Palazzo San Pawl
Apartment | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 2
The Palazzo is located barely a 100m from the Co-Cathedral of St. John's housing the biggest masterpiece by Caravaggio. Living in Valletta is like living in an open air museum, perfect for culture seekers who would truly like to discover this world heritage city.
A spacious apartment situated on the first floor of a beautifully and lovingly restored Valletta Palazzo. The Palazzo is nearly 400 years old and was originally built by the Soverign Military order of Jerusalem (Knights of Malta), it is very centrally located just round the corner from the Co-Cathedral of St.Johns and very close to all amenities.
|Size||Sleeps up to 2, 1 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest Amenities||100 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Luqa airport 6 km|
|Family friendly||Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player, Staffed property, Sea view|
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning, TV, CD player, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 En suites, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Furniture||Double beds (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 5|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
The apartment has just been renovated and is located on the first floor overlooking the street. It has 2 windows and a traditional enclosed wooden balcony onto the street. The apartment consists of a living room with a kitchen area, a small 3 seater sofa with 2 armchairs, and a table for 4, a bedroom with a double bed and a modern bathroom en suite (large shower).
The apartment has central heating throughout , cable TV and wireless internet. The rooms have ceiling fans and AC available in the bedroom. Additional accommodation can be provided in the living room an at extra cost of 25€ /night (sofabed) - will need to have access to en suite bathroom.
|Further details outdoors|
By means of the newly installed lift one has access to the spectacular roof terrace and BBQ area. The roof terrace commands wonderful sweeping views over the Grand harbour. There is a table seating 6 and 6 sunbeds.
* Welcome pack provided on arrival.
* Courtyard is shared with the owners of the house who live on the top floors of the palazzo and will be on hand to answer any questions or problems that might arise.
The Island of Malta region
A Holiday in Malta is like stepping back in time, there are several world heritage sights that are the oldest known human structures in the world. It is not only the people and the history but also the architecture which gives Malta its appeal.
10 reasons why you should take a holiday in Malta:
#1 The Climate
Malta Weather > Superb climate.
Malta has a superb climate, the sun shines almost all year round, with temperatures reaching above 30 degrees in summer and hardly ever falling below 15 degrees in winter!
#2 History & Culture
History of Malta > Ancient cultures.
The Maltese islands have been touched by the most influential ancient cultures. What makes them so unique is that their history unfolds before your eyes at every corner, from ancient ruins, and cart ruts to Forts and Palaces; there is something to please everyone
Malta Flights > Low crime rate.
One important factor about Malta is that the island is a very safe place to be, its crime rate is one of the lowest in Europe. Flying to Malta is also easy and safe to do.
#4 Centre of the Mediterranean
Malta Tours > Extend your trip.
Because of its great location, holidaying in Malta can be an extension of a trip elsewhere, a quick stopover or a week or so to soak in the culture and sights.
Maltese Language > English speaking.
The wonderful thing about Malta is that most people speak English as well as Maltese, which makes life easy for any traveller in a new country.
#6 A piece of Malta
Malta Property > Island treasures.
Not only will you be able to explore and enjoy the island but you will also be able to purchase a number of local products to remind you of your stay, from lace and honey to pottery and glass. People are even going to the extent of buying property!
Malta Restaurants > Hobz biz-zejt.
If you like to experiment with various traditional meals, there are a number of local dishes that are worth trying like fenkata (rabbit stew), Bragoli (beef stew in tomato sauce), Hobz biz-zejt (bread with oil and tomato) and if you have a sweet tooth, Helwa is a must!
Size of Malta > Enchanting and intimate.
Malta is the largest of the 3 islands that constitute the archipelago, it is 122 sq miles, and is an independent country yet because of its size, it remains enchanting and intimate. The best way to get round the island is definitely by car, although the local bus rides are just as good.
#9 Island life
Choosing Malta for your holiday will really leave you with the taste for more, the way of life is very Mediterranean and you will find yourself caught up in its seductive grip. With a wide variety of tours you will be able to get a good insight into the history.
#10 The People
The People > Friendly and hospitable.
The ease of daily life is reflected in the expressive faces and relaxed nature of the locals. They are friendly and hospitable and hold a certain charm about them.
