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Friday, December 1, 2017

Airbnb: Bugibba, Malta - Nice 2BR/1BA Apartment, Convenient Location, Great Views, Reasonable Price

Airbnb Apartment

"Fabulous view, cosy apartment in sunny Malta"
Dawret Il-Qawra, Springfield Court
San Pawl il-Baħar, Malta

Reasonably priced, clean, two-bedroom, one bath apartment in Bugibba (Northeast Malta) with partial sea view and view of salt flats as well as surrounding countryside, including Mosta (left above) and the ancient Malta's capitol of Mdina (right above).
The apartment building is relatively new (20 years or less) with the apartment on the 4th Floor (center right above, second floor from top). For the price, the views are quite lovely and the apartment is close to stores, restaurants, and public transportation (see my review of Malta Public Transport).
View of Mediterranean (Far Left) and Salt Flats From Balconies

Countryside View, Including Mdina and Bird Park Malta (Top Left)

View of Mediterranean (Far Left), Salt Flats, and Kennedy Grove From Balconies

View of Mdina in Distance and Bus Stop (Fugass) Across the Street (Right of Tree)
Pros
  • Central location, close to public transport, restaurants, shopping
  • Great value
  • Decent size, private 2BR/1BA apartment
  • Two balconies, great views (sea, salt flats, Mosta and Mdina)
  • Large refrigerator with freezer
  • Washer
  • Bath Tub and Shower
  • Air conditioning/heat
  • Basic utensils (pots, pans, bowls, cutlery, toaster, kettle)
  • Elevator (4th Floor Apartment)
  • Garage (if you have a vehicle)
  • Secure building (pass code for entry, cameras)

Cons
  • Spotty communication with hosts - difficult to reach via phone/text
  • Lack of clear instructions (trash disposal/recycling, cable, Wi-Fi, washing machine, oven, taxi service, restaurants, shopping)
  • Uncomfortable - master bed too hard
  • Fireplace listed, but not functional
  • Uncomfortable and worn/broken seating
  • No coffee pot (only Nescafe and a kettle)
  • Lack of supplies (trash and recycling bags, detergents, paper towels, TP, very few spices, etc.)
  • Just one set of sheets for each bed and they didn't fit - flat sheet not big enough for large bed - need fitted sheets
  • Zero cleaning during 3-week stay (€60 Cleaning Fee)

The "Fugass" bus stop is within 100 feet, connecting you to Mosta, Valletta, the airport, hospital (Mater Dei), Rabat (Mdina), and more, so transportation on Malta Public Transport is simple with a €21 weekly bus card (available at bus terminals and many shops) or you can pay €1.50 each way (ticket good for 2 hours). The buses have their flaws (fast drivers, winding roads, erratic schedules), but are an efficient way to get around Malta and Gozo

Here is a list of places to visit while in Malta with links to reviews and/or websites:

Hagar Qim Temples
Mnajdra Temples
Fort St Elmo/National War Museum
Ta' Hagrat
National Museum of Archaeology
Skorba Temple
Domus Romana
Gran Castello Historic House
Ghar Dalam
Inquisitors Palace
Malta Maritime Museum
Old Prisons
St Paul's Catacombs
National Museum of Natural History
Malta National Aquarium
Tarxien Temples
Ta' Bistra Catacombs
Fort St Angelo
Grandmaster's Palace State Rooms and Armoury
Popeye Village
Hal Saflieni Hypogeum **

You can also book tours through travel agents, one (Colour My Travel) offering a FREE 90-Minute Walking Tour of Valletta.


Gozo

Gozo, one of the three Maltese Islands (only two accessible by tourists - Malta and Gozo), also has a vast history and is well worth an extended visit. Here is a list of must see venues on the island:

Gozo Museum of Archaeology
Ggantija Temples
Gozo Nature Museum
Citadel Visitor Centre

Ta' Kola Windmill


Restaurants


Bugibba

La Stalla

La Sorpressa
The George (British Pub)
House of Spice (Indian)

Valletta

The Submarine (Great, cheap Italian sandwiches)

Rabat

Toffee & Co (Local/Maltese - Inexpensive)

Xlendi (Gozo)

The Diamond (British Pub/Food)
Zafiro (Mediterranean)

Mgarr

Mgarr United


Gozo Hotel

Want to get away for a couple of days? Go to Gozo and stay at this inexpensive, bay front 3-Star hotel:

San Andrea


Just for grins, here is a post on the cats we saw during our three week stay, called The Maltese Kitten


Here are more photos of the apartment:

Living Room


    Elevator


    Entry


    Kitchen



    Master Bedroom



    Large Closet



    Entry




    Washing Machine



    Fireplace?



    Living Room



    Second Bedroom (Bunk Beds)


    At less than $34 per night, Maxim's apartment was an excellent value. There are quite a few pros and cons, but the cons are fairly minor compared to the more important and numerous pros. I think my readers should be aware of both the good and the bad when I write a review and would be doing you and Maxim a disservice if not completely honest. That being said ...

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