17 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
"food leaves a LOT to be desired... christmas day (what NO turkey) the only difference in the menu was we had coffee ... BLOODY EXPENSIVE AT AN EXTRA 20 EUROS EACH!!!!!!!!!!! 26th dec. hotel cared more for the private party in the evening and we were virtually `turfed out` of the dining room after a hurried meal... love malta and will be returning.. BUT NEVER TO THIS HOTEL..."
- Travel date: 27th December 2009
Realistically, this hotel is good value ...
"Realistically, this hotel is good value for money, the food was plentiful and good quality, particularly good breakfasts - you'd have to be very fussy not to find something you liked! Rooms were clean and well serviced, plumbing all worked, balconies however are tiny. But that is the nature of the place - Sliema is an old town and the hotels on the front are old buildings, built before today's tourist market expectations. Roof top pool is a bit small, not for the keen swimmer but fine for cooling off. Staff were exceptionally helpful and pleasant. Night time Sliema and St Julians buzzed - great fun, even for us oldies! Particularly liked Time Square pub in Sliema, good food, nice people."
- Travel date: 25th July 2008
Very disappointed. This hotel does not d...
"Very disappointed. This hotel does not deserve its 4 stars. The A/C was never turned on even though the temperatures were in the nineties. The receptionists kept promising to fix/start it but never did during 8 days of our stay. Aside from being too hot, the room was extremely loud, the beds uncomfortable, the bathroom old and ugly, the toilet couldn't flush properly. The only kind personal are the chiefs, and the food was decent. Not enough. We would never go back or recommend to other people. "
- Travel date: 3rd June 2008
The Howard Johnson Diplomat was a good h...
"The Howard Johnson Diplomat was a good hotel. We have stopped in the howard johnson in Bugiba before and that was good. I reccomend to bring your own pillows as they were stained. The staff was very polite and welcoming, Malta is a beautiful place and im definately going to go again. We didn't eat in the resteraunt. But we went to a brilliant resteraunt called Lu Lu's it was very posh and the best food i have EVER had. Its near the Hilton in St.Julians. Defintely go there again. "
- Travel date: 30th May 2008
Love the Diplomat and all it's staff
"We moved to The Diplomat having been at a terrible hotel nearby. Marika in reservations couldn't have been more helpful and from the moment we stepped into the cool lobby we were looked after and had the loveliest holiday. The General manager was most welcoming and offered us a free dinner. Everyone form the waitors to the bar staff to the cleaning staff were friendly and kind and helpful. We had the most fantastic views of the ocean form our spacious rooms. The location was perfect for the nightlife in Paceville or restaurants in St Julians and the little beach just across the road. Small but fab rooftop pool and sundeck. All in all I would highly reccommend this hotel. Thanks again, Marika and Jesmond. From Laura and Lorna form London"
- Travel date: 7th September 2007
Loved The Diplomat
"This is our second stay at the Diplomat having stayed in august 2004,and we were not disappointed they are just as friendly and obliging as before,the staff are only to willing to help you in any way they can be it for advice on sites to see or general information. It is beautifully situated on the promonade with lovely views out to sea.The rooms are light and spacious. My husband and I would really recommend this hotel for an enjoyable and relaxing holiday. Thank you Hotel Diplomat."
- Travel date: 1st September 2007
"Me and my wife (ages 33 and 30) stayed at the Diplomat for one week from 14 to 21 of August 2007 and we have to say it was a horrible experience... It all started at check in. We arrived at Malta about 3 in the morning and our room had other people in it!!! Can yoy believe this? We had a 3 hour flight after a hard dayÂ´s work and we couldnÂ´tt even sleep. The staff was rude and so was the manager with whom I talked in the phone. I was rightfully upset with the situation and told the manager that I would not pay for that night. So the manager told me: "I donÂ´t know why you are making such a fuss..." (!). After I spoke with the local liason I got a paper claiming that I would be refunded. By the way, I got that paper from an employee and the manager never spoke with me in person and never apologized for the inconvenience... As for the hotel: itÂ´s old and badly equiped. Waiting for the elevators can be extremely stressfull. The elevator smell like sewage and the carpets in hallways are filhty. Rooms have no mini bar, the television was busted, the bath room had humidity all over the ceiling and the tub had horrible stains. All of the ceiling of the room had marks of dead mosquitos. As for the food: the breakfast is dull and with no variety, and dinner food is horrible (I had half board and ended up eating in restaurants). The only positive thing about this hotel is the location: 20 minute stroll to La Valetta ferry. Malta has a lots of things to do and visit. I would recomend a visit to the other islands. But its better to get a bus to the harbour up north and get a ferry to the other islands (Gozo and Comino) instead of Cptain Morgan Ferrys. Be carefull with the agencies and rent a car deals. Stay away from "Kollections" agency in Sliema harbour because itÂ´s owner (Ivan) will rip you off!! We tryed to rent a car and he asked form 20 maltese lira, wich is well above average. Because we wanted a car for one day and it was hard to get (they prefer renting a minimum of 3 days) we returned to "Kollections" the next day and he raised the price!!! Other people had similar complaints. Besides all of that Maltese people in general are very kind and friendly. You will have a lot of fun in the sun...if you stay away from this hotel."
