Hotel Phoenicia Malta Review

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Hotel Phoenicia Malta is a timeless classic and the only address you need to know for 5-star luxury in Valletta.

Hotel Phoenicia Malta offers the perfect formula for a quiet and elegant stay. This magnificent art deco hotel combines elegance, charm, and a touch of history.

Our rating

Harten-rating-4.5 Fantastic!

Pros

  • Excellent service and friendly staff
  • Very close to Valletta’s city gate and Malta’s main bus station
  • Free parking!
  • Various restaurants and bars
  • Free Wi-Fi and air conditioning in all rooms
  • Beautiful gardens and swimming pool with stunning views

Cons

  • Rooms on the third and fourth floor don’t feature balconies
  • More quiet rooms (for late risers) are only available at the back of the hotel
  • The gym is on the small side
  • Phoenicia Hotel focuses on adults and is not really suitable for children

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Introduction

Hotel Phoenicia Malta is a national symbol and is part of Malta’s social and cultural history.

entrance and front hotel phoenicia malta

The Phoenicia Hotel was built in 1939 by Mr. and Mrs. Strickland in collaboration with architect AMB Binnie. Unfortunately, World War II broke out during construction meaning the hotel’s opening plans fell to pieces.

Hotel Phoenicia Malta was home to the members of the Royal Air Force (United Kingdom) during their leave. The left wing of the hotel was struck by a bombardment and had to be rebuilt after the war.

Hotel Phoenicia Malta officially opened its doors in 1947 and was the first five star hotel in Malta’s history. The following picture shows what the Phoenicia Hotel and its surroundings looked like in the 50s of the previous century:

history phoenicia hotel malta area outside before 1959

Some of the world’s greatest hotel operators have left their mark on Hotel Phoenicia Malta over the years. They combined original art deco features with more modern influences.

Thanks to this further refinement of the art deco elegance, Hotel Phoenicia Malta has become a very special and unique hotel in Malta.

gate leading into rotunda phoenicia hotel malta

Hotel Phoenicia Malta is situated near the city gate of Valletta. In other words, this hotel is perfectly suited to explore Malta’s capital city and to soak up some Maltese culture.

phoenicia hotel valletta malta

Hotel Phoenicia Malta is a stone’s throw (three-minute walk) from the central bus station.

This makes this five star hotel an ideal base to explore the Maltese islands with the buses of the public transport.

location valletta hotel phoenicia malta

The luxurious Phoenicia Hotel Malta offers excellent facilities and has won several prizes regarding its service and customer care. A wealth of gallant luxury for the discerning traveller is available here.

Hotel Phoenicia Malta is definitely one of the best five star hotels in Malta if you want to soak up Malta’s culture and history!

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Rooms and suites

Phoenicia Hotel Malta features 136 guest rooms: 128 luxurious rooms and 8 beautiful suites.

The hotel offers six different types of rooms and suites:

  1. Classic rooms,
  2. Classic Plus rooms,
  3. Superior rooms,
  4. Executive rooms,
  5. Deluxe Harbour View rooms, and
  6. Executive Harbour View suites

These elegant and charming guest rooms and suites offer breathtaking views of Valletta, its fortifications and Marsamxett Harbour.

All the hotel’s rooms and suites are decorated in Art Deco style with beautiful shiny fabrics and subdued colours.

Let’s now have a look at two of Phoenicia’s popular room types:

Classic rooms

Phoenicia’s Classic rooms offer plenty of natural light and are located on the hotel’s first and second floor.

The Classic rooms have a surface area of 20 square metres and are available with a double or a twin bed.

The room’s interior could be described as fresh and Mediterranean:

classic room phoenicia hotel malta

The floor consists of traditional Maltese tiles and the room is decorated with nice furniture of the brand Lloyd Loom. Phoenicia Hotel’s Classic rooms feature large, double glazed windows as well!

Amenities of the Classic rooms are a safety deposit box, climate control (air conditioning in summer and heating in winter), Wi-Fi, a mini bar, a telephone, a hair dryer, cable TV, tea and coffee making facilities, and a bathroom with bath and shower.

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Classis Plus rooms

The Classic Plus rooms are located on the third floor of Hotel Phoenicia Malta. The color palette of the room is pleasant: mostly brown and beige tones complemented by turquoise and white on the bed.

classic plus room phoenicia hotel malta

The dark wood of the bed, the desk ,and two armchairs make this warm and cozy picture complete.

