One year after our first visit we returned to the Hotel Juliani. I'm always a little hesitant to return to the same places if the original visit provided great memories that I don't want to spoil. But happy to report the standard here is being maintained and many of the staff are still the same which says a lot in the world of hotels. Yes this is still a great little hotel and all of the good points carry forward. It's not a big bustling 5 Star monolith and it doesn't pretend to be like that. It's a small friendly hotel of a very high standard and OK it has the odd rough edge but the ambience of the place makes up for all that and more. You will feel like a guest here and not a room number.
If your budget allows do try for a larger sea view room on the front of the hotel, the extra cost is well worth it - we had a Junior Suite this time and for two people it was great. If not then the location of the hotel in general is perfect. It is right on the bay, surrounded by some great restaurants and I don't mean McDonalds or Wagamama next door, though Dr Juice does a good smoothie. The in house Cafe Juliani is a great spot for breakfast and still with a big hot and cold buffet with real coffees made to order, real freshly squeezed juice and if you want a change to the scrambled eggs on the buffet then just ask, they will cook your eggs any way you like. We again visited the Zest restaurant on the first floor and it still provides exceptional, world class Asian food.
If you are a returning visitor too then we're happy to report that one year on the bus system is running better. You can now buy tickets in advance at local shops and at bus stops, albeit not at the stops outside the hotel - but you can still buy tickets on board from the driver if need be. This adoption of prepaid ticketing alone has speeded everything up and the ticket system is simple; a 2hr ticket, a day ticket (Euros 2.60) and a seven day ticket. The weekly ticket is probably only of use if you plan to use the bus every day which I doubt you will. But I still say don't try to use the public bus that goes past the hotel to get to the Gozo ferry. At peak times you'll be lucky to get on a bus either way, the system just doesn't provide the capacity on that route when it is most used. Instead take a private tour from St. Julians to Gozo, else take the public bus to Buggiba and pick up a Gozo tour by boat from there.
We were so happy that the Juliani was the hotel we remembered, we had a great time again and I'm sure you won't be disappointed either.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Juliani, a 4 star hotel, is Malta's small design boutique hotel enviably located in the heart of Spinola Bay, St Julian's. In fact, you're never more than 25 minutes away from most parts of the island, including the beautiful baroque capital of Valletta. Originally a traditional seafront townhouse, the Juliani has been meticulously converted to provide 47 rooms, an intimate setting and very personalised service to its guests. Today it remains a family-run establishment committed to ensuring you feel at home and well looked after. Each hotel room offers excellent facilities, fresh Mediterranean decor and plenty of space. Many also boast unobstructed sea views, and you will be able to watch the colourful fishing boats bobbing on the water from the comfort of your balcony or the rooftop swimming pool. Meanwhile, as a cosmopolitan commercial and entertainment district, St Julian's surrounds you with many of the best restaurants, bars, conference centres, casinos, health spas and shops that Malta has to offer. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Juliani Hotel Saint Julians
- Hotel Juliani Malta