Bayview Hotel & Apartments
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... d joined the party very late (or early!) after I’d gone to bed. Deniz’s father is Turkish, his mother is Swedish, he studied in England and has moved around a lot, so we had a good chat about travel.
After a few hours of playing board games, and having people drop in to see if we were still alive after the party, we spontaneously decided to go swimming at Ta' Xbiex. Illari arrived just in time to join Daniel, Deniz, Jennie and I, ...
... magnetic alphabet letters. Egil, ever the gentleman, bought me a lovely blue rose, and everyone started to gradually appear. Over the course of the night the crowd grew and grew…as did my alcohol intake. I had a cider in one hand and carried around a colourful vodka concoction in the other.
I impressively won a game of pool fair and square against Damien and was very proud (even though it was a fluke). Everyone loved my ...
... had his jacket on, so while Lars played the ukulele, I started wearing a collection of his other accessories, like a hat and tie (see photo below, quite dashing if I say so myself).
We all walked down to the Strand where Lars caught the bus back to Hamrun, while Egil and I ran along the water towards my place.
In the kitchen I chatted to Ippy and showed her photos of the vases I'd seen in Sliema. Then, up the stairs I climbed, to be consumed by blogging and ...
... sent me into a waiting room with forms to fill out. I had to wait for FOUR HOURS for my turn. To make matters worse, it only took two minutes to pay the 25 euros, get a photo taken and hand in the forms. I was really annoyed at the inefficiency and lack of communication for the whole process, as I know the other 30 people who lost a whole day were.
The woman taking my file said I had to come back tomorrow ...
... styles of tombs that people were buried/lain in. There were quite a few light shafts, but also candle nooks, and apparently there are two walls with ancient written messages in red paint, but we couldn’t see them at all!
In the gardens above, we cut a prickly pear straight from the cactus and tried it. It was way too seedy to enjoy, so I think I’ll stick to the prickly pear liqueur!
Afterwards we bought some Maltese cakes from a ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Bayview Hotel & Apartments Il Gzira
Not bad, Could do better.
We stayed at the Bayview from 17th to 24th October and i would agree with the previous review about the breakfast but also the evening meal. It would of been useful if you knew what was on offer.
We did have a balcony with a view of the Bay but this was a side view but still plesant.
We were with my Mum and Dad and the also had a balcony but this was the size of a postage stamp and overlooked an internal court yard.
The Roof top pool area needs a mention also. The view from here is the best bit, the water was cold, but what can you expect for October, the small kids pool was full of flies. On the whole not a bad Hotel Malta has a lot to offer but could do with some desent road signs
Enjoyed our stay
On the whole we found this hotel acceptable, although to our minds, not quite worthy of its three star rating. We found the staff very friendly and helpful and this remained the case throughout our stay. I was actually surprised that even the cleaners were quick to say goodmorning. In terms of staff service this hotel is quite good.
Not surprisingly, given all the building going on in Malta, the Bayview hotel is a modern building with polished stone floor, glass and stainless steel look. On the whole, I was quite pleased with the look and feel of the hotel and it was noticable that they were active in keeping it clean.
I did notice that the entrance has a ramp for wheelchairs. which, combined with the lifts, could make this hotel usable by chair-bound persons as long as they had a few rooms which were adapted for the disabled. The bathroom in our room was the typical shower in the bath type, which would not be suitable at all. There were a least 2 disabled staying during our time at the hotel so perhaps the hotel does have a few adapted rooms.
We chose to pay extra to have a room with a balcony, and I have to say it was a mixed blessing. The view over the bay is quite stunning, however the hotel is right next to a busy road and the noise from the traffic is both loud and continuous. Any thoughts of quietly relaxing on the balcony, drink in hand, looking over the bay were soon dismissed. In fact the sliding door to the balcony remained firmly shut unless one decided to go on the balcony to watch the world go by. If you choose this hotel you might have to make the hard choice between the quiteness of a room with no view and a noisy room with a view. The room itself was small and rather functional. It had a small table and two chairs, a side table for the television and a built in wardrobe. There were no complimentary tea and coffee making facilities, I suppose you were expected to use the hotel for such things. The oddest thing in the room was the bed; it comprised two single, and very low, fold-up metal zed-beds, which were pushed together to give the impression of a double bed. I have never seen this in a hotel before. I could not decide whether it was done this way for cheapness or for some obscure functional reason. However I found it quite comfortable. The pillows were obviously filled with cut-up pieces of polyurethane foam and there was no denying economy was the motivation here.
