Hotel Phoenicia Malta

5 out of 5 stars5 Stars

The Mall, (formerly Le Meridien), Valletta, Island of Malta, FRN 1478, Malta

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Hotel Phoenicia
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Costs 32% more than similarly rated 5 star hotels

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  • Lovely location and great service


    I couldn't imagine a better location, especially if you do not want to drive. It is right outside the main bus terminal, but don't worry, there's very limited noise and smell. The bus system is excellent for seeing Malta's main attractions and you are situated right at the city gate of Valletta.

    Don't be alarmed by the rack rate; you should be able to get a deal, especially during the off season.

    The service is especially warm and efficient and while you can splurge on luxury rooms, there are also several smaller rooms available for very reasonable prices, especially during the off season. The bed and linens were wonderfully comfortable, though somebody wanting to gripe would note the scratchy, thin towels and that the television was old with terrible sound and a mediocre picture. But how long are you going to spend using the towels or watching television?

    I did not eat at the restaurant (you can get much cheaper meals at the kiosks that sell to bus commuters or at the various cafes inside Valletta) so I can't comment on that, although it appears to be very popular among locals for a fancy afternoon tea.

    My only warning is that in my room, there was a very high, roughly 40 centimeter/14 inch step into the bath/shower, that would obviously not work for anybody with physical limitations or a poor sense of balance. Just in case this is common to the other rooms, it would probably be a good idea to advise them beforehand if you or anybody traveling with you would have a problem. The hotel is otherwise reasonably accessible to anybody with a wheelchair or who has difficulty walking, far better than any other hotels I noticed in Valletta.

    Unique Quality: The location is unbeatable.

    Directions: Right outside the city gates, near the bus terminal.

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    Excellently located!


    We stayed at the Phoenicia for 7 nights and I was happy we did. It is ideally located just outside the Valleta walls and in front of the hotel you can catch any bus or the hop on hop of. Our room was pretty standard (not yet refurbished) but with a nice view. Morning buffet is very good and staff very helpful and friendly.

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    Relaxed and comfortable


    Just returned from a great holiday at the Phoenicia. The refurbished rooms are very quiet and comfortable with exceptional air-conditioning which was much appreciated. The double glazing keeps every bit of noise out. The breakfast had the highest quality buffet food I have ever had. I don’t know how they keep it so fresh! Most of the staff went out of their way to help you, especially the chambermaid and Shaun in the bar. The only suggestion I might make is that they should provide a complimentary bottle of water in the room as the tap water is not for drinking and you are charged for water from the minibar. This is now common practice in many hotels and would show they really do put guests, rather than profits, first.

    Directions: The opposite side of the bus roundabout to Valletta`s main gateway

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    Phoenicia Hotel


    As it called in full name the Le Meridien Phoenicia Hotel is central located by the bus station and this one looks more like a business style hotel then holiday spot.

  • Every Hotel Should Have a Cat


    Efficient and friendly staff, excellent breakfast (and afternoon tea), recently refurbished, nice quiet gardens and a great location

    Well worth the money.

    If you are looking for bed-beach-bar then this is not the one for you - but if you have come to the island for culture then - walk out the front door - turn left and in 3 minutes you are right the heart of Valletta.

    If you don't have a car - then the central bus terminal, with direct links to all points on the island is even closer.

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    The first five star hotel in Valletta


    Unique Quality: The Meridien is renowned for being the first five star hotel in Malta - by all accounts it is no longer the best - others, such as the San Gorg in St Julians Bay are far better appointed and have far better conference facilities - although for proximity to Valletta and the airport at Luqa the Meridien is the best in its class. It has been a hotel since after the Second World War and whilst it might have more character than its modern counterparts most people head to Paceville and St Julians Bay instead.

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A real treat

by schampismate about Le Meridien Phoenicia

We stayed here for a week in May a couple of years ago. From the moment we arrived and made friends with the concierge our stay was a glorious experience. The Hotel is right at the entrance to Valletta. Of course, being a five star hotel, this experience does not come cheaply, but whenever we travel we use this as the standard to be achieved. A hotel may be good, but, we will often say, it is not the Phoenicia. The sheer extravagance of the place, particulary the reception area, is breathtaking. Breakfast on the terrace is a great start to any day.

Best location in Valletta

by sswagner about Le Meridien Phoenicia Hotel

This 5 star hotel is located adjacent to the bus terminus in Valletta just before the main city entrance. Therefore, you are within easy walking distance of anything you want to see in Valletta. The price is very reasonable for a hotel of this class. True, it is still somewhat expensive, but we were willing to try the hotel. The decor is beautiful inside and out. The staff was excellent and very knowledgeable concerning the questions that we asked them. The hotel grounds contains gardens, miniature golf, and a pool area. You also have great views of the harbor towards Sliema. The room was comfortable and had all of the amenities you would expect from a nice hotel. Sure, we could have paid less and stayed elsewhere, but I think that the experience with the hotel and its immediate area was worth it.

