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InterContinental Hotel Malta: An Upgrading Hotel Experience

Liz and her husband have stayed in many hotels. They aim to help other travelers make informed choices by sharing their experiences.

InterContinental Malta.

InterContinental Malta.

InterContinental Malta

This article combines general information about InterContinental Hotel Malta with our own experience of staying in the hotel in the following order:

  1. About the Hotel
  2. Location
  3. Leisure Facilities
  4. Food and Drink
  5. Why We Chose to Stay
  6. Initial Impressions
  7. Check-In
  8. Junior Suite
  9. InterContinental Club Room
  10. The Club Lounge
  11. Indoor Pool
  12. Afternoon Tea
  13. The Meeting
  14. Highline Suite
  15. Pre-Dinner Drinks and Canapes
  16. Breakfast in the Club Lounge
  17. Building Work
  18. Our Hotel Rating
  19. Thoughts on Our Experience
  20. Top Tips: How to Make the Most of Your Hotel Stay

1. About The Hotel

InterContinental Malta, with 481 rooms, is one of the largest hotels in this luxury brand. The lower front section of the hotel is topped by a large rooftop lagoon-style pool. Behind this, the hotel extends back around a courtyard/garden area. Opened in January 2003, the original building consisted of 15 floors and was designed to resemble a cruise liner with its distinctive balcony railings. Wings extend either side of a central block at the rear of the hotel.

Around 2015 three further floors were added; the two top floors of Highline suites and the roof area boasting the Skybeach with an infinity pool. Rooms on the lower floors are deluxe rooms, family rooms, junior suites, and clubrooms. The higher you go, the better the room and the bigger your bill. Clubrooms and above have a private check-in on the 15th floor near the club lounge.

The added floors stand out clearly from the 15 lower floors.

The added floors stand out clearly from the 15 lower floors.

2. Location

Malta is a European island in the southern part of the Mediterranean, located 50 miles south of Sicily (Italy), 176 miles east of Tunisia, and 206 miles north of Libya. Since independence from the UK in 1964, Malta has increasingly gained an income from tourism, as visitors enjoy its mild climate.

The residential areas around Valletta, the smallest capital in the European Union, have expanded greatly and the construction industry now appears to be in competition to build the highest structure. The bays around Valletta, especially to the north are densely populated.

The InterContinental hotel is located on Bay Street in an area called Paceville in St. Julian's. Although some sites describe the hotel as being by a beach, it is actually a 262-yard walk to the small beach at St. George's Bay, where the hotel has a beach club (in season) and a restaurant, Paranga.

Paceville is known as the nightclub area of Malta. As locations go, this is not the most salubrious. Tall buildings, building sites, and cranes abound. InterContinental has a cinema and a Holiday Inn Express as neighbors with more cinema screens and a bowling alley opposite. Further down the street, there is a shopping mall with a McDonald's outlet.