I'm not sure I stayed in the same hotel as other reviewers! The Mellieha Bay is in a great location and it is good for a cheap and relatively cheerful holiday but...
Room cleanliness: I believe that I picked up as much as the housekeeper's long black hair each day as she did my short brown. Also, I had to ask reception (not the friendliest bunch) 4 days out of the 7 I was there for a bath mat. It may sound picky, but I've never had these problems before, and I don't take expensive holidays.
Child friendly: from some reviews, I expected a more mature client base. This was not the case in the week after Easter; there were plenty of children. (An observation, not a complaint.)
Food & diningroom: I was on half board, and the food was adequate for what I paid. (Damning by faint praise...) It seems like the diningroom refurb had been completed, but I would say they need to rethink how they use their staff. Drinks service there was fine, but staff spent a lot of time drying cutlery and glasses (surely there are machines for this), leaving tables uncleared for long periods of time. Also, there were sometimes long waits to be seated after 7:30pm.
Room tip: yes, all the rooms face the bay, but be aware that if you book through Thomsons and don't like to be a passive smoker, you must pay their balcony supplement. Otherwise, you will end up on the ground floor, and especially in B block you are very near the smokers' gathering plces outside the diningroom and bars. And...if you want the blocks (D & E) on the "far side" of the hotel with much nicer grounds and are going with Thomson, you apparently have to sign a waiver but can get them. I would certainly recommend checking this out; they haven't been refurbed yet, but the whole feel of that part of the hotel is nicer.
Would I go back? If there was acheap deal going and I could be guaranteed a room in the block of my choice, possibly.
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