We stayed at the Hotel Phoencia for 3 nights -we very much enjoyed the location- just outside the walled old city of Valletta. Also, right outside the hotel is a major bus turnaround as well as taxis stands and the hop on hop off tourist buses stop here-so a great location to see Malta from. You don't need a car as its a perfect base for seeing Valetta and surroundings on foot, by short ferry rides or bus.
The hotel is an older style hotel, elegant lobby, lovely garden and outdoor pool. Staff were uniformly pleasant. We didn't try the afternoon tea-but I would have liked to - as it was a lovely room.
On check-in they noted we hadn't booked breakfast and offered us the discounted rate- we took this for the 3 days- it was a good idea- as there wasn't much close for breakfast and the breakfast was extensive and worth it. Made to order eggs, lots of cold and hot items- all very good- my only minor complaint is the coffee wasn't particularly good ( in fact I didn't find a good coffee in Valetta at all-except for the one at the coffee place at the airport).
One minor concern was the travel desk, where the person claimed to be able to get us tickets to the Hypogeum - I had tried online and they had been booked 6 weeks in advance -- she promised us tickets at a premium price- we paid and then she didn't come through and had to refund us- we got our money back no problem, but were a bit annoyed by the whole thing- as she shouldn't have claimed to have the tickets in the first place- in that quality of hotel, they should be more careful of which travel companies are allowed to man their tourist desk.
Room was spacious-we didn't have a view-but we were not in the room until well after dark anyway.The bathrooms are older style- shower in the bathtub- but everything worked. Bed was very comfortable, temperature control in the room worked very well.
One thing that surprised us was that there was a sign in the bathroom telling us not to drink the water, yet none was provided (except at 4.50 Euro for a tiny bottle in the minibar- which was overpriced, especially since you can get 1.5 liter for 1.5 Euro around the corner from the hotel. They do however provide you with a kettle to boil the water and cups and instant coffee and tea bags-The water isn't actually unfit for drinking-its perfectly safe- it just doesn't taste good- as it is obtained by reverse osmosis from sea water and then heavily chlorinated- so it was best to make tea with bottled water otherwise it didn't taste very good.
All in all for the price we paid through Expedia I think this was a great location, nice staff, great breakfast and nice large comfortable room.
- 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