular with locals, so you know it’s going to be good. The throngs come to its Ramirez Bar to enjoy forward-facing tapas, like spinach and quinoa croquetas (Spain’s grandmas will be turning in their graves). So, if you like to congregate with the cognoscenti, this is the place. The effortlessly cool “flats” above include all mod cons, like bijou kitchens and sofas, making this a very enjoyable place to stay.
Impressive interiors, which are far beyond what many people even have at home, mark out this quality design hotel. With white walls and gold accents, this chic hotel sits in the heart of Valencia, close to City Hall and the Central Market. Book their top restaurant downstairs for a casual dinner – plus the breakfast eggs are a must-have.
If you are active, the Opera House B&B is perfect. In summer, an outdoor pool is perfect for lengths. During the rest of the year, you can go running in the next-door park, which stretches along the former Turia River bed. Inside, the Opera House features warm, neutral decor in its rooms as well as a continental breakfast each morning.
Cities like Valencia can be overwhelming, but respite comes in the form of shaded gardens. If you love foliage and the outdoors, then City Garden’s terrace, decked out with trailing plants and cute potted plants, will elevate the spirits. Don’t miss a glass of the famous Valencia orange juice out here at breakfast time – they also serve other seasonal Spanish fruits.
History oozes from every pore of the Caro Hotel – the 12th-century Arabian tower, Gothic walls, Roman basement – all come together with modern design touches to create a one-off luxury hotel that will impress. Every room is unique with wooden beams, rustic stone walls and sleek minimal furnishings. It’s all topped off with the Michelin-star Sucede restaurant, developed by El Bulli alumnus Miguel Ángel Mayor – it’s famous for its local eels.
If you like it lively, there’s no better neighbourhood to call home than Ruzafa. Cantagua is a great value hostel right in the thick of the action here, with numerous bars, cafés and live music venues all around. Inside, there are cosy mixed and female-only dorms. You can hire bikes from reception to explore the city.
This 19th-century palace has the ‘wow’ factor. Set on one of Valencia’s premier boulevards, Navarro Reverter, it has been converted into a high-end hotel that dazzles from the moment you enter the huge lobby with its grand staircase. Architecture buffs will enjoy exploring the nooks of the building and bedding down in the large rooms replete with original features. The Bodyna spa – including a sauna and pool – rounds the hotel off in a luxurious manner.
Refined design hotel Helen Berger brings chic rooms and playful public spaces to the cool La Seu neighbourhood. If you like art and design, you’ll be in your element inside the hotel, plus there are classy boutiques and bars nearby. Unsurprisingly, their Instagram feed is lively, with plenty of social media cool cats checking in here and taking photos of the delectable cuisine. Think steak with chimichurri sauce and red tuna poke bowls.
The cloud-skimming rooftop terrace and pool is one of the highlights of the Vincci Mercat Hotel. If you want to mix a city break with “fly and flop” relaxation, this is exactly the place to do it. A central Valencia location near the Old Town’s market on Carrer de la Llanterna, masculine dark decor and a late bar complete this picture.