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Today, we woke up to a chillingly nice morning with beautiful weather and now we're getting ready to enjoy our last day here. We're soon off to 2 nearby cities, to visit an aristocratic palace, a huge dome and some nice gardens.
We're due back this evening, since we managed to negotiate a nice price for an ultra late check-out (around 21:30).< …
This morning, we took a 1.5 hour bus to north western tip of Malta and then took a ferrz to Gozo, the smaller island in the Maltese archipelego.
Then, we took 2 buses to the north western part of the island to see the Azure Window, the inland see and the blue hole.
All of them were nice, but the weather was too windy to take anz boat trips …
Woke up to a lovely day today and took two buses, in order to reach the Blue Grotto, which is a lovely place in south Malta, with nice caves and a cliff that drops to the sea violently.
While there, we took a 20-minute boat trip inside the numerous caves - absolutely stunning.
In the distance, we could see Filfila, the tiny islet, just 5 km …
After a turmoil night sleep we started the day with an OK breakfast, long bus ride to Valetta, a nice visit to St. John co-cathedral and another long bus ride to Fort Rinella, where we met Victorian characters and saw a hundred ton cannon. We then took the bus to Vittoriosa, looked at several churches and the water front, had a drink and took a …
Sick or not sick, delayed or not delayed - the day of our Malta trip has finally arrived. :)
After our flight was re-scheduled twice (charter...), we're finally off to Malta soon, slightly delayed, but hey - this happens. :)
Well, we're finally here! :)
After taxi-ing for almost 90 minutes at Ben Gurion airport …
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Historical Traveler Reviews InterContinental Malta Saint Julian's
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.
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.
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.
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..
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 stayed at the Intercontinental Malta for 2 weeks in June.
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.