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The Waterfront Hotel
Ranked #5 of 28 Hotels in Sliema
Reviewed April 13, 2008

We chose the Waterfront based on its high ranking on this site and were not at all disappointed. Our sea-view room was spacious, with not one but two balconies - although sadly the poor weather in early April meant we didn't really get to sit out there. The bathroom was clean and practical, and the shower belied its basic design with its sheer force of water. What's more, the hot water never ran out!

Breakfast, even for the late-to-bed amongst us who crawled in to the restaurant at the last minute, was more than adequate. You'd have to be exceptionally picky not to find something to your taste, and I especially liked the fact that you can top-up on coffee/tea as much as you like from the machine.

The staff were helpful and friendly, which seems to be a Maltese national characteristic (except behind the wheel of a car, but that's another story entirely!)

Others have mentioned the road at the front of the hotel. We were on the second floor (209), and found that whilst going to sleep was no problem (bearing in mind that we stayed out till the early hours most nights), we were woken at the crack of dawn not by the normal traffic, but by silencer-free old wrecks racing over the potholes, often with that ubiquitous bass-beat thudding from their open windows. However, two pairs of decent ear-plugs solved that problem!

Sliema itself isn't particularly pretty, nor did it turn out to be 'our kinda town' on the nightlife front, as there were few proper restaurants in the immediate vicinity and the bars were too 'English' (ie. they all had football on big screens all the time), but we soon got used to the bus to St Julians and the short-cut walk back (which we finally got right on the last night - but even with our wrong-turns it was still much nearer than the 'scenic' walk along the front/round the headland.) The best restaurant in Sliema, for us, was the Basilico pizzeria in the Waterfront. What's more, the hotel's own snack-bar, the Star Cafe is excellent for lunch.

The rooftop pool area seemed fine, and we would have loved to spend more time there. Unfortunately, the one sunny day when we ventured up, the icy wind drove us back inside! The following day (our last) was a proper, hot sunbathing day. But we were in Valletta all day... Oh well.

  • Stayed: April 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 12, 2008

Fantastic hotel helpful staff quick & easy check in, we were on the 7th floor so the busy road did not effect us much, although it was an eye opener watching the traffic i have never been anywhere where they drive as crazy as this.
We walked into St Julians bay It took us about an hour but you can get a bus that would take a fraction of the time but it's worth a trip, it's a very pretty little place.
Also worth a trip is the half day island tours they are full of interesting information.
We visited Malta with elderly inlaws would go back as i felt that due to their lack of mobilty we did'nt see as much of Malta as we could of.

  • Stayed: November 2007, traveled with family
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3  Thank clairefbrom
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Reviewed March 10, 2008

Modern hotel yet very tastefully designed. Very spacious rooms - we had a room on the sixth floor with superb views over the harbour towards Valletta.The facilities were very good, clean and well maintained. The reception and front lounge were very pleasant, many guests choosing to spend leisure time there. The staff were efficient and helpful.
The hotel includes two restaurants, one of which - the Basilico - is Italian and offers tasty and well-presented good value food.
The location of the Waterfront was ideal, near bus stop for frequent services to Valletta and other towns, as well as 5 minute ferry to Valletta (weather permitting).

  • Stayed: February 2008, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank 5474C
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Reviewed February 18, 2008

My wife and I decided we would like a winter break in January, but we have never been to Malta before. I had spoken to friends who had, and also researched the island on the net. We also felt the weather may be pleasant at this time of year, and due to its history would have plenty of places of interest to occupy us.
We were not disappointed with the weather, similar to an English Spring. The Waterfront met our expectations for the time of year, and I thought it was a really busy and popular place, not only for guests but a place that attracted lots of people to call in.
In the foyer area there is not only a good bar, but also a small coffee type area that served sandwiches and cakes. On the first floor there is a nice restaurant that served good food and was resonably priced.
The rooms were what we expected, clean and tidy, and we were on the 6th floor which gave magnificent views of Sliema Creek, across to Valetta and the open sea, although due to not having double glazing we could hear the passing traffic during the hours we were in bed.
There are plenty of bars and restaurants locally, giving plenty of choice to dine out.
Public transport (Buses) are plentiful and cheap, right outside the Hotel, and I would suggest that visitors take advantage of these as we did, and explore the Island at their leisure.
All in all we enjoyed our stay at the Waterfront and Malta, we were there for two weeks, maybe one week at this time of year would have been better.

