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Hotel Phoenicia, which opened in the city in 1947 during British rule, continued with its upgrading and refurbishment programme during the first 3 months of the year. Following the major uplift given to all public areas and 50% of the bedrooms during 2009, it was time to re-look at all the bedrooms on the 1st and 2nd floors of the hotel together with other guest service improvements.


General Manager Charles Azzopardi said that the luxury hotel was called 'Jewel of the Mediterranean' during the British period and was host to guests like Queen Elizabeth II and the Prince Consort, Alec Guinness, Gerard Depardieu, Oliver Reed, Derek Jacobi, Jaoquim Phoenix, Arnold Schwarzneggar, Andrew Morton and Patti Smith, to name just a few, and has been the hotel of choice for some of the most important and famous visitors to Malta for almost seven decades.


Now, no matter where a guest is, it's possible to "live it up" in true Phoenicia-style, take in marvellous panoramic views of the Grand Harbour and indulge in the plush comforts of refreshed rooms on the first and second floor - although improved, their heritage identity has been maintained by retaining the original style of the bedrooms on these floors. The original Maltese tiles were polished while the Lloyd Loom furniture was fully reconditioned. New AC fan coil units and 32” Philips flat screen TV's have been installed, just in time for the World Cup! The suites on these two floors were also given a fresh look with a new design. At the back of house, a new service lift was installed while the air extraction units for the bathrooms were all replaced.

 

The other important improvement was the investment in a totally new wired and WiFi internet system for the whole hotel. Phoenicia had introduced broadband access in all the rooms, together with WiFi access in all the meeting rooms and the lobby way back in 2005. The system was updated regularly in order to accommodate increasing and changing demand. In 2009 free WiFi was installed in all the restaurants and bars of the hotel.

 

Besides providing complimentary wired and WiFi internet access to all our guests, the system was set up to be as user friendly as possible taking away all the complications so that guests can continue surfing wherever they are in the main building and now also at the pool area while you working on a tan. There is also no limitation to the number of mobile devices used by guests. This obviously meant increasing the bandwidth as offering free WiFi is expected to also increase the demand from both in-house guests and restaurant clientèle.


"The Phoenicia was Malta's first 5-star hotel, and I'm glad to say that we remain a firm favourite. This most recent round of enhancements and other works keep the hotel ship shape and allow us to maintain a more even standard of quality across all our operations," said Mr. Azzopardi.

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