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Soreda Hotel
Ranked #4 of 16 Hotels in Qawra
London
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Good for the price we paid!”
Reviewed July 24, 2008

After reading everyones reviews I was very worried about staying at this hotel. We wasn't expecting much at all. I travelled to this hotel with my boyfriend at the beginning of July. We paid £250 each all inclusive so for that price you can't really expect a luxury 4* hotel with everything included!!

The hotel is ok, it is more like a 3* which was expected but it is definitely good value for money, the rooftop pool is a bit crowded with not a lot of room for many sunbeds that was the only thing that we didn't like, the downstairs pool is in the shade for most the day so there is no-one down there. There is an indoor pool as well with an indoor jacuzzi that we had a quick dip in about 6pm. There is also a private gym you can use.

Food was pretty good compared to other all inclusives I had been to. You could always find something to eat. Full fry up for breakfast, with toast, fruit, juices etc. Lunch in the restaurant was ok pasta, sauteed potatoes some meat and fish. In the snack bar you can get burgers, chips, sandwiches and ice cream! Dinner was good got a little boring after few days so we went out for dinner some nights, it consisted of a different carvery meat every day, with some other meat dishes, fish, potatoes, pasta, lots of salad and fruit. Local beer was nice beware of vodka which I drunk all holiday and couldn't work out why I was getting so drunk 60%! Was nice though!

Rooms are ok, basic and clean, air con, TV. Clean towels daily.

Location is ok, its 5 - 10 minutes walk from Buggiba whch has a whole strip of bars, clubs and restaurants. We recommend the Mongolian BBQ reastaurant if you want to eat out. All you can eat for 12 Euros and they cook it for you fresh. There is also a good sports bar a few minutes away.

Entertainment - There is no entertainment during the day, in the evening the 2 nights we did sit in the pool bar consisted of a man with a keyboard which was pretty bad!! There is also a bar downstairs inside.

All in all we had a good holiday, if we wanted more luxury we would have paid more money!! Must give credit to the Manager there who did put himself out to always help you if there was a problem.

  • Stayed July 2008, traveled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed July 23, 2008

we went to the soreda terrified by what we'd read on this website.. and were pleasently suprised. some people suggested it is'nt a 4 star and by alot of europian standards i would agree but by malta standards it was very nice if not very dated. i will agree that the hotel is very tired & in need of modernising but this did not ruin our holiday. the food we thought was of a very high standard with lots of choice. but i can understand why people complain with chips only being on the menu once and there not being a chicken nugget in sight. we found the hotel staff to be very helpful especially at the roof top bar where the entertainment at night was great. the pool area we found to be a little crowded at times but same again it was very nice and very well cleaned and maintained. there is not much more to say other than go with an open mind.. i must say there was an odd smell in the lifts though.

  • Liked — the all inclusive package/central location
  • Disliked — the gradual decline in standards ie; it needs upgrading
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 9, 2008

This is not a 4 star hotel maybe a 3 star but that is stretching it. The hotel needs a total refurbishment and luckily we only booked B & B as we heard so many complaints about the food!!
The downstairs pool was out of action for the last 2 days that we there and wasn't fixed when we left on the 8th July. There are other hotels in Qawra that look so much better. The Soreda looks tired and dirty when you walk in. The room we had was clean & comfortable but that was about it. The air con doesn't seem to work that well in the room and it was very hot.
The cleaning of the room was ok even though the bath wasn't even wiped over in 8 days and we had to ask for clean towels every day and no tea or coffee supplied after the first day which is a bit old fashioned.
The roof top pool is clean & good if you can find a space to fit in as the pool can not possibly cater for the amount of people wanting to use it!! I had read reviews of this hotel after we booked and was surf it couldn't be that bad but it was and they also seem to cater more for students than families or mature travellers.

  • Stayed July 2008, traveled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed July 2, 2008

I find it hard to believe that some of these reviews are real, i.e. actually written by people who have paid and stayed at the Soreda. A lot read like second rate travel brochures and can surely only have been written by people in the employment of the hotel itself.

