Where to Stay in Valencia
The area has a few good quality, and even luxury, hotels. It is best to
stay here if you can't live without the views of the sea or if you intend
you holiday to be heavily beach-based. If, however, your plan is to go
to the beach once or twice and to explore the city for the rest of your
trip, then you may find yourself a bit frustrated staying here - although
the centre is not that far, everything is in the centre and the beach/port
area is not particularly vibrant.
Naturally, America's Cup visitors are best staying here.
Advantages: beach, America's cup, quiet
The centre is the best of all words if you are not too beach focused.
You can still easily get to the beach and back but you will appreciate
staying in the centre of things to explore the city and not having to
spend time and money getting around the place. Everything is either in
the centre or close to it - sights, eating, nightlife, shopping, culture.
Advantages: close to the best of the city, close to all events
Disadvantages: far from the beach and can be noisy
The City of Arts and Sciences is surrounded by good hotels. It has become
an upmarket area with shopping malls and chic skyscrapers. However, there
isn't much else around it and the area is not too well connected to the
rest of the city. However, it is half way between the centre and the beach
and if you are prepared to spend on taxis, you could enjoy that.
Advantages: great view, half-way between the centre and the
beach (for taxis)
Disadvantages: not much happening around and public transport
Also sometimes called "Congesos" area. The area has a few luxury
hotels mainly for the business traveller, since it is very close to the
Palacio de Congressos and Feria de Valencia (Trade Fair). If you are not
on a business trip, however, you will be very far from everything.
There are also hotels in L'Example, in Aragon, in the North West of the
city, but those locations don't offer any advantages.
Bottom line: the centre is the best of all worlds if your vacation
is not 100% beach or business
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