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March 16, 2003
Kids have their own supervised play center, while adults can play at the casino just down the seawall from the hotel. In season, there’s a diving school on the premises.
My ability to write a wholly impartial review is compromised by three factors:
- I had a medical emergency during my stay, and the hotel staff made extraordinary efforts to help rearrange my travel plans and see to my well-being during five days in the hospital.
- My stay was in the off-season, in one of the coldest Februaries on record for Malta, and none of the outdoor facilities were usable. Also, one of the hotel’s best restaurants was closed during most of my stay.
- I was paying a promotional rate considerably lower than one would normally pay in a Westin.
My first night was in a standard room, more than large enough, with a balcony overlooking the pool deck and ocean beyond. The only problem was a pesky light that was on an automatic timer and couldn’t be shut off. When I complained, the front desk sent a maintenance man up to remove the bulb.
After the medical problem was resolved, I found myself upgraded to a room with one of the Westin’s heavily advertised "Heavenly Beds." It WAS comfortable: high-quality mattress, feather comforter, and more pillows than anyone could have used. You could probably have slept a family of four in that bed.
Service at the Lobby Bar and the restaurants was generally superb, although the continental breakfast buffet in the lobby required having the bartender fetch items that should have been available for self-service--like coffee and orange juice.
The person on duty at the front desk would invariably smile and greet me by name as I passed by, although the concierge wasn’t always available for tour advice.
My principal disappointment was that none of the full-service restaurants opened for dinner until 6:30pm, considerably later than this American prefers. The propery’s prestige restaurant, the Compass Rose, had a very appealing menu but didn’t open until 7:30pm. The hotel’s Terrace Restaurant, which finally opened for dinner on my last night at the Dragonara, served a superb buffet with several à la carte menu selections as well.
There’s public bus service once every half hour, plus service every 7 to 8 minutes from a stop a half mile away.
From journal Fortress Malta: A Study in Survival
New York City, New York
April 10, 2002
The hotel features a state-of the art fitness center with spa services, and a beautiful outdoor pool and lounging area overlooking a rocky beach on the Mediterranean Sea. It also has a well-maintained casino, which I was disappointed to find had a very limited selection of games; really just slots, roulette and blackjack.
The lobby is a huge, formal, marble affair with a piano bar and massive vases of fresh flowers at every turn. Rooms are oversized and every single one features a big terrace with a full ocean view. All the amenities you'd expect in a top-notch hotel chain are available, and the service was quite good, though they did miss a wake up call or two!
We ate one night at one of the hotel restaurants, an Italian place called Palio's. The most outstanding feature was the almost obscenely huge size of each of the dishes... just an appetizer was enough to fill us up! The food was good, not fantastic, and the service was friendly but slow. I wouldn't highly recommend Palio's, as there are other, more interesting restaurants on the island.
All in all, the Westin Dragonara was a lovely place to stay, especially for the very low price.
From journal Exploring Malta: Ancient Ruins & Silent Cities