Spain’s thriving cultural hub of Valencia is an extraordinary showcase of medieval architecture, avant-garde design, colourful festivals, and a vibrant night scene. Known worldwide as the birthplace of Paella, Valencia blends a sense of urban savvy with a laid-back Mediterranean vibe, and its eclectic cityscape abounds with art, music, and local charm.
As I strolled through Valencia’s cobbled, maze-like streets, I was greeted by friendly locals, gorgeous independent boutiques and a striking collection of gorgeous design hotels just waiting to be stayed in! From trendy modern boutiques to chic palatial mansions, here are my favourite cool and trendy hotels in Valencia, Spain (in no particular order)…
Best For Instagrammable Decor
SH Valencia Palace
Cool and contemporary, SH Valencia Palace is a breathtaking downtown gem offering a restaurant, a spa, a swimming pool, a gym, and copious event rooms.
Its corporate look makes it a favourite for business travellers. However, it is also an epic basecamp for the discerning traveller, owing to its first-rate amenities and modern, homely feel. The vast lobby welcomes you with chocolate leather sofas and a sleek interior aesthetic, and the guestrooms are draped in natural tones, pale wood panelling, and wooden floors.
The Albufera restaurant serves an organic menu, but for an eclectic twist, you can head to the in-house bar for delicious tapas and an extensive list of beverages.
Convenient location in downtown Valencia
Cool rooftop swimming pool and onsite modern spa
Stunning and very striking interior design
Fun onsite with creative cocktails
Best For Great Central Location
Hotel Puerta Serranos 4 sup
Great central location close to popular attractions
Opulent and striking communal spaces
À la carte and continental breakfast options
Walking distance to Church of Saint Nicolá
Parking is an extra daily charge
Best For Roof Swimming Pool
The Valentia Cabillers
Situated in a historic town
A perfect blend of modern and historic design
Close to local attractions
Onsite parking is charged daily
Best For Luxury
Hospes Palau de La Mar
Set within a grand nobleman’s mansion, this chic boutique hotel truly reflects Valencia’s heritage and charm. The large arched doorways and original marble staircase exude elegance, while the essence of nature radiates through the scented flower-filled garden and the soothing spa area.
You can treat the senses in the indoor whirlpool tub, the Turkish bath, or the sauna after a day spent exploring the surrounding downtown cityscape.
Warm colours fill the 66 spacious rooms with a tranquil ambiance, and you can customize your sleep with a bespoke pillow menu. I thoroughly enjoyed my evening in the on-site restaurant, which invites you to indulge in the flavours of Valencia with an avant-garde twist.
Convenient location in downtown
Housed in a stunning heritage 19th-century mansion
Elegant and trendy design with upscale vibe
Flower-filled scented garden and pretty courtyard
Fine dining and modern onsite spa with sauna
Not for the budget-friendly crowd
15-minute walk to a train station
Best For Location near the Beach
Specifically designed to optimize comfort, Pamphylia Hotel reflects the history and naturalness of the Mediterranean. The décor in the guestrooms blends tradition and modernity, while a vivid colour scheme and exceptional garden or sea views set a vibrant backdrop.
Like the communal spaces, the restaurant and bar offer a fresh, unique design and boasts beautiful Malvarossa beach views. Here, you can treat your taste buds to internationally inspired-cuisine for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Additionally, I thought the hotel’s location was perfect.
It is right by the sea, yet only 10 minutes by car from Valencia’s eclectic centre, offering the best of both worlds.
Stunning beachfront and sea views
Blend of historic and modern
Tasty daily continental breakfast
Best For Great Old Town Location
Sought after Old Town location
Building dating from the mid-20th century
Photogenic setting with quirky design details
Onsite cafe and daily breakfast
Best For Families
The 24 rooms at Mythic Valencia are located inside a renovated industrial warehouse, with the city’s vibrant centre at your fingertips.
Each room is unique and is decorated to maintain the industrial aesthetics of the establishment. A passion for urban art is deeply embedded into the accommodation concept here, and guests embark on an incredible journey of creativity from the moment they enter.
Whether heading through the colourful corridors, resting in our room, or socializing in one of the communal spaces, we felt a charming visual aesthetic always greeted us. Right across the bridge is the Carmen neighbourhood, one of the city’s most electric nightlife hubs.
Facilities for disabled guests
Best For Couples
Housed in the grand former palace of the Marqués de Caro, this monumental hotel boasts an eclectic design which gives each room its own story.
Old Roman and Moorish remains are revealed here, with a tinge of chic sophistication, making the hotel appear like an elegant film set. Wooden beams create little nooks in the design-driven rooms, which carry an intriguing set of names from ‘The Cat’s Room’ to ‘The Gothic Tower.’
The outdoor splash pool was my favourite hangout spot. It is surrounded by decking and a low lighting system, offering an idyllic place to kick back and unwind after a day of exploration.
Stunning and Insta-worthy boutique design
Outdoor swimming pool area with decking and lighting
Housed in a former 19th-century palace
Stylish outdoor swimming pool
Not for the budget-friendly crowd
Daily extra charge for parking
Best For Boutique
Beautifully nestled in the heart of Valencia’s historic old town, Vincii Lys invites you into a designer’s dream of textured walls and cool shades which exude elegance and charm.
