I am always looking for a bargain and this hotel did not disappoint.
I will start with the good bits.
The hotel is located about 1 minute from a bus stop which can take you directly into Slima or Valetta. It was very handy that there were ticket selling staff at the time, but you can also buy your ticket on board the bus. It is definitely worth saying that you can get an all day bus pass for 1euro, 50! It gives you access to any bus, all day- wow! So with that in mind, you can plan your own itinerary and go where you want to and not necessarily go on a hop on hop off. Don’t get me wrong. If you’re a fan of the hop on hop off then go for it, but you can catch a bus to Valetta and then change at the bus terminal to any where on the island for 1.50 a day instead of 15.00- no brainer!
Also worth a big note is that there is a bus which goes to the airport! Yes indeed. It is the X2 and it costs 1.80. If you want to be brave and want to catch it from the airport to the hotel, then it can be done. I’m afraid I’ve forgotten the number of the bus stop, but once you’ve arrived in St Juliens, there is a bus stop in front of the bay. “Cuba restaurant” will be on your right hand side. The next bus stop is yours. It will go past the hotel road, but just walk down to the HSBC and that’s the little road to the hotel. The journey takes about an hour.
You should try to get a bus time table online.
The hotel is located about 1 minute from many restaurants and the bay. There is a bank at the bottom of the road with ATM (Just in case). There is also a supermarket close by. It is about a 5 minute leisure walk. I cannot remember the name of the supermarket, but the directions are as follows. Out the hotel, down the hill. Turn right walking down the other hill on the main road. Walk straight down the road. After about 2 mins you should see a sign for a buger restaurant. As the title of restaurant is a bit of a profanity you fill in the gap "Bad (another word for donkey ) Burgers" on your right. Keep walking straight but do not take the hill on the right. Up ahead there is a sign for the supermarket on a banner on a walk over in the air. It’s a small one but you won’t miss it. The walk over leads to a church (this is useless info). The supermarket is on the right hand side.
The Actual Hotel review:
My favourite thing about this hotel has to be the wide variety of things to eat at breakfast. They serve a buffet continental breakfast and there is a chef who will cook eggs to your liking. There are also some pastries (which I stocked up on) and breads and even cakes! If you love your breakfast, you’ll be happy there.
The rooms are rather surprisingly large. From the outside the hotel seems small, but the room sizes are decent. I have been to way worse. There’s tea/coffees & kettle etc. You’ll find your basic amenities in the bathroom and there is a safe.
On to the bad bit…
If you are unlucky like me. You will get a room with a view of someone’s back yard and it ain’t pretty! Just keep your curtains drawn. That’s all I will say.
The one thing which really disturbed me was the wind. It was a particularly windy weekend that we stayed there and it was incredibly windy. The first night I did nothing about it and woke up grouchy, but if you open the door slightly, it won’t be as loud. I think that is the major let down for me.
I am quite happy to stay at this hotel again and possibly in the summer so I can use the pool.
Malta is a very beautiful island and I will certainly be back!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Argento St Julians Malta is perfectly situated in the quiet residential area of Spinola Bay, right next to St Julian's promenade with its beautiful scenery, a large variety of casual and fine dining seaside restaurants, bars and shops. Malta's nightlife hub is only a short stroll away from the hotel. St. George’s Bay sandy beach is reachable on foot as it is only 500 metres away from the hotel.All 74 luxuriously furnished rooms including 5 junior suites at this 4 star boutique hotel in St Julians are equipped with air-conditioning, proximity door locks, free Wi-Fi, mini-bar, complimentary tea & coffee making facilities, direct dial telephone, LCD HD TV, laptop safe deposit box, hair dryer, shaving point and smoke detector.A rooftop swimming pool and sundeck area enhance the hotel with breathtaking views over Spinola Bay. Fitness room is also situated on top floor. Cuisine for breakfast and dinner at Hotel Argento St Julians Malta is international. A Lobby bar compliments an elegantly designed reception area. Two multi-purpose rooms, The Astoria and The Savoy Suites can host a number of events including meetings and weddings. Complimentary Wi-Fi connectivity is available throughout all the hotel. ... more less
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