Paceville, where this hotel is located, is very built up and urban. It is the not-always salubrious clubbing heartland of Malta - not my favourite bit of the island. The hotel, though, is a large complex right on the coast and is very self-contained. The advantage of the location is the plentiful supply of bars and restaurants not only in Paceville but also Saint Julian’s, all within easy walking distance - so you don’t always have to pay five star hotel prices for food and drink.
All bedrooms are on the sea side of the hotel – which not only means they all have views of the swimming pool terrace and/or the Mediterranean - but they are also protected from the noise of Paceville (which can be considerable, especially on summer weekends). Rooms are mostly a very good size, bright and airy and all have balcony. Some are recently-renovated and these have smart new bathrooms. Family rooms/apartments are available with their own kitchenette, living area and two bedrooms.
Very large – almost cavernous in places – with décor that is contemporary but conventional. Plenty of outside space too on multiple terraces overlooking the sea. Conference facilities include 14 meeting rooms as well as outdoor venues.
Eating and drinking
Three restaurants and three bars are open year-round with another three of each added in summer. There is plenty of space to eat outside, as well as in, and a range of culinary offerings from seafood in Quadro Restaurant to Maltese and Italian (including pizza and pasta) in the more relaxed and child-friendly Palio’s. The Terrace serves the substantial breakfast and evening buffets. Children’s menus are offered in the restaurants and room service and – a genuinely helpful feature this, if your kids are anything like mine – their food can be ordered in advance so that it is ready when you arrive at the table.
Large and attractive outdoor pool next to the main hotel building plus additional sea-water swimming pool and children’s pool, as well as the private rocky foreshore with steps into the clear blue waters of the Mediterranean. There is also a good-sized indoor pool for the cooler months and for lap swimming, perhaps in combination with a workout in the neighbouring gym.
In-room spa treatments are offered – mostly massages complete with aromatherapy and a special music CD. For children there is a small outside play area with climbing frame and, in high season, a kids' club (extra charge) with its own playroom and a range of organised activities. This may be open in low season but you need to contact the hotel in advance to check. Children aged 3-12 can be left at the club. Under-threes must be accompanied by an adult.
Probably not as attentive as some top five stars but helpful and responsive once asked.
Who stays there
Holidaymakers – families, couples, groups of singles, many of them British. Also conference delegates.
- Business travellers
- Families with teenagers
- Families with younger children
Pros & Cons
- The area around it