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Wednesday the 30th May was the day I finally fulfilled a lifetime ambition in getting to Malta. I was amazed I was actually beating my brother there! Stepping of the plane was one of those special moments for me, similar to my first step in a into a foreign country. I was really excited and had a big grin on my face. We navigated through the Hobart …
Today was absolutely a blast. This was the day we visited the blue lagoon and when I say blue I mean clear blue water forever. We went straight to the boat this morning and I was ecstatic to find that our boat wasn't just a normal boring your boat but it looked like a small pirate ship I thought. It was called Fernandez II. We took her around the island up to between Comino and Malta and Gozo to the blue lagoon which is on the tip of Comino. It ...
... I have ever had in my life. Luckily, with sleep and care, I was feeling much better by dinner time, so we headed across the street to Fresco. (I will add that the food I have eaten since we have been in Malta has all been very safe. They have gluten free things clearly labeled and have worked very hard to keep my meals dairy free. It can sometimes take a day or two for my food intolerances to hit me, so that is why I believe it ...
... August and December. We enjoyed a meal of lampuki the other day...delicious! The luzzu all have a mythical eye painted on both sides of the prow, which should protect the fisherman and his family from evil. Like all seafarers around the world, the Maltese fisherman are very superstitious and the eye of Osiris is believed to be a protection from the evil eye, which many Maltese of the older generation, but especially fishermen, still believe ...
... guard. Today, they live in metal shipping containers placed to form villages, one on the site of an abandoned airport. In the mornings, enterprising members of this population line the streets in search of day labor to earn extra money. We caught a glance of these men early in the day.
Since these refugees first land here, under European Union rules called Dublin II (passed long before Malta joined the EU in 2004) since this is where they first set ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Metropole Budget Hostel Sliema
Nice island, shame about the hotel
We found Malta and the Maltese to be friendly, helpful and we enjoyed our stay, except for the hotel. On inspecting our room we had to ask for the sheets to be changed as there was hairs in the bed and stains on the sheets. The paintwork was disgusting, with stains on the bathroom door which made you wonder what had been going on. The common areas of the hotel were shabby. Breakfast was less than inviting, with the plastic clothes sticky.
The restaurants that we eat in were superb, with good service.
We will return to Malta, but definitely not to the metropole
My wife and I stayed at the Metropole for 5 nights in September. The first room that we were shown was completely unacceptable. It was dirty and worn and had only a curtain and hole in the floor for a shower. The room itself was very small, not suitable for a stay of 5 nights. We were only given a better room after talking to the manager and paying an extra 3 liras per night. The air-conditioning was shut off between 9 and 4 each day. A deposit of 5 liras was needed to get the remote for the TV. The one and only (splash) pool was closed at least one day during our stay. Breakfast consisted of a cold buffet with hot food available at an extra charge.The level of customer service was average at best. All-in-all not what we were expecting on our first and now last trip to Malta.
THE GOOD - the hotel is situated in a quiet residential part of Sliema, but just literally a stones throw away from the flat rocky beach, and a lovely promenade, which the locals use of an evening as much as the tourists. The food is well prepared in general, but is served on cold plates, and the lights above the food to keep it warm when waiting to be served do not seem up to the job. A book is left on reception for comments on the food, which gets a maximum of 5 positive comments a night. The staff are friendly and hard working, but there just doesn't seem enough of them to get the job done, crockery regularly runs out at meal times.
As a family of four, we stayed at the Metropole Hotel for 2 weeks in August 05 on a half board basis. Starting with the good, well that is to say not bad, staff were friendly and courteous. The entrance and reception were neat and tidy and the rooftop bar is generally nice albeit the splash pool would qualify on the basis of splash but possibly not "pool". The food was OK but after 2 weeks of very similar fare; it was frankly quite boring. Breakfast was very poor with a continental that boasted no fresh fruit or yoghurt. Cheese and ham were the order of the day, every day. However, on Sundays you could look forward to full English. Well actually, no you couldn't. The very streaky bacon was loaded into a dish, looking uncooked and greasy. The sausages were no better and there was only the choice of scrambled egg. Fortunately, we found two cracking bars down towards St Julians, which served a superb full English for 1 Lira 50 cents. And now to the bad: the rooms are quite dreadful. The hotel claims that it has standard and superior rooms. For standard, read awful and for superior, read OK. We had two tiny twin rooms and despite complaints (please form an orderly queue) we had to make do. The shower consisting of a base and a curtain was unhygienic and it was not possible for an average sized person to use the shower without flooding the entire room. The standard of cleanliness left an awful lot to be desired. Overall, the hotel was disappointing and I would advise any-one thinking of staying there not to expect too much. It certainly did not rate as a 3-star and I have contacted our holiday agent, Mercury Direct to advise that their brochure borders on misrepresentation.
In my opinion the Metropole is a 'budget holiday in the sun' type of hotel located just off the Sliema promenade.
I booked a holiday in Malta via the Internet on Thursday to Travel Saturday and didn't expect much of a hotel or good food for the very moderate cost, especially as I was travelling alone and used to the overcharging of single travellers. The flight with Air Malta although late was comfortable and airline food served in both directions.
The 2003 choral festival
Friendly people, relaxing enjoyable atmosphere. The staff was very interested in making our stay pleasant.
Me and my friend recently stayed at this hotel for four nights.
The room was not more than ok, the balcony wouldn´t lock and the rack for the showercurtain was broken but taped together again. Sometimes there was no water in taps and tv hardly worked, small and slow elevators. Staff were not overfriendly and the special sunday breakfast not a hit. Some strange maltesian goatsausages.
On the good side, the aircondition was very effective and the maids cleaned room well. Roof terass was nice, but altogether I would not stay at this hotel again.
I have stayed twice at this hotel this year 2003, once in August and once in Novemeber, so yes a returner!!
Well worth it
Excellent value, friendly staff, well sized rooms, very clean and hospitable!!!