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Historical Traveler Reviews Park Hotel Sliema
OK, you get what you pay for.
Went to The Park for a 2 week break. Rooms were ok, clean but a little shabby, bathroom could do with a bit of work on it. Pool area was a bit miserable but again clean. Food was fine, not exceedingly good but not appallingly bad either. The bar in the evening was a bit boring but then we went out most nights so it didn't bother us. The massive plus for us was that it was so central. We were able to explore all over the island from where we were using the local buses/ferry. We would go back to Malta and we would go back to The Park, it was cheap and cheerful, a brill location for us and as long as you remember how much you are paying and the fact that it is only a 3 star hotel you will enjoy it.
Not a 4 star hotel at all!
I stayed a week at the Park Hotel, Sliema, and I was greatly disappointed. Most of the staff was not friendly and some of it were quite disaggreable. The rooms were not properly cleaned, a friend of mine staying in the next room even found an old package of fish and chips under the bed! The sheets were never changed and were of very bad quality for an hotel of 4 stars. One of the lift didn't work (and we were staying on the 5th floor!). The swiming pool was very small. The food was nice, but again we had to complain that the cups and dishes were dirty.
Overall rate is 2 stars for this hotel and I will not stay at this hotel when returning for holydays in Malta.
A mixed bag
My new wife and I stayed in the Park 2 years ago and we thought that the hotel clearly deserved its 4 Star rating. However we have just stayed there for a 2 week honeymoon and the Park's rating does seem to be on the slide. Staff are on the whole friendly but when we arrived they barely spoke to us and did not congratulate us, we were upgraded as honeymooners but it felt like a forced duty, the room was in dire need of proper attention. We didn't feel that the same extra mile service we'd received in the past was there, much of the general condition of the place has deteriorated.
The meals were standard as usual and the menus switched were amended and altered up to an hour before main meals.
For a location its a perfect to pick up the inbound buses to Valletta and is a ideal for a romantic stroll down the promende.
The maltese in the past have been very honest, warm people, however the changes in Malta since the end of the 90s has seen a vast change in the attitude of the average young melitan. We unfortunately left some smal sterling within our luggage unlocked during the weeks and discovered ater that around £50 was missing. Around 10 lire was also unaccounted for during the week, but since we had come to trust the Maltese we at first could not believe that it was stolen. Our advice is lock your luggage or utilise the hotel safes.
With a little T.L.C the Park would be a wonderful place to spend a honeymoon though sadly not in time for us.
Never a 4 star
The Park is never a 4 star the rooms are no more than a 2 star. The spa is a joke the whirlpool is still not working and the food is bland and alomst the same everyday. The location is first class the roof top poll is OK. The staf are very good in all a very mixed bag would I stay there again? NO.
Very friendly staff
Just returned from Two weeks at the Park Hotel (4/05).
As previously stated the hotel has become a little 'tired' and could do with freshening up if it is to remain as a 4* hotel.
Staff were very friendly and the room was cleaned daily.
Indoor pool was small but adequate. The Jacuzzi broke down in the first week and was still broken when we left.
The outdoor pool is on the roof and there are plenty of sunbeds to use.
Food was good and there was a reasonable choice. We stayed half board but ate out a couple of times for a change. There are plenty of restaurants within walking distance. Wine is relatively cheap although beer is in line with UK prices.
The bus stop is nearby and you can go most places by bus which is cheap and efficient.
All in all we had a great time and would recommend Malta to anyone.
Arrived early hours of August 17th 2004, for our first trip to Malta. Hotel staff were very friendly although surroundings a little shabby in places. Breakfasts were fantastic, whole range of foods and plenty of it. Something to suit everyone!
There is a bus stop just around the corner from the hotel, which travels to most places around the island of Malta.
The bar prices were a little steep, The hotel room was a reasonable size, and beds were comfy!! The air conditioning- was very good however turns off when you open the patio door. Showering facilities were also very good, the shower was very powerful, but painful when sunburnt. I would recommend this hotel.
Park Hotel, Sliema - good choice
On arrival in the early hours at the Park, we were consigned (literally) to Room 101! OK, it's not 4-star by British standards, but we were satisfied with the comfortable room with TV, AC, fridge and bath. Good idea, however, to pack a travel kettle with a UK plug.
The staff were all friendly and helpful and the food was plentiful including one night with Maltese cuisine. The drinks were reasonably priced.
I think they have one CD for the piped music - OK if you like Frank Sinatra and Acker Bilk!
Sliema is an excellent location for getting all around the island on the old but cheap buses, all of which we got from the front road about 50 yards from the hotel. Don't bother with the tour companies' tours. The harbour cruise is worthwhile from Sliema ferry.
On our last day we asked at reception and were allowed to keep our room until our departure at 2pm.
Very enjoyable holiday with good climate in mid-June. And no Euros, 'speed bumps' or small children!
Looked forward to my stay at the Park
Looked forward to my stay at the Park, an alternative to the Waterfront which was full, however was very disappointed. Does not deserve its 4 stars. The spa was almost always closed adn was not very clean looking. The towels were very thin and the room shabby. The food was the worst though. There was hardly any fruit and what there was had fly covers on but there were flies inside on the fruit. Frequently had to ask for dishes on the buffet to be replaced as they were empty and had just been left. At times staff said no, had all gone then a few minutes later appeared with another plateful. Went down tho the Waterfront for a meal one night - was so hungry and desperate for good, nicely served food!
