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The Phoenicia Story

An island institution, The Phoenicia Malta dates back to 1935, when the idea was first conceived by Lord and Lady Strickland. It was to become Malta’s only hotel and provide luxury accommodation for a cosmopolitan clientele.

The outbreak of World War II put a halt to construction and the building was taken over by the Royal Air Force, used by personnel on their days off. Despite enduring heavy bombing, the hotel celebrated its official opening in 1947.

The Phoenicia has continued to open its doors to famed and powerful clientele, ranging from the Queen of the United Kingdom to Joaquin Phoenix.

Edward Caruana Dingli Art Collection

The Phoenicia, Malta owns the largest private collection of paintings by Edward Caruana Dingli (1876 – 1950), a Valletta native and one of Malta’s most gifted artists. His portraits are of immense cultural value and provide a profound insight into life in Malta in the early 20th century. The Phoenicia’s collection of Caruana Dingli works are proudly displayed on the hotel’s ground floor so they can be enjoyed and appreciated by all of its guests.