We chose the Grand Hotel Excelsior because of its location to Valetta the capital and also because of its position overlooking the natural harbour. And we were not disappointed!!
The hotel staff were very welcoming and everyone appeared happy in their job which is really important for first impressions.
Our room was ready mid afternoon, but we left our luggage with the concierge, changed into swimwear and headed for the pool area. There was absolutely no problem getting a sunbed and this is peak season, neither was their an issue getting drinks.
We did book a sea view room which was lovely, but is by no means essential. The rooms are spacious and have everything you need (you do have to ask for an iron though).
In the evening we normally eat out, but the outdoor restaurant by the pool / harbour was recommended and we were not disappointed. The staff knew their wines and especially the local fish which is freshly caught that day. Each day can be different depending on the catch. It is not very priced at all and is one of the better hotel meals we have experienced. I would recommend having an evening meal here, especially if the wind is not strong.
The prices of drinks in the hotel for beer and wine is very reasonable, a little higher for spirits but this is a five star hotel.
If there was anything that could be improved, it would be the sunbeds. Padded sunbeds in a 5 star hotel are the finishing touch, but this was the only fault we could find, if you can call it a fault.
If you like to try the local delicacies which happen to be rabbit in Malta, then go to the village of Mgarr (20 minutes in a cab and approx 30€ each way) but for €35 a couple for a meal with wine and starter is a bargain and the food is amazing. But travel their after 7.30pm and get your cab to pick you up around 10.30pm.
A warm welcome will await you at the Excelsior for a night cap.
Pa. The on,y hotel I have been to where the pool staff wipe the tops of the bins with disinfectant wipes...!!
Great hotel in a great position for a romantic break.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Grand Hotel Excelsior Malta is a deluxe, 5-star resort situated within the sixteenth century fortifications of Malta’s capital city, Valletta - a UNESCO World Heritage site. The Excelsior commands the island’s premier waterfront location offering breathtaking sea views of Marsamxett Harbour and Manoel Island. As a member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts, the hotel exceeds expectations on the basis of its 5-star service excellence. All deluxe rooms and suites enjoy a harmonious blend of classic and contemporary design mixed with modern 5-star convenience including multi-channel flat screen TV. Spread over ten levels, three of which are executive floors, most of the rooms and suites overlook stunning harbour views. The Excelsior’s facilities include a private 30-berth marina, large outdoor and indoor swimming pools, health & beauty centre and 3 food and beverage outlets. The Excelsior offers versatile conference & banqueting facilities, fourteen flexible venues, a number of which have natural daylight - an ideal environment for business meetings, conferences and other events. Near to the Excelsior is the Mediterranean Conference Centre. This historical building enhances the Excelsior’s conference potential with an auditorium capacity for up to one thousand four hundred delegates. The Grand Hotel Excelsior opened its doors to its first guests on the 10th September 2007. Right from the start it was very clear that the product and service offerings were to be of a superior nature. The hotel prides itself in attracting and retaining a faithful following of leisure and business guests as well as prominent international personalities. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Excelsior Grand Valletta
- Hotel Excelsior Grand
- Excelsior Grand Hotel Malta/Valletta