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Where to Stay in Valencia: Best Areas & Hotels, 2018

Tourists who are visiting Valencia for its historic attractions will want to stay in or near the Ciutat Vella (Old Town), home to popular sites like the Catedral de Valencia and Mercado Central. The Old Town is nestled within the elbow of what used to be the riverbed of the Turia. When it dried up, what remained was a fertile strip of land that is today a beautiful green space full of walking paths and interesting sites like the Antiguas Ruinas (ancient ruins). Around two miles from the old town, Valencia's maritime district takes advantage of a prime location on the Balearic Sea. It has been recently revived and is popular for its sandy beaches and marina, which serves boats to and from all the tourist attractions of the Balearic Islands. All recommended hotels offer free Wi-Fi and have friendly, English-speaking staff.

Where to Stay for Luxury

Aerial view over Valencia Temple
Aerial view over Valencia Temple
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In the heart of the Ciutat Vella, the Caro Hotel is close to major historic sites, like the Catedral de Valencia and Iglesia de Santo Tomás y San Felipe Neri, and is adjacent to the old riverbed area close to the Archaeological Museum and Antiguas Ruinas. This five-star luxury boutique hotel balances the old and new by retaining elements from the building's original historic features, resulting in an interesting mix of the ancient and ultra-modern minimalist.

The Hospes Palau de la Mar Hotel is updated and stylish with tall ceilings, sweeping staircases, and spacious rooms. It sits just outside the Old Town on the edge of the Turia Riverbed park, convenient to the city's tops attractions and surrounded by shopping. Amenities include a spa, fitness center with lap pool, hot tub, and restaurant.

Just on the other side of the riverbed and about 15 minutes by foot to Ciutat Vella, The Westin Valencia is in an impressive, historic palace-like building that surrounds a large central courtyard with a fountain and seating in the shade. This is also a spa hotel and has a full-size heated indoor pool, as well as a business center and secure parking beneath the hotel.

Where to Stay: Mid-Range

Catedral de Valencia
Catedral de Valencia
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Some of Valencia's best mid-range hotels are centrally located in or within walking distance of the Ciutat Vella. In the very center of the old town close to the Plaza de España, Vincci Mercat has rooms that are ultra-modern and spotless and include a mini-fridge, electric kettle, and safe. Rates include a generous breakfast spread with freshly squeezed Valencian orange juice, and guests can relax in comfortable seating by the rooftop pool.

The nearby Hotel One Shot Mercat 09 is a 22-room all-suite boutique hotel that is convenient to Mercado Central and La Lonja. Features of the historic building have been retained, while interesting and unique artwork, muraled ceilings, and hardwood floors combine to create an elegant yet welcoming atmosphere.

Although a bit removed from the center, Hotel Melia Valencia is only four blocks to the old riverbed and the old town attractions just beyond. Occupying the tallest building in Valencia, it has fantastic views from its affordable rooms and suites, which are updated and modern. Hotel amenities include a well-equipped fitness center, indoor pool, business center, concierge, and room service. Guest rooms include mini-fridges and electric kettles for tea and coffee.

Where to Stay on a Budget

Plaza del Ayuntamiento
Plaza del Ayuntamiento
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Unlike many cities, Valencia has several good budget hotels that are in prime locations convenient to the city's top tourist attractions and ideal for sightseeing. Hotel Sorolla Centro sits on the outer edge of the Old Town, just one block from the Plaza de Toros and North Station and under five minutes' walk to Plaza Ayuntamiento. Rooms are spotless, and since the hotel is in a pedestrian area, there is no traffic noise, so you can open the door to your balcony to let in the evening breeze.

Nearby, the Sweet Hotel Continental is within walking distance of all the top tourist attractions and surrounded by shopping. Rooms are basic but very clean and not too small, and when you aren't out sightseeing you can enjoy the rooftop terrace. Staff members are incredibly attentive, and babysitting is available. This hotel is also wheelchair accessible.

Guest rooms are well-soundproofed at Hotel Adhoc Carmen, a wallet-friendly option located near the Torres de Serranos, the Archaeological Museum, and the cathedral. Also close to the riverbed park, it is within walking distance of the Museo de Bellas Artes and has numerous restaurants close by. The hotel's 21 rooms are housed in a beautiful historic building with enormous wooden doors and rustic touches of exposed beams and brick.

Where to Stay for Families

Sea view from Pope Luna's Castle
Sea view from Pope Luna's Castle
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The Hotel Las Arenas Balneario Resort is one of Valencia's premiere waterside hotels in the city's maritime district. In addition to prime beach access, the hotel has both indoor and outdoor pools and a hot tub. Among the plentiful amenities is a fitness center, spa, and restaurant. This luxury resort's grounds are lined with palm trees and are spotted with fountains that are lit up at night, and the hotel offers family rooms and suites, including the option to have a balcony room overlooking the sea.

Families who want to focus on the historic sites will love the welcoming Petit Palace Ruzafa, located in the center of the Old Town, just a few blocks from the Mercado Central and La Lonja. Kids are welcomed with little gifts and thoughtful accessories, like step stools in the bathrooms. Comfortably sized family rooms have bunk beds for the kids, and coffee is available all day for the parents. The hotel also has a limited number of bicycles that guests may borrow free of charge, and this is a pet-friendly lodging.

Where to Stay for Romance

Valencia bike ride
Valencia bike ride
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The elegant simplicity of the Vincci Lys hotel is just one of the things that makes this an ideal spot for couples to enjoy their stay in Valencia's Old Town. Located on a quiet pedestrian street, the hotel is near the Plaza de Toros and Town Hall Square, convenient to the city's top attractions. Suites are enormous and come with thoughtful extras, like complimentary snacks. Rooms with private balconies are available. Amenities include a generous breakfast buffet with plentiful fresh fruit, room service, concierge, and a secure hotel-managed parking garage.

On the east side of the Ciutat Vella only two blocks from the Palacio del Marqués de Dos Aguas (Ceramics Museum), Vincci Palace Valencia exudes an ambience of royalty, with deep purple furnishings contrasting hardwood floors and bright white walls. Guest rooms have a modern opulence and romantic touches like dimmable lights, as well as conveniences like a mini-fridge and safe. For extra special occasions, ask for a corner room to enjoy the views from its huge windows. Lodgings include a full breakfast buffet with treats like espresso & fresh Valencia orange juice.

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