Where to start?... because it's hard :))
1. Air Conditioning - NONE! There were 35 degrees outside... inside the room - more than 40. When I asked about this issue I was told that the AC in on only between certain hours in the evening. Which was not true. The AC was not ON the hole week we were there. It was just a vent. It did nothing more. And the filters? Probably they were never cleaned after the installation. Imagine the smell that came from the AC when I turned it ON.
When I told at the reception that it is too hot in the room I was told... sit down for this!... to open the door. In the end I received a floor vent which, of course, didn't solve the problem. The air in the room was still hot because a six years old knows the vent doesn't cool the air. It just lets you think it's cooler only if it blows towards you. Imagine you have to sleep with a vent two meters away blowing the air over you so that you don't dehydrate until morning.
... and we arrive at the second problem... SLEEPING.
2. In 7 nights spent there we weren't able to sleep one night for 8 hours straight. First thing was the presence of Italian students who yell and slam the doors (no matter it is 4 o'clock in the afternoon or in the morning). Aside from a lack of security presence, this might not be the hotel's fault. But still... those in charge of security should do something about this because it seems it is a constant problem. Another thing that kept us awake was the noise from the street and from the clubs. Knowing that the hotel is situated in a noisy area the management SHOULD invest some money in soundproofing the rooms. After all, we come to a hotel to sleep not to spend the vacation in the room.
3. Breakfast - A JOKE!!! DON'T pay for breakfast. This is what you will get: cereals with milk, cheese (1 type of cheese), tomatoes, cucumbers, salad, 3 types of ham, some jam, compote, some cookies. And this is every day. Plus, on one day you will get some beans and scrambled eggs, and in the next day, instead of scrambled eggs you get some questionable sausages. Forget about variety. And if you are a vegetarian it is more difficult. And if you are a vegan then the money for breakfast are "well spent"... if you know what I mean. I am not a vegetarian, nor a vegan, but my wife is vegetarian so there was a little problem.
Coffee? Forget about it. There is a machine where you can get different "coffee like" drinks made from instant coffee. We all know those powders are not coffee. There are also 3 types of juices to choose from, but you'll get tired of them from the first day because they are probably the cheapest juices found on the island that taste accordingly... oh... they have plenty of sugar so don't think they are natural or something.
4. Internet... 9.5 EUR/day??? Are you kidding? In 2014? In the EU? "Well done!". It costs me 1 EUR/day to use the data services via roaming so the choice was simple.
5. Cleanness. The towels were changed daily, so this is a plus. BUT... it seems to me that the towels are not washed. Only boiled, or something. They have a specific smell.
The overall look of the room was not of a clean one.
One more thing... I found a cockroach. It was in the hallway, but still... it's not a pretty picture in a hotel. Unfortunately, I didn't have the phone or camera with me at that moment.
6. View: great, if your room with a sea view. You can see the whole Sliema Bay. Of course, if you are lucky to stay in one of those rooms you must know the room will also come with the infernal street noise. :)
7. Location. I believe this is the best feature of this hotel. Direct access to the airport with X2 line and it's located at equal distance from St. Julian and Valletta. St. Julian is way too crowded and if you will travel a lot you will find that getting in a bus in that area is quite a challenge. But in Sliema/Gzira it's ok. I recommend Sliema/Gzira.
Overall impression: the worst hotel we ever stayed in. We even stayed in a 2 stars hotel in Vienna once and it was much better (I know, you might say you can't compare Vienna with Sliema, but still). I believe the 3 stars of the hotel have nothing to do with what you will find here. When I was a kid I went in a 1 star hotel in the communist era of Romania and that one was close enough to this one. I believe 115 The Strand Aparthotel should have 1 star maximum.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 115 The Strand Hotel and Suites is perfectly situated on the Sliema Seafront, close to various bus stops and the Sliema Ferries, allowing easy access to some of Malta's hot spots. What's more, this superior three star hotel is within walking distance of Sliema Centre Shopping hub and the Sliema promenade which is very popular for its cafes, restaurants, shops and bars to relax and soak up the sun. Enjoy browsing the web free of charge in our medium sized lobby which offers a 24 hour reception desk, or enjoy a snack and a coffee served from our café between eight in the morning up to late in the evening. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- 115 The Strand Aparthotel Hotel Il Gzira
- 115 The Strand Sliema
- 115 The Strand Hotel Sliema
- 115 The Strand Hotel And Suites Malta/Sliema