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Golden Tulip Vivaldi Hotel
Ranked #14 of 33 Hotels in Saint Julian's
Reviewed 26 October 2011

The Golden Tulip Vivaldi is a respectable mid-range option, but just be warned that the hotel could use a renovation to take care of the broken elevators, peeling paint, not-so-impressive-looking cafe, etc. at this hotel.

The good news is that it's in a great location and the staff is very friendly.

Bottom line: If you're just looking for a place to put your head down at night, this is the place for you - but if you want to splurge or pamper yourself, try another place instead!

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled solo
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Reviewed 23 October 2011

Just arrived back after spending 9 nights at the Vivaldi.
The reception area is very pleasant,spacious and clean. We made our way to our superior room (which cost us extra),and this is where the disappointment began.
The bedding was full of holes, the bath was mouldy,the strange balcony door did not close (balcony being an unusual word for a tiny ledge!).
I complained immediately to reception, who after a short while told me that we could move to an 'upgraded' room. The only actual upgrade was a tiny balcony. The bath area was still mouldy, dirty black marks over one of the bedroom walls,ripped and stained bedding,no room safe and dirty carpets. As this was the only other room available,we had to accept it.
One positive point was the sea view,which,if you ignored the large sunken car park opposite the room, was actually quite nice.
Breakfast was okay, the large restaurant having plenty of seating. The quality of the breakfast was okay too,although avoid the fruit juices...they were awful!
Also, if you hire a car,don't use the hotel car park at EUR8-10 per day,use the sunken car park opposite,it's EUR2.50 per day and secure too.
The hotel is on the edge of Paceville, ideal for lots of noisy nightlife and bars,not good if you're after a quiet holiday.
Overall, I wouldn't stay there again unless I found a real bargain price.The place just needs updating and cleaning,the poorly lit landings hide lots of filth!

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 14 October 2011

we stayed at the hotel for 4 days. It was a nice experience. i think it was good value for our money but there was nothing exceptional about it. the room we got was pretty big (it was a superior) with two double beds (we were two people) no balcony and we had a nice view and even caught a glimpse of the sea. Mind u if u want a room with a sea view it is 20 euros extra per night which i think is outrageous. The receptionists were fine and helpful but could smile a bit more! breakfast was very good with a wide selection of food including various eggs, bacon, sausages, breads, yogurts etc. The hotel also has a nice rooftop pool to catch some sun and a heated pool and jacuzzi which was not hot when we went there. we had a room on the second floor and even with the wondows open at night i cant say it was too noisy even with all the people on the street, complete silence can be achieved by closing the windows.
the bus station is about a 5 minute walk from the hotel and there is also a big supermarket even nearer. good restaurants can be found around the hotel as well. One annoying thing is that i think a 4 star hotel should offer free WIFI and not charge for it and also a safe in the room would have been nice! All in all it was a pleasant stay. i didnt feel like it was a wonderful hotel but it suited our expectations more or less. we got a good deal on it so the expectations more or less matched the price. i definitely know there are better four star hotels around but they would also be more expensive mind u. so if youre not looking for anything too fancy, comfortable and not too expensive this hotel is just for that

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  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 3 October 2011

Just returned from a week in Malta. We stayed at Vivaldi Hotel with our group of 18 people. Some rooms had balconies, mine didn't unfortunately. No shutters for the windows either, just curtains, which did not keep out the heat and forced us to use the air conditioning a lot. The room was large enough, with nice beds and a tv, but the bathroom was quite old and the shower/bath had a lot of dark (moldy?) spots in it. No proper ventilation system in the bathroom. The hotel works with a card system to access the rooms, but mine had to be reactivated 3 times in one week, because it no longer worked. On the last morning, while we were still sleeping, another guest was suddenly in our room by mistake, he was given our room apparently...... Breakfast was good, with lots to choose from, and so was dinner (buffet-style), especially the desserts, which were fantastic. Also loved the pool on the rooftop. If this hotel would renovate its rooms, it could be great, but right now it is not very special, but okay to stay at if you are in St. Julians.

