Name: The Saint John
Malta can sometimes be overlooked by the luxury traveller but make no mistake, it’s a stunningly beautiful island with a rich and fascinating historic past, some lovely beaches and a laid-back vibe. It’s just about knowing where to stay, which of course, we can help with; check out the recently opened Saint John Boutique Hotel which is located in Malta’s capital city of Valletta.
The hotel is situated in the very heart of Valletta, a city steeped in history, culture, style, art and technology, which was unsurprisingly nominated as a European Capital of Culture for 2018 and is also recognised as a UNESCO world heritage site. You are close to all the main attractions in Valletta and are a short walk away from the unique Grand Harbour. Malta is one of those fabulously accessible sunny islands, with flights from London coming in at fractionally over 3 hours; perfect for a short break when you don’t want the inconvenience of a long transfer.
Style & Character
The décor gives you lots of wow-moment that will have your Instagram twitching as soon as you arrive! There’s a cool, industrial vibe, a lot of the spaces are open-plan with an incredible attention to detail in the finishings and retro touches which are very nicely done. Don’t miss the traditional vintage-style courtyard and the wonderful architecture of the 17th century building within which the hotel is housed.
Service & Facilities
Despite the historic exterior, inside the hotel has all the mod-cons and latest technology that you would expect with a modern, luxury hotel, as well as a couple of gadgets and gizmos that you might not expect; smart lighting and USB ports next to your bed to name just a couple. The hotel is a member of AX Hotels and so members of their loyalty program AX Plus can take advantage of a range of benefits including complimentary arrival drinks, free airport transfers and late check out. The hospitality at the hotel is simply superb; the reception desk is open 24/7, the staff are friendly, knowledgeable and extremely efficient.
There are 21 rooms at this boutique hotel; choose from Comfort Rooms, Deluxe Rooms or Superior Rooms. To be honest, all the rooms are divine but you get a little more space and a little more luxury as you head through the levels. Predictably perhaps, the Superior Rooms are my favourite, with an extra living space and a traditional Maltese balcony overlooking a pedestrianised street below; prepare for some awesome people watching! If you’re travelling with friends, the Superior Quad Room is an excellent bet; spacious, sociable and of course, luxurious.
Food & Drink
The hotel has its own dining brand; the ultra-trendy Cheeky Monkey range. Cheeky Monkey Gastropub is the place to go in Valletta; come for the tasty food and stay for the top-quality beer and heavenly cocktails. Food is traditional pub food with a variety of different cultures represented, including Spain, Turkey, the Greek Islands, the Maltese Islands, Italy and neighbouring Sicily. Keep an eye out for events too, top DJ’s perform here and they also serve breakfast which is a firm guest favourite. Actually, you’re spoilt for choice at breakfast time as Cheeky Monkey Creperie serves a scrumptious breakfast, as well as being the spot to satisfy a sweet tooth, with authentic crepes piled with mountains of delicious fruits, whipped cream, sauces and 12 flavours of ice cream.
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