We chose this hotel as it seemed to be stylish, well located and positively reviewed. It did not disappoint. Our 7-day stay was relaxing as the superking-sized bed is very comfy (memory foam style mattress), the room is quiet (on 2nd floor, looking inside, thick door that muffles sounds from the corridor), cool (programmable low frequency AC + floor tiles), and different in its design: no drawers on bed side tables, very long narrow table along the wall (to put lots of junk after a day travelling), cool Philips HDTV Ambilight screen (not Smart TV though, which would have good to stream movies or browse the Internet), and walk-in shower.
Service is efficient: the on/off button of our AC stopped working on a Sunday evening, we mentioned it to reception at 10pm and it was repaired the next morning by 10am!
Wifi works well on all floors but disconnects after a while, so you tend to log in many times during a day, esp. if you change floors.
The pool is more a stylish bathtub from a billionnaire's house than a pool where you can train for the Olympics, but that's the point: it is meant to look cool and it is, with glass edges and infiniti treatment. It is actually longer than it looks on the hotel photos. For fun, make a photo of your partner standing in it at a distance, you'll see the special FX. For those who like their water warm, you'll just watch it, as it is not heated, pity they didn't use some of the numerous PV solar tubes on their roof to bring a couple more degrees to it.
Breakfast buffet is the same every day, but with a vast choice of proteins, vitamins, and carbohydrates, you can swap what's on your plate every day and never taste the same breakfast over a week. They offer pasticci (ricotta or pea paste) but you'll taste better ones at a real pastizzeria in town. Their scrambled eggs are worthy of that name if it suits your diet. And they have banana, fig, or peach yogurth (made in Gozo), try the different tastes while you help their local economy and don't make Malta depend on imports.
The location is good as Dobbie Street is a 2-minute walk from major bus routes (at Spinola Garden), a 2-minute walk from all bars and clubs you can wish for, yet you don't hear any of them! And a 5-minute walk from many Italian restaurants in Spinola Bay (avoid overrated San Giuliani, we were so disappointed and overcharged). Try out Gululu restaurant, offering authentic maltese cuisine (e.g. rabbit pie), or The Avenue one street away from Valentina, where you get 10% off and the best pizza in Paceville (as our Maltese friend told us)!
All in all, we recommend Valentina highly if you want to have your evening entertainment within walking distance, do bus tours in Valetta/Malta/Gozo, don't mind not having a sandy beach nearby nor a decent gelateria (they are closer to Sliema and Valetta: try Camillieri there) and want to stay in Malta in style without breaking the bank and have a rest.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hotel Valentina a superior boutique hotel situated in the heart of Paceville’s entertainment hub, and just minutes away from two of Malta’s top casinos, public beaches, night clubs and restaurants. The Hotel has a luxuriously finished stylish lobby, reception desk, and an innovative theme bar extending to an entrance terrace, a breakfast hall, and a dedicated marketing and promotion desk. There is also a freshwater swimming pool surrounded by an attractive open air pool deck and an open pool bar. The hotel affords a total of 94 rooms, all of which are designated non-smoking. The Valentina is a gay and lesbian friendly hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Valentina Hotel Saint Julians
- Hotel Valentina Malta