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 28 September 2011

Can not complain- staff were helpful, brought us free hot water for our baby whenever we asked for it. Food was always above expectation. Fresh breakfast every day all you can eat- inclu English and Continental. Seaview room had the most amazing sunrise (8 month baby ensured I saw this most mornings) the room spacious and clean. The pool was just the right size and quiet. Well done a superb hotel. And cheaper than the Tower Palace in Silema.

  • Stayed: July 2011
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GoldenTulipVivaldi, Manager at Golden Tulip Vivaldi Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 13 October 2011

Dear Sir/Madam,

May we take this opportunity by thanking you for choosing the Golden Tulip Vivaldi as your holiday destination and look forward to have the pleasure of accommodating you once again. We immensely appreciate your kind comments which are relayed to our dedicated team. This makes all our efforts worthwhile and helps us to further improve our level of standard and service to our esteemed guests.

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Reviewed 24 September 2011

I would recommend this hotel for couples and families. A lovely spot overlooking the bay. Rooms were very comfortable, food excellant and the swimming pools and gym were great. The area has many places to visit and would recommend asking at the reception for details of the "Hop On and Hop Off Buses" which stop right outside the hotel.
My sister and I travelled with the Riviera Travel company and felt that it was an excellant trip organised by them. We stayed there for a week at the beginning of September 2011.

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled with friends
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6  Thank Rosemary29
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GoldenTulipVivaldi, Manager at Golden Tulip Vivaldi Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 13 October 2011

Dear Sir/Madam,

May we take this opportunity by thanking you for choosing the Golden Tulip Vivaldi as your holiday destination and look forward to have the pleasure of accommodating you once again. We immensely appreciate your kind comments which are relayed to our dedicated team. This makes all our efforts worthwhile and helps us to further improve our level of standard and service to our esteemed guests.

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Reviewed 14 September 2011

My husband and I took our dinner in the outdoor cafe at the Vivaldi. We were walking by and thought it would be a nice place to stop. The cafe was small and seemed intimate. We didn't want to sit indoors the weather was far too nice.
It took about 15 minutes for the bar tender to notice us out there. Then another five for him to actually come out with menus. We were ready to leave when he returned to take our orders. The sun was setting and by the time we received our meals we had so many mosquito bites we didn't enjoy dinner. Had the bar tender or server attended to us as soon as we sat down we would have been finished our meal before the mosquitos came out for theirs.
The bread that came with my salad was a roll...an ordinary roll like what comes out of a package. I expected Maltese bread...I was in Malta after all and the bread there is spectacular. But I got a roll..boring and cheap. The food was ok..edible but not the best.

From the outside the hotel is not clean. It's dusty and there are countless bits of laundry and wet guest towels hanging from the windows. I didn't see this before we sat to eat since we came down the street from a direction that didn't allow us this view. Had I seen it I don't think we would have stopped.

Room Tip: Judging from the other reviews and from what we saw from the outside I'd say there are nicer pla...
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Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Address: Dragonara Road, Saint Julian's, Island of Malta STJ 3141, Malta
Region: Malta > Island of Malta > Saint Julian's
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#8 Spa Hotel in Saint Julian's
#13 Luxury Hotel in Saint Julian's
Price Range: £60 - £151 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Golden Tulip Vivaldi Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 263
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Golden Tulip Vivaldi Hotel - International Standards, local flavours. An unmatched option for business and leisure travellers in the heart of Malta's popular district, St. Julian's. Situated very close to the sparkling sea, the hotel promises stunning views and a genuine Mediterranean atmosphere. It is also very close to a number of amenities including the casino, cinema, bowling alley, tennis courts, shops, restaurants and banks. The hotel has 263 elegant rooms - many with panoramic sea views. We offer three dining options within the hotel - Antonio's , our main restaurant, Rhapsody Cafe and Settimo Cielo - our rooftop a la carte eatery which is open during the summer. Thanks to the magical atmosphere of our roof deck and our excellent in house facilities, we are proud to be a top choice for business meetings, functions & Weddings in Malta. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Golden Tulip Saint Julians
Saint Julians Golden Tulip
Vivaldi Hotel Malta
Golden Tulip Saint Julian's
Saint Julian's Golden Tulip
Golden Tulip Vivaldi Hotel Malta

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