After staying in a variety of places in Malta and Gozo (including a rambling farmhouse and a self catering studio) we found Point de Vue refreshing and excellently located for exploring Mdina, Rabat and surroundings (the Rabat bus terminal is 3 minutes walk away, the walled city of Mdina is directly opposite the hotel and airport buses stop across the road). The rooms were serviceable and clean, but in need of modernisation in a few areas (the shower was poorly mounted/coming off the wall and getting a tolerable temperature was a fine art which resulted at best in a poor flow of lukewarm water). The bed,however, was comfortable and complementary bottles of water were provided in the room every day. Air conditioning costs an extra 10 euros (on a meter with charge-card) but a we asked for a fan instead which was provided free of charge. Our room had a lovely view across the countryside and we had no problems with noise. The staff, however, were somewhat surly.
The restaurant experience was mixed - the evening food itself was excellent (lovely fish for a great price) and the menu had plenty of interesting looking options but again the service was absolutely terrible (amongst the worst I have ever experienced). At first I thought perhaps the owners' surly teenage daughter had been forced to work and would rather be anywhere but waiting tables, but the surlyness appeared to be near ubiquitous across restaurant staff. Items were ordered and never arrived, no apologies for forgotten items were given and several times we had to get up from our seats (after waiting for around 30 minutes) to seek out a waitress ourselves.
Although the food at dinner was excellent, breakfast couldn't be more different. To start with, there was no price on the breakfast menu and when we asked the waitress (surly, again) she appeared to make up random prices depending on what we asked about. In the end we opted for just toast and "preserves" and coffee. We were provided with cheap watery instant coffee and a basket of burnt vaguely dusty tasting toast for 2 euros. Apparently, the whole breakfast (cooked bacon, eggs, beans etc with fruit salad and coffee cost 10 euros. Again, the service was terrible and we had to repeatedly get up and seek out a waitress to order or pay. I advise going to a bakery or another cafe nearby rather than eating breakfast here.
Bottom line: a great place to stay if you just want somewhere clean and convenient to sleep but avoid if you are looking for service or charm!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Point de Vue is a small, family run guest house dating back to the 17th century. Located just outside the fortified city of Mdina, Malta's Silent City and its old capital and now a World Heritage site. Recently renovated and under new Management (December 2013), the Point de Vue Guest House boast a number of rooms, some with breath taking views of almost half of the island of Malta. Facilities include: English Breakfast Ensuite Bathroom Cable TV Air Conditioning (at an extra charge) The Restaurants Whether overlooking the magnificent view of the Rabat countryside or enjoying the more relaxed and informal WiFi connected lounge, Point de Vue offers an innovative take on continental and traditional Maltese dining. The varied menus of snacks and dishes include an extensive selection of local foods, pasta and pizza, deserts and the more. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Point De Vue Guesthouse And Restaurants Hotel Rabat
- Point De Vue Guesthouse And Restaurants Malta/Rabat