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“Basic, a good base to explore Malta.”

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Bayview Hotel & Apartments
Ranked #16 of 28 Hotels in Sliema
Liverpool, United Kingdom
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“Basic, a good base to explore Malta.”
Reviewed 21 October 2012

We travelled as a couple and stayed at Bayview Apartments for a week. We have previously stayed at Bayview apartments a few years ago. We stayed in a studio apartment a few minutes walk away from the main hotel. The studio was clean and was exactly what we needed out of our accommodation, we just wanted somewhere basic and clean as we didn't spend much time in the studio. Unfortunately the only view we had from our balcony was a building site, the workmen working on the site were very noisy and building work was going on 6 days a week from 7.30 in the morning til after 6pm at night so it wasn't very relaxing. The bathroom was a suitable size but the shower cubicle was tiny and the shower leaked all over the bathroom floor. Throughout our stay the maid service was not great, she didn't do any cleaning just renewed the towels and remade the beds with dirty sheets that we had already slept on. The pillows were uncomfortable and lumpy.

The pool area is nice. There is a bar and a small pool. We didn't have any problems getting a sun lounger and the view from the sunbathing deck is lovely. There is a quieter sunbathing deck on the 6th floor which was very peaceful and not busy.

The staff at reception I found quite rude, check in took forever as the staff tried to check in lots of people all at once instead of dealing with people individually. I found that some staff had bad attitudes and did not have basic manners. Checking out also took forever and again the staff were unhelpful and rude.

I wouldn't stay here again as I think if we returned to Malta we would try somewhere different.

The hotel is in a good location, there is a bus stop outside that takes you to st Julian's and Valletta and there are numerous bars and restaurants in Sliema and the location is generally good.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 October 2012

The only aspect of our stay in this hotel that allows me to give it any rating at all is its location. Beautiful view across the bay from rooms with sea view; bus stop right outside door and many restaurants in close proximity.

To summarise the rest:

Room was small as was the bathroom in which the door of the shower opens less than half way as it is wedged up against hand basin.

Supposed to be a double room, but in reality is a twin with two single beds dressed individually and pushed close together. Room service seemed to consist solely of dressing these beds as shower, hand basin and bathroom glasses were never cleaned. Glasses which we had brought from the bar to have a drink on the balcony were just allowed to accumulate over the week of our stay. There was a safe in the room but there was a deposit of €25 for this of which €10 was refundable on departure, first time I have ever come across this. No remote for the tv or no hair dryers, but I understand from other reviewers that there is also a deposit for these.(also firsts in my experience of hotels)

Breakfast was below basic, despite the fact that there appeared to be a large number of staff. The function of two of these staff members seemed to be to patrol the dining room in almost military fashion on the look out for any empty plate or cup on any table irrespective of whether the guests were finished eating or not. If a plate was left on the table while you went for another cup of coffee, chances were it and its contents would be gone on return. We felt one of us had to stay at the table at all times to "guard" what ever of our breakfast remained. The food itself was poor with very little choice. Now there was a choice of different types of cold meat, but unfortunately not on the same day. That is to say you could have ham on Monday but not salami and perhaps visa versa on Tuesday; the same choice pertained to bacon and sausage
Breakfast finishes at 10.00 and if you find yourself in the dining room much later than this, there is a danger that you will find yourself in another "military" operation of stacking chairs on tables.

Reception staff seem to enjoy their work with the only downside from their point of view being appearing to be the guests. There is a small bar at the side of the reception desk with a sign reading "Bar open 23.00 to 08.00", presumably because the main bar closes at 23.00. We returned at about eleven thirty one night and wanted a bottle of water to take to our room. When we asked the man at the desk for this his non-verbal reaction was such as to suggest that we could not be serious. He sullenly placed the bottle of water on the counter and walked away. When I asked how much it was he said "one euro", which when offered he took again without any verbal acknowledgement.
That the attitude of the staff at the front desk is, for the most part consistent, was conclusively demonstrated when we were checking out. I gave my room number as 401 and said we were checking out. He looked to his computer screen and said "OK". I gave him the key to the safety deposit box which we had rented and, without looking up or saying a word, he placed the ten euro refundable deposit on the counter. I stood there wondering if that was it, then I said good bye, to which there was again no response. He was probably thinking that we were just another couple of annoying guests gotten rid of. In that, he can be assured that he has been successful. He and the Bayview Hotel has got rid of us permanently

