My husband and I spent New Year at the palace and paid just over £400 each for a week BB. This was exceptionally good value for this time of year and I wasn't disappointed. When I looked at it on the website I thought it was an old hotel with a contemporary interior. However, it is modern and adjoined to the Victoria Hotel which is placed around the historical Palazzo Capua. The rooms are very well designed and thought out even with some british plug points. Lots of dark wood, glass and mirrors and with a bed and pillows so comfortable I could have spent the week in bed! Although our room was fine, we did look at a junior suite which had a huge balcony but given the weather wasn't too hot, it would have been a waste of money but the reception staff were very accommodating in letting us look around.
Breakfast was served in the Tabloid restaurant which also served buffet dinner. The breakfast was more than ample with a selection of fruit, yoghurts, cereals, cold meats and a selection of hot items including bacon, sausage, eggs and beans and a good room service menu was also available.
Talk of the Town is a really nice bar/lounge area serving casual lunches and dinners as well as afternoon tea including wraps, burgers, salad, cakes etc.
There is also an Asian restaurant on the 9th floor which looked lovely but we didn't make it along here although it does have a really good reputation.
Also, in the adjoining Victoria hotel there was Penny Blacks a traditional pub serving bar meals which were very nice and also reasonable for those who preferred plain food.
Although all the food I had there was of an excellent standard, the Palace milked the New Year thing and had dinner available for two for either 140 or 200 euros! However, Penny Blacks was offering a pasta evening for those who preferred something less formal.
Sliema is not the prettiest town in Malta but the Palace is ideally located to reach the plentiful shops and bar/cafes near the promenade. Set in a residential area, its a 5-10 mins walk in various directions to reach all different parts of Sliema or St Julians which is a 20 min walk on a nice day. The Point shopping mall is close by and all of the British institutions are represented like M&S, Debenhams, Next, BHS but there are also a good range of local shops too.
The staff were very pleasant and the hotel spa offered very good deals at around 35 euros for a 45 min treatment. We went several times and although the treatments were excellent, one lasted only 30 mins but they rectified this by giving us a complimentary treatment.
There is a rooftop pool which has lovely views as well as an indoor pool, sauna and gym.
The local buses run from the promenade as do the open top buses so it is a good location to get around easily. Local buses around 2.6 euros return per person. Valletta, the capital is about 10 mins away and easily accessed. Its one of my favourite parts of Malta and definitely worth spending some time there as well as Mdina. We spent Hogmanay in Valletta and there was a huge street party which was free and really atmospheric.
Those going for the first time need to look past the crumbling buildings outwith the capital as Malta has a lot of charm if you scratch beneath the surface. Do pick your time to go as we have also been in the summer and its intensely hot.
English is widely spoken so conversing is easy and eating out simple. We went back to Ta Kolina near the hotel and had the most fantastic fillet steak on New Years Day. They do two set 4 course menus for either 20 or 25 euros which represents great value. The steak was huge and cooked to perfection. (Come out of the Palace hotel, turn left and turn left again at the corner supermarket and head down towards the coast and its on the right).
A few doors before Ta Kolina is a lovely Italian La Cuccagna and I had the most tasty Penne Pollo. The place was jumping which is surprising given its not on the main drag so booking may be worthwhile.
All in all, we enjoyed our time at the Palace and if in Malta anytime soon, would consider going back here.
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- The Palace is a distinctive, urban five star deluxe boutique hotel - Inspired by the pulse and passion of a city center hotel. The hotel is intimate and comfortable, yet luxurious and cosmopolitan, whilst offering a unique experience of genuine hospitality. The Palace is European elegance in the heart of urban Sliema. The Palace is supplemented by six unique individually designed and decorated suites. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Palace Hotel Sliema
- Palace Hotel Sliema
- The Palace Malta/Sliema