A large luxury hotel, with a ‘corporate-feel’ close to the port and right on Valencia’s broad, sandy beach
During my stay in Valencia I was hosted at this 5 star property on Valencia’s Mediterranean shoreline. It’s on the site of an original spa dating back to the late 19th century, with the classic style of the historic ‘balneario’ buildings maintained. The new spa facilities are in a dedicated part of the hotel.
This ‘Leading Hotels of the World’ property is out of the city centre, so has the advantage of being right on the beach and close to the port area which has been significantly enhanced for the America’s Cup. To visit the City of Arts & Sciences, the down-town restaurants, and cultural attractions you need to take a taxi.
- Excellent spa, hydrotherapy circuit and swimming pools
- Well-presented, and maintained property
- Well-equipped rooms, supported by good house-keeping
- Lacks ambiance or atmosphere – feels generic
- Away from attractions of Valencia city centre
- No lively bar scene
Built for the America’s Cup the property is large, so off season feels quiet. It lacks the energy and style of a city hotel, but of course during high season it will be busier with holiday makers, creating more of a buzz. The décor is quite pared back and neutral and for me makes the place feel generic and corporate. In my mind more should have been made of its spa heritage and also its links with sailing and the ocean.
Rooms are spacious with balconies overlooking the beach and Mediterranean. Well equipped with CD player, large flat screen TV, Wi-Fi and networking. The bathrooms are relatively large too, with a spa-style shower, bath tub and amenities by L’Occitane.
The breakfast is impressive, with a very wide selection of foods, with excellent, attentive service. The tables are not dressed with linen, but instead with woven mats – the experience isn’t particularly stylish, but the quality is very good.
I didn’t have the opportunity to try the bistro restaurant but I have eaten at a few of the excellent nearby paella and seafood restaurants close by, a few minutes’ walk along the promenade that runs directly in front of the hotel.