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Grand Hotel Excelsior

TripAdvisor Review
Malta and Gozo, Europe

Valetta isn't just Malta's capital, but a UNESCO world heritage site. It's a window on a world of history and culture, it's the ideal starting point for an idyllic and deeply satisfying holiday experience. Given all of that, why would you entrust your accommodation to anything but the best that the region has to offer?

The five star Grand Hotel Excelsior with its prestigious location (just a couple of minutes walk from the gates of Valetta) and its astonishing views across Marsamxett Harbour and Manoel Island is as much a draw as Valetta itself.

Experience Malta's rich cultural heritage from the exquisite Grand Hotel Excelsior:

Guests of the Grand Hotel Excelsior are treated to the best of everything: wonderfully comfortable, tastefully appointed rooms, exemplary spa and leisure facilities, and renowned cuisine at its Stellar Valletta Restaurant (one of three restaurant choices). This is, in every sense, a five-star facility.

You will find your room comfortably spacious with enough room for a king-sized bed (or twin beds). Deluxe Partial Seaview rooms and Deluxe Seafront rooms are also available at a premium, but each and every room boasts a large, well-equipped bathroom with a bath and/or seperate shower and all sorts of facilities including satellite TV with additional paid channels, as well as a mini bar, direct dial phone and tea and coffee making facilities.

Wi-Fi internet access is available throughout the hotel, and reassuringly, reception is manned twenty-four hours a day. As you would expect from a hotel of this quality, nothing is too much trouble for the staff to ensure your comfortable stay. You can take your pick of the indoor and outdoor pools, we'd certainly recommend a visit to the hotel beauty centre too.

Rich in the history of Malta, Valetta is a fascinating holiday destination. And when you stay at the Grand Hotel Excelsior, you're perfectly placed to make the most of the experience. Revel in the trip and make the most of the magical experience.

Exclusive Car Hire Offer when you book with Mercury*

Explore more of Malta when you book with us by taking advantage of our exclusive car hire deal. For only £25 you will get the use of a category A style car for 3 days allowing you to get around the island with ease. If you want to know more, please speak to our Reservations team. The offer does not include an optional collision damage waiver which can be booked locally for €10 per day. * Please note that the offer is only available for departure dates between November-March.

Special Offers

Stay for free! Book a 21 night stay and only pay for 18 nights!

Book by 30/11/23, for stays between 01/11/2023 - 31/03/2024.

Not combinable with Early Bird Discount and not applicable for Deluxe Deluxe Inland Rooms.

Stay for free! Book a 7 night stay and only pay for 6 nights! Or, stay longer and save even more (book 14 nights, pay for only 12 nights).

Book by 29/02/2024. Valid for stays between 15/11/2023 – 15/12/2023 Valid for stays between 03/01/2024 – 29/02/2024.

Book by 28/02/2025. Valid for stays between 15/11/2024 – 15/12/2024. Valid for stays between 03/01/2025 – 28/02/2025.

Not combinable with Early Bird Discount and not applicable for Deluxe Twin Inland, Deluxe Single, Deluxe Partial Seaview Sole use and Superior Inland Sole Use.

It pays to book early! Book by 30/11/2024 and save an additional 5% on your hotel stay.

Valid for stays between 01/11/2024 – 31/03/2025 if booked by 30/11/2024.

Not Combinable with Other offers. Offer only available on Bed and Breakfast. No Early Booking Discount on Half Board, Xmas or NYE supplements.

FREE Room Upgrade to next room category for arrivals booked by 02/01/2024 Subject to availability

Valid for Stays 01/03/2024 - 31/03/2024

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  • Indoor and outdoor pools
  • Children's pool
  • Sundeck
  • Health and beauty centre with gym
  • Indoor pool
  • 30 berth marina
  • 3 restaurants (1 open in summer only)
  • 4 bars including a 24 x 7 Harbour View Bar#
  • Courtesy transport to Valletta City Gate+
  • Wi-Fi Internet access
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  • +Departures at 10am and 6pm
  • *Some facilities may incur an additional fee
  • #(2 open in summer only)
Due to the surrounding area and the number of steps around the hotel, it may not be suitable for those with mobility difficulties.

Room Types

Deluxe Inland Double
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Deluxe Sea Front with Terrace
38m2 WiFi
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Deluxe Seaview Room
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Superior Deluxe Sea View Room
33m2 WiFi
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Superior Deluxe Room
35m2 WiFi
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Deluxe Sea Front Room
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The Local Area

EXCLUSIVE CAR HIRE OFFER* - Add 3 days Car Hire for just £25! For more information please call our Reservations Team Today. * Please note that the offer is only available for departure dates between November-March.

This luxurious hotel is located near to the impressive 16th Century bastions of Valletta and offers superb views across Marsamxett Harbour and Manoel Island. The Grand Hotel Excelsior offers standards of service and comfort that one expects from a 5-star establishment. A selection of fine restaurants give the hotel a wide reputation for its high standards of cuisine.

