We stayed in the Qawra Palace hotel for one week. We chose half board & had a sea view twin room.
This hotel is not 4 star, it's 3 star. I'm not saying this because I was unhappy with our stay I am just simply stating the facts.
The clientele in this hotel is slightly varied but the majority of the guests are elderly couples and groups. A few under 50 couples and families. Myself and my friend are both 21 and we were the youngest couple there without a doubt. If you are coming for a young, party and drinking holiday this hotel is not for you!
The rooms are fine, more than fine for the amount we paid (which included flights, transfers and half board). We upgraded the extra £70 to a sea view room which was lovely and had a spacious balcony. Beds and rooms were spotless and kept spotless each day we were there. Cleaning staff are polite and fantastic and as a young couple who did come back a few nights a bit too "jolly", sometimes our room was very messy but they were fabulous and kept it spotless each and every time.
The bathroom is small, yes but it does the job, hot water is plentiful and enough space for us to use it comfortably. One issue is the towels are extremely uncomfortable and hard, I blame my sunburn because I nearly ripped off half of my face one evening while drying my face.
The staff in this hotel vary from poor to very good. One of the night security men were amazing to us and even sat down at 3am when we returned and gave us a cup of tea. The little things helped! Some of the reception staff and security staff are rude. Simple as. I don't find it acceptable to feel as I have done something wrong & the need to apologise while making small requests. They made us feel quite uncomfortable.
As young guests, we were quite & well respected to the hotel & staff but we could defiantly feel a lack of service towards us and maybe that was due to our age.
Hotel food, breakfast is pleasant and more than fine. Usual affair of juices, cereals, baked items & hot items. Bacon isn't UK style as we are familiar with but bacon in most foreign places is the same and kinda is more similar to cooked ham slices. It did the job. The dinner we went too was horrendous, we are very non fussy eaters and found the food for dinner to be tasteless and simply very poor standard. We only ate once due to this so cannot comment on other nights. The seating arrangements in the dining area were weird. Each room is a certain zone and they can get very touchy (staff) if you sit in the wrong zone. Still confused on how it made a difference as nobody was really checking but hey ho, didn't bother us - always found a table quickly.
Entertainment was very similar each night, it was "ballroom" themed that week and somehow they combined Elvis and a very cheesy "butlins" type singer into one show. It was a laugh for us and we didn't mind but had we come in peak summer we wouldn't of been happy. I assume they cater to the majority and the other guests enjoyed it and danced away. The nightclub was open once on a Saturday and we really enjoyed that, was a great laugh. Most other nights we went out to the bars, parties etc.
The whole pool situation with beds and saving spaces is the same in most hotels. I don't get why people get so annoyed by it, it's the same everywhere and is extremely hard to monitor people who save beds. I get that larger groups want to be sat together so it didn't really bother us as we strolled down at midday and found a space to put down some chairs and sunbathe. Pool was cold but we enjoyed it.
Drink prices and room service prices are cheap compared to hotels you are usually familiar with! We had ordered 2 wraps and 2 drinks and it was way under 15 euros. The wraps were large and tasty, actually very nice and we preferred this to some of the lunch places we went in the square! Be aware that the dinner buffet closed at 8.45pm! Which is ridiculously early for a European country! I am used to eating at that time not finishing!
Alcohol wasn't as bad as other hotels and most UK pubs. 6 euros for a large cocktail with 4 different shots of booze, that can't be bad? It wasn't. We didn't order a lot of alcohol during our stay because we went out to local places near by!
The location is great, the square and nearby restaurants and shops can vary from 3/15 minute walk. It's easy and was pleasant to walk. Taxis charge 10 euros from the square to the hotel when in reality it's less than a mile drive away!
Aquarium is also 3/5 minute walk near by. Beaches aren't sandy. I believe sandy beaches are 15 minutes away but we never felt the need to visit them.
There are vending machines and 2 hotel shops that sell essentials, gifts and towels. Also a local shop next door the hotel cafe which exchange pounds, sell booze, snacks and cigarettes.
The hotel has a royal cafe as it is named. They served a good brew and for a large pot of tea for 3 people was 3 euros. It opened late and was nice to sit outside, people watching with a nearly british cup of tea. Staff were lovely in the cafe also.
Overall, this hotel is fine. It does the job. It's not luxury but it isn't hostel like either. It was pleasant. I wouldn't stay here again because of the food & age gap for us but for a relaxing holiday for an older couple/group this is fabulous.
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- Also Known As:
- Qawra Palace Hotel Malta
- Qawra Palace St Pauls Bay