Travel Blogs from Valletta
... many times over the past 5000 years there is a wee bit of history to be told on Malta and lots of ruins to have a look at, harbours to be explored and super yachts to be ooohhhed and aaahhhed over.
I'm not a churchie kinda bloke but the Cathedral in Valletta is absolutely amazing for its over the top ornateness, the floor is incredible with many marble grave stones embedded, they have skull and ...
... are random lizards wandering around the towns, as well as stray cats (not that it's a bad thing). I also got to see a Valletta market. It was quite nice and I think I'd like to go back there next week, or whenever I can.
Looking into the distance today, I could see thousands of flat roofs across the river. It was so manmade but so pretty at the same time. You'd have to be there to see it. ...
... The island was important for Great Britain due to its close proximity to Italy.
The weather in Malta was nice – maybe 65 and sunny. However it was absolutely freezing on the open-top bus. The weather on this set of ports has been colder than before, which is odd because we are further south.
Uploading photos is extremely slow on our wifi - so I can only do a few. However, I recommend googling photos of Malta to see some photos of the island (it was difficult ...
... fishing boats (Luzzus) and statues, dedications to the industry which brought prosperity. We survived the crowds and decided to double back on ourselves and head along the rocky coastline towards Birzebbugia (burr-ze-boo-ja) a sleepy bay to the west. We weren't sure what to expect, we rarely do, so imagine our surprise when we were greeted with stunning turquoise waters stretching, uninterrupted, to Northern Africa. Along way ...
... not open to the public. After a walk back through the triqs, we ended our tour in the Barrakka Gardens overlooking the deepwater port for which makes Malta a strategic location. Each day at 12:00 one of the canons along the fortress walls is fired to commemorate the knights defending Malta. It was the Grand Master Jean d'Vallette and his Knights of St John that held off the Ottoman siege. Thanks again GM Vallette ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Phoenicia Valletta
We have returned from a relaxing few days in Valetta and we stayed at The Meridien (May 2005). We were in a standard room, which was nice and clean and provided everything we needed, but was quite small. We only had breakfast in the hotel which was good, nothing amazing. I can't comment on the restaurant in the evening. The bar is lovely, like stepping back in time, and the staff are really friendly. As the weather was good we spent a bit of time by the pool which was really nice and relaxing, but is quite a walk from the hotel through the gardens, it's nice enough, but nightmare if you forget anything!
Just occassionally you stumble upon a truly special hotel that stands out from the crowd.
We visited the Le Meridien Malta in December, for one day, just to have some lunch. However, in the first five minutes of being there, we were put off of ever staying there. The atmosphere in there was very cold and aloof. The staff in reception didn't even acknowledge us and there were no smiles or assistance. We went into the palm court lobby lounge, where we understood that there was food and drinks available. There were other people sitting around and snack menus on the table and we saw a waitress for about five seconds, who didn't come to approach us and there was no sign of any food. We sat for a further five minutes, however then realised that we'd be able to get some food anywhere else. Unless you enjoy being in a very cold and haughty environment, you'd be best staying at the Hilton or Westin, like we did. This experience, has put us off ever staying in a Le Meridien hotel, especially after we stayed at one before and had the same experience.
This is a lovely old hotel, and fantastic if you happen to be a WWII buff as the bar is full of excellent drawings and cartoons of all the old RAF 'chaps' who onced packed the place during its heydey when it was the RAF HQ (the hotel that is, not the bar, or maybe?)
My fiancee and I thought we'd spend the last night of our vacation at the Phoenicia in March 2004 -- when it was time to go, we weren't ready to leave!
Perfection - Maltese Style
We stayed here for the first few nights of our honeymoon, this hotel is special, the entrance foyer and atrium take you back to the glorios days of the thirties, marble everywhere, attentive staff, friendly and well turned out. The cocktail bar is a welcome retreat at the end of a days sisghtseeing in Valetta. They even organised tickets for us to go to the hypogeum, (the most amazing archeological site ive been to). Avoid this hotel at your peril, its well worth a stay!
A great deal
I agree with the other reviews...a great hotel at a great price. Exudes old world charm, fantastic gardens and pool, and centrally located for sight-seeing in Valetta...what more could you ask for?
We have stayed at the Phoenicia for three years now. We go to Malta every year to get some sun in February or March.
Got to stay in the Meridian Phoenicia hotel in Malta. January rates brought it into my budget. I don't think I mix well with the rarified strata who stay at five star hotels, but my stay was definitly comfortable! Nice big room, nice big bathrooms! A welcome change from Rome! Breakfast was excellent...but it will take quite a breakfast to justify the 7 Maltese Lira it cost! Thats an expensive bowl of corn flakes! However, the coffee was nearly worth it alone! This is the first time I had Maltese coffee...rich, stronger than American, not as strong as Italian, but all in all, superb. Best part of my trip that coffee... I expected Humphrey Bogart to be sinking into the deep chairs in the lobby. There were a lot of those people who take their vacations here, and don't look like vacationers...you know, the ones who figure they are dressing down by wearing a slightly more colourful tie and only one string of pearls! My jeans, leather jacket and biker hat stood out like a chimney sweep on an ice flow....however civility was the name of the game, and I was made more welcome than I deserved. I liked the place, and I'll be back. Next time, I will remember to bring a tie and blazer and dress for breakfast.
Great location, good hotel
Our 5 nights here were a good experience. The tiled rooms are a bit dated, but tidy and clean. Good A/C. Lounge area is lovely. Staff is a bit stiff and service was spotty at times-forgotten room service items, etc. Location is unbeatable-steps away from buses and central Valetta.
Heated pool is wonderful, nestled right beside ancient fortifications.
Valetta location definitely superior to tourist strips in St. Julian's and Sliema.