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Alfie's Place - Gilormu Cassar Steeet By Candle Light (2nd Week End of October)
Alfie's Place In The Most photographed Street
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2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 4
Birgu (Vittoriosa), Island of Malta

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Liz R
Dumfries, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
31 reviews
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“Great Traditional Maltese Property in the heart of historical Birgu.”
Reviewed 17 July 2016 for a stay in May 2016

The house is located in the gorgeous historical City of Birgu and was close to many historical places to visit in the area. The harbour is an easy 5 minute walk away and so is Victory Square, there are many lovely restaurants to choose from in the area. I Would highly recommend the Malta at War museum near the arch into Burgu at Triq P.Boffa.
Alfies place was lovely as an experience of staying in a 400 yr old Maltese house. I personally found the interior a little dark for my tastes and would have preferred brighter lighting. However the beds were comfortable and and the quirky layout of the house was charming. The house was a great base to explore the historic city and close enough to the harbour ferry across to Valetta. Alfie was lovely and full of helpful tips when we arrived and introduced us to a lovely bar and restaurant in Victory Square.

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Liked best: The location
Liked least: I found the interior lighting a bit dark
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Management Response
18 Jul 2016
Thank you for your review and your write up was lovely to ready that you enjoyed your stay.

I also what to thank you for looking after the place leaving it nice a clean for me.

Alfie
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Lancashir...
lancashire
Level 3 Contributor
20 reviews
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“Best place in Malta”
Reviewed 22 June 2016 for a stay in February 2016

Excellent value for money wouldn't stay anywhere else the owner is a gem nothing to much trouble and if you do have any issues he there at the end if the phone and will drop everything to help you out we travel to Malta a lot and love the place

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Management Response
23 Jun 2016
Thank you so much for your positive comments and no need saying you are always welcomed to stay.

Alfie
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NelM57
2 reviews
“Amazing historical apartment in the centre of Birgu, close to local amenities”
Reviewed 30 May 2016 for a stay in May 2016

Stayed here with my son. The apartment was beautiful, clean with lots of amenities supplied by him. It was steeped in history and was wonderful to stay in. Alfie was so helpful, and obliging. He collected us from the airport, showing us around the local area, so that we were orientated to significant facilities. He introduced us to locals who also contributed greatly to our holiday. All were so friendly, inviting us into a warm and friendly community. We were informed of a local procession of children who had completed their 1st Holy Communican.
Alfie was also extremely kind, when we discovered that my final payment had not been settled as informed by my Tripadvisor account. Telling me not to worry and carry on enjoying my holiday.
He checked up on us several times to ensure that our holiday was running smoothly without any problems.
An extremely attentive caring person, so different from our previous experience of being met, given keys and being left to fend for ourselves. He went above and beyond that of the role one expected of host. Thank you Alfie, we will be back.

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Liked best: The care and attention from the host
Liked least: Nothing to dislike
Travelling group: Other
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Management Response
30 May 2016
Thank you for such a great review but I am even more happy both you and your son enjoyed your stay.

It was an absolute pleasure meeting and getting to know you both, always happy and a Big smile on the face. Staff from the Pub send their regards too.

Thank you for leaving the apartment so neat and tidy for me, it does make life a lot easier for me.

Nel Should you or yours sons decide to come back you will all be welcomed with open arms.

Alfie
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889diana
Kaunas, Lithuania
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
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“Unforgetable”
Reviewed 26 May 2016 for a stay in May 2016

Alfie's place is located at a very ancient place - the town of Birgu. Surrounded by old but very clean and cozy streats which themselves are interesting tourist attractions . Easy to find. It is also esasy to reach the capital Valletta by bus or regular ferry (just few minutes walk from Alfie's Place). Once we took a small wooden private boat and had much fun either.
The apartament is a unique historical building with peculiar interior. It is worth to use a chance to stay at such an interesting place. Needless to say there were all the necessary amenities inside.
Mr Alfred is the best host ever who does much more for his clients than he officially should. We were very grateful not only for the warm hospitality, but also for the short excursion around Birgu on our way from the airport and many useful tips and advises about the area. He also helped us a lot by taking us back to the airport very very early in the morning.
Only the best memories from the place. Highly recomended!

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Management Response
26 May 2016
Thank you so much for the lovely write up, I am so glad Both you and you Mother enjoyed your stay, with great memories.

Than you so much for leaving the place so clean and organised it really does make it a lot easier for me.

No doubt I hope to see you again in the future.
Alfie
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angelachu...
Sweden
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
“Highly recommended!”
Reviewed 11 May 2016 for a stay in May 2016

Alfie's apt is right in the centre of Birgu, surrounded by great museums and traditional Maltese architectures. We often felt like we were living in ancient age. Alfie is a very helpful and very thoughtful man who you can trust. We felt like home at his place. Thank u very much for your hospitality, Alfie! We will come back to Malta for sure! :)

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Management Response
12 May 2016
Thank you so much for your kind words and it was a pleasure having you both here.

