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... 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.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Phoenicia Valletta
Great Holiday - Step back in time
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!
It is a very big and grand hotel, there were a few weddings and conferences on when we visited, but this wasn't a problem.
The location of the hotel is brilliant. Perfect to go into Valetta and ideally placed for the buses, which are excellent, cheap and reliable. Buses would probably be too hot/crowded in high season though. We went to St Julien a couple of times for dinner (great restaurants) as Valetta is quiet in the evening and toured some of the island using the buses. All very easy.
The Maltese people are lovely and make you feel very welcome and you feel safe.
Service excellence with a genuine smile
Just occassionally you stumble upon a truly special hotel that stands out from the crowd.
Though part of Le Meridien Chain, entering this hotel is like stepping back into a bygone era. Despite what we had read this was one of the friendliest hotels we have ever stayed in, not in the slightest bit stuffy! Every single member of staff from Chaimbermaid to Waiter to Concierge performed their duities in an exemplary way. All were genuinely friendly and went out of their way to ensure you enjoyed your stay on Malta.
Rooms were nicely decorated and our triple was spacious and had a good view. The lounges and public areas are spectacular. Garden consists of a long walk with a (slightly) heated outdoor pool at the end overlooking the sea.
Food served in the main restaurant was excellent and the half board package we booked via the Internet was good value as it included a bottle of Moet on arrival.
Convenient for the city (less than 2 minutes walk to the city gate) and also buses to all corners of the island depart from the doorstep.
3 or 4 days would be an ideal duration as I am not sure I could do justice to the cuisine for a full week!
This is a very grand old hotel and we enjoyed the experience.
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.
A Great Escape
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?)
Coming over from Tripoli for 48hrs of R&R it was ideal. The little Bistro stayed open late for us and did a great steak and bott of wine for a reasonable price. Next morning brace yourself for another feast at the breakfast buffet with plenty of bacon and eggs and champagne for the hardy. There is also an excellent hairdressers upstairs run by the delightfully eccentric Charles. He found a taxi for me through into St Julians for a third of the price I paid coming back. Watch out for the taxi drivers the maltese £ is stronger than the UK £ and its easy to get ripped.
The hotel has a small pool which is accessed via a nice walk through the mature gardens and is a good place to have lunch. From the pool there's a view over Valletta below; not missing much there, Valletta is congested and smoggy.
The only thing I would say about the hotel is that the rooms are tiny, ie 2 twin beds, a tv and a suitcase and it was crammed! However, it is a charming old hotel conveniently located for the airport and for town (and the cashpoint, for those of us from Libya who need an ATM and dose of civilisation).
Quite probably the best hotel in Malta!
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!
The Phoenicia is a lovely hotel with an ideal location. Situated immediately opposite Malta's main bus terminal in Floriana, the Phoenicia is a short bus ride away from anyplace you'd like to go. It's fun to sit and enjoy the hotel's afternoon tea service, explore the lovely gardens, or take a walk through beautiful (and often overlooked) Floriana.
Our room was beautifully appointed, although a bit small. We found an outstanding deal on the internet and booked the room for less than half of the normal rate, so no complaints here. The hotel staff provided excellent service, and consistently handled our requests with a smile.
The one and only problem I could imagine with the Phoenicia is that it's pretty far removed from all of the restaurants in Sliema and St. Julian's. Unless you choose to dine at the hotel, you'll need a taxi or bus for dinner. While Valletta has dozens of cafes for lunch, few establishments are open in the evening. Despite this caveat, we'd certainly stay at the Phoenicia again! Even if you can't find a special rate, this hotel is well worth a little extra.
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?
Fantastic - go there!
We have stayed at the Phoenicia for three years now. We go to Malta every year to get some sun in February or March.
The hotel is wonderful, a period piece and you feel as if you've been taken back to the 1930s. We always have a harbour view room which has breathtaking views of half the island. The bathrooms are elegant and glamorous and the gardens are beautiful. The staff are amazingly friendly and remember us every time we return.
The best thing of all though is the food. We have always stayed on a bed and breakfast basis so the cost has never been something we've even thought about. Every kind of bread and pastry you can think of, lots of cold meats, cheese and fruit, great coffee and you can even have a glass of Buck's Fizz if you want one!
It's a terrific hotel and well worth every penny spent on a comfortable stay there.
Bogart, where are you?
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.