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Review of Hotel Kennedy Nova

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Hotel Kennedy Nova
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Il Gzira
Reviewed April 2, 2013

This is about the fourth time we have stayed at the Kennedy Nova. We belong to a Holiday Club that uses the Kennedy and have always been satisfied with our stay. We usually have a room with kitchen facilities and prepare our own breakfast, which we did this time but also took our evening meal in the dining room. The food was very enjoyable with good choices, and we will certainly eat there on our next visit. YES, there will be one. The hotel staff are lovely the lady on reception is very efficient, couldn't get the sound to work on our TV and she sent the maintenance man to us straight away. The dining room staff are also very polite and hard working. Can't fault the cleaning staff, they changed the sheets and towels every day.
We had room 314 which a previous reviewer criticised, but it is spacious and clean, we were fine in this room. No there isn't a view from the balcony, but we weren't in the room much and there is a lovely sitting area on the roof by the small pool.
You can now book trips within the hotel, so you don't get ripped off outside. The local buses stop nearly outside, and you can buy a day ticket for 2 euro 60 cents or a 7 day pass for 12 euros. You don't need a car. For a lunch time snack catch the 'bus to Valletta and go to Piadina Caffe, Triq Santa Lucija a bijou hole in the wall café.
Looking forward to our next trip.

Room Tip: If you do enjoy a sea view then just ask
  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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HotelKennedyNova, Manager at Hotel Kennedy Nova, responded to this reviewResponded April 9, 2013

Dear HamletMiddleEngland,

Thank you for your review and the good advice you left for other guests.

Looking forward to hosting you again in the near future.

Regards,

Josette Spiteri
Guest Relations Team

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Reviewed March 31, 2013

We stayed 19th-23rd March at the Kennedy Nova, on our first trip to Malta.
Having read many of the previous reviews here, we were somewhat concerned what to expect on arrival, however our concerns were proven unnecessary.
Yes the hotel decor is a little tired, but the positive aspects far outweighed this.
We had requested a quiet room with a balcony on the 3rd or 4th floor and that's exactly what we got. on arrival our TV wouldn't switch on, but after being reported to reception, this was promptly replaced. The room was spacious, with good storage areas, fresh and clean. The beds were changed daily with fresh sheets and pillowcases and hygiene standards were good.
we found the hotel comfortable and very friendly. We were on B+B basis and were very satisfied with the fare provided each morning.
For the price we paid, the Kennedy Nova was excellent value for money and we would gladly return again if available at similar pricing.
Thanks to all the team there for a very enjoyable first time in Malta!!!

Room Tip: Mail the hotel in advance for any room requests. Their communication before our arrival was excellen...
  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with family
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Thank penfold17
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HotelKennedyNova, Manager at Hotel Kennedy Nova, responded to this reviewResponded April 9, 2013

Dear Penfold17,

We are delighted to learn that you enjoyed your stay at Hotel Kennedy Nova!

It was a pleasure hosting you and we look forward to having you over again in the near future.

On behalf of all the staff, I thank you for your kind review.

Regards,

Josette Spiteri
Guest Relations Team

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Reviewed March 26, 2013

We stayed at the Kennedy Nova for 7 nights and chose it because of it's full board value and location. We were not disappointed.
The hotel is quite deceptive from the front and much larger than expected although the dining area was at the back of reception on the ground floor with very little light and in such a prime location overlooking the bay and Manoel Island it would have been lovely to dine at the front of the building. I'm certain the hotel would gain ouside custom in their restaurant as the food is very good and staff very attentive and efficient.
In UK terms the hotel is 3* and a little 'tired' but it was very clean and the housekeeping is excellent.
On the first night our room was very cold and we had problems with the air con unit as there were no instructions but we were provided with a portable heater from reception and the following day the problem was resolved but please Kennedy Nova... provide an instruction sheet in all rooms (there are sensors on the windows/balcony doors to stop the heating/ac when open) along with a hotel facility listing such as meal times (found in the lifts and dining area) and gym/jacuzzi prices and pool location/annual opening times etc!
The location is excellent with buses stopping right outside and a short walk into Sliema (10 minutess) to bars, restaurants and shops - M&S, Next, Dorothy Perkins, BHS, Debenhams etc etc!
The staff were so lovely. There was one or two who lacked in customer service skills slightly but wholly they were excellent and happy, smily people.
Bar prices were very similar (if not cheaper) than outside. A bottle of local wine was 6 euros.
I loved that there was one area for congregating guests in the evening with regular entertainment. It encouraged guests to chat and we made some lovely friends who were mostly 2nd time guests and gave lots of local, useful information.
Trips and excursions can be booked at reception and Fiona was so helpful and the prices were on par with other booking agents. The 'Hop on/off' buses are such great value for sightseeing and exploring.
All in all, we were very pleased with our hotel choice and would recommend it for value and location but next time I would definitely book a sea view room as the views are too good to miss.

