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Le Meridien St. Julians
Ranked #9 of 33 Hotels in Saint Julian's
Certificate of Excellence
Dublin, Ireland
2 reviews
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“Superb”
Reviewed 13 September 2008

We booked a week long break in the Meridean in St Julians, having read a number of posiive reviews here.

I have to say, we found the hotel to be excellent and fantastic value for money.

The hotel is modern and clean with excellent facilities. The rooftop pool area is very well maintained and the staff were always quick to help in any way possible. The hotel is of a high standard, without comng across as posh or intimidating. We really were able to relax and do what we wanted to and the room we had was perfectly adequate for our needs. We requested a double bed instead of two singles and also a south facing balcony and we got both on arrival.

Minor irritations:

1) Service in Malta (not just the hotel) is really poor. You will be waiting 10-15mins on avg for a drink in the bar. I am not sure why this seems to be the case EVERYWHERE in Malta, but it is!! Just accept it rather than lose the rag.

2) Mini Bar in room: if you so much as move an item a millimeter, it is charged automatically to your room bill. My partner was using the fridge to keep her make up cold, so we ended up with an enormous bill!! Obv, they sorted it out but be warned.

3) Lifts: As mentioned elsewhere, a little tempremental but not a big deal.

The food in Malta is hit and miss but the best meal we had was in Barracuda across the road from the hotel, which was not only a lovely meal but at €100 for all the trimmings and a bottle of nice wine, great value.

Overall, I would highly recommend this hotel and if I was coming back to Malta i would certainly stay again.

Enjoy!

  • Liked — Rooftop Area
  • Disliked — Balcony
  • Stayed September 2008, travelled as a couple
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Coventry, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 7 September 2008

Le Meridien was all we hoped her from a 5 ***** hotel apart from 1 or 2 minor glitches.
The staff were in the main helpful and courteous. (Though why they need a bond on your credit card of 420 Euros I dont know)
The rooms were well equipped and spacious, and I was still glad we paid the extrra for the sea view, in spite of some comments. The firework fiesta was on at the end of August and we could sit and watch from our balcony, (also ours was bigger than some balconies.)
We asked to have our mini bar emptied and this was done the next day, we arrived at night. We were not charged for this.
The hotel bar prices were higher than bars outside but in a place like St, julians there was plenty of choice!
The restaurants in St Julians were excellent. We liked Barracuda and Bazouki. We couldnt get in the Villa brasserie( at the hotel due to the Firework Fiesta)
There was plenty to do in St. julians and around the island so much so we plan to return. Public transport is easy and cheap.

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Glasgow, Scotland
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Reviewed 2 September 2008

We returned this year for our annual holiday having spent 3 weeks last year in this hotel.

We got married in the hotel last year and everything was perfect and we didn't think it would be possible to beat the standards of the hotel and staff, how wrong we were!

From the moment we arrived all the staff were very professional and gave us a 1st class service. It was great to return and see so many faces from the previous year and it added to our stay.

A special thank you to both Nikos and Mario who assisted in our stay and went out of there way to ensure we had a pleasant stay, Our thanks to all the bar staff (Stefano and team)who we found to be very friendly and helpful and we enjoyed many a drink in the ku de tae bar before going out.

Our thanks to all the staff and management who kindly gave us a lovely cake and bottle of champagne to help celebrate our 1st anniversary. It was very much appreciated and such a lovely gesture.

This year we found our 2 week stay to be very relaxing and enjoyable which we believe is down to the staff making us feel so welcome. We will certainly be back in the future and will recommend this hotel as an ideal base for anyone wishing to visit Malta. Our regret is that we only had 2 weeks there!

  • Liked — The rooms are very spacious, and well worth paying extra to enjoy a sea view
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed August 2008, travelled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 August 2008

............the Le Meridien St. Julians was far from being a five star Hotel in terms of service or standards. I have stayed in five star hotels around the world and have become accustomed to the standards. The staff were all very nice people but had no direction or motivation. The lifts leave you standing for upto 15 minutes at peak times, the waiting time for drinks everywhere is upto 15 minutes if you get one at all! The pool is far to small, this is supposed to be holiday resort hotel. Don't get me wrong I did enjoy my stay, but it was not great.

