It might look all modern Las Vegas glitz now, but Las Arenas has the history. It opened in 1898 as a grand hotel, frequented by the great and good of the day. Although it has been largely rebuilt, the pool, pavilion, and colonnades give you an idea of what it was like back in the distant days of the 20th century.
The hotel overlooks Malvarrosa beach and is 1.25 miles (2 km) from the City of Arts and Sciences and 3 miles (5 km) from the cathedral. This is obviously a great location in the summer when you can make good use of the outdoor pool and the gardens, and of course, the beach, but is not so handy if you are spending most of your time in the city center. It might look all modern Las Vegas glitz now, but Las Arenas has the history.
It opened in 1898 as a grand hotel, frequented by the great and good of the day. Although it has been largely rebuilt, the pool, pavilion, and colonnades give you an idea of what it was like back in the distant days of the 20th century. Today, there is a flash new spa with lots of treatments to make you feel like a film star (more below).The friendly staff help to create a more personal atmosphere in the huge space.
Las Arenas started life as a glamorous spa more than a century ago, when taking the waters was all the rage. The facilities have come on a bit since then, but the spa has lost none of the luxe factors and you can breathe in that healthy sea air as you work your way around the thermal pools. Sisley products are used for treatments, which include a Hanakasumi massage with a cherry blossom and rice powder exfoliation procedure. The 243 rooms and 10 suites are decorated in neutral tones with lots of natural light.
Half face the Mediterranean and have large balconies. Free Wi-Fi. The Sorolla Brasserie serves Mediterranean cuisine with plenty of Valencian specialties. From March to the end of September, you can have breakfast out on the terrace. Lighter meals are available by the pool. You can feel pretty decadent lounging in the bar with a cocktail mixed by the award-winning Iván Martínez. Given that Las Arenas is rated as five-star Gran Lujo, the top category in Spain, and is a member of The Leading Hotels of the World, rates are not that exorbitant most of the time. But bear in mind that taxis to and from the center will cost you around £20 a day. Doubles from £150.