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After our Easter holiday spring-cleaning spree we’ll be in need of a well-earned European city break. Spanish boutique hotel Hospes Palau de la Mar – in architecturally arresting Valencia – appeals to our newfound neat freak with spotless monochrome minimalism…

Hotel of the week | Hospes Palau de la Mar
 Minimalist modern palace
Setting Edge of the old town

Valencia hotels | Hospes Palau de la Mar Hotel of the week | Hospes Palau de la Mar Valencia Spanish boutique hotels | Hospes Palau de la MarWhy this week? Book by 20 April to get a tidy 25 per cent off summer stays at the hotel, from 1 July to 31 August 2014 (with free breakfast). Book for non-stop beach partying at Benicassim Festival (17–20 July); fiesta in traditional fashion at the July fair, with flamenco, bullfighting and flower-bedecked floats (from 21 July); or get saucy in a spectacularly messy manner at La Tomatina (27 August).

Our favourite bits This unblemished beauty’s snow-white walls and clean-lined sculptural furnishings may please even the most pernickety guests, but the hotel’s far from spartan: the original building’s decorous mouldings prettify pared-back interiors and wooden veneers add a blush of warmth. The restaurant’s citrus-infused fare and underground hydrotherapy pool add a colourful dash of character, too.

Mr & Mrs Smith say… ‘Having bounced on the bed, snooped through the minibar, sprawled on both sofas and been stymied by the complexities of the skylight controls, we decide that it must be about time for cocktail hour. So we decamp to the hotel bar. We settle down with two generous martinis – potent enough for use during a hippo’s epidural – and a waiter snakes over with an artful platter of surrealistically curved vegetable crisps, a vase of slender breadsticks and a bowl of delightfully bitter, herby olives.’ Read the full Hospes Palau de la Mar review…

You say… ‘Superb customer service; great position near the centre of town but not too near! The area around hotel has lovely nice bars and shopping, near the river park.’ Brenda, BlackSmith, stayed on 22 Oct 2013.

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