I booked this hotel to have a peaceful stay during a business trip. And peaceful it was, out of peak season at a very reasonable rate. Receptionist made a great effort to speak a Spanish understandable enough for my basic one, but not so much can be said about the man who staffed the breakfast room, who was downright rude. I know I came in a bit late in the morning, but still, serving breakfast only till 10AM is a shame, especially considering Valencia's nightlife (yes, even on a professional trip you need to unwind after a day).
There were not too many people, and combined with the low lights and marble floors wall-to-wall, it gave that uneasy feeling of a gloomy 4-stars hotel that have seen better times. Corridors are not lit at night, and even during the day, I first missed my room because I couldn't read the number. It's not too difficult to have a motion detector lighting, or least a timer, is it? That extends to the room itself. Design is straight out of the "classical" 60's side and is in dire need of a modern refurbishment. Everything was clean and well-maintained, with embroidered thick towels, but... no hot water at night? I came in late, but this is not excusable. The following morning, pressure wasn't even adequate, and there was no temperature control. I believe that whenever somebody on the same water line taps into it, you get wild variations. Temp-controlled plumbing should be standard in hotels. I probably would have gotten a more decent stream standing in the rain! Plastic soap dispenser and a really cheap comb were the eyesores in an otherwise magnificent bathroom. Outside, a high balcony
As usual in many hotels, TV sits way too high on the wall. The bed was clean and comfortable, but for some reason, didn't "smell clean", but rather some industrial clothes detergent, i.e. not sweet, not harsh, but "functional". And talking about functionality, having to pay for WiFi is cheap, really cheap, especially considering there are two plans, a splittable 1-hour access, and a continuous 24 hour one. We're not 1995 anymore, Internet access is a commodity, not an option, and surely not at that rate. Couldn't they add it for a nominal fee for the the duration of my stay? Soundproofing from the outside was adequate, though, but not so much can be said about the neighboring rooms, as it reminded me of cheap-y north-american internal soundproofing. Breakfast room also felt cheap and unwelcoming.
This was in stark contrast to a 4-star hotel some colleagues stayed at, with thick carpet, powerful yet dimmable lighting, modern-designed. Granted, it was much more expensive, but that's how a 4-star hotel should look like in my opinion. I don't know who is setting the star standards for hotels, but this Turia is worthy of a good 2-stars, maybe 3, but not 4. Not anymore, at least.
I am not asking for too much, but a modern hotel should provide hot shower, silent place, comfortable bed, a desk and reasonably-priced wifi. Room size isn't important, design is not either, even TV is optional.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Turia is next to Valencia Bus Station, and 350 metres from Turia Metro Station. Set across the Turia Park from the Botanical Gardens, it is a 20-minute walk from the cathedral.All air-conditioned rooms at the Turia Hotel have a TV and most feature a private balcony. There is a safe, and the private bathroom comes with a hairdryer.Nuevo Centro Shopping Centre and El Corte Inglés Department Store are opposite the hotel. Excellent public transport makes it easy to reach City of Arts and Sciences, airport and Convention Centre.The Turia has a bar, and guests can relax on the hotel terrace.Wi-Fi is available for an extra charge. Car hire is offered, and there is on-site parking. The hotel has a tour desk and a 24-hour front desk.Hotel Rooms: 168 ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Turia Hotel Valencia