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Preluna Hotel & Spa
Ranked #8 of 29 Hotels in Sliema
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“Better than expected!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2010

As per some other reviewers, some of the poor reviews on here seem a bit off-putting.
We were on a package deal trip with just the breakfast included and had already booked a sea view room.
On arrival at 1pm we were told our room would be ready in 5 minutes. Half an hour later.... A poor first impression, but the room was far more pleasant than I expected, and during our wait in the pleasant reception we were bought soft drinks immediately for free - though no offer of what we'd like.
Room; balcony - view is good and quite private as you can't see anyone on adjacent balconies unless you lean out. You can see the far end of Valletta from it and Sliema Point with its old fort which is now a restaurant (recommended by the way). Yes, there's a busy road below, but it's a hive of activity which is intriguing to observe. Others mention traffic beeping etc, it's part of the local way of life across the island and unlike in the UK people don't just toot to be confrontational. You can't hear it with your balcony door shut.
The pelican crossing outside the hotel is a bit annoying, constantly bleeping away when it's OK for people to cross, though again with the balcony door shut I could not hear it at all.
Decoration was a little tired in places and the carpet needed cleaning outside of the fridge but you'd have to look quite hard to find the faults.
TV - very poor as mentioned on here, though it was a nice TV only a couple of English speaking channels were available and those didn't work most of the time! As someone said though, who wants to go away to watch TV, it would however be nice to have something familiar on in the background to unwind to at night.
Bathroom was spotless except for the ceiling which just needed a lick of paint, good shower and bath. Hot water wasn't too hot if you got up very early though, ie before 0630.
Air con - very good, a ceiling fan and proper air conditioning too which could be adjusted, very useful as it was 33 degrees celcius during each day. The air con did hum a little and rattled quietly occasionally, the hum was quite soothing though, the infrequent rattling probably just a one off to our room (I hope).

Extras to pay for - safe in the room was 7 euros for the week to use. 3 euros per sun shade at the pool as well, though they hand you towels down there for free. Pool and area around it was fine, a few people have pointed out that it's not opposite the hotel, the picture to the right of the fort was taken from our balcony, the pool is behind that - it really isn't far.

Lifts - they were a bit rubbish really, only two of them service rooms on 11 floors which must have at least 20 rooms on each floor. It was a bit boring waiting for a lift at breakfast time... mind you, breakfast time was 0715 to 1000 so you certainly don't need to rush.

Entertainment in the roof top bar - Tony with his guitar was very good, can't remember which night of the week this was though.
Staff - pleasant enough, doing what they were paid to do, stand out member though was the bar man up in the roof top bar, exceptionally pleasant and appeared to enjoy his job.

Transport - right outside are the bus stops that take you all over the island if you research the routes correctly, don't believe anyone who tells you all the buses go to Valletta though as if you stand at the Valletta-bound stop you'll find a number of buses drive right past you as they terminate two stops down the road at Sliema ferries, 65, 645 and 652 were the three I noticed. 47 cents gets you to Valletta, there's a weekly ticket for 13.98 euros but only worth it if you make more than three or four journies on a bus per day as the maximum fare is 1.16 but you'd have to go a long way to pay that much. Sightseeing buses stop outside too, though they're very expensive, City Sightseeing being the cheapest at 13 euros for a day, the other company charges 15 euros for one day.

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled as a couple
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Doncaster, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2010

the hotel and extras in hotel superb ,food service superb in all a brilliant stay

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled as a couple
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2010

