Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Pensions & Hostals in Valencia's Old City

Spain is full of wonderful, reasonably priced pensions, and what they call hostals, which are small hotels. In the old part of Valencia city, there are a number of such places in renovated old buildings within steps of great dining, sites, walking and bicycling, not to mention the main train station. Here is a sampling:

Pension Paris, c/ Salva 12, 46002 Valencia Spain, (34) 963 526 766; http://www.pensionparis.com
Modest, clean rooms with free wifi, that are very inexpensive. All rooms except one are with shared bath. Prices range from 22 to 51 euros per night depending on occupancy and the type of room. The Pension (pictured above) is on a great street, easy walking distance to shopping, dining, metro and train stations.

Acta del Carmen, Blanquerias 11, 46003, Valencia Spain; (34) 962 057 700; http://www.hotel-delcarmenvalencia.com
This is a newly renovated hotel in an old building overlooking a large street and park. It has 25 rooms, free wifi, a restaurant, bar, fitness room, and a terrace with an open-air Jacuzzi. Prices range from 64 to 90 euros a night per room depending upon room, number of days and season.

Edifico Palomar, c/ Palomar 13, 46001 Valencia, Spain; (34) 963 910 619; http://www.edificiopalomar.com
In a beautiful old building, on a small street, the Edificio Palomar (the blue building pictured above) has eight brand new apartments to rent by the night or week with free wifi. Prices per night range from 80 to 280 euros depending on how many people are staying in the apartment. There are some decent deals where in two of the apartments if you had six people in the apartment it would cost 30 euros each person per night (180 total). The extra costs are a 200-euro refundable deposit and a 40-euro end of stay cleaning fee.

Hostal Antigua Morellana, c/ En Bou, 2, 46001 Valencia; 963 915 773; info@hostalam.com; www.hostalam.com
This hotel has 18 rooms each with bathroom, TV and telephone in a renovated 18th century building in the heart of old Valencia. Depending on season prices are 45-55 euros/night for a single room and 55-65 euros/night for a double room.

HiLux Hostel is one of the three Feetup Hostels in Spain (also in Seville and Barcelona), c/ Cadirers 11, 46001 Valencia; 963 914 691; http://feetuphostels.com/dev/
HiLux is a cross between a small hotel and a backpacking hostel with 10 balconied double and twin rooms for 20-30 euros/night per person with shared baths. It is on a cute back street in the old town with clean rooms each with a distinct decor. This books up well in advance.

Blue Moon Apartments is connected to the HiLux Hostel. Blue Moon Apartments, c/ Portal de Validigna 8, 46003; 689 314 813; Valencia; http://www.bluemoonvalencia.com.
The Portal de Validigna is an old gateway in the city and makes for a great old street area. These apartments are newly renovated and can sleep 2-6 people depending on apartment. Prices of 20-40 euros are per person, per night depending on season and day. All apartments have washers, kitchen, and private baths. Keys are picked up from the Indigo Youth Hostel at c/ Guillem de Castro 64; http://www.indigohostel.com/indigo.htm. Indigo is a backpacking hostel with private rooms and dorms ranging from 13 to 23 euros/ night per person with shared baths.

Hostal Bisbal, C/ Pie De La Cruz 9, 46001 Valencia Spain; 963 917 084; Fax: 963 923 737. No Website or email.
This family-run hotel is in an old building on a back street near the Central Market (Mercado). The ten rooms are small but clean, and have showers in the bathrooms - prices range from 60-78 Euros/night.

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