After a slight delay at the airport, I was taken to the hotel by shuttle bus. As it was not clear which of the two adjoining hotels I was in, I carried my luggage to the Plaza. After a short queue, I was informed I was in the other hotel. When I reached the other site I was told my room was not ready!
After about 45-60 minutes wait in the reception area, I was informed my room was ready.
Room 124 was right next to the lift on the first floor. When I walked in I was somewhat surprised by its size. Shall I say, bijou.
I know I booked for single occupancy, but I was rather annoyed that I had paid a single supplement of £91 for the week when it was painfully obvious that no more than one person could occupy this room anyway.
Taking aside that annoyance, the room was newly furnished with an ample wardrobe space for one, a comfortable single bed and a small table for writing. It also had a safe should you wish to hire it and a tv the size of a medium pc, high in the corner of the room making it difficult to see clearly. This turned out to be irrelevant as the only 2 channels available were one in Malti and the BBC Worldwide News. Just as well I don't watch telly on holiday!
The view from the room was the backs of nearby properties, no big deal!
The en-suite bathroom was very small. Approximately 75cm square shower cubicle and a toilet that requires you to sit at 45 degrees to avoid your knees hitting the toilet roll holder.
Strangely, and perhaps this is the British siege mentality in me, I grew fonder of the place as the week wore on!
The hotel itself seemed fine and I am sure some of the larger double rooms would be enjoyable, especially with the view over the bay.
The big pluses were the dining room and its views. The staff were very good; friendly, helpful and efficient. The food was plentiful and enjoyable and the top floor bar was a great place to visit after a 'hard day's touring'. There was also a very good rooftop pool and sunlounge area.
At this point I must mention the lifts!
They have a mind of their own. I was OK for leaving the hotel, just one flight of stairs down. But the dining room is on floor 6!!
The hotel has a bus stop right outside which is very useful and there are plenty of really enjoyable walks if you are the active type. I regularly enjoyed the walk into Valletta along the coast paths and walkways. There are ample tours on offer from the hotel and I took advantage of the Sightseeing Bus on Malta and on Gozo, although I preferred the freedom of choice on the ferry rather than an all inclusive regulated Gozo tour.
By the end of the week I was actually sorry to go.
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