Stayed: January 2008
9  Thank NoggintheNogYork
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Reviewed January 1, 2008

The Waterfront Hotel is in a good position on the Sliema waterfront; about 10 minutes stroll from the ferry landing, the main bus stops, loads of bars and restaurants, and Marks & Spencer. It is on a corner site with a revolving door opening into a very pleasant reception, lounge and bar area. This is modern with a yachting theme; pale timber inspired by sailing boat fittings, and lots of atmospheric photos,

The reception staff were welcoming, friendly and helpful. The bar and lounge area is comfortable and well ventilated. Prices were reasonable and the service good, personal (and therefore a little slow). A new coffee bar next to the bar opened on our last day, so we did not have a chance to try it.

Our first-floor room was large with a fantastic view over Marsamxett Harbour towards the picture-postcard skyline of Valletta. There was a small balcony with a table and two chairs. The room was of four-star standard in terms of facilities, cleanliness, maintenance and appearance.

We stayed B&B, and did not try the main restaurant for dinner. Breakfasts were what you expect, a mixture of English and Continental, with a good selection of fruit, cereals including muesli, cold meats, and cheeses. The restaurant is light and airy with the same excellent view towards Valletta.

Most nights we ate in the Waterfront’s pizzeria, named ‘Basilico’. Situated on a mezzanine floor over reception, the décor is pleasant, the service was very friendly, and the prices were reasonable. The food was well cooked, presented and served. Most dishes were available in both starter and main course portions, and the staff were happy to serve the smaller portions to us. This was just as well, because generosity does not come into it …! The portions were huge, but the food was so good it was a shame to waste any.

So now to the down side. The road outside was busy from early - around 5am - to late - 2am on Friday and Saturday nights! The bedroom windows are single-glazed, and we did not have one undisturbed night’s sleep. The rain that we had on a couple of nights only made the road noise worse. Those who had rooms at the back of the hotel said they were quiet, though. So you pay your money and you take your choice – noisy with a lovely view, or no view and peaceful nights. This apart, the Waterfront is an excellent hotel and a good base from which to explore Malta, and particularly Valletta.

  • Stayed: November 2007, traveled as a couple
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21  Thank Steve L
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Reviewed November 6, 2007

We stayed in a twin sea view room for seven nights, from Thursday 25th October to Thursday 1st November 2007. We found the hotel to be of an all round high standard and were very pleased with the accommodation. The hotel is in an excellent location. It is on the Strand which is directly on the sea front of Sliema and provides a beautiful view of Valletta from the front bedrooms and two restaurants. The road outside is busy with traffic throughout the day but we did not find it particularly noisy (but we are used to living in a city). We took a taxi to the hotel from the airport which was a fixed rate of 8 ML. We didn’t consider public transport due the evening arrival of our flight but I assume if the airport bus to Valletta is convenient then it would be easy to get one of a number of buses from there to the hotel as the bus stops very close by.
The hotel overall was very well maintained and nicely decorated. It was very clean and tidy. Our room was quite spacious and consisted of the usual hotel furniture and an Ensuit bathroom with shower over bath. There was plentiful cupboard and wardrobe space. Also the balcony had nice views over to Valletta.
The hotel has two restaurants. We went to the main one only for breakfast. Breakfast is a self service buffet with a good selection of hot and cold foods with the usual choice of cereals, fruit, yogurt, cooked breakfast, bread and rolls and hot and cold drinks. Service was good and the food was usually replenished quickly. The other restaurant is a pizzeria and one evening we had a very pleasant meal there.
The hotel has a bar and lounge area in the reception area. The bar service was good. On the top floor there is a small pool and sun terrace with plenty of loungers. This was very nice but on some of the days it was too windy to sit out there and unfortunately the hotel does not have any other outdoor space. The size was fine but I am sure it will be very busy in the summer season. This is the reason I gave it a four and not a five rating as it was the only thing we could identify that let another wise excellent hotel down.
The staff was excellent. The front desk staff were always helpful and polite. On the first morning I reported that the top of the hairdryer had come away from the hose and it was it was fixed by the time we returned to our room later that day and there was no further problems.
The resort itself consists of a residential suburb so it is has both a resort and residential area. There is a great choice of restaurants, bars and shops (including designer names) within a couple of minutes walk from the hotel. Opposite the hotel is the promenade and one day we walked round to Spinola Bay in St Julian's and on another day walked in the opposite direction to Manoel Island and saw the yachts. As mentioned earlier the location was great for accessing public transport. There are a number of bus routes that pass the hotel and the ferry is about a 5 minute walk away. One day we went to Valletta which is about a 15 minute bus ride away. Another day we took the bus from Sliema ferry to Mdina (old wall city and highlight of the holiday) and Rabat. This took about 50 minutes. On the way back we took the same bus and stopped off to see the church at Mosta and then picked up the bus back to the hotel.
We enjoyed our stay at the Waterfront Hotel and would recommend it to anyone visiting Malta as a very nice hotel in a very convenient location.

