Went to Malta on Holiday in September 2010
Booked the holiday through low cost holidays.com and a decent price but then of course you have taxes and luggage etc which meant it was back to the normal price of a holiday.
Flying with Ryan air I found the fact that I had to check in online and I paid for this privilege and the fact that I had to print off my own tickets did not put me off to a good start. The flight was very good Ryan Air staff very helpful and food on flight was good and well priced.
Our Transfers were thought the tour operator and were for m William’s Garage which were very good and on time and we now feel that it was still not worth paying extra for taxi transfer.
We stayed at THE WINDSOR HOTEL Silema. It was rated as a 5 star hotel more good reviews than bad. On arrival were informed our rooms were not ready and we would be staying in the hotel around the corner Ambassador was the name. This hotel is basic but nice and it is clean but has terrible dangerous balcony that you cannot even get a chair on. In the morning we were wakened at 7:30am with a maid entering our room this also happened to other guests as we later discovered the hotel wanted the room back. After we had breakfast we went around to the Windsor and again were informed our rooms would not be ready till later, upon entering the room I had requested a double bed and we had been given a twin. I spoke to a very nice helpful young woman on reception who could not do enough and was always pleasant, who advised the hotel was full but may be able to swap us and advised she would let us view a double room the other option was to accept the twin and they would zip the mattresses together which they did as the double room had a small shower that I would not be able to enter and I mean small/ the hotel was not a 5star I would not even say it was a 3 star the room was always clean and bed was ok but hotels in general in Malta are old fashioned.
The meals started off really bad but by the end of the holiday every one had got their act together. The restaurant manager was very good and could not do enough I would not say it was worth the money ok for a cheap B+B if you can get it cheap.
The Safe’s were located in the reception area which was always manned only one draw back the cost 15e and were the size of an A4 envelope that was 1” thick so had to carry camera about everywhere worth us as no facility to leave secure.
Silema is lovely place as a base nice to walk at night as long promenade can walk to St Julians which can be busy at weekends. Buses are fab hope they don’t change them as it cost next to nothing to get from top to bottom of island about 2e, even to the ferry to visit Gozo pick up a time table it is part of the experience and a great way to get around. Visited Popeye Village at Anchor Bay it is a must in my option for all the family and is a good ¾ of a day out if you time it right.
TryCitysightseeingmalta.com this is a bus and it is a good trip buy a combo haggle for price as it gives you a boat trip around Valetta as well as the bus trip which you can hop on and off all day transfer from your hotel if you require and gives you the local bus route if you wish to visit any place like Mdina or Craft village again all for 15e each or less if you can haggle.
Mdina is very historic and really nice to see, I visited Palazzo Falson it was great much to see, Medieval Times just next to this was a rip off all you see is some dummies and no story line.
Mdina experience audio was very good and took you step by step around town which was helpful and very interesting and the later experience was very good we visited the church across from Palazzo Falson make sure lunch time music is on again a great experience if there is nothing on revisit as church is a bit boring otherwise.
Visited the Blue Grotto by bus and then walked down and got tickets for the boat at top and on the boat great photo opportunities only 7e each for the trip on boat.
Visited other areas of island like Bugibba which is real British and is lively at night but is a good base and is nice for something to eat also Qawra which is lively but I could stay there for holiday as far as I have seen.
Finally Valletta try the Malta experiences it very good and will tell you all you need and want to know about the Knights of St john in Malta. If you go to the Grand Masters Palace which is Malta’s Parliament building it is for a traveller of the order i.e. if you have been to Kos, and Rhodes it is a bit of a let down to come to Malta and get the rest of the Knights story. I did enjoy the experience. The war museum is packet full of goodies and if you like that sort of thing it is a must see. St John’s Cathedral is very good I would say even better than the grand masters palace. I Visited the Manoel Theatre this is a building that is really well built and is inspirational.
If you go in September the have a festival called Notte Bianca and you will find all sights of interest in Valetta are open to the public free of charge and they have music in all theatres and churches free of charge and you can see and do anything it is on till around 4am and it something else the best thing I have ever experience on holiday visited the Manoel theatre watched a ballet performance at 10pm and had my own personal box what an experience. Visit nottebiancamalta.com and for Malta visit http://www.contenthouse.com.mt/contenthouse/content.aspx?id=6104 to get the best guide of Malta called GUIDE ME which is published every 2 months. I did enjoy Malta and will visit again I did find it a little dirty and a bit old fashioned but it has something deep down in side which is unmatchable.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to The Windsor Hotel, a four-star hotel situated in the prime tourist location of Sliema, considered to be one of Malta's most fashionable seaside towns and the heart of all shopping, swimming and nightlife. The hotel with its central position is ideal for both business and leisure stays. The Windsor Hotel offers various options and guests can opt to stay from Room Only to Half Board. The Hotel itself boasts 92 air-conditioned rooms, all with en-suite bath or shower, mini bar, satellite television and telephone.The Windsor Hotel has recently renovated one floor which now boasts, 19 superior rooms equipped with free WI-FI, Tea/Coffee making Facilities. Just 50 metres from Sliema's seafront promenade and the sparkling Mediterranean Sea, The Windsor Hotel offers indoor and outdoor pools, a restaurant, lounge bar, as well as a multi-purpose room.The Windsor's outdoor pool features a large sun terrace. Indoors, you will find a heated indoor pool, jacuzzi, sauna and a fitness room. Our experienced Management team and staff provide a friendly service to ensure you have a relaxing stay at the Hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Windsor Hotel Malta/Sliema