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Le Meridien St. Julians
Ranked #9 of 32 Hotels in Saint Julian's
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Limassol
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“Not a five star Hotel****”
Reviewed 1 September 2009

We stayed for 7 nights (me my wife and 2 kids). We arrived on the 15th of Aug and there was no welcome drink for us. This hotel had me confused, Great rooms especially the ones with seaview but the service a bit slow and at times we had to ask for things to be done. The minibar was faulty on arrival. It took them 2 days to fix. We always got less towels in the room but when we ask for more there was no problem for them to bring more than we needed. The breakfast was excellent but the restaurant could do with a bit more cleaning, The 12th floor swimming pool was small for 5 star hotel but the indoor pool and Spa area was fantastic.
Overall we had a plesant stay but its clear that this hotel needs a better management.

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled with family
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Reviewed 30 August 2009

This hotel should be stripped of its five stars. It is a Starwood disappointment. The staff was kind, but not terribly capable or interested in the guests. While the spa experience was nice, and the gym decent, the roof pool area was a disaster, complete with filthy and stained cheap plastic chairs and worn towels. There was a very unattractive roof cafe that never seemed to be staffed and all the plants were dead or close to deaths doorstep. This is the worst Starwood experience I have ever had. also, this is not located at a bay that has much swimming (althought pretty for viewing). There is no beach access from the hotel.

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 August 2009

Having spent a week at Le Meridien, I found my stay to be very enjoyable. The rooms were clean and comfortable, and had a great bathroom with a spacious walk-in shower. The staff were generally polite and helpful, although the check-in could have been more welcoming. Room service was also lovely, and the breakfast ordered was full of lovely pastries! I do recommend paying a little extra for a sea-view when booking your trip , because the view across to St.Julian's Bay is beautiful. Also, you may otherwise end-up with a housing estate as your view. The best thing about the hotel was definately the location. It was right across the bay, where you could go swimming or take a boat out. Also, there was a bus stop right outside which is handy since buses in Malta are very frequent and very cheap! About a 15 min walk from the hotel you can find some of the best resurants in St.Julian's such as Bousouki and Paparazzi-great for vegetarians also!A further 15 min walk from the 'dining district' also leads you easily into Malta's vivacious party district with clubs and bars such as Empire, Browns, Havanna and Fuego to make your nights exuberant and exciting. If you head the opposte way to the hotel, towards the Sliema district I recommend Cara's Cafe-the food was great, in particular the desserts! It may be small, but there is a lot of variety! It is worthwhile when in Malta to book tours to get around the Island, as it is difficult to travel around too much on foot. Tours are fairly priced, and there is an Oasis tours shop 10 mins away from the hotel-I booked all my tours with Oasis tours and found them efficient and enjoyable. I strongly recommend booking a day trip to Sicily which is only 90mins away from Malta by ferry! A tour to Gozo is also worthwhile as it a beautiful and secluded island! Overall, my experience at the Meridien, and of Malta as a whole was wonderful. I would definately recommend this hotel for it's prime location!

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 26 August 2009

Back home to rainy England this morning! Stayed at Le Meridien in double room on b&b for 7 nights booked with Thomson’s. We were delighted with the hotel and the location. Arrived early hours of the morning and dealt with swiftly to a room on the 9th floor. As predicted lifts were an experience, but you had to see the funny side. Our room was delightful with a huge comfy bed, bathroom with separate shower and corner bath and separate toilet. Very effective air con, which we needed as temperatures were high in August but it was a lovely cool relief to return to bedroom each day. The only downside to our room was the size of the balcony. We hadn’t paid for sea view so can’t complain about the view at the rear of the hotel, we had been warded by previous TA reviews, however, being on the 9th floor you had a nice view beyond the car park, although I did hear some residents on lower floors mention the car park view negatively, we could have paid an extra £150 for sea view but chose not to so you make your own choices! Anyway back to the balcony we were expecting that all rooms had balconies, yes they did, but ours was only one that you could step onto and couldn’t possibly sit on as it was only approx 18 inches deep, although there was a nice chez lounge by the window. We were looking forward to having drinks on the balcony in the evening - so as soon as we arrived had a word with reception even though it was after midnight. They suggested requesting again the following morning and they would see what they could do. We did this and were told that the hotel was full but come again the following day and they would review this. Our rep also offered to have a word and they told us they would move us the following day. The following day by the time we had returned to the hotel we had been duly moved to the 8th floor to a very similar room (just not quite as nice!) but with the balcony as requested. Needless to say we found so much to do in our weeks stay that we never actually sat on the balcony as there are so many lovely places to sit around the hotel! Oh another couple arrived at a similar time to us and were, to their delight, upgraded to an executive room, but they had paid for the sea view so that was fair enough.

