Submitted: October 25, 2009
Stayed: October 2009
We just spent a week in Malta in this wonderful house in a very historic and authentic Maltese town called Senglea, situated across the harbour from both Valletta and Vittoriosa. We had arranged a car, and parking was very easy to find along the waterfront (100m away). Traffic is heavy in and out of Valletta, however, travelling in the rest of the Island, we had no other trouble and enjoyed using the house as our base to explore Malta and Gozo. Coming back to the house was great each evening, and we put the rooftop deck and jacuzzi to use every night the weather co-operated. The views and atmosphere are incredible up there. Inside the house, the pictures don't really do it justice. The modern kitchen is great, and the main living room with its high ceilings are like no other place we have stayed. With two kids nearing their teenage years, the three washrooms came in handy, as did the broadband internet. Also, Victor, our local contact, was really wonderful, and when we found out that the gas for the stove had run out, we had a new canister within one hour!
We certainly do recommend the house as a base for a long weekend or longer vacation.
The only areas for improvement would be regarding the soundproofing on the lower two levels as well as screens on the windows or mosquito netting for the bedrooms. The locals start honking and manytimes yelling in the street before 6 or 7 in the morning, which, after enjoying the jacuzzi the night before, was tough on the system. For the screens/netting, the mosquitos are small and very quick, and this was mosquito season, so we were their dinner!
Neither of these two issues took away from our enjoyment of the country, however, and hope to be back again soon.
Some final recommendations, if you want a taxi to take you into Valletta or somewhere else, get the number for Mifsud Garage in Birgu from Victor and they will pick you up from the house, drop you off where you wish to go and then pick you up later, all for a very reasonable price. We rented a car from Rodney at R&R Garage. Great prices and very friendly service, although our car did have signs of significant wear and tear but it never failed to get us where we wanted to go. Small cars are definitely the way to go, as well. We had great meals at Tal-Barklor in Senglea, Rubino's in Valletta and Del Borgo in Birgu, and would recommend them all.
All in all a great vacation and, as mentioned, we hope to be back again soon.
Helpful votes: 18/18
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