Hospes Palau de la Mar
What We Love
- Access to the Bodyna spa is included in the Jetsetter rate
- The stately marble staircase in the vaulted hall
- Starting the evening with tapas and a drink in the chilled-out lounge
What To Know
- The hotel is made up of two 19th-century townhouses
- You won’t need a car, as most of Valencia’s main sights are within walking distance
- Free WiFi
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Like its sister properties in Madrid, Seville, Granada and Cordoba, the Hospes Hotel Palau de la Mar has historical roots. Set in a refurbished former palace, it’s made up of two 19th-century townhouses that look more like mini mansions. Design-wise it’s a mix of original features like sweeping staircases, hefty old wooden doors and modern touches — think acres of white marble in the cool reception area and enormous hall. Huge square pillars and neutral colored squishy sofas fill the lounge, while a white and wood theme continues from the lobby to the restaurant terrace.
Bed & Bath
The 66 rooms have a breezy vibe, with arched windows, handsome dark wood floors and pearly marble bathrooms with skylights and deep-soaking tubs, all in the Hospes’s signature white motif. The open-plan rooms make for a quiet respite, especially the few that face the interior courtyard and the restaurant’s herb and vegetable garden.
Chef Antón Cañellas can whip up his famed Mediterranean fare, including tuna steaks or rock octopus with a citrus kick, for a meal either in-room or at the Ampar restaurant and cocktail bar, which is so intimate you’ll think you have the place entirely to yourself. The light-filled Bodyna Spa is made of glass and wood and split into two zones, with the wellness area on the ground floor and the treatment rooms on the first floor. Before floating in the indoor Jacuzzi pool, or trying out the sauna and Turkish bath, choose from several massage therapies, some of which are based on thousand-year-old techniques and Indian and Balinese rituals.
In the Area
Valencia’s continued prosperity as a commercial and cultural center has left it with a rich and varied Romanesque, Moorish, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and Modernist heritage. Book a walking, Segway or cycling tour to take in the main sights. Ernest Hemingway loved La Pepica, on Las Arenas beach for its legendary paella. For tapas, try El Molinon or Bodega Montana, and Seu-Xereaa for traditional Valencian cuisine. The city is notorious for its scene after midnight, most of which happens along Calle Caballeros, west of the cathedral. Sample live music and Spanish bubbly at the ever popular Carmen Sui Generis, Johnny Maracas and La Lola. And for the morning after? Cure your headache with traditional horchata (a sweet and milky drink made from tiger nuts), a classic breakfast option served with fartons (iced buns).
How to Get There
Arrived by rental car, attendant immediately came out to the car offered to take our bags and guided us inside. Check in was friendly, easy and welcoming with a cool glass of Cava. Lobby, lobby bar, seating area are very pretty- this was an old residence and some of the original features have been preserved cleverly juxtaposing old with new. Hotel was fully booked night one and we needed two beds so they moved us for the next two nights. Both rooms were terrific- great tubs. Spa is small but very nice- we had massages and used a 20% coupon given to us upon check in. Staff were terrific- very attentive and cheerful. I’d return in a heartbeat.
We had a super few days in this hotel, the management and most of the staff were terrific. The location was very central and the rooms were extremely comfortable. The garden was a very relaxing area for coffee and chats with friends
We came to Valencia tired after a long flight from Japan. The staff were friendly, kind, and prompt. They made excellent dinner recommendations. My wife had an amazing time at the spa.
Thanks for everything. Vale!