I do love my job as a travel blogger; however now and again there are things I hate about my work!
This is to pass on to my thousands of reader’s like you great places to stay.
Although actually, I would rather love to keep it a secret. And this is one of those times!
Along the undulating but arrow straight St Paul’s Street in Valletta, Malta is a gem of a hotel called Palazzo Paolina.
By pure chance I ended up staying the night just before an early flight home after a recent visit to Gozo.
Having checked in and always naturally nosey I ended up talking with the owner whom had conceived this idea of running a hotel. Yet he took on the project to refurbish an old building before creating and on his first attempt a hotel that more than satisfies I think the requirements of most travellers. The hotel located in an excellent city central position.
Artist Patrick Dalli whose paintings also hang in passageways and around the four-storey building. Where a mix of old and new design elements from the glass and metal walkways and galleries to the baroque style painted walls and ceiling at the hotel entrance all work well together.
Retaining many traditional architectural features the boutique style of hotel gets it right too in the rooms with modern quality beds and bedding and furniture that is functional yet not fussy. Coffee machine, kettle, smart TV and Wi-Fi all a staple of up to date hotel stays these days.
Well laid out modern toilet and shower ensuite with again quality white robes, towels and toiletries.
A small guest lounge area harks back to an earlier time with some genuine 17th paintings providing a more classical backdrop.
BREAKFAST TO SET YOU UP FOR THE DAY
When it comes to that crucial catering component of breakfast there is certainly no fault there. They have all bases covered from fresh fruit, cereals, and pastries to the more English preference for bacon and eggs and that’s all there too.
Juices along with variety of teas, a classy help yourself coffee machine and our continental cousins are catered for with a varied collection of cheeses and cooked meats and one of my favorites smoked salmon!
Patrick and his son Jean Mark who is the MD now have a product that is a balanced blend of contemporary hotel luxury but still at the very affordable end of pricing.
What intrigues me is that Patrick has acquired another property just along the same street in which he plans to open another hotel there within two years.
That said, having got so much right in his current hotel where on earth will he take the new one now?
I for one will be the first to book in!
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