The Grand Hotel Excelsior, in collaboration with the High Commission of India and India Tourism Office (Milan), will be celebrating the International Day of Yoga in Malta on Sunday 21st June. The general public is invited to participate in a Yoga for Harmony and Peace session led by Yoga Guru Master Dr. James Eruppakkattu, the founder of Shanti Yoga School. After completing his studies in Yoga Jivana Satsangha in Ananda Ashram, Pondicherry, he chose to devote himself to the practice of Yoga. Dr. Eruppakkattu qualified as a Yoga teacher at Yoga Madhava Kaivalyadhama Shreeman Mandira Samiti, Lonavla. In recent years he has deepened his knowledge on Kundalini yoga under the guidance of Shri Gurudeva Vagish Shastri.
The Yoga session is free of charge and will take place at the Bastion Terrace, overlooking the Marsamxett Harbour. The 90 minute event starts at 08:30 hrs. No booking is required.
On Monday 22nd June, Grand Hotel Excelsior’s kitchen brigade is inviting you to experience Indian cuisine and culture during an Indian themed dinner that will be served at the Grand Ballroom from 19:00hrs. Indian Bollywood dancers will entertain our guests. For more information or bookings, please contact our Food & Beverage team on 21250520 or email email@example.com.
VALLETTA, MALTA, May 2015: Grand Hotel Excelsior today announced that it has been recognised as a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame winner. The Certificate of Excellence award celebrates excellence in hospitality and is given only to establishments that consistently achieve great traveller reviews on TripAdvisor. The ‘Hall of Fame’ was created to honour those businesses that have earned a Certificate of Excellence for five consecutive years. Winners include accommodations, eateries and attractions located all over the world that have continually delivered a superior customer experience.
“Being awarded the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence five years in a row and inducted into the ‘Hall of Fame’ is a true source of pride for the entire team at Grand Hotel Excelsior and we’d like to thank all of our past guests who took the time to share their experience on TripAdvisor,” said Norbert Grixti, General Manager at Grand Hotel Excelsior. “There is no greater seal of approval than being recognised by one’s esteemed guests. With the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence based on customer reviews, the accolade is a remarkable vote of confidence to our business and our continued commitment to excellence.”
“Winning the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for five consecutive years is a remarkable feat. TripAdvisor is pleased to induct five-time award winners into the ‘Hall of Fame’,” said Marc Charron President, TripAdvisor for Business. “By putting a spotlight on businesses that are focused on consistently delivering great service to customers, TripAdvisor not only helps drive an improvement to hospitality standards around the world, it also gives businesses both large and small the ability to shine and stand out from the competition.”
When selecting Certificate of Excellence winners, TripAdvisor uses a proprietary algorithm to determine the honourees that takes into account the quality, quantity and recency of reviews and opinions submitted by travellers on TripAdvisor over a 12-month period as well as business’s tenure and ranking on the Popularity Index on the site. To qualify, a business must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, have a minimum number of reviews and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months.
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African – European and Mediterranean Maritime Summit
Wednesday 22 April 2015 – Malta is very honoured to be hosting the first local Mare Forum. The geographic position of the island and its long history in shipping sector makes it an ideal destination for members of the maritime and energy industry to analyse and discuss the future of the shipping and maritime industries in the Mediterranean, African and European region.
Being closely related, global trade as well as energy exploration and production will be thoroughly discussed. Investments on innovations and technological advantages, playing an unequivocally pivotal role in this sector, as well as financing issues related to these investments shall also be addressed.
Top ship-owners, operators, energy executives, charterers, traders, analysts, bankers, maritime lawyers, consultants, entrepreneurs, classification societies, regulators, port and terminal operators, the media and other successful businessmen of related sectors along with a high-level international audience will be present in order to exchange views, visions and valuable information.
The Prime Minister of Malta, Dr. Joseph Muscat will be hosting the evening dinner on the 21st while The Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Mr. Joe Mizzi, will be the keynote speaker of the conference on the 22ndApril.
Mare Forum is globally considered to be one of the most influential global forums for the maritime and shipping industry. Malta welcomes this conference, in which the various stakeholders will be brought together and engage in a decisive dialogue and debate.
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For the fourth year running team members at the Grand Hotel Excelsior will be organising The Santas’ Swim, and are inviting colleagues, guests and members of the public to a swim in the clear, chilly waters of Marsamxett Harbour. Alternatively they can make a splash in the hotel swimming pool on Saturday 6th December to raise money for L-Istrina. In this year’s edition Dorothy and her Wizard of Oz friends will be teaming up with the Three Kings of the Orient as Santa’s Special guests and will do a brave dive for charity.
Each Santa will receive a Santa hat whilst Santa’s Elves will be on hand to give a bathrobe and a well-deserved warm drink and home-made cookies to every participate when they come out of the water. Facilities for showering and changing will be available. Santa, Alice and the Mad Hatter will be awarding a Certificate of Participation to all Santas. Those who don’t have a tough enough spirit for cold water temperatures are being encouraged to turn up and give their support to the brave Santas.
