Radisson Blu St Julian's Hotel, St. Julians
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The positive things about this hotel is the people were very friendly. We asked for an early check in at around 9am and they were able to accomadate us with one of the two rooms we had requested. All the servers whether it was a breakfast or at the bar were very prompt and polite. Customer service was excellent. The outside pools were very clean and nicely designed. The whole lobby and reception area of the hotel was very clean and elegant looking. Which leads us to why the hotel was disappointing.
The main problem for my husband and I was our bedroom. The bed was horrible. There was no mattress pad or boxspring for the bed. It was just two mattresses pushed together and when we slept, the bed creeked. The mattress were worn and needed replacing and it was very difficult for me to get comfortable knowing there was no pad between the mattress and the sheets. It just didn't feel hygenic.
The balcony, although it did have a sea view, was uncomfortable to enjoy due to the cheap plastic $5 chairs you can get at Walmart. For a five star, I would expect nicer chairs. Stayed at the InterContinental in Malta last year and had great balcony furniture. The room was spacious, however; the furniture was not arranged accordingly. And with a spacious room like that, a couch or a small sitting area would have benefitted the layout of the room. The bathroom was quite small. There was no separate shower which I again expect from a 5 star. The tiles below the sink was disbonding from the wall. That didn't look good at all. The toilet was difficult to figure out(you have to flush very fast). There was also ants found in the bathroom and on one side of the bedroom. I had let reception know about the problem and they said they would take care of it. The next morning, the ants were back.
Overall, for the price I paid, I was not happy. I could have payed half the price and stayed at the InterContinental again. Instead, I wanted to try something different. I would not recommend this hotel and I definitely will not be staying there again.
very impressivefrom A TripAdvisor Member
Highly recommended, great holidayfrom boston1963
Make sure you aren't booked into an interconnecting room - OK for families but otherwise the connecting door isn't lockable, so there are security & noise issues.
We were HB - breakfast and evening meals are excellent, with good variety though perhaps not great for children. Most meals are served from a central buffet area, and there are Italian & Maltese themed nights. For those on B&B, EM is Lm11 (about £18). Very friendly staff in restaurant, although overall hotel standard is patchier. Several other restaurants on site.
Three swimming pools - one indoor (with jacuzzi), 2 outdoor - of which one has quite salty water. Plenty of recliners, parasols etc. There is also a gym and beauty salon.
Hotel is about 1/2 mile up a hill from a new artificial beach at St George's Bay, beyond which is the overdeveloped Paceville and St Julian's areas. However, all of these places have reasonably priced cafes and restaurants and there is a small shopping mall at St George's. Hotel runs a minibus to St Julian's and Sliema and (at a charge) to Valletta.
Suggest you don't bother hiring a car - Maltese roads are alarming but the local buses are very cheap and frequent (20c single to Valletta, for example - about 30p).
Avoid attempts by the hotel to take you on a visit to the new Golden Sands complex backed with discount vouchers - these trips appear to be of a timeshare nature.
Truly a Five Star Hotel! -Recommendfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Although I was very pleased with the hotel, there was one area I wasn´t entirely pleased with - the restaurants. They were too expensive and had only A la Carte foods. It was very difficult to find something to eat if you weren´t that hungry and just wanted to have something small, e.g. a sandwich. But fortunately just down the road to the hotel was restaurants and a Cafe where one could find e.g. pastries, icecream and sandwiches.
The hotel had a following policy: 100 % Guest Satisfaction Guarantee. I personally think that they kept their promise. I was very satisfied with Radisson and would go there again without any hesitations. I recommend the hotel to everyone who are thinking of making a trip to Malta. Radisson is truly a 5 star hotel as it said to be!
Fantastic!from A TripAdvisor Member
The area of St Julians is very busy with lots of locals, who are very welcoming and really made the holiday unique for us. It is about a 5-10min walk from the hotel, and you never feel like it is so close as the area around the hotel is very peaceful and quiet. If you stay in St Julians you just have to talk the 20minute or so walk (or taxi of course – the taxi co. used is great, all very friendly and helpful, with a great sense of humour!) to Spinola Bay – it is absolutely beautiful with fabulous food. On our last night we went to a restaurant called ‘Barracuda’ – it is very well known in Malta and the food was fantastic, as were the staff once again. I would definitely make an effort to return there if I am in the area again.
