The Hotel Catalonia Excelsior is located on Paseo del Puerto, an enclave in the city, a 30 minute walk from the beach, downtown or the universities and just a 10 minute walk from The Arts and Sciences complex.
The rooms are quite nice, although it could do with more natural light. The service is also quite good and the staffs are friendly.
The downside is the Internet, where instead of being a service for the customer it is more of a business. 17 euros a day or 88 Euros for a week are the fees offered to customers to get access to the wireless service from the hotel.
The hotel is very nice, and has a great location, next to the City of Arts and Sciences. I didn't like the main entry door, because you have to wait outside for the woman on reception to let you in. Still, the only really important issue is the walls: they are plastic! I was unlucky enough to have a snorer in the room next door, so it was impossible to sleep. We called reception to see if we could change rooms but were told they could not do anything, it was impossible (since it was 3 in the morning) ... the breakfast buffet wasn't great either. But for a very short trip or a business trip, it might be worth staying in.
The Hotel itself is already a tourist trip, as it is set in an eighteenth century building which is considered a site of cultural heritage in the city of Valencia. Its facilities are modern, as they have been rebuilt in 1998, and provides useful services for tourists, a safe, wireless internet access and a currency exchange office. From the hotel guests can easily walk to the best and most important places in the city, such as shops and most exclusive shops and the National Ceramics Museum Gonzalez Marti. It is characterized by its intimate atmosphere, as it has 63 rooms.
Acta Atarazanas is a fairly average four-star hotel located in a fairly quiet area about a 15 minutes' walk from the City of Arts & Sciences. The rooms are decorated in a minimalist style and the breakfast buffet was acceptable. The reception staff are fairly dry, but they do offer free parking.
Expo Hotel Valencia has a decent location about 15 minutes walking from the center. It's a bit far if you want to go everywhere on foot (the beach, the City of Arts and Sciences, etc.), but it's perfect if you want to, say, rent a bike to explore the city. The hotel is a bit old inside, but not bad, and the service is very good. You have to ask at reception for a hairdryer.
Restored nineteenth century building, maintaining the original architectural structure in the centre of town, just behind the cathedral. This hotel has been praised by the national and international press, and has won awards. The classically-decorated rooms are clean, the staff are friendly, and there's free internet and many services that make the stay more than perfect. Recommended for lovers of good taste, history, culture and for fleeing the chains. If every city has a hotel that defines it, the AdHoc Monumental is definitely Valencia's.
This hotel is close to City Hall and the Central Station, about 50 meters from a bus stop. Street Address Barcelolina 5, Valencia. Built in 1959, and completely renovated in 2000, it has 81 rooms. Upon entering the hotel, you'll find reception on the left, opposite the cafe and two lifts. The rooms all have a full bathroom with a huge tub, toilet, sink and dryer. Other amenities include phone, minibar, closet space, air conditioning and heating. I went in September and the heat was unbearable. We had to ask how to use the air conditioning, but after that it worked like a charm. I did not want to leave the room to go into the humidity of the street!
Next to the lifts, there's a cabinet with all kinds of information about the city, including maps and discounts (the zoo, for example). The attention from the hotel staff was good. We had no problem. Overall, my experience with the hotel was good. Always nice, cheap and very comfortable. I read a negative review about it and I was surprised. I guess everyone has their own experience, and I can tell you that mine was good. The hotel was very clean, room service worked like a charm, it just 2 minutes from the centre of town and cheap. I couldn't ask for more.