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“Great place, but some administrative drawbacks”

Review of Templar House

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View of Vittoriosa from the roof terrace
Breathtaking views from the roof terrace
The comfortable roof terrace
Shade under the pergola
The courtyard, cool in the hot malta sunshine
Hallway
Dining area
Lounge
Living area downstairs
Kitchen
Stairwell
Hallway upstairs
Bedroom 1
Bedroom 1
Bedroom 2
Twin Bedroom
Facade of Templar House
Typical Three Cities Street
Vittoriosa view from Valletta
Fort St Angelo, Vittoriosa
Blue Lagoon, Comino
The view from just outside the house looking over to Senglea & Valletta
The bridge to Senglea, a minute from Templar house
Valletta ferry stop, just outside Templar House
View towards Templar House, the bridge to Senglea & the Valletta ferry stop
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Townhouse -
3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6
Birgu (Vittoriosa), Island of Malta

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SanMarco2
Australia
Level 5 Contributor
91 reviews
55 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“Great place, but some administrative drawbacks”
Reviewed 12 April 2012 for a stay in December 2011
1
person found this review helpful

We liked the place even before we arrived. We had booked online (the owners had their own quite sensible booking form) and the key had been mailed to us (in Australia) in advance, although providing a security deposit in British pounds was a hassle.

As promised, we were met at Malta’s airport and a taxi took us to the apartment, where a bottle of wine, a pound of coffee and a few other items were all waiting, along with a folder with extensive local information and handwritten tips from the owners. Of course it’s costed in, but the planning and personal touches were much appreciated. The suggestions we followed up on were all accurate and insightful: clearly the owners have tested everything themselves!

As the photos show, it is big and it is centrally located in a quiet little alley Birgu/Vittoriosa. There is a good view from the top. It’s a short stroll to Senglea (scenic and densely settled) and Conspicua (less so). There is a bus stop for the local buses about two hundred metres away, and these buses go to Valletta and everywhere else on the island for E2.60 a day.

The apartment has almost everything one would expect, There was a DVD player and a good wi-fi service, and the kitchen had gadgets galore. The bedrooms are fine but not opulent, the bathrooms are okay and there are lots of areas for just sitting around. It was mid-winter so we did not use the upstairs or downstairs terraces, but there was loads of space inside.

We stayed for six days, which was probably long enough to see most things in Malta if you make a small effort. The apartment was a great base for this and is highly recommended.

The only hitch was the delay in the return of the security deposit. Somehow the banking system swallowed 8.5%, along with the FX and stated interbank charges. It was not the owners’ fault, but it took some of the gloss off some very positive recollections.

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Liked best: Spacious, convenient, helpful suggestions and arrangements by owner
Liked least: Security deposit arrangements
Travelling group: With Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Older travelers Large groups
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Cape Town
Reviewed 15 January 2012 for a stay in January 2012
1
person found this review helpful

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Liked best: View from the roof terrace; location; well-equipped, spacious; proximity to great restaurants
Liked least: Wi-fi not working
Travelling group: With Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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ocnnllKen...
Gillingham, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
85 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“Stunning house in a fantastic location”
Reviewed 19 December 2011 for a stay in November 2011
1
person found this review helpful

A stunning large high quality authentic Maltese house that feels homely. We were met by a local taxi firm that were very helpful and we used them several times. The welcome pack of food and drink when we arrived was a lovely touch and the information pack the owners have prepared was well put together and very helpful.

The kitchen has everything you could need and the small kitchen on the roof terrace is a great touch as was the selection of books, magazines and DVD's..

The house is in fantactic condition and well looked after. The roof terrace is amazing with fantastic views and we spent many hours just relaxing up there even in early November when it was still warm enough to sit outside and eat every evening.

The house is in a traditional local area away from the main tourist areas but within easy reach of everything. The local buses are cheap and easy to use and the local shops are a quick walk away which had everything we needed for a week. We did the north and south open bus tours which were interesting and a good way to see the island. Mdina is well worth visiting. We didn't hire a car but were out and about every day and saw a lot of the island as travelling around was quite easy.

We eat in all the local restaurants and they were all very good. The locals are very friendly particularly the shop at the bottom of the stairs to the house.

The booking process was very easy and Paul the owner was a pleasure to deal.

Since we have been back we have recommended the house to several friends and family and would highly recommend this house and area for a fantastic holiday. We will certainly return.

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Liked best: Fantastic authentic maltese house which feels homely
Liked least: Lots of stairs
Travelling group: Extended Family
Your age range 35-49
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eastbourne
Reviewed 26 October 2011 for a stay in October 2011

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Liked best: size and view
Liked least: stairs but thats the price of a view
Travelling group: With Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Large groups
  • Was the property as advertised?
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Durham, United Kingdom
Reviewed 27 September 2011 for a stay in September 2011

How easy was it to book the property? How helpful were the directions to the property?
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Liked best: The roof terrace
Travelling group: With Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway
  • Was the property as advertised?
  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
  • Was your security deposit returned on time?
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveller and not of TripAdvisor LLC nor of its partners.
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