We stayed at the Juliana in April 2010 and were caught by the Ash Crisis.(Not the Hotel’s fault we hasten to add.)
We had Room 501 (which is described as a Junior Suite) at the front of the hotel over-looking the small bay. In my world, a Suite should have more than one room – this is more a large room plus a small balcony.
The room was certainly clean and well kept, with two easy chairs and a coffee table. There was plenty of storage space. The room has a safe, which I believe should be mandatory in any hotel.
The TV did not have many English speaking Channels but had Sky News – very useful in the “Ash Crisis”. There was also a DVD Player (which we did not use.)
The bathroom (with Jacuzzi) was clean and came with the usual complement of shampoos and stuff.
The room had Air Conditioning – which failed one night, but was fixed fairly promptly.
As the room was at the front it overlooked the main coast road. Once the balcony doors were shut the room was reasonably quiet, except for Saturday and Sunday nights. Just up the road is one of the main clubbing areas and the clientele were noisy when leaving.
As mentioned by a previous review, you can request coffee making facilities, so a week before we arrived we requested coffee making facilities – this transpired to be a kettle – we had to request the cups. Also there was no actual coffee. So if you want to make coffee (or tea) then take your own – or use the Supermarket – the nearest is 100 yards to the right from the Hotel.
We also requested a Taxi to pick us up from the airport – this was useful and at a reasonable cost.
All the staff were extremely helpful and friendly at all times.
The Breakfast provided was a help-yourself buffet, including a wide variety of fruit, pastries and cooked items. It was also possible to order freshly cooked items (eg omelettes). The hotel readily provided a Packed Lunch when we left early in the morning for our flight.
We do think that the true test of a hotel is how they handle crises. As mentioned we were caught by the Ash Crisis. We were due to leave on Sunday, but all flights were cancelled, so we were “trapped”. The hotel rose to the occasion, not only allowing us to continue in our room but at a reduced rate. (Other hotels had raised their rates.) They also had a laptop which was freely available to guests so that we could arrange our flights as easily as possible. I guess a criticism could be that they only had one so that when most of the hotel needed access to the internet we had to queue.
We ate once at Zest – The East/West Restaurant. This was very good, but expensive. Definitely worth at least one visit – but there are plenty of alternatives near by – ranging from MacDonald’s (virtually next door) and Pizzerias all the way up to more formal restaurants. Most were to the left of the hotel. We would recommend Bianco’s and Lorenzo’s. After a good meal it was very pleasant to walk round the harbour.
Hints & Tips on Malta
Malta will be nice when it is finished – there is a lot of building going on.
Use the Buses – an adventure most of the time. They pick up and drop off just outside the Hotel. It is 47 cents to Valetta and takes 15 to 20 minutes depending on the traffic and the driver. The bus station at Valetta looks chaotic – but actually works quite well.
The hop-on / hop-off buses are a reasonable way to see the Islands, but they run every hour, which means that you either rush round a particular site to get back within the hour or spend two hours at a site.
If you want to see the Hypogeum book before you arrive on the Island. The earliest tickets available when we arrived were for May 20th. You can get some late tickets from the Museum of Fine Arts – but they are only for two tours (only ten people per tour) on the next day and it is first come first served, usually queues were forming before 09:00am.. One of the benefits of the Ash Crisis was that were able to get tickets in the quiet week, because no-one was getting onto the island.
You can see most of Malta in a week with some planning.
- 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