Hotel Méridien Hotel 5 star
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The Meridien Saint-Julians has top of the range amenities for a relaxing and fitness-orientated week-end (indoor swimming pool, spa, panoramic swimming pool in the summertime). It is also close to La Valette: to be recommended for an expedition into the Maltese capital. However, although the building overlooks the bay of Balluta, it has no beach, and swimming in the sea (public access being via the stairs below the road; or on the independent lido that runs alongside the bay, for a fee) is not very attractive in this urban setting.

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    • Location

      6.01 /10
    • Accommodation

      8.95 /10
    • Overview

      8.95 /10
    • Food and drink

      7.95 /10
    • To know

    • In Saint-Julians, at the top of Main Street, 164 ft from the coast (Balluta Bay). La Valette is 4 mi away, the airport 8 mi away. In the day time (traffic), allow 15 to 20 minutes to get to La Valette and 30 minutes for the airport.

    • With its 276 bedrooms, the Meridien should have one available for you. Especially outside the times of conventions and trade fairs, because the hotel has a strong business clientele. If you have a choice of which room to book (let's hope so), request a double room (spacious enough, with 323 sq ft) overlooking Balluta Bay. Otherwise, an 'executive' (which will have a view of the sea). Are they all booked? Your room will then look out to the back of the building (not yet built-up: a rural view of the cultivated fields, with cactus hedges); or of the sides of the building (a view of the town of Saint-Julians, with mixed style buildings). Remember to ask which floor the room is on: the higher the accommodation, the less restricted the view is, but you could get vertigo on the balcony (semi-open, with outdoor furniture). As for the set up, the decoration is sober, without being bland (we liked the deep red cushions, the amaranth armchair and the orangey relief-patterned bedspread. The equipment is of good quality, but not omnipresent (fortunately): TV, mini-bar with complimentary tea and coffee making facilities, air-conditioning and a telephone. In the bathroom, you will find a bathtub, sometimes a shower, and, depending on the category, both. A hair-dryer, bath robes, quality hospitality products (the Meridien's, with green tea, grapefruit and lime fragrances) and of a good size (44ml), allowing you to bring less of your own.
    • The Meridien Saint Julians opened in March 2006. It is a 12 storey tower (with lifts of course) overlooking Balluta Bay (a cove located just by Saint Julians Bay, where you still find the terraces of small restaurants on the waterfront). The street leading up to the hotel (Main Street) is a little steep, but once you are in the lobby you will find yourself in an international ambiance, unpretentious but chic, with a resort type of feeling (vast lounge areas brightened up with plants, wide patio doors). However, business guests are also catered for (computers below the lobby connected to the Internet). As the hotel was not built next to the seafront and doesn't have a large enough estate around it, the relaxation facilities are spread out over the various storeys. The most beautiful place is the indoor swimming pool, which is surprising for a resort, but worth bearing in mind if you are planning a winter break. More spacious than the outdoor pool, which is limited in size due to its rooftop location, it is surrounded by a wooden deck with deckchairs and pleasantly decorated with columns. On the mezzanine you will find the treatment rooms of the Lotus spa, where Myo Ka cosmetics are used.
    • The Meridien Saint-Julians has 6 catering areas, two of which are typical, located on both vertical extremities of the building. On the top floor, there is a seasonal restaurant La Bajja (April to October). Its semi-covered patio overlooks Balluta Bay from 12 storeys high. It is spectacular, especially in the evening. The cuisine is Mediterranean (a la carte or buffet depending on the meal), and well adapted to the al fresco setting. As for the gastronomic restaurant, it is located on ground level, but in a 19th century villa with a traditional decor, on a balcony terrace overlooking the sea. Lovely for lunch as well as for dinner, if it wasn't for the street below (and the noise of traffic). Book a table on Sunday if possible, because there is less traffic. You should try the 12-hour lamb, the grilled grouper fillet or braised pork in Maltese sauce, all of it served on crockery specially designed for the restaurant. A dish is approximately Ł16. Finally, breakfast is served as a buffet at the main restaurant, the Scirocco, or at La Bajja in high season. Hot dishes (scrambled eggs, bacon; omelette on request) and cold ones (fresh fruit, cheese, cakes, bread rolls). Coffee is served at the table.
    • If you want to fully appreciate the hotel, do not go in the high season. Indeed, the Meridien Saint-Julians is not right by the sea. To reach the seafront, you must first walk down Main Street then cross over the road: access to the water is via the staircase, there is no beach. Deckchairs and parasols (available for a fee) are laid out on a private lido on the side of Balluta Bay: it quickly becomes overcrowded in high season, so this concrete terrace certainly isn't the island's best spot for relaxing and sunbathing.
      Accommodation tipThe bedrooms with the best view are those on high floors, on the side of Balluta Bay: pay extra, then, so as to have a sea view...

    Equipment

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

      massage, beauty salon, spa, sauna, hammam, keep fit, Turkish bath, wellness

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      aerobics, fitness, tennis, gym, golf, sports, beach volley, squash, water-polo

    • Animals allowed
    • Hairdresser
    • Whirlpool bath
    • Safe
    • Limousine service
    • Non-smoking rooms
    • Solarium
    • Meeting room

    advantage

    • The catering (1 panoramic hall, 1 gastronomic restaurant).
    • The stylish and modern decoration.
    • The relaxation facilities (spa).

    disadvantages

    • The hotel doesn't have a beach.
    • The outdoor pool is small (49.20 x 16.40 ft).

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