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4 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8
Sliema, Island of Malta

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Frenzy195...
Toronto, Canada
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Nearly perfect during the coldest Christmas in 26 years!”
Reviewed January 9, 2015 for a stay in December 2014
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We rented Flat #6 on the 5th floor of 47 Ix-Xatt, Tigne Seafront from Dec 24th until January 6th and generally enjoyed the stay. We found the flat workable, as shown in the photos, clean and new. The location is perfect for walking to shops and cafes and is across from the bus stop to Valletta. For those tourists from North America we have a few suggestions to help your stay be more pleasant.
1). Winter in Malta can be very cold indoors as their homes are made of stone and are not centrally heated. The electric AC units, which doubled as heaters, were nowhere near effective enough even if we were to use them over and above the allotted electrical time allowance. The flat was constantly cold, especially the bathrooms and no matter how many clothes we wore, no one ever seemed warm enough. It was colder inside than outside.
2). The Maltese would be considered a “tea” culture so that means that the flat had a kettle (actually it didn’t and we had to ask for one) so there was no coffee maker or any way to make coffee forcing us to go out in the morning and get “take away”. We asked many times for a “coffee maker” but they just didn’t seem to understand or chose not to.
3). Also a “self-contained” flat apparently does not have to provide such necessities as garbage bags, dishwashing cloths, paper towels, toilet paper or anything to keep the apartment clean. (Perhaps pushing you toward hiring the cleaner?) We bought all these things at the grocery store. We were provided with two bath towels each but no hand or face towels, which we also bought.
4). The beds were new. The mattresses good, but the frames squeaked badly at the slightest movement. The linens were cheap and barely passable and the pillows were well used, flat and bumpy. We asked for two new pillows, which they provided, but all in all, felt that for the price of the flat, the bedding should have been a higher grade and the beds more inviting. The “duvets” were cheap and thin and barely able to keep us warm.
5). The new door handles also squeaked badly waking everyone up every time someone entered or left their room. We asked if there could be someone to come and oil them but nothing happened.
6). But the most inconvenient thing was that there is no incoming phone calls, only outgoing, so if you are trying to make arrangements with family or friends, you must call them. They have no way to reach you. Thinking that there was a landline at the flat we did not get international phone plans for our cellphones. We relied a great deal on the internet since there was WiFi included.
In conclusion, we loved the place and if there were some small changes (silence the beds and door handles, upgrade the bedding, provide some way to make coffee, and outgoing phone calls) then the place would be perfect and receive a 5 star rating.

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Liked best: Location and size of flat
Liked least: Poor quality bedding and no coffee facilities.
Traveling group: Extended Family
Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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We_love_t...
Vienna, Austria
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Amazing views”
Reviewed September 2, 2014 for a stay in August 2014

The location is truly fantastic. Amazing views of Valletta and Manoel Island and the sea. Shopping and restaurants close by. The only things, which were annoying were the noisy beds . TV was not working. The kitchen was not well equipped. But in general a great appartment. Absolutely recommended.

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Management Response
Sep 5, 2014
Thanks for your positive review! points taken and now kitchen is equipped and hope this time for good :) and tv works as well. Beds were checked and are now fine they are still brand new just needed to be tightened well :(
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Mike P
Oxford, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
54 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Fantastic Location, great apartment”
Reviewed July 16, 2014 for a stay in July 2014
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person found this review helpful

The apartment easily accommodated 2 adults and 4 teenagers and was well equipped. The view from the balcony across the bay to Valletta was perfect and a great way to start the day is sitting on the balcony with a coffee watching the boats in the bay. Aircon very effective and made the stay very comfortable despite high temperatures outside. Kitchen has all the necessary utensils for even ambitious catering.

The bus stop is very close by (6.50 Euro for a week travel all you like ticket) and the public bus service was excellent. Lots of restaurants within a few minutes walk plus 2 large supermarkets and the largest Mall on the Island (it claims to be anyway). Despite the closeness of the bars etc there was very little noise.............apart from the fireworks!

There were a couple of problems with the electricity when we were there - one powercut and a meter fault. The letting company were very responsive and helpful however.

Highly recommended.

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Liked least: Small lift from the street but this is a minor inconvenience
Traveling group: Extended Family
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Reviewed August 7, 2013 for a stay in June 2013
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CLAUDIA C
Pesaro, Italy
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
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Reviewed November 17, 2016 for a stay in November 2016
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Management Response
Nov 22, 2016
Dear Claudia,

Thanks so much for your review very much appreciated, hope to host you again in the future. As for the cleaning please do note that we clean prior the arrival and after one's departure, any extra cleaning is upon request and also against extra payment. Wanted to have this point cleared for you since it was always listed on our house rules online and even on the bonding contract provided. We cater for self-catering apartments.

Regards,
Shortletsmalta team
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Gex, France
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviewed May 2, 2016 for a stay in May 2016
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