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“Basic Hotel” 3 of 5 stars
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St. Julian's Bay Hotel
3.5 of 5 Boutique Hotel   |   48 Main Street, Saint Julian's, Island of Malta, Malta   |  
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Ranked #20 of 31 Hotels in Saint Julian's
Halifax, United Kingdom
2 reviews
“Basic Hotel”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2013

Stayed here with my eldest son - his room was 1st floor & mine on the 7th. The rooms were clean but very basic. I had to run around in the shower to try to get wet as the water pressure was not very good. There is no tea or coffee making facilities in the rooms and the hair drier had the wrong plug for the socket - you would think they would know what type of sockets they use in their own country and equip electrical items accordingly. The tiny lifts tend to make up their own mind which floor they intend to stop at. One constantly displayed it was on the ground floor when it refused to go any further than the 3rd floor. We requested & paid for balconies and sea views but instead I had a lovely view of concrete buildings and a crane from my balcony & my son could admire a stair case from his window - no balcony. One guest [a lady travelling on her own] complained that her balcony door wouldn't lock and it would be easy for someone to get into her room with the risk of her being attacked. The manager, reassuringly, told her that they had CCTV if she was & they would be able to trace her attacker!! Basically he couldn't care less. Most of the staff were surly and found a smile difficult to muster - until our last day when they fell over themselves to be helpful [wonder why?!?!]. There is a small gift shop in the hotel which wasn't much use because it was never open.

Room Tip: It seems that whatever type of room you book it's pot luck whether you get what you book and pay...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    2.5 of 5 stars
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Milan, Italy
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2013

We stayed there for 3 night in August. The location and view are very good, but everything else is really below average. The reception is poorly lit and smells of mildew. Our room was on the first floor with a sea view. This is both good and bad, as you have a view but it's noisy if you keep the window open. The carpet of the corridor was absolutely filthy and smelly.
The room had plenty if cracked tiles, the doors of the wardrobe had to be handled with care. The shower was pretty small and the tap sink came off, plus the sink was extremely low.
I had breakfast once and it was OK. Overall, it was not worth the money.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2013

We stayed there for 3 nights, during our recent visit in malta, good location, walking distance to major restaurants, and clubs, but far enough not to hear them...
Pool up front the hotel is extra paid, what is stupid, no good beach in the area, strongly recommend rent the car, but be careful, they are driving on the left side, and streets are very narrow.

  • Stayed May 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Manchester, England, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2013

Customer service is pretty bad, they make you leave the key in reception which I don't like as half the time i went past the desk nobody was on it and anyone could have took a key and ransacked the room.

wifi doesnt work, maid service is beyond terrible. paper thin walls.

Would never return to this dump

Room Tip: AC units are decent
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Springfield, Illinois
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

The hotel was old, but it was what I expected it to be like. The breakfast wasn't that good, but was eatable.. The worse part about my stay was that the room having paper thin walls. I was up for 3-nights having to listen to the couple next door in the "throws of passion" and I was none to happy about it. I complained to the front desk, but they did nothing about it. The hotel is right across the street from the Neptune pool and getting woke up early every morning to the whistles of swim practice after not getting any sleep was kind of rude. But hey, what can ya do about it.

Room Tip: Get a room with a balcony/sea view, it makes the stay much nicer..
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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New Castle, New Hampshire
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2013

Went here in May with my bestfriend.
Have to say , it's a great hotel for some teenagers who go on vacation only for the booze.. But for the adults it's not so great. All the elavators were broke during our 10-days vacation.
We had to shower in ice cold water for 4 days.. Even tough we already complained at the Servicebalie. Our room was ok.. But the beds were AWFULL.. And they really need to adress on their website that "THE PARTYSTREET" of Malta is right around the corner. So if you want to go to bed early.. GOODLUCK!

Room Tip: Try the Hotel next door! We heard the quality was better there.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Melbourne
2 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2013

We booked 9 nights at this hotel for our stay in Malta thinking that it will be nice and comfortable...We were wrong. This hotel doesn't feel like a hotel at all. Be cautious when selecting a side sea view room as the view of the sea is really limited. The buffet breakfast is not really impressive. They supply some cereals, bread, cheeses and cold meats.The restaurant where breakfast is served has a depressing vibe to it and is not welcoming at all. For the price we have paid to stay here, we are extremely disappointed and feel totally ripped off. There is no safe in the room as well so locking valuables can be a problem, especially when the sliding balcony door in our room could be opened even when it was locked. Very concerning and doesn't allow piece of mind when your are out exploring, The air conditioner in the room is on a motion detector timer which means when your sleeping at night the aircon turns off. Not ideal in the middle of the hottest period in Malta (JUL/AUG). Also we arrived at the hotel to check in at 3pm and our room was still not ready. We waited 45 mins in their lobby.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 48 Main Street, Saint Julian's, Island of Malta, Malta
Location: Malta > Island of Malta > Saint Julian's
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #20 of 31 Hotels in Saint Julian's
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — St. Julian's Bay Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 85
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Also Known As:
St Julians Bay Hotel
St. Julian's Bay Hotel Malta

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