Before you read this please note I am basing my review on what I paid for the hotel, not pitching it against a 5* like some do. I’m a very open minded traveller who does not expect the comforts of home everywhere I go.
The hotel is in a great location, right on the front, where there are plenty of sunbathing spots. Hotels further round the bay had a more marina/harbour frontage with boats and no sunbathing areas.
The hotel entrance was modern and well lit. We saw 4 or 5 different people working on reception and they all spoke very good English.
There was an internet ‘cafe’ though the ‘cafe’ was actually vending machines. It cost €2.5 for an hour’s internet but if you did not use it all in one session you could use the balance another time.
The lift was TINY, but enough room for two people and luggage.
There was no bar or food options other than breakfast.
The first room we were given was room 67 – if you are put on this floor ask to be moved, we were right next to the restaurant which opened at 7.30am and was really noisy. Also rooms on this floor don’t have a proper balcony, just a big window and a grill so you don’t fall out!
Moving rooms was no fuss at all, we were accommodated straight away, moved to room 45 which had 3 beds. This room did have a small balcony with room for one chair, it’s not really one of those balconies where you can both sit out on a night... one at a time please!
Our bedroom was large and modern. It had a wardrobe that had 2 drawers, a dressing table, one bedside table and a chair. There was aircon. The lack of storage became frustrating at the times. With only 2 small drawers there was no where to put what I call your ‘junk’, you know things like books, hair straightners, camera leads etc and we ended up just piling these on the spare bed.
The bathroom was large with sink, loo and bath, the bath had a hand held shower attached (no where to hang it). Our first room had been a shower only.
The maid came every day and made the bed, towels were changed daily, the sheets were changed but I’m not sure how often, the room and bathroom were given a wipe round. There was a ‘bedspread’ (is that the right word?) on the bed and I was nervous that it had probably not been washed since the last occupant and doubted it would be washed for the next.
Overall the rooms were pretty clean but the mildew and discolouration had started creeping into the bathroom, round the bath which was disappointing as I have stayed at a lot of budget hotels who manage to keep these bits clean.
The restaurant is on the 6th floor and is only open for breakfast. We indulged once, €4each. There was the usual bread, jams, cheese, ham, eggs and cereal. Plus tea coffee juice etc. Plus a hot selection of bacon, sausage and eggs.
The pool was TINY, the hotel website photos have clearly caught this at a good angle but in reality it was very small, not even enough room to do one stroke. It was a plunge pool. It was also not very clean. It was cloudy and you could not see the bottom.
The pool area had 7 sun beds, though there was room for probably twice as many, plus three tables and chairs. The ground was Astroturf which was odd, but ok.
We actually sunbathed up there a few times and it is sheltered from the wind more than the open areas on the rocks., but overall it was poor, not well maintained or welcoming.
the ground floor of the hotel was small, so not much to report but I must say that the stairs and landings could have been cleaner. I was scared of the lift so took the stairs, when this involved high heels or wet feet I took my shoes off only to discover that my feel were black by the time I got to my room. Reception was kept clean.
Overall I think it was OK, i doubt we would go back to Malta but if I did and could not afford a 5* then I would stay here again. Its probably better in the summer when more of the beach clubs are open so that you don’t need to use the ‘pool’ but at the end of the day you get what you pay for and I think we did OK for our money (€40 per night)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Carlton Hotel in Sliema Malta is a newly refurbished modern value boutique hotel, situated on the popular Tower Road seafront promenade of Sliema. The hotel houses 47 luxury modern, yet elegant, rooms with private bathroom or shower, each finished to high standard. All rooms are furnished in a stylish wenge wood finish, and features include either one double bed or two twin beds, 24" LED TV with satellite, individually controlled air-conditioning, supreme quality orthopaedic mattresses, black out curtains, free WIFI, and an in-room safe. The seafront balcony room have a balcony overlooking majestic open sea views. To compliment this hotel is a lovely swimming pool and sunbathing deck on the top level as well as breakfast room situated on the 7th floor both of which with beautiful sea view. Breakfast is of un upgraded continental buffet type and includes a selection of breads, cereals, hams, cheeses, tea, coffee etc. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Carlton Hotel Malta/Sliema