I booked for a weekend last month in this hotel. Of course as everyone else the research was done on-line and I have to say that this hotel's website depicts the three star hotel as beautiful and luxurious as one with more stars. We had a choice of three room types- the normal, the side seaview and the balcony room. We chose the side-seaview since my boyfriend wanted the sea view. On the room specifications there was listed a mini bar which was also one of our search criteria, In such hot weather one would be happy to sip on something cold whilst chilling in the room. the picture gallery on-line showed spacious rooms with modern furniture and everything looked nice and in order. They even wrote there is a spacious working area for those who need it. So we booked!!!!
The day we had to check in arrived and they asked for immediate payment, something which raised my suspicion immediately. They gave us a key to our room and we headed to the lift since it was on the 5th floor....yet the lift seemed like it was bought in a post war auction....old, slow and for the weekend we were there didn't work at all!! We go to the room and for a second we both weren't sure whether it was a prison cell or whether it was a trap to kill us and chop us in this dark room with a 30cm by 30cm window on the top left corner of one of the walls. The bed was made up of two twin beds put together when I had clearly requested a double bed when I placed my booking.
Went down to the reception again and explained this was not what we had booked and they knew it, hence why they looked for another room for us. The second room did have a double bed...but the side seaview they boasted about on the website was merely a door through which you could check out what your neighbours were doing in the block of flats right beside the hotel!!! The room in total measure 4m by 3.5m round about and the spacious working area must have been a typo on their website together with the minibar which was nowhere to be found. I had to go down again and ask about the minibar thingy and they said it was not available because they were renovating.....so which hotel does start its renovation with minibars?? Why not start with fixing the lift and saving many the hassle of having to drag their luggage up to the 5th floor in a 1m wide staircase? Yeah and somewhere on the website they even wrote they have a swimming pool on the roof but god knows if it is the hotel's roof or their mother's!!!
At this point we were about to give up and leave but considering this was the last weekend we could explore the maltese night life together we decided to stay but vowed never to return ever again in this shabby place.
And the breakfast....holy moly what the hell was that?? Boiled eggs looking green, luncheon meat, hams and the like must have been left out of the refrigerator from the day before, biscuits almost all broken, most probably bought cheaply from the last lots at the open markets. Disgrace apart from the fact that the serving staff had no aprons on, no gloves, no nothing, and they go from cleaning tables and the floor to taking out more food for you, the poor victim.
Highly disappointed, would never return not even if I have to sleep outside on the street!!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- St Julians Bay Hotel Malta is a modern three star hotel fantastically situated on the seafront of St Julians Promenade, a short distance to the popular night spot Paceville as well as a short walk to Sliema Centre. The hotel has 85 rooms including 15 seafront balcony rooms with exquisite sea views. All rooms have a private bathroom or shower, finished in a modern style and to high standards. The hotel is complimented by a lovely lounge with an internet cafe and free WIFI is offered throughout the hotel. Guest rooms at St Julian's Bay Hotel, are individually decorated in soft colour tones with complementing soft furnishings and artwork. Elegant in style, with modern wood furnishings, rooms at St Julians Bay Hotel are airy, comfortable and functional with single, twin or double beds, large work area and desk. You will find quality features in all rooms including free WIFI, TV with satellite, room safe as well as air-conditioning. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- St Julians Bay Hotel
- St. Julian's Bay Hotel Malta