on February 25, 2011
The Castille Hotel has a certain faded… well, I won’t say ‘charm’. It reeks of the ‘70s. However, upon returning to Valletta from Gozo for our last night in the country we wanted a simple room for the night. Having had a look at a room and decided that it was alright, though nothing special, we agreed to pay the requested €80 for a double room. The Castille Hotel is located slap bang next to the Auberge de Castille, once the headquarters for the Castillian branch of the Knights of St John. The Auberge is a very ornate building which now houses the offices of the Maltese Prime Minister. On the other side of the hotel was a small, low temple-looking building – it turned out that this was actually Malta’s stock exchange.Our room must have been the best in the place, dead centre on the second floor with a long walk-in window gallery. The only word I can think of to describe our room is ‘blue’. Duck-egg blue walls, blue curtains, blue bedspread, big blue chair. Quite odd. The en suite bathroom had a shower that came off the bath taps, but no hook on the wall from which to hang it, forcing me to shower with one arm stuck up in the air. They lose a star for that. And another for the fact that two chambermaids parked themselves right outside our door for a gossip at 7.30 in the morning. It was still quieter than the Boutique however!The hotel has a restaurant on the top floor. Breakfast is served here in the mornings and they do a good-value set menu in the evenings. There is an exterior balcony where we ate for our last night in Malta. Even in late November it was still (just about) warm enough to dine outdoors. The food wasn’t particularly memorable but the view over the rooftops down towards the Grand Harbour and the lights of the cities ringing it was.
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