Excelsior Grand Hotel Malta

Great Siege Road, Floriana, Valletta, Island of Malta, 1810, Malta
(5 star hotel)
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Excellent 5* hotel on New Year's Eve

Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on February 12, 2014

I stayed at the 5* Grand Hotel Excelsior with my fiancee and her parents for 1 night (New Year's Eve) during our visit to Valletta in December 2013.

We booked our stay through Expedia and paid £76 per night for each double room on a room only basis.

We paid in full at the time of booking; about 10 weeks before our visit.

Location

The Grand Hotel Excelsior is located on the edge of the harbour, to the west of Valletta, looking out towards Manoel Island.

It enjoys a fairly secluded location, but is still within easy walking distance of the city's main bus terminus and the main shopping street of Triq Ir-Repubblika (Republic Street). From the main bus terminus, we were able to walk to the hotel in a little over 5 minutes; simply walk past the Hotel Phoenicia, then turn right and walk down Triq L-Assedju L-Kbir which brings you to the impressive entrance and staircase leading down into the hotel's grounds.

A 10 minute walk from the hotel brought us to Republic Street and the heart of Valletta, with dozens of shops, bars, restaurants, banks and all other necessary amenities.

Other sights within easy walking distance of the hotel include the Upper Barrakka Gardens and the Saluting Battery (10-15 minutes walk from the hotel); a great vantage point overlooking Valletta's Grand Harbour and The Three Cities.

At the end of our stay, we took one of the hotel's taxis to Luqa International Airport. The journey took around 10 minutes and cost €20.

Bedroom

As we checked into the hotel we were told that we had been upgraded to side seaview rooms. Our room (#503) was located on the 5th floor of the hotel, one level below the main entrance and reception. It did indeed have a partial seaview; out across the hotel's private marina and towards Manoel Island and Gzira. With it being December, and our stay being a short one, we didn't spend much time on the balcony, but it was nicely furnished with wrought iron chairs and a table and would have been a nice place to relax in the summer.

Upon entering the room, we immediately felt a sense of luxury. The room was spacious, comfortably furnished and bathed in natural light. It had a carpet, a proper double bed, a comfortable armchair with foot rest and a wooden desk with two chairs.

The wardrobe was spacious, contained a number of hangers and shelves and housed the complimentary safe (which was large enough to accommodate my netbook). When we first came to use the safe the battery was flat. We called reception to report it and a maintenance man came and fixed it within 5 minutes.

The large flat screen TV picked up around 30 channels, including local channels, news and sports channels from Italy, France and Germany, as well as BBC News, CNN, Sky Sports 1, Eurosport and CCTV News from China. Wi-fi was available free of charge in all guest rooms. We phoned reception to obtain the username and password and found the connection to be fast and reliable during the short time that we used it.

The room contained several lamps (including on the writing desk and the bedside cabinets), plenty of UK-style electrical sockets and a very effective aircon/heating system. Emma required the heating on for a while in the evening.

The bedside drawers were spacious and we had further cupboards and drawers in the unit upon which the TV stood.

An empty fridge was provided. We could have created a personalised mini-bar (there was a form to fill in if we had wished to do so), but an empty fridge suited us better as it allowed us to put our own water and wine in there. A kettle was also provided, along with tea bags, coffee and sugar sachets and milk.

Robes and slippers were provided. We made use of the robes when we visited the indoor swimming pool.

When we were out in the evening, staff came in to turn down our bedsheets and leave chocolates on our bedside cabinets.

The en-suite bathroom was fairly spacious, spotlessly clean and well-equipped. It contained a huge washbasin and a very powerful shower (with plenty of hot water) over a bathtub. Towels and a few complimentary toiletries were provided, as well as a hair dryer. There was also a set of weighing scales on the floor, but I didn't have any desire to see my Christmas excesses reflected in number form!

