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
As my title may suggest there were good and poor experiences during our stay. Having stayed in Hospes Amerigo in Alicante, we were really looking forward to our stay. Our check in was one of the worst I have ever had. It was as if we were an inconvenience. No interaction, no welcome drink, no recommendations and no eye contact. In fact whilst checking in another couple were complaining about their room. The room itself was adequate for our stay but like other reviews it was the basic room in the courtyard with limited light. The shower is over the bath and it is quite awkward to get in and out of it with no hand rails to aid you. Wardrobe space is very limited. The hotel advertises 24 hour room service, however on the one night we were peckish we had a 40 minute wait and still no food. We did complain and the next evening we had champagne and fruit sent to our room-------which was lovely but no apology !!! On asking about a hire car to take us on the next leg of our journey, we were told to just return to the airport and get one there.
The good points-----the location is perfect, touches of chocolates and turn down service at night was lovely, spotlessly clean. The Spa is also a great treat at the end of a long day's sightseeing. Our check out could not have been more different from our check in. Matteo was a true professional. He was so polite and engaging. It was really heavy rain and he did everything for us as we wished to visit the Central Market that day. I just wish our check in had been similar.
We did not have breakfast in the hotel as there are so many cafes around it------Jamon del Medio is awesome both for breakfast and then evening atmosphere with the locals. I would really recommend Café de la Bourse for lunch and Los Gomez for tapas. I would also recommend the 2 day ticket on the sightseeing bus.
Overall Valencia is a wonderful city with so much to see and do. Hospes is so central to everything, I just wish we had had a better experience for 5 star prices.
Having stayed in the sister hotel in Alicante (Hospes Amerigos) we decided to book this for 5 nights. We were not disappointed. Firstly the staff are extremely helpful and friendly. Nothing was a problem. Reception were happy to recommend local eateries too. We had a room to the front which over looks the street. Very quiet until about 7am when traffic starts but it certainly wasn’t intrusive. Breakfasts were lovely with a great variety. Maybe if I had a slight grumble it would be maybe that breakfasts could be a a smidgen disorganised. Staff still friendly and willing though. Back to the rooms - all toiletrities are good quality and replenished daily. Again housekeeping staff called every evening to see if wee needed anything. Great hotel. Thank you to everyone.
Firstly, we enjoyed our stay. Staff very helpful and cheerful.
Stayed for 3 nights in a "Dreamer Double" (cheapest room) which opened onto an interior garden. Our request for a large double bed was met and was extremely comfortable. Just a few minor niggles. Not an over large room and was a bit quirky with a large width basin in bathroom so had to wait for it to fill to the top to get the required depth of water. Also, when unpacking, only two small drawers, a few shelves and two single wardrobes) which was barely adequate for our stay. The British Airways website (not hotels) states separate shower in this room type but it was over the bath. Other rooms we understand have separate shower. Otherwise, all the hotel is kept spotless and our room was always cleaned when we returned each day.
A major plus point if your are travelling to visit historic Valencia is you cannot beat the location with easy walking distance to the old town and hop on/off tourist buses. (Note many other 5 star hotels are in the business district). We spent one enjoyable evening late in the bar with excellent service. Also, there is an excellent cafe/bar 50 yards away which was buzzing. So, if visiting Valencia again we would chose this hotel. As the title of the review states it is "location, location, location."
A short walk from the old town. Rooms a really good size, clean & comfortable. Staff very helpful & friendly.
Good breakfast & bar. Great to sit in the garden with a glass of wine afternoon & evening.
The hotel is well located, which allows you to discover the city by foot. Most of the staff are friendly, my superior room was big and clean, the bar is not so stylish but the terrace is nice and the food in the restaurant is excellent.