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The Westin Valencia
Amadeo de Saboya 16
46010 Valencia, Spain
34 96 362 59 00

Living it Up in Valencia
Embracing the Future
by Lisa Shames

El Rosmarino Restaurant, The Western Valencia
The Westin Valencia's renowned El Rosmarino restaurant serves international Mediterranean fare

Look out, Barcelona and Madrid. Valencia, the third most visited city in Spain, is snapping at your heels. Known primarily as the birthplace of paella, its namesake orange and its annual Las Fallas festival, this eastern Mediterranean coastal city has taken great strides in the last few years to embrace the future. And it shows. The city is home to the 87-acre City of Arts and Sciences, designed by native son Santiago Calatrava. It includes a planetarium, science museum, the largest aquarium in Europe and a world-class opera house. Valencia also recently hosted the America’s Cup. With so much going on, the city is fast becoming a major tourist destination, as is its standout hotel, The Westin Valencia.

Originally designed for the 1909 Regional Exhibition, the building combines Modernist décor with Baroque ornamentation. To become The Westin, the building has gone through a major transformation, while still maintaining its Mediterranean-inspired charm. Located just eight miles from Valencia airport, and within walking distance to most of the city’s main sites, the hotel’s location in a primarily residential area makes for little noise or traffic.

ElJardi Bar Bedroom Suite

Completed in 2006 by well-known Spanish architect Jose Maria Tomas Llavador, the 135-room three-story hotel boasts a beautiful garden courtyard, inspired by Valencia’s lush greenery. The circular lobby entrance houses an ornate, multi-tiered crystal chandelier. On the lower level, the Caroli Health Club offers both a state-of-the-art fitness center as well as spa treatments and a relaxing ionized salt-water pool.

The rooms feature an American Art-Deco design, combining traditional design with modern materials, full of deep, rich woods and textured fabrics. Junior suites include marble-floored bathrooms and large walk-in showers. The Royal Suite, the largest hotel room in Valencia and a favorite with celebs such as Michael Jordan, Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher, features two bedrooms, a salon, library, small wine cellar and two Jacuzzis (one on the terrace). All rooms feature the Westin-exclusive Heavenly Bed.

Dining options include El Rosmarino, which offers international Mediterranean cuisine and beautiful views of the garden. It’s also the location of the lavish breakfast buffet (think traditional Spanish offerings—jamon and smoked fish—as well as fresh fruit, pastries and made-to-order eggs). The cuisine of well-known Valencian chef Oscar Torres is showcased in his namesake 60-seat restaurant. Those looking for a lighter meal or a pre- or after-dinner cocktail, can opt for the piano bar El Jardi or sit outside in the hotel’s garden. But no matter where you choose to dine, service is exceptional, as it is throughout the hotel.

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(Updated: 06/30/08 HC)

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