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Wonderful holiday superb hotel. Well equipped comfortable rooms. The choice & quality of food at breakfast was excellent as was the service from all members of staff. Hotel location is ideal for visiting the places of interest in Valletta (5 minutes walk), there is also easy access to local transport. Mr & Mrs Douglas May 2017
"Hitoric vibe, modern comfort"
I stayed for four days at the Phoenicia, which had re-opened three short weeks before -- finishing touches on the new spa are not complete. The hotel is fondly remembered by members of Malta's upper crust, as a place where they played as children on Sunday afternoon, after lunch in the dining room with their extended families. The gardens are indeed charming. The hotel was built in the 1940's, when Malta was British. The architecture is vaguely Italian Moderne. The hotel fell onto hard times and was closed for several years while a British investor re-did it completely. The rooms are very comfortable, although some of my friends felt they were a bit too compact. I loved my room with its comfortable bed, angled bathroom, and delightful balcony from which I observed two weddings of Maltese couples. The view of the harbor was delightful -- fortresses and yachts! The color scheme of the room was uniquely soothing -- brilliant white with various blues for the bedroom, honey sandstone (the island's signature building block) for the bathroom. I loved it, but would not return UNLESS I had a good experience with the staff -- which I did! They were most kind and professional.
"It's very nearly there."
This hotel is still in the process of being seriously over-hauled and upgraded and is close to completion BUT it's definitely not there yet. The spa is due for completion by the end of the year' The kitchen and bar area by the pool is due for completion at around the same time I believe. There are many minor details yet to be attended to although progress is notable on a daily basis. The whole place reeks of colonialism and is beautifully decorated and furnished in style. Comfort and relaxation are most definitely to the fore. My over-riding impression is that the entire establishment and staff are gliding along on top of the water for the sake of the guests but underneath there is a great deal of earnest paddling going on to keep the place functioning at a high level. The staff throughout are unfailingly cheerful and willing; two members of which are due special mention. Charlie the smiling waiter and general factotum and Ivan the "Pool-Boy" are just pleasantness and efficiency personified. This is not to take anything away from the rest of the team which is professional, helpful, charmingly welcoming and generally efficient. The 7-hectare garden will be a site to behold next season, much planting and tending is still required but the blank canvas is slowly being filled with great skill and care. The rooms are more than adequate although we did find our deluxe double somewhat on the small side with a miniscule TV in the corner and a double-aspect view of the working Grand Harbour and a building site! In my mind, to have fitted the room with a cheap tin bath is a retrograde step and the shower could use more oomph. The restaurant provides a truly excellent breakfast and a splendid if unchanging dinner menu. If you have never considered Malta as a holiday destination, think again but give it another year. The infrastructure is well in place with much EU funding and the massive construction projects are nearing completion. Quality hotels, superb restaurants and a plethora of things to do and places to visit will guarantee a great holiday/break for all ages (although the lack of children evident in May makes it ideal). For quality, stay in or around Valletta, for the tat and grot of a Blackpool promenade, try Buggiba, there really is something for everyone. The Phonecia hotel is about to become the grandest of places to stay on the island and is heartily recommended albeit with the reservations previously made. Give it time.
"Comfortable and Classy hotel"
Rooms in the recently refurbished hotel are comfortable, clean, well furnished and give a great sense of occasion - you feel pampered and not shut in or cramped. The beds are fabulously comfortable and huge and there is a choice of pillow type available. Service in the beautifully decorated lounge and bar is excellent with just a few hiccups as staff are trained up to the high standards that the hotel is striving for after massive renovations. The high days of previous glory in the earlier 20th century are going to be reached and probably surpassed if the enthusiasm and professionalism of the management is anything to go by. We loved our room, with a balcony overlooking central Valletta, and it is not the fault of the hotel that the whole of the city appears to be undergoing massive rebuilding and remodelling work hence the main views seem to be of cranes and building sites. Once the work is completed, the central location of the hotel will come into its own. If you are looking for a youthful, vibrant, party-time hotel, the Phoenicia probably would disappoint, but for elegance, comfort and the feeling of being a pampered and welcome guest, you could not do better. My only reservations come from the fact that there is a significant amount of work (mostly the tiny but vital finishing off 'bits') still to be done and I do not feel we were made aware of the extent to which the hotel was still in a slightly 'raw' state, before we arrived. The pool area - which will suit sun-worshippers down to the ground once it is completed and properly fit for use - was a particular disappointment but one I could certainly live with. I could not see any accessible rooms on the ground floor, but there is an efficient lift service, ramps and the rooms and bathrooms would probably accommodate anyone requiring a wheelchair - this would need checking before booking just to make sure. Would I return to the hotel' Most definitely but only once the civic rebuilding and the hotel refurbishments had been completed and settled into place.
We have just returned from a week's holiday at the Phoenicia which has undergone a multi million euro refurbishment. It was an atmospheric palatial hotel which has been brought up to date in the highest modern standard without losing any of its unique character. Bedrooms and bathrooms although simple are finished to a very high standard and the towels and bedlinen leave nothing to be desired. All the staff, from reception, restaurant, pool, concierge and housekeeping are always warmly welcoming and nothing is too much trouble to make your stay a pleasant one. The swimming pool area was not quite finished but one could see the infinity pools were amazing with the view of the Grand Harbour in the background. There were many new loungers, umbrellas and tables put out most arractively in front of the pools. Thank you Phoenicia.
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Check-in: 2:00 PM , Check-out: 12:00 PM