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Palace in Sliema OR Hotel Juliani in St Julians

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Palace in Sliema OR Hotel Juliani in St Julians

Hi, We have narrowed down our hotel choice for our 4 night stay in Malta to the Palace or Hotel Juliani? we are an active couple in our late 20s that loves hiking, walking, sites, history and in terms of hotels clean, boutique and with unique touches designer hotels and not sure which is better.

it appears as though Juliani is more touristy and closer to the nightspots, but the palace is closer to sliema and has some nice views of valetta? which would you recommend for us, is it possible to walk to valetta from both?

we only have a short time in malta, so want to make sure our location makes best use of our time.

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1. Re: Palace in Sliema OR Hotel Juliani in St Julians

The Juliani is certainly the better positioned of the two hotels'

It overlooks the beautifull Spinola Bay with it`s great election of restaurants. Buses run from outside directly to Valletta.

The Palace Hotel is in a more residential area next to a hospital.

Walking to Valletta is possible ------- It would take about an hour and a half to two hours ----- not a good idea in the heat.

Have an enjoyable stay.


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2. Re: Palace in Sliema OR Hotel Juliani in St Julians

The Palace is actually IN Sliema - Sliema is a sort of plateteau with the Palace on the flat residential part. Although there have been lots of tourists who have praised the Palace, it seems to be more of a business hotel somehow.

The Juliana is in an excellent position with a good Promenade just opposite.

Regarding the views of Valletta from the Palace. I imagine they are from the very top floor of the roof not from all the rooms

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3. Re: Palace in Sliema OR Hotel Juliani in St Julians

You are correct hat, you would require a high floor room facing in the right direction to have a good view of Valletta. The Palace probably warrants the extra star to the Juliani, but in my opinion does it does not outweigh other pluses that the Juliani has. Between the two, front facing balcony room at the Juliani does it for me.

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4. Re: Palace in Sliema OR Hotel Juliani in St Julians

As mentioned by previous posters The Palace is in a residential area with no views whatsoever except from the roof top pool area (& possibly higher floors). It is a newer hotel than the Juliani and has a lovely roof top pool.

You would have to walk downhill (and uphill back again) to the promenade to catch buses but it's only a slight incline so that shouldn't be a problem. It is in central Sliema so you are nearer to Valletta if you intend walking. You could also walk down to the Sliema ferries area and catch the ferry across to Valletta.

The Juliani is in a better position as it is right on the promenade overlooking pretty St Julian's Bay. The rooms on the front of the hotel have a lovely view but choose a higher floor as it is on a busy main road. You are far away enough from the busy Paceville area so that is not a problem.

You will need to weigh up the pros and cons and what is more important to yourselves

Have a lovely holiday

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5. Re: Palace in Sliema OR Hotel Juliani in St Julians

Having stayed in the St.Juliani and near the Palace, I would agree the St.Juliani is better, certainly in terms of location overlooking Spinola Bay - not too far from St.Julian's but also not too near - and having Zest, one of Malta's best restaurants, especially for Asian fusion cuisine.

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