by Barb B
Napa, CA and Hereford, AZ , Arizona
October 15, 2000
Naturally, a comfortable, clean and dependable hotel was our first priority. With just two days, we wanted accommodations close to the major sightseeing attractions. Since we had no tours or itinerary planned, we also wanted a hotel which offered tours or local guides. Knowing we would be exhausted after a long day seeing the sights, an on-site restaurant also seemed important. Being Americans, of course, we wanted the amenities to which we have become so accustomed! Some friends who had visited Malta previously, suggested their favorite hotel, but when they mentioned the bathroom down the hall--I vetoed that one!
We selected the Best Western-Les Lapins and found that it met and exceed all of our needs for this trip. Easily accessible by cab, the hotel is located about mid-way between Valletta and Sliema, and overlooks the gorgeous Marina at Ta'Xbiex. Our room on the 4th floor, afforded a marvelous view of the Marina, and after dinner that night, the lights on the tiny boats along the marina provided a delightfully romantic walk.
Our room was a small suite with king - sized bed, sattellite TV, direct dial phone and full sized bath with hair dryer. Two pools, tennis courts and a nearby golf-course were available, but on such a short stay, we did not take advantage of those offerrings.
We enjoyed our dinner in the Vapurrett Restaurant at the hotel and found its ambiance both opulent and relaxing. The food was innovative and quite excellent and the service was attentive without being invasive.
The Best Western Las Lapins was a perfect choice for this trip. At about $150 (US dollars) per night it was an excellent bargain. The price included an comprehensive 'American style' breakfast, featuring an excellent choice of fruits, homemade breads, meats, cheeses and various beverages. We were able to arrange with the hotel to join a city walking tour and found a guide for afternoon trips to more distant attractions. The hotel also offers Senior and Business discounted prices if you are eligible.
From journal Malta-The Incredible Black Bird