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Valettea, Malta

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Valettea, Malta

We are a middle aged couple and I are spending 3 days in Valetta mid October. We have booked a room at the Grand Excelsior in Valletta. Has anyone stayed there? How "hilly" is the surrounding area? By reading all the post I am a little worried. Should we change accommodations to St. Julian? We so would appreciate any suggestions. Thank you fellow TripAdvisors

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1. Re: Valettea, Malta

The Grand Excelsior is actually just outside of Valletta in the town of Floriana .

The hotel is down a hill , maybe a couple of hundred yards down but only about a ten minute walk to the gate of Valletta .

The main streets of Valletta are mainly flat but a few of the side streets go downhill to the sea .

Not sure you would gain much by going to St julians as there are hills there --- not too steep generally ---- but you would have to take a bus to get to Valletta .

You could look at the Phonecia Hotel that is also in Floriana but only a minute from Valletta gates on the flat.

Graham

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2. Re: Valettea, Malta

Thank you Grahamwilton. So very much appreciated. I will check out the Phonecia, but the Exelcior sounds very doable. First time in Malta for both of us. We are coming from Siciliy and are planning to take the ferry either from Catania or Pozzallo. We would like to see as much as possible. From reading the posts, it sounds like the Hop On Hop Of bus would be best. Any suggestions? Thank you for making our trip more special.

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3. Re: Valettea, Malta

The potential issue with The Excelsior (which is a lovely hotel with spectacular views) is if you plan to eat out there will be an uphill walk involved, either to within the city walls, the Waterfront (downhill) or the bus station to go some place else. All involve steep walks but are fine if you are fairly fit.

St Julians has a couple of small inclines, but nothing very sinister, mostly flatish. It does benefit from many good restaurants all easily walkable from the Westin or Hilton which are both a comparable standard of hotel to the Grand Excelsior. Valletta would be about 30 minutes by bus.

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The Malta ferry leaves from Pozallo, although I believe you can get a connecting transfer from Catania. Air Malta also has direct flights to Malta from Catania which often work out to be cheaper than the ferry, and are certainly quicker.

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5. Re: Valettea, Malta

Thank you Tripalot. We will keep that in mind and will check out the hotels you suggested. Yes, we do eat out, don't like eating in the hotel, and favor being in an area where we can walk to everything, especially restaurants. From your reply it sounds like the Excelsion is not really within easy walking distance from restaurants, shops etc. We picked that hotel because it appeared that it was so close to everything. (BTW: I am originally from the Netherlands, S'-Hertogenbosch!)

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Thank you!!!

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7. Re: Valettea, Malta

Valleta & St Julians are both hilly. Maybe Selema is location which is nearest to hill free.

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8. Re: Valettea, Malta

Thecanveyislander Sliema is a good location, however it is a town built on a fairly steep hill with flatish areas on both sides. Neighbouring St Julians is flat by comparison, albeit both towns are linked by a long flat promenade.

TravlTherapy also look at the Hotel Juliani which is. 4 Star boutique type hotel, a cross the road from some nice restaurants at Spinola Bay, St Julians. Admittedly this is on a small incline, but is close to the promenade previously mentioned, and there is a bus stop practically on the doorstep. The Portomaso Marina complex is around the corner with more restaurants, and plenty of other bars and restaurants close by. I am a Brit living in the Netherlands (Aalsmeer) since 1998.

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9. Re: Valettea, Malta

Hi

We stayed at the Excelsior last year.

Enjoyed our stay but would probably not return.

We had a lovely view of Manoel Island which was great.

It became a bind going up to Valletta to eat each night even with a free car at 6pm.

Most nights we paid for a car both ways as if we had been out for the day we didn't always want to be ready for 6pm.

In the end I found it frustrating that the hotel was not on the flat.

It wasn't made any easier that you had to walk up the steps to get to the top when all you need to have done was cut through the bar.This obviously was stopped for the hotel not for the guests that could save having to walk miles around the hotel.

To save you changing hotels --- the Excelsior runs a free car transfer to Valletta at 10am an 6pm each day. Returning 15 mins later.

To book a car at any time of day it was 12 euros and the cars were excellent.

Best Wishes Amethyst

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10. Re: Valettea, Malta

How could it be 12 euros from the Excelsior to Valletta

It must only be a few hundred yards and walkable in about ten minutes .

Graham.

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