The only slight gripe that we had with our room was the sound of the wind blowing through the balcony door. It howled loudly at times and at first we thought it was a speedboat in the harbour. It didn't disturb our sleep; it was New Year's Eve so we went to bed late and slept soundly.

Breakfast

We enjoyed breakfast at the hotel on New Year's Day. It cost a rather pricey €18.50 per person (which I believe is more expensive than usual) and was moved from the usual dining room to the very impressive 2nd floor Exhibition Hall.

The Exhibition Hall was very well presented. It was still adorned with festive Christmas decorations (a large tree and thousands of fairy lights) and the tables and chairs (each one decorated with a ribbon) looked like they had been set up for a wedding function or a banquet dinner rather than a breakfast.

Breakfast was served from 6:30am until 10:30am on New Year's Day. We arrived a little after 9am and there was a short queue to enter the Exhibition Hall, but we were escorted to a table within a couple of minutes. When we left breakfast (around 10:15am) there was a very long queue waiting to be seated. It is unlikely that even a quarter of them would have been seated by 10:30am, so I guess the breakfast hours would have been extended that day.

The breakfast buffet on offer was amongst the best that I have ever seen in a hotel – as well it should have been given the price!

Where to start.....?

There were around 10 different types of cereal to choose from, including muesli, cornflakes, branflakes, coco pops, frosties, rice crispies, and a variety of toppings including hazelnuts, brazil nuts, raisins, dried apricots and various seeds and berries. There were pots of yoghurt (both Emma and I had coconut flavoured ones) and a good choice of fresh fruit.

The large selection of cakes and pastries included local pea and cheese "pastizzi" (a Maltese speciality similar to a pasty), banana and walnut cake, muffins, pain-au-chocolats, croissants and "black pudding" (not the meaty variety, but rather a cake similar to malt loaf).

There was a large selection of cheeses (including Emmental, ricotta and a spicy goats cheese), cold cuts of meat (ham, sausage...), smoked salmon, salad items (olives, carrot, cucumber, tomatoes...) and lots of types of bread with a multitude of spreads and jams.

The cooked selection included boiled eggs, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausages, sauteed potatoes, mushrooms, grilled tomatoes and baked beans. There were also two cooking stations where chefs would prepare fried eggs, omelettes, pancakes and waffles. I enjoyed a freshly prepared omelette with cheese, onions and green peppers.

Drinks included various fruit juices, a good selection of teas and pots of coffee brought to the table by the waiters.

All in all, it was a hearty and filling breakfast!

Facilities

The hotel has both indoor and outdoor swimming pools, as well as a fitness centre and a spa.

We had a walk around the outdoor pool area, but it was too cold to swim in during our December visit. It enjoys a fabulous location, with a spacious sun terrace overlooking the harbour and a pool bar ("Tiki Bar") which is open during the warmer months.

We made use of the indoor pool on New Year's Eve afternoon. It was fairly busy, but not uncomfortably so. We managed to obtain four sunloungers around the edge of the pool, where we were able to relax for a while after our swim. The pool was an odd shape, with little "islands" to sit on. It was a constant depth (1.2m) and the water was lukewarm. The jacuzzi next to the pool was out of order during our visit. There is a towel station immediately outside the pool room where pool towels can be hired (free of charge) between 8am and 8pm.

There is an extra charge for using the spa facilities. We were given a tour of the facilities when we asked about them and, had we had more time, would probably have used them. It costs €15 per day for use of the sauna and steam room and €10 per couple for a 30 minute session in the jacuzzi bath.

The fitness centre, to my untrained eye at least, appeared to be equipped with state-of-the-art exercise equipment, including running machines, exercise bikes, cross-trainers and weights.

General

We arrived at the hotel at around midday on New Year's Eve. The very helpful receptionist told us that usual check-in time was 3pm, but she would make some phone calls and attempt to locate a couple of rooms that had already been cleaned. We went and sat in the "Harbour View" lobby bar and ordered drinks and within 5 minutes a member of staff came over and informed us that our rooms were ready.