For such a small island there is an immense amount of history surrounding it. Here is a brief look at what has happened through the ages from ancient times to the present day.
It is thought that the first settlers made their way to Malta from Sicily bringing with them basic tools for survival. There is also evidence of pygmy hippos and deer from Africa that suggest that settlers may have come from far and wide.
It was during the copper age that the temples were thought to have been constructed, with recent research suggesting that they are 1000 years older than the Pyramids of Giza.
Over time Malta became home to new groups of people, including the Phoenicians. Its central location and harbours were of great use for their trade. This is where the name Malta derived, its original name Malet, meaning shelter. The Phoenicians were the founders of the race as it is today due to their integration with the native inhabitants of the island.
During the Punic Wars, Malta, fell into the hands of the Carthaginians and Romans. During this time, the Romans, made Malta well known in the Roman World through its production of textiles. In 60 A.D., St Paul was shipwrecked on the island and consequently converted the local people to Christianity.
When the Roman Empire was failing, the Arabs took over Malta, for over 200 years.
The Normans followed with a takeover of Malta in 1090. Malta was faced with feudal times until the Knights of St John, who were thrown out of Rhodes, were granted Malta as their new home. They were to call themselves The Knights of Malta.
It wasn't long before the Turks attempted an invasion on Malta that was to be known as The Great Siege. During this time great, fortified cities were built to protect the islands.
In 1798 Napoleon took over the island with ease and the Knights fled. This caused the Maltese to revolt against the French using British assistance. The British took over Malta, and transformed the island into a Naval base. This meant that Malta became the target of much abuse during World War 2, bombs destroyed many historical buildings, the island was left in pieces.
It was on the 15th of April 1942 that Malta was awarded the George Cross for civilian bravery. Britain's highest award was presented to the entire population of the Maltese Islands.
It wasn't until 1964, after 100 years of British rule, that the islands were granted independence and eventually became a Republic in 1974. A president was elected for the country, which had become a Parliamentary Democracy.
Since becoming an Independent Country, Malta has thrived, it's main source of income coming from tourism. Malta became a member of the EU on the 1st of May 2004.
Valletta, Malta’s capital and a World Heritage site, is nothing short of an open-air museum. It is a living experience of Baroque architecture, a monument donated by the Knights of St John nearly five centuries ago. Throughout the years, Valletta has welcomed emperors, heads of state, artists and poets and is now the permanent seat of the Maltese government.
Dotted with quaint cafés and wine bars, the city is today one of Malta’s main tourist attractions, hosting among others, the majestic St John’s Co- Cathedral, the imposing bastions and a treasure of priceless paintings. It also provides a stunning snapshot of Malta’s Grand Harbour, often described as the most beautiful in the Mediterranean.
The city’s unique setting nowadays plays host to a series of cultural events, from theatre in English, to concerts by leading opera singers.
A hive of business activity during the day, the city switches to a slower gear for the night. Use it to your advantage to get away from the noise and take a stroll to admire the magic of the fortified capital amplified by the gentle lighting. Admire the bastion walls, the dense clusters of worn limestone buildings, the timber balconies, and imposing Churches.
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22 Jul 2014
"An historic and beautifully presented apartment in Valletta"
My wife and I had an amazing stay in Valletta at Palazzo San Pawl. The property itself is a traditional Palazzo-style property that opens in from an unassuming entrance into a beautiful hallway and co… More
Thank you for your great review! We really appreciate your contribution!
12 Jul 2014
"Lovely apartment, but let down by owner"
This lovely apartment in a central part of Valletta is well located and exactly as described on the website. We had one hiccup prior to our arrival when Norman contacted us to say that there was a “problem” with the room and it would not be available for the first night of our booking (despite it being made 6 months beforehand). It was not made clear to us exactly why this happened but Norman did arrange an alternative apartment for us for one night until we could move in. We felt that the room had been double booked and we were 'bumped' for one night so a longer booking could be accommodated. The housekeeper was cleaning the room when we arrived.
