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Soreda Hotel
Ranked #4 of 15 Hotels in Qawra
st.austell
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“hated hotel”
Reviewed March 3, 2008

my wife and myself returned from the soreda hotel malta on the 4th febuary 2008 after a three week stay on half board, never no more would we stay at this hotel. >dirty toilet, not cleaned, bathroom not cleaned,bin not emptied for a week,dirty bedroom, sick on wall behind bed, from previouse occupants, bed collapsed which they tried to stick together no luck, asked for another room refused our request, put blocks under bed for the night next day brought 2 old single beds and pushed together which we had for the rest of the holiday.food breakfast good, evening meal not worth going for awfull, one evening snail on lettuce.
holiday from hell i would say, wouldnt you.????

  • Disliked — dirty
  • Stayed January 2008
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kent
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Reviewed February 3, 2008

we spent a very pleasant week here traveling with an older relative. we requested two rooms close together for this reason and they were very helpful as in they moved us to an apartment which actually was far better than just a bedroom and bathroom.

the livingroom area of the room was a little tired but very clean and airy. The actual bedrooms were really nice and the beds are really comfortable. towels changed daily.

don't expect an awe inspiring view i have to admit we had a part built breeze block wall so the outside pool never saw the sun. hower the inside pool facilility was excellent. we didn't actually find our way to the roof top pool but we ventured onto the roof which gave lovely views all round.

food was a very good standard of a buffet style a good choice and efficient service. the evening reception staff were a credit to the soreda, you wont get a rushed service from some of the younger staff in the day - however when they do get to you, they are very helpful and friendly.

bar prices were surprisingly good for a hotel and there is a smoking room provided.

be prepared if you are under 40 you will be the youngest there this time of the year, and the entertainment does reflect the age group who are the majority.

  • Liked — the access was good
  • Disliked — view from balcony
  • Stayed January 2008, traveled with family
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hereford
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Reviewed January 29, 2008

Like some people I book the hotel before reading the reviews and so I worried myself sick over this hotel.
We had flight delays and all sorts of problems but on arrival to the Soreda we were glad the room was nice and very clean. Make sure you do the malta by night tour its fab! Medina is beautiful at night. Popeye village is cool too! Malta hhas so much history and interesting buildings its like going back years. melieha bay is a nice beach and everywhere on the island is easily accessible by bus and the buses are fabulous! Real good fun!DDon't be afraid to ask for directions as the maltese are very nice! Don't worry about this hotel its nice we loved it and enjoy your holiday p.s visit gozo by ferry and also the blue lagoon

Stayed October 2007
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bishop auckland
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Reviewed January 22, 2008

Once again we went to Malta for Xmas and New Year ,we read the revievs we looked at the brochures and we chose the Soreda Upon arrival we were given our room ,nice and big ,nice clean ,i thought so far so good.
Went down to dinner that first night lots of things to choose from.
Not bad at all.
All was going well didnt get much sleep first night bed really hard but when i asked the girl who cleaned the room if i could get a softer mattress, of course she said no problem,and as good as her word one was got for me, the girls were brilliant all through our three week stay,
From X mas Eve it all went wrong , dinner was at six ,it was so packed you could hardly breathe and the food was terrible,
My husband went down lunch time Xmas Day and went to get his meal put it on the table and came back to the room disgusted never has he had Xmas lunch with chips.
We were among about 30 to 40 other guests who asked for a meeting with the rep and hotel management we had paid a lot of money for these so called gala meals on top of what we paid for the holiday.
Needless to say we informed reception we would not be wanting our New Years Gala meals .
If you go to Malta and want a really nice meal go to Micheal Angelos it is on the sea front at Qwara it is fabulous.

  • Liked — room was good hotel clean people friendly cleaners great
  • Disliked — so called gala meals location not the best
  • Stayed December 2007, traveled as a couple
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dublin
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Reviewed December 17, 2007

Athough these apartments were bright and spacious they were not 4 star! Nice and clean with very helpful and friendly staff

Stayed June 2007
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peterborough
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed December 5, 2007

stayed at the soreda, not to sure what to expect after reading reviews, but was pleasantly surprised, room was clean, okay cupboard in bathroom needed a new one, hall and lifts clean, reception staff pleasant and area clean, resturant clean, food yes food, roasts too tough to cut, potatoes a bit to much fat, but salads okay, not too far from bus station and shops, 7-10 minutes wish it had been nearer but otherwise a good holiday.

