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“A lot of potential, spoiled only by 70s decor and weddings”

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Excelsior Grand Hotel
Ranked #5 of 15 Hotels in Valletta
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Reviewed 23 April 2012

My wife and I have stayed in most of Malta's 5 stars. The Grand Excelsior was our last visit. It has commanding views and a delightful mini, man-made beach area which I thoroughly enjoyed. There's a tranquility to the hotel that was unique for Maltese hotels, I would go so far as to say classy however the lobby and Admirals bar deco let it down, as do the broken door handles on the main entrance - and probably the biggest downer is making way for those weekly weddings. And you do make way.
The rooms were absolutely fine and the service was very good, I asked for a very late check out and was granted another room free of charge for the extra few hours.

It is a good hotel, Malta isn't a place for excellence in the hotel industry and even in the best you'll find areas that have been overlooked or scrimped and scraped on, disappointing.

I suppose the question is would I stay there again? Answer is...go on then - it's got enough upsides to compensate for the downsides.

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Room Tip: You really must get a sea view, disappointment awaits if not!
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4  Thank Julian K
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Reviewed 22 April 2012

In my holidays in Malta I stayed in this hotel.It was very nice,but I wouldn't rate it with 5 stars.Lovely restaurants and bars but if you order some water you have to pay 3 euros for it.Nice breakfast and dinner.You don't want to order room service because you have to pay: the meal, 5 euros and give also a tip.Ordinary and average spa but very nice indoor pool and outdoor pool.

Room Tip: Rooms at 10th and 9th have nice view but you have to go some floors down to eat.
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Reviewed 22 April 2012

Not really luxe but quite nice rooms. The overall decor is sort of over-the-top Italianate-Greek-Classic baroque (larger than life-size statues of Grecian nymphs, fish-tailed men with horses, etc.). Be sure to get a room with a view of the yacht harbor--and watch the sunset light shifting against the water.... Nice spa (make sure your room rate includes use of sauna). Immense and lavish breakfast and lavish, changing, country-themed dinner buffets. The Maltese chef "Veli" (I hope I'm spelling that right) is an absolute delight--he'll do everything possible to provide gluten-free options if the main courses aren't. He'll even plan ahead and use cornflour instead of wheat flour for thickener. Can't praise him and his efforts enough. A great guy!

Room Tip: Check for deals online and watch for unexpected charges. Get a room with a view (even partial) of th...
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4  Thank PeregrinaSantaFe
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Reviewed 20 April 2012

Just spent 6 nights at this hotel, location is Valletta, malta. Good position for a short walk into the old walled city, it overlooks the harbour and across to manoel island and Sliema to the north east and to msida and it's marina to the west. also well situated to catch any of the buses which visit the whole island all start and finish in Valletta a 5 minute walk from the hotel. Lovely gardens, very good inside and outside swimming pools. Excellent food and service, well appointed rooms. The city of Valletta has many very good and reasonable restaurants so B & B is a good option.

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank snoopybrook
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Reviewed 16 April 2012

I stayed here for a company event. The rooms are very clean and offer all the extras you would expect in a 4* hotel, beds are spacious and comfortable and there is more than sufficient storage space with a choice of drawers, wardrobes and cupboards. Plenty to do in the immediate area, it is well placed near a central location that is in addition to the variety of restaurants and bars in the hotel itself. The pool area has beautiful sea views though there is no beach area to speak of.

The main flaws I found with this hotel were the over zealous room staff who mean well but are in and out of the rooms all day and knocking 2 or 3 times asking if you need anything. I appreciate there is an element of good will with this but surely this is what the telephone is for. Finally there were a number of security incidents that took place; things taken from rooms, items taken from the private conference areas that my company had paid good money for and whilst the hotel manager was apologetic I would have serious concerns as to the efficiency of the security staff and the integrity of the general staff servicing the rooms. It is a shame as I have stayed in many hotels and this is the first time I have experienced such issues.


are of a decent size and whilst the service was outstanding there were issues with security in the hotel

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled on business
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2  Thank kaosfusion
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Reviewed 15 April 2012

My wife and I stayed for 7 nights over easter and couldn't find fault with this hotel. The staff were friendly and helpful. The location was fantastic, close to the centre of Valletta with fantastic views from the large and comfortable bedroom. We only dined in the restaurant once which was buffet style and although a little expensive at 30 euros each, the quality and choice of food was excellent.Valletta has lots of less expensive places to eat if on a budget. Drinks in the hotel bar were reasonable by five star standards and the non-alcoholic cocktail to welcome you on arrival at the hotel was a nice touch. We would happily return to this hotel if visiting Valletta again.

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank GuyBirmingham
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Reviewed 9 April 2012

This is an excellent and beautiful hotel, probably the best in Malta, especially if you are looking for tranquility and quality. Great and peaceful location, siiting below (actually in) Valletta's city walls and some ten minutes from the city gate, facing Marsamxett harbour towards the northwest. The large pool area is almost at sea level. The rooms are spacious, as are all common areas. The staff was most friendly and accomodating. The breakfast buffet was extensive. Note that the hotel has an affordable car service, including to the airport.

We were less satisfied with the too firm mattresses, the probability of cats entering your ground floor room if you leave the terrace door open during the night, the expensive restaurant, a somewhat old-fashioned style and the absence of tennis courts.

Room Tip: Avoid the ground floor due to stray cats. If you choose a landside room, ask for the northern wing f...
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3  Thank Trndrb
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Address: Great Siege Road, Valletta, Island of Malta FRN 1810, Malta
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Region: Malta > Island of Malta > Valletta
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Romantic Hotel in Valletta
#4 Luxury Hotel in Valletta
Price Range: £83 - £207 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Excelsior Grand Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 428
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Grand Hotel Excelsior Malta is a deluxe, 5-star resort situated within the sixteenth century fortifications of Malta’s capital city, Valletta - a UNESCO World Heritage site. The Excelsior commands the island’s premier waterfront location offering breathtaking sea views of Marsamxett Harbour and Manoel Island. As a member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts, the hotel exceeds expectations on the basis of its 5-star service excellence. All deluxe rooms and suites enjoy a harmonious blend of classic and contemporary design mixed with modern 5-star convenience including multi-channel flat screen TV. Spread over ten levels, three of which are executive floors, most of the rooms and suites overlook stunning harbour views. The Excelsior’s facilities include a private 30-berth marina, large outdoor and indoor swimming pools, health & beauty centre and 3 food and beverage outlets. The Excelsior offers versatile conference & banqueting facilities, fourteen flexible venues, a number of which have natural daylight - an ideal environment for business meetings, conferences and other events. Near to the Excelsior is the Mediterranean Conference Centre. This historical building enhances the Excelsior’s conference potential with an auditorium capacity for up to one thousand four hundred delegates. The Grand Hotel Excelsior opened its doors to its first guests on the 10th September 2007. Right from the start it was very clear that the product and service offerings were to be of a superior nature. The hotel prides itself in attracting and retaining a faithful following of leisure and business guests as well as prominent international personalities. ... more   less 
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