The Best Cultural Hotels to Book In Valencia

The Westin Valencia is a sophisticated city centre locale blending old and new
The Westin Valencia is a sophisticated city centre locale blending old and new | Courtesy of The Westin Valencia / Expedia
Matt Charlton

From its Roman beginnings as Valentia Edetanorum to its futuristic science centre in the bed of the drained River Turia, Valencia has long been a hotbed of culture. These city hotels put culture at the forefront with art displays, views and an excellent location.

One of the cultural and aesthetic big-hitters on the Costa Blanca, Valencia is home to both historic and contemporary gems. From the city’s gothic and Moorish architecture to the City of Arts and Sciences complex with its futuristic structures, there are also several beautiful beaches and wetland areas nearby. Add to that superb gastronomy, a wonderful climate and friendly locals and there’s no need to leave the city walls. Luckily, these hotels sit well within them.

1. Hostal Antigua Morellana

Independent Hotel

A bright lobby area at Hostal Antigua Morellana, with orange sofas, a rug, wooden table, chairs and reception desk
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Located in the historical centre of Valencia, you’ll find this family-run hostel close to the Central Market and La Loja de la Seda, a world heritage site, although with friendly and comfortable private rooms, it’s really more of a hotel than a hostel. Valencia has been the centre of invasion and defence for centuries and staying here, you’ll be minutes away from the Arab, Roman and Christian walls that once guarded the old city.

2. One Shot Mercat 09

Boutique Hotel

A bedroom at One Shot Mercat with a wooden floor, cushioned bed, exposed brick wall, desk and chair
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Located in the heart of Valencia’s old town, this four-star boutique hotel combines an avant-garde design with cosy, comfortable and functional accommodation. Impressive, astute design permeates the hotel, with sleek finishings and designer touches incorporating rustic architecture, giving you a sense of the ancient city surrounding you. It also embraces the contemporary buzz of Valencia, with temporary art exhibitions integrated into the hotel’s decor. There is also the added bonus of an outdoor pool.

4. Hotel El Siglo

Independent Hotel

The ideal base from which to soak up the rich Valencian culture, as famous landmarks, scenic plazas and picturesque walkways surround this beautiful hotel. It was built in 1836 and used to be a local gathering place where people shared gossip over a horchata (a warm nut- or rice-milk drink). The hotel offers rooms with large windows and balconies overlooking the city. There’s a cosy restaurant/bar with patio dining, plus a shared lounge.

5. Hotel Hospes Palau de la Mar

Boutique Hotel, Chain Hotel, Spa Hotel, Hotel

An indoor pool at Hotel Hospes Palau de la Mar, next to dark wooden panelling and sun loungers
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Heading to Valencia? Then why not stay in a listed palace? This gorgeous building used to be a large stately home in the 19th century and sits on one of the city’s most central streets. The hotel has retained original features, balancing their importance with modern design and luxury and the rooms are decorated with warm colour schemes and contemporary furniture on hardwood floors.

6. Hotel Caro

Boutique Hotel, Hotel

This hotel’s name may translate as ‘expensive’ from the Spanish, but this five-star former palace gives you plenty of bang for your buck. Even the most basic rooms are elegant and beautifully finished, while the top tier bedroom is an old ballroom no less, with the modern perfectly complimenting the golden coving and ceiling murals. The hotel is less than 1km (0.6mi) from the nearest metro station, a five-minute walk from Valencia Cathedral and a 10-minute walk from Llotja de la Seda.

7. SH Ingles Boutique Hotel

Boutique Hotel

A stylish lobby area at SH Ingles Boutique Hotel, with colourful rug, black armchairs and a grand staircase
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This renovated 18th-century palace is beautifully designed and offers comfortable, bright, sumptuous rooms, some overlooking the Palacio del Marqués de Dos Aguas. With an a la carte restaurant which, among other things, offers Valencian paella – a must-have while you’re visiting – the hotel also offers car hire, bike rental and electric scooter rental, in case you feel like navigating those winding alleys with a bit of wild abandon and pizzazz.

8. Hosteria de Mont Sant

Boutique Hotel

Hosteria de Mont Sant
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If you enjoy both high-end luxury and monastic levels of peace and seclusion, this is the place for you. Cistercian nuns once occupied this space and once you’re insulated by the thick castle walls, you’ll forget the outside world exists. The views are sumptuous, taking in the varied architectural textures of the old town. The accommodation itself is modern and rustic, with luxury touches throughout that serve to make this spot truly heavenly.

9. Ad Hoc Monumental Hotel

Hotel

A light bedroom at Ad Hoc Monumental Hotel, with a bed against an orange headboard, white walls, wooden bedside tables
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Located in a renovated 19th-century building surrounded by monuments, restaurants and the city’s most emblematic shops, next to the gardens of the dried-up River Turia in the old city, this quaint hotel is a short walk from the Cathedral and 3km (2mi) from the City of Arts and Sciences. The bright, soundproofed rooms feature exposed brickwork and wooden beams and some have balconies, placing you right in the middle of the action.

10. The Westin Valencia

Business Hotel, Chain Hotel, Spa Hotel

A light bedroom at The Westin Valencia, with large windows, a bed and cream headboard, TV, sofa and glass table
Courtesy of The Westin Valencia / Expedia

With the choice of a mere 135 rooms, this building nudging on to the historic centre boasts art deco-style accommodation and suites that have a warm, relaxing atmosphere with plenty of natural light. Some of them even feature private terraces with hot tubs – the proper feel of an old school luxury hotel. With a secluded Mediterranean garden, a grand lobby, a wellness centre, spa and a wonderful on-site restaurant, you’re all set for your Valencian adventure.

This is an updated version of an article originally by Rebecca Wilkinson.

For more options, check out our pick of the best hotels in Valencia and book now on Culture Trip, or discover our guide to how to spend the perfect weekend in Valencia. To discover great budget-friendly hotel options, check out our guide to the best cheap hotels in Valencia, Spain, bookable on Culture Trip.

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