Hotel Bayview, Gzira
Reviews - Hotel Bayview
- Age Group: 26 - 30
- From: United Kingdom
- Traveller type: Young Couple
- Age Group: 51 - 60
- From: United Kingdom
- Traveller type: Mature Couple
- Age Group: 31 - 40
- From: United Kingdom
- Traveller type: Mature Couple
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Great value hotelfrom yonsk
Generally, the Bayview Hotel was excellent value for money and well located for bus and boat. Room had basic cooking facilities, which was very handy at times. Not a luxury hotel but that is not what I expected. Would recommend to people who want a really good value break.
Good location, but not 3**from uknick
After reading reviews on this website we thought the room, food and service would be a lot higher than what we got. We booked a room with an "inland" view, but ended up staying in a set of "apartments" also run by the Bayview that were a 5 minute walk around the back streets behind the main hotel that you see overlooking the waterfront in all the photos. Our room had no view at all, but we didnt open the curtains at all, as the neighbouring rooms were only 5m away across the internal courtyard - they could see straight into our room.
Our apartment room, was tiny but brand new (the microwave still had its packaging inside it!) but we had twin beds pushed together as a double, small table with 2 chairs, kitchonette, wardrode, TV and ensuite within our little apartment room.
During the night, as we were situated on a backstreet, the room was lovely and quiet, but every morning we were woken up at around 7am by the cleaners walking around the corridors rustling rubbish bags, and by the graunching noise in other rooms of the twin beds being bumped around on the tile floors - not very nice when you want a sleep in!
Our room had a balcony but only facing a 10m x 10m internal square courtyard - we could hardly see the sky from our 2nd storey room, so had to guess what to wear for the day. Although we did have to walk back to the main hotel on the waterfront for breakfast each day, and back again afterwards so we often revised what we were wearing while on our trip back to the room to clean our teeth"!!
As mentioned we had to walk 5 mins back to the main hotel for breakfast each morning - dont bother unless you are really hungry. Breakfast consisted of: fresh tomatoes, blocks of cheese & lettuce, cornies or oats (this was meant to be muesli) with warm milk, bacon sitting in oil, scrambled eggs (these were ok), beans & fried tomatoes + bread rolls with condiments (these were ok too)warm yoghurt. terrible coffee, the tea was ok. the fruit juice was watery squash.
As the Bayview seems to have brought more buildings surrounding the main hotel to convert into apartments, there seemed to be a lot more hotel patrons than breakfast tables available each morning. We were lucky to arrive at the right time most mornings though as tour groups were heading away.
The swimming pool area on the rooftop seemed very clean and well kept, although we didnt use this area. Our room as well was clean but this may just be because it was brand new. From our shower we had a little window that looked straight into the neighbouring rooms shower! If he had opened his window when we opened ours we could talk!!
The hotel itself (and our little rooms in the apartments behind) were in a great location for accessing Malta's sights - there are bustops right outside the main hotel, with buses going in both directions. There are also loads of lovely little cafes and bars along the street towards Sliema - Tony;s bar was very cheap with lovely big portions.
Our stay at the Bayview was only ok, and definetly not what I expected from the reviews on this page. I wouldnt stay here again.
great holiday at the Bayviewfrom krakenish
we booked it via HotelConnect and had no problems with the booking.The hotel has been completely refurbished to a high standard I reckon about 3-4 star.We asked for a sea view room and got one on the 1st floor which was very noisy with the traffic roaring past down below.So the next day we asked for a move and got a large apartment on the sixth floor with a massive balcony...heaven ...and lovely and quiet.
We were half board,the breakfast had a good choice...cold meats, cheeses + lurpak butter! etc ...'hot food' varied daily, well.... that was the only minor gripe the food wasn't actually piping hot, and cold plates,but it was only a minor thing.
the evening meal was again buffet style ..4 courses, varying from swordfish to octopus to lamb shanks to beef stroganoff very tasty indeed,the choice was about 4 choices from the mains with a couple of pasta dishes as well, salad to start + soup + main course + pudding or fruit + ice cream.
how they could on this on the money beats me!
we only paid £248 for 8 days for a sea view + half board for the 2 of us.and the ryanair flight was £96 for 2 from luton for us 2 , so all in all it was a very reasonable winter break + sun every day!