For the third year running former local Waterpolo players are being invited to return to action for a Waterpolo exhibition match just off the hotel’s private beach. The Malta Police Force band will bring joy with their live Christmas music and will be welcoming the participants at the Grand Hotel Excelsior lobby at 10am.
A donation of €10 from every swimmer will go to L-Istrina. Participants are encouraged to register for this Charity event by contact the Grand Hotel Excelsior Christmas desk on 21250520 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Grand Hotel Excelsior is inviting the public to join them for its annual Christmas Tree lighting ceremony on December 1st. The event starts at 7pm and will bring together the well-known Irish classical musical group – The Priests.
Valletta, Malta: September 2014: Celebrating World Tourism Day at the Grand Hotel Excelsior on Friday 26th September 2014.
As done in previous years, The Grand Hotel Excelsior will be celebrating the World Tourism Day on Friday, 26th September, 2014. The theme this year is Tourism and Community Development.
Between 10.00 hours and 19.00 hours, the Hotel Lobby shall be set up by stalls displaying Maltese Artisans such as Traditional Weaving, Lace Making, Filigree, etc. At 11.00 hours the Minister of Tourism, Dr. Zammit Lewis will visit the Grand Hotel Excelsior to meet both staff members and guests participating in the World Tourism Day.
At 17.00 hours a Fashion Show in the Hotel Entrance will be presented, highlighting a unique walk-through of Maltese History starting from the Prehistoric Era up to the Second World War.
Throughout the day, Excelsior team members will be showcasing the various initiatives that the hotel has taken in the past months in support of various philanthropic entities and individuals in need as part of the Corporate Social Responsibility Programme.
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VALLETTA, MALTA, July 2014: For this summer season, the Grand Hotel Excelsior is launching the Tiki Village as its newest breath-taking venue by the water’s edge. The Village has been set up close to the Marina, so guests can revel in stunning harbour views while relaxing in a beautiful and exotic ambiance.
The Tiki Village is comprised of 10 Villas, which can be rented out by guests, and its unique Blue Ocean Bar. Each Villa seats six people and additional seating is available within the venue. Guests can enjoy light snacks at lunchtime, and delicious platters will be served in the evening.
The inception of the Tiki Villas took place in The Philippines when the hotel owners visited self-employed carpenters who earn their living by producing indigenous products. The base of the Villas is comprised of bamboo, while the roof is made of Nipa, a species of palm native to the coastlines of the Indian and Pacific Oceans. Indeed the Villas are typical to the style of carpentry commonly used in The Philippines.
By opting to purchase the Villas from self-employed carpenters, as opposed to buying mass-produced products, the Grand Hotel Excelsior is able to offer a more authentic experience to guests. Furthermore the hotel is promoting Fair Trade whilst assisting workers in The Philippines to make a living and improve their quality of life. It is a shining example of Sustainable tourism put into practice.
This Summer, if you would like to enjoy a unique experience, relax at our Tiki Village and enjoy some refreshing drinks and light snacks in wonderful surroundings.
VALLETTA, MALTA, May 2014: The Grand Hotel Excelsior Malta today announced that it has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence Award. The accolade, which honours hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveller reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide. Establishments awarded the Certificate of Excellence are located all over the world and represent the upper echelon of businesses listed on the website.
When selecting Certificate of Excellence winners, TripAdvisor uses a proprietary algorithm to determine the honorees that takes into account reviews ratings. Businesses must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, volume and recency of reviews. Additional criteria include a business’ tenure and popularity ranking on the site.
“Winning the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence is a true source of pride for the entire team at the Grand Hotel Excelsior and we’d like to thank all of our past guests who took the time to complete a review on TripAdvisor,” said Norbert Grixti, General Manager at this luxury 5 star hotel in Malta. “There is no greater seal of approval than being recognised by one’s customers. With the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence based on customer reviews, the accolade is a remarkable vote of confidence to our business and our continued commitment to excellence. The achievement of this prestigious award coincides with the launch of our new Wi-Fi platform through which we guarantee a free Wi-Fi service to all our guests not only in the public areas but also in all 433 rooms.”
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Whether you’re looking for history and culture, a beach retreat and some shopping, or some culinary delights, the Grand Hotel Excelsior Malta is an ideal base to tour Malta’s towns and villages. So centrally located, this luxury 5 star hotel on the doorstep of Valletta will make your holiday a unique and memorable experience.
VALLETTA, MALTA, 9 March 2014: Grand Hotel Excelsior General Manager Mr Norbert Grixti presented a cheque to Dar tal-Providenza director Fr Martin Micallef for the purchase of a ceiling hoist for the soft room forming part of the multi-sensory area for residents at the home in Siġġiewi.
The presentation was made on behalf of the hotel’s Sports & Social Welfare Club. Fr Micallef thanked the club’s committee members for the donation, saying it will help improve the quality of life of the residents.
