Meliá Inglés Boutique Hotel, Valencia
Tel: 34 96 351 6426
Fax: 34 96 394 0251
Concierge.com's insider take:
Once the 18th-century palace of the Duke of Cardona, this grand property sits right next to the González Martí National Ceramics Museum, in the heart of the shopping district. Its unbeatable location gives the Inglés the edge over the other Sol Meliá hotels around town (including the Meliá Plaza on the main square of Plaza del Ayuntamiento, and the modern Meliá Valencia Palace near the Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias). The 63 rooms here have a slight cookie-cutter blandness, with modular, vaguely antique-looking furnishings—but they're livened up by zigzag patterns in the parquet floors, and awning-striped bedskirts and curtains. Those quirky touches, and the fantastic rates (check for special offers on the Web site), make this a reliable city-center choice.