We stayed in the Pinto Suite which is on the first floor of the Palazzo and faces on to San Pawl street. We did not find it too noisy as we were out most of the day and any traffic didn't seem to start until after 7 or 8 am. It was very convenient to walk to all places in Valletta and also only 6-7 minutes to the main bus station where you catch buses all over the island.
There were some odd things about the apartment - for example the sheeting on the bed consisted of a bottom sheet covered by two single duvet covers (which I guess acted as the top sheet). On top of this was the duvet itself. Every morning we had to remake the bed from scratch as the two single duvet covers had got tangled.
There were also a lot of knick knacks around the apartment - particularly made of glass or china. Although not unattractive, I would be worried if we had had small children with us.
All the dishes were stacked on top of each other in a cupboard over the cooktop. If you wanted a dinner plate you had to remove all the other plates to get to those on the bottom.
The apartment was adequately stocked with bread, butter and some jams as well as a nice fruit basket, tea and coffee.
Thank you for your review which we really appreciate! With regards to you seeing the housekeeper clean the apartment before you moved in and thus insinuating that we had bumped you off for a night!- we had the plumber in sorting a problem and it was cleaned after he finished the job. With regards to your problem having tangled sheets! You could have easily mentioned it to us or the housekeeper on the several occasions we met and it would have easily been sorted! Other comments are superfluous as we rarely accept any children!
6 Jul 2014
"A delightful haven in the middle of a beautiful city"
I would highly recommend the apartment we stayed in at Palazzo San Pawl. The owners were particularly helpful and attentive, and the apartment is quite charming, renovated to a high standard. The decor is interesting and artistic, the kitchen had all we needed, the peace was amazing, and the use of the rooftop terrace with views out over the harbour was a real bonus. A lovely place to spend some time. We were right in the heart of the old part of Valletta, and only moved from Valletta to take a boat trip on the harbour and a bus to M'dina. The location was perfect. We loved the sound of the church bells.
Thank you for your review of our property! We are glad that you enjoyed your stay in the Pinto Suite and really appreciate your very positive comments!
22 Jun 2014
"Location, Location, Location"
We just spent 4 weeks in this magnificent apartment, which has been beautifully restored by the owners, Norman and Michael. The apartment block is located within minutes of the shopping precinct, grea… More
Thank you for your great review! Much appreciated!
25 Oct 2013
"Taste, Style and Location in Valletta"
We stayed for four nights at this superbly restored, 400 year old town house in the basement Viilhenia Suite. Norman and Michael were very hospitable and the use of the terrace is a huge bonus; Vallet… More
Thank you for your review , greatly appreciated!.
20 Oct 2013
"what a view"
We stayed in the basement apartment, full of character, beautifully furnished, spacious and comfortable. A quick lift ride up to the roof and there is the most fantastic view of the grand harbour, so … More
Thank you for your wonderful review! We always strive to welcome our guests and make them feel at home!
14 Jun 2013
"This is a wonderful place to stay"
Palazzo St Paul is at the top end of Valletta. It is perfectly placed to wander around Valletta itself or to the bus terminal if you want to venture further. Valletta is quite small, so you can easi… More
5 Mar 2013
"Un rêve à Valletta"
Situation centrale dans la ville, accueil efficace à l'arrivée et discret tout au long du séjour, literie, ameublement, espace, salle de bain, cuisine, décoration...............AUCUNE FAUSSE NOTE et même un ascenseur pour aller sur la terrasse !!!!
Quelques attentions particulières, bouteille de vin, petit bonbon, corbeille de fruits frais.
J'ai réservé en direct, sans intermédiaire, et recommande cet endroit à tous ceux qui aiment voyager dans le confort et sans surprise. CL
22 Apr 2012
"Lovely apartment, great location"
We stayed in the Vilhena suite, a lovely apartment with a kitchen, living room and bedroom on three floors. The apartment is very well equipped and furnished - we were only there for four days, but it… More
16 Apr 2012
Fantastic , we have told lots of friends and family,beautiful apartment with everything in easy walking distance from shops ,sites ,and restaurants,if dining in well equipped.One little thing as we stayed in the warmer months the fans struggled to cope and the front street was quite noisy 1st thing( 6 a.m) other than that a great stay ,from the welcoming basket to the guided tour of this beautiful villa .
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