Interview to Melanie S.

 

  • Can you please describe your day in Malta visiting the hotels in Valletta and St Julian’s?

In the morning of Tuesday we were picked up by the bus and drove to the Phoenicia Hotel which is a five star hotel in Valletta. Its front entrance is located right near the triton fountain. I was already amazed by the look of the hotel and couldn’t wait to get in. We went inside and our tour guide showed us the toilets and then the programme started. A very nice man came out and welcomed us. He told us about the beginning of the hotel and that it was the first one on the island. Afterwards we went inside and the tour of the hotel began. Inside it looked as luxurious as the outside and we went to the breakfast room and then to the huge ballroom. In the ballroom there was a comedy sketch going on and it was decorated really beautifully. Then we went to the garden and to the pool area where we could see all over Valletta and also saw the sea. Everyone took pictures and explored the garden. The mini golf course is surrounded by many beautiful plants and I loved the smell of them. At the end of the tour we were free to roam around Valletta and then got picked up to go home.

On Thursday we went to the InterContinental hotel in St. Julian’s which is also a five star hotel. In the lobby we were greeted by the guy who gave us a tour of the hotel. We then went up to the “waterbisquit” which is a place where business dinners could be held. Afterwards we were shown the breakfast and lunch rooms of the hotel, which can hold up to 300 guests at once.  They have an indoor and an outdoor swimming pool and a huge conference room where up to about 1300 people can have meetings. Now the fun part began. We were going up to the exlusive part of the hotel. From floor 15 to 19 you needed a special card for the elevator. On the top floors you have the suites with a beautiful panoramic view and one was shown to us. We then went up to the sky beach and everyone was blown away by what we saw. Its a huge rooftop with an infinity pool. You could see all of the town and the beach. We then got seperated into two groups. My group got picked up and then we finally went to the presidental suit. It’s the most expensive room in the hotel, costing about 5000€ for one night. What fastinated me the most was the whirlpool right in the bedroom and the kitchen where a butler will prepare dinner for you. After this great experience we went down again and had to leave the hotel. Sadly our bus came one hour too late so we had to wait.

  • Did you enjoy these visits and what were the most interesting aspects of this activity for your Erasmus Plus Programme?

I loved these activities but especially the visit to the InterContinental hotel. Without the Erasmus Plus Programm I wouldn’t have had a chance to see the beautiful insides of such a luxurious place.

  • Please briefly describe your impressions with regards to the Phoenicia Hotel.

My first impression with the Phoenicia Hotel was right outside. It looked so elegant and luxury. And that was exactly how I expected it to be. The staff was really polite and professional. Everything was well maintained. It looks like they put hard work into everything they do.

  • Please briefly describe your impressions with regards to the InterContinental Hotel.

Like the Phoenicia Hotel the InterContinental Hotel seemed really elegant and luxury from the outside, but from the inside my mouth fell open. It looked like a dream. It looked so professional but welcoming at the same time. The staff made you feel right at home and you just wanted to stay there. Everything looked clean and well mantained. I would love to come and stay there in a suit.

  • Would you recommend to your friend and relatives to stay at one of the hotels visited and if yes why?

I would recommend the InterContinental Hotel, even though its very pricey, you will have the best experience. The service is really good and he view is breathtaking. 

  • Do you have any suggestion for the hotels’ management with regards to their services or possible improvements if applicable?

I’m not an expert in the hotel management. From what I saw, I will say that they did very well. […]

 

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