So, you're headed to Valencia, but where should you stay? Here's a quick guide to the city's most popular and central neighborhoods. (You can see hotels in additional neighborhoods by doing a CheapoSearch.)
Situated to the east of the city center, this neighborhood sits directly on the Mediterranean coast and is home to Valencia's beaches and its port. Metro line 5 and trams 4 and 6 provide easy access to the rest of the city. Avenida de Aragon is lined with bars and the Universidad Politecnica is located near the tram line.
Valencia's city center contains many important tourist attractions. The main train station, Estacion del Norte, is located just south of this area next to the Plaza de Toros (bullfighting ring). Plaza del Ayuntamiento is a few blocks north of the station while the Quart and Serranos Tower marks the northern border of the Old City. The Cathedral is just north of Plaza de la Reina.
The city's central market was constructed in 1928 and is located on the Plaza del Mercado. The Instituto Valencia de Arte Moderno (IVAM) is on the northwest side.
This neighborhood, southwest of city center, is largely a residential and industrial area with only a handful of hotels. It is bordered to the south by the Rio Turia, which was redirected from the city center in the 1950s to prevent flooding. From here, Metro lines 1 and 5 provide access to the city center within a few stops.
The namesake of this neighborhood located southeast of Valencia's city center is the Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias. The ultra-modern complex encompasses a science museum, a dome-shaped IMAX theater and a giant aquarium. The Reina Sofia Palace of the Arts is just north of Pont de Montedivet. The area boasts a number of restaurants and nightlife options. It's possible to walk to the city center from here, although some hotels in the neighborhood may be a bit far-flung.
As the name suggests, this neighborhood includes hotels in the northern part of the city. The fine arts museum is located within the Royal Garden. Valencia's main bus terminal is just east of the El Corte Ingles shopping center. Some hotels may not be within walking distance of Valencia's city center. However, Valencia-North is well served by bus lines and stops are scattered all around the area.