The Harbour View lobby bar (a grand bar area with large comfortable armchairs, waiter service and fabulous views over the harbour) was pretty reasonably priced for a 5* hotel bar; €2.20 for soft drinks (including the refreshing Maltese "Kinnie"), €2.75 for pots of coffee and tea, €2.75 for bottled beers and €4.50 for a pint of Cisk beer.

At the time of our visit, the hotel was still exhibiting its impressive Christmas decorations, including Christmas trees in the gardens, the lobby and the bar areas, as well as countless lights and a model nativity scene.

There was a shop in reception selling postcards, newspapers and various essesntials.

After checking out of the hotel, we were able to store our luggage (free of charge) until we headed to the airport later in the day. Our bags were taken by the concierge staff to the luggage storage room and retrieved for us on our return. The staff also arranged our taxi to the airport (journey time: 10 minutes / cost: €20).

Unique Quality: Overall, we really enjoyed our one night of luxury at the Grand Hotel Excelsior and felt that we had received value for money. The location was convenient (a short walk from the bus terminus), our room was comfortable and well-equipped and we enjoyed our visit to the indoor pool. The breakfast buffet was very impressive (if a little expensive) and was served in wonderfully lavish surroundings. We'd certainly stay here again if we were ever in Valletta....at least for one night....and would recommend it to anybody looking to splurge on a little bit of affordable luxury!

Directions: Located on the waterside, just a few minutes walk downhill from Valletta's central bus terminal.

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Beautiful Hotel in central Valletta

Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on January 23, 2013

Room was beautifully finished.

Was nice to have a huge bed instead of the usual European standard of sticking 2 singles together without actually fixing them, after spending 3 weeks at sea on a Navy deployment it was heaven.

The gym was well equipped and the indoor pool was a good temperature and quiet.

Room service operator was very helpful in selecting a local rose wine to go with my food.

Free wi-fi, great views.

Unique Quality: Offers great views of the harbour

Spa was excellent, had a body scrub and pedicure, left feeling totally refreshed.

Directions: Very close to the city gate and main bus station

Amazing Experience

Great (4.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on December 6, 2011

I think that every Hotel has to have 2 main basic things to make the stay a plesant one, the Rooms and the location. But then you will have HOTELS WHICH WORK HARD ON THEIR RESTUARANTS to make them shine from other Hotels, and I think Excelsior has made that edge.

I am Maltese and love dining in different places it was my first time visit at the Admiral Landing. First of all I would like to thank, the manager on duty Mr. Alfred, which with his staff made our night really amazing.

Couple of months back my cousin stayed at the excelsior for 6 weeks, and he told me that the food at the Admiral Landing was really good and value for money. Something you do not find this in Malta very often.

But I have to say that my cousin was right and we experienced a great night with great food.

We took the Set-Menu and let me say that no-one on the table complained of anything AND WE WERE 15. The waiters were really helpful and made sure that everything on our table was good and organized.

The platter to share was a surprise to me since I did not expect such great antipasti. The mushroom soap made a hit on me as well with my friends. And the majority took Meat, and I am happy to inform you that no-one complained of the way the Ribeye was cooked. I always order my Ribeye Medium, but the majority of times, in Malta they do not cook the Meat as it should, but I was so pleased that the Ribeye was amazing and the garlic topping made it unique.

Once again congrats to your staff and chef's which made this special occassion unique.

Best Regards,
Mr. Williams

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30th Wedding Anniversary

Great (4.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on July 5, 2010

We just returned from a wonderful 10 day trip to Malta. The Excelsior hotel was wonderful. It was in a perfect place for sight-seeing and relaxing by the sea in the evenings. The hotel was great, but we did not like the prices on the buffets they offered. We went into town many nights to eat different foods. Ryan at the front desk was most helpful.

Directions: Near the city square where all the stores and shopping centers are. Quick ferry ride to the other side of the harbor too.

