Stayed at the Hotel Canifor for 1 week on a half-board basis as part of a Direct Holidays package holiday. We were allocated Room 417, a twin room with a small balcony that looked onto the pool area at the rear of the hotel. The room was spacious, simply furnished to European *** standard, comfortable and clean.
The public areas of the hotel were also nicely decorated and clean. In fact, there were always staff constantly buffing floors and polishing the brass-work!
The only real criticism of the hotel and its facilities was the small pool and pool area. As it was enclosed on three sides, it also became shaded from the sunshine by mid-afternoon. Small compensation was the rooftop solarium.
The hotel is well located in a quiet street only a 5 minute walk from the resort's bus station which made it an ideal base for visiting Malta's tourist attractions by public transport. The sea-front promenade is only a 10 minute walk away. There was a good choice of shops, cafes and bars in the streets adjacent to the hotel.
We found the quality of the hotel's catering to be very good. The buffet breakfast offered both a hot "English style" breakfast as well as a selection of cereals, cold meats and cheeses. Only critical comments are that the "fruit juice" was of the reconstituted powder variety and there was no fresh fruit available. The evening meals followed a formula of four courses - an "antipasti" selection of cold salads, a first course of soup, pasta or risotto, a main course of meat, poultry or fish with cooked vegetables, then dessert of fresh fruit and cakes. During our stay there were two special evening meals served outdoors at the pool area - one a BBQ and the other a Maltese-themed evening. In our opinion the quality of the food was consistently good. The breakfast service could be a little hectic at times but the evening service was always organised and efficient.
We found the hotel staff to be always helpful and courteous.
The Qawra/Bugibba resort offers a huge choice of bars, cafes and restaurants. We found a little family-run restaurant/bar - The New Buccaneers - on Pioneer Road just behind Bay Square, that served good quality, unpretentious food at very reasonable prices.
In summary, in our experience the Hotel Canifor provided a comfortable, relaxing stay and was very good value.
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- Also Known As:
- Canifor Hotel Qawra
- Canifor Hotel Malta/Qawra
- Malta Canifor Hotel
- Canifor Malta