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“Great Hotel, Great Location”
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Hilton Malta
Ranked #3 of 33 Hotels in Saint Julian's
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 27 September 2010

I have stayed at the Hilton in Malta twice no, once many 8 years ago, and the second time recently when my sister go married and had her wedding reception there.

The hotel is a modern luxury hotel. The staff were always very helpful and the service throughout the hotel was excellent. Our room was on the ground floor with a view over Porto Maso Marina, which was very nice. The room was spacious and clean with nice decor and a large blacony/terrace. Some people may prefer the sea view, but the marina view was very nice for looking at the boats.

Breakfast at the hotel was lovely, there is a huge selection of different foods on offer, with the option to sit inside or outside by the pool.

The pool area outside is great and overlooks the sea, with 1 larger pool and 1 smaller pool (more for swimming lengths). There are loads of sunloungers all around the pool side, and a pool side cafe serving drinks and snacks. The hotel also has a fantastic gym and indoor pool and spa. The gym has a spinning studio aswell as all other major pieces of equipment. The beauty spa looks very nice, but i didn't have any treatments as they are very expensive. There is also a Toni & Guy hairdressers next to the Spa.

The location of the hotel is excellent, it is a short 5 - 10 minute walk to local shops and restaurants.

  • Stayed: May 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 September 2010

The Hilton in Malta is in a great location plenty of very good resturants, The service in the hotel was 1st class , rooms very good size very clean Fantastic views we looked out onto the swimming pools and sea. Breakfast very good , choice of bars very good, and all members of staff very helpful. Would stay here again. (didnt want to leave) .

  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 September 2010

We have just returned from a 6 night stay at the Hilton Malta. We don't make a habit of writing reviews on TripAdvisor but we're making an exception this time - we loved this hotel. We have stayed in some very good hotels (Fairmont Miramar, Santa Monica; Bellagio, Las Vegas) and for us, the Hilton Malta is up there with the best of them.

We would highly recommend you upgrade to an Executive Room which will give you access to the Executive Lounge on the 9th floor. I'm cautious about upgrades (sometimes not worth the money) but it is definitely worth it here.

First of all, you get a far superior room - beautiful modern decor; Crabtree and Eveleyn bathroom products; very spacious; huge comfy bed; lovely view of the marina/sea. However, the Executive Lounge will quickly become an extension to your room.

You can have breakfast in the Executive Lounge if Oceana (the breakfast restaurant) is busy. You help yourself to unlimited free tea, coffee, bottled water, soft drinks, lager (Heineken, Becks and the local lager Cisk) and snacks (crisps and nuts) all day until the Lounge closes at 8pm. At 3pm you help yourself to afternoon tea (sandwiches, beautiful cakes, scones etc) and at 6pm a full bar is brought out, together with pre-dinner snacks (olives, cheeses etc). Excellent value for money, and members of staff are available at all times if you have any queries. If you want/need to, the Lounge is a quiet place to work. There is also a computer in the Lounge ready for you to use (we used it to check-in for our return flight and get the football scores!).

The pools are great. There are 7 outside and 1 indoor heated pool (although we understand that some of the pools close for the Winter months at the end of September). There is no shortage of sunbeds and parasols. We went down to the Merkanti Beach Club each day. It has good facilities, a bar and restaurant area, two pools and access to the jetty into the sea. There are also watersports facilities (my Husband hired a jet ski) and watertaxis/daily boat trips to Valletta, Sliema, Gozo, Comino and the Blue Lagoon (payable locally). We took a return watertaxi from the hotel to Valletta. It was well worth the 40 euros we paid, if only for the 'door to door' convenience (although you could do it much more cost effectively by taxi or by taking the bus to Sliema and getting the Sliema-Valletta ferry).

There are pools which are, strictly speaking, meant to be for adults only which children staying at the hotel also used. We had no issues with that whatsoever - in fact it makes our holiday watching the children having fun and enjoying themselves. Nobody else appeared to have any issues with it either. However, some previous reviewers obviously found this problematic.

Some previous reviewers also had a problem with the hotel prices. We would, to some extent, agree (hence the 4 rating for value). However, in our view, you have to expect that you will pay more for food/drinks in any hotel - not just this one. We ordered a bottle of water and a diet coke from the pool bar (6 euros - not bad). We also ate at the seafood buffet at Oceana one evening (37 euros per person - worth the money given the choice on offer). However, we ate at Oceana the following evening and it wasn't as good value at 33 euros per person with much less choice. We didn't eat at the Blue Elephant this time - but we will next time on the basis that it has received some excellent reviews.

All of the staff at the Hilton are extremely friendly and helpful. They are polite, and can't do enough to help you.

We only had one issue. There was a large conference during our stay and the delegates took over the hotel. On two occasions they had exclusive access to certain parts of the hotel. As full paying customers, we were particularly cross with that.

