Updated: Feb 1
Stroll the handsome streets of the Eixample district, where stylish boutiques meet upmarket eateries, and among the Modernista buildings, you’ll find the curved facade of Palacio Santa Clara, all arched windows, sculpted stone and wrought iron balconies.
One of a clutch of glamorous boutique hotels in Valencia to spring up recently, catering to the city’s growing tourism trade, this four-star retreat promises art deco style in one of the city’s most exclusive neighbourhoods.
Set in the buzzing Eixample district, Palacio Santa Clara is just a short walk from the main train station, the art deco Central Market and the cobblestone labyrinth of the Old Town.
It sits in the heart of the city’s shopping district where big names sit alongside more unique brands tucked into the side streets, and it is just a short stroll to the grand Plaza del Ayuntamiento, the centre of the action during the Fallas festival that takes place each March.
Stroll through the extensive Turia Gardens nearby, or duck into the renowned Cathedral of Valencia, a 10-minute walk away, for a glimpse of the Holy Grail (yes, really).
A Modernista building with spectacular city views, this renovated hotel opened in 2020 and kept its sophisticated aesthetics and amenities in line with its historical past. The building was originally designed by the architect Francisco Javier Görlich in 1916 and was named Casa Niederleytner, and the initial essence and flavour have been preserved throughout.
You’ll find art deco delights celebrating the Roaring Twenties when the Modernista movement flourished, led mainly by Catalan Architects. There are ornate mirrors and polished wood, marble meets colourful decorative wallpaper, and Tiffany lamps stand alongside chairs upholstered in leather and rich velvet.
Take a refreshing dip in the rooftop pool to savour views over the buzzing city, relax on the sun loungers or sip a drink under a soft green parasol - the signature colour of this lost-in-time hotel. There is a restaurant, bar, and rooftop bar and the hotel has its own parking, which is useful in the city centre.
Wood-panelled flooring, retro wallpaper and charming framed illustrations lend a certain old-school grace to the elegantly appointed suites. The intricate details and bright splashes of colour prevalent in the rest of the hotel continue here, with stained-glass lampshades and gilded vases overflowing with dried flowers leading the way.
The style may be art deco, but there are plenty of modern amenities, including a mini fridge, flat-screen TV, a safe deposit box and tea and coffee-making facilities, as well as a thoroughly bright, modern bathroom. You’ll enjoy either a courtyard view or vistas over higgledy-piggledy rooftops, and peace and quiet are always guaranteed.
Food and drink
El Modernista restaurant serves Mediterranean food with a twist in an expansive lounge area featuring carved wooden panels, detailed wallpapers and playful light installations. Enjoy a continental breakfast, a selection of tapas for lunch and a divine whiskey cocktail in the evening.
The cosy bar is wrapped up in extravagant print wallpaper and drapes with art deco ball lamps and velvet seats, creating a great spot for relaxation after a day of sightseeing.
On a sunny day, head to the El Torreón rooftop bar, featuring miniature orange trees, olive green chairs and tables and luxurious sun loungers; it’s the perfect place to go for a relaxing drink and light bite. Savour the snacks, enjoy the view, and experience the city from above.
Who will love it?
Consistently recognised as one of the best hotels in Valencia since it opened, Palacio Santa Clara adds a touch of romance to a grown-up escape - although it does welcome children, too. Those in town on business also use the hotel, thanks to its easy access to Valencia’s business district and transport links. If you’re wondering where to stay in Valencia, you won’t go wrong opting for Palacio Santa Clara.
What guests have to say
Rated 9.1/10 by guests on Booking.com and 9.8/10 for its location, this hotel has been loved by generations of guests since its opening, with many returning year after year.
We’ve put together a collection of the best historical 5 star hotels in Valencia so that you can enjoy your trip to this vibrant city with no worries or regrets. You can read about them here, or if Palacio Santa Clara sounds like the perfect fit, you can head to Booking.com to choose your elegant room.