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Misrah Il-Kunsill Citta Nobile, Mdina, Island of Malta MDN 1050 Malta
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#1 of 2 hotels in Mdina
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4.4
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The Xara Palace Hotel is a unique 17th-century palace hidden away in the medieval fortified city of Mdina, the old capital of Malta. Perched on centuries-old bastions, surrounded by stunning baroque architecture, The Xara Palace Relais & Châteaux, with its luxurious accommodation and award-winning haute cuisine, is truly a haven in which to pause and be pampered. Meticulously and sensitively restored to reflect its former noble standing, the exclusive 5-Star boutique hotel boasts seventeen luxury rooms and suites enjoying stunning views, all individually and tastefully designed with antique furniture and paintings, luxurious Parisian fabrics and king size beds. Our promise to our guests centres on an impeccable attention to detail - from the décor to the serene, unhurried pace of life at The Xara Palace Hotel, through every facet of our service - all setting the scene for nothing less than an exquisitely unforgettable holiday in Malta.
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Property amenities
Free public parking nearby
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Sauna
Bar / lounge
Archery
Snorkeling
Airport transportation
Street parking
Wifi
Hot tub
Pool / beach towels
Adult pool
Outdoor pool
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Breakfast in the room
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary tea
Complimentary welcome drink
Outdoor dining area
Snack bar
Wine / champagne
Water park
Evening entertainment
Nightclub / DJ
Car hire
Taxi service
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Photo copier / fax In business center
Couples massage
Foot massage
Neck massage
Pedicure
Rooftop terrace
Baggage storage
Chapel / shrine
Concierge
Newspaper
Non-smoking hotel
Shops
Sun deck
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Sun umbrellas
Doorperson
First aid kit
Umbrella
24-hour check-in
24-hour front desk
Express check-in / check-out
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
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Bathrobes
Air conditioning
Housekeeping
Private balcony
Minibar
Flatscreen TV
Sofa bed
Bidet
Room service
Radio
Walk-in shower
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Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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City view
Bridal suite
Non-smoking rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, French, Italian
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johnno2704 wrote a review Jul 2022
New South Wales, Australia41 contributions43 helpful votes
This is a unique opportunity to stay in a grand old palazzo within the stunning fortress walls of medieval M'dina. Xara Palace has all the comforts you would expect from Relais & Chateau, with warm and professional service. The World Heritage location prevents them from having their own pool, but staff are happy to take guests to the pool at their sister property nearby. Large, comfortable rooms, superb views and great service.
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Date of stay: July 2022
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markymark1960 wrote a review Jul 2022
Seaham, England27 contributions16 helpful votes
We stayed two nights at the Xara Palace and I have to say that it was everything I always imagined it would be. Its location on top of the Mdina ramparts is something that just can't be rivalled and we chose the Executive Duplex room with a hot tub and a large balcony with an amazing view across the island. We were welcomed by the team on arrival with cool drinks and real hospitality and nothing was too much trouble for the team on site. Our bags disappeared upstairs whilst we did the formalities, so they were already in the room when we got there for our tour. The room was really beautiful - spacious, comfortable and with the most amazing view. We were disappointed not to be able to eat in the De Mondion restaurant was we were there on the two nights it's not open, but we did have our very tasty breakfasts served there and I thought that they were excellent value for money. Our meal at the Trattoria was good but we did have a bit of a wait because they were so busy that evening.. I was sad to say goodbye to the Xara Palace when we moved down into Valetta for a further three nights and we'll definitely return to the hotel in the future. I loved the quietness of the setting, the excellent service and the sense of belonging that I felt there. Thank you everyone for making our stay very special.
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Date of stay: July 2022
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Room Tip: I would always go for one of the rooms with a view out over the island. Spectacular.
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CheekyLondon wrote a review Jun 2022
Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom1772 contributions670 helpful votes
We stayed here for two nights. We generally enjoyed our stay. Be aware that a lot of bedrooms are on two levels with a lounge area and bathroom downstairs and the bed upstairs via stairs. The room is well appointed with nice toiletries. A pod coffee machine might be a nice touch to add to the luxury feel. The beds are comfortable. We found the staff to be friendly and welcoming - we liked the complimentary welcome drink on arrival and were taken personally to our room. There is a Michelin Star restaurant on the top floor - we didn't eat dinner here but did enjoy extremely good breakfasts on both days. There is also a restaurant on the ground floor called AD1530 and we enjoyed dinner here, dining is both inside and outside. We were disappointed by the Booking.Com description as from this we were expecting a swimming pool on site. However it turned out that the pool was a car ride away, transport could be arranged but the pool was not always open and certainly not late, so you couldn't come back after a day out and have a dip - we felt rather misled about this. It's a beautiful old building with exquisite furnishings.
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Date of stay: June 2022
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Rod L wrote a review Jun 2022
Greater Sydney, Australia169 contributions160 helpful votes
The Xara Palace is a one of a kind - it is located in an important palace dating back many centuries - with a variety of room types making it unique. The management and team under the watchful eye of Sylvia are exceptional in their anxiety to please. There is a Michelin restaurant on site and a more casual Trattoria as well. In their nearby property, they will drive you to their large pool property with a full bar and restaurant service - this adds a major dimension to the Xara's appeal given the tiny area of ancient Mdina. Given the pool & buildings are also used for receptions - the pool area is not always available. Check for the room type you prefer - we chose the duplex with a perfect vista from the upper living area level with a small terrace and jacuzzi. This is a small 17 room hotel with the care that comes from a small team who care.
