First thing to note is that this hotel is in Alboraya - a suburb of Valencia in which there is very little to do. I would suggest if you need to be in Valencia itself, stay there if possible rather than travelling in, as it is a most beautiful city and Alboraya is definitely not a beautiful suburb. Having said that, the metro station is two minutes' walk away and it only takes about 15 minutes to get to the centre, and there are also two great supermarkets very close to the hotel, with one cafe round the corner and another a few doors away (which, bizarrely, was closed for lunch). The best thing about the location is its proximity to Daniel's Horchateria, which is almost across the road and an experience in itself. Do go there and try the horchata, the fabulous drink produced in Valencia.
As for the hotel itself, it is definitely NOT a four star. There wasn't one time we went in or out without having to wrestle with crowds smoking and chatting round the revolving doors. The most unpleasant thing about the hotel was the carpets in the corridors which need replacing as soon as possible as they are dirty and the whole place smells of horrible floral fabric perfume. The lights coming on periodically when you are in the corridors, while presumably energy-saving, is strange and doesn't really make you feel terribly welcome.
The staff are helpful enough but only to a point and it would also be nice if they smiled occasionally. Our room did not have breakfast included and on the last day of our 5 day stay (which we cut short by a day because we were so uncomfortable at night) we thought we would ask if we could add this - the waiter had quite a horrible attitude so we left, knowing there was a cafe round the corner (but the breakfast looked quite nice... I should think so, at 12 euro!)
The rooms are not comfortable nor particularly pleasant. The one we started off in, on the "even" side of the corridor, had a tiny double bed and very small window with a horrible view. We moved to a twin, on the "odd" side of the corridor, which was much better - the rooms larger, to accommodate the twin beds, and the windows also larger with a view over the school opposite and rooftops beyond. Much nicer. The beds in both rooms were among the most uncomfortable I have ever experienced. It was like lying on a rock and my back and neck hurt every morning when I woke up. And the bedspreads, with cigarette holes in, should be thrown out!
One wash hand basin in the bathroom and a full size bath with shower attachment. It was impossible to have a shower without soaking the floor as there are no shower curtains. There are some toiletries but I would recommend bringing your own. There is a mini bar in the room and a good sized safe which, sensibly, opens with the key of the room rather than a code. There is free wireless in the rooms, which didn't work one night but when we reported it, was fixed within minutes. The television has no English-speaking channels. There is an adjoining sports centre with access to the spa (which we didn't use).
I would say the facilities are there, but the presentation needs a drastic overhaul. And you should take note of the location too. I would definitely stay in Valencia itself if I found myself in this region again.
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- Also Known As:
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- Hotel Olympia Province Of Valencia, Spain