Last weekend I made a return long weekend trip to the Island of Malta, and was happy to get a great deal at the Hilton Malta. I booked during the Any Weekend Any Where sale at a rate of ~100 Euro per night. February is the off season in Malta, and I always find places more enjoyable in the off season. The cost for sure was great, not only for this fantastic hotel but also flights on Air Malta and a rental car (mini SUV) for 4 days with insurance for $85 USD.
Being off season and a Hilton Diamond I was surely taken care of in a wonderful corner suite. The rack rate for this suite in the winter season is around 600 Euro according to a posted price list in the lobby.
The Hilton Malta has two types of rooms and suites; Classic and Contemporary. The hotel was build in two stages, the main section of the hotel has the classic rooms. Back in 2008 I had a classic room and found it too be very nice.
This time my suite was in the new side of the hotel, a very modern room. Both times the view from the room and balcony was stunning, nothing like waking up to the sunrise over the Med!
The suite was great, I was welcomed with some candy and a welcome note from the GM. The next day freshly made cookies were in the room, along with a card for a free bottle of wine. This was a cool idea, you could pick your type of wine and if you wanted it; sent the room, picked up at a bar, enjoyed at a bar, or with dinner in a hotel restaurant.
We had dinner in the Med themed restaurant “Bottega del Vino”. Easily got our free wine (2 bottles as our group had each gotten the card in our room) and enjoyed the food. The prices were not bad at all, compared to other restaurant in the area there was not much of what I call “hotel inflation”. With the free wine with dinner it was a good deal for the quality of food and portion size.
I travel a lot and I do have to say this is one of the hotels you walk into and know you are in a special place, the hotel has a very open and bright design, you feel special right when you walk in! Every member of staff was great from the door man, front desk staff, housekeepers, and restaurant staff. Friendly, helpful and welcoming, hands down great service.
The concierge, Mr. R. Fenech was great he spent around a half of an hour giving tips and planing our day. Made great recommendations and could tell what we wanted to do.
The Hilton Malta also has a good executive lounge located on the 9th floor, the lounge is open all day with soft drinks and light snacks, from 6pm-8pm there is an open bar with hot and cold food items. One night the hot item was rabbit; a local favorite. Service was good in the lounge, and there was not problem finding a seat. I would rate the lounge as average to good compared to some other Hilton Executive lounges in Europe.
There is a second “lounge” for executive guest, this is the Executive business lounge with computer and lots of working space!
Breakfast for Diamonds and Ex level guest was in the main restaurant with views of the sea and pool. Great food and omelets made to order.
The hotel is packed with restaurants and bars, there is a Thai restaurant that I did not try but the place looked very cool and very neat looking circular bar with nice views of the port. (some other venus were closed due to the off season)
There are many outdoor pools and one indoor pool. The outside areas were just perfect, a very nice looking area to enjoy the sun. As this was off season and was only around 62F the pool area was not used much.
The location of the hotel is great in the St. Julians area, easy access to public busses that can take you to most locations on the island. If you get a car Parking is FREE for Hilton guest in an underground lot. You are at the most 45 min to any place on the island and about 35 min to the ferry port to Gozo.
This hotel is on my own personal favorite list. Service is great and the little things do make the difference. Well-maintained property with a great location!
If you are a Hilton HHonors member in peak season this is a good place to use your points. Currently the hotel is a category 7 at 50,000 points per night for a standard room. This is one hotel that the upcoming changes to the HH program will not screw you out of more points. Once the changes take place this hotel still will require 50,000 points May – Sept and only 40,000 Oct-Apr. The only thing to be aware of is this hotel has very few “standard” rooms and getting a free night could be hard to do so book early.
If you are asking why Malta? Here are some photos from the Islands. You can look at doing a mini trip inside you European vaction, Air Malta, Lufthansa and others fly to Malta from many major European hubs.
Some photos provided by The Hilton Malta by request of UPGRD.com