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The Phoenicia Malta
Ranked #2 of 15 Hotels in Valletta
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Feusisberg, Switzerland
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“Pleasant and old fashioned”
Reviewed 21 September 2012

The hotel must have been top of its class years ago. It retains a gentle polite and friendly atmosphere but as with many hotels the restaurant could do with a shake up. The buffet is tired and expensive compared to other restaurants in Valletta.
Pleasant gardens and helpful friendly staff. e enjoyed our stay but found that the charge for Internet in the rooms is silly (free in the lounge and a free business centre which is great). Breakfast at 14.50 Euros is expensive compared to what is available round the corner.
We enjoyed the stay and would recommend it. Location for Valletta is great.
The week of independence day has a loot of loud music round the corner but it stops at about 12:30 !

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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Cambridge, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 21 September 2012

This is the second time that we have stayed in this grand old hotel in Malta. This hotel offers eveything you could want for a lovely holiday in style. Our room on the 4th floor had views of the harbour and gardens plus air condtioning, tea tray, bath robes, fridge,arm chairs, good TV and comfortable beds.The staff are all charming and helpful.
One of the loveliest features of this hotel is the terrace where breakfast and dinner are served when fine , which is most of the time.The breakfast is excellent with egg dishes cooked to order.The comfortable public rooms offer free wifi with a useful business area where you can do your emails and check into flights so no need to lug the laptop out there.There is a good sized swimming pool with an area where lunch, snacks and drinks are served.Prices are much lower than in similar hotels in the Mediterannean. The city of Valleta is just a step away so is the bus station making it easy to get around.

Room Tip: Lovely views from the 4th floor.
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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Caracas, Venezuela
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Reviewed 20 September 2012

When we planned this trip we where wondering why in Valletta the range of accomodations varies in price from 3 star hotel directly to 5 stars. There are no 4 stars hotels in Valletta particularly. Phoenicia is a great choice if you´re planning on visit the city of Valletta by walking, or even if you decide to take the bus. A bus station is right acroos the street from the entrance of the hotel. It is one of the oldest hotels in Malta (we were told) and the architecture of it is beautiful. The rooms are good and the staff is friendly and really helpful. Considering we were on a business trip, it was good not to feel in a Resort with the huge hallways and gigantic swimming pools. The breakfast was really good and the view from the terrace of the restaurant was simply amazing. The only thing, WIFI was not included and it as 14 EUR for every 3 hour internet service; either way, you can come down to the lobby, where they have several tables and furniture for you to place and enjoy the music and free internet, so it was not that bad.

Room Tip: We stayed at a first floor
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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled on business
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Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed 19 September 2012

Best hotel we've stayed in on Malta, Service as one would expect in a 5*, friendly but unobtrusive. Food cannot be faulted in any respect. Breakfast on the terrace was just what was neede to start the day.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with friends
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somerset
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Reviewed 13 September 2012

We have just returned from a fantastic week at this hotel, the staff were very helpfull & with everyone speaking even a little English no problems with communication. The hotel is set in the what has to be the best location in Valletta straight out the gates across the road to the bus terminal with buses going all over the Island at very little cost & very regularly. Only a few minutes walk & you are in the hussle & bustle of the city no gate to walk through anymore though. The hotel is not to big like some on the Island so still feels warm & friendly, not all rooms have been updated yet but our room was stil really nice & the maids kept it spotless with clean towels etc even when we hadn't asked. One thing as others have said is the distance to the pool not great if you do have trouble walking, to be fair Malta is not a great place if this is a problem for you although saying that there stil is alot of older people there. The only reason I have not given this hotel an excellent is the upgrading is not finished otherwise I would, having said that we hope to go back so that says it all.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Newcastle, UK
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Reviewed 13 September 2012

I stayed here in September 2012 for 3 nights and was pleasantly surprised at the charm of the hotel. The reception area is stunning and I stayed in a room on the third floor. The view was not very nice but despite this the room itself had everything I needed. The complimentary shower gels etc. smell divine. I had a meal in the bar area (homemade fishcakes) and they were the best I have ever tasted. The pool area is lovely with complimentary towels. The quality and standard of the hotel is very high and I would recommend it as a base to explore Valletta.

Room Tip: Quite difficult to get a room with a balcony as this is a very popular hotel. Book early!
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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Haydock, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 13 September 2012

Just came back from Hotel Phoenicia, in a word WONDERFUL. Arrived at hotel and was allocated a room on the 1st floor, when we thought we had booked a room with a balcony we were disappointed to find that we didn't have one. We went back to reception to ask had they got another room with a balcony Sharon said that she would try and get us something better, but we would have to wait until two o'clock. That wasn't a problem because we went to get some lunch and returned later to find that Sharon had got us a room with a balcony, we were elated because it was a really nice room with quite a decent view of the bastions and we could see the harbor. I wouldn't hesitate in returning to this hotel because the staff and the hotel itself is absolutely brilliant and you really get that special treatment both at the bars and the restaurants. All in all WONDERFUL.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with friends
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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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