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Xara Palace Relais & Chateaux

5 out of 5 from 1 review
5 stars
Misrah il-Kunsill, Mdina, Island of Malta MDN 1050, Malta
Located in the “medieval walled city” of Mdina, the Xara Palace Relais and Chateaux is bursting with authenticity of the Maltese culture, decorated with original paintings and sculptures by Maltese and international artists, as well as antique tapestries and furnishings, the rooms reflect this also. There is a restaurant of the roof terrace and the hotel is in a popular location with plenty of places to eat in the surrounding area.

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Big disappointment, but area was nice
10 years 8 months ago
This was the third hotel we stayed at as part of our wedding/honeymoon and was unfortunately our least favourite of the three. Having looked at the hotels website, we were expecting to have a relaxing and comfortable stay in beautiful surroundings.
The surroundings are certainly beautiful, but we found our room to be cramped and dilapidated and definitely not relaxing. The bathroom wasn’t particularly impressive and the shower screen was rusty and the shower temperature and pressure were very variable. The seating area was far too small to relax in and there was only one small wardrobe and a chest of drawers for storage. The air conditioning was old and noisy so we had to turn it off at night so we could sleep. Due to the noise from the street outside, it was impossible to sleep with the window open so the room got very hot at night.
Our biggest bugbear, however, was the stairs between the mezzanine sleeping area and the seating area/bathroom. The lack of handrail alongside most of the steps made them dangerous at night and the loud squeaking they made meant that neither of us could use them without waking the other one up. After 2 nights there we were glad to leave!

On the positive side, the building and location are lovely and it was great to be able to pop back during the day when Mdina itself was too crowded. The roof terrace was an added bonus and should be promoted more. The staff were also very polite and helpful and we did receive a personal reply to the comment form we submitted. I think if possible we would have had a better stay in a different room to the one we were given (room 5).

Mdina itself is a must visit during the day but at night there is little to do and we found the restaurants there to be a bit overpriced. On our last night we ended up at the Grotto Tavern in Rabat which had a lovely food at good prices, we would definitely go there again. If we ever go back to Malta then I think we would certainly revisit Mdina itself but it is highly unlikely that we will ever go back to the Xara Palace.
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