Our biggest complaint was the breakfast. To be honest it was rubbish. It wasn't the staff, they were friendly, helpful and efficient, but the whole thing was let down by the poor quality of the food on offer and it never varied, excepting on two mornings, the cheap sausages were exchanged for even cheaper, and very fatty ,rashes of bacon. After the first few days we started to dread the breakfast.
However, that said we had a lovely time in Malta and the hotel was run quite efficiently despite the few let-downs mentioned.
Stayed in Bayview apartment for 4 nights, can highly recommend it. The location is excellent - on the Strand in Sliema, close to buses, and Sliema ferry, and plenty of bars and restaurants nearby. In fact there is a bus stop right outside the hotel. We stayed on B & B basis, and have no complaints about the breakfast - as well as cold meats, cheese, cereal, fruit, yogurt, there was hot food also, bacon, egg etc.. Also have no complaints about the service we received, everyone was very friendly and helpful.
There are also pool facilities, one indoor pool and one outdoor, there is also a children's pool outside. The pools were big enough to have a nice relaxing swim in, which we did every day. The roof terrace had lots of sunloungers and umbrellas, and a great view of Valletta and there was also a small bar. There is a small fitness area and sauna too.
The rooms were cleaned thoroughly every day and fresh towels provided. Overall we very much enjoyed our stay here!
Beware of the Teenagers
The Bayview plays host to teenagers who come to Malta to learn the english language at language school in Sliema. But it may be more appropriate to teach manners instead.
The teenagers took over the diningroom every evening they made the buffetstyle service a game of push and shove until you were intimidated enough that you didn`t go up for your next course till they had left the area. They were unsupervised at mealtimes so the volume of noise in the restaurant at sometimes was overpowering.
In the afternoon the rooftop pool was out of bounds as the teenagers took it over their actions preventing you from going in for a swim. Trying to unwind on the sunloungers was not possible for the constant noise. They were also allowed to play football and swim in the indoor pool area where there was television set up which could have been hazardous.
We will be returning
after reading the last review dater 1st june, we didnt know what to expect although we have visited malta many times before.
Oue experiance of the Bayview was very different! Perfect location for site seeing in valletta ect. or near-by nightlife in st julians. The hotel was spotlessly clean and sevice generally good. As a three star the choose of food was excellent!! 3-4 salad/veg choices served with pasta or chips. meat and fish avalible every night. If people are dissapointed by the breakfast i cant imagen what they wanted! continental meats and cheeses cereal and yoghart plus english style cooked every day.
bus stops out side the door. Fares still 20c per zone!! swimming pool clean sun decks well equipt and clean, lobby and games area clean,bright and air-coneditioned. reception staff no perticualy forthcoming but never rude. Reasturant and maid staff great! you either love or hate malta but this hotel is a great choice if you dont mind being a distance from a sandy beach. we Will be returning asap
Will Be Back
We've just returned from the Bayview in Sliema. We found the hotel to be great, yes ok the food got a bit boring but it was always plentiful with choices, anyway there was always the fruit and ice-cream from the van across the road which had to be tasted to be believed.
Back to the hotel it was in a great situation and we found no complaints with cleanliness. Our sheets were changed very regularly and we always had clean towels. The staff were very friendly and most helpful especially those in the restaurant.
We will certainly go back to this hotel as it was very reasonable and excellent value for money.
Good location, poor service
I have to say that I wasn't impressed by the service or quality of the Bayview Hotel in Sliema.
The breakfast was poor (well, unless you have a love of bright pink processed meats and powdered eggs), our towels weren't always clean, the bed sheets were grubby and the I found the staff generally pretty unhelpful.
On the plus side, it's well located for Sliema, St Julians, Valetta and the boat excursions, and the bay view rooms do have a lovely view of the creek.
If you can put up with the minuses the location is good, but I suspect you could get better value with a self catering apartment in the same location.
