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“Great view!”
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Mellieha Bay Hotel
Ranked #8 of 12 Hotels in Mellieha
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“Great view!”
Reviewed 30 July 2014

Just got back from Mellieha Bay Hotel and our lasting memories will be the magnificent views of the glorious bay from this hotel.
The hotel itself is a little dated however we had an updated room and were lucky enough to have a top floor room so had great views of the bay.
The hotel staff are lovely and friendly and we stayed on an all inclusive basis. Only extras such as biscuits and some alcoholic drinks were not included but crisps, ice creams and water could be accessed from fridges by our selves as much as we liked. The maids attend daily and ours was again lovely and friendly.
We tended to use the beach hut during the day Nico the bar tender was a lovely friendly guy who always had a smile on his face and a joke ready for us. The there are definitely more positives than negatives to this place however but if I'm being picky I would say I wouldn't normally spend very long in a hotel room but due to poor/little entertainment of an evening this was necessary. Take some playing cards or do as we did and make your own entertainment, walks etc! Having said this it won't stop us returning to this hotel at all as everything else is what we like in an hotel and I'm sure with enough people 'mentioning' on here about the entertainment the lovely staff at the hotel will take note and adjust. Cleanliness is ok but I'm quite OCD about things so nothing is ever up 'to my standard' lol!
On a another note you can catch a bus anywhere on the island for (1.50 euro for a day ticket return) if you don't mind taking buses and you can explore the island. Hope this helps you to decide!

  • Stayed July 2014
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Stafford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 29 July 2014

This is our third year visiting MBH and to be honest we thought the hotel looked a bit tired when compared to last year and that is despite a make over. Personally, I think it needs a significant investment to get it up to scratch.

Rooms are a reasonable size and always clean and have fantastic views of the bay. Wi-Fi is a chargeable extra and quite expensive, we found it worked well in the bar and reception area but was hit and miss in the bedroom.

Service in the bar and restaurant is excellent with staff very attentive and chatty.

The restaurant has had a significant make over, which looks great in the photos but actually it doesn't work. There are too many tables crammed in making the dining experience rather unpleasant as other guests are pushing past you to get at the buffet. Its difficult to actually get to a table as they are too close to the service areas with guests serving themselves and other guests trying to get out.

The most ridiculous aspect of the dining room is the dress code, as for men its compulsory to wear trousers; we heard lots of "disagreements" with management and they weren't too polite either. Apparently, the hotels excuse is that its a 4 star dining experience and men should respect that. So, which other 4 star restaurant would allow women to wear next to nothing with their bum cheeks hanging out of skimpy clothing or unruly children running around with plates so full of food they could feed 100's? For me, the hotel should adopt a dress code for both sex's and not discriminate.

Anyway, the savvy male guest was wearing pyjama bottoms despite the cartoon characters, but that meets the dress code... trousers!

Food quantity was good but the quality and taste rather poor as most of it lacked flavour and seasoning.

The terrace has also had a make over but the use of cheap plastic wood effect flooring really lets it down and the tables are all ready showing the signs of distress.

So, MBH, the make over is commendable; it was a good idea put poorly executed I'm afraid.

Room Tip: Best views of the bay are in A wing on floor 2, fantastic
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Paola, Malta
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Reviewed 29 July 2014

Been there for a day by the pool.... It is very nice, well kept.... We spent the day which was nice and quiet. The only drawback that it has is the drinks are overpriced and how..... It's unbelievable how a small glass of mineral drink costs €2..... The rest is good, food is good and ambience well kept....

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Douglas, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 29 July 2014

Once again my husband & I had three weeks holiday at Mellieha Bay Hotel, we got quite a shock when we went for breakfast the moring after we arrived the dinning room has completely change it is far better than it was with the refurbishments that are going on at the the moment. As always food, service & staff are second to none, always there when you want something & no trouble for them to do anything for you. Once again I am recommending this Hotel to everyone that is looking for a trouble free holiday.

Room Tip: Almost all rooms have a sea view. The view acroos the bay is wonderful.
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Clacton-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 24 July 2014

the mellieha bay hotel overlooks the picturesque bay of mellieha and so this is a really good way to start your day because every room overlooks this view.the staff are very friendly and hotel is allways in a tiptop condition. having stayed at this hotel for the past four years i can highly recommend it and looking forward to going again next year.

Room Tip: higher floors have better views and are quieter.
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled solo
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Margate, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 23 July 2014

spent a great week at this hotel,seven days was not long enough.we discovered on the bus from the airport about the dress code for men in the dining room.WHAT!!!!.after a year working in long trousers ,who in their right mind wants to wear them on holiday.{sexist or what}it was noticed that some women wore shorts with cheeks hanging out and men with joggers straight off a building site.[dress code] come on managers.food was great,staff very helpful and more sunbeds than we could wish for.we will return next year trousers permitting.

Room Tip: all rooms have balconies so don't pay extra.
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Poole, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 22 July 2014 via mobile

We made our annual pilgrimage to the hotel again this year, the fifth consecutive visit, and our seventh in total.

The hotel is currently undergoing a major renovation as an ongoing rolling programme, the newly refurbished dining room is excellent, and the standard of food and service seems to have improved as well against last year, the only very disappointing thing we experienced in the dining room was the very poor and unsupervised hordes of foreign children, mostly Russian, who usually hit the dining room like a swarm of locusts, and being of about 40 in number were very noisy.
A new addition to the dining experience this year is a twice weekly barbecue alongside the pool, this proved very popular and early booking is required.

I really do not understand visitors who say that Maltese people working in the hotel are unhelpful, and unfriendly, our experience of all the staff at the hotel, and Maltese people as a whole, are they the most friendly and welcoming people in the world, the staff in the hotel will certainly go the extra mile to please you, we know many of the staff on first name terms.
If they are treated with respect and as an equal, not a servant !, they will respond in bucket loads.

The only major disappointment this year was the entertainment has now been moved outside down to pool at the far end of the gardens, this now leaves the Limelight Lounge unused and wasted, the actual entertainment was on a tiny stage with no proper facilities for the artists, I really felt sorry for some of the artists who were obviously struggling with poor lighting, and very small audiences, and no atmosphere.

There were no proper facilities for guests seating, and we were expected to sit on plastic garden chairs in our decent evening clothes, chairs which sunbathers had been using all day covered in sun oil !!

The other downside to this entertainment idea is that the bar is about 100 yards from the seating area, so you have to walk to the bar, no table service, the return to your seat with your drink in a floppy plastic beaker because it's a pool area.

We sincerely hope the management either recognise this situation and rectify it properly, or return the entertainment to the purpose designed Limelight Lounge next year.

Another welcome surprise this year was the addition of tea making facilities in the rooms, however the hotel only supply enough ingredients for one day, after that you have to get your own, that is not a problem but it would be useful if that information was provided in the room instead of everyone being confused on how to replenish thier tea tray.

Finally the Thomson rep, Ann, was her usual helpful and jolly self this year. If you are considering a day trip while on holiday, be sure to go on the Thomson excursion to Gozo, it may seem expensive but it is real value for money and includes an excellent 3 course hot lunch, with free wine, in Xlendi Bay. Gozo is a beautiful country and well worth the visit.

Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: Mellieha Bay Hotel
Address: Ghadira, Mellieha, Island of Malta MLH 9065, Malta
Region: Malta > Island of Malta > Mellieha
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Mellieha
#6 Romantic Hotel in Mellieha
#7 Luxury Hotel in Mellieha
#7 Family Hotel in Mellieha
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Mellieha Bay Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 313
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