You can find many different hotels and apartments on any budget in Valencia. But in my opinion, the most exciting option is staying at Valencia boutique hotels.
Valencia is the third-most populous city in Spain and the center of the Valencia Community province, known for its scenic beaches, parks, numerous bike lanes, modern architecture, delicious food, and original festivals all over the year.
After the Covid pandemic, the city has regained popularity among the tourists and now attracts more people each month, with the most prevalent request of “where to stay in Valencia”.
Tip: First decide where you want to stay—next to the sea, in the historical center or maybe in a district next to the river park Turia.
Best boutique hotels in Valencia in 2022
- Helen Berger Boutique Hotel
- Only YOU Hotel Valencia
- The Westin Valencia
- Cosmo Hotel Boutique
- Palacio Vallier 5* (Super stylish and luxurios)
- Hospes Palau de La Mar
- Hotel Dimar
- NH Collection Colón Valencia
- One Shot Colón 46
- Modern & Confort Premium Concept Ruzafa
- Petite Palace Ruzafa
- YOURS Boutique Stay (This is my favorite one!)
- Sercotel Valencia Alameda 41
- Ilunion Aqua 4
- Barceló Valencia
- Core Suites Valencia
- Hotel Boutique Balandret
- La Más Bonita Patacona (The best breakfast on the beach)
- Marin Beach Apartments
- Las Arenas Hotel (Bonus)
What is a boutique hotel?
The idea of a boutique hotel first appeared in the United Kingdom in the 1980s, when an old guest house owner turned it into a hotel for art lovers. Since then, boutique hotels have become popular in many countries.
It is a small and intimate hotel with a unique design and a higher quality of customer service. That distinguishes boutique hotels from the larger chains or brand hotels. The boutique hotel usually provides its guest with personalized services and attention. While there is no consensus on the definition of a boutique hotel, there are some particular features:
- Size. Boutique hotels are rather small, with no more than a hundred rooms. That creates an atmosphere of being a personal guest in a private home, rather than just another come-and-go tourist.
- Style. A boutique hotel could be fashionable, trendy, elegant, green, and even swollen of the exclusive.
- Different. Sometimes it’s just it—being something different from standard hotels.
- Food. It could be something like vegan-style or eco products only; it could be the food only available at the hotel location.
- Price. Yes, it can often be an expensive stay.
There are five popular locations in Valencia where you can stay depending on your preferences:
1. Old town (Ciutat Vella)
When you stay in this area, you will be surrounded by beautiful buildings and museums with centuries of history. You will walk along the narrow streets and sit on the terraces of cafes overlooking the Central Market, buy the freshest local products and try various tapas, churros, and seafood dishes.
- Council Square (Plaza Ayuntamiento)
- Valencia Cathedral
- National Museum of Ceramics and Decorative Arts
- The Central Market of Valencia (Mercado Central)
- Queen’s Square (Plaza de la Reina)
- Museo Palacio de Marques
Boutique Hotels in the Old Town, Valencia:
Helen Berger Boutique Hotel
This boutique hotel is encapsulated in a beautiful building with 34 rooms, made in an exclusive design, with all amenities and big attention to detail.
The hotel has two remarkable penthouses, each with a private terrace on the roof. There is a beautiful restaurant where you can eat breakfast and come for lunch and dinner. Overall, great location, tidy rooms, delicious breakfasts, and attentive staff.
Only YOU Hotel Valencia
It is a 5-star design hotel in the center of Valencia that has 191 rooms with beautiful interiors. While the hotel has many more rooms to be called a boutique, it has notable differences from standard hotels. There are several restaurants, one of which is a Japanese fusion cuisine bar with sophisticated decor, an upbeat atmosphere, and DJ music every night. I would rate the hotel 9 out of 10 for its location, the rooms, and the staff.
The Westin Valencia
The hotel’s building itself is a separate form of art. The hotel also has a beautiful garden (quite a rarity for city hotels). You can have a really good time at the restaurant’s open-air terrace and enjoy delicious food and drinks. But the benefits don’t end there. The Westin Valencia features a swimming pool, spa, saunas, and therapy rooms. There are three restaurants with a variety of food. Overall, 9 out of 10. Also, lovely spacious rooms and delicious breakfasts.
Cosmo Hotel Boutique
Right next to the Central Market, with a very high rating of 9,2 at Booking.com and TripAdvisor. The hotel is relatively small, with 33 rooms of different classes. Cosmo Hotel Boutique opened its doors in May 2019 and survived the pandemic! I think there is a certain key to their success: modern new light-colored rooms, top-notch 24/7 restaurant, staff and location. What do you want more? Okay, it also has penthouses with a spacious terrace.
Palacio Vallier 5*
It is a unique deluxe hotel inside the 19th-century mansion. During the reconstruction of the building, the remains of a 3rd-century perfume shop were discovered there. Everything here is top-notch, the hotel exterior, the rooms, the amenities, the service, and the restaurants. Exceptionally stylish! Overall, I would give it 9,5 out of 10.
2. Eixample (Gran Via)
This area will appeal to those who love wide streets, city traffic, shopping, trendy restaurants, and cafes. The location is close to Turia Park, so you can ride a rented bicycle there, walk, and even do some sports. The park is very inspiring, I would say, and it is a real gem of Valencia.