  • Liked — The Room
  • Disliked — Swimming Pool
  • Stayed August 2008, travelled as a couple
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London
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 August 2008

Have just returned from a four night break in Malta, where we stayed at Le Meridien. We had a sea view room for which we paid a slightly higher rate, but it really was worth if for the stunning views across the bay. The room was clean, decent sized and well equipped with a lovely, private balcony. The bathroom had a separate shower cubicle with a drencher head and double ended bath (great for sharing).

When we arrived, the room was set up as a twin room rather than a double. We pushed the beds together and would have been happy to leave it this way, but when our luggage was brought up the porter noticed immediately and sent housekeeping to re-make up the beds to a proper double without us having to ask.

There was a great variety of food available for breakfast, particular mention should be made of the egg chef who would make you an omlette or fried eggs to order. However, the quality of the food wasn't great - really cheap sausages and bacon and tinned fruit.

Before we left I had read reviews complaining about the lifts and had wondered why anyone would feel the need to mention this - but by the second day our frustration was such with both the long waits and the continual missing of floors that we, and several other guests that we encountered would rather take the 5 flights of stairs to our room than wait for up to 5 minutes at a time for a lift to stop and take us up.

The roof top terrace was crowded round the pool, but still a nice area - if slow service from the bar there. The main bar 'Ku de Ta' was nice and had a lovely terrace looking over the bay. We had 5 cocktails from their extensive list - of these 2 (champagne cocktails) were quite nice, but the other 3 were really not great and didn't get finished - in particular a Caipirinha made without any limes!

The greatest thing about this hotel is the concierge, Mario, who was fantastic and helped us with a number of things - including booking an excellent restaurant for our last night and helping me to keep all the arrangements secret from my boyfriend.

the worst thing is the random music which is piped through the lifts and the roof terrace which imitates jungle sounds, bird song and horses riding through the streets! it's loud, random and intrusive - I really don't understand what they think this adds to the hotel experience.

Overall - this is a good hotel and I'd stay here again - particularly for the location - right on the bay with only a couple of minutes walk to a sandy beach, and strolling distance to a number of good restaurants and bars, but don't go expecting to be blown away.

  • Liked — Great Location
  • Disliked — Random birdsong soundtrack piped into communal areas
  • Stayed August 2008, travelled as a couple
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hertfordshire
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Reviewed 20 August 2008

We booked with Dial a Flight (Doug), who we use to book all our holidays and as always everything was fab.

We used the malta airport taxis, there is a booth where you pay the guy and he gives you a ticket to take outside to a taxi, they then know you have paid. It was 20 euros and 15 min journey.

On arrival we were upgraded to an executive suite. We had booked a junior suite with a sea view. The executive suites are better as they have two rooms with 2 bathrooms but no sea views. The hotel is immaculately clean. We had room 1030 which i would recommend, friends of ours had room 1003 which is not as well laid out at all.

The lifts are a bit of a pain, they do have a mind of their own!

I had 4 treatments in the spa which were excellent, it is quite pricey but they have specials most days, on the days they didnt i asked and they gave me a 25euro discount, so its worth asking!

The spa pool is open to children until 5pm but they need an adult with them.

The restaurant i buffet, the breakfast is excellent. We had one evening meal in here which was 25euros each and it was ok. There are plenty of places to eat nearby which are reasonable. Spinola bay which is a 10 min stroll has a buzzy atmosphere and there are restaurants just outside to the right on the square is excellent. The wine is cheap compared to home although the food is about the same.

The hotel bar between 6-7pm is 1/2 price, but you have to wait an eternity for a drink, this is the only fault of the hotel. We soon realised that if you learnt the staff names and had a chat they would be more efficient! They are all very helpful and polite but particularly slow and the bar was never busy.

The men and children in our party went scuba diving. They used Neptune diving, which is situated within the large pool by the sea opposite the hotel. The guy who owns it is english and called Martin, very professional and accomodating. We will be going back to dive again next year and will only use him. There are fantastic wrecks and dive sites here. If this is what you are going for you wont be disappointed.

