We stayed at the Hilton back in November having got a good deal on a last minute site. The location is excellent and the hotel itself is lovely.
On arrival we were told the room was not ready but that we could go have some lunch and come back in an hour. We did, and almost 2 hours later we returned but the room was still not ready. We were both tired from the flight and wanted to relax but had to wait another 30 mins before we got to the room.
Once there, we saw that it was a twin room (we had booked a double and I had added a note requesting a double bed!). The room was also quite shabby with tiled floor (more like a 3* holiday apartment), and although the apologetic bellboy kindly offered to push the beds together, we asked to be moved. This was done immediately and without fuss. The second room was perfect and although still one of the older rooms, it was very clean, comfortable and nice ... much nicer than the original room.
The balcony had amazing views over the marina and during our stay there was an electrical storm so we had a fantastic view of the massive bolts of lightning dancing across the sky!
Breakfast, served in the main restaurant, consisted of a huge choice of hot and cold food, cereals, fruits, juices, breads etc. Everything was very tasty and kept well stocked. I requested some gluten free bread and was served lovely gf brown bread each morning. Sitting out by the pool having breakfast is very nice but a little chilly in November.
The only gripe we had was the stuffy atmosphere and aloof staff at breakfast. We got breakfast by room service on 3 mornings just to avoid the hassle and drama. The room service trolley converted into a round table with a 'hot-press' underneath that contained the hot dishes! Very impressive and everything very tasty indeed! Unlike lots of hotels, there was as big a selection on the room service menu as there was down in the breakfast buffet! We didn't feel like we were missing out in the slightest.
Having eaten out for lunch on our first day, we found a huge variety of restaurants within 5 mins walk and all at very cheap prices so we didn't eat in any of the hotel restaurants.
We also headed into Sliema a few times.
The buses are very frequent and cheap so it's very easy to get around.
On the second day we decided to try out the pool. Because of the time of year, the outdoor was too cold to use (although a few brave people jumped in!). We went down to the indoor pool but ended up leaving quickly because of the smell. I'm not sure what it was but it was disgusting and totally overwhelming. A shame because we would have enjoyed a swim. The outdoor pools are huge and look lovely. I'm sure they would be great in warmer weather.
The staff (apart from at breakfast) were fine but didn't seem too bothered. This didn't impact our stay (apart from our arrival) so it wasn't really a problem. I would agree with previous posts pointing out the shocking prices in the bars and restaurants. Again we avoided these, preferring to eat and drink elsewhere but most 5* hotels are expensive so it wasn't really a surprise.
Definitely take a trip up to the bar at the top of the tower next door, amazing views and not too pricey considering the location! We also went to the casino in the basement but unless you're really into gambling, it wasn't anything special.
Overall, the hotel is not a bad choice especially if you want a good location, spacious clean room and some peace & quiet. We will likely return in the near future.
- 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 413 rooms and suites available offer the discerning guest unrivaled relaxation and comfort. All the hotels rooms and suites have a Mediterranean décor with either 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
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