A few years ago I had the good fortune to stay at “Maison La Vallette” I was so amazed by the standard of the suite that I vowed to come back to Malta and stay there again. I did, come back to Malta, but on this occasion (in June 2011) I stayed at “Lucia Nova” – l’ll tell you this, if you like your suites/apartments elegant and functional then Lucia Nova has what you’re looking for.
Functional: Lucia is in a great location for access to local shops, restaurants, the cinema, the bus depot, the boat/ferry and the airport.
The apartment is set over 4 floors, the ground floor provides you with space to socialise in the compact openplan dinning/kitchen area, it has everything (utensil-wise) you’ll need to cook yourself an evening meal or to start the day off with a good breakfast (the small shop next door has everything you’ll need to prepare yourself a snack or meal on your arrival and throughout your stay).
The first floor bedroom has space and light, somewhere to place your luggage and importantly somewhere to hang a few pieces of clothes. It also has an on-suite bathroom which is so cleverly designed and placed. It has further storage in the form of a bespoke chest-of-draws. The room doesn’t shout technology but has a clever wide-screen TV which will provide you with a variety of channels in English, Maltese and Italian (also a great playlist of music and a few pre-programmed films).
The second floor mirrors the first floor in terms of function but has a different feel in terms of interior design, and as it’s higher you get a slightly more generous view. The third floor (or roof terrace) on warm evenings will be a destination for many, a table and chairs are all that are needed as the San Pellegrino and the Vino will do the rest.
If you look down the spiral staircase from the door that leads back into the apartment from the roof terrace you’ll notice little touches; artwork on the walls, lovely double doors, basically the apartment is a gem. In terms of elegance, Lucia Nova has this in abundance, bespoke furniture, tactile bed linens, warm lighting, the walls in all rooms have different treatments but all tie-in with the feeling of the room itself. Addition furniture like side tables, table lamps and chairs have been carefully selected, they’re not uniform but they do not jar either, I think they rather harmonise. If you like design, vintage and/or a bespoke environment, laced with just the right amount of technology Lucia Nova has what you’re looking for.
Being at Lucia feels like you’ve been transported (well coming from England, that’s what it felt like to me, but note, some visitors maybe used to this standard and style). I have uploaded a few images, but I would suggest that you look at the suites website too.
There will be things that I will pick up on, on a second visit, and there will be things a new visitor will love which isn’t in a guidebook, in a review or on the suite’s website, because even though the beauty and elegance of Lucia Nova is undeniable, the experience will be your own, and that’s part of the magic...
Thank you so much Stephan and Brian, I’ll be back in Malta in early 2012 for my first stay in Nobile.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The philosophy behind Valletta Suites is to bring together small unique living spaces within the walled city of Valletta. Valletta Suites is the first 'diffused hotel' concept in Valletta since 2006. Beautiful suites that will make your stay in Valletta memorable. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Valletta Suites Malta