As someone who travels quite extensively I am used to seeing various types of accommodation so am loathe to criticise unless really necessary. This is one of those occasions.
The Kennedy Nova was sold to us as a four star hotel and some reviews seemed to disagree with that but we wanted to stay in Sliema so chose it above others in the area.
We arrived there at about 1130 AM and as we had to wait until our room was ready we went for a walk. While we were out we were approached by several people saying they were promoting the Kennedy Nova and as we learned later the hotel is part of holiday club so they are always on the lookout for people to buy into this scheme. Late on in the week we eventually decided to kill a few hours by going along to one of their presentations, it is a one to one show, and at the end we discovered the fee is TEN THOUSAND POUNDS to cover Twenty Five Years. Unlike Timeshare you get one free week a year, from a choice of 25 countries, then for a fee of between £99 and £199 a week you can holiday in many resorts around the world. The contract is for 25 years with an up front cost of £10k and £219 a year as a sort of upkeep fee. We gave that one a miss.
We got our keys to room 321 at 1400. This room was at the back of the hotel and looked onto some flats where local people lived. Not the best view.
I had to pay 35 Euros deposit for a safe key, which was refundable at the end of our stay. There was also a one Euro per day charge for the safe. We brought our own kettle but to make a drink the television had to be unplugged as there were no spare sockets. The other one had a television decoder in it.
We had to put the heating on as it was a bit chilly and that worked fine.
There was a working fridge in the room, which was handy for the water we bought from a shop along the street.
The bathroom was totally enclosed with no ventilation. The toilet needing changing as it was stained on the outside from leaks and the hairdryer was of the type that turned on as soon as lifted from the cradle and was of very little use, or so my wife told me. The beds had seen better days as had the covers, which showed signs of being repaired.
The booklet in the room still had the prices in Maltese Lira even though it was several years since they went into the Euro.
We asked about a sea view room but none were available and if there was one it would cost 15 Euros a day extra. Some of these sea view rooms are for the Holiday Club.
We went to look at the Roof terrace and it wasn’t much bigger than a bedroom as the swimming pool area is closed for the winter, until May. There were only 8 sun beds so chances of getting one are slim.
Up to about midnight the locals at the back can be quite active with music and very loud talking. Perhaps they are a bit hard of hearing.
Overall the hotel is in need of a total refurbishment.
Breakfast is from 0630 to 0930 and our first experience wasn’t the best. The fruit juice was horrible, mostly chemical I think. There is the usual Cereals, always Streaky Bacon as in keeping with mainland Europe they don’t usually have Back Bacon, Scrambled Eggs which have no taste, Baked Beans and Sausages. They sometime had fried or poached Eggs. The coffee was quite good. There were assorted pastries on offer but after two weeks the same thing becomes boring.
Dinner was from 1800 to 2130 and was usually a Meat course, Fish course and a Vegetarian course. Starters were quite good and desserts were the usual range of Gateaux and some Fresh Fruit.
We had a really wonderful time in Malta and spent almost every day going somewhere different. We wanted to see as man church interiors as possible but discovered that most of them are closed all day so we only saw the main tourist ones.
It would take several more weeks to see what else this island has to offer, as well as Gozo of course.
The bus system is quite extensive, and frequent, and fares range from 47 Cents to 1.16 Euros per trip. This will probably change from January 2011 when the bus system, buses are presently owned by drivers and associates, will be taken over by a large corporation from overseas, which is as yet unknown. There is a lot of bad feeling on the island about this proposed change.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- If you are looking for the perfect base in Malta then you have found it. The Kennedy Nova is a four-star, seafront hotel just a stone's throw away from the crystal blue Mediterranean waters.Situated right in the heart of Malta's busy shopping and seaside district Sliema, Hotel Kennedy Nova offers both comfort and convenience for visitors to the island. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Kennedy Nova Il Gzira
- Hotel Kennedy Nova Malta/Il Gzira