Corinthia Palace Hotel & Spa
14 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
An elegant hotel
"This is a very elegant and comfortable hotel. Good facilities (indoor and out door pools) Good staff.
The hotel is well established and is in the centre of the island. There are courtesy mini buses into Valetta.
I have stopped there twice and will be stopping a third time next month. "
- Travel date: Fri 17th of June 2011
This is a family well set out hotel with...
"This is a family well set out hotel within walking distance of a lovely walled garden. The hotel rooms all have a balcony either overlooking the outdoor pool or some of the hotel gardens.
The restaurants are very nice and offer a good selection of food at a reasonable price. If you are lucky, in April you can still take advantage of the winter rates for dining - by buying a 4 meal ticket.
The Chinese restaurant was particular good value.
The hotel has a variety of fitness areas - outdoor and indoor pools, gyms etc.
The outdoor pool is kept clean and has an adjacent bar. Towels can be collected for the indoor pool for use outside.
Staff were generally very helpful and polite. The hotel runs a free minibus into town."
- Travel date: Sun 13th of January 2008
Very well furnished hotel. Excellent sta...
"Very well furnished hotel. Excellent staff and well fitted out. Lovely food and wide selection at reasonable rates.
Pool is first class and there is an indoor one too which adds to the relaxation.
Small restaurants within easy walking distance.
Regular bus service close by.
Well recommended. Suits all ages.
Weather was very nice at that time of year and outdoor pool could be used comfortably.
The outdoor bar area was not open and this was a bit of a disappointment but it did not detract from the holiday."
- Travel date: Tue 4th of December 2007
We were very disappointed with the hotel...
"We were very disappointed with the hotel, for 5 star - the whole place looked shabby and very tired.
Wallpaper coming off the walls, dirty carpets, stained paint work, thread bear towels, wholes in tablecloths, stained ceilings, and rubbish in the garden - not 5 star material in any way.
There is nothing to do around the hotel, despite the brochure saying so, only one bar. Buses are good to get around and cheap, which is lucky otherwise you could go insane as the spa was also broken during our stay. Sliema, Valetta, Gozo, Mdine and Mosta all worth a visit.
Rickshaw restaurant is brilliant, has some atmosphere that the rest of the hotel sorely lacks."
- Travel date: Mon 3rd of September 2007
palace fit for a king!!
"Have been going to this hotel for over ten years and have been more than impressed every time. Beautiful hotel, lovely staff and excellent service. Good restaurants both in and around the hotel. Good location for peace and quiet whilst being central enough to explore the surrounding towns and attractions. A must see when visiting in august is the fiestas in the local towns and also visiting the blue lagoons and caves on the coast. Popeye village is also a must see if travelling with children!!"
- Travel date: Thu 30th of November 2006
Grubby, shabby and not 5 star
"This hotel is definitely past its sell by date. The manager and the elderly staff need replacing by some more enthusiastic and with up to date ideas and standards. The hotel is grubby and shabby. The carpets along the bedroom landings are filthy and stained. My bath was badly chipped. The towels were worn out (remedied on complaint). There was no 5 star treatment at all. We came away for a complete rest. We felt as if we were a nuisance. We were grumbled at for failing to book the courtesy bus 24 hours beforehand. Breakfast was chaotic - coffee inevitably cold. I have never experienced worse service than in the Corithian Dining Room. The spa facilites had to be booked four days in advance. There was no pool service ( nor towels) on a Sunday. I could go on... Avoid this hotel."
- Travel date: Wed 25th of October 2006
OK hotel if you want to stay away from the hustle and bustle.
"My husband and I stayed at the hotel 2 nights in September ( we arrived at 7a.m. the first night !!).Very nice welcome early in the morning, friendly staff and nice to have a cold juice after the flight.
Had asked for a quiet room, and really got it !! But a room without any view - faced the poolarea. But on the second floor we only looked into the spa walls a few metres away !! Nice breakfast ,and we had a wonderful dinner in the evening. Stayed around the pool all day, nice and quiet even if the main road is just outside the hotel garden. Check out at 12 o`clock, but there was a luggage room which we used and took a stroll in the St. Anthony`s gardens opposite the hotel until time for us to leave.
A nice hotel in the quet town of Attard, the same distance to the airport as the more touristic areas of Sliema and St. Julians."
- Travel date: Wed 25th of October 2006
"My husband and I spent a week here in September and have to say that we were very disappointed with both the hotel itself and the level of service from the staff.
