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“Just about perfect”
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Osborne Hotel
Ranked #6 of 15 Hotels in Valletta
Toronto, Canada
Level 5 Contributor
92 reviews
78 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“Just about perfect”
Reviewed January 9, 2013

Price - Cdn$92
Cleanliness - excellent.
Quietness - excellent.
Comfort - excellent.
Location - excellent - pleasant, short walks to Valletta's sights and very handy for the bus terminal (which is great for exploring the rest of Malta for Euro2.60 a day)
Friendliness - excellent, especially the lovely chap at the main desk.
Breakfast 7am on - very good (hot and cold buffet, cereals etc.).
Dinner - great, reasonable buffet (Euro21.60 for two with a half carafe of wine) with chicken, fish, pastas etc. - most filling.
Classiness - very good..
Room Size - plenty of space.
Room included - tv (limited English channels); coffee making; small shower.
Facilities included - licensed lounge, rooftop.
Nice touch - our room was the one at the front with the red balcony (309).
Would definately stay here again.

Room Tip: We loved 309 at the front with the red balcony. Small shower was fine for us - larger folk might as...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Barnsley, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed January 2, 2013

My wife and I have just return from this hotel staying for 10 nights over the Christmas period and we had a great time there. Every member of staff was smiling and friendly and couldn't help you enough.It is located within easy reach of everything really as stated in previous reviews. I think small and friendly would be the best discription. We will certainly return again maybe next Christmas but this time stay over the New Year as well if we can get in that is. The room we had on the 5th floor was certainly big enough lets face it your room is only your base you don't want to stay in it all day while on holiday. Also some very nice other guests were there at the same time as us which makes the stay even more pleasant.

Room Tip: Sea views limited try top floor but as i said above you don't stay in your room all day get out...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Scotland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
Reviewed December 30, 2012

I actually do not mean this as 5 mins to destination, but there is transport to everywhere within a few minutes walk of the hotel. The hotel is comfortable,good staff, just ask. The value for money restaurant is a real boon if you are on a budget. Dinner or lunch is a buffet at E9.90, so you can eat or not if you are not on 1/2 board. Soup/Salad/4choice main/sweet. Local wine at E4.20 a Ltr and very drinkable. 200yards from main st. 300 from main bus station ( E2.60 all day to anywhere and everywhere ) 400yards from Saliema ferry. 300yards to the new Barracca lift, then across the steet to the Birgu (3 cities) ferry E1.50 one way. This hotel is the best I have been in on Malta. Food is now about UK prices unless you go to the real cheepo tourists areas on the island and only eat burgers/pizzas and drink pints of lager.

Room Tip: Rooms with 03/08/10 on each floor seem to be the biggest. 03/08 face the street so go high 5 floors...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Le Langon, France
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed December 17, 2012

We stayed at the Osborne for a weeks holiday, with half-board, and it was a fantastic choice. The hotel is just off the main high street of Valletta, only 5 minutes(downhil) walk to the harbour and only 5 minutes to the bus station. Perfectly placed for all our needs. The hotel is extremely professionally run but keeps the lovely family and fun atmosphere. All the staff are very friendly and helpful and nothing was too much trouble for them. Our chamber maid, Rita was really friendly and our room was cleaned everyday beautifully and fresh towels everyday. The breakfasts were buffet style but with a choice to suit everyone. Dinners were also Buffet style, there was always homemade soup or cold salad starters followed by a chocie of 4 mains, always with a fish dish on it,( which was ideal for me as I don't eat red meat) then there was cheese and a selection of puddings and/or fresh fruit. Delicious! You certainly don't go hungery at the Osborne! The dining room has lovely decor, very ambient.
The island itself is best seen by using the buses and the Osborne is perfectly placed to catch them and at only 2,60€ each you can hop on and hop off of them all day-brilliant.
A fantastic week of culture, history, shopping and being looked after and would go back to the Osborne at a drop of a hat!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Calne, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed November 25, 2012