Some of the reviews mention that it is more of a conference, business type hotel, however we found there was a great combination of business with leisure. There are plenty of beds outside, 3 outdoor pools and 1 indoor. Although the hotel was quite full we never felt crowded as there are so many different relaxation areas. As for the gym, it is fully functional yet could probably do with a little updating. The indoor pool is lovely and warm and on numerous occasions we found we had it all to ourselves!
I have absolutely no complaints about this hotel whatsoever, and would not hesitate to recommend it to anybody for business or for pleasure. This area of Malta was absolutely beautiful, very welcoming and we felt very safe and completely relaxed, fabulous!
3 day getawayfrom Hauraki
Room was fine, apart from the rather noisy aircon unit, being May, it wasn't really needed though. Reception and most public areas were clean and tidy, the corridors however, looked a little dirty and could have done with a good clean (especially the carpets... they do have edges you know!)
We found breakfasts to be a little bland, as well as crowded at times. We ate in the main Restaurant and the Bistro and couldn't really fault either - apart from there being far too much food to eat!.
Having a room overlooking the terrace an pool area meant that it was sunny from early on until about 4:30-5:00 pm although the sun never really shone directly onto the balcony.
Used the main pool throughout the day, very clean, but very cold! (even last weekend of May!) busiest it got all day would be about 10-12 people swimming and messing about. There's another couple of pools, but we couldn't be bothered to walk that far ;-)
We used the free (at the moment) minibus to get into Valletta on the Sunday, had a reasonably enjoyable time going around the market (much the same as any market in the UK but with little touristy type stalls as well) and generally taking it easy. A fantastic lunch at Eddies Caffe (including a nice pitcher of beer ;-)) called in at the St. Pauls Shipwreck Church (nearly walked past it as it looks just like any other doorway!) and had an 'enjoyable' ride in a horse & carriage. By 3pm, however, it was a little like a 'ghost town'. Then enjoyed a 'white knuckle ride' back to the hotel courtesy of their mini bus.
The only criticism of the hotel would be the 'time share' type sales people (actually inside the hotel next to the restaurant!) for the new hotel/leisure complex that they're building on the Island, not really taking NO for an answer - even had them calling our room wanting to know if we would go on one of their 'hour long' information mornings - sorry, but we didn't go on a short break to sit through one of their sales pitches! (their free bottle of wine went down a treat though!)
Radisson Bay Point, Maltafrom A TripAdvisor Member
Breakfast -a comprehensive buffet-was the best meal of the day as others have mentioned. In the Bistro we found the menu poorly planned and, in too many cases, the food had been pre-cooked and re-heated once ordered. Particulary the battered sea food, which was not at all nice and one had some anxious moments during the night with indegestion. Some pasta dishes were not even cooked aldente either so not many plus points for the Executive Chef and his staff here I'm afraid.
In a lovely location about 10/15 minutes from St Georges Bay shops (ok when fine but not so good if it's inclement) and another 5 minutes walk to the Spinola Bay area where there some very good and reasonable priced Bistro's and restaurants in which to dine.
Disappointed with Malta in general, hotel okay but not really 5*from travelview
Not quite a 5* - the rooms had a decidedly 3*/4* at best feel, particularly the bathrooms which were very plain indeed. If you have the sea view, the outlook is good once you look past the hotel which closes in around you because it's a U shaped building. The public areas are grand with marble floors. Reception and concierge staff were pleasant, waiters in large dining room much less so.
Facilities are good - enjoyed the indoor pool, there's also an outdoor pool (too cold in November) which is overlooked by the majority of rooms and the bar. Massage is apparently available, but I got no answer whenever I phoned the appropriate extension and reception couldn't book it for me for some unexplained reason.
Business facilities are okay - the small business centre near reception wasn't too busy and internet access was adequate if expensive (cards purchased from reception). There was "internet" on the room TVs but this was very restricted and we couldn't do any work from the room.
Bar was pleasant in the day time with a wide range of liqueur coffees and a good quality band on some evenings though decidedly for the middle-aged and beyond. Small bistro was good with very pleasant Maitre D' - he was american, however, because the bistro was tiny you had to book for main dinner times, or just eat later. Breakfast was in a very large and busy dining room - buffet breakfast with great variety - you could have a champagne breakfast if you wanted, only downsides were that the waiting staff chose your table and all the breads were sourdough-based. Didn't try the buffet dinners (in the same dining room as breakfast) - it just looked too busy and was noisy. Room service dinners were good, and worked out less expensive than eating in the dining room or bistro - there's no menu, just ask for what you want, and see what turns up.
