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Imperial Hotel
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Reviewed 10 April 2013

This hotel is quite a pretty place and has character which is why we chose it. We expected basic, due to the star rating and price but what was not expected was the poor cleanliness. Bedding and furniture was awful crockery and linnen at breafast too. I didnt feel that I could eat off the plates things were so bad. We decided to change hotels. A real shame but the place felt like it had seen better days. A good clean up and enthusiatic staff would quickly bring back its charm

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank TeePee1e23
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Reviewed 6 April 2013

How to start with The Imperial? if you want a good location, good service, pleasant surroundings, peace and quiet and a relaxed atmosphere then stay here.

The hotel is in Sliema at the top of a hill about equidistant from both bays on either side - about 7 minutes walk downhill, maybe 12 minus uphill! So not for those with mobility issues.

Sliema is just across Marsamxett bay from Valetta and you can get the Sliema-Valetta ferry from Sliema waterfront. It only costs 1.5 euro one way (2.8 euro return, a weekly ticket 10 euros) and takes 15 mins all told with halfhourly trips. It is the way to enter Valetta. You can take the bus - it takes longer - you end up in Independence square which does look nice and is at the bottom of the main street - Republic Street. The other main street in Valetta is Merchant Street, parallel to Republic Street - Valetta is laid out in a grid pattern. the other bay is Balluta bay and there are lots of cafes, restaurants and hotels. It is very touristy there on Balluta Bay. Some nice gardens too beside the water.

Anyhow back to the hotel. it is SPACIOUS. It was a former trust House Forte establishment. It has a magnificent main staircase - Curved sweeps either side with knights in armour decorating them. Straight through the starcase leads to the Plover Bar which is stuffed full of old fashioned sofas. The whole place has an air of faded grandeur. There are lots of magnificent chandeliers throught this room and the entrance lobby/staircase. from the Plover room you go into the Windsor Restaurant. Here you get a buffet breakfast (both hot and cold but not really and English unless you pay 3 euros extra). but there is plenty of it. You also can get the 3 course set menu for 12 euros. Reasonably good choice (except for vegetarians) but main course always served with potatoes and ROAST vegetables. You can also get a limited range of sandwiches and/or soups/wraps for lunch. i can vouch for a delicious ham and cheese ciabbata sandwich with salad.

Outside just off the Plover Bar are the gardens and pool. A medium sized outdoor pool and a small children's pool. This is in the courtyard surrounded by lovely arches with tables and chairs where you can relax and eat. In the evening, with candles on the tables, it is very romantic. The only downside with the pool is in April it is quite cold and there tends to be a bit of a wind so making sunbathing slightly uncomfortable after a while.

There is a big sun terrace on top of the Pover Bar and it seems not to be affected by the wind.

The staff are very friendly and helpful and there is 24/7 reception. the only thing that didn't work properly was the WiFi and a guest screwed up the little internet access cafe they had and it wasn't fixed while we were there. Oh and there was a power cut for about half hour at the end of our evening meal one night. (It affected a whole block in Sliema). But the emergency lighting kicked in and the evening meal proceeded as if nothing happened.

Our room was one looking onto the street and it was large with high ceilings. it was an ordinary, not a superior, room and it had air conditioning (not charged for additionally). We slept well. It is noisy if you open the window but you don't need to as there is air con. The TV had 3-4 English channels (3 were news channels and one the Malta equivalent of BBC 2 with alternate programmes in English).

A lot of the clientele were middle aged and this is probably the age group targeted by the hotel. but there are also some younger clients - early twenties or so.

We certainly enjoyed our time (a week in late March-early April) there and we would definitely go back.

Room Tip: The bar staff are very friendly and will give you the low down on Malta. Recommended - lunchtime ciabatta sandwiches. Beers and coffees are also cheap at the hotel.
  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank Bajan_Lad
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Reviewed 5 April 2013

Faded charme with great atmosphere, some might say needs updating (we rather like this more though than the concrete bunkers on Sliema's waterfront), but its all clean and well maintained by a friendly and helpful staff - if there is a problem they will help (so I don't get a previous review re room opposite lift - they would have given you another one if asked!). Can't ask more for the price, which in April Easter weekend was surprisingly low. Food is inexpensive and ok for the price but we rather had breakfast on the bus to the ferry. (Fresh bread and cheese from the excentric 'Georgous Gorge' corner shop). Location is off the tourist area - there is nothing you want to do in Sliema, but Malta is tiny and you are anywhere in no time on the excellent buses (Hint: DON'T have a hire car in Malta. Unless you are a professional stunt driver). Some very large rooms ideal for families. Clean and well maintained outside pool and a beautiful shaded garden to chill. Again, for the price you can't beat this as a relaxing base. We would go back any time.

Room Tip: Get a room first or second floor and garden view.
  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled with family
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2  Thank Leamington-family
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Reviewed 4 April 2013

Having read through the reviews about this hotel , the differences of opinion swung between fantastic to a dump! We decided to go with an open mind and see for ourselves.
I think you have to understand that a 3* category in the UK is very different to many areas of Europe.
Well here goes , the hotel is an old colonial style building,very charming and such a lovely change fron the high rise new build. Inside and in the garden area and poolside it is quiet and peaceful.The road outside is busy with traffic most of the day ,with small shops and supermarket close by.
A short walk down hill takes you to the seafront of Sliema,where there are shops cafes restaurants and bus stops to Valetta, and also to the other end of the island and the Gozo ferry.
There is also a bus stop for Valetta that stops just by the hotel.
The location of this hotel is great as a base for exploring the island and beyond. There is secure car parking space outside the hotel too.
We found the staff friendly once they began to know each other, and we had no problem at all , the dining room staff were great, and our chambermaid was fantastic .
We had a major problem with our room which was treated very professionally, and quickly.
All in all we had no complaints and would recommend this hotel anytime,
We were there over Easter and attended the Easter Sunday Gala lunch which was superb but I agree the evening meals normally were not so good, and the breakfast orange juice was awful, it is made from a powder Guests did inform the staff and it was topped up and much improved.
WiFi is FREE but signal a bit hit and miss ! Go and enjoy!

PS We were the .1%(see previous review) and heard very little complaints, I note that the reviewer stated he didnt complain at the time,shame really, as most things can be sorted out face to face!

Room Tip: Request a room facing inwards, pool or garden view as road is noisy .
  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank shiringarside
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Reviewed 3 April 2013

I stayed at Imperial Hotel 22-29 March.The UK was freezing to death while Malta was getting hotter with Temperature rising...17,18,19,21C even! Sliema is a nice place to be.At Imperial I seemed to sleep better than at home a few nights.Staff wer always cheerful and chatty.Food was good on average.I sometimes had breakfast of Weetabix,toast and a small cheese salad!
The evening meal was ok and a friend joined me.This meal could be improved as it is pricey!
The decor overall was good I thought and certainly my room was really comfortable.Towels were changed each day.I certainly would stay there again.

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled solo
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2  Thank ArthurW522
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