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“One year later, it's still great” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Hotel Juliani
Ranked #2 of 34 Hotels in Saint Julian's
Certificate of Excellence
Sydney, Australia
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111 reviews
42 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 138 helpful votes
“One year later, it's still great”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2012

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.

Room Tip: Aim for Deluxe rooms or higher if you can.
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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2012

we spent 3 nights here, could not get an upgrade on our room which was lovely but very small, there was no where to sit. we would have liked a balcony and be able to sit out. we were celebrating our wedding anniversary, which we mentioned, but it didn't make any difference. Staff are very friendly, if a little inflexible. Small rooftop area with pool and seating areas, often packed with no where to sit or lounge.
Will not stay there again,our trip was ruined by lack of space in the room.
We felt this was very much a business hotel as opposed to a holiday one.

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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Wybos
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Leicester
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2012

Having just spent a week in this hotel, if you are all about location, then this is the place for you.
Situated right in the heart of St Julians, this boutique hotel offers an excellent base for you to explore Malta.
The hotel staff are very friendly and will offer to help you where they can. The rooms are small by western european standards, but are clean and functional. The roof-top pool is also quite small but the area is well serviced and offers excellent views of the bay.
This is by no means a 5-Star hotel, a three star rating is nearer the mark, but for those looking for location rather than 5 star comfort, this will suit you fine.
The area around the hotel is full of bars and resaurants so don't worry if you are thinking of a room only basis, although the breakfast within the hotel is perfectly fine.
Whilst taxi's are cheap, bus stops are located across the road, and boat tours of the island can be found around the bay itself - we managed to book a trip to the Blue Lagoon, but be warned, the location is very small with little room or privacy!
Overall I would reccommend the hotel and hope you enjoy Malta!

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank MrandMrsRLeicester
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Warrington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2012

The hotel is an oasis of boutique quality and tranquility on the border of the restauarant and nightclub district and having visited the nearby Westin, Continental and Hilton hotels I would not have exchanged either the location or the hotel experience.

My wife and i stayed in room 603 described as an ambassador suite with a balcony overlooking Spinola bay it was 20% more expensive but well worth the additional cost.

First impressions:
We were collected from the airport and delivered to the door which opens onto the bay with small fishing boats bobbing up and down in the sea.The relief from 38 degree sun into the hotel's air conditioned refreshing decorated foyer signalled that coming back at the end of a busy days activity would be a welcoming experience.
Our first impressions of our room were that we would be very happy here.

Location:
The street on which the the hotel is located is an active throughfare with a bus stop across the road and restaurants to left and right of the hotel entrance around the bay.It is well positioned with a selection of excellent restaurants within strolling distance - notably 'Barracuda', Peppino's, The 'Meet' Argentinian Steak Restaurant (above Ryans Bar) and the hotels own 'Zest' restaurant.
The hotel is perfectly placed for access to public transport ( outside the front door) and tour buses both f which we used each day to travel around the island to see the sights.
There is also a 'Scotts' supermarket 200 yards away with most of the british brands in case you feel homesick for HP sauce, Teachers Whiskey or Walkers crisps.

Accomodation:
i found the hotel clean, modern and friendly with a well designed and decorated rooms including the facilities that i required my room incorporated a large king sized bed with lcd TV and sitting room area with 2 couches and seperate LCD TV computer desk and chair so that I could access the internet via my laptop without disturbing my wife. The balcony with table and 2 chairs overlooked the bay and allowed us to watch the world go by in the evenings and early mornings.
As a world traveller who spends up to 6 months of the year travelling on business staying in major 5star hotels around the planet I have to say that I was impressed with the decor facilities and quality of the accomodation.
we brought a travelling kettle with us as normal but were please to note that a kettle is supplied on request to the room.

Staff:
The staff were extremely helpful and arranged flowers restaurants excursions and a few special requirements for my wifes birthday which occurred while we were in Malta.
There is no concierge service because the receptionist is based in the foyer and it is only 10 yards from the front door to the lifts and your rooms.


