The Victoria Hotel afforded us three weeks of recovery from the darkness of a Scottish January. Chosen initially because of its quiet location and NO evening entertainment (we like a good night's sleep), the Victoria offered many other benefits: a spacious and pleasantly decorated room, kept scrupulously clean by Angela and her housekeeping colleagues; good food organised on a buffet system, with attentive and well-mannered dining room staff; and star hotel manager, Charles Abela, who made every guest feel very welcome and could, indeed, be described as "a ray of sunshine" himself. And, yes, the beds were comfortable.
It is true that you don't have a sea view unless you're right at the top of the building but the hotels along the front that do have a great view acoss the bay to Valletta are on the main road along the front, which, we have found in the past, can be a bit noisy. It only takes five minutes to walk between the front door of the hotel and the front of Sliema anyway, where you will find a frequent bus and ferry service. St Julians is also just a five minutes' walk in the opposite direction.
I enjoyed being able to use the indoor swimming pool on the seventh floor, a facility shared with the sister hotel next door, the Palace. We walked a lot so didn't feel the need to use the gym equipment in the fitness centre but it is there for those who like to maintain their fitness regime on holiday.
Just two suggestions: it would have been really nice to have had armchairs in our room, in which to catch up on the holiday reading; and a fixed showerhead in the bathroom would have avoided several unexpected episodes of showering the whole bathroom.
Overall, however, we had a lovely time and friends have already made a booking for April.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Victoria Hotel revels in comfort and charm with the loyal staff’s help embracing a harmonious feeling of the homelike environment. Elegant Rooms, Luxury Spa Facilities and multi-purpose Conference Halls with free Wi-Fi and underground parking facilities for your ultimate convenience. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Victoria Hotel Sliema
- Victoria Hotel Malta
- The Victoria Hotel Malta/Sliema