- Mercado Colon
- Shopping streets
- Turia Park
- The Fallas Museum
Boutique Hotels in Eixample (Gran Via), Valencia:
Hospes Palau de La Mar
It is a recently renovated 19th-century hotel with a swimming pool, spa center, saunas, and therapy rooms. The hotel has a gourmet restaurant and spacious terraces where you can enjoy dining in the open air. The hotel is pet-friendly. I would say that the hotel’s location is perfect for this area—you will stay away from the hustle and bustle, while all the main attractions are within walking distance.
Small and stylish hotel next to riverbed park Turia. The rooms are designed in classic style. Overall, excellent location, lovely breakfasts, very comfortable stay.
NH Collection Colón
You can find it in Mercado Colon square, the heart of commercial street life in Valencia. El Corte Ingles shopping center, boutiques, and shops— in a 5-minute walk. Spacious rooms with excellent soundproofing. Fabulous rooftop terrace. Delicious breakfasts. Overall, 9 out of 10.
One Shot Colon 46
Trendy and relaxing hotel with attentive staff. It has spacious rooms without overly-complicated interior design. Great for a short stay, with shopping centers and Turia Park nearby.
The area is well-known for its vibrant and eclectic nightlife. Here, you’ll find the city’s trendiest bars, nightclubs, and restaurants.
What makes Ruzafa the best area to stay:
- Variety of restaurants
- Fashion stores
- Amazing architecture
Boutique Hotels in Ruzafa, Valencia
Petit Palace Ruzafa
It is a boutique hotel with a beautiful 19th-century facade, 10 minutes away from the Central station. Stylish, spacious rooms. Pet-friendly. Everything is fine here: food, rooms, and service.
Modern & Confort Premium Concept Ruzafa
Small hotel with a quiet courtyard. Different types of apartments to choose from (with a balcony, a small terrace, etc.). The rooms also include a kitchen.
YOURS Boutique Stay
This is a minimalistic design boutique hotel with standard and duplex rooms (which have access to the terrace). It has a quiet patio with a swimming pool, bar, and a small garden. The hotel rating on Booking.com is 9.3, which is quite nice. And I like the idea of minimalistic design because we all struggle with overconsumption.
4. Camins al Grau (The City of Arts and Sciences)
It is a well-known cultural and architectural area, with the iconic City of Arts and Sciences by world-famous architect Santiago Calatrava. The City of Arts and Sciences looks super cool; the architecture is gorgeous! And it’s easy to get both to the Valencia center and the beach.
- Hemisferic (IMAX cinema)
- Umbracle (a beautiful viewpoint with gardens)
- The Science Museum (with lots of interactive activities)
- Oceanografic (the largest aquarium in Europe with over 500 marine species)
- Queen Sofia Palace of Arts (opera house & music arts center)
- Ágora (multifunctional space where concerts and various events take place).
Boutique Hotels near the City of Arts and Sciences, Valencia
Sercotel Valencia Alameda 41
The hotel features family rooms overlooking the Science Museum. A comfortable stay. Clean rooms, friendly staff. The parking is in an adjacent building.
Ilunion Aqua 4
It is the design hotel within a new building, opposite the City of Arts and Sciences and Oceanogràfic. The building also houses the Aqua Multiespacio shopping center, fitness room, spa center, and Vertical restaurant with panoramic views on the 10th floor, awarded 1 Michelin star. Overall, very convenient place to stay, shop, walk in the park or go to the sea.
Another stylish hotel close to the City of Arts and Sciences. Comfortable rooms, delicious breakfasts.
The rooftop terrace is perfect at night, with stunning views of city lights.
Tip: You can go to the rooftop bar even if you’re not a hotel guest.
Core Suites Valencia
Core Suites Valencia has spacious design apartments equipped with everything you need. It has a rooftop terrace with a swimming pool (closed in winter). It’s better to ask for room with a balcony or terrace. Overall, a solid choice (with Booking.com score of 9,4).
5. The coastline (Malvarrosa, Patacona)
Valencia has clean, wide, accessible beaches with fine golden sand, relatively shallow waters, and many nearby bars and restaurants. I wrote a comprehensive review on Valencia beaches recently.
Boutique Hotels near the beach, Valencia
Hotel Boutique Balandret
A tiny design boutique hotel on the beachfront. The hotel has a children’s area and a lounge zone. The rooms are stylish, colored with light and warm colors. There are many traditional restaurants near the hotel. It could be a bit noisy at night in summer.
Tip: Ask for a room with a sea view.
La Mas Bonita Patacona
The beachfront Mediterranean boutique hotel in a renovated mansion. There is a restaurant of the same name on the ground floor, and it’s the most popular one here. Hotel guests mention that this is a beautiful place, with great attention to detail, and there is everything you need, including lovely little things, such as wine, coffee capsules, slippers, and bathrobes. There is a bike rental also.
Marin Beach Apartments
Design apartments on the beachfront with everything you need for a relaxed vacation. The rating on Booking.com is 9,2. Very clean, comfortable, with an excellent attitude of the staff.
BONUS: Las Arenas Balneario Hotel
It is NOT a boutique hotel, but Las Arenas is worth staying because it is the only one of its kind on the entire coast of Valencia. The coastline is being preserved with its identity and historical values, so building up the beach with the new hotels is prohibited here.
The hotel Las Arenas was the only one approved here because it fits perfectly into the architectural image of the coastline. It features two swimming pools with a luxurious spa and one heated pool overlooking the garden. The rooms are elegantly decorated.
Hello, my name is Nadia. I usually write about traveling (there are so many places to fit all the lifestyles), relocation (finding a job overseas or moving without losing an income), and living in a foreign country (adapting to a different culture and mentality).