We stayed in the studio on the ground floor for 9 nights in March/April. The 17th-century building is restored with love and care. Our little apartment had high vaulted ceiling, thick stone walls, tiled floors, and interior design with exciting details and hints of the past. Yet it was equipped with all amenities. The location is ideal. The heart of the marvelous city of Valletta is literally behind the corner and yet you feel like having gone back in time and far away from all the tourist bustle.
The arrival arrangements were very smooth, including a free pick up from the airport. Franck, the owner who lives in the same building, provided us upon arrival not only with the keys but lots of helpful local information and tips. This said, he is no busy body. All in all, we did hardly recognize that there were other people living in the building even though the palazzo was fully booked.
The housekeeping was excellent and far above anything we have seen in other self-catering vacation apartments. Our studio was cleaned up and the towels changed daily. The occasional wine bottle or chocolate box waiting on the kitchen table were lovely gestures and made us feel welcome over and over again.
What more could one wish for? Nothing that the owner could have helped. The signs of an exceptionally cold and rainy winter could still be felt also in the studio. The heaters came in handy, but the strong smell of damp prevailed – a phenomenon that often is a fact of life in very old houses during and right after the winter, including our own summer house in Finland :o) We also longed for more daylight since the sun did not reach the windows of the studio and it was still too chilly to have the morning coffee outside on the shady little patio. This said, we would definitely love to go back and will next time make our reservation well beforehand in order to rent the penthouse of Palazzo Citta Valletta.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Palazzo Citta Valletta is a 16th century Palazzo located on the “High” side of Valletta, a much sought after location, on one of its principal streets. The house is one of the earliest to be built in the city when two smaller houses dating to around 1580 were joined and remodeled in 1622 in the understated Baroque style so typical of the buildings of that era in Malta.As is typical with most layouts of the time, the building revolves around a large central courtyard or patio. A door and hall large enough to take a coach and horses connects to the street. Cellars housed the stables, the ground floor the kitchens and the first floor the servants’ quarters. On the second floor called the “Piano Nobile” lived the gentry. Various important Maltese families have occupied the house and for a period of years it was also the headquarters of a leading commercial company. The house was locked up for numerous years until a careful and loving restoration was commenced some years ago under the direct supervision of the present owner. The result is a subtle mix of traditional and modern within an imposing structure albeit full of elegance and charm.Just one hundred meters from San Gwann Square the main square of Valletta, the Valletta fruit and vegetable market, food stores and 10 minutes from Malta's main bus terminal. The “Patron”’ of the house has opened the house to a few select guests wishing to relive the splendor of Valletta’s glorious past. A totally new concept in Maltese hospitality not unlike Riyadhs in Morocco, Paradores in Spain and Posadas in Portugal, a unique experience to share in the day to day living within an authentic 16/17th century “Maison de Ville”. Palazzo Valletta offers a high end lodging alternative to hotel accommodation in Malta, at very competitive rates.A total of only four suites ranging from a ground floor junior suite to a de luxe penthouse with panoramic views are grouped around the central patio, the heart of the house. Each suite comes with cotton bed linen, anti allergen pillows and mattress and silk bed covers, pure cotton towels, fluffy cotton bathrobes, cutting edge Italian design kitchen and appliances from a well known brand, Italian bright ceramic bathroom tiles.Daily maid serviced with regular change of towels, pillow cases and sheets. ... more less
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- Palazzo Valletta Suites Malta