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Hotel Medium Valencia, Spain (4*) ~ Palm Trees & Swimming Pools

Hotel Medium Valencia is an extremely comfortable 4-star hotel located within walking distance of Valencia’s iconic City of Arts and Sciences and the historic old town – and cycling distance from the city beaches.

Hotel Medium Valencia Review by Ben Holbrook
Words & photos by your vino-sipping Valencia guide Ben Holbrook.

The property’s gorgeous palm-filled gardens and large swimming pool make this an obvious choice for families and anyone looking to enjoy Valencia’s famous sunshine while having the city’s cultural attractions nearby.

Rosana and I stayed for a long weekend and had a beautiful time exploring Valencia, even though it was winter and we often had rain instead of sun. You can’t have it all, I suppose.

Read on to find out more about our stay at Medium Hotel Valencia and be sure to check out my essential travel guide to Valencia for tips on must-see sights and bites.

The Vibe & Service

Hotel Medium Valencia (4*) by Ben HolbrookWe found Hotel Medium to be really relaxed and laid-back. The design is modern, but not in an overtly contemporary way – more in a clean and simple sort of way.

Nothing feels over the top or pretentious. This is a ‘no fuss’ sort of place, in a really good way.

Hotel Medium Valencia Review Blog - by Ben HolbrookThe staff are polite and helpful, always happy to offer advice (excellent English!), but they aren’t in your face all the time. They left us to relax and enjoy the hotel without being our faces all the time. Just the way I like it.

The Location

Plaza de la Virgen, Valencia - by Ben Holbrook
Plaza de la Virgen – in Valencia’s Ciutat Vella

Ciutat Vella / Barrio del Carmen: Hotel Medium Valencia is located outside of the historic city centre (Ciutat Vella/Old Town), but within easy walking distance. The city’s central Plaça d’Ajuntament and famous Barrio del Carmen (or El Carme), where you’ll find Plaza de la Virgen and the cathedral, are reachable on foot within 20 to 30 minutes (with lots to see en route).

Ruzafa market, Valencia - by Ben Holbrook
Ruzafa’s psychedelic market

Ruzafa: The hotel is located just outside the ‘hipster’ neighbourhood of Ruzafa (a 10-minute walk), which has become one of the coolest barrios in Valencia in recent years and now harbours many of the trendiest cafes, bars and restaurants. See my full guide to Valencia here for more info.

Valencia's Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias (City of Arts and Sciences)Turia Gardens and City of Arts and Sciences: The best thing about the property’s location its proximity to Valencia’s famous Turia Gardens, which traces the old riverbed down to the beach.

You can stroll to the iconic City of Arts and Sciences (which includes Europe’s largest aquarium) in a matter of minutes.

We actually had an amazing view of it from our room and it was inspiring to wake up to views of such an iconic landmark.

Valencia's Oceanogràfic aquarium - by Ben Holbrook
Valencia’s Oceanogràfic aquarium

Also, you can follow the Turia Gardens (it’s amazing to do by bike – the hotel has bikes you can rent) all the way down to the harbour and Valencia’s blue flag Malvarrosa beach.

The Facilities

Medium Hotel Valencia Swimming Pool - Ben HolbrookMedium Hotel Valencia is a large hotel with a ton of facilities, though the highlight is undeniably the huge swimming pool and internal gardens (as I keep saying!).

It makes it feel like a destination in its own right – you could quite easily enjoy a few days without leaving the property, just reading and sipping wine by the pool and laying in the shade of the giant palm trees. Proper Mediterranean vibes.

We stayed during winter so weren’t able to make full use of this area, but I can imagine it being quite idyllic in Valencia’s famous sunshine.

Medium Hotel Valencia Swimming Pool - Ben HolbrookPerfect for families and anyone who can’t decide between a city break and a beach-style holiday (Valencia’s blue flag beaches are a short bicycle ride away).

Other facilities include: 

– Business area and free WiFi throughout the property

– Bike rental (Valencia really is ideal for exploring by bike)

– On-site carpark (€15 per day)

– Tennis court

– Fitness room (a little bit retro, but good enough for a holiday burn).

The Rooms

Hotel Medium Valencia Rooms - by Ben HolbrookHotel Medium Valencia’s rooms are bright and spacious, with huge comfy beds and plenty of  little features that add to the overall sense of comfort – tea & coffee, minibar, large TVs, living areas, desks, etc.

Our room had a huge separate lounge area and bedroom (a TV in each) and two full bathrooms. The bathrooms, I must say, are fantastic and I loved sinking into my giant tub after a long day of walking the city.

We also had two balconies with views over the City of Arts and Sciences – perfect for reading and sipping a little vino in the sun.

Ideal for a romantic stay or for families.

The Food & Drink

Hotel Medium Valencia Breakfast - by Ben HolbrookAn impressive breakfast buffet is served every morning in a sun-drenched dining room on the first floor. The staff were cheery and kept everything well stocked.

Hotel Medium Valencia Breafkast - by Ben HolbrookFrom yoghurt and fresh fruit to pastries, cereals, cold cuts and hot dishes (excellent bacon and eggs!), there’s literally something for everyone. I also noted that there were plenty of child-friendly options, and cava for grown ups who want to pep up their OJ.

Hotel Medium Valencia Breakfast - by Ben HolbrookThe hotel’s lobby bar and restaurant is beautifully lit with intelligent lighting, while large sofas and a fire place make for a cosy space in which to kick back with a drink and a few Spanish tapas.

Hotel Medium Valencia Bar- by Ben Holbrook

Hotel Medium Valencia Bar- by Ben Holbrook

The Verdict

Hotel Medium Valencia offers fantastic value for money and is a obvious choice if you want to explore the best of Valencia without being smothered by it. The rooms are excellent for the price and the swimming pool and gardens give it a major advantage over other 4-star hotels in Valencia.

The hotel’s proximity to the Turia Gardens also makes it ideal for cycling to the beach (or simply exploring the gardens themselves).

The gym equipment is a bit outdated so I’d suggest working out on the tennis court instead, or doing a few laps in the pool (and, of course, renting a bike!).

All in all I think the Medium Valencia Hotel is perfect for families holidaying Valencia and couples looking to make their euros go a little further.

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