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The Phoenicia Malta
Ranked #2 of 15 Hotels in Valletta
Certificate of Excellence
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“Amazing as always”
Reviewed 27 March 2011

We've just returned very sadly from a ten day stay at the Phoenicia where we were, once again, treated as old friends.

This was our 14th or 15th stay - we still can't agree - and we loved it just as much as when we first stayed over ten years ago. We stayed in one of the unrefurbished rooms (which we greatly prefer to the made over ones) and the only criticism we could make of our stay in Malta was the mixed bag of weather.

The Phoenicia continues to delight us. The staff are wonderful - friendly, helpful and warm. We both slept better than we ever manage at home and thoroughly enjoyed the wonderful food, peace and beauty of the gardens and the amazing views from our balcony. We could easily have stayed another week (in our dreams) and can't wait to return.

We continue to recommend this brilliant hotel to all our friends. If only there was wi-fi in the rooms it would be absolute perfection.

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled as a couple
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 24 March 2011

We visited the hotel in March on an Air miles package & we were so pleased with our choice-the hotel was very beautiful,comfy bedrooms,lovely breakfast,nice outdoor pool which was heated!Mario was really helpful,changing our room for one with a balcony so we could enjoy the views with a nice glass of wine before dinner!Would definatly visit again & recommend to others-Thanks Airmiles!!

Stayed March 2011, travelled as a couple
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Welton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 23 March 2011

Having visited the Phoenicia several times on business trips, I decided to take my wife for a week’s break. I had “waxed lyrical” about the standards there, and was afraid I had overstated the case and she would be disappointed when we arrived. Not a bit of it however!!

It exceeded her expectations and she aptly described it as a “colonial gem”, grand and yet not intimidating as the wonderful staff made us both feel “at home”. The place is splendid – all marble, Concierges, Maitre d’Hotels, Grand Pianos and cocktails at dusk, but still friendly and ideally placed.

Malta is not really a place for beach holidays, so situated just outside the Valetta City Gate, the Phoenicia is ideally placed to explore – Valetta is on your doorstep for walking about – and the adjacent bus terminus and transport system with it’s very sensibly priced bus fares will get you anywhere on the island cheaply. A word of warning – the buses all like to say “hello” to each other at around 0630 every morning – so expect to have an early alarm call every day!!

The rooms at the Phoenicia are extremely comfortable, with everything provided for you. Free tea and coffee as standard, although the “milk” is evaporated milk and doesn’t taste good in tea – take a “Squeezy Jif Lemon” with you for lemon tea which neatly gets round the problem!! The beds are very comfortable, and there is certainly enough space in the rooms. The only criticism is that there is no free Wi-Fi internet service in the rooms – it is available in the Palm Court Lounge, but that is not always convenient and making it available in the rooms would be a bonus.

The room pricing is fair, and the restaurant “something else” with an excellent selection of reasonably priced wines as well as the more expensive ones for the connoisseurs. We enjoyed the Wednesday evening Buffet which was a “gut buster” if you wanted it to be. Certainly the menus offered were superb, and with the serving staff being so friendly and efficient we certainly had no complaints at all.

All in all – an experience is the best way to describe the Phoenicia – full of memories from the recent past – the gallery of photographs of famous faces in the bar picturing those who have stayed in the past ranges from royalty to film stars and is certainly worth a look. We offered our photographs to be added to the gallery but funnily enough our offer wasn’t taken up!!

A lovely stay with fond memories of good food and wine in comfortable surroundings.

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled as a couple
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Oldham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 22 March 2011

The classy public rooms and the quality of the food combined with the friendliness of the staff made our stay a delight.
The position of the hotel in the proximity of the gates of Valletta and the bus station make it an ideal location.

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled as a couple
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Cardiff
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Reviewed 9 March 2011

Lovely hotel, perfectly located to explore Valetta, impeccable service, the staff even left a birthday cake in our room form my boyfriends birthday. Breakfast which was included was huge with a full choice of healthy or cooked breakfasts. One minor was that there was no air-conditioning in the room, the first night we were absolutely boiling so asked some one to come and turn on aircon but they said would not be possible at this time off year, so he gave us a fan instead which definately helped. Seemed odd that they woiuld not have manual aircon in a 5 star hotel. I would defiantely recomend this hotel to anyone looking for a relaxing holiday.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 7 March 2011

I stayed here for my birthday in March
The hotel is beautiful and centrally located in Valletta
You can catch the number 8 bus from the airport and it drops you very close to the hotel
The staff were very welcoming and warm
The breakfast was lovely - omlettes/irish breakfast/pastries/fruit you name it!
For my birthday they left a card and a chocolate cake in my room which was very sweet of them
I will definitely stay here again

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled with friends
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Aberdeen
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Reviewed 6 March 2011

Very impressed with this hotel. I did not know which area we should stay when visiting Malta but have to admit that after this trip, I realized that I picked the best location. It is close to the bus station so you pay 0.50 centimes and you are taken from the Airport to the bus station and then it is a 2 minute walk to the hotel. All bus lines end up at this main bus station so it is a great way to get around and the hotel can't be any better placed or located. The staff are friendly and the rooms are very clean and just right. The only issue I could say about it is that there was no free internet in the room - so it was very expensive if I wanted to connect. In this day and age, wireless internet should be free with the room. Apart from that, I have no complaints. I would definitely stay there again.

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled with family
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Property: The Phoenicia Malta
Address: The Mall, Valletta, Island of Malta FRN 1478, Malta
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Region: Malta > Island of Malta > Valletta
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Valletta
#2 Luxury Hotel in Valletta
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:5 star — The Phoenicia Malta 5*
Number of rooms: 136
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
5 star luxury in Malta’s historic Art Deco hotel. Hotel Phoenicia, one of the leading 5 star hotels in Malta, is located at the City Gates of Valletta, Malta’s capital city and UNESCO heritage city. Just 50 meters from city gate, it is perfectly placed for discovering the historic walled city, feasting on Caravaggio’s paintings and exploring the magnificent harbours. The hotel also boast magnificent 7 acre garden. The island's central bus terminus is just meters away civing the possibility to explore the whole island by bus. A stay at the Hotel Phoenicia is an unforgettable experience. Our charming staff will ensure your every whim is catered for. ... more   less 
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