This hostel could not have been more perfect. Here's why:
Location: It's right off a square, behind the old Silk Market, which is across the street from The Market where you can get all the fresh food you want from 10-2 every day except Sundays. It's a block and a half from the main plazas, stores, restaurants- The location is simply perfect.
Security: Excellent. You either get buzzed into the building by the front desk or you swipe your room key card. Upon check in you get an identification card to be shown on demand if you look unfamiliar to the front desk person. The same entry card grants you entry into your room. In the room itself each bed got a sturdy key locked locker. I always felt very safe at any time of day or night.
Rooms: I requested a room on the top floor and that's exactly what I got. It had a balcony facing out towards the back of the church just next to the small square and it was great. The temperature of the room was perfect but as far as I could see there was no way to heat it or cool the room, which is what other people have complained about in colder and warmer months. Our 3 bed room dorm (we occupied 2 beds) were comfortable and warm with the linens provided. You're given 2 blankets, a pillow case, a towel and a wool blanket already on the bed. I absolutely love that each bed and pillow is sealed with a plastic protector (not the kind that swishes and makes noise, this was totally silent).
Cleanliness: The entire place is cleaned top to bottom each and every morning by several staff persons.
Staff: Perfect! Upon our arrival they gave us a map and explained to us everything about the city center, including a free walking tour and paella night! Everyone, including the cleaning staff were polite, cheerful, wonderfully helpful and patient. They welcomed us like long long friends.
The property: They have a good size kitchen and two refrigerators with labels for you to label your food. This was also cleaned daily even though people clean up after themselves, as expected. The pantry was clearly labeled with where to find everything (plates, cups, pots, pans, etc) and it was comfortable. The lobby floor has 2 living room areas with couches, one with a tv and some books, the other around a coffee table. There is free wifi all throughout the property and 2 computers in the lobby next to the information desk.
The bathroom was down the hall and has 2 large showers (so comfortable!) with shelfs for you to put your soap & bottles on, two toilets, two sinks, one hair dryer and another outlet beside the mirror. Looks just like in the photos online.
Even though the hostel was full to capacity, it never seemed that way. Each room is different with its own personality, quirky decoration but not over done, distracting our too loud.
Everything was immaculate, organized, comfortable and our 4 night stay was perfect.
We wish we hadn't had to leave.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Home Youth Hostel is a youth hostel in Valencia located just in the city centre, and only 10 minutes from the main train and bus stations. Our hostel offers you the perfect low-cost accommodation if you're looking for a centrally located lodging. This youth hostel in Valencia is placed a few steps far from the Mercado Central (Central Market) and La Lonja, two very important tourist spots in Valencia. Home Youth Hostel Valencia is the first hostel without bunk beds in Valencia. This coloful youth hostel is perfect for groups accomodation and also individual travellers. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Home Youth Hotel Valencia