We booked a short break of three nights at this hotel, in a deluxe room, to include transfer from the airport and onward travel to another part of the island. Pick up and transfer happened seamlessly in the hotels own vehicle, driven by a very informative and pleasant driver. We arrived at the Phoenicia shortly before noon and the reception staff organised a complementary drink in the bar. The room itself was ready by 12.15 and on being taken to the lift we learned that we’d been upgraded to a suite.
The suite was large, with views ‘inland’ towards the Grand Harbour, over Valletta’s main gate, along the city’s bastion wall and on to a corner of Marsamxett Harbour. The quadruple glazing kept out much of the noise from the busy thoroughfare; however we did notice the hum of air-conditioning in the early hours, though this was only intrusive on the first night.
We tried the Hotels restaurants, both of which are good, but we preferred the Pegasus, particularly ‘for the fish of the day choices’. We also tried the hotels pool bar for lunch, where the only current drawback is renovation taking place on the adjoining bastion. If you are looking for a light bite we’d suggest asking for sandwiches to share.
The pool area and gardens are well tended and ideal to spend a few hours relaxing. The main lounge and bar are a good size and not too busy at night, but there are enough people to generate an atmosphere. We found a cosy corner in the Club Bar for our after dinner drinks, surrounded by photos and mementoes which are unlikely to have been changed since the 1950’s.
Overall we found this to be a good hotel with friendly, attentive and efficient staff. Ideally situated to enjoy Valletta itself and use as a touring base. It is an individual hotel with an old world feel; it therefore has some of the character that branded and modern hotels lack. We will return.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 5 star luxury in Malta’s historic Art Deco hotel. Hotel Phoenicia, one of the leading 5 star hotels in Malta, is located at the City Gates of Valletta, Malta’s capital city and UNESCO heritage city. Just 50 meters from city gate, it is perfectly placed for discovering the historic walled city, feasting on Caravaggio’s paintings and exploring the magnificent harbours. The hotel also boast magnificent 7 acre garden. The island's central bus terminus is just meters away civing the possibility to explore the whole island by bus. A stay at the Hotel Phoenicia is an unforgettable experience. Our charming staff will ensure your every whim is catered for. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Phoenicia Hotel Valletta
- Phoenicia Hotel Malta
- Hotel Phoenicia Malta/Valletta