from Cardiff, UK
Submitted on 02-05-2016
If you want everything on your doorstep, don‚??t stay here, but if you don‚??t mind being a little way out in a good hotel with excellent public transport links, this could be the place. Apart from the fact that we‚??re Melia Rewards members, due to the lack of choice in direct flights from the UK to Valencia, we chose this Melia hotel because we were driving up from Alicante and we thought it would be really easy to get to the hotel using the ring road ‚?? and it was. Plus, if you do get lost...
If you want everything on your doorstep, don‚??t stay here, but if you don‚??t mind being a little way out in a good hotel with excellent public transport links, this could be the place. Apart from the fact that we‚??re Melia Rewards members, due to the lack of choice in direct flights from the UK to Valencia, we chose this Melia hotel because we were driving up from Alicante and we thought it would be really easy to get to the hotel using the ring road ‚?? and it was. Plus, if you do get lost, it‚??s not that easy to lose sight of a 30 storey skyscraper hotel. There‚??s masses of free on-street parking nearby and loads of spaces close to the hotel open up in the evenings as hotel and other workers go home. If you decide to use the underground car park at the hotel it‚??ll cost you ‚?¨17 a day. You can easily find out that Beniferri station on metro lines 1&2 is only a few hundred metres from the hotel along the main road, Avenida de les Corts Valencianes, but we think there‚??s much better news than that. You can catch bus #62 on the main road right by the side of the hotel, and this bus takes you directly to old town. And 100 metres the other way at the back of Palau de Congressos, you can get tram #4 which takes you all the way to the beach.
So what about this former Hilton hotel itself? Well, it‚??s pretty classy. Good friendly welcome at reception and everyone spoke great English, even though English speakers are definitely a minority here in Valencia. We thought about a premium room but in the end decided to book a junior suite and it was a lovely space, though truthfully, we wouldn‚??t do so again, and wouldn‚??t recommend them to others. On check-in were told that ALL junior suites are interconnecting rooms ‚?? they don‚??t make that clear on the website. We absolutely hate interconnecting rooms and would never choose one. On this occasion we were very lucky. The hotel wasn‚??t that busy in April and they kindly agreed to lock off the adjoining room on the booking system so it wouldn‚??t be allocated to other guests. We were so grateful for that, but we guess many others won‚??t be so lucky, and we wouldn‚??t risk it again. Secondly, we‚??d hoped to get a really high floor in the tower with fantastic views, but it looks like the junior suites could all be in the shorter block next to the tower. If that‚??s correct, we couldn‚??t find that out before we booked. We were on floor 11, which we think might be the top floor of the side block, and whilst there were quite expansive views from the room, they were heavily framed by the nearby apartment blocks. So if you want the chance of a really great view, probably best not to book a junior suite. We also can‚??t understand why being Gold Card Rewards members seems to give us nothing at the hotel ‚?? no special welcome or treatment, no room upgrades when a hotel‚??s not busy, and generally no extras like those you might get in H10 Hotels, although we did get some cake on arrival. It seems to us that whilst Melia does offer a loyalty scheme, they don‚??t really want to, and only do so out of sufferance because competitors have their own schemes. They don‚??t even offer points for extra spending in the hotel ‚?? probably sums it up really.
This is one of Melia‚?? s hotels that has their Dreamax mattress beds in the rooms and they‚??re really comfortable beds, although we think they‚??d be even better with a good quality topper. But the duvet was just so hot, even in April. It must be 13.5 tog. Dread to think what it must be like in summer, even with aircon. Having a separate shower plus a bath is excellent, plus the Melia bath towels are huge, and the towels we had here were particularly soft and fluffy, almost like new. No charge WiFi was fine for what we wanted to do and the safe is also included in your room rate here. Breakfast was excellent and because the hotel wasn‚??t that busy it was all very relaxed, but this isn‚??t a hotel with a chef in attendance to make you an omelette like you get in so many holiday hotels. We thought the coffee machines made a fairly decent espresso, but an Italian style roast would still improve them quite a bit. For a 4 star business hotel, the bar prices weren‚??t extortionate ‚?? glasses of cava were ‚?¨4.50 each, but surprisingly, you can‚??t get a kir royale here, despite the 4 stars. We didn‚??t have dinner in the hotel. There aren‚??t masses of restaurants close by but there are a number just along Corts Valencianes that should suit most people if they don‚??t want to go far at night. Just remember, this is Valencia, so most places don‚??t start serving dinner until 8.30pm, including the hotel restaurant.
If we come back to Valencia, which we hope to do some time and we‚??re not splashing out to stay in the 5 star Las Arenas Balneario down by the beach, then we‚??d happily come back here, but just not a junior suite.