Le Meridien St. Julians
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TravelPod Member ReviewsAlexia Palace Hotel Residence Cesenatico
the hotel is located in the center of the touristic hart of malta. very accessible by public transportation, and sightseeing tour buses. large and comfortable rooms but not all of them are bayward but anyway very luxurious. large veriety of food, excellent service. free wifi only in public zones (with charge in rooms) beautiful spa with 2 swimming pools (open and in doors on the roof) must be photographed on balutta bay background from the roof.
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Gem in Bellutta Bay
I have just returned home from a weeks stay at the Le Meridien St Julians with my partner. Before making our booking I spent days reading reviews on this new hotel. We usually stay in 5 star hotels when on holiday and feel that the hotel choice is very importnat to us, on this occasion we were not dissapointed.
On arrival we were handed a nice glass of cold orange juice each, which was needed as the temp outside was 80 plus! The check- in experiance was great, the front desk staff are excellent and speak very good english. The lobby and bar area is very impressive.
We had paid extra for a delux room which we were advised had a sea view, again we were not dissapointed as our room was looking over Belluta bay and the sea, exactly like the image you see on the hotels web site! The room was lovely, very large in size with an excellent bathroom and seperate toilet. The double bed was massive and very comfortable. The room was decorated very modern and we found the air con worked very well, its very much needed as when we were there the weather was fantastic and very hot all week.
On the down side the service in the hotel is sometimes slow, for example the pool is situated on the roof and the pool side bar is still not fully operational, there is a pool attendant that soemtimes comes around the pool to ask you if you need anything like a cool drink maybe, when you place your order he takes ages to come back with the drinks, and on times you will have a problem finding him, hes also due to clear up any bottles or glasses left over, on several days I found the pool area littered with empty glass bottles and glasses and also plates of food, this is obviously quite dangerous around a pool area and looks really bad for a 5 star hotel.
The Spa is very good but we have stayed in other 5 star Spa hotels which we feel have better Spa facilites, having said this the Spa is very attractive to look in on!.
Eating in the hotel is quite expensive, the Breakfast buffet is excellent but expensive, the Villa is an excellent restrurant to eat in but again quite expensive. Quality of food overall is excellent.
Hotel location is excellent in the heart of Belluta Bay with fantastic views over the sea if you have a delux room that is!
I really wanted to give the Meridien St Julians full marks , but due to the poor service from the pool attendant and some of the Spa facilities not working whilst we were there, I feel I have to give it 4 out of 5.
Overall it was a fab week in Malta and the hotel is overall very, very good, we would certainly consider this hotel again when returning to Malta.
Great for Couples........
Having used Tripadvisor for some time I thought it was about time I made the effort to contribute. My wife and I have just returned form a one week stay at the Le Meridien Hotel at St Julians. We had high expectations of the Le Meridien and in general we were not disappointed but we do have a few points that may be helpful to others.
Our check in was faultless with helpful staff and a complimentary refreshing soft drink. The room was spacious and new with an excellent bathroom and separate toilet. It was an entry level room with a lovely view of the 5 star car park but that was exactly what we had paid for so no complaints. Some top end sea view rooms must have a wonderful view but not all so I would recommend contacting the hotel for details of what you are getting for your money. Some rooms seemed to have 'partially obstructed' views and may disappoint. The sea view is also technically at the back of the Hotel and did not get the afternoon sun. Our only disappointment in the room was that the air conditioning could only just cope. At night the room became very hot with the AC on the low (low noise) setting. Day temps were only in the late 60's outside so I think this may be a problem in the height of the summer.
Being a couple travelling with no children our needs may be different to some readers but I would say that this hotel is better suited to couples and business travellers rather than a family group. It is not a resort hotel in the same way as the Hilton or the Westin Draganora. The outside pool space is limited to the roof of the hotel and is very nice but however good a rooftop pool is, its not the same as a larger garden pool area.
Restaurant facilities in the hotel were good but dependant on your budget could be a little costly. Breakfast buffet was £15 and the evening buffet was £21 without any drinks. The evening buffet was very well presented quality food without the usual cheaper 'fillers'. The A la cart restaurant was bistro style and modern. It was full every night and seemed very popular with larger local groups so was probably very good.
Indoor pool and gym facilities were very nice but there were some problems. Staff were in very short supply and there was extensive flooding in the changing rooms because the drains could not cope with the showers. That said, it will be great in the real summer because it has direct access to rooftop and other veranda areas.
All in all we felt we had booked the right hotel for they type of holiday we wanted. We had stayed in a quality hotel which was new and very contemporary. The location was great for strolling out in the evening. If you want a resort hotel to while away the days in the hotel grounds rather than taking days out, then there may be better choices. Couples seeking a quieter quality hotel, situated in a residential location with good restaurants nearby and the nightlife of 'paceville' less than a 30 minute walk away, will probably like this hotel.
