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.
Eating and drinking
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.
Who stays there
Business people and tourists with a healthy budget.
- Business travellers
- Escaping the crowds
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