Hotel Valentina is a family owned and run modern 3 Star, 90 bedroom boutique located in the lively district of Paceville in central St. Julian’s, Malta. With a sophisticated blend of contemporary style and modern flair, the Hotel Valentina has a luxurious finish and is known for its attention to detail. It is the perfect base from which to explore the island.
Hotel Valentina is located a 5-minute walk from both Portomaso Marina and Spinola Bay. It is a 10-minute walk from the mall, Dragonara Casino, and an easy stroll from the nearest rocky and sandy beaches. There are many restaurants and bars within the immediate vicinity catering for a range of different tastes, including their own restaurant, The Avenue. As we were staying at Hotel Valentina on a Bed and Breakfast basis, we received a 10% discount voucher to use at The Avenue, which we could as many times as we liked during our stay. We only visited once, but really enjoyed our food – a steak for Mr ESLT and a burger for me. If we’d had more time, we definitely would have returned.
We flew into Malta on an early flight from Manchester, England, meaning we arrived at the hotel way before the official 3pm check in time. Unfortunately our room was not ready, which we fully accepted, so we used the time to familiarise ourselves with the town and grab some lunch, leaving our luggage at reception so we did not have to carry it around with us. Before we did so, we were offered a complimentary drink. We chose a beer each, and it was our first taste of the local lager – Cisk. Once 3pm arrived, check in was extremely straightforward – a quick photocopy of our passports and a signature and we were done. Our key cards were handed over, and we grabbed our luggage and headed up to our room.
We were allocated Room 309 on the 3rd floor, overlooking Dobbie Street. Our first impression was wow – a perfect base for our stay in Malta. With a lovely comfortable king sized bed complete with lots of pillows (I sleep with three) – something some hotels don’t provide or you have to ask for – we were loving Hotel Valentina. Our room also had a good-sized wardrobe and plenty of coat hangers, so we could both hang our things up. In the wardrobe we also found a safe, iron and ironing board, and spare blankets which we certainly didn’t need, seeing as the temperatures where in the high 20s even though it was mid October.
We had an en suite shower room complete with lovely smelling The White Company toiletries, hairdryer, shaving kit and dental kit (which, although we didn’t use them, I always think are a great touch). The toilet was located in a separate room opposite the shower room. Other amenities available in our room included a mini fridge, tea & coffee-making facilities (vital for the morning brew), a hairdryer and a full length mirror. The room also had blue mood lighting, and a large flat screen wall mounted TV with plenty of English TV channels including Sky News (and other satellite channels). This meant that we could keep up to date on world affairs, which we are sometimes unable to do when travelling. Our room also had large floor-to-ceiling windows which let in lots of natural light during the day, but had blackout curtains which kept the early morning light from streaming in. This meant that we could sleep in on most mornings, especially because the in room air conditioning kept the room at a cool temperature at all times (bliss).
The pool at Hotel Valentina is located on Floor 6 (the top floor), and even though it is not the biggest pool, it was perfect for a quick dip to cool down in the hot October sun. A plus side of its location is that it gives you views over the rooftops of St Julian’s. The sun deck area was never full when we visited, however in the main summer months (July & August) I imagine it could be difficult to find a sun lounger. Also, some days the sun just simply became too much for me and my fair skin, so I had to go back to the room. I think that a few parasols dotted around would be a great addition, as there isn’t any shade available up there. There is, however, a little bar up there which sells drinks and snacks to enjoy whilst chilling out. And not to worry if you have forgotten your flip-flops, Hotel Valentina provide you with a pair to use and keep.
When sightseeing, I think it’s so important to have a good breakfast before heading out, and at Hotel Valentina we had a great breakfast each morning. They had everything you could imagine and there was something for everyone, all of which was fresh and tasty. If anything was running low, it was replenished straight away. Everything from salads and fruits, to hot sausages, bacon and eggs, pastries and breads, to cake (….yes cake!) was available. With breakfast being served from 7.00am until 10.30am at Hotel Valentina, we managed to grab breakfast every day (and we are not really morning people!). With friendly waiting staff happily making cappuccinos upon request and clearing away plates, breakfast at Hotel Valentina is a great (and filling) experience.
The bar area at Hotel Valentina is located in the main lobby of the hotel, with a large yet intimate seating area situated behind it. There is an outside seating area where you can relax in the Maltese evening warmth and enjoy your drink too. Before we headed out on our first evening in Malta, we decided to have a drink at the bar. We found it to be well stocked with a great cocktail menu. We only tried the White Russians (they are our favourite!), and they were delicious. However, we did find that the quality varied slightly depending on who made them. We were even treated to live music in the form of a pianist/singer on the Friday night. It was a very pleasant evening and the bar was the fullest we had seen it all week.
The lobby area at Hotel Valentina is not only home to the reception area, complete with it’s very helpful and friendly staff, but also, as mentioned above, the bar. In addition, we found a lot of comfortable seating areas were we could chill out with a paper or watch the large TV. We also were pleased to find that a corner of the lobby had been made into a dedicated library/computer area. We could only check in for our return flight 24 hours before it left, but using one of the Macs available, we were able to check in with ease – the receptionist even printed our boarding passes there and then, without question and without fee. The lobby is light and bright and the decor is in keeping with the rest of the hotel – modern and sophisticated, especially as it has a ‘No Beachwear in Public Areas’ policy.
Checkout and Summary
Checkout couldn’t have been easier – we simply handed in our key card and paid the Malta Environmental Tax which has been introduced by the Government of Malta to help with environmental and tourism improvements (it is capped at €5 per stay, but is something to bear in mind). As we didn’t need to leave the hotel until 1.30pm, and check out was 11.00am, we simply left our luggage at reception and headed up to the pool area to absorb the last rays of Maltese sun. The receptionist even organised a taxi to pick us up for our return transfer to the airport.
In summary, we cannot fault Hotel Valentina, and it is easy to see why it is the top rated hotel in St Julian’s. It’s actually hard to believe that it’s only a 3 star hotel. With attentive, friendly, and polite staff, great amenities and facilities, stylish decor, perfect location, and amazing breakfast – Hotel Valentina is great value for money and a great place to stay in the lively town of St Julian’s.
- We were hosted by Hotel Valentina for 5 nights during our stay in Malta in exchange for honest review.