We took advantage of a special 30% advance reduction special offered to Melia Rewards Members to book the last three nights of our stay in Valencia here in the northern part of the city. The friendly lady at the reception gave us a room on the 20th floor upon request – if only we had read some of the tips here first, we would’ve asked for a corner room, but still ours had a breathtaking view of the entire city all the way to the Mediterranean.
The room itself was wonderfully large with a charming non-rectangular shape and the kingsize bed had one the best mattress we’ve experienced in any hotel, so we were able to snooze very comfortably. All the other amenities were very high-quality: great flat screen TV, espresso coffee machine, large bathroom with separate shower, toilet, and bathtub areas. You can see that the investor who originally opened this hotel as a Hilton – as the nice front desk clerk informed us about when we asked - was quality-minded.
Now to a possible downside for some: As others have mentioned, this is basically a conference center hotel, within two minutes of Valencia’s Palacio de Congresos, an airy and curvy “palace” designed by Norman Foster, and set in a somewhat swanky residential area built during the last ten years, not far from what will become the new football stadium Nou Mestalla. Those who prefer the old part of town have a five-minute walk to the metro station, where unfortunately the number 1 doesn’t run as often as you might expect or hope. Since Valencia is a relatively small city area-wise in spite of being Spain’s third largest city population-wise, you could even walk from the old city center to the hotel in less than an hour. There are also buses with stops right at the hotel.
What was our biggest disappointment and the reason for our downgrading what should be a top evaluation was the quality of the breakfast - included as part of the special rate - and the food we could order at the bar. The fruits and cheeses weren't fresh any of the three days we ate there, with otherwise poor to average quality buffet and no possiblity for additional cooked-to-order items. Perhaps conference participants don't eat much at the hotel anyway. And while the freshly squeezed orange juice was delicious, why wasn't horchata, the local speciality beverage, available? What was also a bit disappointing was the lack of any public space on the top floors. Evidently groups can rent a sort of bar and lounge area that we wandered into by chance on one of the upper floors. If only the Melia Valencia had a superb restaurant on the top floor with the fantastic view the highest builidng in Valencia has to offer...