4/06/13 - 11/06/13
Damiani Hotel: Rooms are clean and well maintained. There is a lift serving all 5 floors but not the roof terrace.There is spare bedding in the wardrobe if needed and the towels are changed daily even if you don't ask for them to be changed. Water (6 2ltr bottles) can be purchased from reception for 3e but if you aren't desperate it's cheaper to purchase at the "supermarket" up the road for 1.90e. There is an in-house bar and shop but during our stay it was not operational. There is free WI Fi or free use of the PC in reception for a limited period. Reception staff are very courteous and helpful. If you have an evening departure ask reception the day before if you can have use of a room to shower and change clothing before departure and they will either allocate a room for you to use or allow you to keep possession of your holiday room until departure free of charge. If you are arriving late, say after 21.00pm, email them a week before your due arrival and arrangements will be made to keep reception open until you've checked in. Take a travel plug for the wash hand basin as their "plug" doesn't hold water. The bedside lamps and TV are 2 pin plugged into a 3pin adaptor but in our room the connection into the adaptor was loose and didn't work, it wasn't a problem for us as we didn't bother with the TV but after switching off the lights before retiring it was necessary to wait until our eyes adapted to the darkened room before venturing gingerly to bed - ouch, take a torch.
The Swimming Pool: The water was freezing - believe me! There was some building work to refurbish the pool toilets and shower but work had been suspended for whatever reason during our stay, similarly the snack bar area. The area is cleaned nightly but because of dust from nearby road works it didn't stay clean and loungers need a brush before using them. There are no mattresses for the loungers and some guests brought pillows from their rooms.
Food and Drink: You will get a hearty full English breakfast - 2 sausages, 2 fried eggs, 2 rashers of bacon, fried tomato, fried bread, baked beans, 2 slices of toast with butter and jam or marmalade, tea or coffee for only 3.20e at Splash café opposite the hotel. For a good evening meal we went to the Buccaneer - turn left on leaving the Damiani, turn right down the hill then left and it's 100m to the Buccaneer, Carling Black Label is 1.50e per 500ml can - I couldn't find cheaper unless bought at the supermarket. Malta's own brew Cisk was not to my liking, dry and bitter.
To Do: That is a matter of personal choice. The promenade is nice, lined one side with restaurants but if it is windy your food will get cold. Be aware of the pricing of meals because what appears cheaper at one restaurant is offset by the higher cost of drinks. The "town square" is a nice place to sit early evening and watch the locals go by as it is used as their meeting place after the day is done. Gone are the old single decker buses held together with string and sticky tape, they are all new buses run by Arriva. Fares are good, an all day pass costs 2.60e taking you anywhere on the island and a weeks pass only costs 12e, we made good use of these. Tickets can be purchased at reception at the Damiani.
Airport: "Duty free" can be purchased on arrival after customs. 200 cigs about £40 spirits similar price to the UK.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.