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.
nice hotel, good entertainment, rooms cleaned nicely.
Food was good always something you could pick, salads or pasta , meat veg ,nice soups,sweets an fruit.i found it value for money, we were all inclusive,.
Yes the lifts were braking down but were fixed pretty quick.
We had seaview on 8 th floor was good rooms do need to be updated .
But all the facilities were there.bathroom small.
We enjoyed our stay.
My only gripe was the toilets by pool bars were out of order for the last 6 days we were there,
I reported it 3 times still out order when we left 15/10/14..More
Although rated 4 star, it really is a 3/4
for the size of the hotel, and number of rooms it only had 3 lifts, and most of the times only one would be working, causing a lot of grumpiness with the guest. The hotel it self is clean, decor is out dated. Rooms are cleaned every day with clean sheets and towels. I was unfortunate to be outside the cleaners room, but was okay with the noise (about 15 - 20 mins). Our travel representative was excellent with meeting and explaining all the excursions available.( Rosie). I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at this hotel, it was ideally situated.More
Showing it's age
We spent a week at the Qawra Palace Hotel as part of a package deal as had most of the other people in the hotel that arrived on the same flight. The guests were predominantly British the week we were there with the occasional foreign accent.
We arrived early hours of Wednesday morning and had a long wait for check in as several people had arrived simultaneously. When we eventually got our key we made our way to our room that overlooked the central courtyard. This is not a fancy establishment, but serves a purpose so we were not too bothered by the cracked tiles and odd stain here and there. The beds were very comfortable and we had a good nights rest. The rooms are starting to look a bit tired and the lack of double beds is annoying. There's a kettle in each room, but no coffee or tea. A small convenience store nearby stocks English tea which they must sell a lot of.
With the morning light we could see more of our 'view'. Each room has a small balcony which may get some sun at some point during the day, but not on the lower floors. We were on floor six and got the sun about midday. Floors seven and eight had it sooner and for longer with those facing West getting it in the evening. There isn't much to see looking into the courtyard so if you intend to spend some time on the balcony it is definitely best to pay the extra for a sea view.
Breakfast in the dimly lit dining room (that is situated under the main road) contains all the usual favourites with a pretty good full English. The tea and coffee were terrible so we ended up using our own tea bags. Fruit juices are just flavoured water, but you can't expect much for this class of fully inclusive.
Dinner comes with a choice of half a carafe of house red, white or rose. We tried them all and didn't like any of them so ended up buying a bottle of decent stuff each evening. Menus were varied and mostly quite good with a few dishes that were not to our taste.
The evening entertainment is great if you are strictly come dancing fans as this is the style of music most of the time. There were some very good dancers that had obviously had lessons, but we preferred music you could 'Dad dance' to so didn't venture onto the dance floor until some Abba came on one night. We had a great time that evening.
All inclusive drinks contain slightly more alcohol than pure water so no chances of getting a hang-over. The local beer (Cisk) was ok, but I found one pint was enough.
We only had lunch on our last day while waiting for the transport to the airport. The lunch menus looked better than those in the evening most days, but there are fewer people as they are either out on trips or by the pool.
The outdoor pool is filled with sea water while the much smaller inside one has chlorinated fresh water and is warmer. The hot tubs were great.
The staff at the Qawra palace are excellent with some real characters. There isn't a great deal to do in Qawra, but the new Aquarium is only a short walk up the coast road and worth a visit. There's also a motor museum behind the hotel, but we didn't realise it was there until the last day.
It's a shame Tripadvisor doesn't have a 'good' category as this hotel is not 'very good', but better than average.
We would like to return to Malta in the future as there were several places we did not have time to visit. We would probably look at another hotel unless we had a limited budget again.More
damasinnas, Norwich, United Kingdom
Even better than last year!
This is the second time we have stayed here in 12 months, and it has got even better. Yes, there are probably more plush hotels, but for the money, and particularly for Maltese standards this hotel is excellent value for money;
Unless you are on a tight budget, you must have a seaview room.
Some side seaview rooms look great, especially if they are cheaper.
We stayed B&B and the food was excellent. Proper bacon and decent "english style" sausages, baked beans, scrambled eggs, fried eggs, potatoes, lovely fresh tomatoes, cakes, breads, salad, meats, cheeses etc.
Wonderful coffee shop attached to hotel; best hot chocolate on the island, cheap snacks in a lovely atmosphere.
Shops attached to hotel are great, and good value also.
Rooms are kept very clean by pleasant staff
Treat the staff with respect and they will really look after you.
Lifts are a bit of a pain at mealtimes, but hey, if you can, use the stairs.
Lower floor rooms (seaview) can be a bit noisy as they are on main road.
Visit Simons (Elvis Bar) for great service and great entertainment (Tourist Street)
Visit the Car Museum (Tourist Street)
Bathrooms are relatively small but more than adequate
Some rooms (ours on 5th floor certainly were) have been renovated since last year; Very nice job!
Ask if you need a bath in your room as some renovated rooms are shower only!
Visit Cafe Del Mar and Reggae Bar at Qawra point if you like chillout and reggae music!
Pool is great, never too crowded - saltwater so you float easily - great if you are novice or nervous!
Due to high occupancy we were unable to have a late check out room, however, staff were great in arranging free use of a room later in the day for a pre-flight shower etc.
Visit Valletta and Mdina
Visit Bugibba Bocci Club - Cheap food and drink, nice atmosphere full of Maltese and English
Finally, a big thank you to wonderful Qawra Palace staff - Jesmond (waiter) and the wonderful Carlos Apap (front desk) who deserves employee of the month award, closely followed by cheerful and helpful Sylvanna (reception) - See you next year!
Any questions, just send me a message folks!More
Pablo_Sulty, Birmingham, UK
Okay, but won't rush back
If you've already booked this hotel then don't worry - it's perfectly fine, but not amazing. We found most of the staff friendly and helpful, the food okay (we were all inclusive) and the room good (we did pay for the seaview). We always managed to get sunbeds even though we didn't get to the pool until after 10 each day. I don't think I would go all inclusive if I went again to Malta as there are so many good places to eat and drink and it's not silly prices. Food at the hotel did taste a bit samey after a while but it was edible and we were never hungry. We did give the odd Euro tip at the bars and it was appreciated. Take the time to try a few different places though - the bar around the corner Murphy's was great when the 2 guys that take off Madness and the Blues Brothers is def worth a visit ( 2champagne cocktails for 5 euros too).
Generally though I'm not sure that I would return to Malta, never mind this hotel. It is a bit too English for us - it did have really nice weather generally, apart from the thunderstorms last weekend - but it's not very pretty and we didn't find the Maltese overly friendly generally although there were,a few exceptions. However if you've already booked here you can still have a good holiday.More
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