A special thankyou must go to the staff, who were very friendly and looked after you very well indeed, the chambermaids were excellent, and a specil thankyou to Edwin & Ija in the restaurant.
Malta was a very enjoyable experience, our first time there, more an older persons venue for the winter,as i don't reckon its very children orientated... lacking in beaches for one....
The Maltese people were very friendly and helpful, and it was nice to be able to speak english to everybody on holiday for a change!
but there was plenty to see and do especially as it was the Carnival!............thoroughly recommended.
Very nice stayfrom Nout
Breakfasts are also very good with a choice of English, sausages , beans, bacon etc. or Continental , and with a selection of fruit juices, tea, coffee and Nescafe. We did not try their lunches or dinners because there is so many places to eat out nearby. Some rooms have a small kitchenette and there is a good supermarket within walking distance with many British products and fruit juices.
We were staying during the winter season so did not try the pools, and the sauna etc. The view from the roof is of the harbour and I can imagine that it must be very nice up there during the warmer weather, with staff to keep an eye on you.
There is a bus stop just outside and there are many buses going to Valletta and other destinations all day.
For the price we paid I am more than pleased with the hotel.
If you want feather pillows and spa pools then of course you must get yourself a 5 star hotel !
Adele Valsesia, Florence, Italy.
Good Value for Moneyfrom EmsyWilts
Room was clean and tidy, only slight down sides were: no hangers in the wardrobe, no tea/coffee facilities in the room (we knew this before and took a travel kettle), hotel coffee leaves a lot to be desired (The Waterfront Hotel down the road does a lovely Cafe Latte however), Beds were more like camp beds and as a previous person has mentioned the bed sheets and pillows, whilst clean were not the most comfortable. Bathroom nice, but doors to bathroom didn't meet in the middle so little privacy and no lock. Shower, great, always hot water, but layout of bathroom could have been better.
The best thing about the hotel is its location and roof top terrace. Situated on the main bay road, the buses stopped right outside and all the main bus routes were covered, beautiful views of Valletta, and Valletta easy to get to either via bus or 5 minute boat ride. Can recommend one of the harbour cruises, we did captain morgan's and it was good, but make sure its a nice sunny day otherwise can get a bit chilly. Roof top terrace is worth a look, great views and a nice place to relax after a mornings/afternoons sightseeing.
Don't bother going to the craft village, we went on a recommedation and even though it was fun travelling by bus and you did get to see quite a bit of the countryside, once there it really isn't worth the journey and gifts etc. are not really any cheaper!!!
Overall the hotel was good value for money, clean and friendly.
great location shame about the room/foodfrom ViolinistWestSussex
Even though I'm pretty well travelled, I haven't booked a holiday like this using a travel agent before.
Great location. Get a room with a seaview. The main areas of the hotel are good and the standard of cleanliness was excellent.
I had my Senior Citizen mum with me and so the first thing we did was to push the very flimsly (single) beds apart! The beds had no matress covers, and only a sheet that was not long enough to stay tucked in. The pillows also had no protective covers and were the most peculiar that I have ever come across, being stuffed with cut up pieces of foam and were horrible.
Paid extra for a balcony thank goodness as the rooms without seaview all had balconies that looked straight into the neighbouring or opposite room. The Balcony door didn't lock because the latch had been put in the wrong place. The view was lovely but occasionally spoilt by cigarette smoke wafting past as the the hotel is non smoking.
The bathroom was very poorly planned as the shower cubicle was jammed up against the sink, so that you could only open the door a third of the way and then bashed it on the sink. Someone had already damaged the sink rim with a huge crack. I had to shoehorn myself into the shower but once in, the actual shower was excellent! The doors to the bathroom were out of the OK Coralle, but did go down to the floor, hot louvered but with a half inch gap down the middle and nothing to keep them shut. They had a habit of slowly opening when the balcony door was opened. Not a lot of privacy and so the toilet in the downstairs lobby had quite a few visits for the required privacy!
