Occupying what was once a 19th century palatial townhouse on the edge of the old-town centre, Hospes Palau de la Mar is a grand and attractive boutique hotel. Located in Valencia's Eixample Noble district, it’s a comfortable 15-minute walk from the city's AVE Railway Station and Valencia’s cathedral and surrounding old town are within 10 minutes stroll away.
Once through the colossal wooden double doors which were once the stagecoach entrance, original features blend with contemporary sheen. Prestigious interior designers Isabel López and Sandra Tarruella have been hard at work here. The striking lobby is a vision of white marble with polished marble floors and staircases. There are clean white walls and stainless-steel fittings; a newly expanded spa and Turkish baths; a mega screen television in one of the public spaces. In the organic gardens, even the herbs are symmetrical.
The Hotel Hospes Palau de la Mar has elegant, modern rooms with queen-size beds and Egyptian cotton bedlinen. All have a flat-screen interactive TV and the mandatory luxury marble bathroom.
The Ampar Gourmet Restaurant offers innovatively prepared modern Valencian cuisine Using locally sourced produce the chefs prepare a traditional twist on Mediterranean flavours, where oranges naturally take centre stage. 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, its ideal for an aperitif or a nightcap.
The Bodyna Spa is divided in two zones. The wellness area on the ground floor and the spa treatments, full of light, built with wood and glass, located on the first floor. A hot tub, a sauna and a Turkish bath are also included. There is also a small gym. Fed by two miniature waterfalls, the hydrotherapy lap pool in the hotel’s ground floor is ideal for a quick refreshing dip.