I arrived in Malta airport with only one small carry-on luggage, so I decided to take the bus to the hotel. The bus number is X2 and the fare only costs 2.60 Euros and took approximately 45 minutes to arrive. The bus driver was friendly when asked where to get off. He even reminded me that it was my stop. Ross was the bus stop. Walking to the hotel took no more than 5 minutes. This is the exact same bus stop catching the bus back to the airport. Unfortunately, the hotel receptionists told me otherwise which caused me to run around the area expecting the bus to run the opposite side from where I’ve arrived. In fact, it was the same exact stop where I’ve arrived. Good thing there was another friendly public bus service attendant who confirmed the X2 bus goes in a circle back to the airport. Returning to the airport took over 1 hour, so be prepared.
Being a Hilton Diamond member I was directed to check in at the executive lounge for check-in. The lounge has a breathtaking view over the ocean. One great thing about the lounge is that it served variety of great local wines. I was expecting Milanese wine to be fortified but I had some great dry wines during my short, three days on the island.
I was given a room on the 7th floor. Getting to my room on the first attempt was a challenge. Even with exact direction from the receptionist, I doubled backed a couple of times before finding the right direction. The hotel complex is quite large and has a newly build section which my room was located. My review is based on the new room. One could tell that it is quite new because there was still smell of fresh paint in the hallway corridor. The room was fabulous given the view of the ocean and a balcony to sit and relax in. The bed was very comfortable and large. Separately shower and bath was great. Everything about the room was fantastic. The only issue I’ve encountered was I was bothered countless times by someone upstairs wearing high heels constantly clucking on the hard floor. It was very annoying. Otherwise, the room offered everything one would need to relax and enjoy the view. I did not have noise coming from adjacent rooms.
Internet connection was on and off at times. I found early morning the connection speed was much faster and reliable. HDMI connection to the TV is on channel 76. I must have spent a half an hour trying to figure this out. Calling the service hotline didn’t help either. The hotel had a DVD player connected to the tv and if you have your own portable media player the HDMI output channel is only available on channel 76. Input button on the tv and remote does not work.
The outdoor pool area is huge with multiple pools for adults and children. There is also Beach Club which is great place for kids to run around and play with sand. Unfortunately, the outdoor area was completely closed because it only opens during spring and summer seasons. The indoor pool is the only one that is open. There is also sauna and steam room.
Breakfast was great. The hotel offered wide variety of hot and cold food. All western type.
Casino is located next to the hotel. You must bring identification during the first visit. They will offer a card for future visits.
There is a great local supermarket where the bus stop is, also there are plenty of restaurants within the area.
This is a fantastic hotel to stay in during Malta. Booking a club room is highly recommended because you get access to the lounge.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ideally located in the prestigious Portomaso development within the fashionable district of St. Julian’s, the Hilton Malta hotel has come to represent the style, comfort and hospitality for which the Hilton brand is renowned. Standing as a centrepiece of the coastline and an intrinsic part of the Tumas Group’s flagship design, Hilton Malta sits comfortably alongside Portomaso Business Tower, the Residences and Yacht Marina in one of the most exciting and dynamic property developments anywhere in the Mediterranean. With remarkable views of the Mediterranean, the 410 rooms and suites available offer the discerning guest unrivalled relaxation and comfort. All the hotels rooms and suites have a Mediterranean décor with eith a balcony or terrace overlooking the prestigious Portomaso Yacht Marina or offer spectacular views of the Mediterranean Sea. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hilton Malta Hotel Saint Julian`s
- Hilton Saint Julians
- Hilton Saint Julian's
- Hilton Hotel Malta
- Saint Julian's Hilton