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The Plaza & Plaza Regency Hotels
Ranked #14 of 28 Hotels in Sliema
Bucks- UK
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“lovely hotel - central for exploring the island”
Reviewed November 6, 2011

I stayed in this hotel with my friend and had read a variety of reviews. However on arrival we waited just a short time for our room key and we were happy that our request for a room in the refurnished part of the hotel had been given. Although we did not pay for a seaview room we were happy with our balcony view over the back of the hotel where is was quiet and fine to sit out in the evening.
Our room was lush and the decor was modern and many furnishings all coordinated.
We had a kitchenette with sink fridge microwave and hobs. a dining table, balcony furniture, a large wardrobe ( great :-) and a nice bathroom. New towels were given every day and the housekeeping staff were fine to come back when we had the odd lay in.
We went self catering and there is a small mini market not far from the hotel but better to do atleast one big shop to get more in from a larger supermarket.
Into Silema habour it is a longer walk than we expected, however the bus service is top notch and buses run very frequently and at a cheap price, we should have used them earlier in the holiday.
There is now a large shopping mall in silema for those wanting retail theropy (or if it rains) There are water taxis from Silema across to Valletta which is a lovely option to see the town.
Into the more nightlife part of the area it is a 15/20 minute walk- again there are buses. And taxis. Prices were pretty cheap compared to other holiday destinations.
There are a wide range of trips you can take and a trip/ tour shop just by the hotel on the left hand side.
In front of the hotel there is a small beach and also a pool on the roof which is nice to chill out.
There are many festas durng the year which are nice to see and you can find trips running with local coach companys. There are also regualr trips to Gozo and Comino which are a lovely way to get out and see different areas.
The hotel staff were all friendly the rooms was very nice and i would stay again. However if you do have issues walking Malta is quite hilly and the paths arent always so even. So even for pushchairs if you head out of main road areas it can be difficult. There are steps up to this hotel.

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Reviewed November 3, 2011

We were really looking forward to this trip to Malta. However, after returning from our holiday/honeymoon, we are more than pleased that this was not only only holiday of 2011, as we would have been very disappointed.
We had paid for a superior sea view room on a half board basis. We arrived slightly earlier than the checking in time so were happy that our room was ready. We had already pre-warned the hotel that a high-floor room would be better for us (after reading previous reviews about the lower floors having a view of the street/trees). They gave us a room on the 1st floor, but then changed it for us to 3rd floor when we asked. So, after satisfying our request, we had high hopes for this hotel.
Unfortunately, the holiday did not live up to our expectations for a few reasons, the hotel being one of them.
The tiny lift took ages to take us up to our room, we wasted so much time waiting for those slow lifts.
The size of the room was great but the bathroom was quite dingy and not in proportion to the room at all.
We thought we'd get around while we were in Malta, but were so disappointed that the yellow buses had been replaced by Arriva and quite frankly, they were a joke. One day, 3 busues went past us without stopping within the space of a few minutes despite us waving at the buses to stop.
Service in Sliema was slow and unfriendly, as was the service in the hotel.
Upon reflection maybe we should have not gone half board as the food really was poor, and the gentleman carving the meat/serving the main meals at dinner time was really stingy and the really did not like giving food away!!! A serve yourself buffet would have been much better. Also, there were flies on the bread at breakfast most days
The hotel was clean but surrounding areas just looked grubby. We thought this was going to be a pretty place full of beautiful sights but did not really find this.
We generally try to be positive about hotels/holidays even it's not 100% perfect but unfortunately this time it is difficult to find many positives.