Facilities of the classic plus rooms: Wi-Fi, minibar, safe, climate control (air conditioning in summer and heating in winter), bathroom with tub and shower, hairdryer, cable TV, electric kettle to make tea and coffee, and a telephone.

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Restaurants

Phoenix Restaurant

The Phoenix Restaurant is the main restaurant of the hotel and also the à la carte restaurant of Hotel Phoenicia Malta.

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Here you can choose from an extensive and seasonal menu. Phoenix restaurant will take you on a culinary discovery of Mediterranean cuisine. The menu is peppered with dishes and desserts from the international cuisine.

dessert phoenicia hotel malta

In addition, the restaurant also has its own sommelier who creates the wine list himself. So there’s definitely no lack of knowledge about wines!

phoenix restaurant hotel phoenicia malta

Phoenix restaurant exudes elegance and tranquility and offers spectacular views from the terrace. Both the gardens of the Phoenicia Hotel Malta and the Marsamxett Harbour are visible from this romantic terrace:

terrace phoenix restaurant hotel phoenicia malta

This fabulous terrace of the Phoenix restaurant is open during the summer months, from May to October.

The creative and award-winning Phoenix Restaurant attaches utmost importance to the ingredients used. Fresh, local produce and herbs are the rule here and not the exception. Together with the excellent service and hospitality of the staff that makes for a great culinary experience.

Phoenix restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. In the morning between 07h00 and 10h30 you can enjoy a delicious breakfast. You can have your breakfast indoors or on the terrace in the morning sun.

Enjoying a delicious breakfast at phoenix restaurant hotel phoenicia malta

There’s a rich breakfast buffet each morning, where you get the chance to taste the most diverse preparations:

buffet phoenix restaurant hotel phoenicia malta

You can also have lunch at the Phoenix restaurant from 12h30 to 15h30. In the evening between 19h00 and 22h00 the Phoenix restaurant can be visited for an unforgettable and intimate dining experience.

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Pegasus Restaurant

The Pegasus restaurant is the ultimate destination after a tiring day of Maltese culture. Here you can completely relax thanks to the friendly and attentive staff.

pegasus restaurant phoenicia hotel malta

There’s a relaxed atmosphere and it’s the perfect place to end your day in a good way.

The team at the Pegasus restaurant combines classic Mediterranean cuisine with a large amount of local produce. Local vegetables and fresh fish account for about 80% of the ingredients used in the dishes.

swordfish rolls pegasus restaurant phoenicia hotel malta

The kitchen team selects ingredients from different markets on a daily basis. This ensures freshness and the highest quality. Grass-fed beef is freshly imported from Scotland.

pegasus restaurant table hotel phoenicia malta

The Pegasus restaurant has an extensive wine list available, compiled by the internal sommelier. The selections on this wine list will surprise you and are perfect to make new discoveries.

The Pegasus restaurant serves lunch between 12h30 and 15h00. You can also go there for dinner between 19h00 and 22h30.

When you’re looking for a more casual place to dine after a long day, this is definitely the place to be. If you like a cozy and intimate atmosphere this restaurant is worth a visit as well!

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Bastion Pool Restaurant

Bastion Pool Restaurant is situated by the pool of the Hotel Phoenicia Malta. It is the perfect place for a light lunch. There’s free Wi-Fi available, and you have a nice view of the Marxamsett Harbour.

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Perfect to spend a day during the Maltese summer. some of the dishes on the menu:

  • Light dish with smoked salmon;
  • A dish made with chicken, egg and bacon;
  • Warm Maltese ftira with tuna, tomato, onion and fresh basil;
  • Several warm baguettes;
  • The Phoenicia burger;
  • Fresh fruit salad; and
  • Different types of ice creams

Bastion Pool Restaurant is open daily during the summer, from 09h00 to 18h00.

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Bars

Palm Court Lounge

The Palm Court Lounge is located in the heart of Hotel Phoenicia Malta. You are always welcome here to cool down after a couple of hours under the Maltese sun.

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There’s an elegant atmosphere and it’s a perfect lounge bar for some relaxing or even to discuss business matters. There is free Wi-Fi available as well.

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The Palm Court Lounge specialises in coffees, tasty snacks and afternoon tea. You are also welcome for a coffee to start your day right. Additionally, it’s the obvious place to have a pre-dinner drink.

