Whenever we take a trip, the general plan that I normally like is to visit the furthest away from the departing airport – so after arriving shorting into Madrid after our flight from Doha – we got into the car and made the 3.5 hr trip to Valencia. For the stay, we choose the Meliá Valencia because the reviews were positive online and choose the their Presidential Suite because it was relatively cheap.
Parking is complimentary for all suite guests and it’s under the hotel itself – which is quite nice. Once we were parked, you take a tiny lift into the lobby area for check-in. The lobby itself had high ceilings and was quite modern – although looked a little sparse. Staff at reception were pleasant and recognise we booked the best room they had – which was nice.
The Room – Living Room
I’m splitting the section into a Living Room and bedroom because of how big the suite was – the suite itself is located at the top floor of the highest building in Valencia – the living area is one massive living room area with a little kitchen as well. The room was clean and mainly had a wooden accent – which is nice!
A nice touch by the staff was that we had some welcome snacks in the room!
The Room – Bedroom
Having stayed in some suites before – my expectation was that it’d be just a regular size room attached to a big Living Room – but the living room is actually:
The room itself is bigger than a modest hotel room – and actually has a large bathroom with separate bath and toilet. To be honest – in hindsight – we would’ve been very comfortable with just a regular suite instead – this was a little excessive for 2 people.
And of course – given that we’re in the highest building around – the view was pretty amazing.
The hotel rates came with breakfast – which is at the cafe on the ground floor – the area actually gets quite crowded during the morning rush but otherwise the selection was broad – although quality of the hot food varies a little.
The service at the Meliá Valencia was quite good – I would say the room service staff had the edge on the rest of the staff because we actually ordered some food (because we were too tired to go out) one evening and she came back with some extra fruits as well! I think being in Asia for so many years spoils you – so when service would otherwise be considered good – sometimes it becomes expected to me.
All in all the Meliá Valencia was quite good – although there were little bits and pieces that could’ve been polished a bit better to make it amazing.