Room Tip: Superior sea view on a high floor - or choose a different hotel
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 2, 2011

28th. October to 1st. November 2011

Purely by chance we saw a four night half board package in a travel agent’s window and decided to book it. We stayed in the Plaza Hotel part of the twin hotel complex and having requested a low floor we were given a first floor room at the side of the hotel. I did try to get an upgrade when we arrived but I was told there were no vacant rooms available. The room was tiny (don’t bring a cat), the balcony was a joke and we had two basket weave type dining chairs and a stool ((which I think was the table) stacked in the corner by the window. They just fit the balcony, if arranged in a pattern, with very little room for your legs. The chairs had to be manoeuvred through the window as it was very narrow. The double bed was comfortable and we had plenty of drawers. On arrival we found we had a problem with the toilet as it didn’t flush. I reported it to the desk and they sent a maintenance man to it while we popped out. When we came back in I checked with the desk and was told it had been sorted, it didn’t flush. I reported it again and we went out for lunch, again when we returned I was told it had been repaired, it hadn’t been and still didn’t flush. I reported it again to the desk, and with the help of the rep, managed to get the manager of the hotel to come to the room after waiting for him for 20 minutes. He agreed it didn’t work and phoned someone about it. It couldn’t be repaired until the following morning so he offered us another room to sleep in that night and the use of it’s toilet during the rest of that day. He offered us a free bottle of wine with that evening’s meal for our inconvenience. It was repaired the following morning, but still needed pumping to make it flush properly, but at least it worked. It seemed a lot of messing about for a small repair job. The room was, as I said, small, the bathroom could have done with a make-over, as the tiling around the shower was old and damaged, but generally it was clean and a maid came in every day. One big problem was that the water was cold in a morning, but fortunately I use an electric razor and managed with a cold wash.
We were half board and our first encounter with the food was the evening meal. We like to eat late, but the dining room finished at 8:45pm, by 9:00pm we were the only ones left in it, so we left at 9:05 (the following night the times changed and the meal finished at 8:15pm). The meal left a lot to be desired, very little choice (three of each course). For my starter I had antipasto salad, which comprised of a few lettuce leaves and peppers. I suppose as it was 8:15pm most things had been eaten and not replaced. I then had Hawaiian gammon for my main, although what was Hawaiian about it I haven’t a clue. It was self service apart from the meat and a waiter carved mine from a gammon joint. He gave me a small thin slice of gammon and some little bits. The vegetables were chips, sprouts and carrots and there was some pasta. The sprouts were frozen and the carrots were tinned, everything was virtually cold, including the meat. My wife had beef in red wine (one piece) which was also tough. The sweets were cake and ice cream, everything from frozen. I asked where the sweets were as there was only some scraggy bits left and they brought one other cake out. It had ice in the middle of it. The free bottle of wine was the cheap house one. The next three nights we ate out.
The breakfast was better with quite a good choice. The bacon was a bit ropey, but the little sausages were nice. The toaster was a little rotary one and took for ever, which caused big queues. The layout of the self service was poor and very restrictive and tended to look like a bun fight at times. The problem was that there was only the one dining room for the two hotels, although there seemed plenty of tables there was very little room for the food.
The indoor pool was closed as it only opens in the winter, but the weather wasn’t good enough to use the outdoor roof pool, so no swimming. The only bar was small and didn’t look very nice and had people singing very loudly in such a small place. We didn’t bother.
A previous writer said ‘Cara’s Café was the in place to be seen’, maybe because it was the only café within 10 minutes walking distance. It was just a café, nothing special and the staff, like the hotel desk staff, were miserable and had no conversation or smiles. In our case, no tips either. The snacks were the usual; if it was warm it was done in the microwave.
Eating out near the hotel was somewhat sparse. We went to three different restaurants including the one adjacent to the Plaza Regency side of the hotel. We both ordered a pasta dish and when it came it was undercooked, cold and had very little sauce with it. At 10 Euros a rip off. I sent them back and decided we would have a pizza each instead. It didn’t seem a problem for them, except a comment the waiter made that we don’t like pasta the way Italians do. I used to travel to Italy for work before I retired and if the Italians I knew had been served a dish like that they would have thrown it at them. I suggest you give it a miss.
Malta is a drab place, all the buildings are a similar colour, sandy brown, and generally the place looks like a tip. I have been twice before, once 10 years ago and the other 35 years ago, so we knew what the place was like. The big difference is that there are more hotels and more cars, not very picturesque at all. On the whole it was a break from England and it made a nice change. Fortunately the holiday was cheap, booked a week before we went. I would have been really upset if I’d paid full whack
The hotel is supposed to be classed as a three star; I would put it somewhere between one and two. I probably will try a better hotel if I go again.

