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Hotel Highlights

  • Set in a peaceful pocket of the city, moments from the heart of old town
  • Innovatively prepared modern Valencian cuisine
  • Bubble away your stresses in the underground hydrotherapy pool

Overview

A lazy meander from the winding streets of the ancient city centre, Hospes Palau de la Mar is a grand and glamorous boutique hotel occupying two former palace buildings. The hotel blends period features with a clean-lined contemporary sheen. Original features, such as the colossal wooden doors and the impressive marble staircases, offer hints of bygone grandeur, and the polished marbled lobby floors, lingering scent of orange blossom and subterranean spa lend an atmosphere of soothing serenity.

Smith Extra

Here's what you get for booking Hospes Palau de la Mar with us:

A bottle of Mistela dessert wine, free dessert with every dinner booked at Senzone restaurant, and, for stays of four nights or more, a 20-minute massage for one person in the Bodyna spa

Special offers

Exclusive rates, packages and special offers at Hospes Palau de la Mar

Early booking offer: 10% off Early booking 45 days in advance: save 15% Stay two nights or more, save 10%

Facilities

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Hospes Palau de la Mar – Valencia – Spain

Need To Know

Rooms

66, including five Junior Suites and a Presidential Suite.

Check–out

12 noon, but flexible, subject to availability.

Rates

Double rooms from $122.29 (€100), excluding tax at 10 per cent.

More details

Rates exclude breakfast.

Also

The Bodyna spa spans two floors, with the airy treatment rooms looking out onto the pretty courtyard gardens. There’s a rejuvenating array of massages and treatments, including Valencia-inspired specialities that feature Mediterranean sea salt.

At the hotel

Spa with small gym, sauna and steam bath, free WiFi throughout, underground parking. In rooms: plasma TV, minibar, Korres toiletries. Suites have DVD/CD players too.

Our favourite rooms

Junior Suite 501 is our top pick – it’s enormous, for starters, and has a separate entrance corridor with a long businesslike desk, as well as airy skylights, a plush bathroom with a freestanding roll-top bath and spacious walk-in shower. Rooms 310 and 410 have the best views, and the rooms around the terrace gardens are the most light and peaceful – ask for the Double Superior 005 as it’s the biggest, and has a sofa bed that’s handy for children. Any room that ends in ‘05’ has a sliding window between the bathroom and the bedroom that opens up the space and allows you to bask in the bath tub while your partner relaxes on the bed.

Poolside

Fed by two miniature waterfalls, the hydrotherapy lap pool in the hotel’s ground floor may not be suited to Olympic swims but it’s ideal for a quick rejuvenating dip.

Packing tips

Don't bother stuffing a wash bag with things you think you'll need, Palau del Mar's toiletry provision would delight Cleopatra, even down to rarely offered essentials such as a toothbrush and paste, lip balm, and a full shaving set.

Also

Smoking is only allowed in the restaurant. Smallish dogs (up to 12kgs) are welcome, for a charge of €50 a night. Parking costs €18 a day.

Children

Palau de la Mar is more of a sanctuary for grown-ups, but nippers are welcome. Cots are available.

Food & Drink

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Hospes Palau de la Mar – Valencia – Spain

Hotel Restaurant

The bright, white Ampar restaurant mixes regional specialities (such as paella and other rice dishes) with innovative international cuisine. Naturally, the kitchen can work miracles with oranges, and the meat is palpably exquisite. Closed Sundays.

Hotel Bar

Looking out over the garden, the smart cocktail lounge beside the lobby shakes up a mean martini and also provides coffees and teas during the day. Lined with artwork and comfortable armchairs, it's ideal for an aperitif or a nightcap.

Last orders

Ampar serves lunch between 2pm and 4.30pm and dinner from 8.30pm to 11.30pm. The lounge mixes drinks until 1am.

Room service

A full menu of drinks and light meals is offered until 11pm.

Smith Insider

Dress code

You can dine in anything, but you'll want to don a shirt and jacket or a daringly cut black number to meet the mood.

Top table

Grab a window seat and watch Valencian life passing by.

Local Guide

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Hospes Palau de la Mar – Valencia – Spain
Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Worth getting out of bed for

A minute's walk from the hotel, the 9km Jardines del Turia occupy what was once the Rió Turia’s riverbed (before it was diverted around Valencia), and make for blissful strolling ground.

