Beatriz Torró Terol
Pol. Industrial Jaime I s/n. 46640 Mogente (Valencia)
+34 662 382 760
Las Barcas Street takes its name from the fishermen and caulkers who settled in the district during the 17th century. They lived there, dedicated to the manufacture and repair of boats, until the neighbourhood filled up with taverns and dubious establishments. Shortly after the Principal Theatre was built, the old houses were demolished and replaced by elegant constructions for the well-off bourgeoisie, similar to those of the nearby expansion districts.
Among them there was the emblematic Palacio Reina Victoria, which would later become the oldest hotel in Valencia, designed by the local architect Luis Ferreres Soler. Though it was conceived with residential purposes and ground-floor spaces, something usual at the time, soon was turned into a hotel. It played that role until its closing in 2014 after more than 100 years of activity.
In 2015 the hotel chain One Shot Hotels, known for promoting unique hotels where design and patronage become prominent, bought it and started the refurbishment works hand in hand with Arqui-T and Alfaro-Manrique studio. The renovation restored the façade’s original splendour but it kept intact that varnish only time and lived events may give. However, a radically modern heart was already beating under the old skin and ribs.
Faithful to the memory of the place, Alfaro-Manrique interior designers reinterpret “its classic language to create a contemporary hotel where both realities live together”. To this end, they used noble materials, such as wood or porcelain which, beyond its decorative function, also work, according to Emili Manrique, “as an identity element connected to Valencian tradition”. As if a living organism, it articulates the different spaces sliding under the bed, climbing up to the headboards and crawling through the terrace and bathroom floors.
If we must choose just one word to summarize the whole project, it would be fusion: of tradition and avant-garde, of design and handicraft. And so the main staircase with its forge banisters and wooden handrail coexists with the bold mustard strokes of some differentiating elements, while a refined eclecticism prevails in the selection of furniture and local artists’ works, breaking the continuum of the moderate colour-palette. Thus, Twins low armchair by MUT Design, with its electrifying turquoise 3D mesh, invades the interior space and creates a vanishing point in the bedrooms, so soberly and geometrically arranged.
Undoubtedly the first floor of the building is a must see. Guests will enjoy there of the lightsome Tôpic restaurant-bar with a view to the Principal Theatre. The space is provided with large windows and floor tiles following once again a geometric black-and-white pattern in contrast to the colourful seats among which we find Fontal armchairs in natural finish and beautiful green upholstery. Just like the hotel, this rattan design by Oscar Tusquets brings together the best of tradition and modernity.