I am always pleased to hear Visitors enjoyed their stay and got value for money, we all work haqrd for it.

Certainly love to see you back here in the future.

Alfie
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Stephen J
1 review
“Very helpful host & classic accomodation”
Reviewed 2 May 2016 for a stay in April 2016

We found that Alfie cares about his guests and does all he can to help out. From airport pick up / drop off, to stocking the fridge, providing leaflets and pointing out local amenities, and generally making himself available if required. Our accommodation could not have been better - a 16th home with all the character that suggests. Likewise Birgu / Vittoriosa itself, a wealth of character and charm amongst the houses of this greatly historic area. The housing is close packed, so expect some "street noise" i.e. conversations amongst the locals - but the lane Alfie's house is on is for pedestrians only, so there is no traffic noise. In the main square, only a couple of minutes walk away, you will find bars and restaurants and also little shops for groceries. Get your shopping in the mornings if you can, the locals have a siesta in the afternoons! Close by too is the marina, with more restaurants. All in all a great place to stay and highly recommended.

Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
3 May 2016
Thank you for your write up & review, Ones again it is always a pleasure to read Guests enjoyed their stay and had a great stay.

Thank you ones again and thank you for leaving the place neat & Tidy

Alfie
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Philippa...
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“Outstanding little place in the best part of Malta!”
Reviewed 24 April 2016 for a stay in December 2015

Firstly I must apologise to Alfie for taking so long to finally write a review!
We visited in December 2015 and before we'd even arrived Alfie has been in contact providing so much information about the area and Malta. Alfie picked us up from the airport and took us to d'Center, a wonderful bar (they also make the best pizza!), introduced us to the staff and bought us a couple of pints! We instantly felt so welcome by everyone there!

We met so many wonderful people from all over the world in d'Center during the week we spent in Malta. It is like a home from home and we could see why so many people had relocated to this beautiful place...especially Birgu.

The apartment is absolutely wonderful, steeped in history itself and also Alfie's childhood home! Alfie had very kindly provided us with fresh fruit, milk, ham, cheese etc whish was wonderful, such a thoughtful touch. The apartment has everything you will need and although we ate out mostly we cooked a couple of meals there and it was most enjoyable. One meal was made with home made pasta sauce from the wonderful couple in Birgi, a little shop/cafe by the harbour. They sell THE best pastitzi, so good we had to bring a bag home!

Throughout the whole holiday Alfie was available should we have needed any help, on one occasion the bed slats came apart and Alfie was straight over to fix it, you will not find a better host anywhere.

The people of Birgu are wonderful, everyone has a moment to spare to say hello, we felt like we knew most of the locals by the time we had to leave. It is by far the nicest place in Malta and both my partner and I could see ourselves returning time and time again, I recommend Birgu to anyone who talks about going to Malta.

I have to highly recommend that anyone staying in Malta take a trip down to Marsaxlokk, a little fishing village in the south. You can get a bus from the main bus station in Valetta, easily accessible by the ferry or little water taxis from Birgu. It's so charming, all of the restaurants sell the freshest fish, most of them are family run too, beautiful little place.

On my list of recommendations are also;
A day trip to Mdina.
A day trip to Gozo (and Comino weather permitting).
Wandering the streets of Birgu and Cospicua and Valetta.

Food wise I highly recommend the following;
Birgi, by the harbour in Birgu for the pastitzi, coffee and conversation!
d'Centre, in the main square of Birgu for beer, piza and friendly staff!
Osteria.ve...tucked away in the little streets of Birgu, this place is worth a trip to Malta on its own, THE best Italian food I have ever had. The guys who run it work so hard and are wonderful, we want twice in one week! We also had THE best red wine there too. I would jump on a plane just to go for tea here!
Nenu the artisan baker in Valetta for TGE best pizza situated in an old bakery it's wonderful!
There is also a lovely cafe at the far end of the docks in Birgu (in Bormla) but I can't remember what it is called! They do wonderful cake!

Filigree jewelry is made in Malta, beautiful handmade items and they are very reasonably priced, makes for wonderful gifts to bring home!

Considering the time of year we had a wonderful week of weather, the first 3 days were about 20°C and full sunshine! The others were a little overcast, enough for a warm coat especially in the evenings.

There are so many things to do and see on this small island, so much history and Malta's link with the British makes it such a fascinating place to go.
Alfie and all the people of Birgu made us feel so welcome, thank you so much.
We have no doubts that will return to this beautiful place!

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Management Response
24 Apr 2016
No need for apologies, Your detailed review is defiantly worth waiting for.

As I say so often as happy review from a happy visitor is music to my ears, going back home with such a good feeling is defiantly a blessing.

I certainly hope we get the opportunity to meet again, feel free to contact me when or if you decide to visit us again

Alfie
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