Myself, my wife and daughter stayed at the Qawra Palace for a week leading up to 1st May 2012. A holiday is what you make it and I can only say we had a really enjoyable time.
The hotel is generally clean and tidy and given the price paid for our holiday leaves little room for complaint. We did look at the reviews on tripadvisor before leaving home and the advice was helpful. I can endorse some of the comments made in other reviews some of which are reiterated here:
Booking: beware that when booking you will get a standard inside (courtyard) balcony room. These rooms look onto opposite and surrounding balcony rooms which impinges on privacy and limits the amount of sunshine you can expect to receive; perhaps none on lower levels. This however may suit some. If you want a sea view this is offered as an upgrade cost (for us 98 euros) but worth it in our experience. We stayed half board.
Service: the staff are generally pleaseant though one or two seemed to be downright unsociable. We visited the entertainment ballroom on the first night and when ordering drinks at the bar found the barman hard to engage in conversation. It was our first and last visit to the ballroom for the duration of the stay. Staff in the restaurant were efficient, friendly and helpful. Reception staff could smile a little more and a 'good morning' now and then wouldn't hurt; you will however be engaged in polite conversation from cleaning staff. Access to the hotels wifi is at a cost (see location below)
Rooms: the rooms are a little sparse but generally clean; don't go with high expectations. Take a travel kettle if you fancy a tea or coffee in the morning. Reception can provide a kettle, tea and coffee, but at a cost of 3.70 euros per day. We followed the advice of an earlier review. Not sure if all rooms have a safe but ours did (11 euros for the week for the key). The room had a flat screen tv with a selection of channels, a tv remote is available from reception for 10 euros, refunded when remote is returned. A small fridge is ample for needs. A hair dryer is provided.
Restaurant: the restaurant is generally well set out and geared for buffet service. Food choice is a little limited and caters for an elder clientel in my experience; nothing really to excite or complain about either. Juice,tea and coffee dispensed from machine and toasters unpredictable. Wines and beers to be be purchased at bar prior to entry but prices and quality pretty good. Don't expect the fine dining experience.
Sleep Quality: It can be noisy, we had a few youngters in the hotel banging doors in the early hours and traffic noise, late night revellers and music from nightspots along the way may disrupt your sleep. We did hear others complaining to reception. Probably more of a problem at height of season.
Location: the location is ideal for accessing all the main visitor attractions on the island, but then again given the size of the island, anywhere could be. St Paul's Bay is a 15-20 minute walk around the coast and Arriva buses can be hailed directly opposite the hotel at a cost of 2.60 euros for all areas day pass (can get a little crowded, but air conditioned). A couple of bars nearby have free wifi; take a left out of hotel along the road to Champions Cafe on seafront (5 mins). Take a right out of hotel along sea front to the Fuego Salsa Bar and turn left towards sea to Chaplins Bar; here you can get wifi access via a password. Great little friendly bar too.
Pool: the outdoor pool is ok but could be overcrowded in height of season I guess. It is sea water (treated) so be prepared. Smaller 1m depth pool for kids and splash pool. Pool surroundings are slippy when wet so not ideal for kids who want to run and play (not really child friendly to me). Indoor heated pools are better suited for families.
General: Malta is a great place to visit and the Qawra Palace is a good spot from which to grant the best of experiences. From an experienced traveller having stayed at the best and not so fantastic, I would stay here again.
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- Also Known As:
- Qawra Palace Hotel Malta
- Qawra Palace St Pauls Bay