Thoroughly enjoyable ten days here in early July: a firm 8/10 or 4.5/5.
My chief criticism is that we were had to return: the hotel could benefit from some kind of existentialist time-warp service, where guests weren't REALLY under the illusion they soon to departing from the dreary, drab shores of Great Britain.
From check-in, we enjoyed superb hospitality, friendliness and staff who appeared to genuinely enjoy their job. That's hard to come by in other destinations. A special mention goes to Charles, who epitomised the very best in the generous levy of Maltese friendliness upon it’s many tourists.
Malta - and it's bucolic sister, Gozo - is a terrific and surprisingly refined destination and one I shall anticipate returning to. Just don’t expect a surfeit of verdant greenery and undulating vistas - just as much as you should be grateful for the absence of chalky pasty-white British tourists across this lovely bigger-than-you-think island (save for noted resorts like Bugibba, which did, to the casual eye in passing, appear nice enough, though also appeared leaning the less refined) but DO expect; excellent home-grown (and home-made) grub, Sunkist weather, sublimely warm transparent sea (replete with the odd jellyfish, apparently), and a super-relaxed ambiance. Which, coming from the hype of London, was very, very welcome.
Back to The Victoria: OK, the rooms do merit European 4-star, and in British terminology, 3-star. The bed comfy, the bathrooms a little drab, the air condition strained and struggled to keep us the right side of cool during the hot season (it must be noted: Malta was suffering a heat wave and it was unusually hot), but the general ambiance of the hotel was wonderful. Even the dark corridors gave it an exclusive feel.
It should be emphasised, also, that the 5-star Palace hotel adjoins the Victoria, and that the facilities seem to be shared. I enjoyed the gymnasium (possibly the best view from a gym), relaxing in the (sadly not-so-quiet no-noise relaxation spa – note to staff: perhaps do a little more to gently “enforce” noticed noise levels), the mid-terrace pool and the mesmerising infinity pool on the top floor, which seem to service customers from both the Victoria, The Palace and the neighbouring Capula. Just wonderful. Not cheap, but worthwhile: top-notch service – thanks again ;)
The service at the Palace hotel was superb and we enjoyed many a (very late) evening sitting on the Terrance watching the lights of Valetta to one side, and the coast to the other. It really was beautiful. Aided, naturally, by the not inexpensive wine-list.
But perhaps the biggest compliment I can give the Victoria is the hospitality. You felt nothing was ever too much, and for the price we paid, it represented really great value.
We’ll definitely be returning. Let’s hope there’s a fan in the bedroom next time! ;-)
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- Also Known As:
- Victoria Hotel Sliema
- Victoria Hotel Malta
- The Victoria Hotel Malta/Sliema