Valencia Boutique Apartments

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Two clusters of self-catering apartments for 2-6, offering tip-top design and comfort in the heart of Valencia’s magical old city
Location, location, location… If in Valencia, the tangle of history-drenched streets accommodating these 2 sets of period apartments (both operated by Spain Select) is the place to be. From the Micalet apartments on Calle Bordadores, you gaze straight onto the cathedral bell tower and surrounding pedestrianised streets. From the Calle de los Caballeros cluster, enjoy the vibrant atmosphere and the ornate stone mansions erected in the 19th century by the noblemen who gave the street its name (note the door knockers placed high up for the convenience of its horse-borne residents). At both, you’re within 5 minutes’ walk of Valencia’s top historic sites and shops - and within easy reach of the beach and the futuristic City of Arts & Sciences.

Inside the apartments expect comfort and contemporary cool. The compact 1-bedroom Caballeros options, with their grey, red and yellow colour schemes, are perfect for couples, while Micalet’s 2- and 3-bedroom apartments, with their Gaudí-style touches, are spot-on for families or groups of friends (or join forces with others and book several). Some have terraces or balconies, and all come with fully equipped kitchens and open-plan living areas where you can sprawl out and relax. You couldn’t have a better base from which to enjoy this alluring city and its colourful street life.

Highs

  • You are bang in the heart of the city, with shops, cafés, restaurants and beautiful architecture all around
  • Both sets of apartments blend original features with contemporary furniture. We loved the parquet floors and balconette windows, and Micalet’s metalwork bannisters
  • The apartments are great value and are superbly equipped with everything you need: Agua de Loewe toiletries, excellent kitchens, luxurious linens, laundry facilities
  • The 2 penthouse apartments, Caballeros Atico and Micalet Atico, have fabulous roof terraces looking out over the city - ideal for sunbathing and sundowners!
  • The surrounding streets are pedestrianised or semi-pedestrianised, so there’s no traffic noise. The Micalet apartments in particular are amazingly quiet

Lows

  • Valencia is not called ‘a city that never sleeps’ for nothing and, despite the lack of cars, the area can get pretty lively at weekends
  • There is no concierge, so to get the keys you need to liaise with the manager by phone. It’s not complicated, though, and staff are friendly and helpful
  • There are no twin beds, some shower rooms in Micalet are small, and taller visitors won't be keen on Micalet Atico's sloping ceilings
  • Parking is tricky, but you’re unlikely to want a car as Valencia is well-served by flights, trains and the metro
  • Full prepayment is required, along with a cleaning fee and a refundable security deposit. There's a fairly strict cancellation policy, too

Best time to go

Spring or autumn (stretching through to early November) are the best months to visit - warm and good for the beach, yet outside the searing heat of summer. March is the month of Las Fallas, so you’ll need to book well in advance (and be prepared for lots of noise!) if coming then.

Our top tips

  • Enjoy a nightcap in one of the many bars along Calle de los Caballeros, such as San Jaime
  • You can save yourself lots of money by buying passes for sights and transport. Pick up a 10-, 20- or 30-trip bus pass at a kiosk, and head to the main tourist office for passes covering several key attractions. It’s also worth knowing that taxis are fantastic value here, so it’s often cheaper to travel by taxi than by bus, especially if there are 2 or more of you

Great for...

Cheap & Chic
City Style
Family
  • = Recommended
  • = Best in region
  • = World favourite
  • Boutique Apartments
  • 7 apartments for 2-6
  • Self-catering (restaurants nearby)
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Towels & Bedlinen
  • Guest information pack
Room: Micalet Atico

Rooms

Step from the street into the sky-blue-ceilinged entrance hall of the marvellous Caballeros building, walk up the white marble stairs, and you know you’re in for something special. Each of its 4 apartments enjoys high ceilings, a double bedroom, a comfy sitting area with sofabeds for 1 or 2 additional guests, and a compact but well-equipped kitchen. The super bathrooms come with Agua de Loewe toiletries, and a power shower, tub or both. We loved the parquet floors, the contemporary lighting, the splashes of red, yellow or turquoise, and the floor-to-ceiling period windows and shutters. All have small balconies, and Caballeros III has private use of a roof terrace accessed via the communal stairway. The largest of the quartet, Caballeros Atico, sits at the top of the building and is spread over 2 storeys; it opens straight onto a roof terrace with loungers and a fantastic view of the cathedral.

The Micalet building has 3 apartments - 2 with 2 double bedrooms and another, Micalet Atico, with 3. We stayed in the latter, a marble-floored penthouse with a roof terrace - lovely for a late-night drink, and there’s even a barbecue if you fancy cooking dinner out there. The living rooms in all 3 apartments are sumptuous, with original modern art, designer light fittings and plenty of space, and the bedrooms have top-notch linen and their own ensuites with the same spoiling toiletries as Caballeros (though most are small and have showers only). Micalet I and Micalet Atico are split-level, and we particularly liked their Gaudí-inspired staircases (the owners have a metalwork company). It's worth noting that Micalet I and II are the only apartments without outside space.

