The hotel is perfectly situated to give access to all areas of Valencia. It was our first visit and we would go back both to the city and to the hotel.
However, it is a 5* hotel and the prices are very much 5* within it which is a bit ridiculous when you can eat out /drink very close to the hotel for a fraction of the price!
As others have said, the price of the room service sandwich for example was 15€ and for a bowl of very simple pasta was about 26€ which is ridiculous by anyone's standards!
This is a small complaint however, as you don't go to a hotel like that to use room service 100%.
The room (we stayed in a deluxe room) was absolutely lovely - great bed, if a little hard, lovely wooden floors, spacious bathroom and a square outside patio area for the summer (we didn't use it as it was December). The bathroom doesn't have a door to shut it off from the bedroom, but the toilet has a door as does the shower.
The room is very dark which is probably great in the summer, but in winter, we struggled to get enough light in the room. There was also limited wardrobe space but that is part of the minimalist design I suppose, so not a big complaint.
It has a flat screen TV but no DVD player in the room, and although we asked if one could be installed for a hire charge, the hotel was unable to do so as the TVs in the deluxe rooms cannot accommodate a DVD player. A little strange in a 5* hotel but it did not spoil the visit.
DVD players come as standard in the suites, and given that the hotel was quiet, we asked if we could be upgraded but it was £200 pp per night more for the suite which we then had a look at, and the suite was not much more than we already had so definitely not worth it!
The spa treatments were also prohibitively expensive and really over the top -- I can't imagine they get that much business - it was empty when we were there, as for a 20 minute massage it was about 75€ which is, in my book, really expensive. Maybe it is busier in the summer, but even so, if they had special offers when we were there, we would probably have considered it.
The swimming facilities are absolutely lovely but very small as others have said. To describe it, the room is all wooden, is very dark and is beautifully appointed. It has a sauna and a steam room and the swimming pool has jacuzzi features so you can have a waterfall at one end and bubbles all the way down. It is a long, thin pool about 8 metres long and maybe 3 metres across so as long as you are on your own in there, absolutely gorgeous. If there were more than 4 people, it would become a problem to swim, but for us, no problem in December!
The gym is rather limited and small, but functional. A couple of cycles and a couple of treadmills but no floor space for anything else.
Breakfast was absolutely gorgeous and we made use of the fact it was included in our price! Fresh fruit, delicious pastries every day (both sweet and savoury), there were mini quiches and freshly made jams every day which were alternated and lovely - cannot recommend it enough. There was a hot eggs and bacon and tomatos etc counter over the other side of the breakfast area. The staff were also very helpful - do include breakfast in your price if you can as it is expensive if not.
Overall, we loved Valencia but found it very expensive, partially due to the euro pound exchange rate which was equal when we went (very painful!), but also expensive anyway, comparable to London prices. For example we went to the Oceanographic Centre (which I would HIGHLY recommend), and it was €20 euros each to get in. Fine for us, 2 adults, but if you had children, it would make it very expensive. One tip about this also, there are several queues when you arrive at the centre and no explanation about what's what. The queue for the tickets is on the left hand side at the front of the centre, and there are 2 queues here: 1 for the Oceanographic centre only, and 1 for a combined ticket for the Science or Arts centres also. Then there is another queue to get in to the building where they x-ray your bags. Fair enough, but be prepared or better still, buy your entry tickets in advance - it is possible.
The river which used to run through Valencia is now the main artery of the city and provides an absolutely gorgeous way to find your way around - it is beautifully maintained and manicured and worth the visit to Valencia just to see this!
Do get to the central market too - it is open until about 1 pm every day and sells just about every fresh thing you can imagine. There's a brilliant tapas bar/restaurant opposite the back entrance to the market which was always packed so you have to wait for a table, but well worth it - the service, food and position is brilliant to watch the world go by.
We also got on the double decker tour bus which at 14€ each was good value for money as it takes you right round the city, gives you a running commentary and gives you an overview of Valencia.
We would definitely go back, but we found it more expensive than Barcelona for example, and I would say there is more to do in Barcelona.
One last thing, we took the metro from the airport to the hotel and used the metro thereafter - a perfect and inexpensive way to get round a big city. Very easy to work out and clean, air conditioned, modern trains.
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