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VALLETTA, MALTA, 21 February 2014: The management and staff at the Grand Hotel Excelsior Malta are extremely honoured to have had the opportunity to host the President of the Hellenic Republic, His Excellency Karolos Papoulias, during his two day visit to Malta. He was accompanied by the Maritime Affairs Minister Militadis Varvitsiotis and Deputy Foreign Minister Kyriakos Gerontopoulos. This visit coincided with the fifth Greek Presidency of the European Union.
The Grand Hotel Excelsior strongly believes in its commitment to promote hospitality and friendship to all its distinguished guests. Before his departure, the Greek President thanked the Excelsior staff and signed the visitors book.
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VALLETTA, MALTA, January 2014: The Year of the Horse is fast approaching, and all is set at the Grand Hotel Excelsior to celebrate in a Grand Style the most important festivity in the Chinese calendar. The Hotel Lobby has been decorated with authentic Chinese decorations which are a symbol of growth and prosperity, whilst looking forward for a new beginning as we welcome the Year of the Horse.
Chinese New Year, better known in China as the Spring Festival, is a time to welcome longevity, wealth and prosperity and to eliminate any negative events from the past. In Chinese tradition, each year is dedicated to a specific animal. The Dragon, Horse, Monkey, Rat, Boar, Rabbit, Dog, Rooster, Ox, Tiger, Snake, and Ram are the twelve animals that are part of this tradition. Each of these animals are thought to bestow their characteristics to the people born in their year. In 2014, the Horse is welcomed back after the 2013 year of the Snake.
People born in the Year of the Horse are vigorous and energetic. Their most striking point lies in their strong self-confidence and gentleness. Some famous personalities who were born in the Year of the Horse are Harrison Ford, John Travolta, Cindy Crawford, Oprah Winfrey, Denzel Washington and Beetle’s legend Paul McCartney.
Chinese people may celebrate this feast in slightly different ways but their wishes are almost the same; they want their family members and friends to be healthy and lucky during the New Year.
Dine at the Spice Island Restaurant on Thursday 30th January 2014 and experience a traditional Chinese feast as Excelsior’s Asian chefs prepare a special Chinese New Year themed menu. The sumptuous dinner includes live cooking stations, authentic sushi corner, and signature dishes such as the Thai Red Curry Chicken, deep-fried ribs with Ginger, duck leg with Coconut, coriander and sweet peppers and Punjabi Lamb Rogan. Members of the public are welcome to join in the celebratory dinner priced at 35 Euro for adults and half price for children between the ages of 6 and 11.
For more information kindly check Our Chinese New Year Event. Should you wish to secure your table for this special event kindly contact the Food and Beverage Team at this Luxury 5 star Hotel in Malta on 21 250 520 or on email@example.com.
VALLETTA, MALTA, November 2013: For the third year running, on Saturday 7th December 2013 team members at the Grand Hotel Excelsior will be organising a Santas’ Swim, and are inviting colleagues, guests and members of the public to a swim in the clear, chilly waters of Marsamxett Harbour. Alternatively one can opt to make a splash in the Hotel’s swimming pool to raise donations for L-Istrina. In this year’s edition Alice, the Mad Hatter and their friends will be teaming up as Santa’s special guests, to do a brave dive for charity.
Each swimmer will receive a Santa hat upon registration. Later, the Wonderland Characters will be serving well-deserved warm drinksand home-made cookies to all participants when they come out of the water. Facilities for showering and changing will be available. Santa, Alice and the Mad Hatter will be awarding a Certificate of Participation to all swimmers. Those who are not willing to brave the cold water are still encouraged to come and show their support to the swimmers.
For the second year running, present and former local Waterpolo players are being invited to participate in a Waterpolo exhibition match just off the hotel’s private beach.
The 55 piece band of the Malta Police Force will bring joy with live Christmas music and will be welcoming the participants at this 5 star hotel‘s lobby at 10am. This activity is being endorsed by the Malta Community Chest Fund and H.E President George Abela is expected to attend.
Each participant is kindly asked to make a donation of €10 upon registration in aid of L-Istrina. Participants are encouraged to register for this charity event by contacting the Grand Hotel Excelsior Christmas Desk on 21250520 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Grand Hotel Excelsior is also inviting the public to attend its annual Christmas Tree lighting ceremony on December 6th. The event starts at 7pm and will bring together the well-known local choir EnKor; Santa and his Elves; Alice and her friends. Bring the kids along, and ring in good cheer!
On behalf of the Grand Hotel Excelsior Malta we wish you all the very best of health and happiness for this Festive Season.
VALLETTA, MALTA, November 2013: The Grand Hotel Excelsior, Malta’s youngest and most vibrant 5 star hotel in Malta has won the largest share of awards and medals for culinary excellence at the Malta Kulinarja Cookery and Culinary Arts Championships. This bi-annual event is organised by the Malta Chefs Society and was held between 14 and 17 November 2013.
