The Xara Palace Relais and Châteaux is a luxury, boutique, family-run Hotel situated in the medieval, fortified city of Mdina. The history of The Xara Palace Relais and Châteaux, opened in 1999, is inextricably linked to that of Mdina, its walls forming part of the bastion walls that surround this hilltop city. Upon their arrival in Malta, the Knights of St John were granted Citta Notabile (Noble City) as Mdina was then known.The Xara Palace was built for Baroness Xara hence the name in 1624. She was a member of the Moscato Parisio family and was the first occupant of the Palace.
The architectural style is baroque. The Xara Palace was converted into a hotel in 1949 by Miss Mable Strickland. She was the daughter of a previous Maltese Prime Minister Lord Strickland and then a Member of Parliament leading her own political party. When the Zammit Tabona family purchased the property in 1995, the Palazzo was in a state of decline and it took 3 years to restore the building. The Zammit Tabona family bought the Palazzo with a vision to restore the building to its former glory, and to create a unique hotel experience to discerning visitors, which until now has been unavailable on the Maltese Islands.
The painstaking process of renovating the Palace began in late 1995, with the commissioning of local architectural and restoration specialists Architecture Project. Using original drawings and plans from the Government archives, they were able to carry out a sympathetic and historically correct restoration. The renovation was overseen by officials from the Department of Museums to ensure compliance with the laws for historic buildings. Such features as the Piano Nobile, the Atrium, and the Facade were reconstructed to be as close to the original designs as possible. The guest rooms were taken back to their original height, some of which are over 6 metres high.
This allowed the architects to include an innovative mezzanine floor in some of the suites. The interior design was overseen by Mrs Zammit Tabona herself. Today’s traveller will be pampered with every comfort, convenience and luxury while all the hotel staff will honour their commitment not only to meet their guest’s expectations but also to exceed them in every possible way. The Xara Palace Relais and Chateaux is located just a few metres from the main entrance of the walled historical city of Mdina and opened its doors to receive its first guests on the 1st May 1999. It caters for the individual traveller, mini groups as well as corporate travelers. As a guest you will have the privilege of staying in one of seventeen individually designed rooms which have unique features and are furnished with period pieces as well as original paintings by renowned Maltese and international artists.
- King size bed with duvet
- Direct dial telephone with message waiting facility
- Trouser press
- Individually controlled air conditioning/central heating
- Safety deposit box
- Television with cable reception and teletext
- Music centre
- Computer and fax connections
- Room service
- Jacuzzi (only available in some suites).
Private facilities include:
- Heated towel rail
- Hair dryer
- Bathrobes and slippers.
The de Mondion restaurant enjoys spectacular, panoramic views and promises to be one of Malta’s leading gastronomic treasures offering the best of typical northern Italian and Mediterranean cuisine. A full buffet breakfast and à la carte dinner are served daily. During the summer months, dining is available on the terrace. Lunch is available on request for groups. The Trattoria AD1530 which is open for lunch and dinner where all types of mouth-watering dishes are on offer. Teas and delicious cakes are also available.
The boardroom has a capacity of 12 persons in boardroom style and may also be used for private dining. Two other suites are available and can accommodate between 18 and 30 persons, depending on set-up required.
Equipment is available on request and at a charge.
- 24-hour reception
- Mini gym and sauna.
Nearby attractions and activities:
- St Paul’s Cathedral
- Cathedral Museum
- National Museum of Natural History
- Palazzo Falson (Norman House)
- Museum of Roman Antiques
- St Paul’s Catacombs
- St Paul’s Grotto
- St Agatha’s Catacombs
- Views from the Mdina Bastions
- Ta’ Qali Crafts Village
- Buskett Gardens and Verdala Palace
- Dingli Cliffs
- Clapham Junction.
Malta International Airport is 8km away and a limousine service can be booked from the Hotel. Valletta, the capital, is about 15 minutes drive from Mdina.
Credit card details are required to confirm reservations, and a one night deposit is charged to secure bookings.
Standard Cancelation Policy:
- If reservation is cancelled between 7 and 3 days before date of arrival there will be a full night’s charge.
- If reservation is cancelled 48 hours prior to arrival a minimum of two nights stay will be charged.
- If reservation is cancelled 24 hours prior to arrival the full amount of stay will be charged.
- If reservation is cancelled during your stay the full original reservation shall be charged.
Easter Cancellation Policy:
- Please note that during the Easter Period, cancellation of bookings made between the 15th April and the 30th April 2011, will not be accepted unless the cancellation is made prior to the 1st April 2011. Should cancellation be made after this date, full payment will be forthcoming.
Note: Any refunds made via credit card will be subject to 5% administration fee.
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M20768, is a unique 17th Century Palace hidden away in the medieval fortified city of Mdina, the old capital of Malta.
This exclusive 5-Star boutique hotel has been meticulously and sensitively restored to reflect its former noble standing.
Perched on centuries-old bastions, surrounded by stunning baroque...
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