I have visited Malta many times and stayed in some good Hotels and some average hotels. The Preluna was on the average side.
Before we set off I emailed to see if there were any seaview rooms that we could upgrade to, we were told that it would be 9.50 Euros per person per day which I though was expensive but we took it. I was most dissapointed to see after I had checked out that they were offering the upgrade in the hotel for 7 Euros so it had cost us 75 Euros extra for doing this in advance. Our son had his own room and I asked for our rooms to be together however they would not guarantee it and he ended up being in the next room but one. Another family next door to us had the same problem (I only found out late into the trip) and one simple room move would have sorted both out. The hotel could have done this but no effort was made.
There was wireless internet access but the signal was poor to non existent in the rooms so you had to go to the lobby if you wanted to use the internet. The Sky TV signal was poor in the rooms too although we hardly put the TV on so it wasn't a major issue.
The staff were helpful when they needed to be with the exception of the older guys down at the Lido who to be fair were pretty useless. It was one guys job to give the towels out, you would not think it would be hard to give out one towel per towel token you got from the hotel reception. On a ten day stay he got it wrong with us us 3 times. We were also charged 6Euros for a large lime and soda. The only difference between a small drink and a large drink seemed to be the amount of ice he put in, He admitted his error when questioned (it was an error, there was no question of dishonesty) and refunded 3Euros back, however it still seemed a lot for a bottle of water though. We went outside of the Lido to eat and drink after this and saved a fortune at the 'caravan' road cafes, much better quality than it sounds, and a fraction of the price.
There were 2 Jacuzzis on the sun roof but neither of them worked during our stay
One special mention to Anthony in the Piazza bar in the lobby, he stood out by far as the best member of staff at the Preluna and spoke very highly of the organisation he worked for. The Gym was well equipped and the staff friendly
The entertainment in the hotel was not very exciting so we went out every night. The hotel was in a good location and you could have a walk to St Julians Bay and back along the seafront, it is a vibrant place even late in the evening but safe for families. Many locals 'walk out' in the evening and local families play along the promanade, it has had a lot of investment over the last few years.
I don't think I would stay at the Preluna again but could not say it was a bad experience, I have just stayed in better. I think it will be the Fortina if we go again.

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled with family
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Thropton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2010

I have lost count of the many times that my family has stayed at The Preluna. This year my sister and I came as usual with our Mum who is 83 and my two nephews 12 and 7, the hotel caters for all ages and there is always a variety of entertainment downstairs and in the beautiful sky room. The outside beach club is great and the inside pool and spa lovely. I cannot praise the staff enough as they are all so helpful and friendly. The restaurant food is very good with plenty of choice. Special thanks again to David, Charles, Frans and Vincent.
God willing we will return next year. Janice x

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2010

I am about to return from a week at the Preluna - and am writing this from the free internet access in the spacious lobby. My partner and I have paid for a week 'all inclusive' and have had a great time here. The food in the all inclusive Titon restaurant has been excellent (i recommend rabbit spaghetti!), and there is always lots of choice. We have rarely eaten out as food is so good and there is an unhurried atmosphere in the restaurant. All inclusive drinks are only water, soft drinks and local alcohol - but we knew this when we booked, the house wine is not good but the vodka is excellent. Our room is in the older part, but it is clean, very spacious and has good air con (only room downside is 2 single beds pushed together rather than double). The hotel location is perfect with access to buses outside the door and Sliema Ferries a short walk away. We have enjoyed the pool area which is a short walk from the hotel and which has a good range of food (all inclusive) and the staff there are always cheerful. From the pool you can get styraight onto the rocks and into the sea. Yes I agree that more attention to detail may be of benefit e.g. lifts a little awkward at times and the restaurant staff are a little grumpy. But in such a busy hotel I feel things run smoothly and we have had no problems. I would certainly return.

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Holland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2010

As usual no complaints about the Preluna. We had a room with sea view in the Towers. The room was spotless and we couldn't hear the traffic noise that other people talk about. The airco worked very well and was silent. The resturant is busy but we always got a table and the food is good and a lot to choose from.
The beach club was busy everytime we went but we could always find two sunbeds.
We went all inclucive this time and this was OK it just gets a bit tidious having to sign for everything. It might be easier if you could just flash the AI card and let that be it.
We wouldn't do AI again as we tended to go out most days so missed lunch everyday.
The hotel staff were always polite and helpful. Gilbert on reception was a very helpful young man. The Preluna is a good 4 star hotel.

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2010

This was our fourth return to the Preluna in Sliema, Malta. The hotel is reliable, comfortable and has a great location in Sliema, in our opinion the best place to stay in Malta. Food is very good, rooms comfortable and cleaned very well, and staff very courteous. Pool area is great and sea easily accessible. You can always get a good deal on this hotel from somewhere, just shop around!

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Preluna Hotel & Spa

Property: Preluna Hotel & Spa
Address: 124, Tower Road, Sliema, Island of Malta 1000, Malta
Region: Malta > Island of Malta > Sliema
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#3 Spa Hotel in Sliema
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Sliema
#5 Luxury Hotel in Sliema
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Preluna Hotel & Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 280
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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