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Marina Hotel Corinthia Beach Resort
Ranked #6 of 33 Hotels in Saint Julian's
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed October 15, 2012

My partner and I stayed at the Marina hotel for ten days in August. First impressions were excellent, we had one of the friendliest, most professional welcomes at a hotel ever. That continued throughout our stay - a massive thumbs up for the reception staff.

The hotel itself is a small sister of the next door, 5-star Corinthia,the facilities of which you are free to use and the outdoor areas have been designed to mostly blend into one resort. So it is a great way to get a 5-star luxury at a lesser price. Rooms are very spacious, comfortable and clean - all with lovely sea views. I was particularly impressed with the quality of the mattress, makes a very restful night's sleep!

We were on half-board and ate dinner there about 6 nights out of 10. Quality of breakfast is very high for a summer resort hotel. Dinner buffet options are fewer than what we had experienced in other resort hotels around the Med, but that is a compliment. The emphasis seems more on the quality rather than quantity. The buffet restaurant lacks a bit in atmosphere, but I was under the impression that they were working on it when we were there. They do about 3 themed food nights a week and only one was a bit of a disappointment - the Spanish one. Apart from that, there was fresh seafood on offer, steaks, grills, Maltese pasticchi and all sorts of good stuff you don't often see at buffets. Good thing is that half board guests can "trade" their buffet dinner for a voucher to use at several other restaurants in Marina and Corinthia, which I would definitely recommend. Go to the Vinotheque and order the Bouillabaise...you don't get that kind of cooking on a half-board that's for sure. Although it is very popular because of the views, I would avoid the Da Marina restaurant, pretty bad and bland so-called Italian cooking, a real shame to waste an evening there when there are so many great options to eat in Malta!

I loved the fact that the hotel had its own jetty, we deliberately only considered a hotel with access to the sea for those lazy days when you don't fancy driving (we had a car hire) or going on a bus to a proper beach. The sea is extremely clean, very warm and generally an escape from the slightly chavy area of Peaceville where the hotel actually is.

Paceville is supposed to the the party place of the island, in my opinion it is too downmarket for my liking and mainly attracts 18-20 year olds. If you are even slightly older than that you might not find it to your liking. Way too many "gentleman's clubs" for my liking too!

Having said that, one or two bars are passable and all of the clubs etc are only concentrated in one street (you can't hear anything from the hotel btw, it is far enough at the edge of the bay), so it's fine.

St Julian's is more genteel and charming.

But the real attraction lies in the rest of the island. The most important thing is - you MUST rent a car. With Malta being only 28 km long and 14 km wide, it provides an ideal opportunity to literally see everything with ease and have a city break and a beach and a gourmet break all in one. You can park for free in front of the hotel, no need to use the garage.

Highlights include: obviously Valetta, which is around the corner, I would not bother with Sliema, nothing there to see. Buy a guide and explore - wonderful.

Visit to Rabat and Mdina is another must. If you only see one thing in Mdina, visit the beautifully reconstructed and curated Palazzo Falson.

When it comes to beaches, we spent a couple of lovely days on the largest sandy beach Ghadira Bay. However, for me by far the most breathtaking - although not the largest - is the Ghajn Tuffieha beach, right next door to the more known Golden Bay where Radisson Blu is.
Golden Bay is also lovely but too many tourists and watersports spoil it for me. Tuffieha is largely unspoilt sandy paradise, lots of locals visit, extremely clean, you will not want to leave...In general, the sea in Malta is incredibly warm and peaceful, great for kids and for snorkelling too.

When it comes to food, Malta's restaurants are of a generally very good standard. But, there is one place I would always want to return to - Tartarun in the fishing village of Maraxlokk. I have heard amazing things about other restaurants there too - this town is the place to visit if you love your seafood.

Overall, Marina is a fantastic base to explore this lovely island from - Malta's quite charms won't disappoint, as long as you don't spend all of the time lounging by a pool. Now that would be a true waste of time.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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ManagementCBR, Front Office Manager at Marina Hotel Corinthia Beach Resort, responded to this reviewResponded October 16, 2012

Dear Guest,

On behalf of the whole Management Team and Staff, I would like to thank you for taking the time to review so much in detail our services and dining options.

We are pleased to note that on the whole you have enjoyed our cuisine and rather surprised that the food at Ristorante Da Marina was not up to your expectations.

On a separate note please do contact me directly on robert.borgmillo@marinahotel.com.mt in the event that any members of your family or friends decide to visit our Island.

We look forward to having another opportunity to welcoming you again at our Hotel.

With kind regards,


Robert Borg Millo
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Reviewed October 11, 2012

We have just returned from a week at the Marina Hotel at the Corinthia Resort, St Georges Bay. The accommodation was great as was the food and the staff, The Hotel was quite quiet, in the first week of October, which suited us fine. No fighting for sunbeds or tables etc., even though the hotel was mostly occupied by holiday makers from Germany. Weather superb with average temperatures around 34C. We were half board and we always managed breakfast and dinner on the terrace overlooking the Bay. We did all the touristy things in the mornings and relaxed by the pool in the afternoons. We would reccommend the hotel and the location.

