Arrival Experience: As the city’s top hotel, the Nelva does a sizable meeting and convention business. Murcia, Spain’s seventh largest city, has long flown under the radar giving way to larger cities like Malaga and Alicante, known for their beaches and international amenities. But, the entire province of Murcia, as well as its capital city of the same name, are deserving of equal attention. Hotel Nelva complements the region’s growth in the meetings and convention business. Ever since the opening of the Victor Villegas Auditorium and Conference Centre with space for 1,800, Hotel Nelva, part of the Spanish Santos chain, has been an excellent home base for conferees. Reception speaks English well and is happy to accommodate special requests like to-go breakfast bags for those with early morning departures.
Dining: Oro Negre is the main restaurant serving formal fare with local Murcian touches. The breakfast buffet is served nearby in a spacious room with ample natural light (avoid seats by the window if you want to keep your skin from being too sun-kissed). Everything from freshly prepared eggs to pan con tomate (toasted bread with fresh tomatoes and olive oil) are on the menu. Bottled water, numerous fruit juices, granola bars, sliced Spanish meats and cheeses, and local fruit are part of the spread. By the pool, drinks are served in season. The restaurant is known for its Murcian cuisine, and it regularly hosts business lunches and dinners when meetings are in house. The ample room service menu chooses many of the dishes from the restaurant menu.
Rooms: Accommodations here are bright and modern with hardwood floors, king or twin beds with crisp linens and some of Spain’s most comfortable pillows. The headboards feature exotic beach scenery, which is a bit overwhelming for unsuspecting arrivals (especially business travelers) although the scenery is attractive, if not a bit gaudy. The top few floors have outdoor terraces giving them an edge over lower levels, but all come with complimentary wireless Internet and drawers with thick pillows and extra blankets. Flat-screen cable TVs and full-length mirrors are excellent additions, but the key-controlled electricity is an irritant for international travelers who wish to charge devices while on the road. Always remember to ask for an extra key. Safes, robes with slippers, powerful showers, and small seating areas by the windows are excellent additions.
Amenities: A fine fitness center and massage offering are great for stressed travelers, but most visitors to this bustling city are here with corporate pursuits. With ten meeting rooms of its own, the hotel has enough capacity for as many as 1,400. The outdoor swimming pool and panoramic terrace is accented by lovely seating areas and fountains, which is quite welcoming in the heart of town. This hotel bridges an excellent gap between business and leisure travelers, and its business focus is an exceptional advantage to the growing meetings and convention industry in town. The Santos chain has a solid reputation around the country, and its guest list is a loyal, corporate fan base.