Valencia, Spain Hotels and B&B's

by Edwin Thomas

Although Valencia is the third-largest city in Spain with its own historical attractions and a set of urban beaches, it is not one of the major tourist destinations of Spain's Mediterranean coastline. Despite that, the city offers its visitors a selection of lodging choices, and although the city has few proper bed and breakfast establishments, many its hotel choices include breakfast as part of the room rate.

Time Frame

As a major Spanish and the center of its own province, Valencia is the transportation center for travelers making their way around that part of Spain's Mediterranean Coast, sometimes referred to as the "Orange Blossom Coast." Because Valencia suffers from a hot, stuffy summer and is as much a transit point as a destination, the city's hotels are usually not booked up in July and August, so substantial discounts are sometimes available. The same cannot be said of the city's famed Fallas festival, held every March, when demand is high and advance bookings are advisable.

Ad Hoc Monumental

Occupying a restored 19th-century townhouse in the city's historic Xerea quarter, the Ad Hoc Monumental sits in a central position between the Cathedral and the Tulia Gardens, only one or two minutes walk from either. The room decor blends contemporary furnishings with traditional design elements such as the building's original decorative brickwork and Spanish tile flooring. Guestrooms come equipped with modern amenities such as cable TV and internet access, along with special touches such as soundproofing. Breakfast at the Ad Hoc takes the form of a buffet. Those driving to Valencia should take note, however, that Fodor's considered finding the Ad Hoc by car and then locating a parking space difficult.

Catalonia Excelsior

Considered one of the most reasonably priced hotels in Valencia by both Frommer's and Fodor's, the Catalonia Excelsior is set in a building from the 1930s, complete with a period-appropriate Art Deco restaurant and bar. Guest rooms come appointed in a more contemporary fashion, however, with wood floors and modern, mid-range style wood furnishings and fittings. The location is convenient as well and virtually around the corner from Plaza del Ayuntamiento. However, some rooms are on the small side, so prospective guests should inquire about this point before booking.

Husa Reina Victoria

Labeled Valencia's grand dame hotel by Fodor's, the Reina Victoria sits in a prime location near Plaza del Ayuntamiento and enjoys a reputation as the city's most architecturally stunning hotel. The facade and public spaces are examples of neo-classical design in the style reminiscent of the art nouveau stations of the Paris Metro. The guest rooms, on the other hand, are more modest affairs with broad-planked wood flooring, decorative Spanish tilework and contemporary furnishings. The rooms come with Wi-Fi service, and the hotel's location places it a few minutes walk from the central railway and Valencia's downtown sights. A buffet breakfast is included in the room rate.