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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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ManagementCBR, Front Office Manager at Marina Hotel Corinthia Beach Resort, responded to this reviewResponded October 13, 2012

Dear Guest,

Thank you for recommending the Marina Hotel Corinthia Beach Resort with your family and friends.

We look forward to wecloming you in the not too distant future. I may be contacted on robert.borgmillo@marinahotel.com.mt in the event that you have any family members or friends coming over to Malta.

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Robert Borg Millo
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Reviewed October 9, 2012

My review is solely based on the Hotel's Mediterranean Wine Bar & Bistro. The Vinotheque.

Nothing beats a good coffee, great atmosphere, a bit of a buzz and a good chat. Our choice, Vinotheque Bistro right in the heart of St. George’s Bay, a sleek coffee shop/restaurant . The décor and furnishings are pleasant and charming. Staff very friendly. We managed to park right across. Being Monday there was ample parking space. Though I wanted to sit outside, as it was not too cold, my wife had no problem finding an empty table inside. The venue was busy with both old, young, business types and more!
A waiter quickly served us. Although the menu had a lot to offer, we ordered a cappuccino and an Ainisette Maltese, or as it was formally known ‘kisra hobz’. The coffee was at our table 3 minutes later. It was a generous cup and very well made. The coffee was delicious, rich and creamy. Our bread order came when we were almost half way through our Cappuccino. Nicely presented in a plate of Hors dóeuvres, the bread had tomato paste spread inside it and neatly surrounded with various delicacies: peppered cheeselets, stuffed olives, anchovies, capers, tinned tuna, bean paste (bigilla) and olive oil. Black olives replaced the sun dried tomatoes which was listed in the menu. Unfortunately even the bread was not the genuine Maltese hobza. The waiter made up for this shortcoming by offering us a free drink and 2 pieces of dark chocolate truffles.
All in all we spent an hour of relax chatting and eating something traditionally Maltese, something we miss doing at home, in a nice atmosphere and without putting holes in my pocket. Three cheers go to Juanita our server at the table…(I hate calling her waitress). She was fantastic. We will surely return.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with family
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ManagementCBR, Front Office Manager at Marina Hotel Corinthia Beach Resort, responded to this reviewResponded October 19, 2012

Dear Guest,

Thank you so much for sharing your recent dining experience at the Vinotheque Restaurant. We are delighted to learn that our cuisine, decor and service have impressed you.

We really look forward to your next visit and please do not hesitate to contact me directly on robert.borgmillo@marinahotel.com.mt for any future bookings.

With kind regards,

Robert Borg Millo
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Reviewed October 4, 2012

The kindness that has been shown to me on many occasions that I have stayed here, none more than this stay. I was taken ill while on holiday in Gozo and came here in a frail state .the way all the staff cared for me was amazing . A wonderful hotel. And the adorable staff at the reception, especially Monika, Mark, Kristian, Ritienne, are the flagship of this hotel. Look forward to seeing you all again!

  • Stayed: September 2012
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ManagementCBR, Front Office Manager at Marina Hotel Corinthia Beach Resort, responded to this reviewResponded October 9, 2012

Dear Guest,

Thank you for choosing the Marina Hotel Corinthia Beach Resort for your yearly visits in Malta. We are delighted to learn that our team members at Reception have once again exceeded your expectations.

We really look forward to welcoming you back next year and please do not hesitate to contact me directly on robert.borgmillo@marinahotel.com.mt when planning your next visit.

With kind regards,

Robert Borg Millo
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Reviewed September 30, 2012

Just back from a weeks stay, we had emailed hotel 2weeks prior to flying out requesting a room on a higher floor and we were allocated a lovely recently redecorated and furnished room on fourth floor with king size bed, flat screen TV and bathroom with modern fittings. Excellent sea views. It was hot all week but the aircon in room coped well. All staff friendly and helpful, no complaints there. Breakfast was fine, plenty of choice, both hot and cold foods. There are rooms directly below the restaurant and they must suffer from noise, scraping of furniture on the tiled floors etc. We used the Da Marina restaurant twice, eating on the outside terrace, food quality and service good. Rest of time ate in St Julians which is only a 15 min walk away. There is an M & S Food store within 10mins, very handy for wine and water.
We did not use the Marina pools at all, preferring to use the pools at the Corinthia next door. These were much quieter as not open to the public and can only be accessed using your guest key card. A nice touch was the complimentary soft drink and snack which were brought round to guests in the afternoon in this area.
Getting into Valletta and round the island was easy, plenty of buses and the hop on hop off variety stop right outside the hotel, offering a free harbour cruise in with ticket so good value.
Paceville next door is quite lively especially at weekends but if you just want a quiet meal out St Julians is the place.
Overall a nice hotel with plenty of amenities close by, but far enough away not to suffer from noise.

