The Martina Hotel offers a really good value stay. The location is unbeatable - two steps from Sliema ferries, which you can take to Valletta, Three Cities, and take cruises to Gozo and Comino. There are also a couple of bus stops, with buses going to Valletta, Airport, Mdina, St. Julian's, Mosta, and more. St. Julien's is pretty much a walking distance, The Point shopping mall (dubbed as "the biggest shopping mall in Malta") is very close, so are rocky beaches (a popular spot for evening grill parties among Malta's youth) over-viewing Valletta. The hotel is located literally between Burger King and McDonald's/McCafe for budget eaters, Pizza Hut is also round the corner - but should you want something more sophisticated, you'll find several nice eateries downstairs as well (highly recommended is Cuba Cafe, with delicious coffee and breakfast bagels for 2 euro). There's Marks & Spencer down the street, so is Zara, not to mention a couple of daily needs markets. For those wanting to enjoy some quiet time, San Anna Square is also 2 steps away.
The rooms are maintained daily, so they're always clean and proper, cleaning ladies being always very polite - so is the rest of the staff, including the super nice girls at the reception, always smiling and helpful.
That being said, there were some small bumps on the road; when we arrived, the hotel was "full" so we were given a triple land view room for one night, and then a refund (although only 10 euro). We were given two rooms to choose from, which was a nice touch; the air conditioning didn't work in the new room and failed to work for the next couple of days (a crucial addition in a country as hot as Malta) until it was finally fixed. The jacuzzi on the room was often dirty; apparently, some guests didn't take the "please shower before entering jacuzzi" plead all that seriously. The bathrooms could also use a bit of refurbishing in the near future (one has to admit though, despite lacking the modernity, they were always sparkling clean). All that considering, the staff was nice and apologetic about those faults which, to be frank, didn't manage to spoil our perfect vacation in a country so interesting, so colorful and so utterly beautiful.
Not having visited any other hotels in the country and having no actual comparison, it's hard to say if this one is the best one to choose; I do have to admit the experience was close to impeccable and I'm not sure if when returning to Malta I'd choose a different hotel - I'm not even sure if it's possible for the same price. Having spent a decent amount of research before choosing Marina, I can honestly recommend it - if you're looking for a budget hotel, look no further!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sliema Marina Hotel has just been refurbished into a modern trendy three star hotel set in the heart of Sliema centre with Cafes, shops and restaurants at its doorstep. The hotel is situated on the seafront just across Sliema Bus Terminus, the ferry port to Valletta and Malta Sight Seeing Hop on Hop off spot. Sliema Marina Hotel has outstanding views of the Valletta across the Marina and the Grand Harbour. On the front porch is our very own 'Oggi Cafe and Restaurant' serving delicious pastries and food. All guest rooms have been refitted with a modern fresh design and are luxuriously equipped with air conditioning, free WIFI, LED TV, fine fabric black-out curtains, orthopaedic mattresses, wooden parquet flooring, and quality furnishing and furniture throughout: truly exceptional. The superior rooms are equipped with a sofa divan, coffee table, tea coffee making facilities, fridge. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Marina Hotel Sliema
- Sliema Marina Hotel Malta