Firstly let me say that I booked this hotel in error, was on low cost holidays site and was convinced I'd clicked onto 'The Palace' in Sliema and made the booking, on checking through I realised my booking was for the Park. Tried to change booking to the Palace but no rooms left through low cost hols and would have lost virtually full amount I'd paid to cancel (lesson learnt don't get trigger-happy online). Decided we would have to grin and bear it, so how does the Park sum up.
At the price you pay for this hotel you have to know its not going to be 4*.
I emailed ahead and requested a high floor with a side sea view, and that's what we got, the hotel also responded to other queries by email.
LOCATION - you cannot fault the location it is excellent, you are approx 50 metres from the promenade which is lovely and has regular buses going to Valetta, St Julian and further up the island, because its more or less on a peninsula its only about a 10 minute walk up and over top of brow and you are then on the Tigne seafront which looks over to Valetta.
ROOM - was a standard size, it was clean and the beds (2 singles pushed together) were firm but comfortable. Towels were fine (we din't have any threadbare ones as others have said). As stated kettle but no coffee or tea, however we always take our own coffee and tea bags anyway. Fridge standard minibar size, but shelves came out so could accommodate larger bottles, no problem in getting glasses from the bar. The balcony was tiny and could just about accommodate the 2 plastic sun chairs. Points lost as these obviously hadn't been cleaned since the end of summer season, fortunately I always carry a large pack of baby wipes so able to wipe them down. (as other reviews have said its a narrow street and balconies close to those over the road).
RESTAURANT - firstly they need to get the fabric upholstery of the dining chairs cleaned they were badly stained. The breakfast while not brilliant will suffice to keep you going till lunch, but don't expect to be able to fill up on it to last til dinner. Can't comment on food on an evening,
but a couple of times during our stay we ordered sandwiches when we got back in mid afternoon, they were fine and very good value as you get sandwich, side salad and crisps for 2 euro.
LOUNGE - its adequate but not a place you would want to linger over drinks chatting to people.
I hate to say it the nicest most up to date part of this hotel were the toilets in the lounge area, if only the rest of the hotel was the same.
INDOOR SWIMMING POOL AREA - I will put it bluntly, it is downright filthy, there is a black scum mark on the tiles above the waterline that must be about 4/6" deep, the water in the whirlpool is hot but its cloudy and there were dead flies in it. The floor surrounding the pool area is dirty,
we spent 5 minutes in total down there and I felt as if my skin had a slimy film on it. Went straight back to room and showered. I enquired at hotel reception if it was under separate management and was told it was therefore open to non-residents. I was told my complaint would be passed to hotel manager, all I can say is venture there at your own risk.
The outdoor pool was not in use, but it would have been nice if they had some table and chairs out up there as that appears to be the only outside space the hotel possesses.
CLIENTS - during our week at the hotel there were 2 large parties of school children staying there probably about 50 in each group, they were not a problem but it was generally noisy and chaotic if you went down to breakfast at the same time as them.
STAFF - the staff were a credit to the hotel, they were very friendly and helpful at all times.
SUMMARY - if you are looking for a clean room in a very good location at a very cheap price
then this could be an excellent choice, but if you want luxury then look else.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Comfortable Tour-oriented Hotel located in town center, just off main road. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Park Hotel Malta/Sliema