My wife and I stayed at the Soreda in May this year (2008), having been frequent visitors to Malta in the past, however not in the Qawra area. In short, while Qawra is fine, and does exactly what it says on the tin, we will never be staying at this hotel again. A claimed four stars, when in reality it should have an absolute maximum of two.

On arrival we were greeted by a very stressed out receptionist, surprising considering that we were the only two checking in. However there was a ‘buzz’ of guests in the area, who seemed unhappy and discontented – although at the time it wasn’t possible to work out why. We dragged our cases up the stairs to our room, the lift wasn’t working but it wasn’t a problem as we are both quite fit – it would have been a pain if we had been of a similar age to a lot of the guests staying there.

The first thing that struck us about the room was how hot it was. OK it was Malta and it gets hot there, but this was seriously hot and it was only mid morning. However not to worry, we’ll put on the A/C and by the time we unpack it will be fine. OK, the A/C only works when the room key fob is inserted in a wall holder, I could see that being a pain. After 30 minutes the A/C was only chucking out warm air, not quite as hot as the room air but still warm – and a liberal sprinkling of black ash-like powder which started to dirty the already tired looking bed linen. Reception was called, “No more rooms available, we’ll get maintenance to fix it.” No problem, we’ll have a beer and a sit in the sun by the pool while we wait. A few beers later we return to the room – it’s even hotter than before! Call reception, “Maintenance have looked and it’s OK.” Maintenance man called to room to demonstrate. It turns out that the A/C is a central air system on a timer, controlled by the hotel, so it’s only operational 15minutes per hour. Also, because you have to fit the room key fob in the wall holder to make it work you have to get your timing just right, and wait in the room for it to cool. Even when you get it working it seems to have as much cooling effect as an ice cube in a furnace. My solution was to buy a magnetic kitchen door catch from a local hardware store, stick the magnet from it on a boarding pass and leave it in the wall holder all the time. If anyone from the hotel didn’t like it they didn’t say anything.

OK the room in general. Good size, plenty of wardrobe space, but the decoration was very drab looking with plaster and paint falling off the walls and ceiling. The curtains which were originally meant to provide a total black-out had lots of scratches on them which let a fair amount of light (and heat) through. The microscopic TV picked up a variety of Italian TV stations, but as neither my wife or I speak Italian, it didn’t matter that the remote was faulty. Reception promised a replacement for later that day, but after numerous reminders failed to get one to us for the whole of the 10 days. The bed was so hard, even with all the spare bedding on top of the mattress it still felt like a board. The bathroom was gross! Mould replaced the grouting between the tiles and the whole thing smelt like a busy locker room. The catch on the window was broken, but give ‘Maintenance’ its due, it only took him 2 days to fix that – and anything to give the people in the opposite balcony a cheap thrill! The maid did an OK sort of job, but sweeping rather than washing the floors, and certainly no complaints about the number of clean towels, but the complimentary tea & coffee is just what’s there on day one so take/buy your own if you want more than one cup.

Next the food. In a word - Urghh! As ‘All Inclusive’ guests, we were entitled to three ‘meals’ a day, with the mid-day offering either in the ‘restaurant’ or from the pool grill bar. Now, I think I am right in saying that the only palatable food I ate at the Soreda in the whole of the 10days, was from the pool grill bar. The substance claiming to be food in the ‘restaurant’ was not fit for pigs. The breakfast consisted of a variety of unidentifiable grey meat products swimming in fat, accompanied by a type of egg which could not have come from a chicken, albeit not directly. The ‘Continental’ alternative was just as unappetising – stale rolls and a big bowl of jam which everyone dipped their knife in so it took on a sort of marbled appearance after a while. Lunch consisted of a type of meaty gristle in sauce that also defied identification, with the option of overcooked rice, and/or overcooked veg. Identification was further hampered by a lack of signage, maybe an attempt to overcome any sort of misleading product description. Dinner, mmmm, usually my favourite meal of the day. Now the handy thing about the soup container and adjoining wall was that you didn’t have to get too close to identify the general content of the ‘urn’. Over a period of days, the wall took on the appearance of some sort of modern art, a montage of garish colours and textures. It became a standing joke amongst the diners as to when it would be cleaned. The food was similar to that previously described, more so that would imagine as on a few occasions I’m sure I recognised the lunchtime rejects repackaged in the evening. How this hotel can continue to serve up this swill and stay in business and I just can’t imagine. The sheer number of people complaining about it was incredible – my assumption was that they were just moaning amongst themselves and not to the hotel. After 3 or 4 days we just gave up with breakfast and the evening meal and ate out. Considering that you can get a really good, full English breakfast for 2.80 Euros in town it wasn’t really a problem – just a feeling of being swindled.

