A “okay” hotel. A small pool for comfortable swimming 4-5 people, one dish for breakfast - fried eggs with bacon, small number. An enormous plus - a big supermarket located next to the hotel. An enormous minus - where many people come the same time there’s no enough space for them at the reception and in the restaurant. Quiet okay for 3-4 days living. By the way, tremendous Wi-Fi, if you want to send a message, you should go to the restaurant on the 1-st floor.
My Wife and I booked into Hotel Florazar for a 2 night stay whilst visiting Valencia for The Fallas celebrations and my wife’s birthday.
Upon arrival we were very impressed with our stay, paying €60 per night per room. However shortly after booking the disappointment started.
Upon entering the bedroom it smelt of stale smoke, I would say the room hadn’t been used for some time as the window walls were clearly marked with condensation ( Windows not being opened) the ceiling above the bed was also temporary repaired with adhesive tape to secure loose ceiling plaster.
Upon looking out of the window it was clear that the carpark was full with no spare parking bays and several coaches parked.
When venturing down for dinner we asked for the menu to be given a slip of paper with a choice of 2 starters, 2 main course and 2 pudding options.....that was it the entire meal options..no prices and only in Spanish...luckily not a problem to us but clearly to other guests.
Why with a full hotel would this be the only evening meal options.
The following day due to the above we decided to eat out at a local restaurant but beforehand wanted a pre dinner drink at the bar at 8pm only to be told the bar wasn’t open until 9pm.....we were then advised that there was a vending machine for soft drinks. As I noticed the coffee machine was on I requested 2 coffees again to be told the bar wasn’t open until 9pm , despite 2 staff working on reception immediately adjacent and who chatted with each other throughout. I suggest that only one reception staff was needed and maybe employ a bar staff or couldn’t the 2 staff multitask.
Whilst at reception I also enquired about where the swimming pool was....to be told, it’s not open......as can be seen it was 32*C outside.
Upon pool inspection it appeared very able to be used.
Such a shame about the above as this could be a great hotel if management could sort out service standards.
Wouldn’t stay again unfortunately
A very professional and comfortable hotel in a superb location with plenty of beaches, restaurants a small drive away. The nearest beach is 4 minutes drive away, and despite being a beach for the locals it provides a great walk with lots of wildlife along the bushes. It's also next to a very big supermarket and several places to eat.
The restaurant on the ground floor opens at 20:15...a bit late for most UK visitors.
This hotel is only really suited for people with a vehicle, it's pointless booking if you don't have a set of wheels.
My one complaint is they advertise they have a swimming pool but its only open during the summer...which they should really state. We wouldnt have booked had we known, though now we have stayed I will be back.
Good location near both beach and city
Few eateries nearby
Good sized room
Easy to locate
Only minor negative....cleaning of bathroom and signs of wear and tear...needs little updating in general throughout hotel
We booked this hotel through Expedia. We searched for a hotel that was close to the beach in Valencia. Expedia specifically described this as "close to the beach". It was a 36 euro taxi ride from the airport and seemed a long way away from Valencia to us plus there was no sign of a beach. When we checked in we asked how to get to the beach. We were told that we couldn't get to the beach as it was too dangerous to walk there - it meant crossing a motorway. It also turned out that the nearby beach was literally a bit of sand - no sunbeds or any other facilities. The only way to get to a tourist beach was by car or taxi. We also asked about how to get into the centre of Valencia. The hotel staff told us that we needed a car. When we said we didn't have a car the guy on the desk shrugged his shoulders. We pointed out that on earlier trip adviser reviews it said we could walk to a train station. He said that was also too dangerous as it meant walking along busy roads with no footpath. There is no bus service close by - very unusual for Spain.
So we ended up paying over 20 euros each way every time we wanted to go to the centre of Valencia or a decent beach. We had intended to go to Valencia by day, return to hotel to get changed then go back again but that would have been just too expensive (80 euros a day). We ended up hanging around the hotel pool in the day and just going to Valencia at night on a couple of days and on two other days going to the beach but staying there until late at night - not ideal in wet swimwear. As it was we spent over 160 euros on taxis during our 4 night break. In order to compensate for this we made our own packed lunches and made do with yogurts from the supermarket next door for breakfast. So we cannot tell you what the hotel food is like - we couldn't afford it!!!!!
The supermarket next door is the only good thing about the location. There are no restaurants within walking distance unless you count the Mcdonalds!
It isn't just Expedia who claims the location is better than it actually is. The websites for the chain (S H hotels), the hotel itself along with hotels.com to name a few all say convenient for the beach and for travel into Valencia. I'm surprised they don't also say you can see the pyramids - that wouldn't be any less truthful! A bit like Jeremy Corbyn's money tree!!!!
Anyway the hotel is very clean and comfortable and the staff on reception do their best to be helpful with sometimes limited English. Rooms are similar to a Travelodge/Premier Inn in England - but no tea making facilities. We were glad we took our own. The pool is small but very clean.
If you have a car there is no problem. But if you do not want to hire a car and you are looking for a break in Valencia I would book a hotel in the city itself and not use this hotel.