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... walking tour. We walked through the Triqs (street in Maltese) past the Castille, and over to St John Co-cathedral, whose patron saint is Saint John the Baptist. It is named for the Knight's of St John who were the hospillaters during the crusades. They were thrown out of Rhodes by the Ottomans and moved to Malta where they built the city of Valletta from scratch. They were able to do this with money sent from ...
... Naudi was so kind and when he sent out the Pr he sent my pictures as well with my name. So I can get photo credit. At the conference we met people who are owners of 5star hotels in Malta and so on. It was in maltese, but I was busy to make my pictures:) We went to the beach with my roomies as well, because the weather is lovely:)☀There were two so cute ...
... paper. The waiter told us to take the brioche out of the paper and don't eat the paper. Then he ripped off a piece of the paper, gave it Amanda and told her to taste it. She did. He asked her what it tasted like. She responded "Umm... Paper?" He said "that's because it is paper. I told you not to eat it. What's wrong with you? Are you a Panda?" Amanda told them that was her nickname when she was younger and we all had a good laugh. She was feeling pretty sheepish. A little while later, ...
... in most complaining tourists in Malta. Many people come visit the Island because they have a relative who served in WWII, and I’m not sure what kind of standing ovation they are expecting when they arrive, but I’ve heard many tourists yelling at the Maltese for not having their father’s name written on a memorial plaque, just the country or the regimen. Or they would want to know which port their grandfather’s boat docked and ...
Our last port in the Mediterranean is Valetta. Another tour around the old part of the city...saw the co-cathedral of St John and the Grand Master's Palace (of the hospital knights of St John) and then on to the old village/town of Mdina. All very interesting and we are constantly reminded of just how young Australia is in terms of settlement ...
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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.