Pension Universal which is beside the Town Hall Square (Plaza de Ayuntamiento) is ideally situated for discovering Valencia. It is surrounded by a variety of restaurants, museums, cinemas, theatres, shops, banks, entertainment halls, parking and phone/internet facilities all within 100 meters of the hostel.
From the Plaza del Ayuntamiento you can easily take all kinds of public transport to get anywhere in town (Beaches, City of Science, Oceanography, L'Hemisfèric, Bioparco, etc) without having to take the car.
All the rooms of Pension Universal have a balcony with magnificent views of the Plaza del Ayuntamiento and Barcas Street. Our friendly family atmosphere enables you to enjoy a comfortable stay here in Valencia so that you can make the most out of your visit.
All that remains to say is that Pension Universal is open throughout the year, 24 hours a day and you can enter and leave at any time.
A little history:
La Calle Las Barcas Barcas is so-named as it was once a canal of crystal clear water providing shelter for the boats which fished the River Turia and the sea.
Pension Universal located in the Barcas Street, is located in a building that was built in the late nineteenth century and which today is part of the Cultural Heritage of Valencia. It is one of the first buildings of Valencia combining iron and wood to form the structure of the walls. It is said that due to the high cost involved in the construction of the building, the owner of the building was called the “Burrico de oro” or the “Golden Burrico”.
To give an idea of the magnitude of the building, each floor is about 4 meters tall. The ceilings were coffered and decorated with large paintings of the era. The floors of the rooms were decorated with hundreds of small tiles of the time forming a mosaic that is still preserved today. The windows giving access to the balconies of each room are large because at the time it was built there was no electricity. The coffered ceilings and paintings have still been maintained today in one room on the 2nd floor and another room on the 3rd floor. You may ask why there are not more paintings from the period. This is because during and after the Spanish Civil war (1936-1939) many families came from different parts of Spain and resided in the building, cooking in the rooms. Needless to say the fuel at that time was coal and wood and the rooms became blackened with soot. With regard to drinking water, the water was pulled from a well in the courtyard of the building and through the windows to the kitchen by servants using a pulley.
Various businesses have occupied the building. It is said that the 1st floor was devoted to the arcades (Casinos) at the beginning of the 20th century and that the 2nd, 3rd and 4th floors corresponded to doors 3,5 and 7 of the Pension, while door 4 was a photography studio and doors 6 and 8 led to manor houses.
In the early days of the Pension until about the year 1970, the clientele were mostly Spanish, newly married couples from the villages around the capital, gangs of young bullfighters, theatre and cabaret artists that came to achieve fame. At the end of the 80s foreign tourism began to arrive and thanks to the Mediterranean food and Valencia’s good climate it continues to flourish.