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Reviewed June 30, 2014

My wife and I stayed on half-board at this hotel from 17 to 24 June 2014, travelling with Thomson Holidays. We had stayed there on four occasions previously, with our children, the last time being 2003. The hotel had been partly refurbished, most noticeably the dining room, the snack bar and lounge area. One or two areas looked a little tired and, at the time of our stay, it looked as if some small-scale refurbishment of the frontage of the hotel was still to be completed. Our third floor room overlooking the gardens and main swimming pool had been refurbished and was very comfortable. Tea and coffee making facilities were provided in our room, although sachets of coffee, tea bags and milk cartons were not replaced after we had used the small supply provided. A hair dryer is also provided in all rooms.

For me, the best features of the hotel are the view from the rooms over the bay toward Mellieha village and the really excellent, colourful gardens. An attraction of this hotel is its location away from the heavily built-up resorts on the island - space to breathe ! The staff were all very friendly and helpful and we remembered a number from our earlier visits. Breakfasts were good, especially the cooked breakfasts, although the fruit juices were very poor - definitely watered down and more like fruit squash. Contrast these to the excellent complimentary orange juice provided for arrivals! Dinners were good to excellent with a decent choice for all courses. There is a dress code for evening meals - men must wear trousers and tops with sleeves and a number of guests were turned away each evening because of this code. I think currently the hotel isnt truly 4 star, more like three and a half aspiring to 4, but we found it a very pleasant place to stay, comfortable, informal and friendly, and were very sorry to leave at the end of our week. We shall definitely return.

Flying from Gatwick we arrived late at the hotel - 11.45 pm - and missed our evening meal. To allow for this we were able to take an evening meal on the day of departure, after we had checked out of our room. The flight to Gatwick was at 11 pm and we left the hotel for the airport at 7.45pm. Due to the late departure from the hotel we paid for a late check-out room until 6pm. In our case this meant staying in our same room (I believe keeping the same room is usual but isnt 100% guaranteed). This is very convenient but we were rather annoyed to find that, according to Ann, the excellent Thomson rep, we could have paid the hotel 25 euros locally for late check-out whereas we had paid Thomson £35 for the facility when booking the holiday online. If on half-board, you pay your hotel bill for drinks etc by 12 noon and then purchase a card from Reception charged with whatever sum you like to pay for late drinks etc. Any unused balance is refundable from Reception.

If you need a supermarket the we would recommend a visit to the Mellieha Holiday Centre, located about halfway between our hotel and the Seabank, the hotel at the far end of the large public beach. Although this is a Danish holiday village, the supermarket is open to the public and very well stocked. A walk through the holiday village also provides a useful walking short- cut to Anchor Bay and the Popeye Village.

The Thomson rep can arrange car hire at the hotel with Europcar. This is for a minimum of two days rental. For a small Hyundai we paid 37.5 euros a day, including insurance for one person and a full tank of petrol, although you are asked to top the tank up to 6/8 full at the end of the rental period. Insurance for a second driver would have cost a further 4.5 euros a day. The car is brought to the hotel by the Europcar rep and you complete all the paperwork and make payment with him. This was an altogether a better arrangement for us than hiring the car in advance, collecting it at the airport upon arrival and then having to find our own way at night to the hotel. There is plenty of space in the hotel car park.

Good local places to visit from the hotel are the Red Tower nearby on the Marfa Ridge overlooking the bay, Gozo and Comino (2 euros entry, refurbished and with lots of info displayed on the history of the tower) and both ends of the Marfa Ridge. The west end is a great place to see spectacular sunsets over Gozo. At the eastern end of the ridge is a small chapel and Madonna statue and a conservation area which is a good place for wild flowers and views towards Comino and Gozo. If you like walking then both ends of the ridge are walkable from the hotel but otherwise they are an easy drive and there is space to park a car. Across the road from the hotel, towards the Danish holiday village, is a nature reserve with a hide for viewing birds, but we were told this is only open for part of each Saturday and Sunday. The Popeye village is a good place to take young children, it's colourful and well maintained. You can get a good, free, view over the village by walking or driving past the entrance the short distance to the far side of Anchor Bay. Mellieha village is pleasant and has a few nice restaurants and bars.

Further afield, Valletta is accessible by bus from a stop quite close to the hotel - routes 37, 41 and 42. There are also buses to other places on the island.

Date of stay: June 2014
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10  Thank DLSawbridgeworth
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Reviewed June 29, 2014

My wife and me have been to this hotel from 21st to 28 th of June 2014. We had a room on the second floor of one of the buildings. And the conclusion at which I have arrived is, clearly, that this hotel needs a couple of modernization measures. (It appears that the restaurant building was added at a later date since it has a very modern interior design.)

It is true that the views are splendid and that the situation of the hotel as well as the pools are are good BUT

This hotel was inaugurated in October 1969 (as per the original plate in the groundfloor) and it seems that many materials are still the original ones of the 1960's! Take, for example, the floor in the reception and groundfloor as well as in the rooms. These date from the year 1969. So is the blue carpet in the very long corridors.

Also in a bad state of conservation are the sinks and plugholes in the bathrooms. Here, the cranes seem to have been modernized not too long ago but the plugholes and two handles in the bathtub look very shabby.

Another item that badly needs to be modernized are the TV sets! You do not know how SMALL these are! During this year's soccer world championship it was impossible to see who was winning because the numbers of the scoreboard are too small. I would say that the small black TV sets are about 20 or more years old.

The wooden doors, the locks (no modern cards but old-fashioned keys) and the air condition control also do not appear to have ever been replaced since 1969.

Our bed, although it had these old springs was comfortable and did not make any noise and the union of two individual beds into one was not a problem.

The window and door to the terrace appeared to be relatively new, I would say, not older than 10 years.

For the rest of features, for example, the food was good although some waiters were neither very professional nor very polite. But the foods on offer appeared to be varied and plenty in quantity. The room service also was ok.

So, please, hotel owners and managers: if you want this hotel to be better rated, please invest some money and do not only rely on the great views on Mellieha Bay.

Date of stay: June 2014
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2  Thank bwpruis
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Reviewed June 29, 2014

I came to this hotel with my family of 9 with 2 younger ones and 3 older ones,nan grandad and us.It was a brilliant stay. Staff all very lovely and welcoming.
The hotel in its self was amazing, it has 2 swimming pools and a 24/7 bars next to the pools. In the pools there baby pools and a bigger pools, then there is a long pool with a water fall. (Its really nice.) and it has its own private beach.

The facilities in the hotel are very good as well,such as pools,indoor pool,air con,bowling
Green,tennis courts and loads more.
Great place would go back again, worth the money!!!!

Date of stay: August 2013
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4  Thank Georgia P
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Reviewed June 28, 2014

We went for lunch on the 22 June. We were a family of 16 people. View from the restaurant was excellent, waiting staff ok. For a buffet there was not so much of a choise, only 2 items from each items.
The horrible thing came as we visited the sweet counter. Ice cream, lemon cheesecake, almond tartlets were ALL tasteless as if the pastry chef did not use any sugar at all.
I wrote to the hotel to complain, but as of today, a week after I did not receive a simple acknowledgement.

Date of stay: June 2014
Trip type: Traveled with family
5  Thank Anthony S
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Reviewed June 28, 2014

Old hotel, small rooms, lausy service. Needs refurbishment. Breakfast served at 6 am, but cooked food is not served until 7h30 am (!!!!!).

Diner could be better. Location is great, and the swimming pool is good. Would expect a lot more for the price it costs.

Date of stay: June 2014
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3  Thank Miguelalmeida68
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