My wife and I stayed at the Hotel Renasa in Valencia for 4 days in mid-June 2008. We live in the U.S. and are feeling the pinch of the falling U.S. dollar on this trip, so our choice to stay at the Renasa was heavily weighted by the value it offered: of the 3 star hotels in Valencia, this had the cheapest price (at least through the Orbitz site). We did not particularly enjoy our stay in the Renasa, but neither could we blame the Renasa -- judging by the price of other hotels in Valencia, we simply got what we paid for. Lets look at the pros and cons.
Pros: the location was good. A supermarket with an excellent selection of beer, wine, and ham, dried and smoked fish, olives, etc, was 2 short blocks away. A very nice Horchateria is maybe 10 min away. Buses nearby (though we walked everywhere), and a variety of restaurants (some quite good) within a five or ten minute walk. The city center is about a 40 min walk away. If you're on vacation, it's an enjoyable 40 min. The guy at the front desk during the morning was knowledgeable and helpful. Breakfast was included with the room, and the coffee and orange juice were pretty good (though the rest of the food-- mostly packaged muffins and packaged toast was not very good).
Cons: Front desk staff in the evening seemed did not seem knowledgeable about how the hotel functioned. When asked about where we should park our car, we were given incorrect information about where to park it. Given incorrect information about how to access the wireless internet (I won't go into detail here but lets just say you should not count on reliable web access at this hotel, and whatever you do, do not buy the 24 hr wifi card at the front desk), Another con: the room was dingy, dirty and very dark. Also, there was a pervasive problem throughout the hotel where power was strangely available or not availbe to certain outlets. The morning guy had an idea of which switch at the fuse box would turn on the lamps in the lobby, but the afternoon crew were clueless. I helped them out by saying "no, the lights are still off" and eventually "yes, the lights are on", while they fiddled with the switches. Breakfast, as alluded to above, was meager and of poor quality (mostly packaged bread and pastry) so I ended up going to the nearby supermarket for some excellent ham and anchovies. Other cons: the bathroom is cramped, shampoo dispensor empty, and the room was not soundproofed very well.
In defense of the Renasa I should say that my wife and I stayed at other similarly priced 3 star hotels in Spain during a 2 week period (Madrid, Grenada, Toledo, Almeria, Valencia, Cuenca) and found the Renasa to be about in the middle of the pack. Evidently you get what you pay for.
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