“Stylish mansion makeover in Valencia's boutique shopping district of L'Eixample”
Set in the swish L'Eixample shopping district (several designer stores are nearby) and with its own upscale restaurant and spa, this is a boutique hotel meant for indulging in retail, gourmet and body therapy. Not far from the crowded cobblestone plazas of the centro histórico and even closer to the tranquil green of the Turia Gardens, this is a chic base for a break in this upcoming city de la mar.
- Excellent central location on the edge of the old town - a 5-minute walk to shops, restaurants and parks
- Stylish design hotel with good facilities that's bigger than it seems, so it's not always full and has special weekend packages
- Friendly, professional staff happy to help with any requirements, as well as restaurant recommendations (although the hotel's own is top-notch)
- Fabulous underground pool and Jacuzzi for cooling off after hot city days
- Given the price tag it's a shame more isn't included in the room rate (breakfast/tea/coffee/water etc)
- The Dreamer's Rooms facing the internal courtyard can be a little dark and lack privacy
- The hotel's location means it's a 20-minute metro ride to the beach
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- Boutique Hotel
- Restaurant and bar (open daily)
- All ages welcome
- Open all year
- Plunge Pool
- Pet Friendly
- Disabled Access
- Beach Nearby
- Off-street Parking
- Restaurants Nearby
- Air Conditioning
- Guest Lounge
Despite having 48 double rooms in the original mansions and another 18 in a modern garden extension, Palau de la Mar feels like an intimate city hotel. There's never that pile-up of suitcases at reception (a discreet black desk by the sweeping hall stairs) and the lounge areas are calm and uncluttered. A soothing creamy beige-and-brown theme is consistent throughout, with camel-coloured sofas, gleaming chocolate-coloured floorboards and double beds piled high with crisp white Egyptian cotton. Rooms face either the street or the quieter garden courtyard.
The Dreamer's (standard) Rooms and the slightly larger Deluxe Rooms are airy and minimalist in style, with WiFi, plasma TVs, bathrobes, cordless phones, CD players and air conditioning. Those located around the central ground-floor patio are a little darker, however, and lack some privacy as they open out onto communal areas.
Some of the 5 spacious Junior suites have sloping ceilings with skylights above beds and retro free-standing tubs. The impressive Presidential Suite has 2 bedrooms, each with a queensize bed, plus a large living space.
Nice touches in all rooms include pillow menus, fresh-fruit energy drinks in the minibars and full-length mirrors - not all hotels remember how important these can be when dressing for a night out! Bathrooms have double sinks, baths, showers, bathrobes, slippers, hairdryers and Korres toiletries in funky test-tube bottles.
- Air conditioning
- CD player
- Central heating
- Cots Available
- DVD player
- Extra beds
- Plunge pool
- Safe box
- Satellite TV
A buffet breakfast is set up each morning for guests in the hotel's Senzone restaurant on the ground floor - it's a good quality spread of cereals, fruits, meats and cheeses; hot dishes include yummy scrambled eggs with basil oil. If you find this too pricey head to a local café for the less expensive coffee and bocadillo option.
Senzone serves modern Mediterranean cuisine, with an imaginative twist on traditional Spanish fare, and is open to the public for lunch and dinner. Recommended is the 5-course menu degustación in the evenings; there's an excellent wine list too. Fresh fish and herbs from the courtyard garden are used to create unusual dishes like black squid-ink paella and cherry gazpacho.
Room service is available round the clock, and the trendy lounge and bar serves cocktails, coffee and tea, and innovative light meals (chilled soups poured from teapots, open sandwiches of manchego and chorizo, and tasty salads).
- Restaurants nearby
- Room service
- Pamper yourself at the hotel's Bodyna Spa - those booking through i-escape get a free 20-minute massage, and a there's a long menu of other treatments. These take place in airy rooms overlooking the courtyard and use oils made from Valencian oranges
- Window-shop along the Calle Colón and its offshoot streets - browse wonderful displays of haute couture and designer clothing, and look for home-grown fashion gurus like Alex Vidal and Francis Montesinos
- Meander amongst the city's Modernista architecture - buildings like the vaulted Mercardo Central, the largest covered food market in Europe, and Estación del Norte display the trencadí (broken-tile mosaic) mainstay of this decorative movement
- People-watch with a drink on the pedestrianised Plaza de la Virgen with its cathedral backdrop (a mix of Gothic, Baroque and Romanesque styles). The large bloke reclining in the fountain is the statue representing the once-watery Río Turia
- Try the Valencian speciality of horcharta - a sweet, milky drink made from crushed tiger nuts - at the tiled Horchartería El Siglo, which has been trading on Plaza de Santa Catarina since 1836
- Get into the groove at the many music bars in the Barrio del Carmen in the centro histórico; during the mid-March Las Fallas fiesta you can join street revellers partying through the night
- Walk (or join the joggers) along the 9km stretch of the now-dry riverbed which makes up the verdant Turia Gardens - the lungs of Valencia
- Explore the futuristic architecture at the City of Arts and Sciences (a 20-minute walk), or hop on the metro and head to the beach
Activities on site or nearby include:
- Historical sites
- Museums / galleries
- Shopping / markets
- Traditional cultures
- Well being
Children are welcome and extra beds and baby cots are available, however this smart city hotel may not be the best choice for families.
Teens (over 12)
Family friendly accommodation:
The Presidential Suite has 2 double bedrooms, plus 2 sofabeds. The Junior Suite has a double room and a single sofabed.