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Park Hotel
Ranked #27 of 29 Hotels in Sliema
Henstridge, Somerset
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“Reliable, friendly and good value”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 May 2008

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?!!!.

  • Liked — Very clean with all the facilities needed
  • Disliked — No gripes at all
  • Stayed March 2008, travelled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2008

I now stay at the Park Hotel four times a year for periods of four weeks at a time so this must say something as I first stayed there four years ago. I find it to be excellent value for money and I am looked after like a member of the family by 99% of the staff. Obviously there can never be 100% satisfaction in any organisation but the cleanliness and service are excellent. The standard and variety of food is, for the most part, excellent and again very good value. My bedroom and ensuite are kept clean and well decorated with regular clean towels and bed linen.
My only complaint has been, and this is very common in Malta, that students have been known to make holidaying Malta a let down especially when staying in hotels. I do have to admit that the Park have made valiant efforts to try and minimise the inconvenience and annoyance during the few weeks each year that students may be in residence by accepting those who have had a good track record. I have a feeling however that allowing students in to the Park will be more restricted than ever which will be an added reason for staying there. I emphasise that this is not a complaint directed solely at this hotel because it is a very common complaint not only in Malta but elsewhere.

My only other complaint is the standard of the gym which is in great need of upgrading if it is to be kept ,although the pool arrangements are good and there are good roof amenities.

The Park is well situated in Sliema with good shopping nearby, the sea and good promenade a few minutes walk, bus stops again a few minutes away, and very close to the berths from where the boat excursions start.

The Management and staff are helpful to young and old, fit and not so fit, and, as usual, having spent four weeks over Easter I am already booked for the month of July and also October with the strong probablity that as always I shall spend a month over Christmas and New Year.

  • Liked — General friendliness and good standards
  • Disliked — Accomodating students occasionally during a year.
  • Stayed April 2008, travelled solo
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Additional Information about Park Hotel

Property: Park Hotel
Address: Graham Street, Sliema, Island of Malta SLM 1712, Malta
Region: Malta > Island of Malta > Sliema
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#10 Luxury Hotel in Sliema
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Park Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 152
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Comfortable Tour-oriented Hotel located in town center, just off main road. ... more   less 
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