Local restaurants

La Pepica (+34 963 710366) on the Valencia seafront is a former haunt of Hemingway and a roll call of Spain’s favourite bullfighters, and overlooks the sprawling beach of Las Arenas and is perfect for a lunchtime paella.On the edge of the old town, Bodega La Paz (+34 963 944162) is a good-looking restaurant and tapas bar with a fantastic selection of wines from the surrounding region, as well as some sublime jámon on offer. The Oceanogràfic’s aquarium restaurant, Submarino (+34 961 975565) provides an excellent dining experience, allowing you to enjoy flavour-packed, creatively made cuisine while surrounded by underwater life. Don’t let that put you off your prawns…

Local cafés

A few steps from the bustling Plaza de la Reina, Horchatería de Santa Catalina (+34 963 912379) is a wonderfully tiled landmark café and an ideal spot to sample the city’s signature tiger nut concoction or to gorge on a portion chocolate con churros.

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Edge of the old town

Hospes Palau de la Mar

14 Navarro Reverter, Valencia, 46004

Hospes Palau de la Mar is a short stroll from the heart of Valencia's old town, the shopping streets of the modern centre, and the leafy Jardines del Real.

Planes

Valencia Airport is 30 minutes’ drive from the hotel. Otherwise, you can take the Metrobus or the Aerobus to the city centre, or jump on the metro (lines 3 and 5) which takes 15 minutes to get to the centre of Valencia.

Trains

The nearest train station is Valencia Norte, about five minutes’ drive from the hotel. It has daily connections to Madrid, Barcelona, Seville, Alicante and Granada. Alameda metro station is a two-minute walk.

Automobiles

Hospes Palau is less than 500m from the historic centre of Valencia, and bikes are available to hire from the hotel if your feet get tired. If you do decide to drive, valet parking is available at the hotel for €18 a day.

Reviews

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Hospes Palau de la Mar – Valencia – Spain

Anonymous review

by Anthony Leyton , Team Wordsmith at Mr & Mrs Smith

Until recently, Spain’s third city has been overshadowed by its bigger siblings Madrid and Barcelona, but a few judicious developments, an easyJet air route and the boutique-hotel allure of Hospes Palau de la Mar have meant that Valencia has been hogging an increasing amount of limelight lately. And deservedly so. As Mrs Smith and I emerge from the Metro into the sun-soaked greenery of the J…
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Hospes Palau de la Mar

Anonymous review by Anthony Leyton, Team Wordsmith

Until recently, Spain’s third city has been overshadowed by its bigger siblings Madrid and Barcelona, but a few judicious developments, an easyJet air route and the boutique-hotel allure of Hospes Palau de la Mar have meant that Valencia has been hogging an increasing amount of limelight lately. And deservedly so. As Mrs Smith and I emerge from the Metro into the sun-soaked greenery of the Jardin del Turia, we glimpse Moorish minarets, terracotta rooftops, wide boulevards, tiny labyrinthine streets and huge palm trees poking punkishly over park railings. Already, we’re glad to be here before everyone else gets in on the act.

Occupying what was once a palatial townhouse on the edge of the old-town centre, Hospes Palau de la Mar is an imposing prospect both inside and out. Once through the colossal wooden double doors, we’re met by a vision of white marble – all arches, pillars and soaring ceilings – that seems to cool us down despite the rocketing temperature outside. There is a tangy waft of orange blossom in the air – a clever aromatic touch that immediately relaxes us. We’re barely two minutes into our stay and we’ve already forgotten the stresses of the journey.

In our room, one of the hotel’s five Junior Suites, the sun beams in through remote-control skylights, leaving a shimmer on the polished dark-wood floor that makes a perfect counterpoint to the gleaming white walls. A sliding wooden panel proves to be the bathroom door, revealing a freestanding roll-top tub, a cavernous walk-in shower and a wide trough of a sink, bisected by a wooden board that holds enough mini toiletries to stock a small branch of Boots.

Having bounced on the bed, snooped through the minibar, sprawled on both sofas and been stymied by the complexities of the skylight controls, we decide that it must be about time for cocktail hour. So we decamp to the hotel bar. We settle down with two generous martinis – potent enough for use during a hippo’s epidural – and a waiter snakes over with an artful platter of surrealistically curved vegetable crisps, a vase of slender breadsticks and a bowl of delightfully bitter, herby olives. It’s just enough to get our appetites thoroughly whetted, so we strike out into the Valencian night in search of more substantial sustenance. ‘I don’t care what, as long as it’s cheap, it’s Valencian and it involves lots of ham,’ Mrs Smith decides.