Under Executive Head Chef Roderick Vella’s leadership, the brigade of chefs won the prestigious Parade de Chefs, Best Senior Competitor, Senior Practical Team, the Pastry Chef of the Year, Junior Chef of the Year and over sixty culinary medals. Team Excelsior demonstrated talent, dedication, skill and the highest 5-star standards of quality and presentation and winning no less than five out of seven most valuable awards. The Team was made up of Roderick Vella, David Pulis, Melvin Sammut, David Tanti, Adrian Buttigieg, Clayton Mifsud, Matthew Bonsfield, Duncan Camilleri, Ryan Galea, Gordon Bonello, Michael Paul Zacharia, VeliKoruk, Karl Desira, Charles Aquilina, Matthew Farrugia, Keith Cachia, Michelle Curmi, Kyle Baldacchino, Rosant Saliba and Brendon Young.
For this occasion General Manager Norbert Grixti said “These achievements reflect the leading role that the Excelsior plays in the culinary innovation of the Maltese hospitality market, reinforcing the hotel’s Food & Beverage 5-star excellence philosophy for Cuisine Without Compromise. Since opening its doors in 2007, the Grand Hotel Excelsior has invested significantly in its kitchen brigade and we can modestly say that we have a talented and dedicated team. Every team member works with a passion in order to deliver an unforgettable experience to all our guests. We really mean our brand promise “Live the Grand Life”.”
This Christmas you have the opportunity to experience our 5-star excellence and discover a new culinary wonderland. Book your table at some of the top Restaurants in Malta by making a reservation at the Grand Hotel Excelsior on 21250520 or email email@example.com.
The Grand Hotel Excelsior Receives the Tourism Diversity Employer Award.
This Luxury 5 Star hotel in Malta has received the Tourism Diversity Employer Award from the Malta Tourism Authority, in recognition of its commendable diversity management policies and procedures. The award was presented by the Hon. Dr. Karmenu Vella, Minister of Tourism, to Alfred Attard, Human Resources Manager, Michela Grixti, Human Resources Coordinator and Donna Doyle, Spa Manager, during the Diversity in Tourism Conference, which took place on the 1st and 2nd October at Le Meridien.
“Grand Hotel Excelsior is pleased to receive such a prestigious award,” said General Manager Mr.Norbert Grixti. “The owners and management of the Grand Hotel Excelsior are firm believers in the strengths of diversity, and its role in providing an excellent, world-class experience to its guests. To date, the company employs team members from over 30 different nationalities, of various cultures, attitudes and walks of life. Managing such a diverse group of individuals is certainly challenging, so the Company is committed to uphold its Equality and Diversity Policy and promoting a culture based on inclusion and integration between all team members.”
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Collaboration between V18 and the Grand Hotel Excelsior Malta
17th July 2013 Valletta, Malta – The Foundation for the Valletta 2018 project has just reached an agreement of collaboration with the Grand Hotel Excelsior Malta. This is the first of its collaborations with a number of entities from different sectors; with the aim of strengthening the Foundation’s operations.
Mr. Jason Micallef, the Chairman for the Foundation Valletta 2018, said that this agreement will assist the Foundation by strengthening its position and helping it achieve its goals leading to the year 2018. He emphasised that the Foundation needs to ensure that the V18 project will have full participation by all the major stakeholders and this includes the commercial sector together with the communities and the local residents. This agreement together with other agreements will lead to this ultimate aim.
Mr Norbert Grixti, the General Manager of the Grand Hotel Excelsior, also expressed his satisfaction on the achievement of this collaboration with the Foundation Valletta 2018. He pointed out that nowadays the tourism industry appreciates the added value Malta has to offer, especially due to our unique attractions like the capital city of Malta, Valletta. He elaborated on the fact that the works that are being carried out in Valletta will contribute towards an enhanced tourism product and a superior tourist experience for visitors in Malta.
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VALLETTA, MALTA, May 2013: It is always a joy to see a young man or woman occupy a post which requires considerable skill, experience and pure talent. It is not only a sign that many of our youngsters are doing well for themselves but also shows that there are entities that are more than willing to entrust young people with top jobs. One such person is Head Chef Roderick Vella, and one such entity is the Grand Hotel Excelsior Malta.
Roderick graduated from ITS and had early experiences with top catering establishments in Malta such as Westin Dragonara where he joined as apprentice and left as chef de partie, the Danish Village, the Fortina and eventually moved to Corinthia Tripoli. All these opportunities enriched Chef Vella’s bag of tricks especially when he needed to adapt to the stringent quality levels in his latter time in Tripoli. Being woken up in the middle of the night to prepare food for the late Colonel Gaddafi who would be about to travel definitely put his skills to the test. Roderick attributes his main influence in his culinary profession to his dear mother with whom he has cooked innumerable dishes for family and friends. His style, also thus influenced, leans more towards the classical approach. In his very words, “people, especially we maltese, love to eat, and I love to feed them”. He appreciates that certain modern styles are more about ‘designing’ the dish with skimpy bits of food and of course, he will accommodate any such requirement, yet he also knows that portions and approach need to offer wholesome plates which burst with flavour and texture.
