Just returned from this quaint hotel following a one week stay with my wife and the in-laws seeking an escape from the gloomy uk weather during the early of January 2011.
With grateful thanks to all the TA reviewers reporting on this hotel, we opted for 2 x Junior suites at the Juliani on a room only basis - there are some very good deals to be had at this time of year in Malta.
Hard to say anything beyond fantastic. Situated in the superb Spinola Bay area of St Julians this small but very funtional hotel has arguably the best view of the lot looking straight down the harbour. We travelled the island extensively during our stay and struggled to find a more attractive area.
Free wifi - a great start, fantastic sea views with really practical balconies which you can easily while a couple of hours away people watching and soaking up the sun with a chilled glass or two.
Considering the size of the hotel, the rooms were pretty large, plenty of room to store suitcases and a decent sized wardrobe with hangers!!
Bed was huge and comfortable, although the pillows weren't the best - we are very picky about these and had to do a bit of shuffling each night to get them snug.
Bathroom was spacious with shower and a jacuzzi bath. Minor gripe is that if you are a tad tall the shower over spray does tend to land outside the bath - longer shower screens should fix this.
All the usual bathroom smellies were provided including a not often seen manicure kit.
My one real gripe is the lack of tea and coffee making facilities, this really is a must do nowadays.
There is also a small but usable swimming pool on the roof which I imagine is a real tonic once the warmer days arrive.
I can't comment on the catering facilities as didn't use them, only to comment that the dining areas did look very appealing.
Things to do
Transport - dead easy to use, thanks to one of the best bus services I have ever come across and definitely the most varied fleet of buses. Malta has some genuine 1950's restored buses in service which are well worth waiting a bus or two to experience.
Hypogeum - a must do, book your tickets well before you travel as the chances are you won't gain access due to the restricted number of places available. Do tie this in with a visit to the National Archaelogy Museum in Valetta which contains the genuine relics found at this fascinating site.
Malta Sightseeing Hop On/Off
An excellent service but do start early so you can visit as many sites as possible. If not, you may find the bus service better value particularly if you only want to spend time at one or two locations.
St Johns Cathedral
An extraordinary piece of architecture which has a lot more to see than the average cathedral.
Gozo and Comino
Both interesting islands for different reasons. Comino is a very sparse island (which is it's appeal), so do take plenty of food and water if you are planning to spend a few hours or more. We took an 'organised tour' from Sliema with Luzzu Tours - we had a blast (however at times it felt very amateurish). Others may wish to take the ferry from the northern end of the island instead.
Day trip to Sicily
Another excellent trip and worth going just to experience Mount Etna, the catamaran was brilliant and even showed two very decent movies to help pass the 90 minute journey.
In summary, a lovely little hotel (but please sort out tea & coffee facilities) which is ideally situated. There is a vast choice of bars and restaurants in the vicinity, too many to mention here but I would give a shout out to 1927 (virtually next door to the hotel) - great quality food for the money, and do try the Maltese wines, which are very drinkable and extremely good value.
- 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