All the way from the Netherlands, allow us to introduce Dionne Paiesz, Demi Van de Spek, and Nicole Ton Van.
Our journey began earlier this year, and during that time, we had the opportunity to get to know each other and we were grateful that we came from the same country, as adjusting to living independently in a foreign land was initially intimidating. However, Malta’s small size made the transition easier, and we quickly settled in. One intriguing aspect was how everyone seems to know each other here!
We were greeted by HR and were given an induction and show around of the property then introduced to our Managers and team members. We had a warm welcome from everyone and we were really happy with the team. We knew that working in a 5 Star and 4 Star Property will be challenging for us but we were readily prepared for it. While we had learned about hospitality in school, actually experiencing it was very different. During our first weeks, we received a lot of training about the standards, information about guests and clientele, and what is expected from the team. Then training on the hotel system began. Initially, it was quite overwhelming as there was a lot to learn, but with time, it became easier and, of course, more enjoyable.
Front Office is a lovely department to work in and it taught us to be alert and always look our best. Shifts initially started as 8 hours per day, and once we were fully trained, we moved to 12-hour shifts. This made our weekly schedule easier to plan.
The Sliema AX Hotels are beautiful. AX The Victoria has a different decor from AX The Palace, but both hotels have detailed aesthetics and excellent facilities. Working with guests gave us a lot of job satisfaction, and seeing clients depend on us to make their holiday enjoyable and relaxing motivated us to deliver and exceed expectations.
What will you be taking back home with you?
Our experience with AX Sliema is indescribable. Thanks to the team, we have gained valuable experience and, most importantly, a lot of knowledge and insights into hospitality. We have been exposed to mystery guests, different types of guests, how to handle challenging situations, and the importance of exceeding expectations. We will surely take all of these lessons back home with us.
Would you choose AX Hotels Sliema again?
Definitely! This was one of the best decisions we have made.
We would like to thank both Front Office teams for their patience in training us and for making us feel part of the team and most of all we would like to thank Dorianne Camilleri – Front Office Manager at AX Hotels Sliema and Charles Portelli – Front Office Manager at The Victoria.
AX Hotels Sliema…we will miss you!