A short stint in his own restaurant Le Luci in Marsascala gave Chef Vella a good commercial experience in the catering world and leaving him in a much better position to take the challenge of heading a brigade of some 35 chefs and another 30 stewards to run all the hotel’s outlets namely The Admiral main a` la carte restaurant, Spice Island which hosts most of the grand buffets, the recently-launched Lobby’s menu found at the Harbour View and the magical Tiki at the water’s edge which will soon be offering a full a` la carte service.
Add to this the incredible amount of Malta weddings hosted by the Excelsior Hotel, which at peaks can comfortably deal with 60 receptions in three months, and maybe one can appreciate the hotel’s insight to employ a young, talented and energetic young man who can handle all that’s placed on his plate. In fact, Head Chef Roderick Vella himself acknowledges that the secret is that of working in a tightly-knit team which includes Pastry Chef David Pulis and Sous Chefs Adrian Buttigieg, Melvin Sammut and Mark Azzopardi.
Well done to this young chef, and to this superior Malta Hotel that has entrusted him with such a prestigious role.
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Grand Hotel Excelsior was chosen as a winner in the Top 25 Hotels in Malta, Top 25 Hotels for Service in Malta and Top 10 Luxury Hotels in Malta by TripAdvisor in its 2013 Travellers’ Choice awards.
Now in its eleventh year, the annual TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice awards honour the world’s best hotels, earning their distinction from those who know them best – real travellers. Unlike any other hotel honours, TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice winners are based on millions of valuable reviews and opinions from travellers around the world.
General Manager of Grand Hotel Excelsior Norbert Grixti, said, “We are excited with the achievement of these Awards and this reflects our commitment towards quality and service, by exceeding our guests’ expectations.”
“TripAdvisor is once again thrilled to recognise the world’s most outstanding hotels with the help of more than 75 million reviews and opinions from travellers around the globe”, said Christine Petersen, President, TripAdvisor for Business. “From the best bargain hotels to top luxury properties, outstanding service, value and quality are the hallmarks of our Travellers’ Choice winners.”
Reviews of the Grand Hotel Excelsior can be found at http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g190328-d656905-Reviews-Excelsior_Grand_Hotel-Valletta_Island_of_Malta.html.
Just after donations during this year’s L-Istrina reached EUR1 million, the Three Kings together with the Grand Hotel Excelsior’s Sports and Social Members donated the sum of EUR3,903 to the Malta Community Chest Fund.
The sum was collected through this year’s Santas’ Swim, employees’ contributions from their monthly salaries, events organised by the Sports and Social Committee and also through tips collected during the Sunday Lunch of the 23rd December.
“Grand Hotel Excelsior is proud of its close cooperation with L-Istrina and the Malta Community Chest Fund, and our contribution is our thank you to the Office of the President of Malta for its sterling work in organizing such a great event of solidarity that unifies the Maltese nation” said General Manager Mr. Norbert Grixti.
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Grand Hotel Excelsior is awarded the Expedia Insiders Select 2012.
VALLETTA, MALTA, October 2012: After being honoured as a highly rated 5 star property by Trip Advisor reviewers and awarded the Certificate of Excellence 2012, Grand Hotel Excelsior has received another Travel accolade – The Expedia Insiders’ Select 2012.
The Expedia Insiders Select 2012 is an annual award recognizing the very best hotels available in Expedia’s global marketplace, as judged by the experiences of Expedia’s customers. Based on more than 500,000 guest reviews submitted annually by Expedia travelers, only 650 hotels out of 150,000 Expedia properties were designated as the 2012 worldwide award recipients. These properties have been identified by Expedia customers as consistently delivering superior services, an exceptional guest experience and notable value. Insiders’ Select helps travelers make confident decisions when planning their leisure or business trips.
“It is an amazing achievement for Grand Hotel Excelsior to receive a placement on the Insider’s Select List especially when this accolade is being awarded during our 5th year of operation.” said General Manager Mr. Norbert Grixti. “We strive to offer our customers a memorable experience during their stay in Malta. Being an Expedia Insiders’ Select property is a clear testament to our ongoing commitment to excellence.”
VALLETTA, MALTA, September 2012: Ian Murray from Hampshire in England spent a fabulous long weekend staying at Malta’s luxurious Grand Hotel Excelsior. Find out what he has to say about Malta and the Grand Hotel Excelsior!
The great bastion walls that surrounded us were no strangers to loud explosions. Five hundred years ago it had been the invading Turkish army that had sought to batter the walls of the city into submission during The Great Siege of Malta.
The arsenal that was rattling the windows of our balcony hotel room was, mercifully, less lethal, but none the less spectacular. Malta was hosting an International Fireworks Festival, and night after night the skies above Valletta, its Grand Harbour and surrounding sister walled cities, were ablaze with tremendous displays of fire, colour and noise. However, safe as we were, it was still comforting that our hotel, the aptly named Grand Hotel Excelsior, was built into the very bastions created by the Knights of St John to ensure the fleets of their great enemy never captured this outpost of Christianity.
