We stayed at the Mellieha Bay Hotel for a week at the end of September beginning of October. We did not originally book this hotel but after our original holiday (to another country) was cancelled with two days notice there were very few options available to us. We were a little worried about what the hotel would be like as it was not a hotel we would have chosen in normal circumstances, however we found the hotel to be much better than we expected.
Whilst there is no denying that the hotel is in need of a refurb both inside and outside we found our room to be comfortable, with ample room and storage space for two people (space would be tight for 3). The bathroom was on the small side but adequate. Balcony was small but the views were lovely, all rooms face the sea (although some on the ground floor have the view of the sea obscured by trees). There were a few niggles with the room, the water pressure in the shower was on the poor side yet the bath filled quite quickly - strange. The towels were of a totally unacceptable standard - very small and rough and also shabby - sometimes they had holes in them! Also the hairdryer and the TV were both unusable as they were dodgy electricity wise.
The food was average to good - plenty of choice for breakfast, a more limited choice for dinner but always tasty and well cooked.
The hotels 4* rating is debatable - the hotel has a lot of facilities which is probably why it rates a 4* but I would rate it more like a 3*. However for the price we paid we found it to be very good value. If you like a bit of luxury then this is not the hotel for you, but if basic but comfortable in nice surroundings is for you then you can't go far wrong with this hotel. We found the staff to be extremely polite, and helpful and efficient - always had a smile on their faces. Likewise the Thomson rep, Ann.
Drinks in the bars and restaurant were reasonably priced - as were snacks for lunch etc.
Hotel gardens were well kept and the hotels private beach was small but clean. We noticed a few potential health and safety issues due to broken tiles in pool and broken steps here and there. A wedding was held in the gardens whilst we were there, pretty setting but possibly not quite special enough for a wedding as the gazebo where the weddings are held also needs a refurb. We had lovely weather, sunny every day - yet there were always plenty of sunbeds, whatever time of day. However one of the pools was to close the day after we left so there would therefore be less beds and space from early October onwards.
We used the local buses to travel around - an experience not to be missed. We had intended to hire a car but decided against it as the buses were so frequent. The bus stop is a short walk from the hotel about 5 minutes away.
We loved Malta and will definitely return to the island. We will likely choose a 5* hotel next time but would not rule out returning to the Mellieha Bay for a cheap last minute early or late season break sometime in the future. We had a thoroughly relaxing and enjoyable stay and certainly got value for money.
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