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      Xara Palace - Relais Chateaux   -   Julien Ferret / EASYVOYAGE

    • Hotel Xara Palace

      Xara Palace - Relais Chateaux   -   Julien Ferret / EASYVOYAGE

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    Location 3.0 /10

    The Xara Palace is located in the centre of the historic city of Mdina, a few meters away from the main entrance. It is located 20 minutes away from Valletta ( 7.5 miles ) and the nearest beach. Allow 15 minutes to reach the airport by taxi.

    Accommodation 9.20 /10

    The hotel has only 17 rooms, but they are all suites ! Each room has its own decoration, such as antique furniture and rare items, and a particular layout The suites are composed of two rooms or a single room with a mezzanine that allows to seperate the sleeping room and the living room. All the rooms are air conditioned and have 2 cable televisions, two phones with direct line for international calling, a modem connection, mini-bar, a valet and a remote controlled hi-fi system with access to the hotel's CD collection. The bathrooms, lit by a large window, are large and very comfortable. They are equipped with a large mirror, bathtub, scales and a telephone. Suites 14, 15 and 18 also include a jacuzzi. Some of the rooms offer a magnificent view of the Maltese countryside with the sea in the distance, the city of Valletta and, in summer, fireworks from village festivities. The balcony of Suite 7 has a private jacuzzi, which is ideal for relaxing while enjoying a splendid view. The rooms with a jacuzzi and panoramic view are extra.

    Overview 8.95 /10

    Opened in 1999, the Xara Palace may be the most beautiful hotel in Malta. This 17th Century property that has been part of the medieval bastions of the city and belongs to Relais & Chateaux, contrasts with the other upscale hotels on the island. Everything here is authentic. The rooms are decorated with original paintings and sculptures created by Maltese and international artists, tapestries and antique furniture. You can see the doors of an old Gozitan church, dating back to the 15th Century, where an old confessional has been transformed into a telephone booth, as well as the coats of arms of the knights of the Order of Malta. Past the big entrance hall, you arrive into a glass-roofed atrium, where 400-year-old olive trees imported from Sicily are planted. The hotel's rooms can be accessed by large galleries opening on the atrium, all decorated with antiques. Given its historical context, leisure activities are limited but the hotel offers a sauna and some fitness equipment.

    Food and drink 8.95 /10

    The top floor of the Xara Palace is home to the Mondion, a luxurious restaurant rated with 2 stars in the Michelin Guide. Its 10 tables for four people and the armchairs deserve the same attention as the decoration of the rest of the establishment. However, the view from the two terraces on the Maltese countryside is magnificent. Breakfast is served buffet style. A menu of Maltese specialities is offered for dinner, including 6 starters, 6 main courses and 6 desserts. Lunches are served in the pizzeria at the building entrance. It is possible to order a meal from the 24h/7 room service, but the menu only offers a limited choice of snack meals. Finally, a bar in the atrium offers a range of cocktails.

    To know

    If you arrive by car, the hotel can give you a pass for driving and parking in the old city.


    • Shuttle bus
    • Car park
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      beauty salon, sauna, spa

    • Sports equipment

      tennis, golf, fitness

    • Whirlpool bath
    • Safe
    • Non-smoking rooms
    • Meeting room


    • The charm and absolute peace of the hotel.
    • Centrally located in Mdina and on the island.
    • The gastronomic restaurant.


    • Some paintings need to be refreshed.
    • Leisure activities are limited.
    • The decoration of the restaurant is disappointing.

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