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“Excellent Food and Scenery but in a dirty location” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Saracen Resort Beach & Congress Hotel

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Saracen Resort Beach & Congress Hotel
Rabat, Malta
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Excellent Food and Scenery but in a dirty location”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2013

Its the resort that you need to enjoy as its in a deserted Area, no where to go...

But the food was excellent and even the Pools, two of them were surrounded by the rooms, but had an enjoyable jacuzzi and play area for the kids. While the other two enjoy beautiful scenery of mountains and view of Isola delle femmine. Both pool areas are very clean and with lifeguard assistance all day.
Its the hotel and rooms that need some maintenance and modernization... as we had a sea view room and it was so beautiful.
Still, it was a relaxing holiday with plenty of food at a reasonable price.

Room Tip: Recommend sea view
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Claire B
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 bubbles
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57 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2013 via mobile

Hotel is located right off the beach with 4 pools.

The lower level pool has a great view of the beach, isola and surrounding mountains.

The beach is acessible through a tunnel and has free use of deck chairs, umbrella, canoe and paddle boat. Lifeguards are present all day with entertainment on the beach.

Breakfast is continental, lunch was always fantastic with excellent pasta all the time and a buffet dinner. Free flowing wine and water.

Rooms are quite decent however the ones overlooking the beach are nicer.

A good short break with value for money considering it was at a cheap price.

  • Stayed September 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank CharlonMLA
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Copenhagen, Denmark
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2013

I have just returned from a holiday at the hotel Saracen, with my husband and our two children. And I must say that our experience is rather mixed, good and bad ... To start with the good, the hotel is well located within walking distance to the center of Isola delle femmine and to the train station.
There is a nice beach associated the hotel. And there are also a lot of facilities for families with children, including table tennis, two pool areas, mini golf and evening entertainment.

The hotel physical condition, however, clearly seems to be old and worn. For example, the chairs in the hotel restaurant are faded dirty, and the beds in the rooms is actually also quite dirty, old mattresses with stains after sweat and a lot of use. But besides the rather “rustic look”, the hotel is clean and neat. And the maids come to the rooms every day (even though they missed giving one of our beds a sheet for three days, why I had to sleep with a bath towel).

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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Msida, Malta
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37 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2013

Just back from Saracen Village, with a group , we spend four excellent days at the resort, food was excellent, rooms were clean , AC functioned. Special thanks to Mrs.Ina and Michele at the restaurant , we will back for sure !

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Saint Julian's, Malta
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2013

Excellent location. Fantastic food. Friendly and helpful staff. Fun animation. A hotel complete with all facilities: pool, private beach, a lot of sports facilities (even Zumba) and more! Very spacious rooms ..although some refurbishment will surely help, I really can't complain as we paid a little and got a lot. Will surely be back

Room Tip: Ask for a seaview room. Rooms on groundfloor might be convenient but with no views at all
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank jandan81
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New York, New York, United States
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 March 2013

i loved the saracen it is a great place for kids their are 2 huge pools a play ground bouncy houses they serve you exceptional food and its free they are verry freindly so i would suggest going there if you have kids

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Oslo, Norway
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41 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2012

We visited Saracen out of season, and the whole area was a bit deserted.
Think "Dirty Dancing-resort" - a big resort whit a lot of old turist. The hotel might have been big once, but no maintenance has lowered the standard a lot. An interesting experience when you walk around on the large resort an try to imagine what it was like in its glorydays. I can picture the people, shows and acitivites like in the movie Dirty Dancing.
The breakfast was a bit sad and not at all what you expect when it said 4 stars in the advert.
They have it all, many pools, miniaturegolf, work-out area..... but it was not open for use and some of it in bad shape.
Å big pluss for the beach with free beds, and an open beachbar even out of season - mayby just a few houres a day, but at least it was open ;)
Sadly the staff only spoke italian with some english. No aircondition, no minibar or refrigerator and no extra like hairdryers in the bathroom.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Additional Information about Saracen Resort Beach & Congress Hotel

Property: Saracen Resort Beach & Congress Hotel
Address: Via Liberta 128 A, 90040 Isola Delle Femmine, Sicily, Italy (Formerly Saracen Sands Village Hotel & Resort)
Region: Italy > Sicily > Province of Palermo > Isola Delle Femmine
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Isola Delle Femmine
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Saracen Resort Beach & Congress Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 250
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Saracen Beach Resort & Congress Hotel located in Isola delle Femminein is about 11 km from the airport of Palermo "Falcone Borsellino" and only 15 minutes from the Palermo city center, one of the most beautiful cities in the Mediterranean. The hotel is located between the stunning Capo Gallo, Punta Raisi, Mondello and Sferracavallo. Saracen provides 245 spacious rooms with great views of the gulf. The beach and 4 swimming pools make Saracen the ideal place to spend an unforgettable summer holiday. Our staff will entertain guest in every moment of the day. Our breakfast buffet offers a wide proposal in order to satisfy those who prefer a traditional Italian-style breakfast, the continental one, or even a gluten free breakfast. The cuisine of our chef suits all tastes. Main meals are served at Les Arcades restaurant with rich buffet including delicious recipes. Saracen Resort has been structured to be ideal for conventions and thanks to its position - a few km from the city of Palermo and the airport "Falcone Borsellino" - makes the Resort particularly suitable for business stay. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Saracen Sands Village Hotel Isola Delle Femmine
Saracen Sands Village Hotel And Resort
Saracen Resort Beach & Congress Hotel Sicily/Isola Delle Femmine, Province Of Palermo

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