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Excellent Hotel in Valletta

Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on March 8, 2010

The Grand Hotel Excelsior is excellent in every way. The rooms are spacious and beautifully furnished with a comfortable balcony. There is the option to have your bedding changed daily but we opted to have this changed on alternate days. Toiletries are replenished on a daily basis. Complimentary wine and fruit are a nice welcoming touch and the local newspaper is delivered daily.
All the staff in every department were very efficient & friendly !!!.
The Manager invites all guests to complimentary pre dinner drinks and nibbles during your stay, an excellent way to meet other guests and the staff.
The breakfast buffets offer a wide selection to suit every palate in quality & choice. Dinner buffet is excellent and has a theme each night, Asian, Indian, Mediterranean, Maltese, Continental, etc but you can dine A La Carte or have a snack in the bar or room service.
There are lots of places to eat in Valetta – our favourites were the Malata opposite the Grand Master’s Palace and the Phoenix Brasserie in the Phoenicia Hotel (I can recommend the rabbit pie). We hired a car and used the free parking in the hotel. Concierge will even bring the car down from the garage to the hotel whenever you require it (on request).
Both indoor and outdoor pools are great-even the unheated outdoor pool. We managed to swim outside at the beginning of March 2010. Make use of the free sauna and steam room and great showers open 24 hours. There are also Spa treatments at an extra cost.
Room service will even bring fresh milk to go with your in-room tea/coffee making facilities. A safe and fridge are provided and the rooms are well serviced daily. An umbrella and torch are provided in every room and a free clothes pressing service is available on request.
There are a lot of steps from the hotel into the city so it is unsuitable for people who have difficulty climbing or who have health problems. Having said that, the hotel does provided a free courtesy car from the hotel to the City gates on the hour and returns again on the hour. (This must be arranged with the concierge)
Can’t wait to go back!

Unique Quality: The Grand Hotel Excelsior is excellent in every way. The rooms are spacious and beautifully furnished with a comfortable balcony. There is the option to have your bedding changed daily but we opted to have this changed on alternate days. Toiletries are replenished on a daily basis. Complimentary wine and fruit are a nice welcoming touch and the local newspaper is delivered daily.
All the staff in every department were very efficient & friendly !!!.
The Manager invites all guests to complimentary pre dinner drinks and nibbles during your stay, an excellent way to meet other guests and the staff.
Both indoor and outdoor pools are great-even the unheated outdoor pool. We managed to swim outside at the beginning of March 2010. Make use of the free sauna and steam room and great showers open 24 hours. There are also Spa treatments at an extra cost.
Room service will even bring fresh milk to go with your in-room tea/coffee making facilities. A safe and fridge are provided and the rooms are well serviced daily. An umbrella and torch are provided in every room and a free clothes pressing service is available on request.
There are a lot of steps from the hotel into the city so it is unsuitable for people who have difficulty climbing or who have health problems. Having said that, the hotel does provided a free courtesy car from the hotel to the City gates on the hour and returns again on the hour. (This must be arranged with the concierge)
Can’t wait to go back!

Directions: Near to City with free courtesy car every hour from hotel to City Gates and return

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Good Hotel Location for visiting Valletta

Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on March 23, 2008

Stayed last week in March over Easter Holidays. Very nice views from our room 612 over looking the harbour. Easy walking distance to city. Balconies are not private enough if your neighbour is out too. Great Buffet night eat all you can great value for 30 Euros especially if your like sweet things. I counted over 30 different deserts. Good wifi facilities free in room.. staff lovely especially concerige staff. Parking good too. There is a load bar close by very noisy over the weekend if you don't close you balcony door. Bathrooms great, big deep bath and seperate shower.. lots of complimentary bath things and robes too.

Unique Quality: Good indoor and outdoor pool... with wonderful views...

Directions: Just outside the walls of the Valletta beside bus station square..

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Address: Great Siege Road, Floriana, Valletta, Island of Malta, 1810, Malta

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  • Fitness Center
  • Free Parking
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