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Worcester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 30, 2011

The location of hotel is good - near St Julian's bay which is very pleasant and about a 30 min walk to ferry to Valletta. Bus stop is over the road, but they were always full when we got on them - standing room only.

We were warned about some of the rooms in this hotel and paid for an upgrade on our room. However, we were given a room on the second floor which overlooked a VERY busy main road below (there is heavy traffic noise constantly) and the seaview was obstructed by trees. During the night woken up by something sticking in my back which turned out to be the sharp end of a broken spring - this could have caused a really nasty wound.

We asked to be moved and were given a very pleasant room (though a bit tired), overlooking the bay on the 5th floor, so no complaints there. We were horrified however, at some of the rooms others guests showed us - little more than cupboards with part of wardrobe removed to fit a shower/basin. No balconies (and a seaview if one craned their head). Service was OK, as was cleanliness. Facilities were poor and we thought it all represented poor value for money.

We found the food awful. Breakfast had no fresh fruit other than an orange. It was always the same and the same applied to the evening meals. Badly cooked, tinned carrots, peas, Cadbury's Smash.

Also the penthouse swimming pool closed at 3.30 (as did the bar) and the indoor pool was closed.

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 24, 2011

Visited 15th to 22nd October 2011 with my wife and after reading reviews on TA was wondering what we were letting ouserlves in for.
All the negative reviews seemed to be on The Plaza Regency side of the hotel we fortunately were given room 736 on the Plaza side which had been refurbished, both hotels are owned by the same people and joined by an external bridge located on the 8th floor next to the roof top swimming pool and bar.

Location
Right on the sea front over looking the bay with a few bars and restaurants the best being Frescos who offer a bit more than just your Pizza or Burger and chips for that Peppis will do both are right over from the hotel.If you walk into St Julians then try U Bistro food that was the best food we tried,but wherever you eat the rabbit is a must try.Caras at hotel entrance also offers good value if you want to stay local.

Arrival/Check-in
Just like every TA visitor has said about the staff it costs nothing to put on a smile for their customers.We were allocated room 736 on the Plaza Hotel and wondering what we were going to see when we opened the door although we had booked a twin superior room with sea view.To our surprise a very large room with self catering facilities which we did not expect with a sofa bed and a balcony with unrestricted views of the bay,the balcony however is very small and narrow and just manages to fit two of those plastic white chairs and a small table.
Breakfast was from 7:00 to 10:00 am and we found it to be pretty ok with the usual fried offering or cold meats, sausages were best we have tried on the med but the bacon was terrible.
We booked only bed and breakfast but tried the buffet dinner one night and for 9.5 euros was good value for 3 courses.
In room safes are available but at 2.5 euros/day it is a bit expensive although advised.

Getting Around
Ahhhhh those dam buses Arivva took over from the yellow buses in the July and even the locals hate them,we decided to go to Valletta the bus stop timetable says buses every 7 mins or less we waited 1hr for the for the first to arrive and of course it was full as was the next and the next and so it goes on,we did not get to Valletta that day.Wether the situation gets any better as time goes on remains to be seen.Easy way to get to Valletta turn right out the hotel and walk to the bend in the road turn right into Dingli Road and walk through the town about 1km you will come to a traditional maltese house with green external wall tiles turn right by it an then first left that brings you to the Sliema ferries waterfront and over to the left you can get the water taxi over to Valletta for 1.5 euros.If you follow the coast road walking it will double your journey.The hop on hop off buses offers good value for money at 15 euros for the day and you get a free harbour cruise you can do either the North or South island tour and can be booked through the hotel.
We also went on the Gozo tour 15 euros also and for an extra 8 euros you can be picked up from the hotel by minibus and taken to the ferry for Gozo and returned later, the ferry cost is not included 4.65 euros but the bus tour round the island is,which you get on outside the ferry terminal.You only pay for the return journey on the way back from Gozo that means you may not miss the ferry on the way over but the queues to buy tickets on the way back can be long be warned.