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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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ManagementCBR, Front Office Manager at Marina Hotel Corinthia Beach Resort, responded to this reviewResponded October 1, 2012

Dear Guest,

Thank you for taking the time to review the Marina Hotel Corinthia Beach Resort. We are pleased to note that you have enjoyed your stay with us and that the services rendered exceeded your expectations.

We look forward to welcoming you again in the near future. Please do not hesitate to contact me directly on robert.borgmillo@marinahotel.com.mt when planning your next visit.

With kind regards,

Robert Borg Millo
Front Office Manager

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Reviewed September 29, 2012

Just back from a ten day stay in this resort. The staff in this resort were fantastic, very friendly and full of knowledge of the island and it's resources. We found that some areas were lacking, the toilets by the pool were not in great shape, the service in the restaurants slow, in our opinion due to shortage of staff as the staff that were there were very hard working, the spa and fitness centre were in it's sister hotel nearby which was an inconvenience. There is a notice in reception about accessability to their two private pools by way of your room key, we didn't see this notice for a few days and were not aware that the pool which we used initially was open to the public, this explained the noise level and lack of cleanliness there, we would suggest that guests are made aware of this on arrival. We loved Malta but would not return to this resort.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with friends
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ManagementCBR, Front Office Manager at Marina Hotel Corinthia Beach Resort, responded to this reviewResponded October 1, 2012

Dear Guest,

Thank you for highlighting certain aspects that in your opinion need improvement. The Management is currently looking into each and every comment mentioned in your review in order to take the necessary action.

In the meantime, please do contact me directly on robert.borgmillo@marinahotel.com.mt when planning your next visit to Malta. We really look forward to welcoming you again and experience in person the improvements done.

With kind regards,

Robert Borg Millo
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Reviewed September 28, 2012

Stayed here room only for 3 nights back in June. Like most reviews, this hotel is a good choice and does what it says on the tin. It could do with some updating, but unless you've paid through the nose for your stay you will be satisfied.

There is plenty of pool space and loungers, staff were helpful and the sea (no direct beach) drops off from the hotels edge. The resort beech is about 300m away.

Plenty of places to eat on site and in the resort. The american diner onsite is popular with hotel guests and locals at the weekend. Not cheap, but if you catch happy hour this reduces costs obviously. The resort itself is littered with lively bars, a very young crowd (18-25) with bars and clubs going on til 3-5am.

Would I go back? Not to Malta, but that's just a personal choice. I wouldn't be put off going to the hotel though, but only really if I was looking for a few quiet days in the sun and around the pool, followed by some lively nights in St Julian's resort :-) Again, that's just a personal choice

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  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with friends
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ManagementCBR, Front Office Manager at Marina Hotel Corinthia Beach Resort, responded to this reviewResponded October 1, 2012

Dear Guest,

Thank you for taking the time to review our Hotel.
Malta, as an Island, has so much to offer and it is a real pity that you have missed the most interesting places of interest that might have changed your perception.

Please do not hesitate to contact me directly on robert.borgmillo@marinahotel.com.mt in the event that any family or friends plan to visit our Island. I would be more than pleased to direct them to the main highlights in order to sample our history and culture.

With kind regards,

Robert Borg Millo
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Address: St. George's Bay, Saint Julian's, Island of Malta STJ 3390, Malta
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Location: Malta > Island of Malta > Saint Julian's
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Saint Julian's
#2 Spa Hotel in Saint Julian's
#3 Family Hotel in Saint Julian's
#5 Romantic Hotel in Saint Julian's
#5 Luxury Hotel in Saint Julian's
#8 Business Hotel in Saint Julian's
Price Range: $99 - $253 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Marina Hotel Corinthia Beach Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 200
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Featuring panoramic views out over Malta's St. George's Bay, the Marina Hotel is near the Paceville district's lively nightlife. It features a private beach club, a diving center, free Wi-Fi throughout and a total of 9 dining options. This 4-star hotel is part of the 5-star Corinthia Beach Resort, which has excellent water sports facilities and 5 outdoor swimming pools. Guests also have free access to an indoor heated pool, a sauna, a gym and spa facilities at the Apollo Day Spa. Decorated in bright pastel colors, all rooms are spacious and feature a balcony, a sitting area and a dressing table. They include air conditioning, a satellite flat-screen TV, and free Wi-Fi access. The Marina Hotel at the Corinthia Beach Resort has 9 restaurants and 7 bars with Mediterranean and innovative international dishes. A generous breakfast buffet is served daily. You will be just a few steps from a sandy beach and in the heart of Paceville's entertainment district. Both free and private parking are available. ... more   less 
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