The Hilton is part of the shiny new Portomaso complex – full of expensive shops and restaurants - on the rocky coast at the edge of Paceville (Malta’s not-so-wholesome nightclub quarter). A few minutes walk also takes you into the heart of Saint Julian’s so the Hilton is surrounded by restaurants, bars and other hotels. Buses come very close and there is an underground car park (extra cost) in front of the hotel. If you have your own yacht you can arrive by water and moor in the hotel’s private marina.
The 373 rooms and 31 suites come in a choice of classic or contemporary décor (the contemporary also being newer and a bit further from reception). All have balconies overlooking the water or swimming pool terraces – none the town, which is good not only for the view but to keep out the late-night noise of Paceville. The hotel also offers six new studio apartments (sleeping up to 4) with use of all hotel facilities. These are quite good value if you need top-end accommodation for an extended period.
Shiny, modern, conventional. Not a vast amount of character but standard five-star smart and serviceable. The business centre is comfortable and a calm environment in which to work with all the necessary facilities.
Eating and drinking
The Hilton has three restaurants (five in summer) and two bars (four in summer). Blue Elephant (Thai) and Oceana (Mediterranean and international with themed buffets) are very popular with locals and rank very highly in Malta’s Good Restaurant Guide. The relaxed Bottega Del Vino (Italian) is also very popular with well-off local families and has a children’s menu. Alternatively, there are many good independent restaurants close to the hotel and, if carefully selected, these often represent better value for money.
Excellent, especially in summer when all the pools and the Beach Club are open. The Beach Club gives access (lacking at other times) to the rocky coast for sea swimming as well as offering waterside refreshments (at a price, of course). The hotel has four outdoor swimming pools – all on terraces overlooking the sea - two children’s pools, and a large naturally-lit indoor pool (heated in winter) as well as tennis courts and squash courts, gym and spa.
Individual members of staff are all very helpful, although the hotel is quite wedded to its routines and systems and not as flexible as it needs to be to offer really top class service. Reception can get busy, too, so you sometimes have to wait.
Who stays there
Business people and tourists. Many Brits but also other nationalities.
Special offers can make this hotel affordable, especially out of high season, although the cost of food and drinks, of course, remains high.
- Business travellers
- Families with teenagers
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