A friend and I took an early spring break at the Park Hotel. Although basically the hotel is ok and staff are friendly the hotel is very shabby and uncared for in certain areas. Reception furniture is worn and silk flower arrangements dusty and old. The spa is a disaster and gives the impression of being unhygienic. Our first bedroom was at the front of the hotel but noise from the road was so bad that we requested a move and were given a room at the back, which was quieter certainly but had no view at all apart from back of the buildings opposite. The rooms are basic, not thoroughly cleaned, floors did not appear to be touched at all during our weeks stay and the bathroom was horrible. Stained and chipped fittings and an unpleasant smell present most of the time. Towels were also very thin and over-used. Meals were ok with plenty of choice. It is a great pity that the hotel cannot be 'tidied up' before it becomes too down at heel.
Di and Sue
Malta & Gozo were great fun!
In April 2004 we visited the Islands of Malta and Gozo, Republic of Malta in the Mediterranean. We spent there 12 days ? I wish, we could have stayed much longer! In Malta we stayed at the Park hotel, in the town of Sliema. Sliema is a touristy town, across the harbour from the capital city of Valetta. The Park hotel is on the North shore, but on a small side street - not much traffic. But nearby there is a bus stop, with very frequent service to Valetta and to everywhere elso on the islands. Two blocks away is a ferry terminal, from where you can take cruises around Valetta & Malta, as well as ferries to Gozo & Sicily. The Park hotel is nice4, but not one of those huge tourist monsters, which I hate. There is a good restaurant, a bar, an indoor swimming pool, a hot-tub etc. Around there are many restaurants, tourist agencies, stores etc. There is also Internet access, a laundry, etc. All not too expensive. In summertime there is easy access to the sea. In Gozo we stayed at the luxurious Ta Cheng hotel ? an experience all by itself! you stay in separate cabins, or in exotic "beehive" cottages, which are really something else! There are numerous indoor and outdoor pools, hot tubs, heated pools etc. There are all kinds of luxury, a verdant vegetation, beautiful views of the sea and cliffs. Good restaurants, lounges etc. A real paradise for rest and recuperation! But rather pricey. Both island offer numerous sightseeing opportunities: ? Prehistoric ruins ? the oldest standing buildings on earth, anywhere (4,600-3,500 BC, a thousand years older than the Egyptian pyramids!). That includes above-ground temple complexes (Tarxien, Ggantea, etc), or underground burial-temple complexes (Hypogeum); 35 separate sites in all. ? Spectacular fortifications built by the Maltese Knights of St. John. Valetta, Victoriosa and other fortified towns are the best examples. There are bastions, towers, gates etc. In addition, there are palaces, auberges, cathedrals, armouries, churches, hospitals, etc from the times of the Knights. ? Arabic-style walled cities, with narrow winding streets etc. Mdina, Rabat, Mgarr, Victoria etc are the best examples. ? Numerous remains of the various people who inhabited Malta: Phoenicians, Romans, Arabs, Italians, Spanish, French, British. Especially of note are the village and town churches. ? The cliffs, caves, rocks etc on the shores of both islands. There is the Blue Grotto, the Fungus Rock, the Calypso Cave, etc, etc, etc. ? The legends and fables surrounding Malta are numerous. There apparently St Paul was shipwrecked in 60 AD & converted Maltese to Christianity. (There are catacombs and underground churches from Roman times). Odysseus (Ulysses) spent 7 years with the nymph Calypso in her cave in Gozo. The Knights were subject to a terrible siege by the Ottoman Turks in the 16th century, but defended Malta successfully with 500 knights against 50,000 Turks. Corsairs from Africa raided the island over centuries ? hence all those fortresses. In WW2 the nazis tried to take Malta, but the Maltese withstood the bombing ? the worst in history. And so on. For the sports-minded there is sailing, swimming, snorkeling etc during the summer. The islands are small; you can really walk anywhere. But there are also: busses, tours, rental cars and ferries.
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Awake for a cuppa at 3am then slept until about 6. We got up to see the sunrise and could hear the wind whistling through somewhere!! Knew we were in for a pretty windy day! Breakfast is a yummy affair that we both enjoy and with that done we packed our bags for a day of all sorts of weather and set off in gale force winds to our bus stop for today. Basically we were investigating across the center of the island from south to north. Our main aim was the two medieval towns ...
... see if I can paint a picture for you. There is also great pride at stake as each community festas aim is to produce firework that is superior to the others. The one that enjoyed our presence just so happens to be the town in which the factory for the big bangs our produced! I have a great pic of the crew and some of their best work that they prepared especially for the festa. The building has walls but no roof, this way when a woops moment occurs only the workers bits that ...
This morning we decided we would spend our afternoon exploring Chadwick Lakes and Mdina. The weather looked nice outside however was a bit deceiving as it was rather windy! We took the bus about lunchtime and went as far as Mtarfa which is a little village at the bottom of the hill before the climb up to Mdina. We wandered through ...
... tables hewn out of the rock. These were used for ceremonial meals commemorating dead relatives. I don’t think I’d want to eat down there…wouldn’t it have smelt awful?! I thought the way everything was carved out of sheer stone was amazing, but the idea of it holding hundreds of dead bodies was a tad creepy.
The audio guide taught us about families hiring ‘professional mourners’ during processions (like they did in ancient Egypt) ...
... where no two pieces are exactly the same, and its design is a result of a construction of different units. Filigree is manufactured solely from gold or silver and locally-produced items invariably bear the maker’s mark of a Malta-registered goldsmith and silversmith and the official Maltese Hallmark that shows the standard of fineness of gold or silver.
Traditional hand-made Maltese filigree consists of two types of components: border ...