Went here on a short 5 day break on an all inclusive basis.
Very difficult review to write as on the one hand you can't fault the hotel that much but there is very little that can be said to endear it.
The staff are OK they serve you, they clear the plates, they deal with your enquiries but you get the feeling that they are just going through the motions rather than wanting you to enjoy your stay.
The food is OK, it lacks flair and excitement but then again it is served in a canteen environment. It's not fine dining but at the same time it's edible if somewhat boring.
The rooms are OK though the staffs desire to rearrange the furniture at 7 in the morning is a little disturbing as wooden chair legs on tiled floors do tend to sound a little bit. Also the 'muzak' that is switched on at 7 in the morning is like what you hear in lifts all over the world.
It is out a bit from the developed areas (which we like) and if you weren't all inclusive /full board you would have struggled a little for restaurants & bars in the area as there are none.
The Maltese bus service is fantastic & cheap even though the old buses have now gone. We used the hop on hop off bus service which runs a shuttle too the starting point from directly outside of the hotel. We used 'Maltasightseeing' bus as they are slightly cheaper than their rivals 'City-Sightseeing' for the South tour and also for the Gozo trip. The rest of the time we used the local buses which start from just round the corner. The Gozo ferry is walkable as you can watch it come in and the Comino ferry is literally on the other side of the road from outside the door.
Worth noting the hotel do a free packed lunch provided you order before 12:00 (noon) on the day before. Well worth it especially if you are going out and about and happy to eat lunch on the run.
Overall if you want a base to do some sightseeing and don't want to be in a built overdeveloped area then it's a good choice. If you want lots of night life & fine dining then look elsewhere.
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- Also Known As:
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- The Riviera Resort And Spa
- Riviera Hotel Mellieha
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