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Boutique Hotel In Valencia: Caro Hotel

The more I visit Valencia the more I fall in love with the place, so it was no brainer when my husband and I decided to take another weekend break just 30 minutes drive from our home. I tend to visit the city often, but not to sightsee, I guess I forget to appreciate it now that it’s been my home for nearly three years. But it’s always something we enjoy.

Last time we had a leisurely break in the city was back in June. Spending time together even just for a day is something that we take advantage of, especially that we don’t have any family here to do babysitting duties overnight.

When my in-laws came to visit and offered to take the children last weekend it was finally our chance to make up for our 9th anniversary celebration. A day and night in the city, just the two of us, it was certainly worth the wait.

Early Afternoon

We spent a couple of hours in the afternoon with a friend in Manises. After a few drinks and mini celebration about our free weekend, my husband and I headed off and caught the Valencia Metro from Rosas heading to our stop in Colón. Our hotel was about 10 minutes walk from the station, but we wanted to do a little shopping and sightseeing in the area before we checked in.

An elegant Boutique hotel in old Valencia

We arrived at The Hotel Caro at about 15:00, we initially requested to check in an hour earlier, which was approved. But we totally forgot the time wandering around the city.

The Hotel Caro is a 26 bedroomed refurbished 19th century palace converted to an elegant luxury boutique hotel. It’s situated about 5 minutes walk from the cathedral and only a stone’s throw away from the ‘old town’. After 7 years of careful restoration, the hotel is one of the first historical hotels in Valencia.

An independent, urban and cosmopolitan hotel that intends to be the optimal choice for those travelers who wish to enjoy a memorable experience from a different perspective. The Caro Hotel

The Caro prides itself as a five star hotel with it’s historic architectural heritage mixed with simple designs which can be seen in the interior that features old Arabic stonework and gothic arches.

These amazing finishes have been elegantly blended in with the decor to create a welcoming, modern, stylish and historic hotel perfectly situated in ‘Old Valencia’.

Caro Hotel Exterior View

Caro Hotel Exterior View

Hotel Reception View From The Stairs

Hotel Reception View From The Stairs

The reception is small and welcoming, with pieces of Roman history displayed around the waiting area, something that you wouldn’t normally get in an average hotel. Because Caro only offers 26 bedrooms, the hotel is quiet most of the time I felt that the service much more personal and friendly.

Caro Hotel Reception Entrance

Caro Hotel Reception Entrance

Caro Hotel Reception

Caro Hotel Reception

Caro Hotel Reception

Caro Hotel Reception

Reception Wall Lanterns

Reception Wall Lanterns

The Staff

As soon as we arrived we were greeted by Claudio who was very friendly, attentive and made sure that our stay is comfortable.

We were also happy to be told that we are getting a complimentary mini bar… a nice surprise! Because we are quite familiar with the city, we didn’t need as much help from the staff, regarding places to go. However, we did request for a taxi in the evening to take us to Café del Duende, which was quickly provided.

Our Room

Our executive room was a very spacious 44m2 located on the Moorish tower which used to be a wine cellar in the 19th century. I like the way you can also find out more about the history of the rooms and displays around the hotel by using QR codes provided.

The decor was very simple but stylish. Our room featured a glass box on the wall encasing old perfume vials that were found in that era. A very nice touch, almost a mini museum in your bedroom. As well as those extras, there is a spacious bed, air-conditioning, plasma TV, safe and a lot of wardrobe space!

The room was very spacious and I felt that maybe a little more decor or furniture could be added so that it doesn’t feel too much of a wasted space. I normally like the old themed hotels and so this would be my first experience with a fusion of old and modern. I really wanted to like it, but somehow for me, something was lacking.

Maybe we have chosen the wrong room, as I would have preferred to have a balcony or a view. Room #4 only features two windows, which faces a wall and houses.

Apart from those niggling thoughts, we thought the room was very well done and the cleanliness is very impressive. I particularly love the open bathroom and separate shower. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to try the bath out, but the large shower was good and powerful enough, what you would expect from 5 star hotel.

The fluffy bathrobes, slippers and a wide range of toiletries from Bvlgari were also a plus. :)

Executive Room

Executive Room

Executive Room Entrance

Executive Room Entrance

Gothic Chimney

Gothic Chimney

Executive Bedroom

Executive Bedroom

Bedroom Bedside

Bedroom Bedside

Room Lounge

Room Lounge

View From The Room

View From The Room

Perfume Bottles Display In The Room

Perfume Bottles Display In The Room

Complimentary Robes

Complimentary Robes

Towels

Towels

Caro Hotel Executive Bathroom

Caro Hotel Executive Bathroom Accessories

Bathroom And Shower

Bathroom And Shower

Once we were done checking out our room and deciding where to go that evening, we ventured upstairs which had some more of the original building.

There is also a quiet seating area available for guests which one would probably find themselves reflecting and appreciating being surrounded by all this history and antiquity in a very pleasant surroundings.

Caro Hotel Upper Floor Seating Area

Upper Floor Seating Area

The Meta Bar

The theme continues in the bar with old historic stones tastefully displayed along the walls. Cozy, quiet, perfect for couples.

The bar is small, there is also a terrace area that’s ideal on hot summers evenings. Unfortunately this time, it rained in Valencia (which is pretty rare at this time of year) we were unable to access the outdoor bar so opted to waste some time at the bar until it was time for us to head to Café del Duende.

Arch column shaft and former main entrance to the Gothic Palace

Arch column shaft and former main entrance to the Gothic Palace

Metae from the Roman Circus

Metae from the Roman Circus

Tiles in the Meta Bar

Tiles in the Meta Bar

Seating area in the Meta Bar

Seating area in the Meta Bar

Fresh orange juice from Valencia

Fresh orange juice from Valencia

Mojito

Mojito

Original Valencian Beers

Original Valencian Beers

Alma Del Temple Restaurant adjacent to the Hotel

Alma Del Temple Restaurant adjacent to the Hotel

The Caro Hotel Basement Guide

Hotel Plan

Hotel Plan

The Caro Hotel – Mezzanine

The Caro Hotel - Mezzanine

The Caro Hotel – Mezzanine

The Caro Hotel – 2nd Floor

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The Caro Hotel – 2nd Floor

The Caro Hotel – 1st Floor

The Caro Hotel - 1st Floor

The Caro Hotel – 1st Floor

The Caro Hotel – 3rd Floor

The Caro Hotel - 1st Floor

The Caro Hotel – 3rd Floor

There is certainly no doubt that The Caro Hotel is one of the most stylish boutique hotels in Valencia. Based on a number of glowing reviews we had very high expectations and we were not disappointed.

We would certainly add it to our ‘places to visit again’. Maybe choosing a different room on the upper floor would be a much better option. Apart from that, our experience has been a very positive one, and I would recommend this amazing hotel if you are ever looking for something different to stay whilst in Valencia!


Website: The Caro Hotel Valencia

*This is an independent review. Financial compensation was not received for this post. Opinions expressed here are my own.

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