I have just returned from a 4 night stay at the Grand Harbour Hotel. I was away with a group of uni students and our lecturers as part of an archaeological fieldtrip around Malta. I really cannot say anything very good about this 'hotel' other than the workers were quite pleasant and helpful. The building itself is awful, never have I stressed so much about staying in a place. We arrived Tuesday lunchtime and checked in. I was sharing a room with 2 female classmates and as we made our way up to the 4th floor (the lift is extremely tiny and DODGY) we were rather nervous about what our room would be like. We opened the old wooden door and were hit with THE MOST AWFUL strong, musty smell. It was unreal, it just hit you hard. Holding our noses we managed to open the rickety window and shutters to let in some air. I will tell you now, a day's airing did nothing at all. The smell prevailed. The 'ensuite' was actually a toilet and shower in the corner of the room surrounded by flimsy plastic stud walling. You could hear anything and everything through it. The room was freezing at night, with only 1 plug in radiator to generate heat. Furniture and bedlinen was OLD. the room just STANK bigtime. The sheets were constantly cold and damp-feeling, as if the room had laid empty and unaired for months.
Breakfast consisted of sliced BREAD and tea / coffee. Nothing else.
On the 3rd night we had to move rooms as my friend found a bed bug on her bed sheet. We freaked out bigtime as bed bugs are just NOT acceptable, but to be honest, it is the kind of place you'd expect to find them in. We got moved 2 floors up to a smaller attic-style room which thankfully did not stink, but we were just paranoid from then on about sleeping in the beds.
I really did not enjoy my stay at the 'Grand Harbour Hotel'. Valletta itself is a fabulous place with many narrow, hilly streets, town squares, restaurants, fountains, shops and fabulous views. The central bus station provides good access to many other areas of Malta, and bus fares are dirt cheap.
Considering I paid £300 for a 5 day trip to Malta, I pray that the majority of that money went on paying the air fares rather than to the 'hotel', because it really DID NOT DESERVE IT. fair enough the workers were pleasant, but the building itself needs GUTTING and re-doing. This could easily be done on an Ikea-style budget, but still bring the hotel up a few stars. It definitely isn't even 2 stars. I give it 1 max.
Please do not waste your money. I recommend the 5 star Phoenicia Hotel at the bus station!!!!
Just because I am a student does not mean I am happy to stay in minging accommodation. I have standards.
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- Also Known As:
- Grand Harbour Valletta
- Hotel Grand Harbour
- Grand Harbour Hotel Malta/Valletta