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“Hard to beat for character, location and atmosphere”
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Hotel Juliani
Ranked #2 of 33 Hotels in Saint Julian's
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 18 January 2011

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.

Location
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.

Facilities
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.

  • Stayed: January 2011, travelled with family
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fabiensf, Operations Manager at Hotel Juliani, responded to this reviewResponded 19 January 2011

Dear WestMidsTravellers,

We are very pleased to hear that you and your in laws have enjoyed your stay with us so much!

We actually do provide tea & coffee making facilities, however in order to maintain the least amount of clutter in the room these are availabile on a request basis. We also have a number of hypoallergenic pillows which you might have found to be more comfortable.

I would like to thank you for your great review as Im sure other Tripadvisor users will find your tips on Malta most helpful.

Regards,

Fabien Sant Fournier

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Reviewed 11 January 2011

My boyfriend and I stayed at Hotel Juliani last September for 3 nights as part of our standard yearly trip to Malta to visit my parents. I found the hotel through Expedia and did some reading up on it prior to booking and was really impressed by all the reviews. Hotel Juliani is the only boutique hotel on Malta and it was a lovely experience.

When we first arrived we were impressed by the entrance and lobby of the hotel. It was cool, clean and we were greeted by a smiling receptionist who offered us a cool drink prior to sorting out paperwork. We were then checked into our room (a standard room, no sea view for us unfortunately!) and headed up in the lift to have a look around.

The room itself was lovely. It was exceptionally clean, beautifully decorated and maintained and quiet. As I mentioned before, we had one of the standard rooms so did not have a sea view, but this wasn't a major issue as we tend to only use the hotel as a bed for the night. On the roof of the hotel was the swimming pool with some lounge chairs which we made use of a couple of afternoons while we were there, which was lovely. A nice bar on the roof was handy too.

We did try breakfast one morning in the hotel (not part of our booking so we paid extra). It was served in the lobby area of the hotel. When we first arrived, there were no available seats so we were seated and served tea and coffee at the bar until a table became available. We were then asked what we wanted for our breakfast and were served everything that we asked for! Service was quick and the waiter was very friendly and helpful. The food itself was good, hot and tasty. I wouldn't have it again though as the breakfast was a little bit on the expensive side.

All in all, we had a lovely stay. Hotel Juliani is a well-kept, friendly and pleasant hotel and, given the opportunity, I would happily stay here again. And I would certainly recommend it to anyone else!

  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 December 2010

This is the second time I have stayed at this hotel and would return again. Location ideal for either quiet relaxation by dining or drinking by the lovely Spinola day which looks pretty in the day and spectacular lit up at night. Alternatively, close enough for nightlife. The hotel is small, quiet inside, busy traffic outside should not put you off. The rooms have everything you need except tea/coffee making facilities and are spacious and light. Beds are comfortable for a good nights sleep. Easy access to transport to visit the rest of the island. I would come again without doubt, as the staff too are friendly, courteous and help make the stay more welcoming. Even the taxi drivers they use cannot do enough for you.

  • Stayed: December 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 17 December 2010

This was the second time we have stayed in the Juliani, The hotel is well placed in a busy commercial area of Malta. The staff were warm and friendly, special mentions for the lovely Caroline, Jason and Spencer who all went that extra mile to make our stay special. We always have a jounior suite overlooking the bay, they are spacious and always kept spotless. Would recommend taking breakfast. Only slight critism is the decore is starting to look a little tired and if the boutique title is to be maintained the hotel will need a refurbe in the not to distant future. The resturant on the first floor is well worth a visit for a special treat.

  • Stayed: December 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 4 December 2010

We ´ve choosen this hotel from the internet because of the great ratings of other visitors and these mind blowing pictures of view over the small spinolla bay and its many small, colourful boats. We wanted to find out whether it is really like that in real nature. And it was! The pictures are true! We are very happy with our desission and will come back again. In any case you should invest in a sea-view "deluxe-room" or a suite which all have brilliant sea/bay-view and balcony. A bus-stop is just oposite the hotel. Busses (no. 62) are leaving to valetta general bus-terminus from there you have connection to all bus-lines. Single journey is at EUR0,47 / day ticket EUR3,50. We recomend "beat the crunch package" (when available) which upgrades your stay for airport pick up, buffet-breakfast, hop-on/hop-off sightseeing-tour, dinner at very nice inhouse restaurant "Zest", welcome drink and fruit basket in your room. The always very friendly and helpful staff took its part that we enjoyed our 3-nights stay at Junior Suite in end of November 2010 very much and surely we will come again to this nice place.

Stayed: November 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 December 2010

We chose this hotel based on reviews and were extremely pleased. The personalized customer service starts before you arrive. Fabien was kind enough to assist us with planning what to see and do while there in Malta. Upon arrival, all the staff was most friendly and helpful. Ilham was a delight every day and never tired of our questions. The night staff were most kind and friendly. Our room had a beautiful view of the bay and was clean and quiet. We will definitely go back as the staff went above and beyond to give us a fun and memorable Malta experience. It is centrally located and the bus stops are right across the street for easy travel outside of the immediate area. Their restaurant Zest was excellent and the buffet breakfast was plentiful and varied.

  • Stayed: November 2010
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Reviewed 17 November 2010

My wife and I are just back from an 8 night winter break at the Juliani – we booked this hotel based on the excellent reviews on Trip Advisor and we were not disappointed. We booked a junior suite with lovely views over Spinola bay and it’s very nice to sit on your balcony in the morning sun watching the activity below. I should also add that we had no problems with noise at night nor did we feel threatened by the young people out there enjoying themselves at night (we are both in our 60’s).

The hotel is beautifully designed down to the smallest detail and the staff are simply superb everyone has a smile for you. The breakfast is excellent with hot and cold choices – the breads are lovely and coffee is fresh every cup from the machine – its Illy if you know the brand and very good too. They serve freshly squeezed orange juice and a nice selection of cereals, fruits, continental meats and pastries.

We loved the location of the hotel with the excellent transport outside the door (the buses are fun) and the wonderful long, clean promenade to Sliema. This was our first visit to Malta (apart from a day visit to Valletta on a cruise) even though we had heard lots of bad reports from people. Well we loved St Julians right through to the very nice Tigne point at Sliema, Valletta was brilliant and also Vittoriosa. There’s loads of regeneration work going on and we can see that Malta is on the up. On the downside we did not like Bugibba and Qawra- this is the home of the cheap package holiday and not for us.

There are so many restaurants its hard knowing which to choose and we didn’t have a bad meal but we did enjoy Lulus at St Julians and The Chop House at Tigne Point.

We can thoroughly recommend the Juliani - we booked several months in advance – thank goodness because I noticed that the hotel was fully booked just before we left home – you’ve been warned!!

  • Stayed: November 2010, travelled as a couple
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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 Business Hotel in Saint Julian's
#3 Romantic Hotel in Saint Julian's
#5 Family Hotel in Saint Julian's
Price Range: £72 - £157 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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