Apartment | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 5
Well established city centre residential location just 5min semi-pedestrianised direct walk via the historic Serranos bridge that overlooks the delightful 9km World renowned river gardens via the imposing & magnificent 14th century Torres de Serranos (the Historic city's main entrance) directly to the Historic quarters liveliest & 'the' most happening cosmopolitan quarter of Carmen.
This charming bright & south facing balconied apartment is on the 5th floor of a well maintained residential purpose built block. Imposing 80's styled redecorated marbled tiled foyer leading to stairwell and super efficient dual lifts service. Two double bedrooms one with variable speed ceiling fan (updraught & downdraught) the other with variable speed high-velocity fan. Both have double-glazed windows & overlook a quiet inner light-well- creating a highly efficient updraught action pulling air throughout the entire apartment. Bedrooms and all living room windows benefit from full drop-down integral shutters (oscuring all day-light & minimizes heat convection - adjustable to allow air-flow).
Spacious 24m2 pleasantly bright (full of natural light) south facing living/dining area with 'eco' 2.5Kw reverse cycle H&C air-con'. Full entertainment systems ie; music centre, wide-screen TV with Spanish to English option & DVD player. Enchanting 'eye-of- the-sun' balcony with convenient easy sliding 4-piece double-glazed 'panoramic' windows. Pleasant open aspects over wide verdant Palm tree lined avenue. Fully equipped kitchen with plenty of storage space. Bathroom refitted Feb 2014 with spacious shower & extra storage space for all those bits & bobs. Unlimited hot water thanks to efficient 'mains' gas operated boiler - perfect for multiple showers. N.B valid consideration when comparing; 'all-electric' - statutory Spanish 2Kw electric hot water heaters - Drying areas accessible via lifts to roof terrace. Selection of DVDs.
Closest proximity to Historic city for free 'on-street' parking & off-street public parking, opposite building's entrance - save a small fortune! N.B Valencia's Historic city and its immediate surrounds are impossible for parking & notorious for tow-away's €200 +. N.B; The excellent conveniently nearby metro (although none within Historic city - fragile buildings etc) & most bus services finish early 23.29 - saving you time & money on unnecessary taxis; invariably impossible throughout the city's numerous fiestas. The two most famous C.14 iconic historic buildings are en-route - No losing your bearings, particularly useful in the early hours!
|Size||Sleeps up to 5, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Metro-tram L4 direct @15min 75c 3.5 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Metro 50min L3 & L4 2€. Taxi 14min 25&eur 8 km, Nearest railway: Metro L4 & 3 @15-20min 82c. Taxi 8€ 2.5 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Air conditioning, TV, CD player, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Bicycles available|
|Access||Parking, Wheelchair users, Lift access|
|Further details indoors|
South facing 'eye of the sun' balcony which enjoys partial shade from a majestic bird thronged Eucalyptus - perfect for unwinding whilst enjoying a glass of wine 'watching the world go by'. The apartment's not overlooked or facing other buildings, thus giving a most pleasurable ambiance. In addition the wide and relatively quiet (traffic restricted to single-lane only) tree laden Avenue's beneficial seaward's facing orientation benefits from welcoming inshore summer sea-breezes which will readily circulate throughout. Enjoy a pleasant respite from the restricted nearby confines of the Historic city & many of its surrounding narrower side-streets which can sometimes be quite airless & oppressive especially during the warm & humid summer months.
Premium quality 135cm firm fully sprung mattresses help ensure a good night's sleep. Two 2.5 kw air-conditioning reverse cycle ie; heating/chill modes. (Samsung Inverter 21db (v.quiet!) unit - fitted living/diner - 07/2012) the other unit installed in main bedroom ensures additional comfort from Valencia's higher summer humidity. Additionally both bedrooms have efficient high-velocity fans.
INTERNET; Options - 1/ basic mobile WiFi 3G 'everywhere' internet available - runs up to 5 units ie smartphones/tablets etc 15€ weekly & 2/ Mobile 'everywhere' 3G internet guaranteed 250 Mb daily download service from 4.50€ daily - 25€ weekly - Save a fortune on roaming charges! Perfect for whatsapp,googling, en-route navigation for the best sites/restaurants/bike hire etc -. Please advise at time of booking if required as neither permanent installation.
|Further details outdoors|
This apartment couldn't be easier to get to if by car - First turning left past the landmark Torres Del Serranos, over the bridge, turn left and third turning on the right for Calle Sagunto. Also easy for accessing all main road connections for major Spanish cities within 5 mins.- opposite building a large & free off-street car-park.
