I fly almost every month out of Gozo and Malta for a week's break, thanks to great prices and timimngs with Ryanair. My tenth visit to the Roayal was the best because I stayed 4 nights ang got to know owners better and had a stunning private tour of all the most interesting public rooms and bedrooms. The hoteliers are passionate about their family palace started by a tour operator about the time of Thomas Cook in the 19th century, who saw the gap in the market for catering for aristcrats from Scotland and england on the 'Grand Tour' Previously travellers like Byron and Sheelley, Keats, etc. stayed free with local grand families or after a moth's hospitality, rented for a longer period one of the family villas. But for shorter stays for those who had not such connections or leisure, a hotel in the right location was needed.
The Royal Victoria proved a great, sustainable success and is still in the families safe and progressive hands. More and more heirlooms decrate this venerable hotel and it gets better every vist. The staff from willowy blond, happy waitresses at breakfast to flashing dark ,smiling receptionists are talented, multilingual and charming. A treasure no other hotel in the area can compare. The roof terrace is a constant if underused delight, there's good wifi, great evening snacks plus wines and an air of happiness and tranquillity, right on the river right by the real old town, fine restaurants at all prices,untouristy , by the university and blissfully not by the ooverrated tower!
Ask reception..they will tell you...4th floor is great and the junior suite but this is only first f...
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