My wife and I have visited Malta over the past twelve years and for the last five have stayed at the 'Park'. This year we additionally spent a week at the Fortina Spa (five star) and the contrast was quite surprising. Of the two hotels, we both came to the conclusion that the 'Spa' could not match the Park in practially every department - it also seemed too commercial and without personality. To cut a long story short, the Park has character and a friendly touch which we have found lacking elswhere. Last year (2007) however we were disappointed with the dinners they provided. They were very bland and lacking taste. I took the opportunity to mention it to the manager 'Charles' who was greatful for the feedback. This year '08' a new chef had been appointed and the blandness of the food a distant memory.....can't ask for more than that.
We usually rent a suite, which provides a separate sitting room as well as a double bedroom, bathroom and small kitchenette. When staying for four weeks it adds that extra comfort and convenience. The views from the balcony are limited to buildings and roofs and sky opposite which is fair enough for a hotel just off the seafront. It is, in this respect very well placed as the seafront road is busy and at times noisy, as residents staying in seafront hotels are keen to tell you!
One of our favourite walks is the stroll along the promenade to St Julian's. If you fancy a coffee we would recommend taking time out in the Vista Bar of the Hilton Hotel in St Julian's where they serve excellent coffee while you enjoy the views through huge windows from your balcony 'Vista'. You can't miss the Hilton with it's adjacent huge blue tower.
What else is there that is worth mentioning? I use the gym which is in the basement along with a pool etc. I had no trouble using the treadmill and bike - there are only four pieces of equipment like these if my memory is correct. The emphasis is however very much on 'static' equipment such as weight lifting kit etc. Overall It is in need of some TLC and some additional equipment such as rowing machines and X trainers etc. During the four weeks that I used the gym, I only saw one person use the static items such as the weights. Having said that, the cooler months of the year does bring out 'us wrinklies' the majority of whom prefer walking maybe.
The big strength of the hotel to my mind is the approachability of the staff, most of whom like a bit of a laugh and joke. The ladies who clean the room become friends and are always willing to help in any way. The gentleman manning the front desk (Francis for example) is always willing to let you read his paper if you have found that the one you want has sold out. And so it goes on; it is a very human hotel, which listens and 'speaks' and does it's very best to make sure you have an enjoyable stay. I would say that if you haven't had one by the time your stay is up - ask yourself 'what have I done wrong - you may find an answer?!!!.
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- Comfortable Tour-oriented Hotel located in town center, just off main road. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Park Hotel Malta/Sliema