When I first booked a room for my boyfriend and I at the Hotel Juliani, it was #1 in St. Julian's. Since visiting, I can safely say that it 100% deserves to be #1. Our experience staying in the hotel made our holiday.
From the moment we arrived, we were given complimentary non-alcoholic drinks at the bar, and greeted by the very friendly members of staff. We then took the lift up to level 5 to go and see our room. We were staying in room 507 (a standard room), and it was identical to how the rooms had been portrayed in the photos; it was immaculately clean (a LOT different to the hotel we stayed at last year!) and the room was very spacious. We booked a room without a sea view, but this wasn't an issue. We still had two balconies -- one connected to the bedroom, one connected to the bathroom. The room backed onto a side road which was a lot quieter than the busy main road.
The hotel staff really respect the guests' privacy. There are door signs available to use if you are sleeping & wish to be left to relax, if there has been a fault with anything in the room (which humored me, with the phrase 'Call the guy! I don't know what happened but I promise I didn't touch anything') or if you wish to have your room cleaned. There were also signs to be used in the bathroom if you wish to have your towels changed. There were complimentary shower gels, moisturisers and shampoo/conditioners which were replenished each time they were running low.
The hotel food was lovely too. We ate breakfast as part of our package most mornings -- there was a buffet available consisting of croissants/small cakes/breads, bacon/scrambled eggs/mushrooms/sausages etc, a cheese board, sandwich meats, fruit & yogurts (plenty of choice!). Drinks such as fresh orange juice, fruit juices, coffee and water were available on request. For lunch, we often purchased food by the bar -- I'd really recommend the mushroom & goat's cheese pitta breads (they were around 5-6 euros but so worth it). There is also a restaurant called 'Zest' where the staff are very friendly too. We didn't get around to eating there, however, we popped in to enquire about the menu and we were also informed that it gets busy so it's best to book ahead.
My personal favourite part of the hotel had to be the rooftop pool. The pool was warm despite being on the airy rooftop & it's the perfect excuse to catch some rays. The view from the rooftop (level 9) is a gorgeous view of Spinola Bay. There is a bar on the rooftop & the staff provided all guests with small complimentary drinks frequently (I think we had a non-alcoholic pina colada one day which was lovely!) and ice cold face towels. If you stay at the Hotel Juliani, I'd really recommend going up to the rooftop at around 9.30pm (as long as there are no events being held upstairs) -- this way you get a beautiful view of the bay when all of the lights of the restaurants/tour boats are lit & it's an amazing atmosphere. The pool is also generally empty at this time.
Upon departure, we had a knock on our bedroom door with a gift bag containing a Maltese delicacy. This was a really nice touch, and made us even more upset that we were leaving very soon. We stayed for 11 days, and I would have loved to stay for even longer. The staff treat all of the guests so well, and made us feel memorable each time we bumped into them.
Thank you Hotel Juliani for such a wonderful stay and giving us the best holiday yet!
- 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