Hubby and I stayed at the "Plaza" side of hotel for 7 nights at end of October and had emailed prior to arrival with questions, so we knew what to expect and pretty much what we would be getting. We had booked a cheap and cheerful package, so were not expecting anything grand.
A seaview room would have added about 100 quid to cost of trip, so we decided on a "landview" room as we figured we'd be out all day anyway. "Landview" turned out to be room 214 with a glorious view of the back of another building, but room did get wonderful sunlight as there was two windows between the main room and the bathroom. Room was clean (although bathroom had small shadows of mould in the caulking in the corners of the tub), extra pillows and blankets in wardrobe, towels ok in bathroom. The last two nights we shifted to room 107 with a "seaview" and balcony -- as we were on the first floor, we barely had a seaview at all as we weren't high enough to see past the trees across the road blocking views of the beach and the water. Again, room was basically clean BUT the bathroom needs some lovin' by Maintenance -- grout around tiles was missing, small shadows of mould (just spray it with bleach and water!) in the tub corners, and the rubber gasket at the bottom of the shower screen really needs to be replaced as it was seriously dirty.
Hotel offers no niceties like coffee/tea setup, use of a room safe, refrigerator, iron or WiFi unless you pay extra for it -- so there goes the "budget" aspect if you're trying to control costs. TV is a multi-lingual paradise of about 6 channels offering Italian, German and English (2?3? channels), so we watched BBC and a channel with never-ending fairly-recent non-blockbuster movies. I do regret not knowing German as "Harry Potter" films were being shown and Harry speaking German meant the voiceover and his mouth movements didn't sync up, but I digress.... Breakfast (B+B) had a nice, but not overwhelming, variety of breads, cereals, eggs, sausage/bacon, fruit, cheese, cold ham -- very basic and all quite good. Dinner at was 9 quid a person, and was excellent. Carvery offered roast beef, plus potatoes and a variety of vegetables. Desserts were a diet-busting dream. Good wine list with a variety of wines from Malta, Old World and New World, all in a range of prices. The staff is busy, focused on changing the tables over, and while not overly talkative, they were friendly and pleasant overall. The roof-top pool on the 7th floor had a small rectangular pool (definitely not Olympic sized!), a good number of sun loungers, and a wonderful bar area offering drinks as well as food. Musical entertainment is provided most evenings, and the view from the roof is terrific.
Cara's Cafe, where we ate a number of times, fronts the hotel, and has an outdoor seating area with a smaller in-door cafe. It was a pleasure as it had a good selection of lighter-type hot/cold foods, all wonderfully prepared, and all VERY attractively and reasonably priced. Olga and Rita are two of the waitresses who took very good care of us, and were a delight to talk to. Again, desserts were a treat to enjoy. The hotel is conveniently located across from Peppi's and Frescos, restaurants overlooking the bay/beach, each with really varied food and drinks menus. A pizza/Italian food restaurant is also near the hotel, and a further walk (past the Italian place) brings you to a small shop specialising in donuts, a Chinese restaurant, a British-type pub "the Plough and Stars" which was always busy, and a wonderful gelateria offering about a dozen flavours of ice cream as well as small pastries and coffee which was open till about 11 pm if not later. Hotel is conveniently placed for walking on the promenade toward St. Julians (even more activity, shopping and restaurants) or taking a public bus toward the ferries or Valletta (a one week unlimited use bus pass is just E12 pp). We noticed guests ran the gamut of very young adults to OAPs, with babies and young kids, or just couples of all ages, with a strong showing of Brits, Germans and Italians.
Overall, the hotel served our purposes by being (generally) clean, safe, comfortable and conveniently located. Front desk people were pleasant and helpful if not overly friendly, but then they were constantly busy with guests checking in and out. Hubby and I both agreed we would stay here again, no problem, and would recommend it to friends. Our recommendations to friends would also include (1) don't expect anything fancy or any extra amenities unless you pay for them, and (2) definitely get a sea-view room, on a higher floor, so you get away from the noise of the traffic (easily blocked if you closed the sliding doors) and have a view of the bay. I would rate the hotel as a high 3-star property because it's good, not perfect, and for what it is and what it does, I think this is a fair assessment. We weren't planning on paying for "great" to begin with -- that budget again! -- so you just have to recognize the hotel for what it does offer to the traveller in relation to what you're paying for and what other hotels may be offering in a similar price range.
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