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The Phoenicia Malta
Ranked #3 of 15 Hotels in Valletta
Reviewed May 6, 2013

Just spent three days at this most beautiful relaxing hotel. Staff were the most courteous in all areas. Breakfasts were suitably catered for me a vegetarian. Swimming pool and area were so relaxing, no noise only peace and quiet. Overall a wonderful experience. My only wish is that I could have stayed longer.

Stayed: April 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 6, 2013

This was our first visit to Malta and, although originally intending to stay in Gozo, we decided, on recommendation from friends, to stay at the Phoenicia and keep Valletta as our base. This proved to be a good decision and the hotel lived up to its billing. From the very moment we walked through the door, we were greeted by warm and friendly staff who went out of their way to help make our time there as enjoyable as possible. I spend a lot of time in hotels with work and this was by far and away the best customer service I have ever experienced. We wanted a quiet and relaxing break and with a lovely harbour view room, surprisingly good food and generally comfortable surroundings, the Phoenicia delivered on all counts. Our only (mild) criticism was with the Pegasus restaurant which is the fine dining option. The service was a lttle over the top and fussy but at least the food was good. However, this would not deter us from dining there again the next time we stay at the Phoenicia, which we will most certainly do.

Room Tip: The rooms on the 3rd and 4th floors have the harbour view and are more expensive but worth the premi...
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  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 5, 2013

It was some 25 years since we visited Malta. One of the lasting memories from that first trip was tea on the balcony at the Hotel Phoenicia in Valetta and the incredible view of the harbour . Our much overdue return for a week's stay in the hotel left us with only praise for all the friendly staff with a special mention for the staff in the restaurant especially Charlos who had been there for 18 years and the chef at breakfast who produced two perfect fried eggs for me every morning. The evening buffet on Sunday and Thursday was a real treat with some excellent entertainment during the evening.

Room Tip: Go for a harbour view on the fourth floor, you couldn't wake up to a better view in Malta
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  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 5, 2013

The perfect base for Valetta and close enough for everything else you might want to do. Breakfast was excellent but there were so many restaurants close we did not really use the dining facilities. The bars were quiet and not open late. Pool area good dispite being a distance from the hotel through the gardens.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed May 1, 2013

While beautiful and historic, this hotel could really use an upgrade. Much looks very worn, floors, furniture, bathrooms, etc. We had a nice large room with cute balcony and nice view but we were right outside the maid closets where they congregated often which was extremely disturbing. We often had to maneuver around their carts to get out of our room and on more than one occasion had to ask them to keep the noise down. Staff at front desk were not particularly helpful or friendly and hotel restaurant should be avoided at all costs. The clientele skews much older so consider this when booking. It's not a happening place.

Room Tip: Avoid room 106
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  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with friends
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Helena_Pavanello, Guest Relations Manager at The Phoenicia Malta, responded to this reviewResponded May 4, 2013

Dear Guest,

Thank you for taking the time to write your comments on Trip Advisor, we are very disappointed to learn that we were unable to fully meet your expectations on this visit.

We upgraded all the ground floor areas and half the bedrooms in 2009 and we are hoping to continue with our upgrading of the rooms on the first and second floors in the coming future.
At the end of this phase all the bedrooms will have been refurbished.

With reference to your comments about the noise outside your room, I would like to apologise for this I have forwarded your comments to our Housekeeper, who has already taken action in order to avoid such situations in the future.

I would like to thank you for taking the time to bring these matters to our attention.

Best Regards

Helena

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Reviewed April 30, 2013

This is a great base for seeing Valletta and Malta and feels like you have stepped into another grand age. Buses stop outside the hotel so it is really easy to get around the Island for very little, and all of Valletta is walkable within half an hour. The public rooms and pool are beautiful. There is some noise from the building work to restore the city gates and wall, but it is worth putting up with. Staff were all very friendly and helpful. We had sandwiches from the pool bar which were great. We also eat in the Pegasus Brassiere, which we didn't think was very good, but you still can't really go to Malta for the food. On Sunday night the local tango club meet and dance in the Palm Court Lounge. This was fascinating to watch, if slightly bizarre. If you want a central location in a classy hotel, I would not hesitate to recommend the Phoenicia.

Room Tip: If you can get a room at the back of the hotel they are much quieter.
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  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 30, 2013

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.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Address: The Mall, Valletta, Island of Malta FRN 1478, Malta
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Location: Malta > Island of Malta > Valletta
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Valletta
#3 Luxury Hotel in Valletta
Price Range: $198 - $467 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — The Phoenicia Malta 5*
Number of rooms: 136
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Phoenicia, just re-opened after an extensive renovation programme, is one of the leading luxury hotels in Malta. Located at the City Gates of Valletta, Malta’s capital city and UNESCO heritage city, The Phoenicia 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 landscaped gardens. The island's central bus terminus is just meters away giving the possibility to explore the whole island by bus. A stay at The Phoenicia is an unforgettable experience. Our charming staff will ensure your every whim is catered for. ... more   less 
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