It's definitely the grand old dame of Malta hotels, though there have clearly been recent and largely successful attempts to freshen it up. The 3rd floor rooms where we stayed have been very nicely renovated - fabulous beds, functional bathrooms, attractive new decor. We spent a lot of time at the beautifully situated pool area (even if it is a fair walk from the hotel but through lovely hotel gardens), with good loungers, good little pool bar/restaurant, and great harbour/Sliema views. We only had breakfast at the hotel and it's pretty standard 4* breakfast buffet fare, on a nice open air patio.
The downsides? Just the small things that a true 5* would get right: providing adequate amounts of complimentary bottled water in the room each day given the tap water is not drinkable, free wi-fi in the rooms and isn't only available in the lounge, apologising to guests for a false-alarm 7am fire drill on a Sunday morning, not bumbling uncomfortably about checking-in a same-sex couple. They're all small details, but they're what make a great hotel great. As such, the Phoenicia is at best a 4*, but it's still pretty much all the hotel you'll want and need for a good time in Valletta.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Phoenicia, just re-opened after an extensive renovation programme, is one of the leading luxury hotels in Malta. Located at the City Gates of Valletta, Malta’s capital city and UNESCO heritage city, The Phoenicia 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 landscaped gardens. The island's central bus terminus is just meters away giving the possibility to explore the whole island by bus. A stay at The Phoenicia is an unforgettable experience. Our charming staff will ensure your every whim is catered for. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Phoenicia Hotel Valletta
- Phoenicia Hotel Malta
- Hotel Phoenicia Malta
- The Phoenicia Malta Valletta