My wife and I stayed in this hotel for a week and in general we were happy with what we got for our money. The hotel is located in a busier area of Malta but I have to say it was in no way what I would call "busy". It is very close to an area where loud clubs and bars are (2 mins walk) but this scene did not leech into the hotel area at all, despite being so close. Next to, or very close to the hotel there were a reasonable selection of restaurants and a good supermarket. We used the supermarket more than we expected as it was great to take some local produce down to the crystal clear waters of the harbour and have breakfast or lunch, followed by snorkeling. The snorkeling in the area is surprisingly good and although Malta is in the Med, there was a nice range of sea life. I can imagine for experienced divers (which I am not) it may be boring but for less experienced divers (which I am) it was relaxing and very, very easy to access. The rooms of the hotel were large, very clean (and I'm quite fussy) and the bed was excellent. We did not have a view or balcony which would have made it better but we knew this before we booked so we were not surprised/disappointed. There is an indoor pool at the bottom of the hotel which is maintained to a reasonable extent. It was hardly ever used during our stay and since I have fair skin, I was more than happy to have a decent sized pool to myself almost every day, which was great. The pool on the roof is nice and because of this, very popular. The pool area is small but well maintained, the kind of place to lounge and be seen rather than swim. I can imagine that this was ideal for most of the people there and the views were nice. There seemed to be a lack of young children in the hotel, too. This might have been pure coincidence that I did not see many but I had the feeling that the hotel was not a popular choice for families. There is a bus stop near the hotel which can take you anywhere in Malta. We used a combination of taxis and buses but I have to say, if you are even slightly budgeting your money, take the buses. We took taxis to Valletta from the hotel which cost 18 Euros but I'm sure we could have got cheaper. The nice thing about the buses is that they have been updated to bendy buses, they have air con, give you an opportunity to see more of Malta and a day ticket to use anywhere in Malta cost 2.60 Euro (or near that).
One thing that I found interesting was that is a language school opposite the hotel. The nice thing about it was that it was great to see young people, from a fantastic range of nationalities getting along with each other. There were often very large crowds of these students near the hotel but they we very polite and well mannered and I think they only added positives to the atmosphere, rather than took away. I do work in an international school and so I may have taken more notice of this than others would. It's difficult to be critical of the hotel because it was almost exactly as I had expected for a 4 star without moving from 4 star to 5 star facilities, I think the hotel offered what it had promised. I usually opt for hotel which offer little risk of being disappointing and this hotel was quite risk free. I would say that this is a good choice of hotel for st. Julian's.
As a comparison we stayed in the 5 star grand excelsior in Valletta (Floriana) for the second week of our stay. I have to say that, unexpectedly the Excelsior was far superior, in an amazing location, with great facilities but for the additional 40 Euros a night that is to be expected.
Clean hotel and rooms
Very good bed
Easy access to the rest of Malta
Supermarket near by (significantly cheaper water than the hotel and good food, beer, wine selection)
Areas for development:
The internet access was poor even using the computers in the lobby
The whirlpool bath in the spa was dirty (sometimes)
Water is expensive in the hotel (but easily avoidable)
VERY FEW AREAS OF COMPLAINT
Areas which can't be helped
I found Valletta to be a far more interesting, beautiful place to stay with an excellent choice of surprisingly good restaurants (some not too far from Michelin star quality), historical sights and cute bars.
Many of the rooms are close to the lifts but I could not hear any noise from the corridors at any ti...
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