Traveling alone again for the first time in almost 20 years since having a family and kids of my own, Dany and Thijs (the best hosts in the world) confirmed to me what I hoped to be true: There are still gems out there, waiting to be discovered. Both of the human kind and in the form of places to visit. This B&B and the very, very special couple that runs it, are truly an example of such.
After walking through the door and being met by Dany and a few of the other guests (who by the way without exception ALL, proved to be lovely people, the whole week I was there) I felt at ease, and …yes, at Home.
The perfection of the service, the clean, soft towels changed every day (I had to ask Thijs to stop! ;), the crisp clean bedlinen, the gorgeous, sumptuous breakfast that was waiting, courtesy of Dany, every morning at 9 after the perfect 8 o'clock meditation session with Thijs, in their stunningly beautiful, sunlit meditation room. (I have to mention the "built-in" meditation-timer in form of the 500-or-so year-old church-bell across the street. absolutely wonderful…)
The location simply couldn't be better. Located in the heart of the old part of Valencia, one can walk everywhere within minutes, and explore the town on foot or by rented bicycle. but even being as central as it is, it still gets completely quiet at night as it is set back a couple of blocks away from the busy Barrio del Carmen and Plaza del Virgin.
The interior and rooms are as thoughtfully and personally decorated as if one is visiting some art-loving friends, with a good sense of feng-shui. And indeed, that is actually what one does there. One is visiting a home. Anyone expecting a "hotel", won't find it. But if one understands the concept of the B&B, one will find an example of such to perfection. They really know what they're doing, and they do it from the heart. And it comes across.
For me, I not only gained a Home away from Home in Valencia, I also found true friendship, the most valuable gift of all. I simply can't wait to go back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- COMFORT, STYLE AND COMPLETE RELAXATION in the heart of Valencia city center, Spain. Bed and Breakfast Valencia Mindfulness Retreat offers very comfortable private rooms in a historic Victorian Villa, smack in the the historical city center of Valencia. Located just around the corner from Valencia's famous Cathedral at Plaza de la Virgen, Barrio del Carmen. Included: Daily organic 'Five Star Champagne Breakfast', Coffee and tea making facilities, Use of two sunny lounge rooms with balconies, WiFi, Laundry service, Bottled spring water in all rooms, Use of 'Early Bird Meditation Room', Daily cleaning service and daily fresh fluffy towels, personalized 'Welcome to Valencia'-pack with map and local tips. ( Donation based 'honesty bar')Additional services include: Relaxing massages by expert certified therapists and yoga classes in our yoga-center at 20 steps from the B & B. If you like art, design, literature, comfort and class: you will feel right at home at the most central,safe and best rated Bed and Breakfast in Valencia: Travelers Choice Award for best B&B in Valencia 2014. ... more less