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
Immediately upon arrival you are greeted and pampered by a caring staff. Our room (Jr.Suite) was large, well appointed, very comfy bed and pillows. Bathroom was large with wonderful amenities. Staff incredibly accommodating with extra towels, extra chocolates every night,water delivery everyday gratis, directions and city sites, etc..Breakfast was plentiful and delicious. Best cafe latte!! The pool and sauna were relaxing after a long day of touring. The garden area aside the lobby was a beautiful location to read, drink some bobal wine and relax.
Location of hotel is 8 minute walk into the old city, 5 minute walk to restaurants, 5 minute walk to the park area and other sites to see. 20 minutes from the airport. Very accessible hotel.
Thank you for a truly fabulous stay.
This is a very good hotel with fine superior bedroom. They propose good services and fine breakfast. The spa is however very small and you don't stay in it very long. The Hotel is located near the historical part of Valence.
Glad I'm only starting one night. Wifi not working. Told twice it would be 5 minutes. Never worked. AC doesn't keep room cool and the front desk staff where not reflective of what you see at a 5 star hotel. I am a Bonvoy (Marriot) Ambassador Elite member and it was as though the hotel doesn't recognize they are part of the Marriott family. They didn't even offer to assist with bags.
Contemporary hotel in historic building, with attractive reception area, public rooms and gorgeous bedroom. Travelling with teen, so had paid for a superior triple room but received free upgrade to junior suite on check-in. Friendly, helpful staff on reception. Room was huge, stylish decorated, incl. two sofas, super-king master bed, plus plenty of space despite extra bed. Bathroom incl. tub, double width sink plus separate shower and toilet. View over rooftops along avenue, though hardly any street noise. Welcome bottle of wine on first night, plus fresh water and chocolates delivered each evening.
Very well located for key attractions, old town (15min walk to Plaza de la Reina), City of Arts & Sciences (25min walk to Palau de les Artes), food (e.g. 8min walk to Mercado de Colon) and main shopping street Colon. Compact city centre, so very walkable. Alternatively rent a bike from one of the Valencibi stands along avenue, and descend to Turia city park (former river bed).
At the centre of the city, so near to all historical places and at a walking distance to modern museums. Lovely and very clean hotel. Above all excellent for breakfast and best place in Valencia for dining.