This hotel is situated in the best area without a doubt. There are no beaches nearby but you can go in the sea and snorkel. There is a rooftop pool, there were 8 of us and we always got beds - it does get windy so sometimes there is no shade as the umbrellas have to be taken down.


Bus journeys are cheap 47cents into valetta as opposed to 28 euros by taxi. The black taxis (mercedes) dont have seatbelts in the back.

If you go to valetta go early - it gets so hot by 2pm its unbearable and also quite deserted. We visited the St. Johns co-cathedral - amazing! The only signed Cavaggio!

They frequently have fiestas going on. We went to Mosta - 20 mins in cab, great atmosphere, fireworks, this is the best one to go to. Celebration of Saint Maria.

We went horseriding in golden sands - 1/2 cab 27 euros. There is nothing here apart from horseriding and the radisson hotel on the beach front which is nice for a drink and lunch. The riding was a sunset 2hr ride 28euros each. The school is excellent and the horses well looked after, the owner is a woman from yorkshire with her maltese husband.

The children also went swimming with dolphins 120 euros, it is next to the water park, you can pay to go in both and is worth doing.

Overall: Fab hotel, excellent location, we will def go back but without the children. Once you have been with the kids there isnt much else to go back for, we will go for diving and more site seeing.

  • Liked — clean, quality
  • Disliked — lifts, service in bar
  • Stayed August 2008, travelled with family
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Preston
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 August 2008

We had a dream time at this hotel. Two families with five teenage boys, who loved the gym and spa. The staff are superb.

We explored Malta and enjoyed the beaches, but also loved to return to this lovely hotel and spend some chill out days there. If you have children and plan to spend most of the time in the hotel while on holiday, then yes, maybe choose a hotel with more outdoor, ground level pool space, but this one had everything for us. The location is great for families: you can swim safely off the nearby rocks, stroll to a number of very good restaurants; enjoy the evening breeze with Maltese families in the Balluta Bay square; easily walk to Sliema or let the teenageers loose in Paceville, just beyond Spinola Bay. It's not a long bus ride to Valletta, or take the boat from Sliema.

So what if the lifts are quirky? It was only an issue, sometimes, during the breakfast rush.

Happy hour in the bar is excellent, as is the Executive Lounge.

We just couldn't have made a better choice of hotel for our holiday and we will definitely go back.

Cameron-McPartlin, Preston

  • Liked — stylishness; spaciousness and cleanliness of rooms and public areas; staff; location
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed August 2008, travelled with family
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Property: Le Meridien St. Julians
Address: 39 Main Street, Balluta Bay, Saint Julian's, Island of Malta STJ 1017, Malta
Region: Malta > Island of Malta > Saint Julian's
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 Spa Hotel in Saint Julian's
#6 Business Hotel in Saint Julian's
#8 Family Hotel in Saint Julian's
#8 Romantic Hotel in Saint Julian's
#8 Luxury Hotel in Saint Julian's
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:5 star — Le Meridien St. Julians 5*
Number of rooms: 276
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Le Méridien St Julians Hotel & Spa in Malta is located within the bustling, cosmopolitan neighbourhood of St. Julians, offering plenty of entertainment and tranquility located along the seafront promenade. Enjoying excellent views, our hotel is an architectural gem, offering elegance with the relaxed feel luxury, boutique hotel in the Mediterranean. Enjoy international cuisine, accompanied by a refined selection of world wines, and take your coffee al fresco on the splendid terrace. Awaken your senses at the MyoKa spa and float in our tropical indoor pool where you will be revived by aromatherapy secrets from around the world Le Meridien St. Julians Hotel & Spa offers a relaxing ambiance for business travelers, families and couples. On the first floor of the premises, the meeting planner will discover a practical and modern background for their project, with an entire floor dedicated to business events. Free WIFI in the guest rooms as well as the public areas, indoor and outdoor pools (weather permitting)and 24h Guest service available via telephone and whatsapp/blackberry messenger. Le Meridien St. Julians Hotel & Spa is part of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. ... more   less 
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