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Blue Sea Santa Maria
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Triq ir-Ramel, Bugibba, Island of Malta SPB 3033, Malta   |  
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Ranked #11 of 16 Hotels in Bugibba
Wakefield, United Kingdom
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“very nice stay”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

we recently went to this hotel for 2 weeks stay and we really enjoyed it.
we were quite surprised to find there was NO wifi at this hotel so it cost us a small fortune ringing home to family while we were there.
It would make a difference for the hotel guests to have access even if it is in the public area only ...other than that enjoyed the stay

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service

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Rating summary
  • Location
    3 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    2.5 of 5 stars
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

There is a culture and cuisine unique to malta. It really is a marmite scenario. The question is 'Do you like the Maltese' and I did. This hotel is set upon the back streets of Bugibba. Rows upon rows of flats with the occasional bar/hotel here and there...

I went B&B to get out there and see what Malta had to offer. Discovered hobs-biz-zejt. and other dishes besides. In the hotel the evening meal was meat/fish and two veg and flavours unique to Malta. Don't go all inc. in this Hotel you will be stuck in the middle of nowhere and go nowhere after dinner. (because if you take less work you can offer a better service for the same or even more money...

You must see the sunset at the top of Bugibba Bay. Turn right at the front of the Santa Maria Hotel, then a jagged straight with the 'Little by Little' takeaway - shut on your left hand side and walk straight down to the front...

You must see Valletta and the Cordina Cafe with menu to suit every pallette and pocket; Gozo; Medina and the Fontenella Tea Rooms with the panaramic views; and when you go on the boat trips please do not stray from the party...

There are traffickers all around you in Bugibba please keep your wits about you. When you give into the pressure to 'serve' you are koshed and kidnapped. Fabs Food and wine is one and the Jesters Kebab house, both on the opposite side of the block is another both push Sharma Cruises, now they will change their name so avoid the little white boat. And Maltese Mick from London.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Norwich, United Kingdom
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

This holiday was extremely cheap so we expected basic but clean. Initially we were given Room 183N - broken floor tiles in the bathroom, mirror hanging off wall, shower hanging off, mould and mildew round the bath, toilet handle covered in mould, gaffer tape around the cistern and all covered in mildew or mould and it didn't flush, fan over the bed looked like it could detach from the ceiling if used, one drawer had no bottom. 2nd room not a lot better. The third room we had to accept but it still had rust patches in the bath and mould round it and wasn't paricularly clean.

Clean towels were supposed to be supplied every other day when room cleaned, I had to chase cleaner on 4th day to get our room done and clean towels/

Nice balcony but rails were broken - dangerous for children.

Adults roof terrace - steps to this were covered in bits of brick and plaster but it wasn't cordoned off.

Got stuck in the lift and when we pressed the alarm the receptionist didn't believe us and it was a guest who went to get help for us. That same lift was out of action for 3 or 4 days.

Food could be taken or left - on the whole because the holiday was cheap we decided to leave.

Staff tried but they didn't seem to have the tools or training to do the job properly. Management was non-existent as far as we could see.

We did find out from the locals that the Santa Maria and its sister hotel San Anton had been closed for 6 years. San Anton refurbished last year but the Santa Maria had a lick of paint, new curtains, mattresses and bedspreads only.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Keighley, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

myself and 21 year old granddaughter have just spent 2 weeks at the santa maria, the staff were great,very welcoming and helpful, the rooms although basic with no mini bar or working tv, no wifi unless you bought a card for 3 euros..1 and half hours worth..was clean and comfy. the only gripe was the bed sheets,more cot sheets then bed sheets,so after tossing and turning ,you end up sleeping on the bar mattress,bed covers had some blood stains on but as we didnt report it, its down to us rather then the hotel..the pool and jacuzzi were cold,as was the shower when the hotel got busy,,,food well that could do with an improvement because although enough food, very bland and not too much variety day by day, i spent the last few days eating sausage or mashed pot sarnies...if you want a basic welcoming hotel with good staff then this and its sister hotel the blue sea is right up your street but dont expect luxuries all in all would i recommend this..yes i would..

Room Tip: if you want to sightsee then get a weeks bus ticket ,,dont use the sightseeing bus as you can hop on...
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Guildford, United Kingdom
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

On day of arrival Toilet was blocked, took two requests and two days to get it fixed! Two days without hot water! Below average housekeeping service. Food was awful. Very noisy from passing traffic.
Last time We go All Inclusive..

Room Tip: Rooms on either street are very noisy
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Long Eaton, United Kingdom
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

Just back from month at santa maria.a few initial problems but quickly sorted out.
Staff and manager very helpful.We were very happy with good room service towels changed regularly sheets every 4 days.you could pick fault of you wanted to but for the price we paid we were very happy.
Like many Maltese hotels it could do with some updating. But we saw improvements in the month we were there.
Overall very satisfied don't understand some negative comments about this hotel.
Keep up the good work.thanks.

Room Tip: Pool view.
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Bathgate, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

when we arrived thought room was adequate bed was clean but no mattress protector after we tightened the legs the bed was firmer. one bed had a sheet of chipboard supporting the mattress. the room was basic. the staff apart from the reception were very helpful and obliging.we had to ask for clean towels when housekeeping missed us and receptionist noted it but nothing was done ,the same happened next time and again nothing was done .we ended up approaching the housekeeper who obligingly cleaned the room. the meals were a ombination of the same thing every day on the one occasion they had fried eggs it took twenty minutes to bring out another tray.overall it was not ahotel I would recommend or return to

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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Triq ir-Ramel, Bugibba, Island of Malta SPB 3033, Malta
Location: Malta > Island of Malta > Bugibba
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #11 of 16 Hotels in Bugibba
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Blue Sea Santa Maria 3*
Number of rooms: 225
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The excellent location of the hotel Blue Sea Santa Maria in the quiet seaside town of Bugibba only 500 meters from the beach will treat visitors to an unforgettable holiday. Guests can while away the days soaking up the sun beside the hotel's pool, on the town's artificial beach, in the coastal lidos or on the large flat rocks which line the seafront. With a wide range of al fresco restaurants serving varied and delicious cuisine and the fantastic shops and open-air cafes found in bustling Il Bajja Square, evenings offer just as much fun for visitors as the days. After all that excitement, there's no better way to unwind than sitting in the quaint harbour watching brightly coloured fishing boats swaying in the evening breeze. The hotel itself has excellent facilities for guests with an outdoor pool and jacuzzi, solarium with hammocks, lounge bar and 24-hour reception . The rooms are fully equipped for your comfort with a private bathroom, balcony or terrace, TV, telephone and safe on request. ... more   less 
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