Travel Blogs from Saint Julian's
... clubs - you could have easily mistaken the area to be somewhere in Ibiza - it was going off!!
The following day Brad, Cherie, Georgie and Brian joined us for what would be a great few days.
The Blue Lagoon was a stand-out, beautiful clear water, though no one except for Brian was brave enough to go swimming. Spending the day walking ...
Completed my online course. It was 2/3 courses focusing on grammar. Great stuff! It focused on restructuring language. The techniques were very useful:
Post speaking correction
Spot the mistakes
Information gap with pictures
I plan to try some out tomorrow whilst their fresh in my ...
The rain is here. It's nothing like the showers we get in England, this Mediterranean rain is real rain. It comes out of nowhere, thunders down half the ocean, floods the streets and leaves as if nothing has happened. Today also saw the end of my one month long Movember campaign. I grew a pretty impressive moustache with the rest of the men at the school. Was fun, but has put me off having ...
... right out of the terminal building and headed for the lift which carried passengers to the upper level into the Barrakka Gardens, close to the main areas of the town and from which there are glorious views over the cannons of the lower gardens and the harbour area. The lift costs 1 Euro each return. From there we headed down St Paul's Street to St Paul's Shipwreck Church, a little gem and in which, in a glass case, is reputed to hold the ...
... to go there first and orient myself, then wander out for a bit. Unfortunately in looking for the water I hit a wall and the end. To go left or right along the city wall hmmmm The boats are all coming from the left but the beach looks to be to the right...... With my luck I will loop the entire city trying to find our meeting point. I really hope my travel partner did a bit more research than me or she will be lost as ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Baystreet Hotel Saint Julian's
We arrived late on Saturday night, and could see immediately that the mall was in a very lively area - not a problem at all for us.
The reception area was in a corner of the mall, to get to our room, we had to go back out into the mall, down a corridor and into a lift. To get to breakfast, we had to go back down in the lift, walk through the mall, and then get into another lift to go back up a few floors. Not the best of arrangements.
On arriving at our floor, the first thing we observed was that there was obviously some work going on - there was no ceiling, and wires were hanging down. Not a problem, our corridor was clear, and obviously hotels have to do maintainence sometime, right?
Sunday was fine (Malta is very church orientated, so obviously maintainence was halted).
Monday morning, the banging started at 7.30 am! The angle grinder started up at 9.00 am. that we were trying to lie in, so that we could get into the Malti way of life, we were not impressed. At this point, my husband went down to reception, where the noise could still be heard. The receptionist wouldn't acknowledge that there was any problem, and told him they were doing work whilst it was the quiet season. "That's fair enough", he said, "Can you move us to a quieter room". And then he was told they were fully booked (not very contradictory then?). The manager was 'too busy' to come and speak to him, and he was told that he would have to speak to the rep. We had no idea we actually had a rep (we'd booked on line), but thank goodness we did.
Whilst waiting for her arrival, I returned to the room to use the loo, and only just avoided slipping in the dust being created in the corridor. Rather than a spot of decorating, it seemed that they were rebuilding several rooms.
When the rep turned up, she was mortified by the hotel's attitude, especially as she had not been informed of any building work.
During the morning, we had been to a few hotels to see what was available, having decided that we would move ourselves if the rep couldn't do anything. Fortunately she was great. She phoned round these, plus a few other hotels, and found that the best deal would be one we had been into. It did cost us more - we were upgrading to 5* but it was worth it (and we paid a LOT less than if we had walked in off the street). She also told the hotel that there would be no cancellation fees etc.
After all this, the manager was still too busy to see us.
So, by 1pm, we were sat in the reception of our new lovely hotel sipping complimentary 'welcome drinks' - commenting on how it actually 'felt' like a hotel, and how the staff couldn't do enough for us - but that's a whole other review ;-) (See Hotel Corinthia Marina)
(and to add insult to injury, Sunday evening we both had dodgy stomach's, the hotel breakfast being the only meal we had in common...)
I'm sure that without the work, it's a pleasant enough hotel - but still not worthy of 4*, and the staff's attitude rated 1* in our opinion.
This hotel added to our wonderful honeymoon.
We stayed here for our honeymoon for 7 nights, March 2006 and loved every minute. We had read other reviews regarding the noise etc, and yes it was noisy at times, but we managed to fall asleep okay and we were overlooking Paceville with a balcony too. Balcony only had a glass barrier which made us feel uncomfortable about sitting out because we were up such a height, and they advertise having sky tv, but for any decent channels you have to leave a 10lira deposit for the remote control, and pay 6lira per day of hire. Apart from these aspects i couldnt fault the hotel. We had wonderful views and the room was as big as a dancehall, bathroom and maid service was spotless and second to none. Loved the way the hotel was very modern, from the lifts to the safety deposit box in the room, everything was computerised. We would stay there again withour hesitation, but im not sure i would return with the children, also not a place for the elderly, unless they enjoy clubbing! Reception staff were very friendly, as was Malta people in general, couldnt help enough. Also is an excellent beach two mins away from hotel and a great salsa bar called Fuego across the street. Try Huggins upstairs Restaurant for great food reasonably priced.
