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“Excellent Holiday”
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Mellieha Bay Hotel
Ranked #8 of 12 Hotels in Mellieha
Poole
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“Excellent Holiday”
Reviewed 10 July 2010

This is a large 1960's hotel, which has been well maintained, although a little dated now. The food was excellent. Breakfast consisted of an excellent choice of hot (english) or a cold continential spread. Evening meals were also excellent, with a good choice and as a result we ate in every evening. Staff were helpful and courtious. Nightlife in the hotel catered mainly for older mainly british clients. We are divers and there is a very good dive operator at the hotel, but in common with the watersports at the hotel we thought they were too expensive, as a result we only dived for one day. The diving we found was not very interesting, on the other hand we snorkelled off the hotels beach and saw quite a few varieties of sea breams, wrasse, red mullet and even a couple of barracudas. The hotel boasts two large pools and a private beach. We would recommend this hotel for a relaxing break. We hired a car and spent our afternoons dicovering the island, for us a week on Malta was sufficent. Hotel was well over our expectations. The hotel is some way from the local town, but car hire is cheap and the local buses provide a good service. Having looked around the island this is the one hotel on the island that I would choose for a relaxing break.

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 July 2010

The hotel was a really nice place to stay, very nice staff really good choice of food, very clean fresh bedding and towels, the staff were very nice and will help you with anything.
Really nice place to be with familly and friends if your looking for night life then a taxi will be needed as there is not much around the bay only a few resturants/bars i recomend point break for a friendly face with andre and gordon who were always happy to serve.

  • Stayed June 2010
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Budapest
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Reviewed 30 June 2010

I stayed a week in this hotel with my daughter in May. This was already our fifth or sixth stay there, we could always enjoy the hospitality, the good service, the possibilities for perfect relaxation in this well led hotel, which has a very good location at the sea with a wonderful panorama. I suppose we'll still return there.

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled with family
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Birmingham, England
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Reviewed 24 June 2010

This was my second visit to the Mellieha Bay (first visited in 1995) and although I was initially disappointed to see that only the reception/bar/lobby area had been refurbished since then, I still enjoyed the week.

Yes, the rooms are a bit dated, and the restaurant needs a re-vamp and does get quite busy at certain times. However, the views across the bay and up to Mellieha village from your balcony are amazing. The food in the restaurant was well presented, plentiful, decent quality and accompanied by a great value wine list (€4.50 for a litre of house wine, from €6.50 for a bottle!).

To clarify another reviewer's comment, if you do NOT pay for a sea view, you are likely to be allocated a ground floor room with a shared garden area & no private balcony and a restricted sea view obscured by trees/shrubs. Also remember that the hotel gets its 4 star rating based on facilities - and it has a lot of them. Ratings do not come from how glitzy the decor is or the type of tables and chairs used in the dining room.

There is an on-site launderette with washer, dryer & iron/ironing board. Great for that mid-stay freshen up of all your essentials & beach towels.

Many of the staff at the hotel have worked there for many years, and provide a friendly and efficient service. The hotel operates a cashless system like cruise ship where you either charge everything to your room or obtain a pre-paid cash card from reception as you go along.

There are two lovely pools with plenty of sunbeds - and plenty of further sunbathing space down on the small private beach or on the bathing platforms around by the watersports club at the edge of the sea.

The cheap local buses stop a short walk from the hotel and although quaint and pretty antiques, they are a bit of a nightmare if you can't get a seat. If you have a family and want to get around the island, hire a car - it will be much easier and not that expensive.

Evening entertainment was okay - catered for the older age group mainly. If you want to get into Mellieha town at night for a bit more night life, it's approx €8-10 each way by Taxi (the buses finish around 8pm).

We paid for a late check-out room to 6pm on our last day - these are subject to availability if you do not prebook and cannot be arranged until your last morning.

If you choose the Mellieha Bay, remember you are booking a long-established hotel which has lots of repeat guests who love its dated charm. We were told that a room refurbishment programme is starting in October. It's a little isolated in the resort but only a 15/20 min walk to the nearest supermarket and about 30 min walk along the promenade to more bars & cafes in the bay area.

Finally, the cheap, frequent ferry to Gozo is about a 15 minute bus ride away and is worth a day trip -but beware the persistent taxi drivers offering you fixed price tours of the island as you leave the ferry terminal in Gozo. They're not bad value at €50 per car for the day, but we had not planned to have an escorted tour of the island, we just wanted to do our own thing.

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled as a couple
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Devon
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Reviewed 23 June 2010

The service from all the staff was very good they where all very helpful. Our room was clean and well service, the bathroom had loads of hot water (could have done with a upgrade on the shower head) was functional and in good order. The location of the hotel was somewhat isolated having said that it was only 30/40 minute bus ride to hustle and bustle if you wanted it. We found the location ideal for a relaxing holiday. Beautiful views from the room across the bay in fact any ware on the hotel complex, bar terrace, beach, pool area and the sun beds on the quay side the views where a pleasure. There was a shortage of alternative bars and cafes to walk out to after your evening meal that was the only downside.
The hotel is a bit dated but is still in good order and it is evident the hotel has got a program of ongoing maintenance which must be difficult to maitain when it is open most of the year.

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled as a couple
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solihull
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Reviewed 23 June 2010

Stayed for a week in june 2010. The bad points:- Tired & dated rooms. Small rooms with tiny bathrooms. Scruffy immediate surroundings. Very Very cramped dining room - they couldn't get another table in there if they tried. Very poor poolside bar service (lack of choice & poor quality of food).
The good points:- great views, food reasonable.
Don't pay extra for a seaview - all the rooms have a seaview.

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled as a couple
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england
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Reviewed 23 June 2010

hotel clean but needs up dating bath was chipped hand basin craked sheets not changed towels worn very thin food of poor quailty hotel bars not open all day so we hade to walk around the hotel to find one open entertainment much the same aimed at certain age group thomson trips over priced would not stay here again we expected 4 star accommodation and in our opinion this hotel should be rated as2plus star

  • Stayed June 2010, 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 Family Hotel in Mellieha
#7 Luxury 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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