Travel Blogs from Valletta
... we sailed between the island of Kithira and the mainland. We spotted a number of small white villages on Kithira as we passed by. We had lunch in the Glass House restaurant, which was very nice. We will return next week and this evening we will have dinner in the Trattoria restaurant, serving only Italian food. Tomorrow Kusadasi, where we have been informed by the Bridge that the temperature will reach 31. I suspect that we will head for the ...
We nearly fell out of bed when what sounded like an explosion went off at 8am. We opened the cabin curtain to a magical view of Valletta which is the main port of the island Malta. The locals welcome cruise ships with a fireworks display which is really just sparkles in daylight. The sound of the fireworks was so loud that it echoes around the port which is almost impossible to describe. The main entry to Valletta has been restored to the original 16th century condition. ...
... but I got the audio guide and pushed the buttons to find out all about the armor and weapons and it was rather interesting. Of course, I was probably more interested in the photo ops and interesting patterns that the lances, pikes, guns and helmets themselves.
Now I was getting very hungry since I only had the little sandwich for lunch. This has been a recurring problem. By the time I am ready to eat, the opportunities have ...
So I got my audio guide for the Catacombs with my health insurance card as deposit. Odd. Have to remember to pick it up - oh, yeah, having that audio guide around my neck might clue me in. There is a little garden behind the ticket area with some mausoleum-type structures. I followed the guide and went down into the first one and found a few rooms. One of the rooms had some niches carved out and one room had a round table carved out of ...
... have spoken English, but I know I heard some other language - which I had assumed was Malti. The men did definitely seem to have accents when they spoke English. I immediately assumed they must be spies of some sort. Or maybe smugglers - something definitely shady.
So I got to the Hypogeum twenty minutes before my admission time. I worked on my postcards but now I can't find the stamps I bought. I have one more place to look before I give ...
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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.