Food:
Breakfast was a good selection of cereals, cooked meats breads and cakes and i found the local cheese pies excellent, they also had a full english breakfast with real bacon and ' proper' tea british style.
On the last night we eat in the hotels own restaurant 'Zest' and the experience was excellent at the Asian- mediteranean fusion restaurant - I was also impressed by the wine list which included one of my favourites Kevin Judd's 'Greywacke' Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc- Congratulations to Alan Orio and his staff.

Summary :
We had an excellent holiday on Malta partly due to the fact we selected this hotel which was perfect for us to use as a launch pad for our exploration of the island.
If there is one improvement I could suggest it would be a slightly larger refridgerator in the room to keep the snacks and larger bottles in.

Room Tip: Pay the extra to have a room with balcony overlooking the bay.
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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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7 Thank jonesthephone
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lancs
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2012

We have just arrived back from a week at Hotel Juliani and had a wonderful time. I would adivse paying a little more for a room facing Spinola Bay, as the view is lovely. The rooms were modern, spacious and very clean. Lots of attention to detail. The staff were welcoming and helpful and breakfast was very good and relaxed.

Room Tip: View of Spinola Bay on a high floor
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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank LancsElizabeth
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Campbell, California
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24 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2012

Overall this hotel was okay, but it's not 5 star by any means. We had our first taste of the customer service when the car that was scheduled to collect us at the airport never arrived. We phoned the hotel and ended up taking a taxi as clearly the driver forgot about the pick up. At reception the lady was very sorry and offered to give us a complimentary ride back to the airport on our departure. Nice one, but we explained that we would not be leaving Malta from the Juliani - silence. We should have been offered a credit immediately, but when you know you are on a 3 week trip of Europe and the expense will be in the thousands, 20 Euro just does not seem worth the hassle, particularly when you have been traveling for 37 hours.
Our suite was very spacious. It's basic, again not luxury. Biggest plus was the terrific view over Spinola Bay. This alone is well worth the stay. Negatives are that the hotel just does not measure up to 5 star standards. Housekeeping to the room was awful and on several days we had to ask for towels that hadn't been replaced or for clean glasses when the used ones were just left as they were. We also discovered that that vanity kit in the bathroom had already been mostly used by a previous guest. We never saw a kettle, coffee/tea maker set or an ironing board.
This is a boutique hotel with no services for luggage etc. You drag your own bags in and out. Very little help at reception for trips, tours etc. Breakfast is nice, it's the basic cooked breakfast and also has an option of cold plates. The coffee is very good. The breakfast eating area is all a shared space with reception, the bar and the entry cafe seating area. The big plus is the location as you can walk to many nice areas of this part of the island. Also it is very close to some lovely restaurants. However, if you are looking for 5 star, lower your expectations. We were thankful when our driver from the next hotel arrived to collect us - on time, with a smile and whisked us and our bags to the beautiful island of Gozo

Room Tip: The views from the suites at the front of the hotel are the best part of the stay. If you don't...
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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank PQ11
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Sydney, Australia
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10 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2012

Our rooms were lovely with picturesque views overlooking the charming Spinola Bay. The location is close to Paceville where all the cafes, restaurants and bars cater to tourists, but not so close that noise is a real issue. The rooms themselves were clean and modern with excellent facilities (apart from missing a kettle in the rooms, which the staff rectified immediately upon request).

Room Tip: For amazing views choose a sea-view room.
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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Linda S
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Property: Hotel Juliani
Address: 25 St Georges Rd, Saint Julian's, Island of Malta STJ 3208, 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 High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Luxury Hotel in Saint Julian's
#3 Romantic Hotel in Saint Julian's
#3 Business Hotel in Saint Julian's
#5 Family Hotel in Saint Julian's
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Juliani 4*
Number of rooms: 47
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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