Unlike previous reviewers, we found some lovely eating places in the areas surrounding the hotel. Hilton Malta is sat in the middle of two separate bays, St.Georges to the north, and Spinola Bay to the south. There are A LOT of Italian restaurants, but also some very good Maltese restaurants. Gozitan in Paceville, for example, serves beautiful fresh fish. Chapter One, also in Paceville, has a Michelin trained head chef. We didn't find eating out in Malta particularly expensive. The truth is, like anywhere, you can make it as cheap or expensive as you like.

Finally, to Malta itself. We disagree that it is stuck in a 60s timewarp. The area around the Hilton is very modern and mostly recently developed. Yes the buses are old, but that only adds to the character of the place. There's a lot of history - a trip to Valletta is a must even if you don't want to explore the rest of the island.

All in all, we would highly recommend the Hilton, and Malta itself.

  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 September 2010

This hotel is an oasis of luxury on a holiday island seemingly caught in a 60's time warp. We stayed for a wonderful long weekend here and enjoyed every minute. We were upgraded to an Executive room with access to the Executive lounge which was the icing on the cake. We mainly used the Beach Club pools and never had a problem getting a sunbed. If you stay in a top notch hotel you must expect high prices for extras and the Hilton does not disappoint on this score. Forewarned about this on Trip Advisor we accepted it with resignation but some guests protested vehemently to the pool staff which we thought was a bit unfair as they did not set the prices. The hotel was the highlight of our stay, most of Malta seemed run down and in need of a serious makeover. We found plenty of restaurants locally, all expensive and none of which merit recommendation. Ironically and unusually the best meal we had was in the Botella del Vino restaurant in the hotel itself. Unfortunately the quality of the meal was spoiled by a virtually empty cavernous room with zero atmosphere. Full price rooms here are expensive but there are occasional promotions on the Hilton website which make it more acceptable. Malta as a destination leaves much to be desired but this hotel would certainly tempt me back.

  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 September 2010

Being a regular stayer at the Hilton in St Julian's, I have always found this hotel to be clean and airy, staff are excellent at hospitality, quick and polite to help in emergencies, and accommodating. The rooms are spacious and clean with all the amenities you would expect from a 5* hotel. This is probably because the hotel is owned and managed by the Maltese themselves, one of the most hospitable nations in the Med.
The breakfast area is noisy and busy, as you would expect, but the food choice is amazing and again, the staff are so good at their job and very attentive.
I have also used the executive lounge on the 8th floor and it's a quiet haven to do work in, all the tea/coffee you could want and the excellent service thrown in as well at no extra charge.
I always look forward to coming back.

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled on business
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1  Thank chrisandsueatno2
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Reviewed 19 September 2010

We stayed here for one night in April and we had overall a pleasant stay. I booked a Executive Room which was in the new wing with a decent sea view and was very modern. I was disappointed about the cleaning, both in the coffee and tea making set it was full of crumbs and I could also find some places in the bathroom that need more attention as well as in the wardrobe. Few things that could do this to even a better experience when you stay in an executive room at a Hilton, no turn-down service was provided and the selection of bathroom amenities was poor (ok, you got what you need but no cotton buds, sewing kit or the lovely bath crystal that I like at so many Hilton’s). I recommend you to go for a room in the new wing, if you like freshness – I saw some rooms in the old wing and they maybe have a better view but are definitely in more need for a face-lift. The Executive Lounge was very nice with balconies for a pre-dinner drink and a wide selection of breakfast, afternoon tea and hours deuvre.

Staff was very friendly, but there was also several rude team members. For example one of the bell boys that actually make a noise with the front desk people, just because he would not happy to help! The concierge could be more awake. The swimmingpool is great, so the gym, the spa and the surrounded area with marina and some few shops.

Don’t miss to have a lunch by the pool, excellent pasta and good wine for reasonable prices. The best gem in the hotel is the Royal Thai Blue Elephant Restaurant, it was the thing that makes us so happy and the thing that makes us wants to come back to the Hilton Malta. The service, atmosphere, food and drinks are outstanding!

  • Stayed: April 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 September 2010

The two tings that stand out at this hote is that every room has a balcony facing the sea, and that the people working there are so friendly. There are no bad rooms! The executive lounge was very nice, but the breakfast restaurant was hectic and noisy. Excellent concierge with good restaurant tips, also for reasonably priced meals. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed: February 2010, travelled with family
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Address: Portomaso, Saint Julian's, Island of Malta PTM 01, Malta
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Region: Malta > Island of Malta > Saint Julian's
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Spa Hotel in Saint Julian's
#2 Romantic Hotel in Saint Julian's
#2 Family Hotel in Saint Julian's
#2 Luxury Hotel in Saint Julian's
#4 Business Hotel in Saint Julian's
Price Range: £88 - £362 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Hilton Malta 5*
Number of rooms: 410
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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Hilton Malta Hotel Saint Julian`s
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