Past meets future in Malta

The island is alive with change as it prepares to be European Capital of Culture, with everything from its parliament to luxury hotels getting an upgrade.

With Malta soon to be crowned European Capital of Culture 2018, the island has unveiled several hotel and infrastructure developments, making the destination an increasingly attractive draw for conference and incentive groups.

The capital Valletta’s city gate was recently remodelled by architect Renzo Piano, who was also responsible for Malta’s first purpose-built parliament building, located within the city walls alongside a new open-air theatre. The bus terminus outside the city’s gate is being restructured and upgraded, improving transport facilities. 

Hotel scene

Malta’s iconic five-star property, the Phoenicia Hotel, within walking distance of Valletta’s top attractions, reopened in March following extensive refurbishment. The hotel’s 136 rooms – many offering stunning harbour views – have been upgraded, with a design combining classic and modern elements. Meeting spaces including the Grand Ballroom, which caters for up to 800 for receptions, have also been given a makeover. A new health club and spa, offering eight treatment rooms, a state-of-the-art gym and an indoor swimming pool, is to be unveiled by the end of this year.

The five-star Le Meridien St Julians Hotel & Spa meanwhile, will be rebranded to Malta Marriott Hotel & Spa – as part of this revamp, the hotel will close in 2018 and reopen the following year with a planned increase in the number of executive suites and more premium options it offers. There are also plans to increase the number of rooms, with the addition of two floors to the existing building. Located close to the vibrant nightlife of St Julian’s, the hotel has previously hosted groups of up to 650 delegates for meetings.

Boutique to resort

Also in St Julian’s, the five-star InterContinental Malta upgraded rooms and suites in its multimillion-euro refurbishment and extension project, completed just over two years ago. Two floors were added, creating 30 luxurious suites, with access to an exclusive butler service as well as the Skybeach infinity rooftop pool. The hotel offers 6,000m2 of space for meetings and events, including the InterContinental Arena Conference Centre, which can seat up to 1,700 theatre-style. 

Hilton Malta, again located in St Julian’s, unveiled its refurbishment in April 2016. Renovations were carried out to 293 of the property’s rooms, alongside restaurants and the lobby area. Smaller groups can indulge in boutique chic with a stay at centuries-old palazzos that have been converted into luxury hotels. 

Looking ahead, Hard Rock International’s third European resort is set to open in Malta in 2020. Offering 370 rooms and located in St George’s Bay, St Julian’s, the property will feature a rooftop lounge and 3,400m2 of event space.

To find out more, contact Nicolas Sancho at Conventions Malta.
Tel: (+44) 20 8877 6993
Email: nicolas.sancho@visitmalta.com
Web: www.conventionsmalta.com

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