Today The Grand Hotel Excelsior ‘sails’ majestically out from the bastion walls itself. Designed to look like a cruise ship, it skillfully blends the ancient walls with a very modern, yet stylish link to the surrounding sea. And this was more than just a nod to the glamour and comfort of the cruise industry, as we were to discover.
Malta has become extremely easy to reach thanks to new flights with Ryanair from Bournemouth Airport. Thursday morning departures with returns early on Monday morning create the ideal long-weekend break. With flights just under three hours and a 9.45am lift off we were by the hotel pool basking in the warm Maltese sunshine by mid-afternoon. Bliss. The Grand Hotel Excelsior sits on the waterfront facing onto Valletta’s second harbour.
Until four years ago it stood abandoned and run-down – almost impossible to understand for such a beautiful spot.
Bought by Hampshire hotel entrepreneurs the Elliot family, the hotel was restored, re-opened and today stands as one of Malta’s most exclusive venues. With its own yacht marina, spa and indoor pool and fitness complex, the five-star hotel is already world-renowned. The cruise-ship design is not restricted to the exterior of this beautiful building. Throughout the hotel there is a feel of grandeur afloat, from the lobby’s grand staircase modelled on that of the Titanic, to the wide corridors and impressive public rooms where guests mingle with locals and large panoramic windows open onto spectacular waterside views.
The cruise-theme features again with the hotel’s dining experience. Guests to the beautiful dining room experience a different world buffet each evening. And it is to the poolside, of course that the guests gather during the hours of the warm Malta sun. Set against the ancient walls created to defend the city, the pool is also the site of the Tiki bar where attentive staff ensure guests don’t have to lift themselves too far from their recliners to enjoy a drink or snack.
The pool has views of Marsamxett Harbour overlooking Sliema and there is a steady flow of water traffic ambling past.
Indeed, the hotel is one of the points of interest for visitors using the numerous sight-seeing boats that ferry tourists around Valetta’s waterfront. And a waterborne trip is probably the best way to first experience Valletta and its surrounding cities. Staff at the Grand Hotel Excelsior are happy to arrange all manner of excursions and will also provide directions for the short, ten minute walk along the harbour front to where water taxis will speed you across to Sliema where the larger ferries leave. The tour we experienced cost £10 each and over two hours weaved its way close to the city walls of not just Valletta but of its surrounding fortress cities. Valletta may be some 500 years old, but it is a virtual youngster compared with some of its neighbours. A water tour is, we decided, the best way to gather bearings and decide which places of interest to return to at a later date.
For Valetta itself the hotel is based just five minutes stroll from the ancient city gate itself. Once inside, past the striking new Parliament building still under construction, and Valletta tumbles away on all sides. Always down to the water. The city was created by the Knights on a huge outcrop of rock and for five centuries waves of residents bringing their culture and architectural styles have swept through and sometimes stayed. The French and we
British were the last conquerors. The Germans tried during the last World War but failed, the battle bringing Malta its cherished award of a George Cross for bravery for all of its citizens.
Today Britain’s legacy remains in the form of language – just about everyone speaks English – a red pillarbox here, and old British phone box there. The most popular flags you see flying today, however, belong to the island’s many football clubs. Valletta is a marvellous clutter: a gorgeous mixture of old and new, high culture and everyday folk, exclusive shops jostling for position with trendy bars and street cafes. Yet authentic Malta with its lively, friendly people, is everywhere.
At the Grand Hotel Excelsior tired feet and sun-kissed skin can find its rest from the hustle and bustle of the city.
The balcony to our harbour-view room proved just that added oasis of luxury that enabled us to find even more quiet and comfort. And as the evening sun set before us, the lights from across the harbour turning the seafront into a shimmering spectacle, we gave thanks to the Knights of St John for saving the island for us – and Ryanair for making getting there so easy. Bless them all.
Grand Hotel Excelsior EARNS 2012 TRIPADVISOR CERTIFICATE OF EXCELLENCE.
Honoured as a Highly Rated 5 star Property as Reviewed by Travellers on the World’s Largest Travel Site.
VALLETTA, MALTA, July 2012: Grand Hotel Excelsior today announced that it has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award. The accolade, which honours hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveller reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide. Approximately 10 percent of accommodations listed on TripAdvisor receive this prestigious award.
To qualify for the Certificate of Excellence, businesses must maintain an overall rating of four or higher, out of a possible five, as reviewed by travellers on TripAdvisor. Additional criteria include the volume of reviews received within the last 12 months.
“Grand Hotel Excelsior is pleased to receive a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence,” said General Manager Mr.Norbert Grixti. “We strive to offer our customers a memorable experience during their stay in Malta, and this accolade is evidence that we really believe our hard work is translating into positive traveller reviews on TripAdvisor.”
