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The Xara Palace Relais & Chateaux
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Mdina
Certificate of Excellence
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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57 reviews
26 hotel reviews
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“Superb Dining Experience”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 April 2014

We thought the fabled Xara Palace was worth a visit because of its reputation and had a memorable dinner in the de Mondian restaurant (excellent charolais fillet) but beware - the wine list is not for the faint hearted and very overpriced - so take plenty of spondoolicks with you. Wonderful views as well but very windy - an excellent posting for the WW2 Brits when they were watching the Luftwaffe and I fully expected Biggles to come through the front door!
Unprepossessing entrance.

Slightly disappointed with the decor/ambience which had an air of faded splendour about it and our bedroom was large, almost barn like but very comfortable. Excellent service - but so it should be at this price! Relais and Chateaux books piled up everywhere just in case you hadn't got the message.

Trattoria good value but watch out for smokers when sitting outside.

Room Tip: Mdina much quieter in the early morning and early evening once a lot of the tourists have gone home...
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Wiltshire UK
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 April 2014

We arrived at Mdina having cycled over from Valletta, it was lunchtime and we were hungry.
Xsara palace was the first place that we came across inside the walled city.

The restaurant was busy outside, but due to a desire to avoid smokers we sat inside in the rather lovely restaurant.

Service was good and prompt with friendly courteous staff.

The menu had a good selection of selections of pizzas and pastas but there was a much smaller selection for Gluten Free diners although Gluten free options are identified.

I chose a pizza which was very large and probably one of the best pizzas that I have had, my partner had Salmon on a bed of salad which to be honest looked more starter sized and she was hungry at the end of the meal.

I've rated the restaurant well as overall the experience was good.

Would we go back - yes, although we would probably take more care to understand exactly what was served with each dish

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Attard, Malta
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 March 2014 via mobile

In February I went to celebrate my birthday with my wife! The restaurant was not busy and we managed a nice table, near the window. The service is 10/10 with the waitress/sommelier extremely passionate about her job and an eye for detail. The French manager was very nice and so was the sous chef who came out to see if everything was to our expectations. Top class and well done!

Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Pontefract
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 March 2014 via mobile

Set in the heart of Mdina this hotel has so much history and this is reflected in the decoration and style of the place.

Staff at breakfast were really helpful with suggestions for walks and visits. One word of warning, if you have booked through Bellair and expect a full cooked breakfast then don't. It's six euros extra for anything cooked, one poached egg etc.

Some areas look ready for a refresh but overall a lovely stay.

Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
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London, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 March 2014

Fantastic, reasonably priced hotel in the heart of Malta Mdina. Quiet night walks around the walled Mdina. Thoroughly enjoy my short stay in this top class hotel and looking forward to my next visit. This is ideal for a surprise romantic escape from the hustle and bustle of London.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled on business
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MCusto, Public Relations Manager at The Xara Palace Relais & Chateaux, responded to this review, 10 March 2014
Greetings from Mdina! Thank you for posting your review on Trip Advisor.

We are extremely pleased that you enjoyed your visit with us. We agree with you about the night walks in Mdina...they are truly fascinating. We are glad to note that you are planning to visit us again and we look forward to welcoming you once more at The Xara Palace Relais & Chateaux.
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 March 2014

This boutique hotel is exceptional in all respects. We stayed for 4 days and were delighted with the beautiful and historic setting, the facilities, our room with that superb view and the service we received. We were particularly impressed with the helpful, efficient, cheerful and attentive staff for whom nothing was too much trouble.

Room Tip: Book a room on the top floor with a terrace and a wonderful view of the island.
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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MCusto, Public Relations Manager at The Xara Palace Relais & Chateaux, responded to this review, 10 March 2014
Thank you for choosing The Xara Palace Relais & Chateaux and for posting a review on Trip Advisor.

We are happy that you enjoyed the beautiful and historic setting of the Palazzo. We have communicated your positive feedback about our service to our team; your comments are really encouraging.

Once again, thank you and we look forward to welcoming you once again at The Xara Palace Relais & Chateaux.
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Kendal, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 March 2014

I chose to stay at The Xara Palace because of its history and location and what a good choice it was. I have had a wonderful 7 days, the hotel was comfortable and the staff were exceptionally friendly and helpful. The hotel feels that it is still a historical palace but it is very comfortable and whilst there were other people staying while we were there we felt we had it to ourselves.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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MCusto, Public Relations Manager at The Xara Palace Relais & Chateaux, responded to this review, 4 March 2014
We thank you for choosing to stay at The Xara Palace Relais & Chateaux and we are glad to note that your stay with us was a delightful experience. We value your feedback and are extremely encouraged by your positive comments.

We hope that you will come back to visit us in the near future.

Once again, thank you.
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Property: The Xara Palace Relais & Chateaux
Address: Misrah Il-Kunsill Citta Nobile, Mdina, Island of Malta MDN 1050, Malta
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Region: Malta > Island of Malta > Mdina
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Mdina
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:5 star — The Xara Palace Relais & Chateaux 5*
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Xara Palace Relais & Chateaux has 17 Rooms and Suites, all vary in size and style. Some of the Suites have Jacuzzis on their private terrace with spectacular views of the island. The Duplex rooms and Suites offer split level accommodation with the lounge area and private facilities on one level and bedroom services on the other level of the Room or Suite. Outdoor pool is available in an alternative location and shuttle service is provided. ... more   less 
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