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“Lovely staff, great potential, a bit old-fashioned”
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Castille Hotel
Ranked #8 of 15 Hotels in Valletta
Manchester
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52 reviews
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“Lovely staff, great potential, a bit old-fashioned”
Reviewed September 13, 2013

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.

Room Tip: Top floors, overlooking the harbour - these are the best but also more costly rooms. The side rooms...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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San Antonio, Texas
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Reviewed September 5, 2013

This a fine choice for a 3-4 star experience in a great location on one of the Historic squares in Valletta. It is quiet, close to the quaint cobblestoned plazas, shopping, dining and jump-off for Island panoramic tours. The Air Conditioning was a bit spotty, but evenings cool and with a nice breeze fine for sleeping. The included breakfasts on the roof with a spectacular panorama of the city were varied and tasty.
I read some fascinating historical novels about the great conflicts between the Turks and Knights Templar and was able to view many of the scenes of battles from my window. There were quiet nooks for reading and reflection about the hotel and many parks and scenic spots nearby. I also enthusiastically enjoyed visiting one of the oldest Megalithic sites in the world on the Island Tour.
This is not a swank option, but a great value with all the good service, amenities and location I could have asked for and a very nice stay.

Room Tip: Those in the front with a balcony have a superb view of the harbor and surrounding area.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 29, 2013

This historic hotel used to be a palace for the Di Robertis family, and it's a wonderful example of traditional Maltese architecture, inside and out. The staff, too, all had that traditional Maltese friendliness, were helpful and charming. My room was on the small side, but I was travelling solo so that wasn't a problem for me. More importantly, it was clean, comfortable, had free wifi, and the balcony was an added bonus, with a view up and down the street.
The hotel's position is perfect - a few minutes walk from Republic Street, Freedom Square and the massive walls of the city gates. The bus terminus in Triton Square is only a matter of yards outside the city.
Valletta has a charm all of its own - its history is right there in every street, around every corner. Every Maltese I met was at least bi-lingual, and the tour guides are multi-lingual. Valletta itself may not be the best place for young families, but the holiday resorts are easily reached either by car or the Arriva buses.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
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Barton-upon-Humber, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 24, 2013

I stay at this hotel every month for a few nights as I have a regular consultancy with the Maltese Ministry. The staff remain as helpful as ever. The roof top restaurant has new furniture both inside and out on the roof. The breakfast menu has been improved and the rooms now have flat screen TV's and mini fridges.
Ideal as a base for historic Valletta and very close to the main bus terminal for all destinations on the Island. Also close to the Grand Harbour with excellent restaurants and panoramic views including the many cruise liners that berth in the harbour.

Room Tip: Ask for a room with a view, not one facing internally.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed August 1, 2013 via mobile

The staff here went out of their way to be kind and helpful. The room was brilliant traditional room with historic balcony (room 10). The restaurant has the best views in Malta and the roof terrace a 360 view! The food was amazing, huge portions and the service excellent (better than the 5 star phonicea hotel down the road).
Would be even more perfect if a small plunge pool was put in on roof terrace as Malta is hot in the summer.
Having said this couldn't have picked a better hotel-will definitely be back!

  • Stayed July 2013
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The Hague, The Netherlands
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89 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed July 13, 2013

The Castille Hotel is a 5 minute walk from the bus station, perfect for exploring Valletta and next to the Upper Barrakka gardens with fantastic views over Grand harbour. We stayed here twice in June. On the first occasion the first room was rather small but on the second we had a huge room. This has everything to do with the position of the original windows and how they divided the space up for hotel use, the Castile being a former palace.
The décor is somewhat dated but the beds were clean and comfortable. The bathrooms too are in need of some modernisation, only a handheld shower head in the bath. The bathrooms would benefit from a good clean with Cillit Bang!
There is a rooftop restaurant with equally spectacular views over the harbour and one can see as far as Mdina. The food a bit hit and miss however, this is where a rather mundane breakfast is served in the morning. The coffee was especially poor.
However the staff are extremely friendly and helpful and in relation to how much we paid good value for money.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Budapest, Hungary
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Reviewed July 10, 2013

Hotel Castille was good for my quick visit in Valletta because it was easily accessible by foot from the Valletta Bus Terminus and it is situated at a beautiful part of the city (The Upper Barakka Garden and the impressive Grand Harbour are just a few steps away.)
The hotel is in a historic building and the room design reflected this old-style. The furniture and the bathroom equipments were a bit worn but functioned well. The room provided me with all the coziness I could expect for such a friendly rate I paid. Due to the old thick walls and that my room faced a narrow street it was cool and quiet so despite the heat wave I could sleep really well after the all-day long sightseeing. The breakfast was rather small-scale but was served on the top floor on a kind of roof terrace from where the sight was amazing.
I couldn't miss to note here that the staff was more than welcoming and kind. I informed them of my early arrival in advance and they let me get my room already at 10:30.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
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Property: Castille Hotel
Address: Castille Square, c/w St. Paul's Street, Valletta, Island of Malta VLT 07, Malta
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Location: Malta > Island of Malta > Valletta
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Bar / Lounge Restaurant Room Service
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Ranked #8 of 15 Hotels in Valletta
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Hotel Class:3 star — Castille Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 38
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