The small Home Youth Hostel in Valencia will be a nice change for those who are doing extensive traveling and are tired of hostels that function as mass sleeping facilities. The check-in area of the hostel has many flyers that publicize local activities. We took advantage of the free walking tour (for which you tip the guide) and a flamenco show that gave us admission and a drink for a reasonable price.
It is located near La Plaza De La Reina, as are most of the hostels in Valencia. Its a long walk from both the bus station and the two train stations (which are on opposite ends of the city center,) but if you arent up to the walk, there is a bus that will take you nearby. At that point, you should follow the directions very carefully. They are accurate, but the center of Valencia can be a bit of a maze and one wrong turn can be critical.
Rooms and Bathrooms
The rooms have three beds per room, with no bunk beds. They are sufficiently large rooms, thus avoiding the stuffy air from a crowded sleeping room. The rooms have balconies and look out onto the plaza. This can pose a bit of a problem, as there is usually someone talking or drinking on the plaza until about 1 a.m. There are two showers and toilets per floor, and they are unisex (but private). They were always clean and the water in the shower is hot.
There is a common area on the 1st floor, with plenty of couch and chair space, as well as a dining table, kitchen, and three computers with free internet use. There is a sufficient number of available outlets in the common area, and there are outlets in the sleeping rooms. Breakfast is served for free in the morning, including white bread, margarine, jam, corn flakes, chocolate rice cereal, coffee, and tea. Wi-Fi is free and usually strong, but there will be some hiccups that make you want to scream. There is a laundry on premises where you can pay to wash and dry your clothes; soap is not included. There is also a laundromat nearby.
The only issues are the same with any hostel in Valencia. It is fairly far away from the stations, there are no supermarkets or even small markets nearby, and good luck finding anything open between 2 and 6 p.m. Aside from that, it is a pleasant place for a few nights' rest.