Palazzo Capua4.0 out of 5.0
Recent guest reviews
We recently stayed at the Palazzo Capua which is part of the AX Hotels Group in Malta. We stayed for a week and we really enjoyed our room. We stayed in one of the Deluxe Suites (The Tagliaferro Suite) and it was extremely spacious with a massive balcony which came in handy. There are only 5 rooms (suites) in this building so it feels very exclusive and private. It is adjacent to the Victoria Hotel which is where you have your buffet breakfast (which is included). The swimming pool (which is amazing) and the bars and restaurants are also located at the Victoria Hotel on the (9th) top floor. The distance from the Palazzo Capua to the main hotel building (Victoria Hotel) is only about 30 metres away (less than 1 minute). I would recommend this place without hesitation.
We stayed at Palazzo Capua end of August, Principo Francesco Suite, paying over 900€ for 5 nights. I'm mostly of the opinion that "value for money" has to be considered too when rating a service or a hotel, as expectations are generated according to the prize paid. Let's start with the POSITIVE: - The detached historical building has 5 suites, ours was very large. Interesting emotional architecture impact when you arrive, especially from outside. - The young reception and roof top pool Staff (Russian, Polish, Serbian etc...), friendly, ready to smile and listen at all times. - Car parking for 2€ a day in town, that's excellent. - Wifi works correctly, most of the time. NEGATIVE: - We arrived on two different flights, so we needed to check in twice (that's ok), but what's unacceptable is that the first time the young lady at the reception asked me if she could help me with my luggage but when I saw the trainee coming around the desk I didn't feel too comfortable being a strong men and knowing I had a 20kg in my suitcase, getting this done by a young lady half my size and weight didn't seem appropriate. I was right, walking in the August heat from my car to the building and then very large stairs up one floor with my luggage wasn't even easy for me, I think the girl wouldn't have managed it. When my companion arrived, she had even a larger suitcase, we passed through the second "welcome" process and I was amazed nobody even asked if we needed assistance to get a huge suitcase (it was visible on the floor for everyone) to the other building and up one floor... I have stayed in 2, 3, 4 and 5 star facilities throughout my life and have even met with employees at pensions that were so kind to help you with small luggage when you do not expect it. - At the reception they informed us they had only one key for the Suite (??). Yes, no joke, that's true, and especially surprising when you see that there are two doors to enter the building + room, and the door to your room must be locked with the key if you do not want anyone from outside to get in. Maybe you can imagine what that means. If one person needs to leave the room while the other stays, the door must be closed from outside with the key if you didn't want anyone to get in. You have two options, either to leave the door open while your companion is taking a shower, per example, but at night that wouldn't be possible because you need the first key to get into the building... or close the door with the key, while going out and returning. In the meantime your companion is locked inside the room as long as you're not back... no joke. - So once you enter the room, with the surprise of the luggage and the key which is probably not the best welcome expected, you open the mini bar and... its empty! I was amazed, I mean you get into your room, you come from an international flight, it's hot and... nothing! There is not even a bottle of water. It was not a mistake, I asked the reception and they told me that it was normal, I think even the staff was a bit ashamed... One night we came back from a dinner and a walk, and a helpful staff person at the reception took some keys and walked into the bar to get us some drinks. The other option would've been a dispenser machine with soft drinks and water like those you can find in train stations or gyms... wow effect! - Very weak in matters cleanliness. While opening my hand luggage a cable of my mobile phone fell between a closet and a sofa, so I needed to move the sofa. The dust and dirtiness I could see just under the sofa that I moved was totally unacceptable. After getting my cable, I wanted to find the correct light switches and as the light next to my side couldn't be turned on, I needed to move the table next to the bed, to see if the cable was plugged in (it was not plugged in...).The view was more than terrible, at that stage and even more after finding a long air inside the bed (trust me, it's not a joke, I even showed it to an employee who came inside the room and I told him "don't worry, this can happen") it was clear to me that something was not in order at Palazzo Capua. - Breakfast and breakfast time. It's a totally "commercial breakfast", both in terms of atmosphere and quality. It is served at the adjacent Palace hotel, so cramped some people are moved inside the bar next to the main breakfast "hall" without any window and where all table are set in rows. All the products are of medium quality, they look as they come directly from the supermarket onto the buffet tables, except the fresh melon and watermelon. On another point, while this is certainly my subjective point of view, I find it surprising for a supposedly higher rated hotel at a holiday destination, that breakfast terminates at 10.00... Pardon me, but as I'm coming to relax for a short break, and working hard for the rest of the year, I would have loved to have an option until 11.00 which is the habitual service in any 4 and 5 star I have stayed so far. - Roof top swimming pool. It is a pool they call "infinity pool" indeed you have an excellent view over Sliema, but let's clarify that it is more a "large jacuzzi" with a dimension of I guess 10 x 5 meters (not exaggerating, or maybe 11 by 4 meters). The same as the "cramped breakfast hall", it's full of people, no way to have some discretion at all. Many young waiters from around the world running around, smiling, but not very professional (sorry for that, but both times I was there they made quite some avoidable mistakes in attending us). And, just take a look at the menu and you feel the management just doesn't care, they are "missing" or do not see what's going on. My question is, what would it cost to print a new, nice and clean menu once in a while, so transmitting the idea of care and respect towards your clients? - Air conditioning. I don't consider to be a very demanding person in terms of air conditioning, I like warm climates, but being inside a suite to suffer the heat and don't sleep well due to insufficient air conditioning is a quite of a negative experience. My humble recommendation would be to change/renew the apparatus or tell the maintenance to fix it. Executive summary: If it wouldn't have been for the efforts of the staff, friendly and collaborative, I would have rated this hotel even less. I truly hope this negative judgement will help the management to get things done in a more professional way or to adapt their prices and information to what is the reality of the Palazzo Capua. It's sold as 4 or 5 star, though offering a three star service, not more for sure.
Having previously stayed at the sister hotel The Victoria we tried the Palazzo Capua and were not disappointed. We were in The Prince Charles suite and found it to be very spacious and comfortable. The Palazzo was very quiet during our stay despite everything being fully booked and we were not disturbed by street noise or guests. Guests access the facilities in the Victoria and their other hotel The Palace and we had half board finding all meals plentiful, good choice and staff attentive, the pool facilities were very good with plenty of sun loungers. We have found all staff very helpful and pleasant and cannot do enough to make your stay enjoyable. The area is much quieter than staying on Sliema front but still only a short walk to get to the ferries, bars, shops etc. Very easy to get into Valletta either by bus or ferry. My only comments on improvement would be make the pool area no smoking, the background music around the pool can be little loud if you want to relax and listen to an audio book ( in my opinion) , the carpet in the Prince Charles Suite definitely needs a good cleaning and 1 free bottle of water left in your room would be a much better level of service than having to pay nearly 3 euros for the one provided. All in all excellent week and will return and recommend to anyone.
We stayed at the Palazzo Capua in Malta for a week, the suite was wonderful, loads of space & very clean, my only gripe is the carpet & lounge sofa in the Prince Charles suite could do with an upgrade looking very tired. The bedroom only had a wardrobe so there was no where to put tops & underwear so had to keep them in the suitcase which was a bit annoying. If like me you like drying or straightening your hair in front of a mirror you will have to ask for an extension lead. The staff in the Victoria Hotel which is next door & which you have full use of facilities are very helpful and can't do enough to help, I noted that some people complained about the breakfast, why I don't know there was everything you could possibly want & a wide range to cover everyone's needs, the Palazzo is also conveniently situated for both the beach & ferry to Valletta. We enjoyed our week & would return but a nice bottle of cold water in the fridge would be welcoming after a long journey.