I have just returned from a stay at the Bayview hotel and can thoroughly recommend the hotel, especially a seaview. I consider for the extra few Maltese lire, it is worth the cost. The hotel has just been refurbished and is extremely modern. The rooms are very clean and the staff are extremely pleasant. The rooftop pool area is a comfortable place to relax. The only downside is the rather boring breakfast. However I can live with that. The position of the hotel is also useful for all boat excursions and for buses to many parts of the island. A super stay in Malta.
I was visiting Malta, Gozo, Comino from February 24th-March 23rd, 2006. First time.
Flying with Air France from Montreal-Paris Orly South-Malta and return Malta-Paris Orly-Montreal, by bus to Ottawa (2 hours), total flying time was 10 hours. Paris-Orly to Malta 3 hours flight with Air Malta. Paris-Croissy-Charles de Gaulle to Orly South is 45 minutes by bus, 16 euros one way.
Wonderful smooth flights (Airbus 330 and 340), full flights, excellent service on board every way.
Malta is English speaking, money is the Lira, the euro will join the island in 2008, the euro is not accepted on the island, the Bank will exchange your currency, Banks open all week (Monday-Saturday) from 8 to 2 pm, you can use the bank machine, they are everywhere, easy and direct, so you do not have to pay extra fees for the exchange, it's one time direct fee. When I was there the fee was 41.7 cents. I had travel cheques in euro, I should have brought less, I could have use the bank machine whenever I needed money, next time.
The Maltese people are very pleasant, lovely, polite, attentive, honest, the love the tourist. A lot of English people from England are visiting, tourist from Germany, France.
The Bayview hotel is super, what a welcome, wow, they really go out of their way to please you, always, I was there a month, I can tell you that, wonderful personnel, at the reception, Graziella and her colleagues, in the office, cleaning people, staff people on the floor at all times for repairs, questions and more. The hotel is super clean, the cleaning is done everyday, all rooms, you could not ask for more. Plus I had a room with a side view, on the Bay and the Mediterranean, wow, yes paradise, day and nite. There is always someone to help you at all times, even midnite or later. I do recommand this hotel to my family, friends and you. Rates are very raisonable. You can exchange your currency (a bank is at few minutes walk), buy postcards, access to the internet, indoor pool, exercice room, rooftop patio, 24 hour service.
The weather in February and March was for me, just like spring here in Canada (14c-15-10c), and somedays a lot warmer, not warm enough to go swimming, sunny everyday, no rain, a bit of rain at nite or early in the morning a few times that's all, you need a light jacket or a sweather.
The Bayview hotel is well situated, centre, near a walking distance to use the ferry for the islands, tours, going to Valetta by ferry, bus stop right in front of the hotel, to go to the capital Valetta, beautiful city, the main bus station is near the ferry, which is at 5 minutes walk, buses will take you everywhere on the island, yes, how great, and cheap, yes the most expensive village would be like 50 Lira, which is $1.50 canadian, one way. The hotel can provide you with a bus map, easy to find your way, day and nite.
Close to the hotel you also can buy groceries, pizza joint to go, right next door to the hotel flower shop a reservations office for tours at a very good price, the best, the tour guide will pick you up at the hotel. A few minutes walk you will find restaurants, pubs, boutiques, mall, post office, drug store, shoe store, souvenirs shops, ladies boutiques, men, ice cream (delicious), the best, everything you need. You can walk along the bay, all around Sliema, by the Mediterranean, for hours, beautiful views, oh boy, I have to say again paradise, oup the food, fish, fresh, good is not the word, pizza, rabbit is the meal of the island, fish soup, plus of course, MacDonald, Burger King, Pizza Hut. Of course it is the european style, a lot of business are close between noon and 4 pm, and then open again at 4 till 8 or 9 pm.
There is a lot to see on the Island, oh yes, plus you have to take the ferry to Gozo, a magnifique place, more quiet, not as much traffic, a lot of history, you have to go to Gozo, you can book a tour, and Comino which is not habited, has one hotel, I really enjoy that island, so peaceful.
As you can see I am still on a high from my trip, it was worth every penny, beleive me. Nothing negative about my trip, I took 380 pictures. ex.: Blue Grotto a must, of course Gozo, Comino and a lot more.
Thank you for reading me and do not hesitate to book a trip to Malta.
we stayed in the bayview for a week what a bargain it was right on the sea front in sliema had a lovely roof with pool what views .also had a indoor pool which was always clean 'power showers in the room and if you know malta you will know what a bonus that is stay there with confidence