Hotel is popular for local weddings at weekends, so the main foyer fills up and gets noisy, however, there isn't much noise from the function suites which are in the basement. Restaurants also popular with locals at weekends, so book a table or eat out.
Hotel is a good position for views out to sea, but there is nowhere to go for walk, no beach, and the roads are busy. You need to walk down the hill (which lacks pavement in some places) to St Julians for a choice of restaurants.
Shopping centre in St Julian's quite good for tourist shopping, has a cinema & restaurants: ate twice at Chinese restaurant - very good food and pleasant modern decor. More shops in Sliema including a few designer shops.
Valletta is picturesque, but becomes a ghost town at 6pm sharp! Cathedral is lovely inside - we walked past it because there are so many large white churches in Valletta. Also a small "stately home" which showed a town house in Valletta and how one of the important families lived was interesting. Tried to see the parliament, but it was in session and therefore not open. Armoury was open, but not that interesting. Not much at all in the way of shopping. Lots of the highlighted buildings on the tourist maps of Valletta are not open to the public, or have been converted for other purposes, e.g. the main post office, so there is a lot less to see than the maps and guide books imply.
Museums featuring WW2 are everywhere, and if you are not a fan of warfare museums, there's little else other than lots of slide shows of photos of Malta (all expensive) - we went to only one as it was billed as interactive and fascinating - the only interactive thing was to press the button to choose the language for the voiceover through the headsets provided. As well as the slide shows there are showings of 1950s films depicting life during WW2 on Malta. The slide shows and films were a complete waste of time and money, but heavily promoted everywhere. It was a real downer that these were supposed to be the main tourist activities.
Mdina "the silent city" is lovely and well worth the trip. Peaceful medieval town in the centre of the island. Fontanella tea gardens on the city walls are a good place to admire the view and have a nice cake.
Mdina Glass factory closes early in the winter (contrary to signs) so we arrived after it closed.
Power cuts are frequent on Malta, so a couple of times we were having meals in restaurants when the lights went out. The restaurant staff simply brought candles to each table and carried on. Cooking is done using Calor gas, so some places have a slight smell of gas.
Maltese buses were something else! They are incredibly cheap and go to most places on the island, however, you can get stranded at siesta times. The buses are from the 1950s and haven't been upgraded. Roads are full of potholes and the driving is fearsome. I had to take travel sickness pills every day.
Trip to Gozo: we took the hotel trip which was more expensive because the minibuses we had seen locally didn't look great. Ferry to Gozo is a former Scottish ferry to the island of Arran which was decommissioned from the Scottish route in the 1970s. Worth going to Gozo for a look, the modern church renowned for its miracle healings was an interesting stop - nice stone carving and stained glass. Cathedral and ramparts were interesting places to go during the 3 hour siesta. Lunch on the trip was woeful. Azure arch was meant to be main feature of the trip (other trips go to the Blue Grotto) - yes there is a rock arch and the water is bright blue - however there are dozens of concrete boathouses, a few dodgy snack bars, tons of litter, and a queue of coaches and minibuses - they've made a nightmare out of a natural spectacle.
Overall, would be reluctant to visit Malta again, and we certainly wouldn't want to pay full prices. Acceptable as a one-off bargain break in winter.
Restfulfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Fine with a baby!from A TripAdvisor Member
I guess it depends on how many other 5 star hotels you've stayed at so you can compare as I can see some viewing it as a five star hotel but I wouldn't put this on par with a five star hotel in the Caribbean for example.
Overall, we had a good time though and I would recommend it to others.
PS. We foolishly left behind some clothes in our room and they were very efficient in returning them to us!
Top Local Tips for St. Julians
St Julians Bay Go to the marina which is based near the Hilton hotel...what a stunning location and great resturants...expect to pay around £50 for a meal for two!
Shortcut to Beach Instead of going left down the hill past other hotels, go right at the top of the hill past the tourism college, turn left and down the hill. This takes a bit of time off your walk.
bars/clubs stick to the area around the shopping centre, most of the bars/clubs are on the opposite side of the road.
Other names for Radisson Blu St Julian's Hotel
- sas radisson malta
- saint julians radisson
- radisson saint julians
- radisson malta
- radisson bay point malta
- "saint julian's radisson"
- "radisson saint julian's"
- Address: Raphael Cauchi - Dir Operations - St. Julians - Stj 02 - Malta
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