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Windsor Hotel
Ranked #27 of 28 Hotels in Sliema
Reviewed December 4, 2010

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.

  • Stayed: September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 23, 2010

bathroom basin cracked and badly repaired shower unusable as we would not have stepped into the bath smell of foist and drains was terrible had to search for barman whan found either did not have any vodka or short measured on the lager as he could not pull a pint jakuzzi was broke looked as if it had been broken for months food not good definately not a four star at most a two we transfered to quawra palace which deserves its 4 stars.

  • Stayed: November 2010, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 31, 2010

Just returned from a 10-day stay at the Windsor Hotel. After seeing the mixed reviews we were a little apprehensive before going. However, we have no complaints at all. The accommodation was basic but clean - towels and sheets changed daily. For evening meal, choice of 3 starters & mains, and at least 2 desserts. Breakfast was a choice of full cooked, or cold continental, with cereal, fruit/yoghurt, fruit juice and tea/coffee. They will cater individually for vegetarians if asked to do so. Staff were all very friendly and helpful. Charlie the Manager was particularly attentive to the needs of the guests. We would not hesitate to stay at the Windsor again.

  • Stayed: October 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 10, 2010

This Hotel was at Most a 1 Star, or an average B&B. Most of the guests were Italian and German Students, more like a hostel.
The rooms are very basic and the furniture dated. Couldn't use the bedside tables because they were screwed closed. The food reminded me of the worst school meals. The beds were basic with no mattress cover. The pillows was a piece of foam, folded in half.

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled with family
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1  Thank Malta1star
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Reviewed September 14, 2010

We had a good stay at this hotel the staff were very helpful and the location suited us. The food was ok and always available

  • Stayed: September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 14, 2010

I've been to Malta a couple of times, but the Windsor is by far the worst on the island,
I've been to better 3star hotels than this so called "4" star hotel. Breakfast, if you can call it that, is a selection of deep fried sausages, cooked over and over, (you can tell from its texture and salty taste), bacon, scrambled eggs, baked beans, a small variety of bread, which most of the time is dry. And as for the coffee...ugh, served from a large boiler which varies in temperature. Dinner was ok, but you expect better from a 4 star.
Grumpy, moody, unhappy are some of the adjectives you can use to describe the staff, I guess it's all about the poor working conditions they have to put up with. and a rumour was going around about them not getting paid in time, so can you really blame them??
Bar was always out of change, so if you want a drink from the bar, make sure you've got some, or a few coins in your wallett.
If you're looking for a relaxing and hassle free holiday, stay away from the windsor hotel, there are plenty of others to choose from!

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled solo
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1  Thank moonmadness
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Reviewed August 3, 2010

Just arrived back from a week at this hotel. The hotel itself is on a side street which is just fine if you are looking for somewhere quiet.
The Good,
Jessica the receptionist, lovely & always helpful.
Tommy the night porter/receptionist, a proper gentleman & always in great form.
The Barman , don`t know his name. Really nice.
The Rooftop pool
loved this pool, small but great & the best place for relaxing. Just a pity about the loungers, not the most comfortable.
The Bad.
The Restaurant. The food is actually really good but the service is really bad.
Each time you go in the resraurant, the first thing you have to do is go in search of a full quota of knife/fork/spoon. They are never on a table together. They just remove what has been used off the table and leave what has not been used there. Twice in the space of a week I had to go and actually ask for a knife to use. I could not find one on a table that was not being used. Table cloths that were dirty were left there for at least 1 wholeday. One cloth was left on a table for 3 days. We noticed it because it getting gradually getting worse as the days went on. If a little bit of effort was put into it, this would make this restaurant really good. I actually seen Jessica the receptionist one night trying to help out. The manager needs to look closely at this place.
The Lifts
These are very dirty. just looking into them you can see they need a good clean.
The OK.
The Bar.
The Barman is really nice & the prices really low. The only problem was when he went sick for 3 days the Bar was closed. This happened over the whole weekend. Not good at all for a 4 star hotel. It was a nice place to sit and have a quiet drink. Good old Tommy the night porter was always there to make our night cap of Tea & Coffee when back in the evening. Thanks again Tommy.
The Rooms.
Clean & always clean fresh towels in bathroom.
In ending, this has the potential to be a really nice hotel but the restaurant really needs looking at, and the lifts cleaned.
Due to the service in the restaurant, I would only rate this hotel 2 star. And would not recommend this hotel to a friend.

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank elaine20
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Additional Information about Windsor Hotel

Address: Windsor Terrace, Sliema, Island of Malta SLM 3010, Malta
Location: Malta > Island of Malta > Sliema
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#11 Luxury Hotel in Sliema
Price Range: $35 - $102 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Windsor Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 92
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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