Birchircara, Malta Majjistral, Malta
June 21, 2004
There are no guest rooms on the ground floor which is used to house a big reception area, an exchange office and a cozy pub and restaurant. The receptionists do not speak English but they try hard to be understood and make your stay the best possible. The pub-restaurant which has big windows overlooking Laisves aleja is used as a breakfast room from 8am to 11am and as a pub from then until the last customer leaves. Breakfast is not included in the price but you can still opt for breakfast here if you wish; you will certainly be joined by a couple of workers who come here for an early cup of coffee. The breakfast is on the skimpy side but you'll never pay more than 10 litas, equivalent to US$2.50. If you want something better, just walk west along Laisves aleja where you'll find numerous eateries and restaurants; some however do not open before 9am.
The hotel has 16 double rooms, all spacious enough to accommodate at least three persons. They are well-equipped with old but renovated bathrooms, a big sofa with matching armchairs, a small table, a television and a radio. Do not expect luxury but everything is clean and comfortable enough for a budget hotel. Clean towels, body soap and shampoo are available daily. If possible, choose one of the six rooms which overlook Laisves aleja. These rooms have a large wall-to-wall window through which you can view the central walkway which is always crowded with locals and visitors moving from one shop to another looking for a good bargain.
Although this hotel is built on the town's main artery and busy commercial area, all rooms are quiet and cozy. Laisves aleja is pedestrianised; so rooms are completely free from traffic noise. For such a location and for the cheap prices, Hotel Monela has to be recommended.
From journal An Old Town within a business centre