Lovely hotel, great location and such friendly staff
We arrived at Le Meridien St Julians, 4 days after the hotel had officially opened. Most of the facilities were not operating as they had not been completed, and the staff were in a bit of a confused turmoil. We were also woken up by drilling and construction workers at 7am in the morning. Saying this though, I do not have one bad word to say about Le Meridien St Julian's.
The hotel is absolutely beautiful (and once opened) will offer top class facilities such as a state of the art gym, squash court, huge indoor spa and pool, a fantastic rooftop pool and bar with amazing views across St Julian Bay plus the usual bars, restaurant and
numerous meeting facilities that you would normally associate with a first class hotel.
What really made our holiday was the friendly staff. They made us feel so welcome, our favourite being the cocktail waiters who made up the most amazing drinks and frozen cocktails.
The rooms, as the hotel had just opened, was brand new and very modern, with a separate shower and bath tub and a separate toilet. Most rooms we could see had a spacious balcony (I would pay the little extra to receive a sea view as the other side faces the hotel car park and the village).
Although I have been to many hotels around the world, I would rate this one of my top ten, purely for the friendly staff, great location, brand new facilities and general atmosphere of the hotel. We have since spoken to the staff at St Julians and are planning our next trip back there later this year. We are very excited to see the hotel in its completed state (the hotel informed us that facilities are fully up and running). Some may say that it was a waste of money to stay at the hotel when facilities were not up and running, however given that we only paid 35 euros per night (the rate that was offered in March due to the recent opening of the hotel), I don't think many people can say it wasn't worth the money. Where else in the world can you stay at a beautiful Le Meridien hotel for 17.5 euros per person, per night?
I would definitely recommend Malta for a long weekend or at the most, 1 week. I'm not sure there is enough to do in Malta that would warrant a stay longer than 1 week, unless you visited the country during peak summer months when all the pools, beaches and sports facilities are open for season.
Still a little way to go
We have just returned from a week's stay in Le Meridien St Julians. It will be beautiful when it is completely finished but this is still some way off. To summarise:
- hotel roof top pool just open. Lovely but very windy (12 floors up) and difficult to contemplate with a small child as we have. The railings around the side of the pool are probably only below shoulder high and it is an awfully long drop.
- make sure you get a menu if choosing to dine in the Scirocco hotel in the evenings. We went for we understood was a buffet menu and it was a good spread although not as comprehensive as it might have been. We asked to look at the menu but were told that it was just the buffet - nothing more. All fine until we got the bill - £70 for 2 adults plus a 4 year old who barely ate. We drank a glass of wine each.
- the brasserie is nowhere near finished - the builders seemed to be starting in earnest when we left but it will be another month before it is open.
- the shops downstairs are not yet occupied.
- the local staff are excellent but the ones Le Meridien have shipped in from elsewhere seem to be lacking in customer care skills - no apology given when we were checked out of our room early by our swipe card.
All that said the rooms are comfortable and spacious and, even if you do not have a seaview room, you do get to benefit from the sun on the back of the building in the afternoons.
Lastly, in the absence of the brasserie there is a lovely Italian cafe just along the road from the hotel - great lunches.
Fantastic Hotel & Wonderful staff
We have just returned from a wonderful 5 day break at the Saint Julians Hotel. The hotel is lovely, with the most beautiful views across the bay and I cannot praise the staff enough, they were helpful and kind and nothing was any trouble for them.
We were upgraded to an executive room with a huge balcony and a view to die for across the bay, the perfect place to sip a G&T in the evening! It really is worth paying the extra for these rooms.
Breakfast was included in our rate and is very extensive, the freshly made omelettes or pancakes washed down with a glass of bucks fizz is recommended!
You must try their afternoon tea, a selection of savoury wraps, a plateful of cakes and scones with cream and jam was a real treat.
We did not eat at the hotel in the evening, so cannot comment on the food but can recommend the Barracuda, only a short 5 min walk away. Not the cheapest by Maltese standards (cheap by UK) mainly fish with a good selection of wine and excellent service. 3 courses with french wine and pre-dinner drinks came to £60 for two.
We contacted and booked the hotel direct and would like to thank Joseph, the reservations manager, for all the extra special effort he made on our behalf.
OK so the hotel is not 100% completed but it really is not a problem, all the main facilites are up and running and everything is so clean and stylish who cares that a few things have yet to be completed. The spa and indoor pool were relaxing with great facilites including a steam room, sauna and a very well equipped fitness centre (for after the cream tea!)
This really is a 5* hotel, unlike many in the Med that claim to be and would definitely return.
