The suite at Caro Hotel, Valencia | Courtesy of Caro Hotel | Photo courtesy of Caro Hotel, Valencia
Spain’s third city, Valencia, might not be the most obvious choice for a romantic getaway, but with its atmospheric Old Town, cosy restaurants and endless beaches, it makes the perfect destination for a long weekend. Plus, it has plenty of stylish hotels where you can relax and indulge. Here’s our pick of the best in town.
Hotel Caro, València
Caro Hotel, Valencia | Photo courtesy of Caro Hotel, Valencia
Whisk your loved one away to this luxurious boutique retreat in the magical setting of a 19th-century palace. The building, and many of its rooms, feature all kinds of incredible original design features, from Arabic stonework to gothic arches and beamed ceilings. But it’s now a modern hideaway with contemporary interior design touches, as well as air conditioning and soundproofing. Right in the heart of Valencia, you can take a romantic stroll through the cobbled streets to see the nearby cathedral.
Indulge at this tranquil hotel complete with spa, pool, cocktail lounge and gourmet restaurant. Set across two renovated 19th-century buildings at the edge of the Old Town, the hotel has spacious rooms overlooking pretty courtyards. It’s just a short walk to all the main sights, and the green Turia Gardens are on the doorstep.
HolaHotel is the perfect choice if you prefer to stay right in the heart of bohemian El Carmen, a part of the Old Town famous for its edgy nightlife, vibrant street art and vintage shopping. This small, stylish hotel in the middle of the neighbourhood has modern rooms, some with great views over the city. It also has a restaurant and a rooftop sun terrace complete with hot tub and pool.
Sophisticated and stylish, this boutique hotel is in the heart of the fashionable Canovas district, surrounded by upscale shops and chic cafés. Well-equipped rooms feature designer furnishings and wooden floors, and guests can also unwind in the fitness centre and sauna after a long day of shopping and sightseeing. For a really romantic night out, take in a classical concert at the nearby Palau de la Música.
If you’re looking for the perfect beachfront stay, this charming little hotel is located right on the promenade by Valencia’s stunning Playa de las Arenas beach, alongside numerous beach bars and paella restaurants. Bag one of their stylish suites with sea views and relax in the Jacuzzi after a long day of swimming and sunbathing, or go for a romantic stroll around the port and see the city’s atmospheric old fishing quarter, El Cabanyal.