THE MOST HISTORICALLY SIGNIFICANT HOTEL IN VALLETTA.
*as featured in Travel Logbook Malta.
Roosting in the heart of Valletta, the glorious capital of Malta, La Falconeria offers its guests the chance to truly experience Valletta´s unique character whilst surrounded by history. The city’s baroque architectural style perfectly fits with the finely detailed Rococo styling of La Falconeria. Here you don’t just experience the city, you become one with it.
Forty three rooms are available at La Falconeria, of seven different styles in various sections of the building encircling the wide courtyard, which is perfect for relaxing and enjoying the fresh sunlight. The courtyard is accessible through the lobby or lounge and set in a mid-century modern style within the historic structure.
The rooms all have the highest standards. Traditional Maltese tiled floors and en-suite facilities to make you feel at home. To take full advantage of the weather, many rooms have balconies and the façade of the hotel is dotted by them. French balconies on the first floor, traditional Maltese balconies on higher floors, open balconies for the suites, and a 35 square metre terrace for the executive suite.
From the third floor upwards, guests can begin to enjoy glimpses of the cityscape, with the harbour and distant seaviews. The executive suites on the upper floors also feature stunning views of no less than five beautiful cathedrals, along with views of Manoel Island and the Sliema promenade.
La Falconeria has a very significant history. Due to Malta’s long history of colonial tourism, the hotel is set on Melita Street. Previous to that the street was known as both Britannia Street and Rue de la Félicité Publique, and it was also baptised by the Knights of the Order of St John in honour of Pope Pius V, as Strada Pia. But to the Maltese, the street was known informally as Strada del Gran Falconiere.
You see, traditionally, the Knights of the Order were required to send a single Maltese falcon every year as an annual fee to Charles V of Spain, King of Sicily, who ruled Malta in the 16th century and had given the island to the Knights in their religious mission. This incredibly historic street is where they kept, trained and bred their falcons.
There are two sides to this hotel. The front half of the building is hundreds of years old; walking through the entrance, one is transported from the present back to the time of the renaissance nobility, with marble flooring and artistic finishes. The latter half was destroyed in WWII, and was rebuilt in a modern style while in symmetry to the rest of the city.
An outdoor courtyard is central to this hotel, providing a tranquil oasis in the open air under the warm Mediterranean sun. These two sides of the hotel along with the modern facilities and luxuries complement the historic feel and live up to the city´s best description: “a city built by gentlemen for gentlemen”.
The name of this beautiful hotel was aptly chosen, conveying the island´s – and this street in particular’s – amazing historical past. Its central location ensures that you are close enough to all the historical landmarks in Valletta, but distant enough to enjoy the peace and quiet of times gone by.
Guests will be happy to find several landmarks and useful connections within walking distance. One can reach the city of Sliema within minutes via the harbour by way of the Sliema Ferry. Republic Street, the High Street, and national bus terminal are all within walking distance, and prestigious buildings and museums can be found everywhere you look. Yet, even though La Falconeria is so central, its position in a quiet side street just off the main thoroughfare ensures you have an oasis to come back to after your busy day.
FOOD AND DRINK
Guests can also partake in the true tastes of the Mediterranean in the in-house restaurant L’Artiglio. L’Artiglio – which means ‘The Claw’ in Italian – will be featuring an inclusive à la carte menu for breakfast for patrons. The restaurant will also be open to the public for lunch and dinner via a separate entrance. Guests can enjoy lunch in the outdoor courtyard when the weather is nice, which is nearly all year round. There is also a separate bar and cocktail for a quick – or a long – drink.
The menu will be constantly changing. With no fixed menu, the chef-chosen daily specials will be seasonal, reflecting Malta’s incredible fresh produce all year round. The taste of Malta will be given to you on your plate, daily. The open kitchen at the end of the restaurant will also provide guests with a direct look into the kitchen as the chefs work, with the Maltese style flooring bringing everything together for a beautiful Mediterranean look.
WIFI : Excellent
LANGUAGES: English and Maltese
CHECK IN TIME: 14.00
CONTACT: 356 2247 6600
ADDRESS : 62 Melita St, Valletta, Malta
GAME TASK: Picture of you doing your best falcon impression on the bed.
EXTRA: Official players of the game get 10% off the price of your final bill at La Falconeria. Courtesy of La Falconeria.