Duplex 1-bedroom Sliema Penthouse, set in a quiet residential area, enjoying panoramic views of the Sliema town itself from it's terrace. Having an open plan kitchen living with a terrace for outdoor entertainment and a bathroom with main bedroom on the 2nd level.
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Great views with pretty much 360 degree views combined with the multiple balconies (across 2 floors). Modern place. We ate dinner on the balcony and watched the fireworks go off for the festivals. It was such a great trip!
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Convenient and ticks the boxes
The apartment is very convenient for Sliema, five minutes from the ferries and bus stops. Being near the top of the hill and for that matter the top of the building means it offers very good views. However as other properties in the area are building upwards these views are getting less as time progresses. There was damp on the wall by the window, no real problem though. BY far the biggest problem was the wind noise. When the wind blows from the north west something resonates near the corner of the building and it sounds like a 'wookie' with stomach ache. This is loud enough to drown out the TV, air conditioning etc even in the bedroom. That being said, we only had a couple of days of wind and only one sleepless night of it.
Several people have complained about the electricity usage, well we were there for two weeks over Easter. The weather was good and we ran the air conditioning about an hour or so each day, we used about half our electricity allowance. Hottest time of the day in the flat was mid to late afternoon with the sun coming through the big window, so coming home at that time really needed the air con to cool the flat, once that was done, opening the windows to let the breeze through kept the temp down to acceptable levels.
Parking is a problem, if you have a car. But we never ended up parking more than about 3 minutes walk from the flat (Remember we were there over the Easter).
The internet is not fast (2Mb) but reliable and did the job.
The awning on the top balcony was in a sorry state, torn, broken, and hung over the satellite dish. I suspect the damage was caused during the winter by severe winds. It looked dangerous but in fact didn't move at all over our stay even with the two days of high winds.
We had a great two weeks with no serious complaints about the apartment. I would recommend it to anyone. The views are good though the balconies do catch the wind. It is very convenient for shops, buses, ferries etc.
Nice and clean flat with views
Nice apartment, clean & reasonably comfortable, as it's been said already, except the couch, which was so soft you sunk in it. The pictures are true to reality, the three terraces are nice and when it’s sunny the flat has a marvellous light. We stayed there in December so I have to say it was a bit cold, but there is heating (air conditioning) and we found that the amount of electricity included in the rent was sufficient to keep the flat warm when we were there. The bedroom is situated up the spiral staircase which is quite steep (not suitable for people with walking difficulties, nor for young children) while the bathroom is downstairs (the bathroom is new, comfortable and with hot water available all the time). The kitchen is electric, all appliances are as described and are new and in order, also we found a bit of detergent and kitchen towels, very useful. The flat is on the third floor, no lift, it’s situated in a quiet street close to shops and amenities, 5 minutes walk from bus stops and waterfront, very close both to the Strand and to Balluta Bay (more interesting area for restaurants/bars). We had rented a car and managed to find parking spaces nearby – but I am not sure it would be so easy in high season. No problems with the owner, reliable and relaxed.
Very nice and sunny place!
We would recommend this sunny penthouse. The apartment has its own private terraces one with beautiful views. Also the kitchen is fully equipped to try own cooking, however the area is full of restaurants as well.
Everything in the apartment was fine. The property was clean and well-maintained. The owner provided good customer service as well the he organised us airport transfers which were ideal for the hot days of summer. Would definitely recommend it for future visitors.
it was a pleasant stay
It was a nice apartment, clean & reasonably comfortable except the couch, which was so soft you sunk in it. The bedroom was situated up the spiral staircase which was so narrow & quite steep - you had to be very careful when coming down.
We were there early August, so it was very hot. The bedroom was like a sauna from the afternoon onwards and you needed to have the air con on all night just so you could sleep. Except when we arrived, we were told by the manager that we had a limited use of free electricity & if we were to exceed that amount we would have to pay the difference.
So there is an electricity meter in the living room which counts down as you use it. This really surprised us because there was no mention of this on their website. We were very reluctant to use the air con, which made it very uncomfortable. We made a complaint about the bedroom being so hot, so a maintenance man came & said he would bring us a fan which did help a little.
It would also be nice to have had some bottled water provided for us, may it be for a cup of tea or for a cool refreshment.
One complimentary bottle of water would have been brilliant, but don’t expect it upon arrival or at all.
I know I am complaining a lot, but if you've been out all day in the sun & when you come home you should be able to switch the air con on without having to worry about the meter counting down.
I’m sure the apartment is great in the cooler months but I personally would definitely not recommend staying at the duplex penthouse in the hotter months.
Thanks for your support, however it is well known that penthouses are hot in summer and cold in Winter, there is not other definition for penthouses. Also as for the electricity meter we do describe it in the advert and on the booking contract that any client signs prior booking so it is up to the tenant's discretion to read it through before signing it as once signed it it means that it is all known and agreed from the client's side. If that was omitted we have not blame in that. Also the apartment was quite central and chops walking distance away so buying a bottle of water was quite an easy task to do to as well.
Sliema was once just a fishing village on the north-east coast of Malta but later on it started to become popular for the wealthy Valletta residents who built summer residences here.
The commercial centre is The Ferries - in the days before regular bus services, the Ferries used to connect Sliema to Valletta. Nowadays the Harbour Cruises and Gozo Tours set off from there and there is still a Ferry to Valletta. There are also a number of cafes and shops patronised by locals from all over Malta as well as tourists.
Though to the given modern twist due to newly built apartments one could go into the side streets where there are many of the town`s authentic houses which are now under preservation orders. There aren`t really any historical sites apart from the Churches.
Full of shops, entertainment establishments, rocky beaches and best of all the 5 km long Sea Front Promenade with a number of bars and restaurants with plenty of seating all along. There are beach lido`s and Water Polo clubs that offer all amenities and a large pool to visitors, also facilities for Water Sports. It starts from St Julians Spinola Bay to Manoel Island in Marsamxett Harbour .
The Sliema promontory has stunning views of Valletta on one side with open sea on the other. Along the Promenade one can enjoy the lovely view of our Mediterranean sea, with some bays and inlets. There is also a garden along the sea shore - lovely for relaxing.
There is only a small sandy beach, but the limestone beach is excellent for sunbathing and there is easy access to the sea. Nothing beats a dip in the blue sea! Sliema has the advantage of a good bus service with direct buses to most places of interest.
In Summer and fine Winter days, whole families congretate on the Front for a leisurely evening or afternoon. It is also serves as a meeting place for the locals. Whenever the sea is rough in winter, it`s awsome to see the huge waves pounding the rocky beaches.
Sliema adjoins St Julians and although they have very different cultures and share the Promenade , in a way they can be considered one big town.