This was my second trip to the Island of Malta and my first time in the Phoenicia.
First of all: the location is excellent. It is just outside the walls of the city of Valletta and opposite the bus stop. Ideal for walking into the old town and for catching any bus to any destination on Malta.
The chek in was fast and friendly, although it was almost midnight when I arrived.
I had a nice newly refurbished room on the third floor. Not all rooms have yet been renovated: a colleague of mine had a room on the first floor and it wasn't nearly as nice as mine. The building in general is English colonial style and quite grand !
Although my room was oriented to the front of the hotel (with bus stop) there was no noise at all.
The breakfast is very good. Excellent choice of both hot and cold meals. It could take you a while before you find the eggs and bacon though, as it is situated in a small side room not easily visible and not at all indicated. Just ask your waiter for directions ;-)
I also had to search a bit to find the swimming pool. It is a nice small pool at the end of the -very long- garden next to the hotel. The garden itself is beautifull and includes a mingolf (ok) and a childrens play ground (very basic).
Some of the points I didn't like. The hotel indicates that there is free internet in the hotel. This is true: there is free wireless access in the lobby. But internet in your room has to be paid for. I really cannot understand why a five star hotel charges you for internet access. In this day and age I consider free internet access in a hotel room to be as normal as free extra pillow. Yet, in my experience, the more stars a hotel has the less likely it is to get free internet: strange....
A second point is the limited number of electrical sockets. it was nice to find both an English style socket and a Continental European style socket in my room, but I would have prefered to have more than just those two ! (think laptop, digital camera, mobile phone, kindle,...)
Anyway, I liked the hotel but it should probably prepare itself a bit more for the new business traveler ;-)
- 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