Hotel Review: SH Valencia Palace
SH Valencia Palace is a luxury hotel close to the City of Arts and Sciences in the city center of Valencia. The property recently underwent a renovation, but not all rooms are renovated yet. The property offers a decent value for the money compared to the other luxury hotels in Valencia, but is not exactly an over-the-top choice. Check out our extensive review to find out whether it’s worth staying at SH Valencia Palace or not.
I’ve arrived at SH Valencia Palace late in the evening and thus didn’t have to wait to check-in. Upon pulling up at the property, I was immediately helped by a porter, who also took care of the car (there is a public parking lot with valet parking service for 15 Euro per night).
The check-in as such was not particularly great, but totally fine. Luckily, I was upgraded to a Superior Room, one of the renovated categories at SH Valencia Palace.
Superior Room at SH Valencia Palace
The Superior Room at SH Valencia Palace comes with a decent size. Upon entering, there is a wardrobe to the left and the bathroom to the right.
The shape of the room is quite typical for a hotel, but the room is a little larger than average. The Superior Room comes with a King Bed (you can also choose two Twins) with bedside tables on both sides, an armchair with a small table next to the bed and a working table to the far left of the room.
Sadly, the working table doesn’t come with a proper office chair, but rather a normal and not too comfortable chair. What you can also find on the working table are very basic coffee and tea making facilities. The view of my room was everything but spectacular as well.
Sadly, there were two more problems: First, the room was not exactly calm as I heard street noises during the night. Second, the free Wi-Fi was nearly unusable.
The Premium Wi-Fi was a little better, but still not good enough for a business hotel.
Bathroom of the Superior Room
Not only the Superior Room at SH Valencia Palace as such, but also the bathroom is relatively spacious.
Also, the looks of the bathroom are quite luxurious. Upon entering, you face a large mirror with a double sink beneath.
To the right, a little separated from the main bathroom by two walls, you can find the toilet as well as a bidet. To the left, there is a tub-shower combo. The shower head is not particularly great, but decent enough. The toiletries are property branded and are actually fairly decent.
All in all, the bathroom of the Superior Room at SH Valencia Palace is quite nice.
Pool at SH Valencia Palace
Naturally, SH Valencia Palace comes with a pool and a gym, which is the norm for luxury hotels in Valencia. Unfortunately, the gym was under renovation during my stay, so I can’t say whether it’s good or bad.
However, I was able to access the pool, which is located on the roof of SH Valencia Palace. When you read “roof” you might think of a great view, but that’s not the case at this property. Instead, the view is a rather depressing one of some tired looking buildings.
The pool itself is alright, yet a little small. You might also enjoy some sunbathing on one of the loungers provided, but as there are just a few, you need to be quick.
Breakfast at SH Valencia Palace
Even though staying at SH Valencia Palace for three nights, I decided to have breakfast at the property just once. That’s mainly because I found the breakfast restaurant to be quite a depressing place.
Breakfast is not served in one of the hotels restaurants, but rather in the basement in a room without any windows or daylight. The breakfast buffet as such is decent with a rich selection of cold and hot items. There’s even a station where you can choose eggs made by order (and also some other hot options if you ask for them).
Sadly, the service leaves a lot to be desired and powdered (!) coffee for breakfast at a luxury hotel is a shame if you ask me.
Room Service at SH Valencia Palace
Not being hungry, I decided to order room service together with my companion once. We weren’t too creative and thus chose a hamburger and a pizza.
While nothing to get excited about, I found the quality of the room service food at SH Valencia Palace to be quite good. Service was also prompt and friendly, so there’s nothing bad to say in this regard.
Bottom line SH Valencia Palace
SH Valencia Palace is the cheapest of all five star hotels in Valencia and there’s a reason for that. In fact, I’d say that SH Valencia Palace is rather a good four star hotel than a five star hotel. The new rooms are fine and the bathrooms are not bad either. I didn’t have a bad experience with the pool or the room service either.
Yet, I found the breakfast not even close to luxury standard and was quite underwhelmed by the service and the Wi-Fi at SH Valencia Palace. For example, there was no word of excuse for the extremely bad Wi-Fi and nothing about the gym being closed either. If you get a good price, you definitely won’t go wrong with SH Valencia Palace – just don’t expect a luxury hotel as such.
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