We went there in June 2003. No beaches though. We stayed at Crowne Plaza, booked through chevron http://www.chevron.co.uk and we really liked it. The Crowne Plaza is fine, but not really genuine 5*. It is worthy of a 4* rating though.
Rooms big, pool huge. Another pool/lido at the waterfront. It's situated between the two promenades of Sliema, I think they're known as Sliema Ferries and Tower road (Triq il Torre). You can even walk to St Julians from there, but quite a long walk (not one for the high heels!).
Hotel has good facilities, by the pool there's a bar and restuarant, and prices are good for a crowne plaza! It's about £1.20 for a coke, and about £2 for a plate of chips. You can get a bus from just along the road, either into Valetta, or to st julians (I think). There's also a courtesy but provided by Dragonara Casino in St Julians with one pick up per day from the Crowne Plaza, and other hotels along the way.
Valetta is really nice but hilly. You can take the bus into valetta, walk through the town, some shops, nice square (where I had a coke and chips and read the paper while hubby went to church!), and then you can walk down to the ferry and take that back to Sliema.
I want to go back now!!!
I suppose you're thinking I gave it too much of a british reference?? Yes, I guess it is quite British though...HP sauce everywhere etc.
However, as Sliema too says, many other things to eat and drink. I loved the pasta, bruschetta etc. I love Italian food, so Malta really suited me! Also the wine is good and my husband like the local beer, Cisk. Sorry, but we thought Kinnie was rotten. We were actually going to bring a bottle home for a friend who is nicknamed Kinnie (abbreviation of difficult surname). Unfortunately couln't find a can or a plastic bottle though! Why is it all glass bottles over in Malta???
Ciao for now
Lucky you, going back to Malta. We still don't know where we're going this summer, although Malta is on the shortlist (along with Florence, New York and Las Vegas). Really not sure.
We're off to Tenerife next friday though...so we have something to look forward to meanwhile.
Will try not to have too many chips and cokes!!!
I'll be having some pasta and pizza too, which I consider a bit maltese now too!!!
We're staying at the same hotel we stayed in last January and really liked the food there, so I'll be munching away!
Hope you have a nice time in Malta too!
I'm going to reccommend Mellieha to you. there are some lovely walks in and around this area, it is also near the port where you can catch the ferry to Gozo. The trip over to Gozo only last approx' half an hour so you could explore some of Gozo for a day or two. There are plenty of fine restaurants in the town and the views are breathtaking.
Wherever you choose have a great holiday.
We have gone ahead and booked now and we chose the Riu Seabank Hotel in Mellieha and we're going for two weeks leaving from Gatwick on May 10th. The hotel looks lovely and there is a sandy beach right nearby, which we thought was important. All the outdorsy activities like the walks and watersports also apealed to us.
Have any of you stayed at this hotel before?
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