Budget and quality supermarkets ie; Lidl & Mercadona 2-3 min walk. El Carmen/Old City is Valencia's 'most happening' and subtly enchanting barrio with itsmyriad of trendy bars and restaurants suiting all tastes and budgets with its charmingly elegant marble-paved pedestrianised plazas - perfect for chilling out, people watching. From city centre shopping etc to swimming/sunbathing or enjoying the best seafood at the numerous excellent fine restaurants at the fine sandy Blue flag beaches of Malverossa accessed direct via the city's fastest & most direct metro/tram in 15-17min.
Viveros Real' park Valencia city's premier 'Royal gardens' just 5 min away with its charming terraced cafes, childrens play-areas etc. Great outdoor pool 'La Hipica' with bar etc within shadey sub-tropical gardens - adjacent to Viveros park - see satelite/mapping - zoom-in on Calle Jaca - just to the right of Calle Ruaya....perfect for cooling-off and relaxing.
Visit Valencia's most famous 30-50's actress Concha Piquer's bithplace, latterly Holywood star,'carefully restored Art Nouveau house now a delightful museum - just across road. The prestigious IVAAM home of contemporary global art and Spain's second established (1819) delightful university Botanical gardens are within 15 mins walk as are most of the definitive 'Lonely Planet' & other guides of merit, recommendations.
City bike hire weekly from 10€ available in Calle D'Argentar Suaraz/Ruaya station 132 (behind is a 24/7 convenience shop) - just across road - see www.valenbisi.es. The City is perfect for biking to the best beaches (perfect during the mild winter months) through the delightful 9km world acclaimed Turia river gardens with its dedicated trails - accessed within 2 min.
Parents & friends of Erasmus or University students will appreciate the ready convenience of L.4 metro/tram 1 min walk & the direct service to the city's main faculties within 5-7 mins from 82c.
The Valenciana region
Valencia is Spain's third most important city and certainly Spain's most dynamic for regeneration of the inner city. Hosting F.1 Grand Prix racing bi-anually.
Glorious fine sandy 'Blue flag' beaches within 15mins (in contrast to Barcelona's rough & coarse builders gravel imitations)
Some of Spain's best value night-life during the summer months down at the beaches. All year around action in cosmo' Carmen 5 mins - no need for taxis or even searching for one! N.B much of the Historic city is semi- pedestrianized. Canovas - around the elegant Gran Via Maquis del Turia @ 20mins walk, 5 mins taxi.
Splendid C.12 Cathedral with resplendant plazas with cafes/bars to stop at and 'let the world go by' just 10 mins walk away in the enchanting and cosmopolitan historic quarter.
Good shopping including ; Zara, Loewe, Camper shoes, Five El Cortes Ingles department stores (two just 12 mins). Adolfo Dominquez, Mango, Massimo Dutti and other smart European renowned brands around Calle Colon.
Metro/tram service - Sagunt terminus @125 metres runs every 10 - 20 mins to the beach & the quirky but charming fishermans barrio of Cabanyal with its amazingly eclectic mix of 'Nouveau & 'Deco buildings, now under the watchful eye of the World Monuments Fund. Ferias (trade centre) and the America's cup port for just 65c - travelling time 15 mins. Excluding the summer season, the area of Malverossa/beach can be very quiet. El Carmen/Old City is the social & most cosmopilitan city hub - year-round, for Fiestas, concerts, theatre etc. Europe's foremost City of Arts and Sciences the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia & Palau de la Musica, for World beating classical music and opera. Valencia offers culture at every level.
Outside this apartment's building the entrance to the Old City is a direct southerly stroll to the Torres de Serranos. These imposing C.14 City gates symbolised Valencia's zenith. Following through to the fine C.12 Cathedral, the 'Centro Historica' @ Plaza de la Virgen and the city's liveliiest & most cosmopolitan area of Carmen.. Other fine historical monuments some UNESCO listed are closeby.
The 'Fallas' March 14-19th amongst many others is Valencia's internationally renowned Fiesta.
The IVAAM one of Spain's foremost modern art centre housing four continiously changing global exhibits within four large galleries (15 mins walk) Free on Sundays. Charming cafe/bar terrace for civilised relaxation.
Children are well catered for in the city with great parks within 4-6 mins. The city's finest 9km jardens de Turia 'un rio de cultura' - see www.culturia.org - to really appreciate, just what's on offer. The Turia gardens meander peacefully through to the City of Arts and Science and the Palaus del Musica and Artistes (opera house). The delightful and shadey Royal Viveros gardens @5-6min walk sports great safe play area. The Biopark possibly Europes largest with over 1000 species of animals in natural settings. Open all year. *Easily accessed by metro in 20 mins or 45min stroll.