The FOOD! Unfortunately we went half board. Don't. No children in the hotel when we were there but Chicken Nuggets on the menu one night and Chicken Balls (?) the next. There were other choices from the buffet but the hot dishes were served from open topped dishes and so the food was never hot. The same 5 shop bought cakes were offered every night along with tasteless cheap icecream.
We paid quite a lot for our week stay, and I see on the website rooms are being offered for as little as £5 or £9. Good for that price.
I booked the hotel because it had an indoor swimming pool but it wasn't heated and was only open between 10am and 6pm. Mum would have used it before breakfast so that was no good and it wasn't very inspiring. Didn't use it at all.
The lifts are miniscule and Mum and I and 2 cases had to squeeze in.
Friendly hotel trusted by major tour operatorsfrom spectrafashions
I stayed for 10 days on the first floor and like the former reviewer found that there were one or two teething problems such as warm air conditioning, non working phones and a small bath with fixed glass splashback.
However, whatever needed attention got it from the very helpful staff.
From the cleaners wishing me seasonal greetings to the reception staff ensuring a cheery smile whenever I passed by, I was made to feel most welcome here and that makes a big difference.
I have to comment that my room was kept very well with daily disinfected floors, emptied bins, well made beds and fresh toiletries / towels.
As for the room itself, there are balcony chairs, in room tv (check out the Saudi Arabian English movie channel for back to back blockbuster movies) surprisingly comfortable beds, wall, table ceiling and balcony lighting plus UK 3 pin and European power sockets.
The main plus however was the power shower which made up for the unusually small bath.
Considering hotel facilities, Breakfast time was a challenge for anyone following a low fat diet. Processed meat, Sausage, Cheese and Bacon were all saturated fat laden although from the many hotels I have stayed in over the past couple of years this type of breakfast is quite standard.
The fitness room contains 4 main pieces of gym equipment which is quite recent and orderly, it also contains a 3 person sauna leading out to an indoor pool then onto the rooftop terrace and outdoor pool area.
Seaviews from this hotel are outstanding over the bay with only the main road to contend with - and the traffic fumes are present although hardly anything any of the hotels can solve.
Other facilities include an internet cafe (chargeable), pool table, vending and gaming machines plus a nail salon and both chinese and indian restaurants.
As for the restaurants, I had a set menu with wine which came to 15ML (£20). It was well prepared and fine if I wanted a night in. However, there are so many restaurants in Malta that I only managed to visit this establishment once.
This hotel is also used by European tour operators. TUI, Sunset and others bring German, British and other European guests as part of their package tours, many of mature years so I didn't experience any of the rowdy behaviour mentioned previously.
Another positive aspect is that the hotel is served by the excursion operators for the varied boat trips, island hopping and round Malta sightseeing that is available. In fact, with a very helpful travel agent 2 doors away from the Bayview, it was easy to organise some superb day and half day excursions.
Overall, I feel this hotel tries very hard to make a holiday special. It has a few development areas such as charging for the internet access, it could make better use of the rooftop area with a bar and the food could be a little more healthy but overall it was a pleasure staying here and I will not hesitate to book again.
so sofrom kramer.is.crazy
basic but clean, but not 3*from suzypie
Top Local Tips for Gzira
Local bus travel Some of the buses are old and and the roads are a bit rough and uneven so you get a bumpy ride sometimes, but that's part of the fun. Travel is very cheap and the buses are frequent, sometimes crowded early in the morning. You can get to most places of interest on your own on the buses. If you go to Valletta by bus you can get the ferry back to Sliema which is a lovely trip but more expensive than the bus, there's a steep hill down to the ferry. Watch out for "Time Share" type guys who ambush you - albeit in a friendly manner - on the promenade.
central the most authentic part of tourist malta to stay in ,great bus service to all parts of island
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Other names for Hotel Bayview
- hotel bayview sliema
- bayview hotel sliema
- bayview hotel malta
- bayview hotel apartments
- Address: 143, The Strand - Gzira - Gzr 03 - Malta