Managing with: Rebeca Micó
My name is Rebeca Micó. I am 32 years old and I am the Manager of the Hotel Boutique Balandret.
I’ve been interested in economics and the world of business ever since I was a little girl, which is why I decided to study a Business Science degree. I later became interested in the tourism sector, so I started training as an Accommodation Professional and ended up studying a Master’s Degree in Hotel and Tourism Management.
More than three years ago, I was given the opportunity to take up management of the Hotel Boutique Balandret - a family-run hotel located right on the seafront at Playa de las Arenas on the coast of Valencia. As soon as I first walked into the reception area, I knew this hotel was going to be my second home. I was very excited to take on this management role as leader of a young and professional team focused on customer service. That team is responsible for a job well done and the thousands of satisfied customers over the years.
Its size is the hardest part about managing it. Because it only has 21 rooms, it is sometimes difficult to cater for groups or even individuals with specific requirements. However, it does allow you to get to know all the guests very well, offer them a personalised and approachable service, and respond to their requests quickly and efficiently.
By the way, did you know that the hotel takes its name from the famous painting by the Valencian painter, Sorolla, El Balandrito, which he painted on the Playa de las Arenas where it is located?
That image of a child playing with his little boat can be found in the restaurant’s impressive dining room through four large vertical sculptures that, alongside two impressive murals consisting of over a thousand earthenware jugs, converts this dining room into quite a tribute to Valencian culture.
Through the design and materials used in our reception area, we wanted to convey that image of old hotels with dozens of wooden pigeonholes interspersed with ceramic tiles (in this case, the Heritage series from TAU Cerámica) giving way to a backlit marble staircase that invites guests to discover the 21 charming bedrooms.
Balandret reveals the essence of Valencia, the light of the Mediterranean, that light so expertly captured by Sorolla in his paintings. Elements so closely related to our region as ceramic tiles, esparto, earthenware jugs, baskets for collecting oranges and clay pitchers are used masterfully to create different spaces.
The white, stone and grey colours used in the bedrooms are the stars of these spaces that mix the colours and light of the Mediterranean flowing through our hotel. All the bedrooms have wood effect flooring from the Forever series by Tau, providing light, warmth and comfort to the space as well as cosy details that remind visitors of the Mediterranean and the cultural traditions of Valencia and its countryside in a serene and relaxing atmosphere that makes you feel right at home.
At the Balandret, we are fully committed to personal and direct services for our guests and to providing the families that visit us with everything they need to make their stay more comfortable.
We will keep working in this regard to continue meeting the expectations of our guests, who highly rate their stays at the Balandret. Every year, these ratings allow us to receive the Certificates of Excellence issued by prestigious online platforms such as Booking.com, Trivago and Tripadvisor.