I'm sure by now anyone thinking of booking a stay in this hotel will realise that it is in quite a secluded spot, there are no shops, restaurants, coffee shops, tourist tatt shops, cafes etc etc within walking distance. (It takes about an hour on the bus to Valletta - which is worth a trip for sure.)
However - if you are looking for a reasonably priced friendly hotel with decent food and drinks, a great pool area (never a shortage of sunbeds), spectacular views over Comino and Gozo, being able to hear the sea at night, no loud music (except the 'entertainment') beyond 11pm - then this could be for you!!
We enjoyed our stay, particularly the seaview room (worth paying for it I would say) looking over Gozo - the food was absolutely fine, ok maybe a little repetitive but tasty and plentiful. Staff without exception were helpful - we loved Karen and pal on the lobby bar and the lass on the pool bar - they seemed to work all hours of the day and night and were unfailing polite :)
The beach bar area was fine during the day for a wee drink or coffee, but we found that later in the evening (we only went once!) it was seemed to become the place to see and be seen and was populated by the local trendies haha. Not our scene.
There is no sandy beach, but the sea is right beside you, and there are steps in and out to enable you to go for a dip. We loved watching the wee fishing boats coming in and putting their catch straight into the refrigerated vans that zipped down to meet the boats.
Our only issue was with some of the housekeeping which was slightly random - but... we made mention of it at the time, and also left feedback on leaving so I don't feel it's fair to bring it up publicly - it may just have been someone's first week on the job etc and it was nothing serious.
So in summary - Marfa is a quiet and lovely spot if you like that kind of thing. If we returned to Malta we may well stay here again. I would certainly send friends of mine here, and for the price we paid - we were delighted :)
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