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The breakfast buffet was very comprehensive. It was cold and overcast when we set off around 9.30. The bus stop is at the entrance to the hotel and a bus was waiting there so we didn't have to wait at all. It was good that we are at the beginning of the route as everyone was out and about on Sunday morning and it wasn't long before people were not able to be picked up. We caught the bus to Valetta, the main town and it ...
... also known as Caravaggio, had a way of painting with Tenebrism, shifting light and dark colours on his canvas with little intermediate value. He fled Rome after killing a man and fled to Naples, then Malta, where he was protected by the knights as long as he kept creating artistic wonders. After being ordained a knight, he was imprisoned, he escaped and he was expelled from the Order. Despite his troubled life, the Beheading of St John the Baptist is ...
... This was one of my favorite places for pictures, the water and the boats were amazing. I felt like I was on a set of a movie! Lunch was very interesting, I was apprehensive on trying some of the seafood dishes but was very glad I did. This wasn't your ordinary red lobster experience. I enjoyed the food a lot more than I would have expected. ...
... These fascinating stone depressions are carved out of the rock on ledges high above the ocean to collect salt water that crashes up over the edge. I guess the idea is that if you wait patiently enough eventually the water evaporates leaving you with piles of tasty, and oh so dirty, sea salt, all without having to do any work other than some intent staring and occasional cave napping. At first glance they look like giant flooded chess boards, and are terrific at sunset, but ...
... which were prominently featured at the B&B's breakfast. Wonderfully-flaky croissants and danishes, the likes of which would have been at home at any French patisserie, and an excellent homemade tart, prepared by the owner.
Sicilian breakfasts are known for being packed with sweets, something which we haven't been overly impressed with so far, as the sweets haven't been of the best quality. But today was different, and there ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews InterContinental Malta Saint Julian's
First class hotel in a noisy area
I agree entirely with the Dublin reviewer on 19 Sept. I stayed 4 nights 2 October-6 October 2004, having spent 2 nights at the Hilton. The hotel looks unprepossessing from the street but is huge inside with 15 floors of terraced rooms overlooking the outdoor pool (large but with part having a shallow area for paddling). I too had a Club Room on the 15th floor with small outside balcony (good value for the extra money). There was a separate sitting room, bedroom and bathroom/WC/shower cabinet. All were very comfortable and well maintained. Much clothes storage was in a cupboard in the bathroom area, meaning that a couple or family staying could find it difficult to get to their clothes while the bathroom was in use. The Executive Club lounge offered a decent complimentary DIY breakfast from 06.30 and evening drinks / nibbles from 19.00. I enjoyed both on each day. There were free Internet terminals but almost always in use by other guests when I wanted to use them. The concierge team were knowledgeable about tours, local transport etc. Downsides were the noisy and mess-making young crowd outside on weekend nights, and the erratic lifts which seldom responded and one of which was out of action during my stay. Throughout I dined in Spinola Bay restaurants so cannot comment on the hotel's main catering. All in all, an enjoyable stay but a notch below the Hilton in its facilities.
Service Top Notch
My wife, young daughter and I stayed at the Intercontinental in a club suite for 8 days in the beginning of September. Room was large and comfortable (although I wouldn't call it luxurious). Staff was very helpful in attending to all of our needs, which at times were considerable. My advice would be to try and get a room on as high a floor as possible and one that faces internally toward the pool area. The surrounding area can be very noisy, particularly on a Friday or Saturday night. Overall, a very good experience and a hotel that I would happily recommend (with the caveat noted above).
My Fiancee and I had an excellent week at the Intercontinental in August '04. The hotel is quite big and has many really good facilities and about five or six restaurants. (one is only open during the day) BOOK A CLUB ROOM it's well worth the small amount extra for what you get.
Just a point to clarify regarding another tripadvisor review relating to the room service charge - the room service menu confusingly describes a charge (12 euro) for food delivered from outside (after checking this with the receptionist we discovered that it was for food ordered from outside the hotel, delivered and then the staff present it on plates etc) - The actual room service charge is included in the room service price list or breakfast-in-your room menu.
The best deal are the Club rooms/suites, we stayed on top Floor. The room was excellent - very spacious with CD player and TV in both rooms, DSL if required and a great en-suite bathroom. As it was a club room we had access to the Club Lounge - free soft drinks, water and local beer all day, continental buffet breakfast, afternoon tea with sandwiches, cakes etc, and pre-dinner drinks (alcoholic drinks) every evening, daily local newspaper delivery and free internet access (in the club lounge) all day - all included in the price of the club room.
All the staff were really friendly and quite efficient - housekeeping were amazing did a fantastic job every day.
I couldn't recommend this hotel enough - was one of the best hotel stays I've ever experienced.
Spent the last week of August in this 5 star establishment. Stayed in a junior suite, which was massive. Staff were friendly and helpful. The hotel itself was clean, with a variety of facilities for guests. The swimming pool on the 10th floor was lovely and relaxing, where staff were at hand for drinks and food. Very reasonable, and in a fantastic location.