The hotel is housed in an opulent stone building, and stunning pillars separate the eye-catching reception from the lounge and bar area. One of the most striking features is the lighting system, featuring audacious chandeliers and elegant drop-down lights illuminating the subtle grey, green, and brown palette.
Bar Mikalet, the inviting lobby bar, boasts large rustic tables designed for larger gatherings dotted by comfortable seating. Meanwhile, the on-site Almudi restaurant is a hot spot for Mediterranean cuisine.
Housed in an opulent stone building
Chic soundproofed guest rooms with pillow menus
On-site Almudi restaurant
Limited views from some rooms
Best For Partying
Only YOU Hotel Valencia
Decorated by the prestigious interior designer Lázaro Rosa-Violán, Only YOU Valencia was created to remind us to cherish those special moments we make when travelling.
An ambient lit façade invites you into an elegant lobby area, where a sharp, Mediterranean-inspired aesthetic brings fresh, luxurious materials into the spotlight. The lobby houses the Salvaje Restaurant, one of my favourite Valencian eateries. Salvaje showcases casual fusion cuisine topped by a lively atmosphere and has its in-house DJ.
The guestrooms boast velvet rugs, cream-coloured sofas, and lavish marble-clad bathrooms, and the beds are backdropped by the pulsating city, which beams through the expansive windows.
Fun vibe bar and in-house DJ
Fabulous cocktails and onsite florist
Best For Great Views
Blanq Carmen Hotel
Situated a stone’s throw from the city’s cultural attractions, Blanq Carmen Hotel stands in a grand, stately building. Having preserved its original façade, the property fits elegantly into its surroundings, with the Serranos Towers only 30 yards away.
I immediately felt a classy vibe once I entered the plant-filled lobby. The modern, hip interiors have been cleverly designed with neutral hues and lots of wood to create a soothing ambiance.
A seasonal rooftop terrace with a plunge pool offers a charming space to kick back and delight in scintillating city views, with a handful of swinging chairs and comfy furniture allowing for moments of bliss.
Great location close to cultural attractions and landmarks
Housed in a charming historic building
Hip rooftop lounge pool area and stunning city views
Breakfast is charged extra
Best For Trendy Design
One Shot Palacio Reina Victoria 04
Creative and arty design and vibe
Striking dark wooden features
Chic rooms with balconies
Best For Historic Building
SH Ingles Boutique Hotel
18th-century palace with a striking Baroque style design
Scenic city views and à la carte restaurant
Daily tasty buffet breakfast and funky Clandestino bar
Fabulous location in the heart of the city close to attractions
Best For Rooms with Balconies
MD Design Hotel
I thought MD Design Hotel embodied the history and art of Valencia perfectly. Its many balconies and terraces offer views of the city’s many roofs and gardens, setting an iridescent urban backdrop.
Discreet, modern décor permeates the interiors, while woods, leather, stones, and natural textiles are used to set a peaceful tone. Housed in a 20th-century bourgeois building, each room has maintained a historical touch, but due to a head-to-toe revamp, it also features many up-to-date amenities.
The terrace-solarium is a charming hangout spot, where we indulged in a few crafted cocktails as we relished old-town views.
Housed in a charming 20th-century building
Charming rooms with balconies and great views
A blend of historic and modern amenities
Limited onsite activities
Some noise from outside area
Best For Great Breakfast
The Little Corner B&B
Close to Jardines de Monforte
Funky dining space and fabulous breakfast
Stylish guestrooms and family rooms
Potential noise from a busy area
Best For Spa and Wellness
Hotel Plaza Mercado & Spa
Traditional rituals and holistic treatments
Contemporary on-site spa with hammam and hot tub
On-site restaurant offering Spanish cuisine
Limited onsite activities
Best For Budget-friendly
Charming historic building in a great location
Bike rental scheme for guests and daily breakfast
Reasonably priced room rates
Noise from the neighborhood
In the table below, we have compared the top 17 cool and trendy hotels in Valencia.
|Price Range (per night)
|Distance to Attractions (km)
|SH Valencia Palace
|Paseo de la Alameda
|Hotel Puerta Serranos 4 sup
|The Valentia Cabillers
|Calle Cabillers 3
|Hospes Palau de La Mar
|Avenida Navarro Reverter
|Passeig de Neptú 40
|16 Carrer del Poeta Monmeneu Número 16
|Only YOU Hotel Valencia
|5 Plaça de Rodrigo Botet
|Blanq Carmen Hotel
|One Shot Palacio Reina Victoria 04
|SH Ingles Boutique Hotel
|Marqués de Dos Aguas
|MD Design Hotel
|Carrer de Boix 3
|The Little Corner B&B
|27 Avinguda de Suècia
|Hotel Plaza Mercado & Spa
|Plaza Del Mercado 45
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Gaby Maia – writer and photographer
Born and raised in Brazil, Gaby has always had a taste for the intriguing, the off-beat and the far flung. After traveling around most of South America, living in Spain and Italy and then moving to England, her feet have stayed continually twitchy. Studying for a degree in Spanish translation and then learning five more languages only poured more fuel onto her traveling ardor. Gaby likes nothing better than discovering new destinations in her spare time and meeting the locals, tasting the cuisine and then writing about her favourite places. Her other indulgences include French cinema, boxing, photography, colourful manicures and soaking up the rays on a sun-infused beach. The places she loves the most include Rio de Janeiro, Rome, Turkey, Barcelona, Lisbon and Cornwall. Find Gaby on Linkedin or Twitter.