  • Liked — cleaness, nice decor
  • Disliked — not facing sea, not near to shops
  • Stayed November 2007, traveled as a couple
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Leicester
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Reviewed November 18, 2007

Serial moaners, wingers and whiners. You know the type, never happy unless they’re complaining. These are the only people who would complain about a holiday at The Soreda Hotel.
My wife and I had the good fortune to stay at the Soreda from October 24th to November 7th and can honestly say we had no complaints whatsoever. Not that we’re ‘Put-up-and-shut-up’ types, I can assure readers of this review that I’m always the first to complain if I find the slightest thing wrong with a hotel and/or its facilities that I’m paying good money to stay at. We’ve been going to Malta for over 22 years, have stayed in the Qawra Palace, Suncrest and Dolman hotels and can state quite categorically, The Soreda Hotel is by far the best we’ve stayed in.

LOCATION:
The Soreda is located in a quiet area of Qawra, on a perfectly level street. However, if one wanted to go to Qawra sea front – not much there at all, except for two large hotels, a couple of smaller ones, a hotel lido, a couple of souvenir shops and no beach – one would have to walk down a hill to get there and back up the hill to get back to the Soreda. I have prolapsed spinal discs and have difficulty walking, yet I found the 100 yard walk up the hill was relatively easy. However, having said that, yes, the hill is there, but if there is a complaint to be made about this hill, don’t blame the Soreda, blame the Tour Operator for not mentioning it in their brochure. On the brighter side, if you wanted to go to Qawra centre, with its abundance of shops, bars, restaurants and the bus station, it’s a leisurely 10-15 minute walk away – with no hills.
There is a new building being constructed in a street at the rear of the Soreda, 250 metres from the hotel front door and around two street corners, but there is no loud banging or obtrusive noise to spoil a holiday. All the ‘noise’ work has been completed and the bricklayers are on site. Similarly, in an adjoining side street, an apartment block has been renovated. There was a crane there one morning, for about three hours, which was used to pour cement on the rooftop steel supports, but unless one walked round the corner to see it, you wouldn’t have known it was there. So, apart from the new building at the rear of the Soreda, there is no building or construction work being undertaken in the surrounding area. And any noise is totally unobtrusive.

ROOM:
Our room, with balcony, was large and far better than we expected. It was spotlessly clean when we arrived and was maintained in that condition by the daily visit from the forever cheerful chambermaid. The whole floor was cleaned every day, beds were freshly made each day, bathroom cleaned each day and we were given fresh towels each day. The chambermaid was always smiling, extremely pleasant and happily offered advice or assistance as to places to visit. The air conditioning was perfect and our TV picked up seven English speaking channels, including CNN, BBC World News, two movie channels – English speaking and no subtitles – a travel documentary channel, Eurosport and a wildlife channel. A good mix bearing in mind one is on holiday and Soap Operas are best left at home. With fitted 3 door wardrobes, 6 drawer chest, dressing table, bedside units, television, wall mounted trouser press, refrigerator, chairs and a separate luggage storage area. The en-suite bathroom was sparkly clean with instant hot water from the sink or shower. The furnishings were as one would expect in a 4 star hotel and we were wholly pleased.

FOOD:
Excellent and plentiful. Breakfast buffet had a variety of cereals, plus eggs – fried, boiled, scrambled – bacon, sausage, fried bread, beans, tomato’s, toast, bread & butter. Plus, a variety of cold meats, croissants, cheeses, etc, for those preferring a continental style breakfast. Ample tea, coffee, fruit juice and fresh fruit were also readily available.
Staying on a Half Board basis, we only had lunch on one day – we arrived late evening, had missed dinner and so were given a complimentary lunch. The lunch was again plentiful and there was a choice of four main meals with accompanying veg. We had the poached salmon……yummy.
Dinner was an absolute treat to look forward to. And the selection was second to none. With a soup starter, one was then spoilt for choice as to what to have for the main course. The roast gammon was succulent, juicy and perfectly cooked; as were the joints of beef, pork and lamb, all fresh from the oven and carved with a friendly smile by the chef. As well as the roasts, one could also opt for fish dishes, braised beef, lamb/pork loin and chops, stuffed veal (prepared, cooked and served exactly as it should be) and an abundance of various pasta and vegetarian dishes. These were accompanied with roast/boiled/mashed/sautéed potato, cauliflower, carrots, peas, broccoli and a choice of two gravy sauces. (One day, my wife counted the dishes on offer and found that one actually had fifteen main meals to choose from.)
The sweet course varied from apple sponge or crumble, pear sponge, rice pudding, bread & butter pudding, apple tart, all with a variety of sauces – custard, lemon sauce, chocolate sauce etc. There were jellies, fruit salads and fresh fruit too, and, of course, the obligatory cheese & biscuits. Oh, the rice pudding. My wife asked the chef for his recipe. One cup of rice per person, together with two cups of a mix of 75% milk, 25% single cream. One egg yolk, ¾ cup of white sugar ¼ cup of golden raisins. Bake in a medium to hot oven. Once cooked, stir in a table spoon of butter, one drop of vanilla essence, sprinkle with Demerara sugar and bake for a further 5 minutes. Just thought you’d like to know that because my wife has cooked it since we got home and it’s darned beautiful.
During our time spent at the Soreda, we never heard one single person complain about the food. In fact, those that we did speak to in that regard had nothing but praise to say about it. One seasoned visitor to Malta (91 years of age and still as sprightly as ever) even stated that, over the years she’d been in various Maltese hotels and the food at the Soreda was the best she’d experienced. Both my wife and I would certainly second that.