Great hotel, would highly recommend
On our third trip to Malta we stayed in the Intercontinental Hotel for one week and would highly recommend it. Opt for a Club Room, the rooms are larger and have access to the Club Lounge where you can avail of free breakfast, afternoon tea, pre-dinner drinks plus soft drinks available all day long; it's worth paying the slightly higher room rate to get access to the lounge and the bigger rooms. The level of service in the hotel was excellent, any requests we made were dealt with immediately. The hotel is in a busy area of St. Julians (Paceville) but we didn't have any problems with noise from the street. On a plus side it's an easy 10 minute walk to the excellent restaurants in the Spinola Bay and St Julians. The hotel pool is on the 10th floor terrace and was never too busy or noisy; the hotel has 4 restaurants of which we tried 2, the Eastern Breeze was fabulous and I would recommend it; the Al Fresco restaurant was disappointing and with so many excellent fish restaurants in the area we didn't go back there. The hotel bar is very quite, on a number of occasions there was no one in it, but if you want lively pubs there's plenty around the corner (most pubs in the area cater for the local 17 year olds but there are some good pubs for an older age group (we're in our early 30s)). We went to Malta looking for a relaxing week which is exactly what we got; the level of service and ammenities in the hotel added to our enjoyment of the holiday. My final recommendation would be to request a room overlooking the hotel gardens, our balcony looked onto a busy back street.
Best 3 nights yet!
My partner and I had a fantastic 3 nights at the Intercontinental from 28th- June -1st July '04. The hotel is very large and has many good quality facilities such as the enormous fitness gym, several restaruants with great food at reasonable prices (especially The Harruba Restaraunt!), outdoor and indoor pools, poolside bar & restaraunt etc..
We were fortunate enough to get a great deal on a Club room and stayed on the 14th Floor. The room was great! Not quite panoramic view as stated on their website (only the executive rooms we found), but great views of the pool, inland landscape and sea nevertheless. Spacious room with all mod cons and great en suite. Best of all, we had access to the Club Lounge - free soft drinks all day, continental buffet breakfast (but the chef will cook whatever hot breakfast you want on demand e.g omlettes etc..), afternoon tea with sandwiches, cakes etc, and pre-dinner drinks (alcohol) every evening, daily newspaper and free internet access all day - all included in the price of our stay! We only wish we had the time to take greater advantage of this facility!-3 nights was not enough!
Compliments to the staff who were all very friendly(they took time to have a brief chat with guests and ensure we were having an enjoyable stay), helpful and very professional at all times - although they were a bit slow to get things done-We reported a faulty lock on our balcony doors which was still not fixed before we left for London!
We even found the guests staying at the hotel to be friendly and chatty no matter what part of the world they were from- the dress code was always smart/casual (some men even wore shorts and trainers to dinner!-although my partner and I and most guests made more of an effort). Overall the hotel is modern, luxurious in most aspects and has a very relaxed and friendly atmosphere.
The intercontinental is extremely comfortable and very good value for money (especially if you book direct and get a fabulous deal as we did). I would agree with the 5 star rating and I suspect that those who did not enjoy their stay here either did not push the boat out enough to stay on the club floors (although it really does not cost that much more considering what you get), or are stuck up and are better off in places like the Hilton where residents are not as friendly and elitist and the staff perhaps not as accommodating.
I would definitely stay at other Intercontinentals across the world now, however having scoured the website, I am begining to get the impression that their Malta residence probably has the most facilities and is the best value for money especially for those who would not normally be able to afford to stay at 5 star hotels.
For those of you who might just be able to tear themselves away from the hotel, St. Julian's Bay and Sliema shopping complex and harbour and just minutes away!!!
Beautiful, in the heart of the action
We stayed at the Intercontinental for 3 nights and we were completely satisfied. The block is jam packed with shopping, theaters, restraurants, even ice skating! We were only a short walk from any activity, including the beaches. Some other reviews commented on this not being up to a 5 star standard, but if you compare the hotel to European hotel standards it is extremely nice and equivilent to American hotels.
We had a great time at the Intercontinental Malta
We stayed at the Intercontinental Malta for 2 weeks in June.
We had a club room on one of the upper floors which was very quiet. During the first week, we even had a junior suite (although we had booked a double!) which was a bit louder as it was facing the street, but also 80m2 big with 2 bathrooms, so we didn't complain...
With a Club Room, you also have access to the Club Lounge where you can have snacks and free internet.
Unlike the other reviewers, we thought the location was very good, as there is a shopping center across the road and a cinema next door.
As for the noise, it didn't bother us, although when you come to Malta, expect more city bustle than quiet island life (at least in St Julians)! The biggest noise at the poolsite were some Italians who had very loud conversations ;-)
The food was excellent! We were glad we had booked half board as food in Malta is very expensive. Once a week, they had an excellent seafood buffet with everything from lobster to oysters. I also enjoyed the daily sushi.
I don't give the hotel 5 stars, because I had the impression that the staff don't always know what they're doing: Our keys weren't working three times (!) during the 1st week + we got ever changing explanations / excuses for this problem.
Okay, but some problems
This looks like a 5 star hotel but I don't think that it lives up to the standard. We had to wait 30 minutes to get a room because they had prepared a smoking room although we had asked for non smoking. When we arrived at the room the maid was still cleaning. We stayed for a week and the room was never properly cleaned, with hair or a bit of paper staying on the same spot for the whole week, and dust accumulating. The buffet was not great, lots of waiting time for the eggs and the products not very fresh. Room service is very expensive: more or less 12 EUR per person only for the service! And the location is not great: unless you're 17 and love nightclubs, this is not the nicest area. The room was OK, nice, confortable and big, but this hotel is not going to be a 5 stars for a long time. It is a good 4 stars.
The new Intercontinental is a SUPERB 5star deluxe hotel and delivers everything that this class of hotel should.Very smart contemporary rooms with baths and showers. Big fluffy towels and robes.Excellent, reasonably priced food wherever you eat in the hotel.Brilliant, very large roof top swimming with clear fresh cool water.Book a club room as we did and you also get use of the club lounge. Free drinks all day with snacks etc, newspapers and internet access all included.We also had a room on the club floors facing towards the pool with the sea in the distance (fabulous views).At the rates that we paid the hotel was almost a steal. I am certain the rates will increase when the hotel is established.