Places to eat
U Bistro St Julians
Frescos Sliema
Otters Bistro Marsalforn Gozo (on the tour route)

Places to avoid
Pauls Sea Breeze St Julians (teribble,terrible they think they are better than the are) we were stupid enough to try it twice

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Reviewed October 9, 2011

I always check the reviews on TA prior to booking a break and normally stay at 5* resorts when travelling with my husband, however for a recent short break with my mother decided to book the Plaza Regency via Easyjet holidays as it looked great value.

Having previously stayed at the Radisson (which we thought was lovely but didn't really like the location as it felt a little isolated) and Le Meridian St Julians (great location, but fairly expensive) we weren't expecting the Plaza Regency to be great, however the room was clean and had a balcony to enjoy the sea views (we upgraded to get the views however these were partially blocked due to trees - I emailed the hotel before travelling to check the correct room category would be allocated to us on arrival due to feedback from other guests that upgrades had not been fulfilled).

The bathroom was a little basic (no bath, just shower cubical) and the shower screen could have done with replacing but it was adequate for our 5 night stay and we really didn't spend much time in the hotel in any event. Did think it was bad form however that you was expected to pay 17 Euros a week to have use of the safe in the room.

The roof top pool is very small (think big bath!) but the sun loungers were nice and there is a roof top bar which is ideal for grabbing a quick drink whilst enjoying the stunning views. Drinks were very reasonably priced at the bar.

We didn't actually eat at the hotel but Cara's cafe and the pizzeria on the ground floor seemed very popular. We ate at nearby restaurant Piccolo Padre on several occasions as the food, service and surroundings were great.

All in all I feel the Plaza Regency offers good value for money and is fine if you are simply looking for a base to explore the local area, rather than a luxury retreat. I did however find it slightly strange that reception required you to leave your room key on each occasion of leaving the hotel but it wasn't a problem (traditional key rather than the usual key card). As others have said, the receptionists were not always that friendly but did their job and seemed to be working long hours.

Anyone thinking of booking should note this hotel is located very close to the Balluta Bay area of St Julians, rather than the centre of Sliema itself. Also within walking distance of Spinola Bay so plenty of restaurants to stroll to in the evenings and buses on your door step to take you to Valetta.

We pre-arranged airport transfers via kevintaxis@hotmail.com and their representative Sandra could not have been more helpful - highly recommended (18 Euros each way).

Room Tip: Upgrade to a front sea view room (ideally on a high floor).
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 8, 2011

I stayed at the Plaza 2 years ago and decided to go back as I saw a cheap deal through Expedia. The facilities are very good for a 3 star hotel (Nice pool area and the rooms are clean and comfortable). When booking, ask for a room on the side of the hotel that has the restaurant as these have recently been refurbished and are nice and modern.The only down side is some of the staff on reception. When we booked in we were served by a lazy disinterested receptionist (Analise) who should be sent on a customer service course and learn to smile. However, the bar staff and cleaners were very pleasant. The hotel is in a great location for exploring Sliema & Spinola Bay which both have an abundance of good restaurants that are well priced. I would recommend the Malta sightseeing tour bus as we had a really good day out and saw lots of the island (much cheaper than paying for a trip through a travel rep). Purchase your ticket from Darrel who is based in the area outside the front of the hotel. He is a really nice guy and will recommend the best trip for you. For the price the hotel was great. If you want 5 star luxury book elsewhere and pay a lot more.

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Property: The Plaza & Plaza Regency Hotels
Address: 248 Tower Rd, Sliema, Island of Malta SLM 1600, Malta
Location: Malta > Island of Malta > Sliema
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Ranked #14 of 28 Hotels in Sliema
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Hotel Class:3 star — The Plaza & Plaza Regency Hotels 3*
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