- Travel date: 22nd August 2007
Sounds a nice hotel but we didn't feel i...
"Sounds a nice hotel but we didn't feel it was up to Howard Johnson's name - rooms were very shabby although clean. Self catering facilities were atrocious (studio apartment) - sink and cooker in a cupboard - the fridge needed defrosting before we could close the door!! Nowhere to plug the kettle in unless you moved the furniture around. There was no table or chairs to eat at - only 2 low uncomfortable armchairs(?). We did ask that these be changed for a table and chairs which the staff did bring to the room but they left the 2 other chairs in there as well so room was very cramped with all the furniture in it. We stayed for a fortnight and ate in the restaurant for one of the weeks - food not to bad - reasonable choice and plenty of it. We made a list of about 20 things we found wrong with the room and about half of them were rectified by the time we left!! Coffee bar at front of hotel was very good but we felt we could not sit there for long unless we had a drink or some food from the counter. Nowhere pleasant in the hotel to sit and relax if you did not want to stay in room or go out. Only seating was in the reception area (a couple of sofas), the coffee bar, or the lounge bar (which was always very dark and depressing). Won't be going back again!! "
- Travel date: 21st August 2007
"We have just returned from our stay at the diplomat and we would highly recommend the hotel to all age groups. All the staff were really helpful and pleasent. The rooms were cleaned everyday and fresh towels left. We went b&b and could not fault the breakfast,there was so much choice to cater for everyone. Pool area was kept clean and tidy everyday with plenty of beds to sunbathe. Overall,we enjoyed our stay at the diplomat and would defo stay again."
- Travel date: 18th August 2007
Diplomat Hotel Sliema
"We have stayed at this hotel 4 times, in a variety of different rooms, with various board types. We have always been greeted by friendly staff who can't do enough for you, from the hotel manager to the receptionists, the bar staff and the housekeepers. The facilities offered by the hotel itself are comparable to any 4* hotel in Europe (air conditioned fitness room, 3 bars, pool, bureau de change etc) The hotel is always clean, with the public areas being very well presented. The rooms are certainly clean and comfortable, if in need of a lick of paint here and there. In terms of the food, there is always a wide selection of local and european dishes to choose from both at breakfast and dinner, and they have a weekly 'Maltese evening' with a singing folk duo. For location you would be hard put to beat this hotel, a stones throw from the beach and 2 mins walk from a bus stop that serves most of the island, it's also close to some very good restaurants (particularly San Giuliano, Spinola bay) overlooking the sea. We will definately continue to stay here on future visits to Malta."
- Travel date: 9th August 2007
"This was an average 3* hotel which was let down by the number of Mosquitos that inhabited the place in particular the restaurant! I understand that in a hot country Mosquitos exist but the dining room was full of them and spoiled what looked like a decent breakfast. Otherwise the hotel was quite a decent place."
- Travel date: 6th August 2007
"I was a bit concerned after reading previous reviews. But we only really needed somewhere to sleep so i had an open mind when i arrived. On arrival we were welcomed by the receptionist, and given the key to room 608, after about 2mins of being in room the phone rang with the receptionist being extremely apologetic as she had given us the wrong room. i was delighted to move as the view we had was only a side view and was pretty poor. I had payed extra on expedia to get a sea view, which when we moved to room 601 we werent dissapointed, its worth paying the extra as the view was amazing. The hotel was obviously not a 4 star as needed an upgrade but was comfortable enough for us and really it was only a place to sleep and wash for us as we was out and about every day. Breakfast was a buffet style and very nice. The rooftop pool/jaccuzzi was really good and not very busy so had pool to ourselves most times. The air con in room was a blessing as it was 39 degrees! the towels and bedding were changed daily. You do have to pay for tea and coffee and mini bar facilities but we didnt bother as was hardly there. The bus goes to st jullians every 10mins and costs 20cents or as we did walked back took 40 mins. Do not get a taxi unless goin to airport cost us 7lm which is about Â£15 so pays to walk. The night life in paceville was really good (fri/sat). If you want to spoil yourself go for a meal at San Giuliano restaurant in st jullians, its on a terrace looking over spinola bay. Was expensive but the service and food were amazing. I you get chance go on bus 645 to melehia bay (sandy beach go weekdays when locals not there), also visit blue grotto cave bus 8 from valletta bus station. All in all a fantastic holiday would reccomend to stay here, my mum and dad stayed at preluna at same time and our hotel was cheaper than theirs although preluna was more upmarket, but our view was better! Had a great time thankyou expedia!"
- Travel date: 29th June 2007
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