Superb if you are into history, culture and sightseeing (as I am). The Castille stands opposite St James Cavalier – a key piece of the Knights’ fortification of the city and now the main arts centre of Valletta. A few yards in the other direction is the iconic Upper Barracca Gardens with its fabulous views of the Grand Harbour, and less than five minutes walk away is the country’s main bus station, giving cheap and cheerful access to almost anywhere on the island.
The 38 rooms are generally bright, clean and comfortable - if in need of a little refurbishment. Single rooms can be a bit pokey. Some rooms have marvellous views over Valletta; a few even have their own gallarija – a traditional Maltese wooden balcony.
Inoffensive, but out of date. Could do with a refurb.
Eating and drinking
There are restaurants above and below the hotel. The rooftop restaurant, De Robertis, offers good food amidst views of the Grand Harbour and Floriana (so the outdated internal décor isn’t an issue). The traditional 400-year-old cellar houses a cosy pizzeria with brightly-coloured tablecloths and reasonable prices. A great place for families.
Exceptionally friendly and helpful.
Who stays there
Tourists, British and other European, especially those interested in history and culture, as well as some business people.
Good value in winter.
- High-Speed Internet
- Culture vultures
- Mature travellers
- People watching
Pros & Cons
- Could do with a refurb