“TripAdvisor is pleased to honor exceptional businesses for consistent excellence, as reviewed by travellers on the site,” said Christine Petersen, president of TripAdvisor for Business. “The Certificate of Excellenceaward gives highly rated establishments around the world the recognition they deserve. From exceptional accommodations in Beijingto remarkable restaurants in Boston, we want to applaud these businesses for offering TripAdvisor travellers agreat customer experience.”
Grand Hotel Excelsior, the first local hotel to be awarded the National Equality Mark.
The Grand Hotel Excelsior is proud to be the first local hotel to be awarded the Equality Mark certification by the National Commission for the Promotion of Equality (NCPE), with the support of the European Social Fund (ESF).
The National Commission awarded Grand Hotel Excelsior in recognition of the organisation’s efforts to provide the ideal work environment that is free from any type of discrimination. This achievement is another proof of the hotel’s commitment to its employees and acknowledges the its responsibility to provide equal access to opportunities and career development based on employees’ potential, irrespective of their gender and family responsibilities.
“We value our employees as the most important resource within the organization and we are duly bound to offer a working environment where employees work without fear of prejudice or gender discriminations,” said Norbert Grixti, General Manager of Grand Hotel Excelsior. “Since opening its doors in 2007, the Grand Hotel Excelsior has always been a pioneer in gender equality within the hospitality industry and we have always maintained this position throughout all training and other human resource
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The Grand Hotel Excelsior welcomed the Year of the Dragon in style with a lavish Chinese Buffet under the auspices of the Chinese Ambassador to Malta H.E. Zhang Keyuan. The Hotel Lobby was decorated with authentic Chinese decorations which are a symbol of growth and prosperity.
On Monday 16th January the Dragon made a stunning entrance into the Grand Hotel Excelsior and checked-in on time for the Chinese New Year. For a whole week it proudly sat in the Hotel Lobby wishing the Hotel guests and staff a year full of prosperity. The 8 metre Dragon travelled all the way from China for its first Chinese New Year celebration in Malta.
Chinese New Year, better known in China as the Spring Festival, is a time to welcome longevity, wealth and prosperity and to eliminate any negative events from the past. In Chinese tradition, each year is dedicated to a specific animal. The Dragon, Horse, Monkey, Rat, Boar, Rabbit, Dog, Rooster, Ox, Tiger, Snake, and Ram are the twelve animals that are part of this tradition. Each of these animals are thought to bestow their characteristics to the people born in their year. In 2012, the Dragon is welcomed back after the 2011 year of the Rabbit.
Chinese people may celebrate this feast in slightly different ways but their wishes are almost the same; they want their family members and friends to be healthy and lucky during the New Year.
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The current football Italian Serie B leaders Torino FC chose the Grand Hotel Excelsior as their “home” for their Winter Training Camp in Malta between December 27, 2011 and January 3, 2012.
In 2011 the Grand Hotel Excelsior hosted several distinguished guests, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Fu Ying, former Italian Prime Minister Giuliano Amato and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. It also welcomed the music legend Cliff Richard, renowned DJ David Guetta and Isle of MTV performers Snoop Dogg and LMFAO, as well as several sports personalities including Carlton Cole of West Ham FC, Olympic Gold Medalists Antonio Rossi, Yuri Checchi, Pietro Mennea and Leeds football legend Peter Lorimer.
“The fact that such celebrities have chosen the Grand Hotel Excelsior is a clear proof of the excellent quality of service that the hotel offers to all of its guests,” the hotel said in a statement.
The Grand Hotel Excelsior Celebrates the Achievement of the FHRD Employee Engagement Award
In their tenth year, the Foundation for Human Resources Development celebrated the Malta People Awards 2011 on the 9th of December. For the Grand Hotel Excelsior Malta, this was a great opportunity to celebrate its newest outstanding Human Resources achievement, just a few weeks after its success at the Malta Kulinarja Awards.
This Luxury Malta Hotel was awarded the FHRD Employee Engagement Award on the basis of its continuous staff development; encouragement and reward of employee engagement; and participation within all levels of the organisation. The Human Resources department is pivotal in disseminating this corporate culture and is continuously working to achieve higher levels of staff motivation and commitment.
The General Manager Mr. Norbert Grixti thanked the Human Resources Department for spearheading the company’s winning culture, enabling this superior hotel to achieve high levels of guest satisfaction.
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Floriana mayor Nigel Holland ushered in the holiday season at the Grand Hotel Excelsior by lighting the Charity Forest in the hotel lobby. The forest is a reflection of the hotel’s commitment towards the promotion of solidarity with those in need.
The Forest is comprised of trees branded by various companies, including Sarah Young, Azzopardi Fisheries, Atlas Insurance, MSV Life, Energy World Corporation, W&J Coppini, Delicata Wines, Vodafone, Camilleri Wines, Mafimex Ltd, Alistair and St Angela’s Nursery, who all gave a donation to a charity of their choice.
Ray Coppini, Director of W & J Coppini explained why his organisation decided to contribute to this noble initiative.
“W&J Coppini & Co is proud to participate in the Christmas Forest charity campaign and would like to congratulate the management of the Excelsior Hotel for its initiative to raise funds for those who are mostly in need.”
