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The Xara Palace Relais & Chateaux
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Reviewed 11 July 2014

Our third stay at the Xara (last one in 2008), and this time for just 3 nights before moving on to Valetta for another 3. As others have noted, Room 14 has a lot to commend it - the private terrace and jacuzzi provided a perfect place to relax after a busy morning exploring the City. On our last visit we had Room 3, which, although very spacious and on 2 levels 9with a spiral staircase), only had a view of the blank wall opposite!

Our 3-night package included one dinner at De Mondion (this time without wine). Although the food was as delicious as ever, the presentation was not as stylish as before and the menu seemed less interesting/imaginative. Did I get a sensation of cost-cutting? However, the breakfast offering was still excellent, and dining at Trattoria AD 1530 was as delightful as ever, providing excellent value and huge portions.

We noted some of the bamboo screens on the restaurant terrace were looking rather battered, and our terrace umbrella (delivered after we requested it) had seen better days, didn't fit the stand properly and was of such a basic design that it couldn't cope with the breeze. Details like those undermine what should be an unquestionable 5-star rating.

All staff we encountered were friendly and helpful, and we will undoubtedly be returning again next year. Just a little more attention/expenditure on details is needed to prevent this wonderful hotel risking losing its much-deserved high reputation.

Room Tip: The more you spend, the better it gets.
  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank The_Old_Brits
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Reviewed 9 July 2014

Stayed only one night at this beautiful place in jacuzzi room and loved it! Hotel staff was kind, friendly and helpful! The old building is unique and the room is well designed and managed. The food quality at the next door restaurant was excellent. Try the Maltese starter plate. It is delicious. They have big portions. Do not miss your stay at The Xara Palace !!!

Room Tip: Choose a room with jacuzzi
  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with friends
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2  Thank KHPNP
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Reviewed 7 July 2014

We are a group of eight who returned for a second visit to Xara Palace, Mdina. We would not consider staying anywhere else on the island. The rooms are individually furnished and very comfortable. Most have a spiral staircase which would not be suitable for the elderly or infirm. We had a wonderful meal on the terrace of the De Mondion Restaurant. The views were magnificent and we were treated to a firework display from a nearby fiesta. This visit we were able to swim in the pool at the nearby Xara Lodge. We all agree that it is a perfect place to enjoy peace and calm.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with friends
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Thank Pauline W
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Reviewed 5 July 2014 via mobile

We stayed at Xara Palace on our wedding night and I stayed the night before my wedding with one of my bridesmaids. Our suite, room 4, was tastefully decorated and extremely roomy. The shuttered windows look inwards to the silent city. As such, the room lacks an abundance of natural light but is very cool in temperature which was welcome when the room was filled with my five bridesmaids etc on the big day in warm June temperatures! Breakfast on the terrace was spectacular with amazing views. The staff were fantastic and so helpful bringing things to the room. Such a memorable stay at such a special time in life!

Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
Thank Holly P
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Reviewed 27 June 2014 via mobile

We booked the Xara expecting a high caliber of service and accommodation. The service was excellent but the room we stayed in was shoddy and lacking higher star facility ... The carpet was stained, furniture and decor not in keeping with a " palace" atmosphere, the mattress left us sleepless and overall there was little attention to the amenities. All of this would have been alright if it was a 3 star and the prices reflected it. We have stayed in period hotels before where they capture the old yet keep the comfort level high, sadly this was not the case at the Xara.

  • Stayed: June 2014
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1  Thank helainy
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