In Spain, the earlier evening is the most sociable time of day; people take a twilight paseo through the city streets, strolling away the stresses of the day and stopping off for a tumbler of vino tinto at a roadside tapas bar. We wander the narrow streets of Valencia’s old town centre, passing open hobbit-hole doorways that lead to the lowest of low-key drinking dens, narrow balconies overflowing with foliage, and families and couples enjoying the evening air. We’ve barely been here four hours and I’m already I’m explaining to Mrs Smith how moving to Valencia would be a bloody good idea, actually.

The other good idea we had was Rioja. We slip a little bodega-cum-restaurant in a side street and order two large glasses of the scarlet sauce, which the waiter deposits on our table accompanied by a few slices of tender salty jamon iberico that keeps Mrs Smith contented. We continue the evening in the same vein, hopping from little bar to little bar for drinks and snacks  – we’re still sat eating calamari alfresco when the nearest church tower strikes one, signalling time to return to our hotel and lose ourselves in that colossal bed.

We carry our foodie theme into the next day. After a sumptuous breakfast of cured meats, fresh fruit and assorted Continental deliciousness, we head out into the heat and towards the strikingly modernist central market (stopping into Gothic merchants’ hall La Lonja to check out the inventively obscene gargoyles). The Mercado Central is gobsmackingly huge, lined with row upon row of hams, cheeses and meat (so much meat). There’s a vast fish market annexed, where sluggish lobsters clamber over ice, live eels swish around tanks and what looks like an ocean’s worth of gourmet-dinners-in-waiting lie in a patchwork of fish, odourless and fresher than fresh.

After a glass of creamy, doughy horchata (Valencia’s signature tigernut drink) in the sun-drenched square, we stroll back to Hospes Palau de la Mar via the imposing cathedral, final (alleged) resting place of both the Holy Grail (unlikely) and the severed arm of St Vicente the Martyr (unsightly).

After an hour or two in the moodily lit Bodyna spa hydro-pool in the hotel basement, we’re ready for dinner at Ampar, the Hospes restaurant. It’s a surprisingly quiet night, but we settle down into the crisp white environment with eager anticipation. Morals out the window, I tuck into a beautifully rich foie gras with brioche, while Mrs S turns her hawkish fork to a generous lobster salad. The secret to creating a good meat dish is simply using good meat, and Amap’s chef clearly knows this well; the fillet steak and lamb rib that find their way onto our respective plates are as tender and tantalising as any we’ve tasted. There’s barely room for dessert, but, since this is Valencia, we opt to share the hotel’s signature sweet, an unexpectedly delicious concoction that is essentially oranges in orange sauce with a side of orange-flower ice-cream.

We have to leave tomorrow, and the fact that we’ve enjoyed ourselves so much might explain why we attempt to stave off the inevitable by staying up into the wrong end of the night yet again. When I finally sink into the sheets, it strikes me that Valencia may play little sister to Barcelona and Madrid, but it’s growing up fast, and is going to end up even prettier than the big girls before long – especially with hotels like Hospes Palau de la Mar in its make-up case.

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith hotel with us, we'll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Hospes Palau de la Mar's Guestbook below.

 

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Great location on a quiet street. Friendly, discreet staff. Large rooms.

Don’t expect

I thought breakfast could've been better. I haven't stayed at any other five-star hotels with a self-service, office-style coffee machine.

Rating: 8/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

A lovely hotel just on the edge of the old city, perfect for exploring Valencia on foot. The hotel itself was very stylish, the room and facilities were very good, and the staff attentive and helpful.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

We loved the fantastic, unpretentious, relaxed atmosphere in the hotel. The superb spa and the quality of the comfortable rooms.

Don’t expect

We thought the restaurant didn't have any identity or character.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The rooms were excellent.

Don’t expect

I would've liked the spa to be open on Sundays.

Rating: 8/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

This hotel is central, and easily reachable by car. Staying here is definitely an urban experience. It has a grand entrance and a nice, modern outdoor courtyard cafe with a vapor cooling system and a nice herb garden.

Don’t expect

The air conditioner didn't work in our room, despite the digital climate control device on the wall. I raised that concern with reception shortly after arriving. There was little they could do to fix it.

Rating: 2/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I liked the good location, nice patio and bar/restaurant.

Don’t expect

All the ingredients are there, but for me it just doesn't quite pull it off; not sure why. I thought the hotel's breakfast was a bit poor value.

 

Rating: 7/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I liked the helpful, professional and relaxed staff.

Don’t expect

The bedrooms were a bit too minimalist.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Superb customer service; great position near the centre of town but not too near! The area around hotel has lovely nice bars and shopping, near the river park.

Don’t expect

The rooms were a little tired; the shower took forever to drain away, but the hotel did try to improve things without much success.

Rating: 8/10 stars