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Date of stay: June 2022
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rhydian davies wrote a review Jun 2022
North Leigh, United Kingdom2 contributions
When you see pictures on line you’re often disappointed with the reality. This hotel is so special no pictures can do it justice; the history and views are extraordinary In addition what I hadn’t expected is a level of service from a team I’ve never experienced before, despite staying in a raft of luxury hotels around the world. They were so well organised and connected with each other….the owners should feel very proud of them all and they made a special stay very memorable. Thank you
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: The views from the jacuzzi suites are unforgettable
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John W wrote a review May 2022
United Kingdom282 contributions158 helpful votes
Post covid we went for it and booked one of their suites with hot tub and panoramic terrace (and boy it was panoramic). This was not cheap but a great choice, as was stsying in Mdina for a couple of days. The breakfast terrace was equally lovely, and for once (in high end hotels) the breakfast value was good- fresh orange, as much coffee as you wanted, and plenty of choice, although cooked options were extra. We ate at both restaurants- the Trattoria and Mondion and both were EXCELLENT- strongly recommend reserving as Mdina is a tourist hotspot, particularly around lunch time. The service we experienced was excellent- this was a lovely stay.
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Date of stay: April 2022
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mrein wrote a review Apr 2022
New York City140 contributions13 helpful votes
Service and location were very good, but we felt the hotel needs investment/upgrading of its interiors including rooms and common areas. We stayed in many Relais and Chateaux hotels around the world, and Xara disappointed us, especially given its price.
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Date of stay: April 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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kay m wrote a review Mar 2022
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Great staff; great rooms; wonderful views from some of the rooms. We saved not having breakfast or dinner there. It is a pity that breakfast was not included in the price, there are options nearby. Avoid early March, we experienced mixed weather, little rain but that cold wind! Mdina is an incredible walled town....do not miss. Adjoining Rabat also interesting.
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Date of stay: March 2022
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Response from Maria B, Marketing at The Xara Palace Relais & Chateaux
Responded Apr 12, 2022
Dear kay m, Thank you for taking your time to write about your experience at The Xara Palace Relais & Chateaux. We are delighted to read that you stay with us has been wonderful and that you enjoyed the room, the views and the service offered by our staff. It would be our pleasure to welcome you back should your travels bring you back to Malta - and we look forward to it! Best regards, Maria B. Marketing Executive
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Matthew Pace wrote a review Feb 2022
Malta20 contributions2 helpful votes
came here to spend a chill out day with the Misses, on reception as soon we arrived reception staff came to welcome us. We were made to feel very welcome - this young reception lady helped our luggage upstairs and felt odd since she was a female. Quite honestly the first room we had which was really nice was ever so hot, and as soon as we informed reception they upgraded us to a lovely suite, and this room was right in the Mdina fortified walls and the view was breath taking. Every little detail was spot on, the shower and bathroom were perfect bed very comfortoble as was lounge area. Outright pity we were only here for the day. The location of this hotel is unique with mdina being ever so peaceful, and teh fact this hotel is blessed with such a remarkable restaurant in unqiue added value.
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Date of stay: February 2022
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Response from Maria B, Marketing at The Xara Palace Relais & Chateaux
Responded Mar 15, 2022
Dear G1417ZLmatthewp , Thank you for taking your time to write about your experience, it gives us great pleasure in knowing you enjoyed your stay with us at The Xara Palace Relais & Chateaux. We are delighted to read that you loved the location of the hotel and your suite. We do hope you will return to visit and stay with us again very soon in Mdina - and we look forward to it. Best regards, Maria B Marketing Executive
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Robert Ward wrote a review Dec 2021
London, United Kingdom82 contributions79 helpful votes
Xara Palace is a gem of a place, Amazing service and great comfort right in the heart of Magical Mdina. The food is excellent and the staff most helpful and attentive. It is a also a great base to visit all Malta has to offer.
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Date of stay: December 2021
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Response from Maria B, Marketing at The Xara Palace Relais & Chateaux
Responded Feb 2, 2022
Dear elizabeth w, Many thanks for sharing your comments regarding your stay with us at The Xara Palace Relais & Chateaux. We are delighted to read that you enjoyed the food and the attentiveness of our staff. Should your travels bring you back to Malta in the near future, we hope to have the opportunity to welcome you back with us. Best regards, Maria B Marketing Executive
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$199 - $283 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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LOCATION
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NUMBER OF ROOMS
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Xara Palace Relais & Chateaux
Which popular attractions are close to The Xara Palace Relais & Chateaux?
Nearby attractions include Mdina Old City (0.09 miles), Mdina Main Gate - Baroque gateway (0.04 miles), and Palazzo Falson Historic House Museum (0.1 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at The Xara Palace Relais & Chateaux?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at The Xara Palace Relais & Chateaux?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at The Xara Palace Relais & Chateaux?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at The Xara Palace Relais & Chateaux?
Yes, free public parking nearby and street parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Xara Palace Relais & Chateaux?
Conveniently located restaurants include Root 81, Townhouse No3, and Step 15.
Are there opportunities to exercise at The Xara Palace Relais & Chateaux?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and a sauna during their stay.
Does The Xara Palace Relais & Chateaux have airport transportation?
Yes, The Xara Palace Relais & Chateaux offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at The Xara Palace Relais & Chateaux?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does The Xara Palace Relais & Chateaux offer any business services?
Yes, guests have access to meeting rooms and a banquet room during their stay.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at The Xara Palace Relais & Chateaux?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, French, and Italian.