Our party of 5 people found our stay in the Victoria to be an excellent hotel experience. We agree, however, with some of the criticisms read previously but overall this did not detract from our enjoyment to any significant degree.
The Reception Staff were excellent - from Check-in to Check-out, under the watchful eye of Charles - we feel he really deserves every plaudit from other reviews and his international reputation just grows.
OK the decor is not up to the sleek contemporary lines of the more recent 5*Palace (particularly in en-suites) but the housekeeping staff maintain the rooms in spotless condition. We were a little surprised though to pay €2 per day to make use of the room safe - usually included in the room rate.
Breakfast was fine - with a couple of caveats. The coffee we found to be not to our liking and the juice machine dispensed a strange watery juice on at least two days. Unusually for me I began to avoid both - sticking to Tea ! I prefer fried eggs but fried eggs are alternated with scrambled eggs (which I do not like). Could both options not be available daily ?
We ate in the atmospheric TemptAsian (on the 7th floor of Palace Hotel) on our arrival and found the food to be excellent - but the setting even better. We had an external table in the balmy night air with a view of floodlit Valetta highlighted by bursts of fireworks. Just magical ! So enjoyable we repeated the experience on our final night and had a great night yet again. Highly recommended.
We used the wonderful rooftop infinity pool every day and even though it is not very large - it never felt crowded. This pool is available to residents of both the Victoria and The Palace - so you manage to use 5* facilities for 4* prices when staying in the Victoria.
The Penny Black bar/lounge in the Victoria was closed for most of our stay but we made good use of the small external courtyard of the Tabloid Restaurant & Bar, again with great staff. We enjoyed drinks with Management in the Tabloid one evening - a nice gesture.
In summary staying in the Victoria was a pleasure - with relatively minor issues not so good. As stated in other reviews the Staff (and Management) could teach others a lesson in making your Guests feel comfortabl and welcome. Interlocking with the stylish Palace gives Victoria another dimension and provides a substantial added value to the experience.
Would we recommend this hotel to a friend - ABSOLUTELY
Would we stay here again - CERTAINLY
(in both cases hoping for improved coffee and fruit juice)
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- Also Known As:
- Victoria Hotel Sliema
- Victoria Hotel Malta
- The Victoria Hotel Malta/Sliema