Thanks Alfred, for opening up your child-home to us tourists - it has been the perfect Atmospheric, Local & Historic Accomodation Apartment - that we thought we only could dream of staying in.
Overall: Perfect, can 100% recommend Alfie's place and Alfred as a host.
Advice to future guests :
-Transport "to/from airport": Alfie's offer to transport from-to Airport is a fantastic way to start and end the holidays.
-Transport "in Malta": We "fell in-love" with bus number-2 - starting and ending at the Birgu-Centre (200m from the apartment) - and going to the (obligatoric) Valletta-Bus-Terminal (where nearly all busses in Malta "start-out"). The Ferry "3-Ferries" from-Birgu/Cospicua-to-Valetta is also available (PS: The Sliema-Valletta ferry doesn't share ticket-system with the Birgu/C.-Valletta ferry). Busses were often "full" in the middle of a bus-route. The Tallinja-app is good for seeing "next bus" (the "Planning-route" function didn't work (sept'2017)).
-Car-Rent & Driving: Is for the "hard-core" (because of narrow roads, limited parking-space, left-lane-english-driving, expenses, etc.).
-Groceries: Local small shops has +++ atmosphere, Super-Markets can be found in Sliema etc.
-The sorroundings++: Historic+++, and Alive (with Locals living, working, chatting & sitting outside). It all makes this place a paradise for the active & open-minded tourist, who doesn't mind the on-your-own challenge.
-Surprices++: Help can be found everywhere - asking the locals. Local free museums (we found 2: "Marianna" & "Birgu-Historic").
-Apartment++: Besides being historic++, it was fitted with everything we needed - incl. washing machine, electric-owen, microwave-owen, 220V-UK/EU-converters, and ventilators. Plus Alfreds friendly help and guidance.
-Ship-Cruises +/- (Round Malta, etc.): We chose the cheap all-in-one Captain-Morgan (over-filled, quite big ship, standing in line, and very basic). We will recommend either taking a stroll around the Sliema-Tourist-Coastline (to view and ask/negotiate yourself) - or choosing the Hornblower (booking can typically be done online). We came to the boat ourselves with bus (+/- compared to paying for the "pickup-service").
-Beaches+/-: Beaches (apart from Mellieha sand-beach) consist of (slippery) Rocks - which can be a challenge. We recommend bringing bathing shoes and wound-plasters. Melliaha beach/bay was a real ++tourist-Italian-Riviera beach. There are less seaked rocky places - and beach-app's to help.
Birgu is the older of the "three cities" with lots to see and do on this peninsula, including; Malta at War, Maritime Museum and also St Angelo's fort. There is a regular ferry and bus (2) to Valletta.
Alfie is the perfect host, very accommodating, engaging and excellent communications. He also kindly picked us up and dropped us off at the airport.
The accommodation itself is 500 years old and comprises a kitchen/ diner and toilet/ shower room downstairs (where the washing machine is located) and two bedrooms upstairs. The larger of the two rooms is very comfortable and includes air conditioning. The smaller bedroom does not have AC but there is a fan and comprises two single beds.
Set in a quiet lane the only noise is from neighbours who might be chatting.
Lose yourself in Birgu walking through the lanes and finding new views across the harbour.
We had an amazing week in beautiful Malta . Our hostess , Alfie , contribute highly to that , Alfies apartment is highly recommended for those want to have a unique experience leaving in the heart of historical city of Birgu . Stay there is a back to future experience , so genuine difficult to find in any other place . If crowded tourist places with multi store hotels is not that you are looking for your vacation , choose Birgu & Alfies apartment . Even it’s only a week after our return ,we already looking forward to visit Malta again .
That was our second stay at "Alfie's Place" and we can surely say that the house is asolutly beautiful, the location is perfect and Alfred is the nicest host we've ever met.
Hope to see you again soon, Alfie! :)
Alfie was the perfect host. Food and milk provided as a starter in the fridge. Alfie took us to and from the airport four times and refused remuneration- very much appreciated. Extremely efficient aircon in main bedroom. Alfie's Place is in the middle of an authentic Maltese street and is built of Maltese limestone. Cute little shops all around for any groceries needed- well patronised by the local Maltese. Close to buses and ferries, Historic museums and churches very close.Truely authentic and much enjoyed 16 days. Wish I could have posted this review earlier but was unable, probably as we were traveling for many months and the site would not let me place any comments. ( sorry Alfie)
Alfie was very informative about all things local, nothing was too much trouble for him. Hoping to return and stay in the near future.
Alfie's place is ideally located in the ancient heart of Birgu. If you enjoy historic buildings, beautiful narrow streets and all a stones throw away from an amazing harbour full of yachts of all descriptions this is the place for you. There are numerous local restaurants serving good food at fair prices and the Maltese wine is a must. Alfie is just a wonderful person, warm and friendly who is happy to help in any way he can. His welcome ensures you will have a magical holiday from the start.