After reading some of the negative reviews i was a bit worried about this hotel, but there was no need to be. We have just come back from 10 days all inclusive and the hotel is good. Yes the rooms could do with a bit of a refurb, but they were clean and comfortable with good air conditioning and flat screen tv. Yes the bathrooms are small but theres only one of you in there at a time so who cares. We stayed in one of the inland rooms over the courtyard and although there was no view apart from other balconies it was fine as we didnt go to malta to sit in our room all the time, also the sea view rooms would probably have been noisier, the courtyard rooms were quiet as no road or music noise. I went with my mum and her friend i am 28 and they are in the 60's and we all enjoyed it. Location is great as you are a short walk to bugibba with shops, bars and restaurants galore but dont get the noise from them, there are also a few shops and restaurants outside the hotel and a bus stop opposite to get you around. We got a week ticket as worked out cheaper as 12 euros for a week or 2.60 for a day ticket (i think), we didnt bother going with the travel companies as so much cheaper to do it on your own.
As for the food we found it fine and we can all be fussy, always something we liked and always good and i never got cold food, yes the waiters cleared your plates a bit quickly but we werent in a paying restaurant so it didnt really bother me, was strange at first when they would take your plate when others on the table hadnt finished but after a couple of days i didnt really notice it. oh and yes the tea machine is awful but the hot chocolates ok from it and my mums friend brought her own tea bags so she just used the hot water and milk at breakfast the rest of the time she got a tea or coffee at the pool bar or lounge bar as they were freshly made not from a machine. Also you can get water cheap from the reception 6x 2litre bottles for 2.25 euros and the bring it to your room, otherwise you have to pay 1.50 euros at the bar for a small bottle. We found the pool area great could always get a sunbed even if you had to take it from the stacked up pile, and only 1 euro for a mattress all day, the pool was always clean and very refreshing (not too cold) in the 30 degree heat. I would recommend the first week in june or 2nd week to go as great weather, we went 11th to 21st june and weather was glorious not a cloud in the sky with a slight breeze was in the high 20's but the last few days got hotter and hotter in the low to mid 30's.
We liked this hotel and got a great deal for what we paid, the hotel staff were all friendly and very helpful, i think the people that found them rude must have not been very friendly to them as everyone we met were great. There were all different age groups staying in the hotel and each night the singers for the entertainment by the pool bar were all good singers even if not always my sort of music they were still good.
We went and saw a bit of malta whilst we were there as i said o the arriva buses rather than the sighteeing trips and saw some great places, we went to popeye village, valetta (make sure you go see the upper gardens in valetta amazing view of the three cities), sliema, and had a nice day out in all of them, when we came last time we went to the mosta dome also. This time we also went over to gozo the tours were offering 51 euros per person we did it on our own and paid about 5 euros for the ferry and 50 euros (between the 5 of us) for a taxi driver to take us round, this was great as we saw victoria, the church of our lady of t'pinu (highly recommended), had a lovely lunch in a restaurant by the sea, saw the roman salt pans etc)
All in all we had an amazing time and would recomend this hotel for people on a budget fr the all inclusive package, we were even allowed ice lollies, pots of ice cream and crisps in our package from the pool bar. If you want posh you need to pay through the nose at the hilton or fortina and there in very busy towns, qawra palace is in a nice location with the pool over looking the sea, quiet location but only minutes walk from the busier bugibba. Feel free to ask me any questions, my nephew works as a bus driver for arriva driving round malta everyday so we got to see lots of the island and got information from him wherever we went. I will try to remeber to add photos soon, when i have uploaded them.
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- Qawra Palace St Pauls Bay