We booked for a cheap out of season week with B&B and a standard room. Most of the other guests were French and seemed to be there on a half board basis.
Transfers from the airport were straightforward, and the reception staff efficient and welcoming.
The hotel is in a quiet back street at the top of the town, 10 minutes from the centre. We got thoroughly lost on day two! Watch your step at night on the badly lit footpaths nearby. Uneven, and a bit of a minefield of doggy do!
Our room was much better than expected, big and bright with a decent sized bath, table and sofa. The bed was rock hard but that is how we like it. There was air con but we didn't test it. Linen wasn't new but was clean and tidy. The bed was made up perfectly every day and the room cleaned and tidied.
The tap water in Malta is rock hard, so don't expect any lather from your soap! It's drinkable, but bottled is cheap.
Breakfast was included, with fruit, bread, cereals, yogurt etc. a full English was available for a reasonable €3 and we tried it on the last day - lovely! We also had dinner one night but thought it was poor value, even at €9. It was OK, but a bit bland and portions were small. Definitely priced down to a budget. We mostly ate in the Sailors Arms or La Stalla in nearby "Tourist St" a 5 minute walk away.
The hotel bar was perfectly adequate and we had a drink there most days. Not cheap by Maltese standards at €2.90 a pint (the local Cisk lager is great), but operates 24 hours a day and the staff are great. But the staff have to multitask at mealtimes so can be in and out a bit. They do cocktails too, but if the cocktail batman is off duty they only do the simple ones!
There is a small indoor pool on the ground floor which we didn't try. The roof terrace and pool was not in play but we sat in the sun there and admired the view. It looked like it looked like it would be great on a hot day with a swim up bar and multiple little pools.
Good points - pleasant and hard working staff, good housekeeping, large room, incredible value.
Bad points - nothing too bad; dinner uninspiring and poor value if it's not included in price. Location of hotel is a bit off the beaten track.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The 3-star Sunflower Hotel is located in Qawra, within the resort of St. Paul's Bay, in the north of Malta. It is just 800 meters away from its sister hotel, the 4-star Hotel Santana, and only a ten minute walk away from the picturesque 2.5 km promenade, a small man made sandy beach, various rocky beaches, public transport, shops, bars, restaurants, a Casino, a multiplex cinema, the national aquarium and various other recreational facilities. Despite its modern exterior, the hotel's interior design reflects traditional Maltese architectural characteristics through the use of Maltese limestone. The Sunflower Hotel is tastefully designed and offers most of the facilities found in a 4-star hotel. Since the hotel opened its doors in 2003, it has gained a reputation for personalized attention and enjoys a strong base of repeat customers. The resort of St. Paul's Bay is made up of Qawra, Bugibba and the village of St. Paul's Bay. The resort is linked through a 2.5km promenade which affords it with stunning coastal walks and plenty of small bays in which one can swim. The resort has numerous restaurants, cafés, bars and shops. In Qawra one also finds a casino, the national aquarium, a man made sandy beach and a bus station offering regular bus service to all parts of the Maltese islands. Hotel facilities include a 24 hour reception, buffet restaurant and outdoor terrace, 24 hour bar, an attractively designed roof top pool (May to October) and sunbathing terrace, both enjoying open sea and country views, a swim-up pool bar (May to October), an indoor pool which is heated in winter, a treatments/massage room and also a games room. Free Wi-Fi is also available throughout the hotel. The hotel is centrally heated during winter and air-conditioned during summer. Hair dressing services are available in the privacy of the rooms. Laundry Services as well as Room Service are also available. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sunflower Hotel Qawra
- Sunflower Hotel Malta/Qawra
- Sunflower Malta