Metropole Budget Hostel
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... rich an owner is by the size of their door knocker - the bigger the knocker, the richer the owner. Mdina is also referred to the Silent City because it is so peaceful. The yellow limestone buildings and the lack of life made the city a bit lifeless and clinical for me. The absolute cleanliness of Mdina added to this 'clinical' feel.
Had a very good lunch in Rabat. Tried a Maltese favourite dish called 'bragiloi' (also known as 'beef olives') - a thin slice of ...
... because the sunset was absolutely breathtaking. I stopped for a moment and thought: ‘Wow, look at where I am and what I’m doing, this is amazing.’
Once it turned dark we headed to Mdina and sat on the walls talking and drinking some beers. I took up a dare to not talk for 20 minutes, which was really hard, especially for me! Whilst I stayed quiet I thought to myself: ‘Do I talk too much?’ ‘Do people get annoyed by me, ...
... November, can't say you do that all the time!! We then went on an amazing walk along the cliff tops to show them some of the best views in Malta. Mum and dad certainly agreed!!!! Back down, and to the horse riding stables. We were both a bit nervous but were calmed when we saw all the beautiful horses. The man that led our private ride didn't hang about, we were straight on our horses and going up the side of the cliff in no time! Mum and I both ...
... drover very fast as with short short stops. We got off as soon as we could. That gave us more sea legs honestly. We finished our shopping in Paola and finally went back to Valletta. Unfortunately, most of the shops were closed so we went back to Sliema. Those shops were closed too so we took our long walk back to the hotel. It was dark by then and we were done for the day. Just ...
... and the tiny screw got lost in a pile of rocks and dirt... so I used a tiny twig as a replacement... worked like a charm for the rest of the trip!!
We went to the Catacombs of St. Paul, and that was so awesome! I took so many pictures and was pleased that my camera was actually capturing with that low-light. If it wasn't for being with a group, I could have probably gotten lost at the ...
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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!!!