We spent a great time in this wonderful penthouse. The apartment is well equipped with all you need. A real highlight is the fantastic roof terrace with different sorts of plants and a great view over the roofs around.
The apartment is perfectly located close to the harbour of Ta'Xbiex with many shops, bars and restaurants, but quiet in the night. The next bus stop is very close to the apartment and you can get within 15 minutes to Valetta by bus.
Ivan and his wife are very friendly and helpful. They gave us a lot of informations and they have even cared for some necessary basics before our arrival.
However, a wonderful place to live and to relax and we hope to stay here again.
We arrived here after the nightmare of our flat in Valletta and immediately felt the peaceful quiet of the rooftop! The apartment is gorgeous and has everything you need to be self-catering. The owner is very helpful and even stocked the fridge with some basics before our arrival. The outdoor space is truly amazing--except the grill couldn't be lit because the supplied lighter was empty. The location is great and the bus stop to Valletta is only a few feet away. It is a 20 minute walk to the boats to Gozo and Comino and there is a large (but hard to find) grocery store 10 minutes away. (FYI-if you want to shop the grocery store is in the Gala Center above the Audi dealership:-)) Entry around the side and up one flight.
The two things that were not perfect were 1) the bed was truly uncomfortable (the one in the main room-the one in the smaller bedroom was fine), and 2) you have to pay a meter to use the electricity. This requires euro coins and it is totally unclear as to how much electricity is used by what items.
Overall though I would HIGHLY recommend the place for a relaxing, beautiful get away. There is also a cab stand around the corner where you can book a cab to the airport when you want to head home, or around the isalnd.
This is a great apartment from which to explore Malta - and also in which to relax on the large sunny well-furnished roof terrace, which is a real bonus after a long day sight-seeing. It's located one street back from the yacht harbour at Ta'Xbiex [pronounced Tash Bish], an area with a mix of residential apartments, small shops, yacht clubs, embassies in imposing villas fronting the harbour and restaurants. [Mamma Mia, 2 minutes away on the harbour, is well worth a visit.].
A car is not essential. Buses in Malta are frequent, cheap and, we found, punctual. Within 2 minutes walk of the apartment there are buses to Valletta and within 15 minutes, on the other side of the harbour, [bus stop Kulleg] buses go to the Gozo ferry, Mdina, St Pauls and Golden Bay. Ta'Xbiex is less touristy and noisy than nearby Sliema, whose shops, bars and ferries are also walking distance. Gala supermarket in Testaferrata Street, about 10 minutes walk away, will deliver your shopping for free that same day if you spend more than Euro 40 - ideal if, like us, you are staying for some time and don't rent a car.
The apartment is well-organised with plenty of local information and Ivan and Claudia are on hand if required. We had a small problem with the apartment which was fixed within an hour of us reporting it.
If we return to Malta, we would certainly hope to stay there again.
Stayed for 30 nights during Jan/Feb for the second time in 12 months.
The penthouse is a clean well equipped and maintained property, with plenty of light from the huge sliding windows leading to the fabulous terrace. Ideal for a solo traveller like myself or a couple.
The main bedroom has a comfortable double bed with loads of storage space.
Electricity is supplied by a pay as you go meter so stock up on 1 and 2 euro coins.
The location is perfect for transport links as the bus service stops right by the building. It's a lovely walk to Valletta or the other way to St Julians via Slima.
There is a convience store which is about 5 minutes walk and the Gala Supermarket just a little further on making self catering easy. Plenty of coffee shops and restaurants in the area. My favourite being the Water Polo Club with its quality food and excellent ambiance and service.
Ivan and Claudia are pleasant and friendly hosts. Help is at hand if you need it but at the same time your privacy is respected. I will be booking again for next year.
Such good value for money - Ivan is a great host and very helpful. Apartment was ideal for two of us, as we used the second bedroom as a dressing room.
The rooms are small, but this is more than balanced by the terrific roof terrace- it's got everything you could need... Barbecue, dining table, soft seating, patio heater, hammock, sun beds, shower, hi-if and even a washing machine!!
We barbecued for 10 people in comfort in February and had a great time.
Well located next to local shops and cafes - a short walk from Busy Bee if you enjoy quality local food at really good prices!
Just behind the embassies and multi million euro blocks of flats, so no nice views, but easy access to the marinas or either Sliema to the NE or Pieta/Floriana/Valletta once around Msida creek.
Would definitely use again.