The public areas of the hotel are lovely and the spa too is good however the bedrooms we stayed in needed some serious refurbishment. The first room we had was so damp that the paint and plaster were falling off the walls and the bathroom had missing tiles and a rusty bath. The carpets and bed linen were also 10 years past their best with nasty stains and holes.
We complained about the room and were given a slightly better one, but not much.
Being a relatively young couple (in our early thirties) definately put us at a disadvantage as we were looked down upon by the older members of staff who are obviously only used to dealing with people over 50, consequently our complaints were not taken seriously.
My advice to anyone wishing to stay here is not to expect a 5 star hotel - I would say a shabby 3 star is more fitting."
- Travel date: Sat 21st of October 2006
Relaxed, great service, but needs refurbishing
"Have recently spent two weeks at the hotel where all of the staff were fantastic. Food good, and the atmosphere was relaxing. Some bedrooms and the spa need refurbishing quite badly thoough. The new management at the spa need training, organising and waking up. The hotel is not for young families. Value for money was good. Over forties, business and special occasions - ideal."
- Travel date: Tue 17th of October 2006
Past it's best
"It is an inexpensive place to stay,but having said that it is depressingly tired in appearance;as you arrive the picture is pretty grim and the inside is worse.Everything is just 'past its best'.
The lobby is not extensive and the 'shops' are pretty tatty and the bar smells of stale beer and smoke.
The rooms are dismal and faded and quite depressing,the only redeeming feature of this hotel are the low prices.
Service at breakfast was inept and uncaring and the food limited in choice,the crockery is old and in some cases damaged.
This hotel may have the requisite boxes ticked to be able to hold on to its 5 star status but only just.
The reception desk is perhaps the only area,apart from the doorman,where there seems to be a friendly proffessional approach."
- Travel date: Sat 14th of October 2006
"Stayed here in October 2006. A lovely hotel and the welcome received on arrival, great.
Our room was large, clean and very nicley furnished and do not agree that it needed refurbishing as other reviewers state. Perhaps the corridors may need refurbishing before long. The room had tea and coffee making facilities, bathrobes and nice toiletries. Linen also great. The public areas are really nice, clean and comfortable, as are the bars and cake cafe.
Nothing is too much trouble for all the staff, from the cleaners to pool staff. Pool area is a lovely tranquil spot (not music thank goodness) and excellent pool service. The spa is great, used it everyday for swimming, steam room and sauna. Did not have time for treatments but other guests said that they were great.
We had only booked bed and breakfast but we did buy a package to eat dinner there for 3 nights. Trouble with this is that you have to use the set menu. The night we used the Rickshaw restuarant (we had read great reviews) the set menu was like a not so good chinese takeaway, so very dissapointing. Other guest who had had the al a carte menus reported to us they had enjoyed the food. Breakfast is what you expect for a good class hotel. So go al a carte for dinner.
Place to eat across the road next to San Anton Gardens, Melita restuarant is excellent, highly recommend as is the Medina restuarant in Mdini, (ten minutes by bus). But book to avoid disappointment.
The bus service on Malta is excellent."
- Travel date: Fri 13th of October 2006
Lovely, old-fashioned hotel.
"I was concerned, having read some of the reviews of this hotel, that my holiday would not be enjoyable, but I must add to the reviews of this hotel, as I think it is a gem; perhaps a diamond in the rough, but a diamond none the less.
The hotel is in a pleasant suburban area of Malta, which is quiet but does mean that there are not many shops and restaurants in the immediate vicinity of the hotel. The local buses are very efficient though, and the bus stop is only about five minutes walk away - we went to Valetta and to Mdina by bus. The buses, although ancient, are cheap and regular.
I will agree that bedrooms, bathrooms and corridors could do with refurbishment, and they will no doubt receive it in due course, but most people do not go on holidays to spend their time in their bedrooms or bathrooms.
The pool area of the hotel is one of the best that I have ever encountered, with plenty of trees and shrubs around to ensure that everyone has a little privacy and plenty of dappled shade.
The food was good, although I felt that the Corinthia Room is a little chilly, both in terms of temperature and of atmosphere.
This hotel is the type that appeals to those who do not go on holiday seeking 'entertainment', but who want a quiet place to sunbathe and catch up on their reading, without disturbance from aerobics in the pool or anything similar.
I very much enjoyed my stay - which unfortunately was curtailed due to an overbooking in the hotel which meant that we had to move to the Radisson Bay Point in the tourist zone - and would go back to this hotel."
- Travel date: Sat 30th of September 2006