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The Xara Palace Relais & Chateaux

Misrah Il-Kunsill Citta Nobile, Mdina, Island of Malta MDN 1050 Malta
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The Xara Palace Hotel is a unique 17th-century palace hidden away in the medieval fortified city of Mdina, the old capital of Malta. Perched on centuries-old bastions, surrounded by stunning baroque architecture, The Xara Palace Relais & Châteaux, with its luxurious accommodation and award-winning haute cuisine, is truly a haven in which to pause and be pampered. Meticulously and sensitively restored to reflect its former noble standing, the exclusive 5-Star boutique hotel boasts seventeen luxury rooms and suites enjoying stunning views, all individually and tastefully designed with antique furniture and paintings, luxurious Parisian fabrics and king size beds. Our promise to our guests centres on an impeccable attention to detail - from the décor to the serene, unhurried pace of life at The Xara Palace Hotel, through every facet of our service - all setting the scene for nothing less than an exquisitely unforgettable holiday in Malta.
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Property amenities
Electric vehicle charging station
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Bar / lounge
Airport transportation
Free public parking nearby
Street parking
Hot bath
Pool / beach towels
Adult pool
Outdoor pool
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Breakfast in the room
Complimentary instant cofffee
Complimentary tea
Complimentary welcome drink
Outdoor dining area
Snack bar
Wine / champagne
Water park
Evening entertainment
Nightclub / DJ
Car hire
Taxi service
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Photo copier / fax In business centre
Couples massage
Foot massage
Neck massage
Rooftop terrace
Baggage storage
Chapel / shrine
Non-smoking hotel
Sun deck
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Sun umbrellas
First aid kit
24-hour check-in
24-hour front desk
Express check-in / check-out
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
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Room features
Air conditioning
Private balcony
Flatscreen TV
Sofa bed
Room service
Walk-in shower
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Room types
City view
Bridal suite
Non-smoking rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, French, Italian
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Robert Ward wrote a review Dec 2021
London, United Kingdom80 contributions58 helpful votes
Xara Palace is a gem of a place, Amazing service and great comfort right in the heart of Magical Mdina. The food is excellent and the staff most helpful and attentive. It is a also a great base to visit all Malta has to offer.
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Date of stay: December 2021
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1 Helpful vote
Ryan D wrote a review Feb 2020
Brooklyn, New York27 contributions28 helpful votes
Hotel's Favourite
The Xara Palace is a 500 year old building that makes you feel like you are in a different world. Staying in Mdina is especially unique. Once the crowds left each night, we spent hours walking through the medieval alleyways, getting lost and imagining what life was like hundreds of years ago. We were fortunate to have the suite (#11) with a terrace overlooking the courtyard which we enjoyed sitting on during the unusually warm February weather. The windows on the other side provided 180 degree views across the island. I would like to see the bathroom updated. Shower was not up to the standards I would expect at a Relais and Chateaux property. Check in and check our were smooth and the staff helpful and welcoming. We had a problem one evening when we returned to the hotel late. The door was locked and the phone number provided for the night staff did not work. Knocking did not work. I finally found another contact number on the webpage and the night guard let us in. It was very frustrating but fortunately the weather was nice. I would suggest a coded entry system or something else allowing for entry after hours Overall, we really enjoyed staying at this special place and hope to return soon.
