I've stayed in this hotel on several occasions during trips to Malta and it seems to be evolving. It has great potential, and perhaps when this potential is reached, the hotel will be more expensive. As it is, this grand old building can be a mixed bag, with some rooms not quite up to standard others very nice, -- There was building work going on when I was there last which was annoying, especially for those close to it. Hotels should not renovate room by room (most of them do) and if so, the prices should reflect that. I had one of the already renovated rooms, with a view of the harbour, the bathroom was nice, the room spacious and well equipped, with enough storage space. The little fridge is unsightly though and doesn't go with the look of the room. The A/C system definitely needs upgrading!!! I left it off, as it wasn't very efficient and I worried about what might fly in through the ancient-looking grill - this meant the room could be a bit hot and noisy with the windows opened.
The best thing about this hotel is the location: on the edge of old Valletta, close to everything, including the bus station and the Sliema ferry, with a view of the harbour. The best thing about it is the rooftop restaurant where breakfast is served, with a terrace and sweeping views of the Valletta harbour The breakfast has improved since I stayed here on another occasion before but still leaves room for improvement - e,g, the fried eggs are overcooked and leathery, but the omelette was nice, if somewhat greasy. The coffee could be better, generally the selection of food could improve.
The reception staff are extremely nice and helpful. The reception area is nice, though a bit airless, and also serves as access to the restaurant in the basement which I didn't try.
All in all, this is a hotel which has great potential with the grand building and views from the front rooms, and could be extremely nice could upgrade and offer a fantastic experience.
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- Also Known As:
- Castille Hotel Valletta
- Castille Hotel Malta/Valletta