Room Tip: We stayed in 118 overlooking a side street which was quiet. I would recommend a sea view room thoug...
  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank MrsAitchQ
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HotelKennedyNova, Manager at Hotel Kennedy Nova, responded to this reviewResponded March 28, 2013

Dear MsAitch,

We are glad you found the Hotel Kennedy Nova of great value.

Our staff works hard to deliver an attentive service in all departments.

Thank you also for your insights. We will forward these to the respective managers to be included in the next management meeting.

We would be pleased to host you again at our Hotel.

Regards,

Hotel Kennedy Nova

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Reviewed March 22, 2013

Good location, Good courteous staff. close by bus stops, food very good, drinks reasonably priced. thoroughly to be recommended. Will arrange trips and transfers. very very helpful. will return for sure!

Room Tip: worth extra for seaview
  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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HotelKennedyNova, Manager at Hotel Kennedy Nova, responded to this reviewResponded March 25, 2013

Dear BernardBaeten,

It is always a pleasure to hear that guests enjoyed their stay at Hotel Kennedy Nova! We always emphasise on the quality of our service and also the value of our products.

Thank you for recommending!

Regards,

Hotel Kennedy Nova

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Reviewed March 14, 2013

I stayed at Kennedy Nova back in September '12 and came back for a few nights this month.

Again, room was clean and staff wrre friendly. This time we had a sea view room which was worth every extra penny. It was 4th floor so the view was spectacular.

All in all a good, budget, no frills hotel if you're looking for somewhere clean to use as a base to explore the island.

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2  Thank Chris3Jerry
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HotelKennedyNova, Manager at Hotel Kennedy Nova, responded to this reviewResponded March 15, 2013

Dear Chris3Jerry,

Many thanks for staying again at our Hotel!

It is always a great pleasure to host our guests in a friendly and clean environment.

Our staff works hard to offer such a service and we would be delighted to host you again in the near future.

Regards,

Hotel Kennedy Nova

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Reviewed March 4, 2013

My friend and I stayed here for a week at the end of February and were extremely pleased with every aspect of the hotel. It was very clean and comfortable. The staff were friendly, polite and helpful and there was a very good choice of food for both breakfast and dinner. Like one previous reviewer our room had no view as it looked into a tiny central courtyard, but the room was large enough and we planned to go out to see the many fascinating sights of Malta rather than look from our hotel window! The location of the hotel is perfect, because of the nearby bus and ferry stops, plus a huge range of restaurants, bars and shops very close by. We did not pay a vast sum for our accommodation so were delighted to have such excellent value for money.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with friends
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1  Thank Mashirley
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HotelKennedyNova, Manager at Hotel Kennedy Nova, responded to this reviewResponded March 12, 2013

Dear Mashirley

Thank you for letting us know that you found that Hotel Kennedy Nova was excellent value for your money!

We make every effort to offer our guests a friendly and comfortable stay at our hotel.

We hope to have the opportunity of hosting you again in the near future.

Regards,

Hotel Kennedy Nova

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Reviewed February 28, 2013

My first choice hotel was the nearby Bayview Hotel & Apartments but due to my room there not being available due to maintenance issues i was relocated to the Kennedy Nova for my first night. The hotel is in a good location on the Strand in Gzira just before you reach Sliema, there are plenty of bars and eateries nearby. i had a claustrophobic single room with no view, a small balcony looking into a very tight enclosed central courtyard. i had asmall single bed. the TV was like something off the Antiques Roadshow a small 90's looking portable which i couldn't get to switch on, in the end i gave up. on the plus side the room was clean, bathroom adequate and the reception staff were very friendly. a bigger room would have been better but my views may be coloured by the fact i wasn't there of my own violition.

Room Tip: Inland rooms fairly claustrophobic
  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled solo
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Thank Clembo1957
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HotelKennedyNova, Manager at Hotel Kennedy Nova, responded to this reviewResponded March 12, 2013

Dear Clembo1957,

In the rare occasion that we are asked to host guests that have booked in another hotel, we always advice the guest to contact their tour operator/booking website and communicate the situation.

In this particular occasion, we were asked to provide a room on a short notice.

Should you kindly reconsider of staying at our friendly Hotel in the near future, please contact our reservations department so that we will take the opportunity to please you.

Regards,

Hotel Kennedy Nova

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Address: 116, The Strand, Il Gzira, Island of Malta GZR 1027, Malta
Location: Malta > Island of Malta > Il Gzira
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Il Gzira
Price Range: $48 - $148 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Kennedy Nova 4*
Number of rooms: 98
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
If you are looking for the perfect base in Malta then you have found it. The Kennedy Nova is a four-star, seafront hotel just a stone's throw away from the crystal blue Mediterranean waters.Situated right in the heart of Malta's busy shopping and seaside district Sliema, Hotel Kennedy Nova offers both comfort and convenience for visitors to the island. ... more   less 
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