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
2 Helpful votes
Response from tonioaquilina, General Manager at The Xara Palace Relais & Chateaux
Responded 25 Feb 2020
Dear ryand866 Thank you for your feedback following your recent stay with us at the Xara Palace Relais & Chateaux. I appreciate your ratings on our facilities, we strive to offer an outstanding service to all our esteemed guests and I am glad you had a lovely experience with us. I have taken note of your comments regarding the shower and especially the phone number on our website, for which I would like to apologize. We look forward to welcoming you back in the future and please do not hesitate to give me a call or send me an e-mail on tonio@xaracollection.com, should you need any further assistance. Best regards, Tonio Aquilina General Manager
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Baldongan wrote a review Dec 2021
Dublin, Ireland8 contributions1 helpful vote
We stayed here for only one night but wished it was longer. We had to move rooms due to a wifi issue (the walls are 500 years old and thick). Any other time having no wifi in such a beautiful old setting would have been a plus, but a work issue came up so we needed a strong signal. Moving rooms led to us meeting the manager Nico, whom we absolutely have to make special mention of, because he really went over and above to make us feel valued and completely at home. His attentiveness and warmth really added to our whole experience. We were there to celebrate two special occasions and his kindness added to this immeasurably. Thank you so much Nico, I hope it will not be too long before we are able to return. Also, breakfast was delicious and served in a wonderful terraced dining room with views over central Malta to the sea. Highly Recommended.
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Date of stay: December 2021
Room Tip: Room 9 is very special.
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MDH wrote a review Nov 2021
London, United Kingdom12 contributions1 helpful vote
The Xara Palace is a a very pleasant place, and ideal for exploring the ancient city of Mdina - it is the only hotel inside the old city walls. It has spectacular views. These are available at breakfast in the restaurant, and from two or three of the bedrooms which are facing the capital city of Valletta. (There are only 18 bedrooom suites in total - the two suites that we had were large). The breakfasts were generous, fresh, and impressive, and the hotel's location in a private courtyard is congenial. Mdina has also become a centre of fine dining, and this hotel is ideally located for that, and itself houses a fine restaurant and a very passable trattoria. The hotel is not ideal for young children, which is often the case with the smaller Relais & Chateaux properties; the pool is also located at a sister property - this is not always made clear in the guides - and is closed from October onwards (Maltese winter).
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Date of stay: October 2021
Room Tip: The best suites have views at the front but all the rooms are nice. The only negative is that...
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Phil/Fon wrote a review Nov 2021
10 contributions15 helpful votes
We stayed at the Xara Palace Hotel for a week,in the Grand Suite ,and had a fabulous time. Beautifully located in historic and atmospheric Mdina, and full of character, this hotel is a joy to experience. All staff were so attentive and responsive to our requirements and went out of their way to be helpful and informative .The manager, Nicco, made sure that we wanted for nothing. Everyone,without exception, was courteous, friendly, welcoming and professional. Faultless service. We dined at The de Mondion restaurant, fabulous cuisine .We thoroughly enjoyed all of the courses offered. We went back a second time ,it was so perfect. Our suite was lovely. Housekeeping superb. We could not have asked for more. We had a wonderful week at Xara Palace and have plans to return. Thank you to all at Xara Palace for a memorable and extremely enjoyable week.
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Date of stay: November 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
1 Helpful vote
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Xara Palace Relais & Chateaux
Which popular attractions are close to The Xara Palace Relais & Chateaux?
Nearby attractions include Mdina Old City (0.1 km), Palazzo Falson Historic House Museum (0.2 km), and Mdina Main Gate - Baroque gateway (0.07 km).
What are some of the property amenities at The Xara Palace Relais & Chateaux?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at The Xara Palace Relais & Chateaux?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at The Xara Palace Relais & Chateaux?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at The Xara Palace Relais & Chateaux?
Yes, free public parking nearby and street parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Xara Palace Relais & Chateaux?
Conveniently located restaurants include Root 81, Townhouse No3, and The Fork and Cork restaurant.
Are there opportunities to exercise at The Xara Palace Relais & Chateaux?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and a sauna during their stay.
Does The Xara Palace Relais & Chateaux have airport transportation?
Yes, The Xara Palace Relais & Chateaux offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at The Xara Palace Relais & Chateaux?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does The Xara Palace Relais & Chateaux offer any business services?
Yes, guests have access to meeting rooms and a banquet room during their stay.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at The Xara Palace Relais & Chateaux?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, French, and Italian.