You can't argue with the price at the Asti (as a single traveller I paid under 20 euros a night) and you are conveniently located in the heart of Valletta. The building itself is full of character, and so is Annie, the tiny old lady who runs the place. Once you break the ice a bit, she's lovely and can be very helpful.
I had a room on the first floor. It was large, had two single beds, a tall free-standing wardrobe with a couple of drawers, a wash basin area with drawers and mirror, a little table and 2 chairs, bedside table with lamp, coat hooks on the wall, 2 small towels, 2 glasses and an ashtray. Also a nice little window niche overlooking old St. Ursula street and its balconies.
I've only given the rooms a 2 circle rating because I was cold. Otherwise, for the price, they would have got 3 I think. The houses in Valletta are old and charming, and the Asti is no exception. But the bedrooms don't have en suite bathrooms, and there is no heating. Even in April, by early evening, I was definitely cold. And the bed sheets felt cold too. I had to do some rearranging so that the wool blankets were next to my skin, top and bottom, as these felt less damp.
Each floor shares toilet and showers. On the first floor this meant only sharing with one other room and the bathroom was just across the corridor. Again, basic facilities, not fantastic showers. You will need to bring everything you need with you - all your toiletries, soap for your room etc. There is a plug for shavers, but I only found one other normal socket. So I had to swap around the lamp and my phone charger etc.
Breakfast: Annie will bring you some juice and tea or coffee if you want it. Your breakfast will already be set out for you on your table: a large nice white bread roll, butter & jam etc, a tomato, a slice of processed cheese, and either some cookies or a piece of cake.
You need to leave your room key on the little hangers when you go out and you will be given a set of keys for the front door to come and go as you wish. Be aware that parts of Valletta can seem like a ghost town after dark, but if you want a cheap, central place to explore by day then the Asti is ideal. It makes for a quaint and interesting stay! Just go fully prepared, be respectful with Annie, and then enjoy the bargain :)
- Also Known As:
- Asti Guest House Hotel Valletta
- Asti Guest House Malta/Valletta