The Palm Court lounge is open from 09h30 to 19h30 and is open longer on entertainment nights. The Palm Court Lounge provides entertainment for guests such as live piano, live guitar and Argentine tango.

sofas palm court lounge phoenicia hotel malta

The Palm Court lounge also has a special menu for the afternoon tea. This selection of teas is offered with mini sandwiches and different kinds of pastry:

afternoon tea palm court lounge hotel phoenicia malta

The afternoon tea is served daily between 15h30 and 18h30.

Every sunday afternoon you can enjoy afternoon tea and a buffet. Entertainment is provided by the Domenic Galea Jazz trio. Needless to say, a glass of Prosecco or Champagne is available too.

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Club Bar

The Club Bar has been decorated in colonial style and is perfect to immerse yourself in nostalgia and indulgence. The classy Club Bar was founded in 1952. Here you can relax with a glass of single malt whiskey or a classic cocktail.

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The Club Bar is also known as the Blue Bar and Maltese history oozes from the walls. The Club Bar is the best kept secret of Hotel Phoenicia Malta. Practically all alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages are available. Light snacks are served as well.

The Club Bar is open every day from 18h00 until late. It’s the place to be for an aperitif or a nightcap. Taste a cocktail in this Club Bar and go back in time.

mystery alchemy cocktail club bar phoenicia hotel malta

An intimate conversation or casual gathering among friends? The Club Bar is the perfect setting. On Saturday live entertainment is provided and in summer the terrace of the bar is open ass well. In short, a wonderful place to enjoy a good cocktail!

thirst quenching cocktail club bar phoenicia hotel malta

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Bastion Pool Bar

The Bastion Pool Bar is located by the outdoor swimming pool of Hotel Phoenicia Malta. You’re welcome to quench your thirst during the hot Maltese summer. You’re surrounded by the bastions of Valletta and beautiful plants and flowers.

flowers and plants swimming pool hotel phoenicia malta

You have a fantastic view and all kinds of beverages are available:

  • Cocktails (such as Caipirinha, Mojito and Mai Tai),
  • Mocktails (such as Virgin Mojito, Nada Colada and Corpore Sano),
  • Smoothies (such as Iron Booster, Lemon Aid and Refresh),
  • Beers (both local and international),
  • Soft drinks and hot beverages,
  • Champagne and Prosecco, and
  • White, red and Rosé wines

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Art collection

Hotel Phoenicia Malta is the proud owner of the largest private collection of paintings by Maltese painter Edward Caruana Dingli. The paintings are on permanent display at the ground floor of the hotel.

Edward Caruana Dingli (1876-1950) is one of Malta’s most prominent and talented painters of all time.

One such painting on display at Phoenicia Hotel Malta is “The Open Market Street at Floriana with vendors in peasant costumes and city folk purchasing vegetables”:

edward caruana dingli painting phoenicia hotel malta

The manner of expression is oil on canvas and the painting was painted at the beginning of the twentieth century. Hotel Phoenicia Malta still houses an array of other gems by Edward Caruana Dingli.

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Leisure and Activities

The gardens of Hotel Phoenicia Malta are special and impressive. They lie hidden amidst ancient ramparts of Valletta and offer incredibly beautiful views:

view from garden phoenicia hotel malta

Hotel Phoenicia Malta is situated near the city gate and the main street of Valletta. This means that the Phoenicia Hotel is located on the hilltop of Valletta. The fantastic views of Marsamxett Harbour and the lower areas of Malta are a natural consequence of this:

view from garden phoenicia hotel malta

The gardens at the Hotel Phoenicia Malta are the ideal place to unwind and recharge your batteries.

The gardens have something magical and always seem to be in bloom. All nature lovers come here to enjoy the wide range of varieties, shapes and colors:

gardens and gazebo hotel phoenicia valletta malta

The peace and beauty that prevails in the gardens is the result of generations of planning, maintaining and passing on knowledge.

vegetation gardens hotel phoenicia valletta malta

Malta’s climate is unbearably hard for many plant species. The success of the huge varieties of plants in the gardens of the Hotel Phoenicia Malta is due to the gardeners. They have an extensive knowledge of local patterns of weather, watering techniques and positions of the wind.

garden path hotel phoenicia valletta malta

The gardens of Hotel Phoenicia Malta are a festival and feast with all its blaze of colours. Definitely worth a stroll and exploration!

flowers garden phoenicia hotel valletta malta

Somewhat hidden in the gardens is a swimming pool with bar, sun beds, and excellent views of Marsamxett Harbour. You can’t miss it if you follow the signs:

gardens and pool sign phoenicia hotel malta

The swimming pool is situated between the fortifications of Valletta and the beautifully landscaped gardens.

gardens and pool sign phoenicia hotel malta

The views and the bar guarantee complete relaxation, far away from the hustle and bustle.

swimming pool phoenicia hotel malta

For fans: there is also a jacuzzi! This jacuzzi is hidden behind some plants and green, which makes it extra cosy!

jacuzzi outdoor phoenicia hotel malta valletta

There’s also good news for guests who prefer to stay connected with the outside world … Free Wi-Fi is available here!

