After receiving a particularly nasty and negative review about my own establishment and with a guest book overfowing with positive comments, I decided that it was time to write my own review of the Hotel Phoenicia since so many people write about the negatives rather than praising the positives although I think in the case of the Phoenicia, the positive reviews definitely outweigh the negatives.
I stayed at the Phoenicia for a week at the beginning of August with my sister. I love old hotels. I would much prefer to stay in a hotel with "character" than some brand new multi-story establishment. Although we passed by the other 5 Star hotel, the Excelsior, which I am sure was perfectly adequate, we didn't like the look of it as much as the Phoenicia. I am not sure that the Phoenicia is truly a 5 Star hotel, maybe 4 to 4.5 stars but we loved its proximity to the city wall and to the bus station. Although we signed up for two full day tours, we could have easily gotten around by bus on our own. The 2.60 Euro per day bus pass was such good value and the new fleet of buses are sleek and air conditioned, having just been introduced a month or so prior to our arrival.
We loved our room at the Phoenicia with its view of the port where we could see the ships in harbour that day and watch them leave. The breakfast buffet kept us going until dinner time when we would enjoy a wonderful fish or seafood dinner at one of the local restaurants. The room was clean and comfortable and the staff very accommodating. In particular, there was always someone at the concierge's desk with helpful recommendations.
We would wander down to the pool after a day of sightseeing and sit in the shade.. There were always plenty of people there and you could order cocktails and snacks from the bar. The ground were beautifully landscaped and we enjoyed the walk between the hotel and the pool.
In fact, we were so enthusiastic about the hotel that friends in London have booked a trip there in November.
We had a wonderful time in Malta and would certainly come back and stay at the Hotel Phoenicia.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Phoenicia Hotel Valletta
- Phoenicia Hotel Malta
- Hotel Phoenicia Malta/Valletta