Stylish and excellent location

by TripAdvisor Member lylbf98

Stayed here for my honeymoon earlier this month. Superb location, only seconds from Valletta's city gate and bus station, so excellent for exploring both the capital and further afield.

Very grand inside, with cavernous communal areas and dramatic dining room with terrace. Rooms were slightly disappointing, perfectly well equipped, but a little lacking in character. Good views though, and all the service you would expect from a hotel of this stature.

Forget dinner in the main restaurant and go for the brasserie - pretty much the same food, but cheaper, and in a more intimate environment. Breakfast on the terrace recommended - overlooking the old city walls.

Swimming pool is tucked away at the far end of the large and well-maintained grounds. Snack bar with friendly waiters and a selection of books to entertain you! Lovely views over the harbour to Sliema.

Crazy golf rather shabby and needs urgent attention, but still fun.

Clientele appeared to be mixture of businesspeople and retiree holidaymakers.

Perfect base for Valletta

by TripAdvisor Member markmark

Stayed here over Christmas 2005. Great location - being just outside the Valletta city gates and next to the bus station - ready access to the rest of the island in bright yellow yesteryear buses. Ours was a corner room with a nice view towards Sliema; because of its prominent location, I suspect most rooms actually have reasonable views. Quiet due to double glazing - also not too much plumbing noise. The room itself was fairly spacious with simple Mediterranean decor. Phone but no clock radio. Cable TV with channels in several European languages, BBC world but no CNN. Good sized electronic safe provided. No hairdryer. We found the shower was tricky to operate unless we used the handheld rose. Interestingly, power sockets were provided in both British and Euro styles. The room was clean and there is a turn down service (can't take this for granted even in 5*s nowadays!

Staff were professional and very helpful. The buffet breakfast was more English/American style than European, read: mainly hot food. You can order omelettes to taste. Tried the Pegasus Bar for dinner once - OK, but nothing special. The overall ambience of the hotel was fine - classy for Malta, but I do understand previous reviewers who do not feel this is a true 5*. Probably the rooms could be modernised a bit - I have to say they really should have electronic room keys in this day and age! The lift was a bit pokey too. Can't comment on the pool area (winter!)

Overall we had a very pleasant stay. If you want to experience the history and architecture of Valletta then I don't think you can do better. Other places we really liked were Mdina (Silent city) and Mnajdra temples.

Forum Posts

Malta/Gozo vs Canary Islands

by formykatz

Hi, can anyone suggest which one is a better place to spend a one-week holiday this April/May, either Malta/Gozo or the Canary Islands? My husband and I are in our mid to late 30s, we like history as well as outdoor stuff. We don't like crowd too much. Looking for something relaxing but also fun. Thanks.

RE: Malta/Gozo vs Canary Islands

by Harmony_here

I've been to Canaries and I'd personally opt for Malta/Gozo. You can still have beaches but on a smaller scale and there is lots more history in Malta.

Also keep yourself entertained with all the outdoor activities and watersports.

RE: RE: Malta/Gozo vs Canary Islands

by ray_d

I would opt for Malta.
The time is right.
Your age is right to appreciate the Island,
And the History is overwhelming.

Have fun.

RE: Malta/Gozo vs Canary Islands

by maity1607

i would definatly go to malta, it is a really beautiful country with friendly people and wonderful italian influenced food & wine. you must go to valetta, especially the cathedral - it is so beautiful.

buggiba is great if you like lots of bars & restaurants & little tourist shops, sliema is queter - the advantige is how close it is to valleta.

we went last year mid june & it was very hot so may is probably ideal. have also been to the canaries but no where near as much atmostphere or history.

any questions email me

RE: Malta/Gozo vs Canary Islands

by schampismate

I also would suggest Malta. If you really want peace go to Gozo and take the ferry back to Malta. But in April/May you can find peace on Malta itself. I don't think you can beat St Julians, provided you avoid staying in Paceville. Balutta has the new Le Meridien which, although pricey, is ideally located. Alternatively, choose a hotel in Sliema, and enjoy the occasional trip on the ferry to Valletta. If you really want to push the boat out Le Meridien Phoenicia at the gates of Valletta has got to be your choice. Valletta is not a night city, but is trying to change. But the sheer delight of strolling from the hotel across the bus station to the gates of Valletta without having to worry about parking is a real plus. And the location of the pool is fantastic!

RE: Malta/Gozo vs Canary Islands

by collr001

I am I will have to say Malta...... but the other replies say the same soooo.....

Malta is very nice and very rich in history. If you do not want too much crowd do not stay in a hotel in Paceville. It is the place where there is lots of nightlife. If you decide a hotel let me know. I will tell you if it is good or not. Send me an email on if you need more info.



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Address: The Mall, (formerly Le Meridien), Valletta, Island of Malta, FRN 1478, Malta