Our two night stay did not start well as we were put in a smallish room on the third floor and the air-conditioning unit made a very loud noise. After complaining to the not very helpful young receptionist (we are fully booked, sir!) we waited for some time before the maintenance manager, Charles, inspected the noisy air-conditioning unit and he got an electrical fitter to repair it. Charles was very helpful and the repair was successful. The older receptionists were excellent and could not do enough to help you. The room was clean and the bed very comfortable. Breakfast was help-yourself buffet style but I preferred to get the chef to cook fresh eggs rather than eat from the buffet. The location of the hotel is good with a convenient free car park about 100 metres away as the crow flies. We walked everywhere and thoroughly enjoyed the Palace Armoury, Palace State Rooms and St. Johns Cathedral. Great value boutique hotel.

Room Tip: Only the top two floors have a decent view of the sea. I am not sure it is worth the extra money as...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed November 21, 2012

Having read tripadvisor reviews whilst planning our holiday in Valetta, my wife and I booked a double room for a weeks stay at the Osborne Hotel through holiday broker Lo-cost holidays and, following other traveller's advice, we asked for a room with a view, preferrably on a high floor. It was a disappointment therefore, to be directed to room 311 on one of the lower floors. On entering through the narrow door it was apparent that this was not a double room but a small twin, nor could it be described as 'a room with a view', the outlook through the two-foot square window revealed on opening the curtains; two builder's buckets, a length of scaffolding and the rear of the next-door property, including the exposed outside toilet. Due to the proximity of the building next door it was not possible to see the sky. I returned to Reception to point out that the room was not what we had booked and was told that the issue of having a twin instead of a double would be resolved, (it wasn't), and to check periodically in case a more acceptable room was available, which we did every day, to no avail.

The majority of the staff, with one notable exception, were friendly and welcoming.

I agree with the other reviewers regarding the Osborne's location, it is ideal for accessing Valetta's shopping street and museums.

Room Tip: Do not book through an intermediary and do not book rooms 211 or 311 unless you have an aversion to...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Omagh, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed November 11, 2012

Having spent four nights at the Osborne Hotel, I have to say that it was wonderfully located near the main shopping street, the museums etc. and the bus station, all whilst being situated on a rather quiet street. The room, whilst on the small side, was clean and beautifully decorated, had air conditioning and a good sized en-suite.

Having read the reviews about the meals at the hotel, I have to admit to having reservations about the breakfasts and evening meals. I was happy to discover that these reservations were unfounded as there was a good selection of food available for breakfast from continental options to a cooked breakfast, along with fruit salad and yogurt etc. There was also a good selection for evening meals. A selection of salads to start, followed by freshly made soup and several choices for your main course. Each evening there was a roast, another meat, fish, a vegetarian option as well as potatoes and/or rice and vegetables. For dessert each evening there was always a delicious chocolate cake, swiss roll, cheesecake or truffle along with fruit and cheese.

The staff always greeted you with a smile and a hello, good morning or good evening. On occasion this may have sounded a little robotic, but when you consider how many times they might have already greeted guests, its understandable.

Overall it’s a wonderfully located hotel with a satisfactory selection of food for breakfast and evening meal. I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at the Osborne Hotel in Valletta.

Room Tip: Request a room on an upper floor. The swimming pool is quite small - more a plunge pool really
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Osborne Hotel
Address: 50, South Street, Valletta, Island of Malta VLT 1101, Malta
Location: Malta > Island of Malta > Valletta
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#4 Romantic Hotel in Valletta
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Osborne Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 63
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Set within Valletta's ancient fortifications, the Osborne Hotel is a 5-minute walk from St John’s Co-Cathedral. The rooftop swimming pool offers great views. All rooms at Hotel Osborne come with air conditioning and a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, tea/coffee making facilities and Wi-Fi access. A minibar is available on request. The Osborne Hotel features a cosy bar and a buffet restaurant. A rich buffet of local and international cuisine is available at lunch and dinner and vegetarian meals are available on request. The hotel is 20 metres from the National Museum of Fine Arts, and you can catch ferries to Sliema from the port, a 5-minute walk away. ... more   less 
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