The Osborne gets a mixed review from me. The location is brilliant, not far from Triq il-Repubblika, and the rooms are comfortable and clean with ensuite bathroom, coffee making facilities and plasma TV. The staff are friendly, attentive and welcoming and the rooftop terrace has great views over the city.
Now the bad side...the room we were given had no windows!!!! Didn’t mind too much at first so didn’t ask to change but after a while it got annoying, especially waking up in the morning...didn’t know what time of the day or night it might be and couldn’t even tell what the weather was like. Spoilt what would have been a fine room.
The other less than satisfactory thing was the breakfast which really wasn’t great. I’m not a great breakfast eater most of the time, but after paying for it as part of the room I wasn’t too impressed with the offerings. The bar too wasn’t great and poorly staffed...plus I love my coffee, so when paying €2 for a coffee in a hotel bar I expect more than luke warm instant coffee in a thimble sized cup!
The roof top terrace could be so much better. Apart from the ridiculously small ‘pool’ the terrace does have promise if they put out a few chairs and tables. The sun loungers aren’t the most comfortable things to sit on.
Having said all that, the hotel was very reasonably priced for a double room and was ideally located in Valletta and close to the bus terminal. We don’t spend too long in our accommodation anyway so we were generally happy with the hotel. Could be worse...could be better.
Ah yeah...have to add in my usual gripe over internet access. Why is it that in budget accommodation and hostels, internet access is nearly always free but in supposedly upmarket hotel accommodation you are nearly always charged for this service?...doesn’t make sense to me!