FACILITIES:
From 11:00am to 11:00pm (midnight during winter months) there is a bar open. Be it the roof-top pool bar, lounge bar or terrace bar. So soft drinks, alcohol or tea & coffee are always available. There is an extremely comfortable and tastefully decorated piano lounge with leather Queen Anne chairs (and a massive sheepskin rug that wouldn’t fit in our suitcase – wink) to relax in and there’s the main bar with ample soft seating and nightly entertainment. On the roof there is a well proportioned pool and Jacuzzi, with loungers and a bar. No, it’s not Olympic sized, but perfectly suits its purpose for a leisurely swim or a splash around. Yes, as with all resort hotels, some people did go there early in the morning and put towels or a book on loungers, but there were enough to go round and not once did we find them all occupied. In fact, on every occasion we went to the roof top pool area, we found ourselves spoilt for choice as to where to sunbathe as there were always empty loungers available. The Soreda also has a net café area, library and TV area showing Sky TV. An outdoor pool and a large indoor pool, gymnasium – with more equipment than our local leisure centre – and three restaurants. The hotel has seven lifts giving access to all six floors and easy-to-understand signs are clearly posted indicating which lift goes to which floor section for easy access to rooms. We were at the Soreda for two weeks and had no problems with lift breakdowns. Disabled visitors have also been taken into consideration when designing the layout of the hotel as the entrance and internal steps have wheelchair access ramps. The facilities are what one would expect for the star rating and the Soreda Hotel is well worthy of its 4 star status.

IN SUMMARY:
If anyone is considering a holiday to Malta, we would have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending they stay at the Soreda. The staff – from reception to maintenance - are friendly, helpful in every respect, (I forgot to pack my phone charger and was able to borrow one belonging to a member of the reception staff) and extremely courteous. We found the reception normally manned by two or three staff during the day and one at night. And to elaborate on the helpfulness of the staff; the cereal dispensers - made in Italy - in the dining room aren’t on the market here in the UK and two friends we’d met asked where they might possibly be able to purchase them. Sharon, one of the waitresses, knew of a store in Buggiba which sold them. So, at the end of her days shift, she met our friends, took them in her car to the store, waited for them whilst they bought a couple of the dispensers, then drove them back to the hotel before continuing on her way home. What one might call ‘Service above and beyond the call of duty’, but exactly the type of service one received at the Soreda.

If you’re planning your first trip to Malta or, have been before and want to stay in the Qawra/Buggiba area, go to the Soreda; you won’t be disappointed. Don’t be put off by the Doom Mongers. Enjoy your holiday and have no fears. We’ll certainly be returning to the Soreda Hotel, that’s for sure. Without a doubt, it’s the best hotel in the Qawra/Buggiba area.

TIP.
Rather than use your own bank to change currency before you visit Malta, wait till you arrive at the airport and then change about £50 at the Bureau de Change. This will give you enough Maltese Liri to get a cab to your hotel and an evening out. The following day, change your money at one of the many Lottery Shops that are dotted about all the main streets. They are well signed and usually have advertising boards on the street. You’ll get a far better exchange rate from the Lottery Shop than you will at the hotel, bank or wherever. The banks and Bureau de Change gave ML58 to the pound Sterling. The Lottery Shops give ML60.5. So for every £100 you’re £11.00 better off.

  • Liked — Service and facilities were excellent
  • Disliked — Nothing to dislike
  • Stayed October 2007, traveled as a couple
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Property: Soreda Hotel
Address: Andrew Cunningham Street, Qawra, Island of Malta SPB 1744, Malta
Location: Malta > Island of Malta > Qawra
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Spa Hotel in Qawra
#4 Luxury Hotel in Qawra
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Hotel Class:4 star — Soreda Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 192
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