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
- 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
My wife and I spent a wonderful five nights staying at Hospes Palau de la Mar Hotel in Valencia.
The location is just right as it is central yet in a not too busy street within a short and interesting walk to the very heart of historic Valencia. It also is close to the old Turia riverbed that is now a beautiful stretch of gardens and leisure activities.The hotel provides comfortable rooms, a good quality restaurant and bar and friendly staff.
When we return to Valencia it is likely we would stay here again. Breakfast is a real pleasure and sets one up for the day.
Next time we will make time to use the hotel Spa. There is so much to see and do in the city that some things just have to wait!
The most warm welcome we ever seen same as we were crying to say good bye. The atmosphere in the hotel is total joy and relax. Needless to say the cuisine in the restaurante is fantastic. You will get answers to all your touristic questions if you ask. The service is outstanding though not importunate. We are going to come back one day for sure!
This is a lovely hotel with stylish rooms set around a central courtyard. All staff were friendly, helpful and professional. A convenient location for sightseeing and shopping. Apart from taking the tourist bus we were able to walk everywhere we wanted to go.
A girls weekend in Valencia, this was the perfect base lovely rooms, beautiful courtyard garden to enjoy an evening Aqua de Valencia. lovely spa pool to chill out after a day walking and exploring the city.
The staff were amazing - we had fantastic hep in recommending a restaurant and resolving a booking problem with another restaurant.
Loved it. Want to go back!
Stayed for 3 nights on a short City break. We had a basic room which was fine. Very comfortable bed, very clean and good air con. Wardrobe space was ok for a 3 night stay but would be challenging for a longer stay.
Service was excellent. All the staff spoke good English and very helpful. Breakfast had plenty of choice and was a good experience.
The front desk were excellent and seemed to take real pleasure in recommending places to visit and eat. Everyone gave the impression of enjoying being part of the hotel team. Overall very impressed with the visit.