The good: The hotel staff were friendly, the room was spacious and perfectly acceptable, room service was excellent and we very much enjoyed the perks of all-inclusive. The hotel is located very near a bus terminal where tour and regular buses depart often to take you all over Malta. The indoor pool and jacuzzi in the basement is great and general spa facilities very nice. There's three pools in all to choose from. We also enjoyed the roof terrace bar - the burger bar next to it was great. We knew the hotel was quite cheap so our expectations were not too high which I think proved the right attitude for the following reasons below.
However, this the bad; the food was at best mediocre most nights. All very safe cuisine (spag bol / roast beef / fish / tomato sauce pasta etc) but not much better than the value brands of supermarkets. It's a buffet service and a couple of times, our food was rather cool when we'd brought it back to our table (usually breakfast). It's a shame because Malta is supposed to be known for good food. The hotel generally is fine but it does need a bit of refurbishment here and there. The evening entertainment was good some nights (in particular, the Latin dancers, winners for Malta were fantastic) but there was a couple of quite bad acts too. It seemed as though the poor acts had been brought in at the last moment and weren't very used to performing for an audience. We also asked for a wake up call TWICE and both times they took our request at reception and we received no call in the morning which was rather irritating.
All in all, we did enjoy our stay and the hotel was perfectly agreeable for most parts (mainly because we are not too bothered by food or mediocre entertainment). Most of the guests were elderly English Northerners which meant they were all extremely friendly! Especially as we are a 20-something couple!
Basically, if you're looking for a nice, budget break then The Soreda is a good stay.
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- Also Known As:
- Soreda Hotel Qawra
- Soreda Hotel Malta/Qawra
- Hotel Malta Soreda