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9 Apr 2014
"nice apartment, good location"
Very well equiped apartment, located very well.The bathroom, which is renovated recently is very well done and appreciated (we came already more than once to this apartment).Living room is cosy and th… More
Many thanks for your kind observations balanced with a realistic appraisal of expectations to be anticipated within a slightly above average Spanish build. It has to be mentioned that most of the long-term owners, in particular those on this floor level are very quiet, conscientious and invariably very affable towards others. Some including one of my neighbours use their apartment as an occasional second residence - I'm pretty certain that this floor has to be one of the quietest within this building.
I'm glad that you really appreciated the updates and I know that you find the balcony a great place to relax & enjoy the scenery. I hope to see you and your family again some time in the nearest future.
Many thanks David.
2 Jul 2013
"We would not stay here or recommend this apartment."
The area did not feel safe at night, the bed was most uncomfortable,it appeared that all bedroom & bathroom windows were very close,we could hear the neighbour snorning & going to the bathroom. We wer… More
I was most disappointed and puzzled by your feedback. The neighbourhood is fully residential with excellent street illumination throughout the night. The neighbouring building is a young persons college and across the road a large Convent with its busy nursery.
The bathroom is undergoing some improvements. The air-conditioning for the main bedroom is now being replaced. Some of the building's apartment bedroom windows indeed overlook the inner lightwell which allows for cooler air circulation particularly at night and also the elimination of all traffic noise.
I was surprised about your comments about the beds, as the matresses are premium quality - fully sprung etc. I'm only too aware that the first night sleeping somewhere different that some allowance invariably needs to be made re; strange building noises - lifts etc. This residential building is of standard modern concrete & brick construction with mostly tiled laid floors and consequently some noises can transmit.
I do my best to offer full flexibility - even Sunday lunchtime arrivals with a smile. I felt puzzled and a little saddened by your heavy-handed feedback after just one night's stay. If you feel it balanced and realistic after full consideration for price, location etc.. fair enough! I hope some of my improvements will add a little more comfort for my future guests.
9 Jun 2013
This is a great apartment within a 10-min walk of the old town. The apartment consists of 2 good-sized bedrooms with double beds, a kitchen with all mod cons (microwave, washing machine, gas hob and o… More
I'm pleased that you enjoyed all the benefits of the very convenient location and enjoyed your stay. Many thanks David
16 Aug 2012
"A great place to stay"
We visited Valencia for the first time. It was so great that we will certainly return some day. In this appartment we had a bike rental station on a distance of just 100m and the old city centre withi… More
Dear Guest. I'm really pleased thet you had an enjoyable stay and found the city's ameneties so readily to hand. Valencia's bike hire has proven immensely popular with both locals and savvy tourists alike for good reasons ie; dedicated bike trails - one of the best being the magnificent v.closeby 9km river gardens - easy flat terrain throughout & over 205 conveniently located stations around the city and a big plus - its excellent value. Glad you took advantage of the delightful balcony which really gives this city apartment something pleasantly different....Thanks David.
9 Jun 2012
"This apartment met all our requirements - and more"
We found this apartment by chance when searching the Internet for free parking in Valencia. How glad we were. After a few false starts we managed to park in a perfect spot visible from our balcony. The apartment was clean, well prepared and well equipped, even though we only booked the day before our arrival. David and Javi were very friendly, helpful and accommodating. The location was ideal within minutes of old town and Turia park. The metro station is round the corner and we bought a card of 10 tickets which made it very easy to go to the seaside and other places. Although we were in a city apartment, the lovely balcony made us feel as though we were in a garden. We were directed to El Bokeito taverna for Wifi access, but it became our favourite place for drinks and tapas.
Many thanks for your kind commendations. Parking around the centre of Valencia can invariably be a nightmare and fortunately with so many closeby streets with nominal restrictions this has to be one of the easier locations without having to fork out extra euros (usually 25€ per 24hours!). El bocaito has really taken off - & rightly so as you confirmed with its excellent value food & friendly service - where you can enjoy the best of offerings at 20-30% less than any comparable El Carmen bar/brasserie offering & 'hook-up'(internet) for the price of a beer/coffee.
We're please that you found everything to up to standard and enjoyed relaxing out on the delightful balcony such a bonus. You probably didn't have need to use the living room air-con' as there is always a pleasant breeze throughout the apartment as on the 5th floor, however we have now repaced this elderly unit for a new efficient inverter type (eco-friendly) 'whisper quiet'model as part of our ongoing improvements and intentions to continue offering great value.....
