When a monument is renovated to turn it into a hotel you know to expect something magical. That’s exactly what you can experience at the Caro Hotel in Valencia. It’s a high class hotel with top-notch service, elegance and style. At the same time the hotel has a trendy, urban feel and a vibrant atmosphere, without losing attention for quality and discretion.
Caro Hotel, Valencia
In het centrum van Valencia
The Caro Hotel is located in the city centre of Valencia, in a quiet little street near the cathedral and the city parks. It’s just a couple of minutes walking to the Plaza de la Virgen and the Plaza de la Reina, the Plaza Redonda, the Basilica de la Virgen, etc… Other tourist areas such as the Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias (City of Arts and Sciences) or the dock area are very close by as well.
A true boutique hotel
Operating commercially indepent, the hotel has everything you’d wish for in a genuine boutique hotel. The architecture of the building is just stunning. When renovating the building, they discovered remains of ancient history at the location. So instead of just building up something new, the project developers at the Caro Hotel decided to put the archeological remains in the spotlights, by restoring as much as possible and by integrating the remains in the modern design of the hotel. The project was lead by the interior designer Francesc Rifé who was meticulous in its attention to detail, imbuing the hotel with a contemporary air, clean, geometric lines, which merge seamlessly with the original architectonic features of the former Palace of the Marquis of Caro, whose eclectic facade dates back to the nineteenth century. Beyond its facade, its walls stand guard over an unparalleled inheritance of more than 2,000 years of history, of which the original mosaic belonging to the founding city of the Roman era, «Valentia Edetanorum» (2nd century B.C.), the thirteenth-century Arabic defensive wall, several gothic arches and nineteenth-century constructions have been preserved, restored and integrated into its spaces.
In juxtaposition to the stark beauty of Francesc Rifé’s interior design, the Palace’s tilework offers a visual perfume and a «leit motiv» of its very own. All of the pieces on display are original and offered up by the building’s generous historical legacy. It provides guests with an insightful journey through production techniques and design motifs of the rich ceramic traditions of a local industry of times past and allows these tiles to shine again in all their former splendour.
The result is a unique collection of 26 rooms, each different from the others, yet all warm, comfortable and inviting, where the architectural balance, pure lines and simple forms, the use of woods and the continuity of other first-class materials endow the settings with a great visual coherence. On the lower-ground floor, the gastronomic area houses three differently designed rooms equipped for all types of public events.
In order the share the history of the hotel in a non invasive way, there are QR-code signs next to the doors of the rooms and in the public places in the Caro Hotel. People can scan the code with their mobile phone to discover a part of the story.
All the facilities you need
As the Caro Hotel is a 5-star hotel, the service and facilities are of course of the best standards. There’s the Sucede Restaurant (1 Michelin-star), the stylish Lobby-bar (Meta Bar) and a reading room. The elegant terrace and city garden is a real joy, both in summer and winter. The small swimming pool is just perfect for a refreshing dive, but beware as the ground of the pool is the ceiling of the restaurant, which has a really cool effect.
In case you would need any service, snacks, drinks,… there’s the 24-hour room service and 24-hour reception service. Car parking, laundry and newspaper service and free Wi-Fi are also available.
The Caro Hotel contains just 26 rooms situated on four floors, and categorised in double, superior and special. Also has two suites: The Arabic Tower and The Marquis Suite. The rooms are light, quiet and located with views over the private palace patio or the glass roof feature which covers the restaurant and other furnishings and illumination features specially designed for this project. We had the pleasure of staying in one of the superior rooms.
The rooms have a minimalistic, yet stylish design, granting you a perfect night sleep. You can choose your favorite type of pillow depending on your preference for harder or softer pillows, a service we can highly appreciate.
There’s a complementary minibar and 24-hour tea service. Welcome snacks and some sweets when the beds are prepared for the night are also provided. If you are into wellness and massages, it’s possible to make a booking for that type of activity. The bathroom amenities of Bulgari have a really nice scent as well.
Food and drinks
Although the location in the city center makes it very easy to go out and to discover one of the many nice bars in restaurants in Valencia, it’s also possible to enjoy the food and drinks in the hotel. The bar offers all kinds of drinks in a really nice setting (both indoor and outdoor).
The Sucede restaurant is well-known for its stunning design and for the creative cooking style. We wrote an article about our visit to the Sucede restaurant as well, so just continue reading to discover more about our experience. Do you want to know more about good food and drinks in Valencia? We recommend reading the article about ‘Valencia for foodies’ on Hungry for More as well.
The Caro Hotel is the most beautiful hotel in Valencia. Stunning architecture and interior design, perfect location and a warm and classy atmosphere. We can definitely recommend to book your stay there.