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There is also a miniature golf available in the beautiful gardens. Here you can unleash your inner Tiger Woods and amaze your travel companions!

minigolf activities hotel phoenicia malta

The gardens have some benches and tables ass well. They are perfect to enjoy the stunning views!

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Events and Business

The location of Hotel Phoenicia Malta makes this hotel the ideal venue for special and memorable events. Luxury weddings, corporate events, wedding anniversaries, birthday parties, etc. These can all be hosted in the indoor and outdoor facilities of the Phoenicia Hotel.

Feast meals from 8 to 800 people are no problem for the cooking team of Hotel Phoenicia Malta. The menus are always compiled in consultation with the organizers of the event. No standard solutions but custom-made menus. This makes for a memorable experience at Hotel Phoenicia Malta!

The unique history, the tradition, and the special locations in the Hotel Phoenicia Malta will do the rest.

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Wedding Ceremonies

Hotel Phoenicia Malta is known as one of the most special places in Malta to get married. Both Maltese and foreigners come to this famous hotel in Malta to tie the knot! Simply because the whole experience feels like a dream.

Hotel Phoenicia Malta has the expertise to customise each wedding. With an eye for detail, the wedding team and the wedding planners work towards an experience that matches the character and soul of the couple!

wedding ceremony gazebo phoenicia hotel malta

The team always takes into account the attitude and desire of the newlywed couple. These wishes are then topped with a Mediterranean ‘wedding sauce’ of traditions and culture that everyone dreams about.

Whether an intimate ceremony or a church wedding in one of the most beautiful Maltese churches: Hotel Phoenicia Malta will handle it smoothly. A wedding excellently led by the Phoenicia Hotel Malta? That equals romance, history, and unique Mediterranean charm.

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Wedding Celebrations

Besides the wedding ceremony, the wedding celebration is also very important. Small parties, big parties, it doesn’t matter. Hotel Phoenicia Malta offer many facilities and opportunities.

wedding bastion pool hotel phoenicia malta

The Mediterranean atmosphere, the art-deco style of the hotel, and the history that oozes from the walls provide an extra dimension.

Hotel Phoenicia Malta has a wedding planner who can guide you from A to Z. As a result, you don’t need to worry about the practicalities of your special moment.

Tasty dishes and nice menus are key to the approach of the Hotel Phoenicia Malta. Much attention is paid to the selection of the best local produce in order to obtain a variety of delicious flavors.

wedding grand ballroom phoenicia hotel malta

According to your wishes and preferences, you can choose a sumptuous dinner (sitting), a reception (standing) or a menu buffet (sitting or standing). A special selection of dishes can be assembled for children.

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Meetings and Conference Rooms

Hotel Phoenicia Malta is highly recommended for business people. Hotel Phoenicia Malta can be considered a top business and conference hotel in Valletta. The hotel is renowned as a venue for conferences, meetings and exhibitions.

Hotel Phoenicia Malta has as many as six meeting rooms available. Five of them have natural daylight. The rooms vary in size and can serve for conferences and events from 5 up to 300 persons.

There’s the Palm Court Lounge, an idyllic place for afternoon tea and business meetings. There’s also the Grand Ballroom with a capacity of 300 people:

grand ballroom phoenicia hotel malta

Another example of a meeting room is the Green Lounge C. This venue is ideal for small meetings:

green lounge c hotel phoenicia malta

A professional team of Hotel Phoenicia Malta is ready to guide you from A to Z. All the technological tools (internet, video projector, air conditioning, etc) are available. Solutions for all budgets can be worked out (you don’t have to be a multinational to use the excellent facilities).

There is free Wi-Fi available throughout the hotel and free parking (which is a big advantage considering the very central location of the hotel).

For nature lovers and environmentally conscious companies: events can be organised in the beautiful gardens of the hotel too!

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