After our first night in Valencia at Hôme Backpacker’s hostel, we moved on to another in the Hôme group, the Hôme Rooms Deluxe Hostel. I’d picked it because I loved the individually designed rooms, each created by an artist with a different theme – I wrote about them in a previous post. The place has a modern, stylish feel and would attract anyone with artistic tendancies. The other guests were couples of all ages and families with older children. One suspects they were, like us, more interested in seeing the city than staying up partying all night.
Home Rooms Deluxe Hostel is in a modern block only a couple of years old and surrounded by other new residential buildings. Apparently the area was rather run down,until the City of Arts and Sciences was completed at the end of the road and then the whole area was re-developed. There are several restaurants, cafes and small shops in the neighbourhood, and a shopping mall 5 walk minutes away. The City of Arts and Sciences is on your doorstep, and you need to take a 15 min bus journey into the older heart of Valencia, but it was an easy and cheap journey.(€5.65 for a Bonabus card for 10 journeys)
There was a bright red self-catering kitchen where breakfast was served and a sitting area with large TV and 2 free internet stations. The hotel is on the first and second floor of the block and on the upper floors were 40 flats, also part of the Hôme group, sleeping from 2-6 people which could be booked by the night. These benefited from the same 24 hr reception and internet facilities and would be good for families or groups who want to be more self-contained. There is also underground parking which would be useful if you were driving through Spain.
We had en suite rooms facing the back of the building with balconies overlooking a quiet courtyard. Our room was designed by an Italian artist, Fabio Belli and it had a Burmese theme – this is what the artist wrote about it:
I tried to model a room inspired to a wizard I met once in Burma. I like to think that he might be laughing seeing it now. There are still places in the world where things have not price or days time Golden lands and valleys full of endless temples décor thousands years men’s lives whom fly like birds and flow like water. We are part of the one and this is my world. My name is U KOWIDA
We liked our dark and mysterious Burmese room although after getting tangled once too often in the long fringes surrounding the bed, we decided they might have to go.
Next door, our children were happily sleeping in Venice, surrounded by gondoliers, carnival-goers and a view of St Mark’s Square. The design was created by a group called 3 punti sulle Idee made up of an Italian sculptor, Argentinian musician and French set designer – this is what they wrote about their design:
The room number … is a stage, the balcony, a mystic naughty, people who live here, actors, neighbors, spectators,… They join with the sweet and romantic refrain of Johann Strauss Jr.’s Opera. We are in Venice. Carnival air got us… we took a gondola looking for a party. PS: It is on everybody’s lips that Casanova is on the loose….
We enjoyed our stay at Home Rooms Deluxe Hostel and I’d happily stay there again. If I only had a couple of days to see Valencia, or wanted to enjoy the nightlife, I might be tempted to stay within walking distance of the old centre, rather than taking a bus. But we did have the City of Arts and Sciences on our doorstep and could enjoy it when the coach parties had gone home.
Hôme Rooms Deluxe, Instituto Obrero, 20, 46013 Valencia. We paid €70 per night per double room and €100 per triple room – these are mid-week prices.
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