We stayed for 4 nights in the Lucia Nova suite. It looks great on the internet but the difference with reality was stark. The minute you enter you're off to an unpromising start: a plastic sheet, held up by duct tape, holds back open hanging wires on the wall to your left. The first floor which looks great on the web isn't really fit for purpose. The sofa / "easy" chair are both uncomfortable (unless you like sitting side by side and upright), the kitchenette area is poorly lit and unprepossessing, the entire feel is sterile and unwelcoming. The bed in the first floor bedroom is comfortable but that's all the room has going for it. It's poorly lit, and there's nowhere to hang clothes. There's a small rack on the Maltese balcony off to one side but it means you're leaving your clothes in bright sunlight, and also if you're planning on staying for more than a couple of days, it's wholly inadequate anyway. The balcony was also very dusty which wasn't very inviting to leave clean clothes in. The bathroom was a real problem. Designed as wet-room, the entire room gets sopping wet when you shower: the toilet seat, the sink, the floor, everything. The extractor fan is wholly inadequate so the bathroom stays wet and musty for hours. More uncomfortably still, the hot water tank holds only enough water for a max 5 - 7 minute hot shower, which is ungenerous in the extreme. How are two people supposed to shower comfortably? We did not get to see the room on the next floor: even though we had paid for the whole house (which we assumed was the only way to rent it in any event), the room was locked. When we asked why, we were told "it was not in use". No explanation offered other than "we sometimes rent out both rooms". However there is no different tariff on the website for renting the house with one room or with two, so this explanation seemed bizarre. We were also told when we arrived "oh you're the only ones here" which seemed even more bizarre. It's one house, rented as such. Should we have been grateful that no strangers had been foisted on us (and us on them) when each would have paid the full tariff? The much vaunted roof terrace, which we were really looking forward to, was frankly disgraceful. A couple of cheap upright plastic chairs and a cheap plastic table, neither of which had been dusted down or washed stood in the corner. That was the sum total of the roof terrace. No plants, no shade, no effort to make it inviting. It was nothing more than a flat space at the top of a house, and it looked like it hadn't been washed down in ages. In fact, the entire house needed a good clean. The windows were streaked with grime, the white curtains on the balcony were grey, two windows didn't open, the kitchen countertop was sticky and, when something rolled under the chest of drawers in the bedroom and I bent down to retrieve it, it was clear it hadn't been hoovered or mopped for ages. The owners also have a bizarre policy of demanding a hefty cash deposit when you arrive. Why? They have your credit card details, you've paid upfront, there's frankly nothing to steal or damage, and yet. So you're left with unspent cash enroute to the airport at the end of your holiday because of this silly policy. Lucia Nova isn't cheap by Maltese standards and when we booked it we thought we were going to get a charming boutique-y experience. In fact the entire stay was uncomfortable. We did our best to spend as little time as possible in the building which surely defeats the purpose of not staying in a conventional hotel. We really liked Malta but the Lucia Nova experience wasn't very pleasant at all.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The philosophy behind Valletta Suites is to bring together small unique living spaces within the walled city of Valletta. Valletta Suites is the first 'diffused hotel' concept in Valletta since 2006. Beautiful suites that will make your stay in Valletta memorable. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Valletta Suites Malta