I had a very nice and large apartment on the fifth floor overlooking the back, with two beds put together to form a kingsize: exactly as I requested, but I found that it needed a touch of TLC, for which I would have paid a lot more. I needed nice non-lumpy pillows, a duvet, larger sheets, comfortable chairs, more electric sockets, a heated towel-rail in the bathroom (this was December/January and there was a small heater for the main room), more and hotter water, a remote control for the TV (which provided more English speaking programmes than the 4-star I moved to later) and better housekeeping, which wouldn't cost them that much, and would ensure my return. I was prepared to clean up after myself, but didn't expect to have to clean the apartment, particularly the bathroom, when I arrived; there was a mop and bucket, such as I haven't seen since the 1940s/50s, on the balcony, but no modern squeegee - was that for my use? And I would have expected them to supply basic cleaning materials and products, but had to buy my own from the excellent supermarkets which abound locally. And the room card, and I checked with reception, promised me that the floor would be washed once a week - it wasn't ever and hadn't been before I arrived, and the bins were sort of partially emptied irregularly. There was no inventory, and I did not want to pay for the missing and broken items when I arrived - but those on reception sorted it very swiftly without question. I spoke to others staying there, and they experienced the same things. I suggest that housekeeping be monitored and improved, that no smoking be allowed on the flat roof, as it penetrated the hallways and the lifts and my apartment, nor in the doorway of the building, that the lift be given a damn good clean, and an inventory be supplied! I stayed two of my three scheduled weeks, but needed some comfort and adequate hot water so moved to a nearby hotel for the third, for which I paid a very reasonable €32 pn B&B. The girls on reception at the Mavina were lovely, although the men shouted, as Maltese men tend to do, but the breakfast was too basic and bread not good, so I ate there only twice. Perhaps if the Mavina spent a little money on upgrading their apartments and breakfasts to the minimum comforts we expect, I would be more than happy to stay there again, and willingly pay more.
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