Radisson Blu Resort, Malta St Julian's
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... beating during WWII and has been occupied by many different countries in the past, with its terrific location in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea. Perhaps that's why I can't quite work out what the Maltese culture is, as it's picked up so many influences over the years. But also, it reminds me a lot of Cancun. It's a vacation hot spot. Everyone speaks English so it's very easy to travel around. The bays are beautiful and lined with large hotels. There is ...
... but better safe than sorry, and I have strategically parked myself for the night in the middle section of my gate, next to the washrooms, and across from an Italian coffee shop. If the bustle of people won't wake me up in a few hours the smell of the coffee sure will. I guess it's time to try this "getting comfortable thing" between hard ass airport seats with armrest which don't fold down.
... that most of the restaurants in Mdina itself close from 1500-1900 so no chance of an early meal. We headed back to Valleta and then decided a walk along the Selima waterfront would be nice so got the bus there. After a quick beer we walked up the front watching the waves crash into the rocks and stopped for something to eat at Mason's bar on the promenade. The worst meal we had in Malta - ...
... a snacky lunch of nuts and fruit from the market. Then onto a small cove that was a ridiculous drive down a narrow track ( giving about half a foot either side of the car, clearance of the walls ) but lovely all the same - then back for more cocktails at happy hour; its so cheap it would be rude not ...
... of this bus there sits a school of some sort.
“We are all Roman Catholic here,” she announced. She then vaporized the line between guiding and proselytizing by recounting all the miracles performed here by The Blessed Virgin before offering us time in the church to pray. We never missed hearing about a church or the population's adoration for Mary. “All of us are named Anna or Maria,” she told us. I sense her profound sense ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Radisson Blu Resort, Malta St Julian's Saint Julian's
3* masquerading as 5*
My husband & I spent 8 nights here in Oct.2004. Having spent a previous holiday at this hotel 4 years ago we were shocked at the changes in staff attitude, lack of cleanliness and worst of all the food. Housekeeping was appalling - we even had holes in the sheets. We were constantly asking for basic items (glasses for instance) to be replaced in our room. Food was overpriced and undercooked. We both got food poisoning -in my husband's case it lasted for 4days - from undercooked pork in the dining room - the restaurant's attitude to our complaint was "take it or leave it". We would not recommend this hotel to anyone.
The only plus points the hotel NOW has are that it is next to the sea and close to bus stop.
We strayed at the radisson oct 2004,lovely hotel helpful staff beautiful sea views.Food very good in the bistro restaurant and al-acarte,not so good in the kon tiki restaurant for evening meal breakfast very good.Only down side you can wait a while for the lifts.shops 15 min walk away.
The hotel has a nice location, the rooms have great views and it looks luxurious. However, I think it is quit a walk to the nicer restaurants and nearest supermarket. No problem if it is really nice weather, but if it's raining...
I do not think we were staying at the same hotel as those reviewers who deemed it only 3* My husband 7 I stayed there over last christmas & New Year and it was fabulous. The service could not have been better, staff went out of their way to make sure we were more than happy. The food, especially the breakfast buffet was sumptious, and all restaurants served excellent food. As for buying soft drinks and snacks, you only have to take a 10 minute walk into the nearby shopping centre where there are supermarkets and all manner of other shops, stopping on the way for a beer or coffee! Together with christmas carollers and new year party till dawn we had a wonderful time.
Don't go there if you like zzzzzzzzz
I stayed for one week with my wife in November 2003. At this time, the hotel was in the process of fitting laminate wood floors in the rooms. I couldn't understand the considerable noise from above until I discovered why.
For no other reason, do not stay here (except on the top floor!) if you want to sleep.
A lovely hotel
We visited the Raddison SAS in August 2003 when we chose to get maried in Malta. It is a beautiful, clean hotel with staff that really cannot do enough for you. The food in the restaurant was brilliant and the Breakfasts were fantastic. I can only presume the other people who have written negative reports on this hotel were talking about a different hotel than the one that I visited. The prices for the beverages and snacks were slightly more expensive than normal, but if you are staying in a 5* hotel you have to expect this.
I would without a doubt visit this hotel again!
'5 star or what'
the hotel 5 star hmm!! the prices definately were. we could'nt fault the breakfast menu as it was 1st class could'nt ask for a more wider choice.the restaurants on site were very few and very pricey as so was the bar!. a typical price ;£6.00 for 1 ltr of pepsi to take away. no shops on site to buy drinks or snacks so you had to use their facilities. the room had a good view,but was definately only 3 star in our opinion. 5 star facilities was afforded to those using the hotel for private functions and confrences not to the average holidaymaker (our opinion).ie had a large convention and used 1/3 of the pool area where we were relaxing,and had people queueing up for food less than 6 ft away from me(so much for us on holiday)!
I think previous reviewers must have stayed at a diiferent hotel. We have travelled all over the world and felt this justified its 5 stars.
We stayed at Easter 2004. Beware this is not part of the Radisson Group but a franchise operated by a Maltese Company. We did not rate it 5 star and found it to be around a 3 star. There were many things which were very upsetting. It was 31C outside on Good Friday (according to the hotels thermometer) but they refused to turn the air conditioning on. "We don't have air conditioning until 1 May". The food was poor, we sent one meal back and did not eat in the restuarant again. The breakfast menu was very basic and restrictive. We gave the hotel a list of the things we thought were not 5 star and eventually were given a fan for the bedroom. This hotel caters mainly for conferences and short stay business people so holiday makers seem to be an irritation to them. Final word from the Customer Services Manager "We are fully booked until November so we do not have problem"
Not really 5* standard
My wife and I were there in March 2002.
Disappointing for a 5* .. the towels were thin and small.
The first room we had was just under the compressor, which droned on and off, disrupting sleep. Fortunately they moved us with no fuss.
The health centre was a disappointment too. Dirty, slippery floor in the changing room; often unattended.
Friendly, competent staff.