This hotel is ideal for a relaxing break. It's just metres from the sea, with a pretty pool area and a couple of restaurants. You're only a short walk from the town centre, too.
The Hotel Qawra Palace is in a great spot. It's just across the road from a pretty rocky beach, and the nearest sandy one is only a 15-minute walk away. The shops, restaurants and bars, meanwhile, are even closer.
The hotel swimming pool has been built to make the most of the views - it's set in the heart of a palm-freckled terrace, and faces out to sea. There's also a kids' pool out here, and a bar serving cold drinks and light bites.
There’s lots of choice when it comes to dining. Buffets come courtesy of the main restaurant, which offers up a mix of Mediterranean and international dishes. In the summer, meanwhile, there’s also a pizzeria in a romantic al fresco setting. There are three bars here, too, as well as a coffee bar which does a mean line in homemade cakes.
The hotel’s bedrooms all have good-sized balconies, and for the best views, request one that looks out to the sea.
Offering Mediterranean delights for breakfast, lunch and dinner with views of Salina bay and the outdoor pool. Not forgetting the little ones, early suppers can be arranged. If you're staying Half Board lunch will have an extra charge.
The Hotel is dated and staff not friendly in paticular the reception,very un helpful everything was too much trouble ,
the main gripe is the eating/restaurant arrangements they are truley regimented and lacks any one who dares to change their rules !!
Your plate is swiped away the minute you leave the table (even though hadnt finished ) the staff more or less bark and point to you where to sit and what side ,
if all inclusive you have to go outside reataurant show your key card and order then queue at bar
whist meal is going cold !!
the pool area is ok and kept clean, but the hotel in general needs a major new maangment structure to change the rules to be more customer focused and user friendly to get me to return
i felt i was in a hotel where i had to obide to thier rules (not on Hoilday ) also felt in the wayMore
Tim C, Sutton
great value for money, very clean and pleasant hotel
I will comment below how to find buses and the CHEAP supermarket that locals use, not the tourist ones.
The hotel was well air conditioned in the lobby and restaurant. The reception staff were very friendly, even when we checked in nearer to midnight. All spoke English and were happy to help and answer our queries. I agree it does need updating but for the money we paid for the week, I did not find this an issue at all.
Only complaint is the Wifi, expensive and disconnected every 5 minutes, very irritating!! Other than that, could not fault the hotel!
Our room was very spacious for the two of us. Included a hairdryer, tv, kettle, desk and wardrobe. There were fresh towels daily and the room was very well cleaned and always looked lovely. The balcony was a reasonable size and had chairs to sit on and you could see the sea from our room which was nice, even though it wasn't facing the sea.
The pool was saltwater, so if you want to swim I would recommend goggles as it does burn a bit. Clean pool and deep enough to jump in. Plenty of sunbeds available and can pay around 2â¬ for a mattress for them. People do reserve them very early, around 7:45 so in summer months this would probably be a lot worse.
The food was very good. Pool snacks were reasonable price 5â¬ for a burger and chips. The buffet breakfast was a fry up, bacon, sausage, egg etc with cereal, cake and bread. Fruit is rather scarce at hotel, with only apples available. Dinner had plenty of options, with vegetarian able to order separately. The were roast dinners most nights, a pasta option, curry, we also got garlic chicken and rice, chips, vegetables. And dessert has cheesecakes and ice cream available. All buffets. Not sure on the lunch, by the sounds of things it was the leftover meats and cheese from breakfast but NOT 100% SURE.
Straight outside the hotel and to the left is a bus stop which can take you to Valletta, Sliema, Golden bay etc but its the end of the line so the bus is packed and no chance of getting a seat. I would recommend walking to the bus terminal, directions below.
If you come out the hotel and take the first left and continue up the small hill. When you get to the top there is an Irish bar and an Elivs tribute. As you continue up the road, you will arrive at some some more bars/restaurants and the bus terminal on your left which is where I would recommend getting all buses from as there is more chance of you getting a seat. 1.50 for an all day ticket meaning you can get to and from anywhere which is incredibly good value.
We ate a lot the cafe next door to Qawra called Cafe Royal, good food, decent price. 2 Euros for a toastie and crisps, serves good coffee. There is a pancake parlour and kebab shop called Mr Kebab joined together which does lovely sandwiches, toasties, kebabs and amazing pancakes, all very good prices. Walk up from the bus terminal and you will find it. Has umbrellas outside the from and friendly staff.
There are plenty of places on the way to town to buy snacks, water etc. But we found there is a place you can get it for cheaper called Trollees. A large air conditioned supermarket with a few floors that sells everything you will need. It's again on that long stretch of road, continue walking past the bus terminal in a straight line and you will see signs for it on the right.
Things to do:
The aquarium is a 10 minute walk along the seafront from the hotel. Turn right and follow the coast and you will reach it. Roughly 13 Euros for an adult, was a nice morning but not the biggest aquarium I've been to, definitely not a full day out but was pleasant.
There are plenty of rocky beaches you can jump into the sea and snorkel from. Also most have people renting sunbeds so you don't have to sit on the rocks.
The best beach we went to was Golden Bay on bus 223 to Ghajn Tuffieha. 20 mins for the hotel and a lovely sandy beach with pretty clear waters. Great for swimming and snorkeling. Nice sandwich places there also.
We didn't have the experience we expected with Blue Lagoon, it was described as secluded and a nature reserve but it was incredibly touristy and even had music playing?? We went with Captain Morgan and would NOT RECOMMEND AT ALL. 40 Euros for the tour, transfer to Sliema and Lunch. The lunch was a kind of mystery meat, some watery lettuce leaves and a bit of bread. Not worth 10 Euros. The boat itself went all the way around the island and got to Blue Lagoon by 2ish. Where as we were told that it was a cruise straight to the blue lagoon and so by this time, all the good spots were taken and the island was very very crowded. Our boat you also couldn't jump off unlike all the others which wasn't ideal. I would recommend you search for a cheaper and more fun(?) boat. The free Wifi didnt even work!!
Overall a lovely area with plenty to see/do! If you're interested in Valletta areas then I would recommend staying further down the island as it was over an hour on the bus!
Would definitely go back!More
Customer service?? NONE EXISTENT
Stayed in august for 2 weeks. Immediatly told our room isnt ready for 4 hours. No apologies no complimentary drinks. No where to sit. Power went off twice during our stay. No apology or information. No move to a different room. Room had wifi problems (which you have to pay for,) so sat in lobby to use internet. Lifts where wet and an absolute deathtrap. Customer service was awful, I'd love to say I was being picky like you'd expect from a few reviews...but im 27 and paid Â£1,800 to stay in a poorly maintained, poor customer service to deal with your needs, poorly management run, hotel for 2 weeks. To be told when the air con didnt work "open the window"......its 27c and at 11pm I have to listen to bobby darrins beyond the sea (great song) but not at 11pm when I leave the next day. Brilliant location, just a shame when I complained there was still no apology.....just excuses. Shame. Wont be returning ever againMore
Comfortable rooms and well maintained, nice selection of food and evening entertainment, will stay again...............................................................................................................More
If you like a hotel;
that is in need of refurbishment,
a room where in the en suite the toilet looks like it was added as an after thought
a restaraunt where the food is bland and there is always a shortage of plates, cups, knives, forks etc.
where the concept of "all inclusive" has not yet been understood
where any attention to detail is too big as not to be ignored
Well this is the place for you !!More
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