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... It was interesting to feel the peace and quiet of the city, which felt very spiritual, after wading through masses of the cruise ship crowd in Valletta. We stopped to pick up another Maltese delicacy, pastitsi, a filo pastry the size of your fist, filled with ricotta cheese. Did we happen to mention that we're eating a lot?!? We took them up to the Dingli Cliffs and ate them overlooking the sea. The solitude and the view can't be ...
... as it turns out - has the hottest sand known to mankind. I foolishly decided to walk from the steps to our chosen beach spot in bare feet...a pleasant walk with the sand between my toes that quickly became a futile attempt to keep every part of my body hovering above the sand, accompanied by a high-pitched school-girl shriek. Good work, Arnie - in a country where the entire population is awarded a medal for wartime bravery, you squeal walking across ...
... f) Baywatch. Golden Bay is one of Malta’s most popular sandy beaches. Just before our first expected winter rains, we decided to have some fun in the sun on a Sunday. We rented a beach umbrella, enjoyed some wine and Pastizzi whilst watching ‘Family-time at the Beach’ being played out around us by a colorful nation.
a) ‘Our’ fruit and veg hawker. Prices for tomatoes ...
... of tech on board, and an orange boat that looked built for speed. At a mere £310,000 I think I'll pop back and buy two in the morning!
Dinner time came round and we followed the recommendations from Mich (we had drinks with her last night, keep up!) and went to Zeri's restaurant, in Portomaso. And what a meal it was! Beautiful locally caught fish was served up & consumed in a matter of minutes. It was absolutely delicious! If you're ever in town, you should. Then ...
... experience, kindly offered to put me up for the two nights that I would be in the UK and also offered to pick me up from Luton airport as he, and his wife Anne Marie, live about ten miles away in Milton Keynes. Ten days later another call to Peter brought the news that he was trying to arrange a visit for the two of us to The Kruger Park! In all my trips to South Africa I had never been to The Kruger and so this news was an exciting surprise.
My wife left on the ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Plevna Hotel Sliema
The Plevna is a pleasant cosy Hotel. The rooms are clean if not a bit cramped and the lido very pleasant. However there is a lot of building work around the hotel and the lido so don't expect a safe or pleasant stroll to the beach.
You get what you pay for
We stayed for 3 weeks during April/May 2005, enjoyed our stay but will not be returning to the Plevna. Poor entertainment in the evening which consisted of someone playing the piano, or twice a week there was a film shown in the conference room. We noticed, with staying there for three weeks, that the films were repeated each week. The food was plain but acceptable and the fruit juice at breakfast was not fresh but the watered down syrup variety which was very weak. The staff were very helpful and the rooms were clean. Towels changed daily and bed linen twice a week. The roof top terrace was very poor with odd bits of furniture and very untidy. The terrace was covered in soot from the chimney from the boiler. We will certainly be returning to Malta but not to stay at the Plevna.
Hated the Plevna
We stayed in the Plevna for a week - supposed to have been 10 days but came back early. The rooms are small, the roof terrace is unusable, the food is just about eatable but the Full English Breakfast comes on a tea place - all that and building going on around as well - what more can I say
The Plevna Hotel is better suited for those looking for a quite holiday, the hotel has evening entertainment focused towards the older generation although we did make the most of what was provided. The bar area has recently been refurbished and throughout the day it is a cafe, it is clean and actually a nice area to sit in. The bar staff were very friendly and even gave us a lift so we didnt have to pay for a taxi. The food was cooked nicely and always tasted nice, however a limited choice with soft veg every evening. When we arrived we asked to move rooms as some of them are very small, however with 2 girls sharing with lots of luggage that might not be a problem for some, they are cleaned daily though with clean towells. The pool area was nice and quiet, its about 50m from the hotel and the staff get you sun beds as soon as you arrive (no need to get up early and put your towels on)! They had limited snacks for lunch, but what they did have were very nice and again the staff were excellent. I personally would not return to the Plevna Hotel, however would recommend it to those that are seeking value for money, in a quiet location.