The bars, when open, were generally good. The all inclusive deal worked out well and you could easily recoup the daily supplement. However, you did feel a bit of a prat walking around Malta with bright green wrist bands on, but tough, that’s part of the deal.

The pool, which we had previously thought to be OK when we were waiting for our AC to be fixed, was not quite so good on closer examination. The water had a permanent film of sweat/sun lotion/dust floating on its surface. It was difficult to see how deep it was due to the fact that this crud sunk down and formed a layer covering the bottom. At no time did I see anyone cleaning it, or checking the water.

So, all-in-all not too good. If you can get a really cheapo deal, and just use the place for a room and a pool fair enough. If you appreciate ANY kind of reasonable dining standard (and I’m talking about good wholesome food here, not fine dining) steer well clear.

If you stayed in the Soreda on your first and only trip to Malta, please don’t let it put you off the Island in general. It’s not half as bad as this everywhere else.

  • Liked — Quantity of alchohol
  • Disliked — Food
  • Stayed May 2008, traveled as a couple
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Cyprus
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed June 30, 2008

Just come back from ths hotel and had previously read all the other reviews so we arrived at 0400am and entered the hotel to be quietly suprised. The room was spacious and clean so a good start. Spent the next day having a look around. The food was okay no problems again pleasantly surprised. The downstairs pool is very mall and permanently in the shade so unused mopst of the time. The roof top pool also very small and very few sunbeds and/or shade so we were unable to use it as the hotel was full and not enough room to sit around so we spent most of the days at Golden Bay beach - superb.
The first 3 days we ate at the hotel as we were half board after that unfortunately the food did deteriorate so much so we ate out after that.
The hotel is in a back street and you have to walk to the centre of Bugiba/Qawra quite pleasant 10 minute walk away.
In tha main the hotel was a decent place and not as bad as the reviews I had read although I can understand the comments made.
It is dated and in need of decorating and the food does need to be sorted out. The pool areas are not big enough for the amount of guests there although it did provide a base to explore around. all I can say is that it is not a 4 star by our standards but was clean -
I would not recomend this hotel if you stay all inclusive or half board but as a self catering / B&B it was okay not half as bad as the reviews previously I had read.

  • Liked — Cleanliness
  • Disliked — Food
  • Stayed June 2008, traveled as a couple
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Thank arnies45
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Somerset
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed June 25, 2008

I have just returned from a week all inclusive at the Soreda, i had read previous reviews and was a little worried. However the we had a really enjoyable week with no complaints.

The hotel is a little dated but while we were there they were carrying out several renovation projects to improve it. Ok it may not be a 4 star but for the price we paid we more than happy with the standard. Our room was clean with maid service and clean towels daily. The food was really nice, tasty, hot and always a good selection. The bar and roof top pool area are ideal and were always clean.

I would recommend the Soreda!

  • Liked — Value for Money and location
  • Disliked — Could do with being updated (but while we were there they had already started on this)
  • Stayed June 2008, traveled as a couple
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Thank vankey
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Norwich
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56 reviews
34 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed June 15, 2008

My friend and myself booked for a weeks stay at this 'so called 4 star' hotel.
The hotel was filthy and falling apart. the swimming pool was filthy, with paint peeling off the bottom and the rooms dirty and smelly.
The ben linen in the rooms were damp, the air dryer was hanging off the wall and was unsafe.
The bath was dirty and bathroom cabinet was about to fall of the wall
I will not comment on the food as it makes me feel sick just to think about it.
The management will tell theat the hotel is being refurbished, but the whole area is a building site.
After complaining to the rep we were moved the same day.

Stayed June 2008
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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
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#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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