Tripadvisor Reviews

4.0 Very Good5,820 reviews
Very Good
TripAdvisor Review
Excellent location and comfortable room

Very comfortable hotel with good amenities (swimming pool, gym) and a beautiful outlook. We had a sea view with balcony and it was spacious and comfortable, though furnishings were a little tired. There was an issue with our bathroom (water leak from above) but it was speedily resolved and the staff were very helpful.

As other reviews have mentioned, there are a lot of stairs to descent to get to the hotel entrance (and more importantly, to ascend to get out!) but this was not a problem for us. I can see that this access would be uncomfortable in hotter times of year, and very inconvenient or impossible for people with mobility problems.

Would happily stay here again.

Review by 226ChrisP226 London, United Kingdom
TripAdvisor Review
Large hotel in a beautiful setting

The hotel is large & beautiful, set in a convenient location. We reached the hotel at 8pm, and our check in was smooth. We changed our room from a double bed on 3rd floor to a twin bed on the 5th floor because of better views. On our request, the 2 beds were put together and the room rearranged accordingly. At night when we tried the hot water tap in the sink, there was no hot water. After we complained, they promised to send somebody soon but it was a while before the engineer turned up. As it was a big job, by the time the engineer finished, it was well past midnight and we were exhausted. The air conditioner in the room was not great so we could not sleep very well. Next morning we were very tired and complained again. So an engineer was eventually sent up and the issue resolved. From that point onwards, we really enjoyed our stay in the hotel. The room was large with the balcony facing the swimming pool and harbour. The bed was comfortable and the room had all necessity amenities. There was a lot of storage space and a large writing table and a mini fridge. We got complimentary water bottles every day and the housekeeping staff were kind enough to give us two or three more, when required. The breakfasting area was huge and the breakfast spread was quite good but having the same food for 6 days became boring after day 3. As my wife is vegetarian, we thought it would have been better. if they had more hot vegetarian choices. The breakfast staff were really nice and we got a window table on 4 days. The steps from the hotel to the main road may be difficult for people with mobility issues but the road from the hotel to the main road is quite easy and is just a minute longer. My wife used the spa and did not have a good experience. Firstly the spa is just a sauna at a steam room with rooms for massages. My wife tried a summer treatment which she did not enjoy as the body exfoliation, which was meant to be for 30 minutes, was done for less than 10 minutes and the massage was not enjoyable either. On our final day, after checking out, my wife mentioned this experience to the guest relationship staff, Abir, who very kindly offered one drink and one complimentary burger for each of us as a goodwill gesture. She was very professional, polite and very helpful and does need a special mentioning. We used the hotels taxi for airport transfer and would definitely recommend that. On the whole we had a positive experience in the hotel, mainly because of their staff. We were there for 6 nights and would recommend staying here.

Review by Neil91 London, United Kingdom
TripAdvisor Review
Great service, staff and location.

Very comfortable with super views over harbour. Staff were excellent and location is outstanding with easy access on foot to historic Valletta plus to ferry and bus station. Breakfast deal well worth it and pools indoor and out make a great spot to stay.

Review by Excursion56726920446 Edinburgh, United Kingdom
TripAdvisor Review
Lovely hotel very central to Valletta

We really enjoyed our stay in this hotel. Decor elegant - maybe a little dated but don’t let that put you off. The atmosphere and service in the hotel was fabulous. It was relaxing - yet staff were friendly and in hand to help. There are lovely large lounge areas to sit and relax with a drink , snack. We used room service several times which was extremely good value for money and an excellent service. The room was immaculately clean. Even had “ turn down” service in the evenings as well as room cleaned every day , fresh towels etc. Although the hotel was busy we had no issues with noise and slept brilliantly as the huge bed was very comfortable. The breakfast buffet was very varied with a huge range of choice , including freshly cooked omelettes etc. meats, cheeses, cereals, good selection of breads. Cooked breakfasts - fruits and yogurts. The hotel is just a short walk from the centre of Valletta so perfect . Thank you to all the staff for such a welcoming stay. Would definitely recommend.

Review by Lin117 Brighton, United Kingdom
TripAdvisor Review
Second visit

We visited this hotel for the first time in 2016 and really enjoyed our stay so it was an easy choice for our return trip this time. The hotel is a perfect location for walking into Valletta on an evening to enjoy the many attractions. The decor of the hotel is like an opulent, grand, turn of the century stately home. Some reviews have mentioned that it is dark but that is the design and I am sure there are stark , modern hotels to choose if you wish to find them. It is immaculate throughout, although the front of the building could do with freshening up. The staff -whatever their position- were fantastic. Super courteous and helpful. They worked with a smile on their face at all times. We ate in the hotel restaurant once and in the bar once and found the food to be good quality and tasty. Breakfast was also delicious and varied. Plates could be warmer though. The room was huge and had everything we could want. The small, cheap hairdryer could be upgraded I think. All in all we found the hotel excellent value for money, very comfortable and would certainly recommend

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