We enjoyed our time at Grand Hotel Excelsior in Valetta, this hotel really made our stay in Malta so much more memorable.
I would recommend this hotel to anyone staying in Valetta. Although if you don't like stairs and a walk up an incline to get to Valetta shops, it might be worth staying at Hotel Phoenica in Valetta.
I personally did not mind the walk it was still warm, but I could imagine in peak season/summer it would be quite hard for some one who is elderly or unfit.
Here are my thoughts on the hotel:
We checked in mid October 2012, it was great to have a complimentary refreshing juice upon arrival, as is still quite warm in Malta at this time.
There is also free wifi, be sure to ask what the wifi password is when checking in. The only downfall was constantly reconnecting to the wifi, but I shouldn't complain it was free.
I requested a smoking room for my boyfriend, we were given a room on the first floor of the hotel which at first I was not thrilled about, as I would have preferred a room a couple of stories higher. But when arriving in the room, I was delighted to find that the pool area and spa were on the same floor.
The smoking area was outside through the sliding doors.
Towels are changed on a daily basis and there is a turn down service in the afternoon, chocolates are left on your bedside table.
If you would like your mini bar filled you need to fill out a form and leave this on the door. Room Service was great and speedy service.
They were all very friendly and accomodating.
The Harbour View Bar is open 24 hours, peanuts or chips/crisps are served with your drinks. The waiters did not need to be reminded of what you ordered, they would just ask if you would like another drink.
Breakfast was included in our booking, there is quite a selection of choice for eg toast, omlette, bacon/scrambled eggs, fruit etc The breakfast is served in the Spice Island room.
We had lunch and dinner at Admirals Landing, my partner said that his hamburger was one of the best he had ever had in his life. As a vegan I was also catered for, for lunch a grilled vegetable wrap and dinner a penne pasta with tomato and asparagus - delicious!!! Be sure to tell the waiter of your dietary requirements.
As we were only in Malta for a short period of time, it was great to organise a tour through the hotel. You can choose from a 3-8 hour tour. We opted for the 3 hour tour (95 Euro each) were we were able to choose 3 places we wanted to see, we chose Mosta, Blue Grotto (it will cost 7 euro extra to go on a boat into the grotto) and Marsaxlokk (only go on Sunday when there is a craft/fish market), it was great to be able to walk around and experience these areas at your leisure. The driver will tell you a time and meet of where to meet him.
There are drivers available upon request to drive you to other areas of Malta, please note it will cost more than a taxi, so you may want to walk up to Valetta where the bus terminal is to grab either a bus or a taxi to your location. But if you do not have the time it is very convienient.
The pool area is lovely, it has a lovely picturesque view, the banana lounges are limited so you may need to wait around for some one to leave if you arrive later in the day. There are complimentary towels in the spa area. There is an outdoor bar area, where you can enjoy a drink or have one poolside. There is also an indoor pool area and a gym next door.
If you would like a massage or spa treatment, book in advance. My boyfriend was able to get a massage and thoroughly enjoyed it.
Enjoy your stay, when I go back to Malta I will return to this hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Grand Hotel Excelsior Malta is a deluxe, 5-star resort situated within the sixteenth century fortifications of Malta’s capital city, Valletta - a UNESCO World Heritage site. The Excelsior commands the island’s premier waterfront location offering breathtaking sea views of Marsamxett Harbour and Manoel Island. As a member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts, the hotel exceeds expectations on the basis of its 5-star service excellence. All deluxe rooms and suites enjoy a harmonious blend of classic and contemporary design mixed with modern 5-star convenience including multi-channel flat screen TV. Spread over ten levels, three of which are executive floors, most of the rooms and suites overlook stunning harbour views. The Excelsior’s facilities include a private 30-berth marina, large outdoor and indoor swimming pools, health & beauty centre and 3 food and beverage outlets. The Excelsior offers versatile conference & banqueting facilities, fourteen flexible venues, a number of which have natural daylight - an ideal environment for business meetings, conferences and other events. Near to the Excelsior is the Mediterranean Conference Centre. This historical building enhances the Excelsior’s conference potential with an auditorium capacity for up to one thousand four hundred delegates. The Grand Hotel Excelsior opened its doors to its first guests on the 10th September 2007. Right from the start it was very clear that the product and service offerings were to be of a superior nature. The hotel prides itself in attracting and retaining a faithful following of leisure and business guests as well as prominent international personalities. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Excelsior Grand Valletta
- Hotel Excelsior Grand
- Excelsior Grand Hotel Malta/Valletta