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Carlton Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   261 Tower Road, Sliema, Island of Malta SLM1600, Malta   |  
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Ranked #11 of 30 Hotels in Sliema
Newton Aycliffe, United Kingdom
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44 hotel reviews
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218 helpful votes 218 helpful votes
“Great location......”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2012

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.

Bedrooms:
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.

Restaurant
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.

Pool
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.

Public areas.
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)

Room Tip: ask for a room on floors 1-4, there are no balcones on 6 or 7 and 5 is right under the resturant.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2012

We have been staying at the hotel for the past week.this hotel is value for money. It is situated in the heart of Sleima.The hotel is clean, the staff are friendly and helpful and the breakfast is good. This hotel is all you need when you are on holidays.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Newport, South Wales
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2012

The hotel pictures are lovely but if you book a low cost room be prepared to be on the top floor with no balcony, low shower pressure, a broken wardrobe with disintegrating coat hangers and no safe. The lift says it holds 4 people but if you have a bag with you 2 people is really the maximum it can hold. You will need to take extra spending money as normal basics require a €10 deposit - such as the tv remote, hair dryer or a safe key if you are lucky enough to have a safe. The road is busy the windows are not double glazed so you can hear the traffic all the time. The rooftop pool is not large enough to swim in but if you are going in the height of summer it might be ok to cool off in like a plunge pool. Sliema was good for going out in the evening and the local buses are regular and cheap with a bus stop very close to the hotel in either direction. The reception desk is manned 24/7 and the reception staff were courteous. Buffet breakfast - cereals, breads, full English and continental should mean you should be able to find something enjoyable to eat.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Newport, United Kingdom
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2012

Let's start with the bad points:-

The hotel is on a main road and rooms on the first two floors do NOT have a sea view, just trees. The traffic noise is constant and the hotel is next to a set of traffic lights.

The lift is only big enough for 2 adults at a time.

You have to 'hire' the remote for the telly.

The breakfast gets a bit monotonous after a while - most local places use proper bacon and sausages, why can't they?

AND THE GOOD POINTS? -

The staff are very friendly and helpful.

You have a bus-stop right outside the hotel on both sides of the road; weekly ticket of 10 euros will let you go ANYWHERE on Malta at any time. The bus drivers are ex-F1 drivers and everyone drives in Malta like they own the roads. (They drive on the left as well).

Sliema itself is a bit pricey, but try Bugibba for a great cheap day out. Also visit Gozo if you can.

There are loads of bars and quality restaurants within walking distance of the hotel and a quiet walk back after a night out is recommended.

Try Mr Softy for ice-creams to die for (further up the road towards the ferries).


Not much to say about the hotel - it's very basic, not excessively clean and tidy but at 10 euros a night per room, it's all you need as a base to explore a lovely island full of history!!

Room Tip: Anything above the second floor and you have to request a sea view, otherwise you're at the back...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Colchester, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2012

We booked to come to this Hotel, but on arrival were told that it had plumbing problems and were sent over to stay at the St Julian's Bay Hotel (as it would appear quite a few of you have had this too)

The St Julian's Bay Hotel is a complete dump, I would advise not to book at the Carlton Hotel, just in case they mug you off and send you over to St Julian's Bay!!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Galway, Ireland
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14 reviews 14 reviews
10 hotel reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2012

My partner and I were a little bit dubious about staying here as there were a few very uncomplimentary reviews, however we were pleasantly surprised! Only negative was the double bed was really 2 singles attached together. Otherwise, We got an excellent rate (I would even say cheap rate after using trivago). The location is seafront, plenty of restaurants within walking distance. Therefore we didn't use the hotels buffet breakfast. Room was cleaned daily with fresh linen and towels. Excellent bus service right outside door. Air conditioned room was a bonus as it was hot and humid. Balcony was great for drying the towels. When booking we requested a quiet room and we were in a room at the back of the hotel on the fifth floor which was quiet. I would say rooms at the front are noisy due to the street traffic, but they would have an excellent view, but the trade off was worth it for us. We would definitely stay here again and would recommend it as a value hotel in a great location with friendly staff, and free wifi, air conditioned room, color flat screen tv and a safe (€20 refundable deposit for use of safe and remote for tv).

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Taglio di Po, Italy
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2012

I had booked to stay here in early June for 3 nights from 21 September to attend the wedding of a friend: their I DO NOT HAVE RESERVED THE CAMERA! I had booked a double sea view and I was sent to another hotel in a single room with a shower clogged! They found the excuse that broke a pipe staying here but other relatives of the groom and he found there was a break. View randomly moved us 2 and another friend who had booked for the b & b and with different names than the groom. Moreover, despite the complaints were not readily available and peasants. I did not see the rooms but all the relatives of the groom not have done very well: it does not have private rooms with sea view booked for time, in the room there was no smell of mildew and even swept the floor. Bad!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 261 Tower Road, Sliema, Island of Malta SLM1600, Malta
Location: Malta > Island of Malta > Sliema
Amenities:
Beach Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Sliema
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Sliema
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Carlton Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 47
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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