We have just returned from a glorious week at the Bella Vista, Qawra, Malta. Although described as 4 star we did feel that 3 star would have been more accurate. Notwithstanding the room was comfortable, clean and well maintained and the food was excellent.
The meals were buffet style - offering, for breakfast - a choice of cereal with milk or yoghurt and delicious fresh fruit, continental meats, cheeses and breads, cooked breakfast of bacon, sausage, eggs, beans, tomatoes, fried bread, continental cakes and buns, toast, fruit juice, tea and coffee. Dinner consisted of antipasti, either soup or a pasta dish, a choice of 3 meat/fish dishes and a variety of sweets or biscuits and cheese. The wine was very reasonably priced at 4.50e for a litre of house red. Other drinks were equally reasonable.
The roof terrace was a definite plus as was the outdoor pool. The staff were all helpful and friendly.
We used City Sightseeing open top bus tours both the north and the south route. We either caught the bus outside or were picked up by minibus outside the hotel. ( in Buggiba beware of touts for bus tours and time shares) The free harbour cruise from Sliema to Valetta was excellent. In Marsaxlokk avoid the Cafe de Paris - maybe we just hit a bad day.
In Mdina we ate at the panoramic Fontanella tea house and beer garden - fantastic.
We also travelled to Gozo by local bus and ferry - a grand day out . Victoria is a must see with its breathtaking citadel.
The big downside of the holiday was the presence in the hotel of 70 Italian schoolchildren who were noisy and totally inconsiderate towards other guests. For example, they used the indoor swimming pool in the basement then got into the lift without bothering to dry themselves meaning everyone else was treated to puddles on the lift floor. Fortunately they took their meals in a separate area but congregated outside smoking afterwards, then ran out and in the hotel shouting to each other. They also shouted from balcony to balcony on 3 levels. Although there were a few teachers with the students they did not appear to control them in any way and the hotel staff did not seem to be able to do much either. Some guests who had adjoining rooms had to be moved to other accomodation because of the noise at night. When I complained I was told that these ones were mild compared to the French ones the previous week. They were under the auspices of NSTS School Euro and I would strongly advise anyone to check before booking whether the hotel was likely to take such school parties along with normal paying guests. Certainly this will be my policy in the future. I would only recommend this hotel with the proviso that there were no school parties.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Bella Vista Hotel is a modern 4 Star Hotel consisting of 157 rooms with a turnover of 300 guests per week. All rooms are well appointed with balcony and a bathroom en-suite with most of the rooms having picturesque country views and pool views. Room facilities include Air Conditioning, Central Heating, Satellite TV, Radio, Ceiling Fan, Hair Drier and a Direct Dialing Telephone. The following are available at an extra charge: Safe, Frigo Bar and Tea & Coffee making facilities. The Highlands Restaurant serves an exciting choice of Mediterranean cuisine. Our Outdoor Swimming pool is serviced from the Pool Bar while the Roof Top Terrace has a swim spa with bar facilities during the summer period. The Mondrian Café serves snacks throughout the day. Live music is held 6 times weekly at D` Tate Lounge Bar. The Hotel is also equipped with 3 Conference Rooms, Indoor Pool, Gym, Sauna, Jacuzzi, Massage Service, Internet Café, Games Room and Wi-Fi. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bella Vista Hotel Malta/Qawra
- Bella Vista Qawra
- Hotel Bella Vista Malta