On arrival you go to the Hotel Victoria just next door to Pallazzo Capua. The staff there are delightful and can not do enough for you however, the standard of the hotel is way below the standard of the Pallazzo room/suites. Well decorated with a bed on a mezzanine floor is well furnished with a dining table, sofa and a good sized bathroom. Two doors open out onto a terrace which overlooks a new private hospital which is very quiet. Breakfast was dreadful, all self service with the cooked offering sweating in covered dishes, press a button for the coffee and the fruit on offer was tinned pears or peaches and wedges of orange or apple that are seen at half time on a rugby pitch. Why not serve breakfast in the suite on the dining table? Use fresh local fruits found on Mediterranean islands. Thee is a 5 star hotel next door maybe they serve a better breakfast. What a shame, the staff are so good and professional but let down by poor breakfast.
So by no means all negative very different hotel in an old palace , lovely ambiance and very comfy bed in the suite which had 2 floors. Air conditioning very good and nice overall suite. Shower was very small but given it's an old building they must have struggled for space. Most of the time staff friendly and helpful but pool area indoors was not nice and at times like a youth club apparently members of the gym can pop in any time on the Saturday they were in blasting music on speakers and taking endlesss pictures .We asked one of the staff to sort it out and first person instead of dealing with it had a laugh with the people making the noise. One of the staff (forget his name bald with glasses) did come up again but even after this my wife ended up having to ask them to be quiet as they didn't listen to him (he also seemed to find them amusing ). He told me later on he had sorted it out which I knew he hasn't which made it worse .In a 5* hotel you don't expect that. So I don't think we would stop again we love Malta and have booked next trip already staying at the grand in Valletta we stayed there last year and it is in a different class to be fair. So if you can get a good deal and you are not bothered about the indoor pool then may be worth a go but we are unlikely to return.
The hotel is quite simply gorgeous. However, the staff take it to another level. We visit Malta every year, we stay in a different hotel every time. I can honestly say this is the best place to stay. The staff are brilliant, friendly but not in a forced way, professional but not in a stuffy way, they know you by name, before you check in!! 5* all the way! We will be back ❤️
The Palazzo Capua is a stunning old building located next to The Victoria and Palace Hotels. You check in at the Victoria and have the use of facilities at both hotels. Beautiful roof top pool and Asian restaurant in the Palace hotel. The hotel is up a hill from the main area of Sliema but has great wee pubs and restaurants close by. Ferry to Valletta is only 5 mins and very cheap as is all public transport in Malta. We loved the charm of the Palazzo, yes noise could be a bit of a problem and the odd smell from the drains but it is an old building and that's to be expected. If you like modern clean lines its not for you but if like us you like something different with charm then the Palazzo is for you. Would go back in a heart beat. Very good breakfasts too.
We have stayed here before and absolutely love the peace and quiet. Beautiful building. Great facilities. This time we were in the smallest suite 809...previously stayed in one of the larger suites. Few things not right...smell from shower, stain on bedding, one door to veranda didnt lock or open. Reception was quick to act but solution was to permanently lock door for our stay. Bedding stain was a post wash stain! Also, although it was unusually cold for this time of year the towel rail in the bathroom didnt work...so very cold! As was downstairs generally due to ineffective heating. Would we come back? Maybe not....
Great location in the centre of Sliema but in a quiet street. First thing to say is that the check-in is at the Hotel Victoria next door - the Palazzo is basically an annex of the Victoria. Second thing is that it is very grand but all the facilities are in the Victoria. Our room was very comfortable but was on two levels connected by a small spiral staircase. Fine the young and nimble but not ideal for us so we moved into the main hotel. The staff could not have been more helpful and we got a super room straight away even though they were 95% occupied. The victoria is great, with a rooftop terrace and infinity pool right next to a bar and amazing views over Sliema and Valletta. Highly recommended.
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87% of guests recommend this hotelTotal of 92 reviews