We had our welcome meeting with the Rep the morning after we arrived and booked a couple of tours which we were pleased with. One full day to Gozo, including lunch, and one on a boat trip with buffet lunch and swimming in the blue lagoon. Trips were well organised, not cheap but good days out.

Breakfast was excellent with plenty of choice, buffet with hot and cold dishes including lovely pancakes, champagne if required (but never actually taken) and the egg chef would make eggs to order including various omelettes, etc.

The rooftop pool was fine for us, we didn’t have children with us so can’t complain that it was not particularly child friendly. We always managed to find sunbeds, towels were provided and you could take your dressing gowns from your rooms too. Didn’t eat or drink up there but plenty of people did.

The spa was a lovely addition, indoor pool, lovely relaxing atmosphere with various outdoor seating too. The gym was excellent and we used it a few times during our stay, which helped after we had eaten well at breakfast. We used the spa during our last day as we had a night flight and this was great for changing facilities etc.

Happy hour from 6-7 in the bar was a good touch and cocktails and free nibbles were great. Views were excellent and this is probably why we didn’t use our much desired balcony! Some evenings we would get there at 6.55pm order cheap drinks and never felt under any pressure to leave early. Only found out on our last night that actually providing you were there before 7 they would provide half price drinks all evening! Maybe just as well we didn’t know.

There were plenty of comfy seating areas both inside and outside the hotel to hide away if you wished and we sometimes took books to read on the swinging chairs to kill some time after cocktails before venturing out for the evening.

In our opinion location was great, easy access to promenade, great for people watching, 10 mins walk to Spinola Bay and 25 mins to Sliema. Bus services frequent and only cost 49c each to all local places. We enjoyed walking though as there were plenty of bars en route to relax and enjoy the view. Plenty of restaurants handy with similar menus, prices etc.

We had a great time, if we return to Malta in the future we would certainly go back to Le Meridien and would chose location over any of the others we saw.

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 August 2009

We returned home from Le Meridien, Malta on the 20th August. Malta is somewhere that I never fancied but due to the excellent price from 'SuperMarket.Com' we thought we'd give it a go. I do not think that it was a holiday if you have young children because there is no beautiful sandy beaches. If you have older children and love sightseeing i.e. Museums etc. you'll love it.
It is about 20 minutes walk to the Harbour or you can catch a bus for about 60 cents. You can then catch a Ferry to Valletta. Valletta is great if you like architecture and good shops. There are some fabulous restaurants and you don't feel like you are getting ripped off there.
You must visit the 'Malta Experience' it is well worth the money and gives you a great background in the history surrounding Malta and the war.
Hotel good, I would say just scraping a 5*. However, it is worthwhile paying for a Sea View because if you like to sit out on your balcony you would be pretty disappointed if you were placed on the side or back of the hotel. Will definately travel to Malta again to see other sights that we did not get to see and would stay in the Le Merridien Hotel again. Although Le Merridien is in St. Julian's it is the opposite end of where the party town is. Spa great Open between 6am and 10pm, and children under 16 can also go in between 9am - 5.30pm (a breath of fresh air when the weather is so hot!). Only downsides were Roof Top Pool too small and lifts were frustrating.

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled with family
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Helsinki, Finland
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Reviewed 18 August 2009

The service we received was polite and helpful - it was somewhat annoying though that it seemed like pricing policy of additional services was dependent on how and who you asked, you felt that you could be cheated.

The room we got (we got an upgrade as a gold member of spg) was fantastic with sea-view and a large balcony on the 11th floor. As an additional plus the weekend we stayed the city of St Julian had some kind of a celebration, with fireworks during the weekend. I believe our balcony was the best possible spot to view the fireworks.
In other review of this hotel, an unpleasant smell has been mentioned, we could feel the smell but it wasn't too bad. The elevator has also been mentioned in other review, and yes you had to wait for the elevator now and then, but as we were on vacation with no tough time-schedules. I think you can live with that.

Our stay at this hotel was nice, and if we come back we will probably return.

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled as a couple
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Cambridge
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Reviewed 13 August 2009

I wanted to like this stylish hotel with friendly staff and a great buffet breakfast, however, we had too many niggles for us to think this hotel deserved it's 5 star rating. The room wasn't ready on arrival, our TV and mini-bar were both broken. They fixed the television but could only get the mini-bar to work if they came to unlock it every day - hardly convenient! The air conditioning hadn't been turned on for the hotter weather, even though the temp outside was in the 70s and 80s. The indoor swimming pool wasn't really suitable for children and we had problems with our transit arrangements and billing. Probably a better location for those without children.

  • Stayed April 2009, 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 Luxury Hotel in Saint Julian's
#8 Romantic 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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