We booked this holiday at the last minute deciding to go for half board. This was our first time to Malta and we decided on the Preluna Hotel as it was near to Valletta which we wanted to visit.
On arrival at the hotel we were offered a drink of Kinnie a local drink of orange and spices (a unique taste that I came to quite enjoy). Our room was not quite ready and we were invited to sit in the lobby until it was. We only had to wait a few minutes before being given our key card.
Our room was on the second floor at the back of the hotel overlooking a terraced roof with pot plants. Not a great view but we did not expect a sea view as we had booked late and decided not to pay extra to guarantee one. As we went downstairs to take a look around we did see into a sea view room which looked lovely so we did ask if one was available but they were fully booked.
The room itself was a little dated but was clean. The bathroom had a bath and shower which turned out to be quite good (although fixed). As we did not plan to spend much time in the room we were not really that bothered with the view – the bonus was it was quiet as it did not overlook the main road which the sea views did.. Rather than a double we had two single beds - not ideal but we were only there for a week. Only real problem with the beds was mine kept rolling across the floor every time I turned over in bed! I also managed to stub my toe a couple of times on the wheels. All bedrooms have free wifi which was not expected.
Meals were taken in the Triton Restaurant. This was a buffet set up. You found a seat and then helped yourself to whatever the dishes of the day were. Breakfast consisted of a selection of cereals, pastries, ham, cheese, fresh fruit and cooked items (eggs, bacon, beans etc.) Bread was also available for toasting with jam and marmalade. Hot and cold drinks were from a number of self-service machines. Evening meals had a salad bar with a variety of different items, probably half the selection changed each day with tomatoes, lettuce, and beetroot always being available. A number of different salad dressings were available including olive oil and balsamic. There was also a hot selection which varied each day. There were normally three different meat dishes including fish, chicken, lamb etc. available. There were also a couple of vegetarian dishes available (mainly pasta related). There were normally at least five different sweets available plus ice cream. At dinner you were offered drinks which you could either pay for when you left or sign to your room. At busy times it was difficult to find a seat so it was best to go very early when the restaurant opened or later near closing time.
The hotel has an indoor spa that looked very nice but we did not use this. There was also a sun terrace with a couple of Jacuzzis. This was on floor eight and had a good view of the sea. Unfortunately, there is a new building being constructed next door so you also get a view of this. The outdoor pool is actually across the road. You can get a token from reception which will allow you to get a pool towel to save you taking your own over there. The pool is a sea water pool and is quite small. When we were there it was not very busy but I would imagine that it could get very busy/crowded at the height of the season. The lifts were probably the worst part of the hotel. They were very slow and very small only fitting four or five people with ease.
The best views from the hotel were from the Sky Lounge on the 13th floor. Evening entertainment was put on here every night except Sunday (when it is in the ground floor bar). The Sky lounge had a small bar and served a number of cocktails. Service could be slow as there tended to be only one barman. Entertainment was nothing special but was not objectionable either.
There is a promenade stretching along the entire front at Sliema and you could (if you felt up to it) walk all the way to St Julien’s Bay. The Preluna is right by the water but is the other side of Sliema to the harbour. This is about a 10 minute walk through the main shopping streets. From the harbour you can take a number if harbour cruises (recommended) plus round the Island cruises.
There is also the ferry across to Valletta. If you take the ferry, be warned there is a hill to climb into the city. I recommend you do as we did and take a bus from directly outside the hotel into Valletta and then catch the ferry back.
From outside the hotel you can also get the ‘hop on, hop off’ buses that tour the north or south of the Island. We did both and they both were good and have stops to recommend. It depends what you want to see.so check the brochures first to see where you want to visit. We liked Mdina, Mosta and the Blue Grotto. I was disappointed with Ta’ Qali craft village as there was very little craft making to be seen and it was more a number of shops selling the craft items. Valletta was worth going to. We went to ‘The Malta Experience’ which is a film on the history of Malta. If Valletta is your first stop then it may be worth going to but we had seen a similar presentation in Mdina and read most of the information in the guide books so were a bit disappointed.
In summary, we had a very good holiday. Hotel was nice, food was reasonable, the staff in the hotel were all very friendly. We tend not to visit the same holiday location twice so are unlikely to return. However, if we ever did visit Malta again we would consider staying at the Preluna.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set on Sliema’s seafront, Malta’s Preluna Hotel & Spa features 3 restaurants, a spa, and a private beach. The spectacular Penthouse Lounge on the rooftop is open all day. The spacious rooms have views of the city or the Mediterranean Sea.All rooms at the Preluna are air-conditioned and feature a tea/coffee maker, a satellite TV, and a private bathroom with bath and shower. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel.The well-equipped private beach features a large swimming pool, a kid’s pool, and a bar and grill. A diving school is available and a huge variety of water sports can be practised.The spa includes an indoor swimming pool with 2 large hot tubs, and a wide range of fitness and relaxation facilities. Hot tubs are also available on Preluna’s stunning roof terrace, which also features a mini-golf course.The restaurants are open for lunch and dinner. One offers a varied buffet, and the other 2 specialise in Italian and Japanese cuisine. A free Flavours of Malta dancing evening is arranged weekly, ideal to sample Maltese foods, wines and liqueurs, and learn about the local heritage and traditions. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Preluna Hotel And Spa
- Preluna Hotel Malta
- Preluna Malta
- Hotel Malta Preluna
- Preluna Hotel Sliema
- Preluna Hotel & Spa Malta/Sliema