This hotel is conveniently located between Sliema ferry port (for harbour and island tours) and St. Julian’s Bay (for a good selection of restaurants). It is an easy walk to both and the local buses run outside the hotel. It is on the promenade and has a view over the sea and the bay, but not Valletta. We paid slightly extra for a room at the front but the majority of the rooms are on the side with a more restricted view.
The staff were always helpful. Our bedroom had daily maid service and the room was clean and comfortable. There was a fridge and good free WiFi reception in the room.
The downside is that the hotel is in some need of refurbishment throughout and the public areas were certainly not 4 star. The roof terrace and pool were in a very poor state, but then there is sea bathing available across from the hotel. There is a “Diplomat Private Beach” with sun beds but this is next to a public beach bar area and, as there is no access control, the beds were regularly taken by young people (and why not, as I would have done the same at that age).
The restaurant is in the hotel basement which was OK for a quick buffet breakfast but not so good for dinner when there are other restaurants nearby offering fine views over the bay. We never ate dinner there so cannot comment on the food or service.
In summary, you always get what you pay for. We had an enjoyable week but my advice is not to trust the hotel star ratings in Malta.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Diplomat Hotel is situated on Tower Road prestigious seaside promenade in the heart of Sliema, well known for its extensive range of activities. The main bus route to Valletta, the capital city, Paceville/St.Julian's etc runs outside the hotel.In front of The Diplomat Hotel, just below the promenade, a pleasant rocky beach is ideal for sun bathing, swimming and practising water sports. A sandy beach is within walking distance.Theme bars and restaurants, shopping malls, designers boutiques and the Dragonara Casino are available nearby. The rooms have FREE Wi-Fi, satellite TV, air conditioning and a tea/coffee making facilities. Rooms full or lateral sea views. Room Service is available from 0630 till 0130The Hotel has recently undertaken refurbishment of the majority of the hotel rooms and bathrooms, lifts and reception/lobby. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Diplomat Hotel Malta Sliema