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“Something Different but Lovely” 4 of 5 stars
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Imperial Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Rudolph St, Sliema, Island of Malta SLM 06, Malta   |  
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Ranked #16 of 30 Hotels in Sliema
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2 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Something Different but Lovely”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2013

This hotel has character, a fantastic location and in many ways is reminiscent of what hotels used to be like in the UK thirty years ago. The architecture is beautiful, the rooms clean and very large, the staff friendly and helpful and it has all you need. We did not eat there other than breakfast, neither did we use the pool (too cold in April) but we had a fantastic stay there. We were able to park our hire car outside the door for 3 Euros a day (a big bonus in Sliema) and the fact that we could walk left or right out of the hotel to Selima Ferries or to St Juliens was really nice. The only downside was that the wifi was down while we were there. But really recommend it - we will be back

Room Tip: Go for the room with a garden view.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2013

This hotel is quite a pretty place and has character which is why we chose it. We expected basic, due to the star rating and price but what was not expected was the poor cleanliness. Bedding and furniture was awful crockery and linnen at breafast too. I didnt feel that I could eat off the plates things were so bad. We decided to change hotels. A real shame but the place felt like it had seen better days. A good clean up and enthusiatic staff would quickly bring back its charm

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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London, England, UK
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Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2013

How to start with The Imperial? if you want a good location, good service, pleasant surroundings, peace and quiet and a relaxed atmosphere then stay here.

The hotel is in Sliema at the top of a hill about equidistant from both bays on either side - about 7 minutes walk downhill, maybe 12 minus uphill! So not for those with mobility issues.

Sliema is just across Marsamxett bay from Valetta and you can get the Sliema-Valetta ferry from Sliema waterfront. It only costs 1.5 euro one way (2.8 euro return, a weekly ticket 10 euros) and takes 15 mins all told with halfhourly trips. It is the way to enter Valetta. You can take the bus - it takes longer - you end up in Independence square which does look nice and is at the bottom of the main street - Republic Street. The other main street in Valetta is Merchant Street, parallel to Republic Street - Valetta is laid out in a grid pattern. the other bay is Balluta bay and there are lots of cafes, restaurants and hotels. It is very touristy there on Balluta Bay. Some nice gardens too beside the water.

Anyhow back to the hotel. it is SPACIOUS. It was a former trust House Forte establishment. It has a magnificent main staircase - Curved sweeps either side with knights in armour decorating them. Straight through the starcase leads to the Plover Bar which is stuffed full of old fashioned sofas. The whole place has an air of faded grandeur. There are lots of magnificent chandeliers throught this room and the entrance lobby/staircase. from the Plover room you go into the Windsor Restaurant. Here you get a buffet breakfast (both hot and cold but not really and English unless you pay 3 euros extra). but there is plenty of it. You also can get the 3 course set menu for 12 euros. Reasonably good choice (except for vegetarians) but main course always served with potatoes and ROAST vegetables. You can also get a limited range of sandwiches and/or soups/wraps for lunch. i can vouch for a delicious ham and cheese ciabbata sandwich with salad.

Outside just off the Plover Bar are the gardens and pool. A medium sized outdoor pool and a small children's pool. This is in the courtyard surrounded by lovely arches with tables and chairs where you can relax and eat. In the evening, with candles on the tables, it is very romantic. The only downside with the pool is in April it is quite cold and there tends to be a bit of a wind so making sunbathing slightly uncomfortable after a while.

There is a big sun terrace on top of the Pover Bar and it seems not to be affected by the wind.

The staff are very friendly and helpful and there is 24/7 reception. the only thing that didn't work properly was the WiFi and a guest screwed up the little internet access cafe they had and it wasn't fixed while we were there. Oh and there was a power cut for about half hour at the end of our evening meal one night. (It affected a whole block in Sliema). But the emergency lighting kicked in and the evening meal proceeded as if nothing happened.

Our room was one looking onto the street and it was large with high ceilings. it was an ordinary, not a superior, room and it had air conditioning (not charged for additionally). We slept well. It is noisy if you open the window but you don't need to as there is air con. The TV had 3-4 English channels (3 were news channels and one the Malta equivalent of BBC 2 with alternate programmes in English).

A lot of the clientele were middle aged and this is probably the age group targeted by the hotel. but there are also some younger clients - early twenties or so.

We certainly enjoyed our time (a week in late March-early April) there and we would definitely go back.