It was just perfect
Well first of all, it's true that the hotel was not finished and some things were not working the way they should, but i really have to say that all in all i am very happy and my partner as well, because the stuff was amazing specially at the front desk and whenever we needed help they would have done everything very professinally, and i really felt special.
2. The food was very good as well and the stuff as well.
3. I can't much say about the facilities of the hotel because it wasn't operational yet, but they took good care of us and sent us to the westin and they arranged everything, Keep it up
And for sure in future this hotel is going to be the best hotel ever
And i had a great stay
Fantastic Hotel... Spa... Gym... Location... Food... Ambience... & Service
This is the place to be if you're planning your visit to Malta... be it business or leisure.
This new hotel just opened in March and I was impressed by the facilites, food, services and location.
At check-in I was offered an ugrade to Executive room with sea views for a minimal extra charge, which was really worthy when considering the breathtaking sea & bay views from these top floor rooms. Unfortunately, the executive lounge was not yet available.
The design and decor of this new hotel is fresh and unique and all areas blend well, creating a harmonious ambience.
The Asian style SPA is truly impressive and the gym equipment is top of the range. Squash court was not available but hopefully this will be available for my next stay.
The buffet in the Scirocco restaurant is very good value for money and the service is very attentive and spot on.
There is a nice selection of cocktails in the Ku de Ta lounge bar which also has terraces overlooking the bay, ideal for the smokers (smoking is not allowed indoors in Malta). Shame the weather was lousy!
As the hotel seemed to be in its opening stages, some areas needed particular attention such as PAY TV in room not working and also had some issues with the telephone however these were quickly resolved by the in-house technician.
This will certainly be my hotel in Malta.
We loved it, excellent location and excellent service
We have justed returned from a short stay at this hotel. It is very well located and we had a sea view room (worth the extra). It just opened a few weeks ago and the spa is now opened. (the rooftop wasn't nor was the villa - but who cares). The rooms are all excellent, very nicely furnished and the bed (king size) is fantastic. The Bathroom has a power shower and a great corner bath. The breakfast was fantastic, you can have anything you want. We did get a package where it was included but I suspect you may well have to pay if you dont and it may be expensive. (Then again Malta is not cheap). We found the service to be brilliant and they looked after everything we asked for including car rental. I cannot fault this hotel and from looking around I would say it is the best hotel on the island and definately in St Julians (which I would also say is the least tackiest place on the island), so I would recommend highly staying in this part and you can hire a car to explore the island.
Nice but unfinished.
Review written on 13/03/2006, a day after returning from a 3 night break in this hotel. As the hotel was opened on 01/03/2006, we figured we would leave it a week or two before staying - unfortunately this was still too soon. The bottom line is that this hotel should not yet be open. Firstly the facts:
- The SPA is not open for another 3-4 weeks.
- The roof top pool and associated facilities will not be open for some time.
- The executive lounge is not yet open.
- Many fixtures and fittings missing
- Lower ground floor shopping outlets not taken
- The staff are currently inexperienced
- The attached Villa is still being refurbed
Okay - so that's the warning - which should apply until the end of April at best - for a nice romantic weekend spa break - forget it, it is a building site.
The staff tried (after prompting) their best - we received a free lunch, extra late checkout, shuttle to the Westins (rather grotty) facilities and reduced the rate to a very, very minor figure.
Just to provide a balanced review and looking to the long term here is a breakdown ignoring the above issues:
1. Location - This is the place to stay if you want to be 'not too far from anything' (except a beach maybe - but thats Malta !) - within 15 mins walk to 2 good restaurants, buses run frequently in both costal directions. There is a busy road outside the hotel, so watch the 'wee' one's as you leave the hotel.
2. The hotel has a nice bar area with a good drinks list - the place has a light and airy feel.
3. Breakfast was excellent - as was our (free lunch).
We did not try room service as our room phone was not working !!! - but the menu appeared varied and good value for money.
4. Rooms are bit blah - but nice enough for a warm climate. One word of warning on the views. The reverse view - amusingly desribed as country is of apartments and a car park.
The lower floor views, 5-6 floor are obscured at one side. To get a good view of the bay you need an executive room or will need to get very lucky indeed.
There is also the usual problem of non-carpeted
floors - if your unlucky enough to get a lady
'or man' in high heels above, your doomed to the annoying constant tip tap resonating above.
5. The facilities - the fitness room is very, very well equiped - though it is a bit dark and gloomy. The Spa will be nice when finished. The top floor pool etc has the potential to be nice - but we could not really tell, as it was so incoomplete.
The bottom line is that we took a risk and mostly lost. There are equally as good hotels on the Island -so take a look around.
It will be a 'nice' hotel in time. Just steer clear for the next few months or negotiate a very, very good price and shut up and put up.
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