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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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