It’s not every day you find a modern, luxury boutique hotel housed in a 19th century palace. Designers have made the most of the building’s architectural heritage, with original features including Gothic arches, medieval staircases and Arabic stonework blended with contemporary design touches. Some rooms boast beamed ceilings or stone walls, but all have air conditioning, soundproofing and flat-screen TVs. Perfect for sightseeing, it’s located near Valencia’s famous cathedral and the many other historic sights of the Ciutat Vella (Old City) right in the heart of Valencia, and has a quiet courtyard and lounge to relax in after a hectic day in the city.
Caro Hotel, Carrer de l’Almirall, 14, València, Spain, +34 963 05 90 00
Palau de la Mar
Modern, luxurious and tranquil are three words that sum up this city center boutique hotel. Set across two cleverly renovated 19th century buildings, the hotel’s spacious rooms overlook quiet courtyards or the green gardens of the former Turia riverbed. Located at the edge of the Old City district, you couldn’t ask for a more convenient base for exploring the city’s many sights. Afterwards, you can unwind at the hotel’s spa, pool and wellness center, and enjoy the on-site cocktail bar and gourmet restaurant.
Palau de la Mar, Avinguda de Navarro Reverter, 14, València, Spain, +34 963 16 28 84
HolaHotel Del Carmen
The El Carmen neighborhood is famous for its eclectic mix of architecture, pretty cobbled streets, street art and nightlife. This little hotel is a cheaper option that doesn’t skimp on style, and sits in the middle of the neighborhood, just a short walk from sights like the cathedral, the Lonja Silk Exchange and Serranos Towers. It has a 24-hour restaurant and great views over the city from some of its modern rooms. The best views, though, are from the rooftop sun terrace where you’ll also find a hot tub and pool in the warmer months.
HolaHotel Del Carmen, Carrer de la Blanqueria, 11, València, Spain, +34 963 11 27 77
This is an stylish boutique hotel in the city center, perfectly located for those who want to enjoy the sophisticated shops, bars and restaurants of the Canovas district, or take in a concert at the nearby Palau de la Música. Rooms are well equipped and stylish, with wooden floors and designer furnishings. Guests can also take advantage of the fitness center and sauna, the perfect place to recuperate after a hard day of taking in the sights.
Hotel Dimar, Gran Vía Marqués del Turia, 80, València, Spain, +34 963 95 10 30
A charming little beachfront hotel sitting on the promenade running alongside Playa de las Arenas, alongside popular bars, coffee shops and paella restaurants. With just 12 tastefully decorted rooms, there’s plenty of attention to detail and service is personal and friendly. Suites overlook the beach, and you’re perfectly located for exploring the historic nearby El Cabanyal district. After a day of swimming and sunbathing, you can kick back in the lounge or Jacuzzi before heading to the bar, which is the only beach bar with music that stays open all year round.
Hotel Gabbeach, Paseo Neptuno 30, València, Spain +34 963 25 39 35