Valencia Boutique Apartments

Valencia & Costa Blanca, Spain Book from Book from £111 per night

Self-catering apartments for 4-6, 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 period apartments is the place to be. From their position on Calle Bordadores, you gaze straight onto the cathedral bell tower and surrounding pedestrianised streets. 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 3 apartments expect comfort and contemporary cool, with Gaudí-style touches. Two have 2 bedrooms, one has 3, making them 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
  • Each apartment has the perfect blend of original features with contemporary furniture. We loved the modern art, marble floors and metalwork bannisters
  • Great value, and all are superbly equipped with everything you need: Agua de Loewe toiletries, excellent kitchens, luxurious linens, laundry facilities
  • The Penthouse Apartment has a fabulous roof terrace looking out over the city - ideal for sunbathing and sundowners!
  • The surrounding streets are pedestrianised or semi-pedestrianised, so there’s no traffic noise

Lows

  • Full prepayment is required by the apartment operators, along with a cleaning/booking fee and a refundable security deposit There’s a surcharge for American Express payments, too
  • 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, and some shower rooms are small
  • Parking is tricky, but you’re unlikely to want a car as Valencia is well-served by flights, trains and the metro

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

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.

Great for...

Cheap & Chic
City Style
Family
  • Boutique Apartments
  • 3 apartments for 4-6
  • 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

The 3 apartments are all located in the same building. Apartment I and Apartment II each have 2 double bedrooms; the Penthouse Apartment has 3 bedrooms. We stayed in the latter, a marble-floored top-floor apartment 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 Agua de Loewe toiletries. It's worth noting that most bathrooms are slightly on the small side and have showers only. Apartment I and the Penthouse Apartment are split-level, and we particularly liked their Gaudí-inspired staircases (the owners have a metalwork company).

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 or stove
  • Iron
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Satellite TV
  • Toaster
  • Toiletries
  • Tumble dryer
  • Washing machine
  • WiFi

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's meals
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge
  • Full kitchen
  • Hob or stove
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Restaurants nearby
  • Toaster
Eating: Micalet 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 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:

Apartment I and Apartment II each have 2 bedrooms and can sleep 4; the Penthouse Apartment has 3 bedrooms sleeping 6. 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. Apartment I and the Penthouse Apartment have internal steps.

Distances:

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

Location

The apartments are located on Calle Bordadores, in the historic heart of Valencia, eastern Spain.

By Air:
Valencia Manises (10km away) is served by plenty of flights from the UK and elsewhere in Europe.

From the Airport
Take a taxi or catch the metro - lines 3 and 5 link the airport to the city centre (the nearest stops are Colón and Angel Guimera, though both are a bit of a walk from the apartments). There's also a regular bus shuttle from the airport which stops near the Estación del Norte train station, and transfers can be arranged on request (see Rates).

By Train:
Valencia has good rail links with elsewhere in Spain. From Barcelona there's a daily morning train - the air-conditioned 'Arco' - which arrives at the Estación del Norte in the early afternoon.

By Car:
We don’t recommend hiring a car here as parking is tricky and the city is easy to explore on foot or by public transport. If you do want to hire one to explore the surrounding area, see our car rental recommendations.

Detailed directions will be sent to you when you book through i-escape.

Airports:

  • Valencia Manises 10.0 km VLC

Other:

  • Beach 3.0 km
  • Shops 0.1 km
  • Restaurant 0.1 km

Our guests' ratings...

Based on 5 independent reviews from i-escape guests

8/10
Room
10/10
Food
8/10
Service
9/10
Value
9/10
Overall

Great location! Make sure to rent bikes and go to the Jardin del Turia

10/10,

Great location - very comfortable rooms for our group of 3 people (4 would have also been comfortable.

10/10,

We did really enjoy our time in Valencia. It was our second visit and there seems even more to explore this time round, we could have done with an extra day or two! The apartment was really lovely, clean and functional. We had however requested a baby cot and high chair for our son which wasn't there on arrival. We also asked for help arranging a taxi to the airport on our departure and the taxi cab did not come. We'd rate the room a 4, the stairs to the roof terrace are scary not just for those with children, we wouldn't want to walk down those after a few drinks! The apartment is in a great central location we loved going to the central market in the morning and it was a short walk to the main road to get busses etc. Being central does mean it's very noisy at bar closing time between 2 and 3 am. We found a great little Greek restaurant that also did takeaway which was great called Kuzina on Calle Salvador.

7/10,

We were thrilled with our stay. The apartment is ideally situated in the old town, within walking distance of everything, and is well equipped and stylishly furnished. The shower was powerful with plenty of hot water, and the bed very comfortable. Only slight negatives are: it would have been nice if a few more things were provided, e.g. Tea towel and more cutlery, and the charge of a separate cleaning fee was a bit annoying.

10/10,

Lovely, well-equipped apartment, right in the middle of the old town

9/10,

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