  • Stayed: October 2007, traveled as a couple
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17  Thank lovetotravel1704
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Reviewed October 19, 2007

We stayed at the Waterfront in September and this was our first visit to Malta.

We chose the Waterfront because of the excellent reviews we had seen on Trip Advisor and was not dissappointed. We had a sea view which was a corner room and so we had two balconies. It would be worth asking for these rooms as they are huge. We had a lovely view of Valetta and the sun rising over the Sliema harbour (known as Sliema Creek).

The hotel is very smart and clean and the staff were very helpful and polite. Our room was spotless and was cleaned regularly during our stay.

There is a dual carriageway outside but we were never woken by traffic noise and never kept awake at night either. The rooms are air conditioned so you do not need the windows open.

The bars , resturants and shops are only a short walk away and the hotel has two resturants, the buffet one and a pizzaria. The buffet was good value and the pizzarias portions were huge. We went bed and breakfast and found many places to eat other than the resturant. close by. The restuarant which had the buffet in the evening was the breakfast room and if you were lucky you could get a table by the window and have breakfast overlooking the sea.

Shopping in Sliema was just like being home. Marks and Spencer, BHS, Miss Selfridge, Top Shop, Dorothy Perkins, Morgan, Evans, Wallis, Principles, etc etc. The prices were around the same as at home, but they had sales on, just like at home.

We walked to nearby St Julians in around half an hour and St Georges bay was s short way on from there. These are the places to be if you wanted real nightlife. St Georges has a small man made beach, but apart from that this part of the coast is rocks.

The buses are fun as they are mainly old 1960's type Leyland buses and very quaint. The fares are cheap and it is quite fun.

Food and drink is generally about the same as at home, although some bars and resturants did special menus which were very cheap.

Just down the road from the Waterfront was a pub called the Balck Gold Saloon and it was huge. It served a huge menu and also had football and all sorts of other sports on. When we were there anyone that bought a meal was given a complementary half bottle of wine when they left. We ate in many other places but another place we really liked was Normands. The owner was very friendly and the menu again was huge. There is a very trendy restuarant called Cafe Oasis where we had another lovely meal.

We did not come accross any timeshare touts and the people trying to sell the tours are not really much of a problem. You just say no and that's that.

We would definately go back again and would choose this hotel. On some of our trips we picked up at others in the area which had the same rating but we are glad we chose the Waterfront.

  • Stayed: September 2007, traveled as a couple
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Address: The Strand, Sliema, Island of Malta GZR 1028, Malta
Location: Malta > Island of Malta > Sliema
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Luxury Hotel in Sliema
#4 Family Hotel in Sliema
#4 Romantic Hotel in Sliema
Price Range: $80 - $247 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — The Waterfront Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 165
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Waterfront Hotel is a leading 4 star hotel in Malta. Situated in an excellent location along the Sliema promenade, the hotel is placed within walking distance from public transport and other services including bars and restaurants, several shopping outlets, The Plaza Shopping Centre and the Sliema Ferries. With stunning views of the Sliema creek, Manoel Island and the unmistakable silhouette of the capital city Valletta, The Waterfront hotel is the perfect choice for discerning travelers seeking comfort in exquisite surroundings. All of the 165 Hotel rooms and Suites are maintained to a very high standard and feature a balcony and an en suite or open plan bathroom. Rooms are also equipped with various amenities including private bathroom, Cable TV, Mini Bar, Safe Deposit Box, Radio, Air Conditioning and Room Service. Complimentary WiFi is available in all areas of the hotel. The Waterfront hotel is also a popular venue for quality events and meetings in Malta. Our hotel is a perfect option for those getting married in Malta or are spending their honeymoon in Malta. The Waterfront Hotel offers dining options such as a buffet breakfast and dinner at the Regatta Restaurant or light snacks at the Lobby Bar. The Indoor Pool will also be undergoing extensive renovation works, and in view of the upcoming development of our Lido we shall offer complimentary transport and access to a neighboring Lido to ensure that our guests find the facilities they expect. ... more   less 
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