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“tried but OK”
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Imperial Hotel
Ranked #23 of 28 Hotels in Sliema
Reviewed 13 April 2014

I spent there 4 nights. Hotel market itself as 3 star establishment. It could be true, but many years ago. Now, it is pretty basic and definitely well below 3 star mark. I paid a very good price for my stay therefore I cannot complain. Yes, it's true what others write about entrance hall - impressive main hall. But the rest of the hotel remind me of an old hospital with big corridors with tiles on the floors, white walls, ramps for people with disabilities etc. Kind of strange feeling. Rooms are clean, although furniture is dated and tired. Bathroom clean, but again, well past the best days. Some tiles on the floor cracked. Doors are paper-thin - you can hear everything from the corridor. TV set is an old 14" set, with very simple remote control and limited number of TV channels. Breakfasts are pretty simple, choice is average. Staff seemed friendly. Lots of older guests, mainly from the UK. Good location in the centre of Sliema, however you have to walk to the ferry (up or downhill, depending on your direction). Good hotel if the price you pay is right. Don't expect much, but still it's a decent and clean place to sleep.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled solo
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Sailor89, General Manager at Imperial Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 19 May 2014

Dear Sir / madam,

Thank you very much for taking your time to share your experience at The Imperial hotel.

We do appreciate your opinion when describing The Imperial Hotel – Malta’s longest serving hotel since 1865. The fact that it was constructed in 1865 is as you stated very visible in the wide corridors it has and which are architecturally expected of that time. However, although I respect your opinion, to describe the long wide corridors as a ‘hospital’ is not right as you are giving the impression that you would accept a long narrow corridor found in many modern hotels.
I differ to agree with your comments referring to some ramps we have. It seems that unfortunately you are not aware of laws around the globe which are there to see that persons with difficulty in mobility should and must have easy facilities to make use of any part of the property. We are in an age where discrimination (and that is in the widest spectrum) should be something of the past.

We are proud that The Imperial is fully compatible and compliant to what the law requires and I can say that a good number of clients are actually clients that unfortunately have mobility problems and our Staff members ensure that these clients are given particular attention at all time.

As for b’fast, I think it is right to say what is offered at The Imperial as you described it as ‘pretty simple, choice is average’. One finds four (4) types of coffee – including espresso, we offer clients the choice of Moccacino, Cappuccino and Hot Chocolate, four (4) types of tea – including herbal teas, three (3) types of cold meats, two (2) types of cakes, scrambled / fired eggs (alternating daily), boiled eggs, sausages / bacon (alternating), fresh fruit salad, yogurt, Vegetarian’s Corner and five (5) types of bread including Fruit and Brown to choose from, five (5) types of cereals, jams, marmalade and local honey.

Once again, I thank you for your custom and for spending some time to share your experience.

With kind regards,

Joe Attard
General Manager

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Reviewed 11 April 2014

I agree with Juscius - you get what you pay for. We had a perfectly comfortable, quiet room overlooking the garden - the bathrooms are definitely needing a makeover, but we got a fantastic deal with Amoma [€128 for four nights' B&B] and it was great to see this historic hotel & the lovely staircase - more fun than staying in a plastic modern box. I'm giving it four stars because of the value, the location and the fact it's not a pokey modern hotel - but if you want luxury & up to date decor, then it's not for you. Breakfast is OK - all we wanted was cereal, juice and coffee, but people seemed to be tucking into their cooked breakfasts OK and there was also cheese, ham, etc.

Room Tip: It's worth paying the small supplement to have a "garden" room if you want it really q...
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  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Jeanbrowne
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Reviewed 9 April 2014

First of all, this hotel is based in a great location - 10 min walk distance to all boat trips, cafes, shops and etc. The value you get living there is equal to what you pay for. I have read many bad reviews before coming here, so I was a bit afraid what will our experiece be. But the hotel did not disapoint me. Yes, it is old and the furniture is also old, but it is the oldest hotel in Malta, so that shouldn't be a surprise. In a way living in it is more fasinating than disapointing. The hotel has its history and that is what you feel there. Staff is friendly and housekeeping is really great. Breakfast is average, but very similar to what you get everywhere else. I wouldn' try eating dinner there, cause it doesn't seem, that they have great cooks. But if you are looking for a place just to sleep over cheeply, it is just what you might need. If you are the person, who is looking for all inclusive holiday, where you could just spend vacation time in a hotel area, of course this hotel shouldn't be your choice. If you like more traveling and you don't care where you live, it is very reasonable to stay in Imperial. To sum up, for everybody who gave bad reviews - you get what you pay for! Read about it in advance to know what to expect and then you won't be shocked or disapointed, maybe even pleasantly surprised.