Room Tip: The bar staff are very friendly and will give you the low down on Malta. Recommended - lunchtime cia...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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Leamington Spa UK
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7 hotel reviews
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50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2013

Faded charme with great atmosphere, some might say needs updating (we rather like this more though than the concrete bunkers on Sliema's waterfront), but its all clean and well maintained by a friendly and helpful staff - if there is a problem they will help (so I don't get a previous review re room opposite lift - they would have given you another one if asked!). Can't ask more for the price, which in April Easter weekend was surprisingly low. Food is inexpensive and ok for the price but we rather had breakfast on the bus to the ferry. (Fresh bread and cheese from the excentric 'Georgous Gorge' corner shop). Location is off the tourist area - there is nothing you want to do in Sliema, but Malta is tiny and you are anywhere in no time on the excellent buses (Hint: DON'T have a hire car in Malta. Unless you are a professional stunt driver). Some very large rooms ideal for families. Clean and well maintained outside pool and a beautiful shaded garden to chill. Again, for the price you can't beat this as a relaxing base. We would go back any time.

Room Tip: Get a room first or second floor and garden view.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2013

Having read through the reviews about this hotel , the differences of opinion swung between fantastic to a dump! We decided to go with an open mind and see for ourselves.
I think you have to understand that a 3* category in the UK is very different to many areas of Europe.
Well here goes , the hotel is an old colonial style building,very charming and such a lovely change fron the high rise new build. Inside and in the garden area and poolside it is quiet and peaceful.The road outside is busy with traffic most of the day ,with small shops and supermarket close by.
A short walk down hill takes you to the seafront of Sliema,where there are shops cafes restaurants and bus stops to Valetta, and also to the other end of the island and the Gozo ferry.
There is also a bus stop for Valetta that stops just by the hotel.
The location of this hotel is great as a base for exploring the island and beyond. There is secure car parking space outside the hotel too.
We found the staff friendly once they began to know each other, and we had no problem at all , the dining room staff were great, and our chambermaid was fantastic .
We had a major problem with our room which was treated very professionally, and quickly.
All in all we had no complaints and would recommend this hotel anytime,
We were there over Easter and attended the Easter Sunday Gala lunch which was superb but I agree the evening meals normally were not so good, and the breakfast orange juice was awful, it is made from a powder Guests did inform the staff and it was topped up and much improved.
WiFi is FREE but signal a bit hit and miss ! Go and enjoy!

PS We were the .1%(see previous review) and heard very little complaints, I note that the reviewer stated he didnt complain at the time,shame really, as most things can be sorted out face to face!

Room Tip: Request a room facing inwards, pool or garden view as road is noisy .
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2013

I stayed at Imperial Hotel 22-29 March.The UK was freezing to death while Malta was getting hotter with Temperature rising...17,18,19,21C even! Sliema is a nice place to be.At Imperial I seemed to sleep better than at home a few nights.Staff wer always cheerful and chatty.Food was good on average.I sometimes had breakfast of Weetabix,toast and a small cheese salad!
The evening meal was ok and a friend joined me.This meal could be improved as it is pricey!
The decor overall was good I thought and certainly my room was really comfortable.Towels were changed each day.I certainly would stay there again.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2013

Having just returned from a 2 week stay here having stayed here before I thought better the devil you know! Well it was a mistake on my part I never complained to the staff or management as I thought its pointless nothing would be done. 99.9% of the people I spoke to told me that they would never stay here again. Ok here goes, I was on the ground floor room 129 opposite the lift, the noise every morning from the cleaning staff woke me as their office/room was just around the corner from mine. The place echoes so much it was like be in an empty biscuit tin with them. The phone sometimes would ring at the reception desk at 5am and no one seemed to answer it either they were asleep, couldn't be bothered, or at the toilet, the beds are as hard as a rock the sheets wouldn't fit when you woke up it was all on the floor! The bath was for a midget your knees were up around your chin, make sure you allow the water to run first to get rid of the brown water and rust particles that emit from the taps!
I was half board and ate at the hotel but it was not good at all. I mainly ate made toast and had cereal the scrambled egg wasn't hot and tasted watery....not made with real eggs i would imagine. The head waiter is a nightmare he never stops, just as your finished something he whips the plate away, he starts clearing tables as people leave its like he's saying hurry i want to go home. he will never chat with you and talks to people in his arrogant manner (like hurry up you stupid tourist) I was glad to see the back of him once and for all. Evening dinners are disgusting, not even cooked properly, warm not hot, I once found a slice of foil in my dinner one evening while eating the cottage pie, I waited until the head waiter came to clear my table and asked him to hold out his hand, and dropped it into it, his face what a picture, he never even apologised or asked if i wanted another dinner he just walked off with and carried on as nothing happened! One couple were on there 50th Anniversary they came to the hotel 50 years ago for their honeymoon, she told me it still looked the same as 50 years ago, the hotel never even gave them a bunch of flowers or champagne all they got was a free dinner which was probably cold anyway. Like I said i'd been in 2012 one would hope things might change for the better, fat chance! Oh by the way they need to teach their staff (not all of them) how to talk to people the night man the big fella with the glasses is an arrogant ????

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Imperial Hotel

Address: Rudolph St, Sliema, Island of Malta SLM 06, Malta
Location: Malta > Island of Malta > Sliema
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #16 of 30 Hotels in Sliema
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Imperial Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 95
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