13 Apr 2012
"Great Location... great value comfortable appartment."
Had a great stay. First trip to Valencia and loved it.The location was perfect for the old town and main attractions.
David was very welcoming, helpful and full of information. He was also very accommodating around 'non-standard' arrival and departure times.
Having rented apartments before, we particularly appreciated extras such as loo roll, hand soap and washing up liquid... cooking oil etc.
Thanks very much David... had a great time.
Many thanks for your very kind recommendations. I'm very pleased that you all had a great stay and managed to maximise the city and all it's great attractions to its full. Hope to see you again in the future. All the best David.
3 Apr 2012
"Great apartment to discover fabulous Valencia!"
Easy to book and great communications from the landlord throughout. We were met at the apartment and given lots of useful information and two sets of keys. Great as we were two couples travelling together.
The apartment was as expected from the photos. Great living room area with balcony over the street and a good sized dining table. Bedroom two was small as we read on other reviews but the bed was very comfortable which is much more important. Extra pillows and blankets were supplied and there was masses of storage space in the apartment. It was really helpful to have basic items in the kitchen and bathroom such as soap, washing up liquid, foil, clingfilm and toilet rolls which saved us having to buy all these items just for a week.
The location was excellent for us. A short walk to the historic centre but in an area where we could take part in the local Fallas celebrations in the streets nearby.All the amenities were close by, bakery for breakfast and supermarkets for provisions, and bus and tram stops for trips to the beach and marina.
The landlords could not have been more helpful and were able to accomodate our early departure time. I have already recommended the apartment to family and friends.
Valencia is a beautiful city with so much to do and see. We were there for the Fallas celebrations which have to be seen to be believed. We need to return again and see all the things we couldn't fit into our week and would happily book the same apartment again.
Thanks for your kind recommendations and I'm really pleased that you all enjoyed a fantastic stay over the Fallas fiesta which invariably can be quite tiring and that you found our apartment well located to be able to quickly step back-to without losing the tremendious buzzing atmosphere; for a quick & necessary recharge.
The pleasant lively terraced cafes & bars as you mention closeby offer great value from breakfasts through to dinner or just a delicious 'cafe con leche' and allow some well earned feet easing or just enjoying & watching the local world go by...
Hopefully we'll either see yourselves or your friends in the nearest future. Thanks David.
3 Apr 2012
"Ideal for sightseeing"
Very comfortable with very easy access to essential shops and a short walk to access transport to all interesting places.
Well equipped kitchen, it would have been useful if there were English instructions for the washing machine.
The nights were chilly in March but lots of extra bedding supplied.
Everything nice and clean and regular cleaning in the entrance and hallways.
Very good elevator system.
Thanks for reminding me re; manual for washing machine. I'll see whether it's possible to download one to make life easier! - as one supplied Spanish only. I'm pleased that you found everything readily convenient and the dual lift service really is great - extremely efficient consequently invariably there's little need to have to share with other neighbours. Interestingly the building was constructed to quite a high Spanish standard and is maintained accordingly.
20 Feb 2012
"Get what you pay for"
We travelled to Valencia for a 4 night stay to experience what the city has to offer and catch up with some family there.The apartment had a good location; a 15 minute walk to the centre / Cathedral. … More
Briefly: The blinds, t.v and a/c (currently awaiting parts) beds amd wall construction are all standard or as listed. If late arrival is inevitable, I accommodate - with a smile! Nobody leaving early realistically expects me to travel upwards of 50 mins during morning 'rush hour' - all have promptly received their full deposit back electronically or the night before their departure (as both contract and terms all indicate). Comfortable and affordable living and the personal, concerned service are what I strive to offer and what I depend upon - as a consequence - enjoying many previous recommendations on both this site and others.
30 Aug 2011
"Excellent apartment superbly situated"
We were more than happy with everything, the helpful and welcoming host, the cleanliness of the apartment, the furniture, where the apartment is situated and all. The beds were also very comfortable.
Trine and Nina, Norway
Thanks for your kind commendations. I'm very please to note your points re; cleanliness, comforts, location and close proximity to all the city's best cultural & recreational attractions whether by ease of short walks or quick and efficient public transport.
The city's ayuntiamiento/town hall has just completed a full project of pedestrianisation of the ancient C.14 Serranos Puente/bridge leading directly to Carmen & the Historic city which will now enable future guests to enjoy a much more relaxed enroute approach and enjoy a far more interesting perspective into this city's former glories and illustrious history whilst on their visits.
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