We recently spent a week at the Grand Excelsior and enjoyed it a lot. I can't comment on many of the hotel facilities as we really used it as a base from which to explore Valletta and futher afield rather than somewhere to spend a lot of time.
We did have breakfast every day and enjoyed it a lot - perhaps not quite as extensive as some similar hotels we have stayed in but still of a very good standard with a wide choice. I developed a taste for freshly baked ricotta Pastizzi with fresh coffee - a Maltese speciality - and Mrs Bungee particularly enjoyed freshly cooked omelettes courtesy of the egg-man/woman.
We found all the staff very polite and helpful which should be taken for granted but sadly can't always be guaranteed. The hotel is excellently situated for Valletta provided you are fit enough to walk up/down a few stairs and slopes. You don't need to be especially fit for this but it could prove a problem for those less mobile. As others have said, the hotel can provide transport into town (or elsewhere) as required. We took advantage of the hotel airport transfer service for E20 each way; this was not much more than a taxi and worked very well. As we were paying for the service we expected it to run smoothly and it did.
I can't think of anything very negative to say. As for some other guests, the restocking of things in the bathroom was sometimes a bit random but this was a minor point. One thing somewhat out of control of the Excelsior was that we could hear far too much from our neighbours. This was probably due to there being an inter-connecting door between the rooms. I don't know how many rooms in the hotel have these doors but I suggest avoiding them if possible, especially if you are sensitive to noise.
Overall, a very positive experience and relaxing stay.
PS the recently installed hotel-wide Wi-Fi is free and the best service I have ever used in a hotel.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Excelsior Grand Valletta
- Hotel Excelsior Grand
- Excelsior Grand Hotel Malta/Valletta