The Palace Hotel Malta
High Street, Sliema, Malta, SLM 1542
- Recommended for:
- Business travellers, Couples, Escaping the crowds, Shopping, Trendiness
Expert review of The Palace Hotel Malta
This ultra-modern building has been fitted into a traditional street in the middle of the upmarket residential heart of Sliema – I think remarkably successfully. This is a smart city hotel, boutique in style, though with 129 rooms and 24 suites it isn’t small. The hotel is owned by the same people as the more traditional 4* Victoria to which it is linked and which shares The Palace’s swimming pools.
Away from the crowds and concrete architecture of the waterfront, The Palace is in a quiet, understatedly elegant, residential area of Sliema - home to many members of Malta’s well-off, educated, often English-speaking middle class. Halfway between Sliema’s two waterfronts, the hotel is just a few minutes walk one way to Malta’s main shopping area and the Sliema ferry to Valletta, the other to a long seafront parade, swimming (from rocks) and Saint Julian’s.
Comfortable (especially the beds) and well designed, most with balcony, though the views are dominated by rooftops. Try not to get a room just below the ninth floor restaurant – I did, and was kept awake by the scraping of chairs until the early hours.
Bright foyer with polished geometric floor and a modern designer chandelier, white chairs and photographic art - black and white with splashes of colour. There are two computers here that are free to use.
The bright downstairs restaurant (called, perhaps unfortunately for the UK market, Tabloid), with a small terrace on the street, serves a range of tasty modern Mediterranean food and a Sunday lunch buffet that is popular with locals. The top (ninth) floor indoor/outdoor TemptAsian restaurant, by contrast, cooks up fusion food from across the Asian continent.
The rooftop terrace boasts a pleasant swimming pool (unheated) with infinity sides at the edge of the building – in my opinion a touch wasted on the view of roofs and aerials (with the Grand Harbour just visible beyond) but many reviewers on Trip Advisor love it. Indoors is a smaller well-heated pool, small fitness centre and treatment rooms.
Particularly helpful front desk staff willing to spend as long as it takes providing maps and advice.
Business people and tourists with a healthy budget.
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- High Street, Sliema, Malta, SLM 1542
- Business Centre, Room Service, Fitness Centre, Restaurant, High-Speed Internet, Swimming Pool