Wednesday newsletters always feature a luxury hotel and/or flight review.
Today (October 8, 2014): Review of The Westin Valencia, an urban oasis in Spain.
The Westin Valencia is ideally located in the city centre close to the historic center, the commercial area and the City of Arts and Science of Valencia. The 135 elegant Art Deco style rooms and suites have a warm, relaxing atmosphere with plenty of natural light and some of them even feature private terraces with a Jacuzzi. Come relish in the rooms, relax at the spa, enjoy exquisite dining and let the lovely staff take care of you on your next vacation.
The Westin Valencia features in my top 10 list of the best hotels in Spain.
Have you ever stayed at the Westin Valencia? If so, what was your experience? Leave a comment.
In this review (more info and photos below my Youtube clip & the slideshow):
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PROS & THINGS I LIKE
- The hotel is located in a quiet area, a 5 minute stroll from 2 subway stops, within walking distance from the historic center and the business district, and a short 15-minute drive from Valencia Airport.
- Behind its impressive façade, emblematic of the Modernist style, the hotel offers a contemporary interior designed to provide a refreshing and restorative environment.
- Beyond the elegant marble lobby with its impressive multi-tiered Swarovski crystal chandelier lies the hotel’s beautiful 1,900-square-meter interior Mediterranean garden, where you can enjoy blooms and lush greenery.
- The restaurants and bars are all centered around the courtyard garden. They all have open-air terraces on the fringes of this green oasis, providing myriad opportunities for dining. The Rosmarino Restaurant is the place to start the day with a breakfast buffet. The elegant Komori Restaurant offers Japanese delicacies with a modern touch, and you can also dine and unwind in the less formal El Jardi Bar.
- Avant-garde technology complements the classic style of the 135 guest rooms and suites. The signature ‘Westin Heavenly Beds’ aim to ensure a restful night’s slumber, leaving you feeling at your best the following morning. The rooms & suites on the second floor come with large terraces, some even with an outdoor jacuzzi.
- Westin Hotels are known for their impressive service, impeccable taste, and excellent amenities, and the Westin Valencia more than lives up to that high standard.
- The hotel features an extensive health club in its basement, which encompasses a fitness studio, a therapeutic indoor salt-water ionized swimming pool, sauna, turkish hammam and 8 spa treatment rooms.
- The Westin Valencia is the most luxurious hotel in the city, so it is a no-brainer to stay here when you are in Valencia, whether it be for leisure or business. And while Westin is not Marriott’s most luxurious brand, this hotel is easily one of the best hotels in its portfolio.
- Marriott Bonvoy top tier members have access to a complimentary full breakfast buffet (and not a continental breakfast as is the case in most other Marriott properties).
CONS & THINGS TO KNOW
I really enjoyed my stay at this hotel and it’s hard to find faults with this hotel at all. Just some things you need to beware of or some areas where I think there is room for improvement:
- This is not a small-scale, intimate, boutique hotel, but a rather large city hotel with a somewhat corporate feeling.
- While the breakfast is decent with a wide range of choices on offer, the buffet is not as impressive and extensive as in Marriott’s other luxury properties.
- Service at the restaurants is rather slow, but keep in mind that this is Spain, not the USA.
- Food at the restaurants is decent (and moderately priced), but I did miss more local and authentic cuisine on the menu (the restaurants clearly cater to the taste of the Westin’s international clientele). Spanish cuisine is delicious and Valencia has some of the best Spanish food, so an authentic Spanish restaurant or menu would have been an awesome addition to this great hotel (but perhaps that does not fit well within the Westin brand).
- The rooms with terraces are gorgeous, but not all of them get sunshine, so if chilling on your terrace in the afternoon sun is a must, make sure to request a south or west facing room when making a booking.
- Location: 8/10
- Design: 8/10
- Rooms: 8/10
- Food: 7/10
- Service: 9/10
- Overall experience: very good: 8/10
TIPS FOR FUTURE GUESTS & SAVE MONEY
- Room tip: all rooms are gorgeous here, but if a terrace is a must, then be sure to book a Grand Deluxe room (or higher room category).
- Read my tips for preparing your trip in time.
- Valencia, Spain’s third biggest city, doesn’t have that iconic, must-see reason to visit. There’s no Sagrada Familia or Prado museum here, or anywhere near the number of sights Madrid and Barcelona have. But Valencia is still a fine place to visit: the city doesn’t feel as big as it actually is (the suburbs sprawl out much further than a tourist will ever see), with fine cuisine at good prices and a number of excellent attractions. Things not to be missed in Valencia: Old Town with the Cathedral, City of Arts and Sciences, the Turia River’s former river bed, Mercado Central (=market), and the Port & Beach.
BEST TIME TO VISIT
The best time Valencia is in April and May, the sweet spot full of warm weather and void of crazy crowds. In general, the city boasts a Mediterranean climate with consistently pleasant weather. Average high temps range from 15 °C (59 degrees) in the wintertime to 30°C (86 degrees) in the height of summer. Summer days on the Spanish coast usher in plenty of sunshine and often a high level of humidity; since its peak season, hotels are also more expensive and harder to book. Wintertime is also pretty comfortable temperature-wise and the city is more or less tourist-free, but the downside is certain attractions shorten their hours of operation and there is rain from time to time.
HOW TO GET THERE
The Westin Valencia is located a 20 minute, 20 euro cab ride from Valencia International Airport (also known as Manises Airport). The latter is served by most European full-service and low-cost airlines (click here for a direct link to their websites), as well as by some non-European airlines. Check the Wikipedia page of Valencia International Airport for an updated list with airlines that offer direct flights to Valencia. Valencia is also well-connected to other Spanish cities by high-speed trains.