Great for clubbing
Excellent hotel. Had a very good time. Very close to the nightlife in Malta, 1 minute walking distance to all nightclubs in Paceville. Very warm. Warning though to anyone looking for a quiet break away, this is a full on clubbing hotel and it is very noisey specially at weekends, probably the worst hotel in malta if you have a family or looking for a good nights sleep. If your young though and want to go out partying untill 8am, this is the best hotel in malta.
This hotel is a four star? The rooms are very average, the hotel is currently being re-decorated and we were faced with a building site when coming out of the lift! The pool and spa seemed to be closed. The hotel is great for being close to the action, but if you want to sleep at the weekends you will be out of luck. It is VERY close to Paceville and most clubs there don't close til 4am. Hard Rock Cafe is also right in the heart of the complex and is very noisy.
You are close to all the local restaurants and the shops are all part of the complex, although you do feel like you are living in a shopping mall.
There is a 16 screen cinema and a bowling alley right along the street and an IMAX cinema. The nearest beach is rather small but there are many beaches in the area.
Buses are frequent and very,very cheap - never take a taxi unless you have to and always agree a price.
A taxi to the airport should cost you no more than LM8
If you are into clubbing this is the hotel for you, I'd suggest you sleep on a beach during the day.
This is a great hotel.Its like right inside the mall so there's tons of stores and food places to go to.They also have live entertainment in the mall.Our room had like a dining room and kitchen.The rooms are really spacious and the bathroom was huge!I found all the space really refreshing since most of the bathrooms at the other hotels were really small.The people in Malta are very friendly.Most of them speak English because Malta use to be a British colony. If your looking for a place with comfort and your ready to show or go clubbing this is the hotel for you! Everything is in walking distance since the hotel is apart of the mall.
Great if you are 16 years of age
I spent a long time trying to find a nice hotel in malta that had appartments in it and baystreet seemed perfect. A junior suite is basically a studio appartment and a suite is a one bed appartment. Hotel was lovely, very clean, friendly maids, room service best yet. However the area it is in is not very nice. full of 16 year old students on the pull. we walked every nite to st julians bay where there were nice restaurants and bars. Hotel was really noisy till 6am! not good if you have a day trip planned. Would deffinaltely go back to malta but never paceville. Would deffinately stay in baystreet again if it was in a different location!
Only suitable for the deaf
Only suitable for the deaf. VERY close to nightclubs, noise continues till 6am!!!
Not a 4 star
I have stayed in many 3 and 4 star hotels in different countries. Bay street Complex certainly wasnt as good as any of these. The room was smaller than you see in the website although they were clean. The breakfast was the same every day. Same fruit (tinned peaches) Same cereals (muesli and corn flakes sometimes just cornflakes). Same sausages bacon tomatoes and scrambled eggs...usually there is a variety of fruit, cereals and even eggs. The breakfast staff were very nice as were the maids. Any time I used the pool area the pool bar was closed. This is the first time I have experienced that.
Malta is a beautiful country but the main thing that would put me off coming back is the touts that try to get you to "do surveys, look at hotels, become a part owner in the hotels" in that sense Malta has become like Tenerife. We got off a bus and within 10 minutes had been collared by six different people. How offputting to a holiday is that.
Good location if you want to go clubbing
We stayed in this hotel for 4 days. Pros: The hotel + complex are quite new and has a cool design, rooms are big and some of them have a balcony,rooms are clean and bright. Cons: do not EVEN THINK of using the room TELEPHONE!!! do not do it!! i made 3 or 4 phone calls and had to pay almost £150 !!!!!!!! made the same calls from a hotel in Oslo (Norway) and paid £10 , so ..........FORGET ABOUT THE PHONE!! also..if you want to watch the TV you have to pay £ 6.00 per day ( and there are only 4 or 6 channels). Another "con" is breakfast : not a great choice,pretty basic and not good quality of food (p.e dry cheese, old cereals...) there are good breakfast places in the complex and near the hotel. If you are looking for a quiet location then forget about this hotel because is in the middle of Paceville where all clubs and bars are located!
We stayed here from 2nd to 9th October this year,we were on a second honeymoon
as we celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary and my brother and his wife celebrated there 30th anniversary,we all enjoyed it very much,we stayed on the 6th floor and found the rooms were clean and also cleaned eveyday.The only time that we found it busy during the night was on Friday and Saturday when Paceville came alive and this was over the road from us and did not bother us at all,we had so many places to chose from to eat and the English Breakfast was good and plenty of it and at a good price.We will return again in the future as we want to see the area around the bay when it is finished.