Loved the Plevna
Just arrived back from an all inclusive week at the Plevna Hotel.We,ve been to Malta many times and as i'm half Maltese i may be slightly biased!We've stayed at many hotels on the island but i have to say, this is one of the best value for money hotels. The rooms are nice and clean, with clean towels every day. Our room had tea and coffee making facilities and a fridge. The food was excellent with plenty of Maltese dishes on the menu( which is what a lot of other hotels lack!)The staff were very very friendly and would go out of their way to help.We did feel very young in the hotel,(41 & 46!)So there was plenty of sun-bathing space at the lido.The only very slight down side was that there were no snacks at the beach bar, but the barman assured us that it was because it was early in the season. All in all a wonderful friendly hotel- we'd most certainly go again.
We recommend this hotel
We had a wonderful holiday at the Plevna in May 2004 exellent value for money with lovely staff, very willing to help you enjoy your stay in any way they could.good choice of food.nice quite hotel very clean.Management only to happy to help in any way they could. The hotel was very well located to travel to any part of Malta.Above all the Maltese people are lovely and very helpful.we enjoyed our holiday so much we are going back again in September.
I've recently returned from a week in the Plevna Hotel. The hotel is well located near Sliema harbour. It's on a quiet road, and only five minutes walk to the main shopping area adjacent the harbour. The nearby shops include a supermarket, souvenirs, banks, fashion, bars and restaurants. Many of the boat cruises to the islands of Gozo and Comino, plus the Valletta ferry depart from Sliema harbour. There are no beaches in this area, instead lots of rocks to sit and dip your toe in the Mediterranean. Sliema nightlife is reasonably good. We didn't see any clubs, but I'm sure there are a few.
The hotel itself has a distinctly 1960's feel to it. There are a number of steps up and down between the main entrance, reception, bar and restaurant. This would make access for those with disabilities difficult.
The first room we were allocated was reasonably basic and finished with somewhat unsettling blue walls. The patio door to the balcony wouldn't slide properly. The remote control for the air conditioner wasn't working as the batteries were dead. Having changed these, this become irrelevant as the air conditioner itself wasn't working either.
So after a quick complaint to reception we were reallocated the Suite. The Suite (remember - room 112) was reserved for special guests or those wishing to pay an additional supplement. Or those who complain. The Suite was huge. The bed was huge. There was a couch and coffee table. There was a small balcony overlooking the street (the patio door wouldn't slide properly, either). But the main thing was that the air conditioning worked perfectly, albeit slightly noisy. The en-suite was basic but clean.
The hotel restaurant became a constant source of amusement. The rules were different every time we went, depending on which staff were on duty. Some nights, people were turned away for attempting to wearing shorts to dinner (how shocking). Other nights, different staff didn't seem to mind people wearing shorts to dinner. Some waiters refused to give us a glass of water with our half board dinner, instead we had to order and sign for a bottle of water. Other waiters were more than happy to bring a glass of tap water. Explain that.
The waiters shared the common knack of rushing around, looking busy and generally making heavy work of clearing tables. The restaurant was self service. Or was it? The starter had to be ordered from the waiter. The main course was self service. The lasagne starter was bigger than a portion I would have for a main meal. All in all, the food was just about acceptable. It was edible, but nothing special. Oh, and the orange "juice" with breakfast is still artificial, as a previous reviewer had noted.
So how would I sum up this hotel? A good location, but I wouldn't stay there again.
My husband , daughter and myself spent a fantastic two weeks in Sliema from 24/06/04 until 08/07/04 staying at the Plevna hotel, where we found the staff very pleasant and the surroundings superb . The staff at both the hotel and the Beach club were very friendly and nothing was too much bother . I would recommend this hotel as it is within walking distance to both the harbour side and the main square.
Fresh fruit missing !
i have stayed at the Plevna several times before - always with Saga - I keep going back as it convenient for me as I visit friends in Sliema. I have before made adverse comments about the desserts at the evening buffet which have been listened to. This time I just wonder why on an island that has supermarkets packed with cartons of orange juice , we had jugs of synthetic 'orange' for breakfast - it was awful and I had to go and buy my own! also it would be appreciated if a bowl of fresh fruit was on the buffet table at dinner. Apart from that moan, I found the Hotel as always pleasant, newly furbished, and very helpful staff. I complained about the lack of fresh orange to Mecurt Direct ( the travel firm) and had a letter back from them, surprised that the hotel could not provide fresh juice, and they would look into it.
small hotel located approx. 100mts from harbour front, and hotel lido with pool (open in summer). Good sized and clean room with tea/coffee making facilities. Food ok - not fantastic, but overall excellent value.