All apartments have washing machines and dryers, irons and ironing boards, hairdryers, flat-screen TVs and air conditioning. For a full description of each apartment, see Rates.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Central heating
  • Coffee tea making
  • Cots Available
  • Dishwasher
  • Dvd player
  • Extra beds
  • Fridge
  • Full kitchen
  • Hairdryer
  • Hob stove
  • Iron
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Satellite tv
  • Toaster
  • Toiletries
  • Tumble dryer
  • Washing machine
  • WiFi
  • Wifi internet

Eating

The apartments have ovens, 2- or 4-ring ceramic hobs, fridge-freezers, microwaves and dishwashers, plus tables that seat 4 or more in the kitchen or main living room. Basics such as tea, coffee, sugar and drinking water are provided, but otherwise you’ll need to fend for yourself - there are plenty of markets and grocery stores nearby, along with bakeries selling fresh croissants and bread (handy for easy breakfasts).

For lunch, be sure to head out for paella or escaret (a typical local dish composed of salt cod, red peppers, garlic and olive oil) - a great-value place near the apartments is La Cigrona at Calle Serranos 22. The place where locals in the know go to eat authentic paella is El Raco de la Paella at Calle Mosen Rausell 17, in the Campanar district (you’ll need to get a cab as it’s well off the tourist track). Housed in an old ceramic-tiled room, it serves the real deal - paella with snails and rabbit, cooked on an open fire. For cracking sardinas a la plancha (grilled sardines) try Tasca Angel, next to the Mercado Central. There are also some great eateries within the market itself, including Central Bar.

For dinner, there’s a huge choice. We particularly enjoyed Canalla Bistro on Calle Maestro Serrano, which is owned by Ricard Camarena, one of Valencia’s rising culinary stars. The setting is informal and you eat a series of beautifully presented little plates. By the way, paella is a lunch dish, so don’t expect to find it at supper time except in tourist places.

Features include:

  • Children meals
  • Coffee tea making
  • Fridge
  • Full kitchen
  • Hob stove
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Restaurants nearby
  • Toaster
Eating: Caballeros Atico
Activity:

Activities

  • Wander the maze-like Barrio del Carmen near the apartments, taking in the cathedral, the Plaza del Ayuntamiento, and the crazily over-the-top Baroque façade of the Palacio del Marques de Dos Aguas, which houses the Museo Nacional de Cerámica
  • Climb the 207 steps of the cathedral belfry, the Miguelete, for unbeatable views over the city
  • Take a 20-minute stroll along the Jardín del Turia (the former bed of the river Turia) to the futuristic City of Arts & Sciences, Valencia’s 21st-century architectural showcase (some would say folly). It houses a hi-tech cinema, a science museum, a concert hall and a giant aquarium
  • Quench your thirst with an horchata (a milk-like drink made from tiger nuts) at the city’s oldest horchateria, the Santa Catalina, on the bottom corner of Plaza de la Reina
  • Buy provisions, or simply feast your eyes, at the Mercado Central, Valencia’s wondrous Art Nouveau market hall, then stop for a coffee in one of its stand-up bars
  • Catch a taxi or tram to Playa de la Patacona, take a dip in the sea, then grab a paella at one of the many beachside restaurants - try Casa Navarro, or follow in the footsteps of Hemingway at touristy La Pepica
  • Bus it to Lake Albufera National Park, 19km south of the city, around which Valencia’s rice is grown. Take a boat trip from the village of El Palmar to view the rich birdlife, and finish with a visit to the rice mill
  • In March, get into the party spirit during Las Fallas, Valencia’s wild 5-day extravaganza where sculpture meets fire. If you miss it, visit the Museo Fallero to see examples of the ninots (satirical figurines) burnt during the celebrations

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Birdwatching
  • Boat trips
  • Historical sites
  • Museums / galleries
  • Nightlife
  • Plantlife / flora
  • Shopping / markets
  • Swimming
  • Wildlife
  • Wine tasting

Kids

Valencia is a child-friendly city built on the flat with plenty to see and do. Get a Valencia Family Card for free travel and museum entry, plus discounts elsewhere.

The well-equipped apartments make flexible bases for families, come in 1, 2 and 3-bedroom configurations and are in the heart of the old city, close to shopping and sites.

Best for:

All ages

Family friendly accommodation:

The 1-bedroom Caballeros apartments have sofabeds (free of charge) for additional guests and so sleep up to 3; Caballeros Atico has 2 sofabeds and can accommodate 4. Larger families should book one of the Micalet apartments, which sleep 4-6 in 2-3 bedrooms. Note that all bedrooms are doubles, and most bathrooms have showers only. Baby cots (additional charge) can be provided in all apartments.

Baby equipment:

  • Baby cots (extra cost)
  • Highchairs (extra cost)

Remember  baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking

Children's meals:

The apartments have everything you need to cook, including microwaves for heating up baby food.

Kids Activities nearby:

  • Aquarium (largest in Europe), science museum, sculpture park, performing arts and cinema at the City of Arts & Sciences
  • Playgrounds in the Jardín del Turia
  • The beach

Families Should Know:

All apartments are on the first floor or higher, but there's a lift for buggies. Some apartments have internal steps, and the staircase in Caballeros Atico is steep.

Distances:

  • Airport: 20 minutes
  • Hospital: 5 minutes
  • Shop: 1 minute
Kid Friendly: Micalet Atico

Our guests' ratings...

9/
Rooms
8/
Service
8/
Value
8/
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