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Reviewed 5 April 2014

I booked this hotel purely because of the pictures of its beautiful entrance hall - after all, who can resist those gorgeous chandeliers and sweeping double staircase? Probably not the best way to choose a hotel for a fortnight but in this case, it worked for us!

Yes, it's a bit tatty in places, and some of the furniture, especially in the bedrooms, could do with replacing, and the bathrooms need a revamp; but the public areas are palatial, our room very spacious, (the beds felt hard but must have been more comfortable than we thought at first since we slept solidly every night!) and any minor faults (light bulb not working and no towels one day) were dealt with immediately. The entire hotel was cleaned every day (sometimes more effectively than others), with towels and bedding changed regularly, even on Sundays and public holidays.

We stayed on half board. Breakfast was standard fare - plenty of choice with cereals, local breads and cakes / croissants, fruit, yoghurt, salad and hot food available too, bacon or sausages, tomatoes, baked beans and eggs. Nothing exceptional, but a good start to the day.

Dinner has recently changed from waiter service to buffet style and it is still being refined. Some people complained about the lack of choice, but every night there was soup, pasta, lots of different salads for starters and a choice of 2 different meat dishes plus fish for a main course, A vegetarian option was also available on request (although it tended to be rather hefty and solid). Some nights the food was served mainly by the chef, on others it was help-yourself and to be honest, the service was a bit amateurish, but no-one went hungry! Drinks were reasonable priced too.

One of the best things about this hotel is the quiet private garden and good sized pool with plenty of sun loungers, tables and chairs. It's hard to imagine that you're so close to the centre of a busy town. The position of the hotel also means that it's easy to get around, either walking or using public transport - a bus to Valletta stops outside and it's only 10 minutes walk to Sliema Ferries or Balluta Bay / St Julians.

So, it's not a luxury experience, but the character and history of the hotel more than compensate for any shortcomings. And as we said at the time, I don't know how they do it for what we paid. We will definitely stay here again if or when we return to Malta. We just loved it!

Room Tip: 1st floor, overlooking the garden or pool. Room 226 was huge and had a lovely lemon tree just outsid...
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  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank Claribelle
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Reviewed 5 April 2014

Staff very friendly and breakfast, big choice for everyone.
The entrance to the hotel is impressive but our room was
in desperate need of an update. It was too far from the
shops so would not choose to stay there again. But
cannot say enough about all the staff nothing was too
much trouble.

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled with family
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Thank louise w
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Reviewed 1 April 2014

This hotel was really good value and clean though rooms were a little tired the breakfast were fine and plentiful
The staff could have been a little more cheerful but I think they were a little understaffed at times
The parking was awful having to park between solid metal bollards with inches to spare and being on a one way road and a hill wasn't easy every day ,they charge three euros a day for the pleasure parking anywhere else was a nightmare so there wasn't a choice
All in all I would recommend this hotel very old Maltese building and a nice swimming pool

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled with family
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Thank merrille
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Reviewed 25 March 2014

I was there in Feb./Mar.2014 for some weeks and will be there next year again. The hotel was full with elderly, satisfied guests. For sure lots of them will be there year by year by year.

For the entrance and the lounge five stars are not enough, the pool is clear and refreshened, the garden so wonderful. Is there any hotel on Malta like this?

My room with a view to the garden was fine, clean and simple. OK the shower aren't the newest, however the water was warm and every day I got fresh towels.

WiFi is for free. From my room I had sometimes problems with the connection and it was a good reason to go into the amazing lounge for some Minutes or more.

Once I had dinner on Sunday and I could say it was worth it.
Breakfast is normal: Fresh juice, milk, yogurt, maltese bread, beans, sausages, eggs, muesli, etc.

It is not a five star hotel, but a hotel with a fine soul, a gem in the middle of Sliema. In relation to the price I can only opt for the best scoring.

Stayed: March 2014, travelled solo
2  Thank Klaus Z
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Address: Rudolph St, Sliema, Island of Malta SLM 06, Malta
Region: Malta > Island of Malta > Sliema
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Bar / Lounge Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #23 of 28 Hotels in Sliema
Price Range: £20 - £68 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Imperial Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 95
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