We stayed (2 of us)for 2 weeks on an all-inclusive basis from March 14-28th. Like many others, were a bit apprehensive after reading other reviews, but overall we had a good stay despite a poor room.
Firstly, don't expect anything too special! This is 3-star for a reason.
Room: Very disappointing. Dark and dingy with no main light. Had to rely on 2 bedside lamps and a small wall light as there was bizarrely no light on the ceiling! The window was also very small with limited natural light. Also, mould growing on 2 walls-not nice. The bathroom was also mouldy and a little smelly, though the shower was fine and hot water plentiful. A problem with the toilet leaking which was fixed after 2 attempts. The cleaners struggled to clean the bathroom properly but did a good job of the beds and changed the sheets and towels.
There was a problem with cleanliness thoroughout this hotel. While the public places were generally OK, the stairs and carpets were usually very dirty and we noticed dirt/crumbs which never moved for days.
Food: Generally good. Breakfast was a little uninspiring with a poor selection of cereals. Nice bread and a decent toaster, although it was sometimes funny to see people trying to fathom out how to use it! But at least the cooked breakfast was hot. Indeed, you struggled to see through the steam when you removed the top of the containers! Lunch was OK, but we didn't have many as we were normally being shaken to death on one of the Leyland buses somewhere in the island! Dinner was always hot and tasty although often looked scruffy with not a great choice. No 'Masterchef' winners in the kitchens here! But normally the food was cooked fine although lacking finesse.(Remember, you get what you pay for!)The veg tended to be overcooked for the most part. That said, all the soups I had were very good and the bread rolls were generally fresh. There seemd a decent choice for vegetarians too. Desserts were OK and there was always fresh fruit available. The main problem was that the plates and cutlery were often not cleaned properly-check this before eating. But we weren't aware of any stomach bugs although I had an 'episode' resulting in my missing the evening meal one night-though I can't be certain it was the fault of the hotel.
Service:I couldn't fault the service throughout the 2 weeks. As stated before, Charles is excellent. But so were the others. Absolutely NO complaints.
Bar:The bar area was a little on the small side, but all the bartenders were friendly and efficient. It was also very clean. If you're all inclusive, bottles of water are normally kept on the bar so you can help yourself-a nice touch.
Reception: Efficient and friendly, always willing to help.
Roof terrace: A good space for sunsoaking, although not particularly nice. Many unsightly air-conditioning units in the way. Also, only about 4 covers for the sunloungers! And you get a birds eye view of all the building work going on around. Tall, intrusive cranes everywhere. Yes, there's plenty of buillders-and they start early. You have been warned(although it wasn't really a problem where we were).
Location: A little out of the way. Just five minutes from Sliema harbour despite being on a bit of a hill and in a scruffy part of town.
Sliema:A good base to explore the island. Plenty of cheap buses to Valletta and other areas. 7 days for 14 euros-great value if you aren't hiring a car(no need in my opinion). Nice walk down the front although the touts for the harbour cruises did get a bit tiresome after 13 days! Several bars and cafes/restaurants and a great view over to Valletta.
Despite a poor room and obvious cleanliness issues, for what we paid we had a good stay. All the staff(apart from the cleaners)were excellent. Yes, it is in need of updating, but all of the public areas (lounge, reception, bar, conference room,etc)were fine. Also, the building work was mentioned by everyone, although where you were in the hotel depended on how much you were or weren't affected by it. As things stand, I probably wouldn't return or recommend but it represented good value overall. BUT AS I'M SURE YOU KNOW-'YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR'!!!!!!!!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A friendly 3 star hotel situated in a residential area only 200m away from the sea and town centre where you will find shops, bus stop, restaurants and cafes. Hotel facilities include 24 hr reception, restaurant, the LeRoy Cafe and Bar, lounges, a conference room, 3 lifts, roof terrace and a beach club with swimming pool on the seafront (200m away from hotel and open from May to mid-Oct only). ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Plevna Hotel Sliema
- Plevna Hotel Malta/Sliema