This summer I took a flight to one of my all-time favourite cities, Valencia, to visit a new upscale boutique hotel in the city centre. When it comes to location, Hotel Palacio Vallier already wins you over before you even step over the threshold. A short taxi ride from the airport whisks you to the ancient heart of this Spanish city, to the Ciutat Vella, the historic old town, chockful of palaces and noble houses reflecting the remarkable history pf this strategically positioned Mediterranean city. If you were to drop a pin on google maps at the centre of this maritime metropolis, you probably hit Plaza de Manises square. Here you’ll find a 15th century palace that’s home to the Valencian regional government, and next door a 19th century aristocratic property. Once a privileged private home, an archive, and even the city’s courts, this elegant piece of prime real estate has recently been lovingly restored and updated to become Valencia’s flagship 5 star boutique Hotel Palacio Vallier, writes Andrew Forbes (The Luxury Editor).
City Break Destination
If you’re looking for a city break that ticks all the pieces, then you probably can’t go wrong with Valencia. It frequently tops the charts as one of Europe’s most liveable cities – a lifestyle that encompasses stand out architecture, culture, sporting activities, climate, nature, and cuisine. So, little wonder that Valencia is bouncing back stronger than ever following the pandemic. It has the urban buzz you want when it comes to eating out, or experiencing culture, but it also has the wide open spaces, immense beaches, and wild nature that we all want more than ever. It’s a city that continues to exceed all expectations. I have been visiting Valencia for decades and each year I discover another reason to love this place.