Our third stay at the Xara (last one in 2008), and this time for just 3 nights before moving on to Valetta for another 3. As others have noted, Room 14 has a lot to commend it - the private terrace and jacuzzi provided a perfect place to relax after a busy morning exploring the City. On our last visit we had Room 3, which, although very spacious and on 2 levels 9with a spiral staircase), only had a view of the blank wall opposite!
Our 3-night package included one dinner at De Mondion (this time without wine). Although the food was as delicious as ever, the presentation was not as stylish as before and the menu seemed less interesting/imaginative. Did I get a sensation of cost-cutting? However, the breakfast offering was still excellent, and dining at Trattoria AD 1530 was as delightful as ever, providing excellent value and huge portions.
We noted some of the bamboo screens on the restaurant terrace were looking rather battered, and our terrace umbrella (delivered after we requested it) had seen better days, didn't fit the stand properly and was of such a basic design that it couldn't cope with the breeze. Details like those undermine what should be an unquestionable 5-star rating.
All staff we encountered were friendly and helpful, and we will undoubtedly be returning again next year. Just a little more attention/expenditure on details is needed to prevent this wonderful hotel risking losing its much-deserved high reputation.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Xara Palace Relais & Chateaux has 17 Rooms and Suites, all vary in size and style. Some of the Suites have Jacuzzis on their private terrace with spectacular views of the island. The Duplex rooms and Suites offer split level accommodation with the lounge area and private facilities on one level and bedroom services on the other level of the Room or Suite. Outdoor pool is available in an alternative location and shuttle service is provided. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Xara Palace Relais And Chateaux
- The Xara Palace Relais & Chateaux Hotel Mdina
- The Xara Palace Relais & Chateaux Malta/Mdina