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“Extremely friendly staff, very central location” 4 of 5 stars
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Rafael Spinola Hotel
3.0 of 5 Small Hotel   |   Upper Ross Street, Saint Julian's, Island of Malta STJ 10 , Malta   |  
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Mellieha
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Extremely friendly staff, very central location”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2014

This hotel follows the dictum location, location, location.

it is right in the centre of things, yet in a very quite area.

Just turn the corner and in under a minute you will have tens of restuarants, bars, clubs surrounding you.

Then return back to the peace and quite of this property,

Highly recommended.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2 of 5 stars
  • Service
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    2 of 5 stars
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Majetín, Olomoucky Kraj, Czech Republic
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2013

The staff is very friendly and helpful. The rooms are cleaned every day and you get two clean towels every day. The hotel is located in the real centre of life in Malta with a lot of supermarkets and souvenir shops around. It is easy to get to Valletta by bus, it is even easier than from Sliema (some buses do not stop in Sliema at all because they are full but they usually stop in St Julians). If you like sunbathing the hotel top with the swimming pool is an ideal place with a wonderful view of the area.
What we didn´t like: We had problems with water pressure and quality in the shower. The lift is quite noisy (it may be a problem early in the morning).

Room Tip: Higher floors are better, they are quieter (as far from the lift as possible)
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Mellieha
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2013

This hotel is located in an excellent place close to the tourist centre of St Julians. The street where it is found is quiet so your sleep is not disturbed. The rooms are comfortable and the staff helpful. The decor of the dining room is slightly old but otherwise the food is good. The pool area provides a nice view over the bay. The area near the pool has deck chairs which is great for sunbathing although one can walk down to the nearby sandy beach of St George's.

Room Tip: My room was on the first floor. I do not know much about the other rooms but the room where i stayed...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Oulu
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2010

The staff was very friendly and helpful, but wouldn't stay here again. The pool that looked amazing in the brochure was small and full of sand, beds+pillows very uncomfortable and the room smelled of cigarettes. But the location was very good! Not worth the money we paid for this.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Brighton. England
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15 reviews 15 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2008

Pretty shabby is the best way to sum this place up!

Room was tired and bathroom mouldy and in need of a total refit. Taps leaked and shower was non existant.. No double beds and just singles pushed together. The hotel website is a travesty of honesty. I am not sure where thy took the photographs. The Breakfast room has plaster & damp bulging the walls on the East side and the 'bar' is actually a fridge in the corner with no staff to help you.

Somebody earlier mentioned that they wash up at a sink in reception...They still do. The place is a shambles.

The place is actually a hostel for east european students who are studying English. No facilities in the Hotel (Hostel) for you if you wish to stay inside for a while. An enormous building site just outside with the workers onsite at 6.45am each day. Much noise.

Use at your peril

  • Liked — Leaving
  • Disliked — Staying
  • Stayed April 2008, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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england
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2008

What Great Staff
1 have just come back from a great stay at the rafael spinola
rooms were clean,beds comfy,and the hotel is central for all parts of st julians,the bus stop is 2 mins away and for 0.47 euro`s you can get to valletta,and then on to all parts of the island,particular praise must go th the staff who make you feel welcome,sonia on reception allways had a cheery hello,and was able to answer most problems,any she did not know she found out for you next day,well done everybody

  • Liked — staff
  • Disliked — leaving
  • Stayed January 2008, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Norway
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2007

This must have been one of the worst hotels I've ever stayed in my entire life. I was in this hotel for six weeks as a part of an educationary programme, but these six weeks must have been the longest I've experienced. The entire hotel is dirty, and the staff actually does their dishes in the reception area cleaning them by hand, completely unacceptable by standards where they would was them sanitarily in a dishwasher. The hotel also receives a lot of noise, and you can pretty much hear anything going on in the hotel wherever you are in the building. At night the doors to the hotel close, and whenever someone rings the bell, the sound of the bell wakes you up at three in the morning, followed by the noise the staff makes with their keys.

The food is also terrible, and there was no variations at all. The hotel is slowly falling apart, and the floor tiles were cracked to, making it a very hazardous environment for people with limited vision, such as me.

Overall this is a terrible hotel, it is dirty, and I even got sick a couple of times because of the unsanitary conditions.

  • Liked — Friendly staff
  • Disliked — Very dirty, and terrible condition
  • Stayed May 2007, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Rafael Spinola Hotel

Address: Upper Ross Street, Saint Julian's, Island of Malta STJ 10 , Malta
Location: Malta > Island of Malta > Saint Julian's
Amenities:
Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 9 B&Bs / Inns in Saint Julian's
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Rafael Spinola Hotel 3*
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