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I'm Maltese, even though I live between Malta and Italy. I love travelling and getting to know people from different cultures and that is why I joined Airbnb.... I would like people to get to know the Maltese culture:)!
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We were made very welcome by Claudette by correspondence and in person by Tessie when we arrived. The apartment is very conveniently sited, in easy walking distance from the bus station and Valetta and also has available overnight parking nearby. A small shop nearby has all necessary basics.
The description is accurate, but it was darker and colder than we had expected, but it was January and it was a particularly cold and wet week! I imagine it is lovely in the summer.
Sono appena rientrata dalla più fredda settimana che Malta abbia conosciuto negli ultimi anni....Questo aspetto climatico non ha aiutato molto la permanenza nell'appartamento di Claudette. Indiscussa la gentilezza e la disponibilità di Claudette e dei suoi collaboratori, che hanno accontentato le nostre richieste. Purtroppo rimane il fatto che la casa è molto umida e con la pioggia entra anche l'acqua dal tetto verandato. La luce è molto scarsa. Una settimana è stata un po' lunga....Comunque la casa è molto comoda al centro de La Valletta ed alla stazione dei bus raggiungibile in 5 minuti a piedi. Fate solo dei week end lunghi!
La casa di per sé e' molto bella e caratteristica, Claudette molto gentile e disponibile , peccato per i millepiedi che spuntano come funghi nel soggiorno e che in questi giorni abbiamo dovuto sfrattare piu' volte..raccogliendone uno ad uno.....oltre all'odore di umido che permane nell'appartamento .
Oltretutto fare una doccia calda di sera per noi e' stato praticamente impossibile.....solo di mattina avevamo l'acqua calda...ma era bollente ..senza possibilita' di regolarla.
Detto questo...se non fosse per questi tre punti (email hidden) casa e' in una posizione ottimale ed e' accogliente.
Summary: could be perfect.
The apartment is charmingly decorated - particularly the exposed structure which looks to be quite old gives it a unique vibe. The kitchen is adequate for simple cooking (with one cooking pot and one skillet, but a nice 4-hob gas stove), if a little small (although the large dining table provides ample work surface if you need it). It is also very well located, with the old historic centre of Valletta and the main bus station only 10-15 minutes away on foot. I did find it a little tricky to find places for grocery shopping, but they are there if you look carefully (a convenience store is just around the block selling mostly conserves and non-food items - vegetables and other fresh ingredients I found in Valletta).
I do have a few criticisms that I think I should mention. The first concerns the ground floor shower. On the first day of my stay, this seemed to work fine, but later I started having problems; the shower would give out very little water and this water was very hot - almost as if there was no cold water coming in. It is possible I wasn't using it right in terms of switching the boiler on or off or something like that, but then again I followed the instructions that were provided. Also my short stay and busy schedule didn't allow for somebody to come by while I was there to try and fix the problem. So in short, I don't know whether this is a structural issue at all.
Since I couldn't get on with the ground floor shower, I tried the one in the downstairs (basement) bathroom. This required some extra instructions from Claudette but she was (as always) very quick in communication. I did find the water pressure to be a little low and more importantly, after using this shower there was an unpleasant smell of damp, particularly in the master bedroom. This smell didn't linger very long though, and as I understand it this bathroom is a work in progress.
Finally, there was a small infestation of millipedes (a few dozen), particularly in the basement. This wouldn't be so much of a problem if the basement didn't have that bathroom in it, and if they didn't also turn up in the rest of the apartment, which they did. They weren't very bothersome as they were slow-moving, harmless creatures, but still they weren't nice to look at and it does make one a little uncomfortable to have them there. I should say the apartment was generally quite clean, and I couldn't work out where they were coming from, so perhaps this was just an incident.
If these issues are addressed, I would highly recommend this apartment. As it was I still got good value for money, and enjoyed my stay overall, but it left me with slightly mixed feelings.
I have spent two days at the Claudette's place and in general terms my stay was very pleasant. The location of the apartment is great, it takes you 5 minutes to reach the bus station and the down town.
Trisa was waiting for me, she showed me the house and how to use the different istruments around very nicely. Even though I couldn't meet Claudette she was very kind solving all my doubts.
The apartment is very spacious, clasic walls, and the most important, super lightly since it has a glass ceiling. The kitchen is fully equipped, good bathroom and towels for the showers.
The only negative side, as other people mentioned, is the stong smell of moisture in the bed. Nothing to do with the apartment since Claudette has placed freshener all around making stay in the main area very pleasant, but the smell of the bed is definitely something that has to be changed..it was quite difficult to sleep.
Thank you Claudette!
Location of the flat is really good- very close to the mail bus stop from where you can take a bus to any part of the island.
The apartment is a good size and great value for money.
The only down side was the smell coming out from downstairs, but we closed kitchen door and that helped a lot. We only needed a place to get a few hours of sleep in between discovering beautiful Malta, so where not bother about the smell that much as we didn't use the kitchen or stayed in the apartment that much.
Thank you Claudette for quick responses to my emails and lovely cookies you left for us :-)
Our stay in Claudette's apartment had its ups and downs. The apartment is very well located, outside of the crowded turistic area and just a short walk from the center of Valetta. It is good value for money, since it is not expensive and it has a lot of space and it is quite comfortable. The kitchen and bathroom are just perfect, also the dining area is great with a lot of natural light that enters through a plastic ceiling. Although we did not meet Claudette personaly, we communicated by phone a few times, and she was very kind and ready to solve any problem through her asistant, Trisa, who was also very nice.
The down side is that the apartment has no windows, so it is very humid and it has the typical smell of enclosed humid places, specially the bedrooms. The apartment does have a small open room that brings some fresh air into it, but it is no enough, specially the bedrooms are very humid and dark.
It would also be good if the bed pillows were replaced for new ones, since the present pillows have an unpleasant smell. And the apartment's door needs to be fixed, it does not close properly.
Other than that, I think that the apartment is good value for money, and we thank Claudette for being in contact with us whenever we needed her.
We were collected from airport by the private driver Sonny for 18,-Euros. We meet at apartment with Trisa. She is the cleaner who showed us around and how everything worked. The apartment is lovely, special Maltese style though there was a constant wet smell. The flat is close to Valletta bus gate. Internet was only possible with an O2 USB stick:-(.
I had an enjoyable time ay the apartment. The main benefits were the location close to Valletta and the bus station. The available space was great and the downstairs bathroom facilities have much potential. althougj at the moment need completion.Claudette was very kind to leave clean towels.
The apartment does nit have any windows but the aor conditioning was fine. The fact that the apartment was on the gtound floor was a bonus.
Facilities were fine öūt there was no oven. Definitely a different experience and a little unisual.
Appartement très bien situé à quelques minutes à pied de La Valette. Intérieur charmant et spacieux. Un peu humide comme annoncé dans les commentaires précédents mais un rapport qualité-prix exceptionnel pour la localisation. Nous y avons passé un très bon séjour.
It was a pleaseure hosting you Soizic!
Claudette and Matteo Buneos been two friends who have come home, and those who have lived two days magnificent, although less than we agreed that we would like because of our work schedules and sightseeing, we have shared moments home to talk and tell us a little experiences of our lives ... two guys are great, very nice and fun to any would be happy to receive them at home, highly recommended
Claudette was a great guest, i didn't see her much, because her stay was quick. She and her friend were very kind, clean and respectful . I recomend them to any host and hope to see them back in Barcelona.