The Grand Hotel Excelsior employees, family and friends have also sponsored their own Employee Charity Tree and decorated the tree with the donators’ photos as an appreciation for their contribution.
Norbert Grixti, Grand Hotel Excelsior General Manager, said that, “The success of the Charity Forest has given us the strength to make next year’s Charity Forest a bigger show of solidarity, making Christmas less materialistic. We encourage more local organisations to join us in this initiative.”
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Sunday 20th November 2011, Valletta Malta – 35 days until Christmas, but Jolly Roger and his band of merry chefs are in high spirits and are already celebrating.
Who can blame them for cracking open the Champagne, having brought home an incredible haul of medals in the Malta Kulinarja Gastronomic Competition which was held last week.
Keeping with tradition, our chefs won the top prizes in the Senior Team and Junior Team events and our Noel Azzopardi was named Chef of the Year.
Having been awarded for excellence, team work and inspiration, our chefs, under the guidance of Roger Friggieri, David Pulis and Noel Azzopardi, are making plans and preparations that will make your Christmas and New Year truly memorable events. Indeed, this Christmas season you are in for a treat by our award winning chefs.
On this occasion Our Chefs would like to invite you to taste our exceptional food during your Christmas Festivities in Malta!
VALLETTA, MALTA, October 2011 – The management and staff at the Grand Hotel Excelsior are extremely honoured to have had the opportunity to host the US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during her successful visit to Malta on the 18th October.
The Grand Hotel Excelsior strongly believes in its commitment to promote Maltese hospitality to all its distinguished guests. Madame Secretary left a note note in the Hotel’s Visitor Guestbook saying “Thank you for your gracious hospitality and warm welcome to Malta. All the best.”
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VALLETTA, MALTA, September 2011 – What do German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Spanish King Juan Carlos 1 and Latin heartthrob Enrique Iglesias have in common?
They’ve all been to Malta and they’ve all slept in the same bed. This particular bed is found in the executive suite at the five-star Grand Hotel Excelsior in Floriana.
Speaking to General Manager, Norbert Grixti, Vida found out that there is a long list of celebrities – musicians, politicians and athletes – who have chosen this specific suite in which to catch their 40 winks while in Malta. Three flights of stairs bear testimony to this, with photos of Cliff Richard, the Black Eyed Peas, referee Pierluigi Collina, Dione Warwick and so many others taken with the Excelsior staff.
Our two-hour long discussion covers many topics and of course the national airline woes are always a concern for anyone in the tourism industry. Asked whether low-cost airlines have impacted the business negatively his answer is a clear ‘No’. A low-cost airline, he clarifies, does not necessarily mean a low-budget client. ‘People will choose their airline based on convenience. Why would you pay more to travel to an airport that’s further from home simply to use a more expensive carrier? The money that is saved in flights will probably be spent anyway while on holiday.’ The national carrier has done far more for tourism and the economy than it is given credit for. They will operate routes that are not making a profit as there are destinations that are not as popular, and that also may benefit the nation economically while not really helping the airline. Of course there is also the employment factor too.
And while it may have taken a few twists and turns over the last few weeks, there is also the crisis in Libya. ‘Occupancy shot up for a few weeks,’ he says, ‘as people fled the area and chose Malta as their destination.’
As we spoke we couldn’t help looking out over the Grand Hotel Excelsior’s private marina with views of the Sliema cityscape. ‘It is exclusive to our guests’ he says. ‘Although commercially it is a prime location, we focus on providing the highest standard of service to our clientele.’
As we head back out of the hotel we pass through the restaurants. During the summer months Wednesday evenings are themed Global Tastes where guests can try a vast selection of cuisines – Italian, Indian and Turkish. During the rest of the year eight cooking stations are available to cater to all tastes for the Sunday lunch buffet.
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VALLETTA, MALTA, September 2011 – Experiencing a massage that utilises 2,000 year old techniques is enjoying the result of a tradition that has worked wonders on people’s bodies.
Meeting Thai massage therapist Artita at the Grand Hotel Excelsior’s Le Grand Spa provides first-hand information about it all.
VALLETTA, MALTA, August 2011 – Expressing either joy or sorrow, and present in many of China’s legends, alcohol plays a very important role in Chinese culture. Be it the Spring Festival, the Double Ninth Festival, weddings, birthdays or the 100th day following the birth of a baby, wines and spirits are always used to honour the ceremony.
To celebrate the friendship that the Maltese enjoy with the Chinese People, the Grand Hotel Excelsior had the pleasure to invite the Ambassador of China to Mata, His Excellency, Mr Zhang Keyuan, and the staff at the Chinese Embassy, to a discussion on European alcoholic drinks and cocktails as well as customs and etiquette acknowledged whilst drinking in our Continent.
The Ambassador thanked Excelsior Bars Manager Paul Cassar and his assistant David Mc Keon, who conducted the discussion together, and promised to be back to the Hotel to exchange more interesting facts about the two cultures.
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