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Weston-super-Mare, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 18 October 2012

Good position on sea front, but bear in mind this does mean a busy main road. Bus stop to Valletta is right outside the door and it is a short walk to the ferries and boat trip departure point.. There are a range of eating options within walking distance. Breakfast at the hotel was good, with a range of cooked options (these are never really appealing when mass produced - but what can you do?) I preferred to stick to the lovely fresh croissants.
The roof top pool has fabulous views, but it is very small - don't expect more than a dip, but very rehreshing when you return from a day's sightseeing. Staff are very knowledgable and helpful. Our standard sea view room was on the small side but well equiped with kettle and toaster and safe. Air conditioning not restricted to a time setting and was very welcome, even in October. Only one bad point really -the pillows were really lumpy and uncomfortable!

Room Tip: A sea view room is worth the extra - we were on the 6th floor and had super views.
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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 October 2012

had a great time in this beautiful country, we stayed in an apartment which we did move after first day as some of them are quite far from the hotel so they moved us to one nearer the hotel. If you dont need an apartment then book a sea view room. We had b&b which was good staff very friendly and helpful. Try the maltese tour buses they are great value if you want to see the country and you also get a free harbour cruise for when you want. Pool was nice quite small but ok never many people up there. Plenty of restaurants to eat at nearby. Lovely holiday.

Room Tip: book with a sea view which apartments do not have as they are away from the hotel
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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled with family
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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 16 October 2012

Not a very nice place. On our first night (we booked with Thomsons), we were told our own rooms were not available! We were put in a 7th floor room down the road, which meant we could not unpack our suitcases until Day 2.

The breakfast was very poor. It was so full that we had to wait for cups to be washed every day.

Staff fairly courteous, but not enough. On our last night we waited 25 minutes to get served at the bar as there was only one member of staff on the desk, who also does the check ins.

Our bedding was not changed at all during our 2 week stay, every day they just re-arrange the same sheets.

Bath very small, impossible to sit in unless you are a dwarf.

We have stayed in The Waterfront before, which is nearby - it's well worth the extra money

  • Stayed October 2012
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Yeovil, England, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 October 2012

We stayed in hotel for 1 week,end Sept & it was absolutely marvellous. The staff were very helpful,the hotel was very relaxing and 2 swimming pools and 31 degrees was nice as well.We stayed B & B and the food was totally superb.Bus stop right outside hotel, but walking distance from Sliema.Would definetly stay there again and we highly recommend it,thanks Bay View.

Room Tip: Pay the extra and have a front sea view room, the view was awesome
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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Stevenage, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 October 2012

Not bad, but can't recommend it.

You should take sea view option, otherwise you can get room with a view to brick wall.

Breakfast very basic. Just eggs and ham. Even cheese not every morning.

Position of the hotel good, but still 10-15 minutes walk till place where you can get in to the sea.

Check in to the hotel at 14:00!!!

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Bayview Hotel & Apartments
Address: 143, Triq Ix Xatt, Sliema, Island of Malta GZR 1026, Malta
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Region: Malta > Island of Malta > Sliema
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#7 On the Beach Hotel in Sliema
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Bayview Hotel & Apartments 3*
Number of rooms: 137
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Bayview Hotel is ideally situated on the seafront, just 100 meters away from Sliema. It offers a variety of rooms that have balconies with sea views, side sea views and inland views, which can accommodate up to four persons. All rooms have the necessary commodities one would need whilst on holiday. The hotel is just a short walk away from Sliema. Sliema is one of Malta's busiest shopping areas with an array of shops, cafes and restaurants to suit every desire. Just a short drive away from the hotel is the St Julian's / Paceville area, which is the hub of nightlife, which includes various clubs as well as restaurants. ... more   less 
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