The drive from Barcelona to Valencia was one of the longer ones, just over 5 hours. However, Valencia was a bit easier to navigate and we found the hotel relatively quickly. The icing on the cake was valet parking. It was one of the Melia chain. Very nice hotel, with very nice rooms.
After checking in we took a walk around the city. Many of the street were line with orange trees; no surprise.
Bill and Eric tried to find a restaurant suggested by Tripadvisor but just could not find it. We ended choosing Baldo which turned out to have awful food and service. But it did let us complain about something; complaining is part of a well-balanced lifestyle.