A nice, simple hotel. I booked with Chevron (Malta & Gozo holiday specialist): very low price offer: just under £200, 1 week, 1 person and no single supplement, incl. breakfast, return regional flights, transfers inclusive. I decided to pay extra for a 10 day break, half board for 7 nights of the 10, a welcome pack with platter and drinks, and to upgrade to garden side room. The price was still very reasonable.
I didn't actually make the flight at the beginning of the 10 days, as I was too ill to go. Later that day, I was pleased to find out Chevron opened on Saturdays, and I phoned them and asked could I buy my own flight for Monday, and still take the return flight. Chevron were excellent, phoning me back a few times within the hour or so, confirming my return flight was still valid, confirming accommodation, telling me I could go ahead and purchase a flight, then taking the details of my flight for the complimentary airport transfer. (Very efficient and pleasant, and I think were offering to book a new flight if I hadn't had one on an open web page, ready to book myself.)
I managed to make the now 7 day break on the new flight. (The driver was waiting for me at the airport in Malta, after I bought at the duty free.)
At the hotel, the lady checking me in was polite, efficient and welcoming. I'd been worried about staying in the annexe across the road, as I'd read about damp and mildew. That's why I paid more for a room in the reception building. When booking, I said I had very frequent migraines, requesting a quiet room. I was given a room with a balcony at the end of a coridor, on the top floor. (Very quiet this time of year, though might be noisier in season, as just below the roof terrace and pool). The hotel was very accommodating.
The room was nice and simple, as expected from the photos. It was nice, mostly no surprises, and everything straightforward. For one person staying this was a very spacious room, spacious for 2, even 3 with a child's folding bed (4 not bad!). The only thing was one small, little bit of mildew near the balcony doors, around the ceiling, It wasn't bad. I sympathise, it must be hard to keep a check on. This is one of the dampest areas I've stayed in (this time of year). It's very close to the sea, with a big rise where the wet sea air ascends, clinging to the growth and soil in a green vale along the centre of the rise, and a high point that kind of blocks in the damp in the vale, letting it stay just around this hotel. The hotel is between old style high rise streets also, sealing in this damp vale. I live by the sea and I know how strongly damp can control an area, making remedy hard.
The air-conditioning seemed good, and heated the room very well quickly. With my sickness, I can feel awful if it's too (normally) warm, or too cold, so it was great to have very quicky, reliable control. There was no need to worry about keeping the air-conditioning at a chosen temperature when leaving the room. That would have been a waste of energy - the room warms up in 3 minutes or less, choosing a high temperature, then you're able to lower it.
Balcony - lovely, nice pool view. Fridge with mini-bar, great for putting your own orange juice and wine, beer & bottled water from shops (bottled water a necessity here). Bathroom - simple, clean and basically pleasant to use. Room storage, excellent, including safe which just about took my 16 or so inch wide screen laptop. (Guest reviews told me that this and neighbouring hotels had had break-ins, though I was on the top floor). Room comfort - very good - tables, indoor and out, seating - comfortable. TV had a few English channels, not many.
The only problem that there wasn't a plug near the bed for a laptop. I'd to pull the power supply tight, sitting in on a chair and then the laptop on a chair 1.5 metres from the bed just to watch a DVD on my laptop. Malta uses UK plugs and sockets. These were in the room but the bedside lamps had their own, old style round 3 prong plugs (like I've found in an older hotel in Dublin not long ago.) That's quite a big negative point, actually, not having a socket anywhere near the bed. Business guests needing to use their computers, would be obliged to work only at the table or long console.
Internet is wireless and paid - but very cheap. You pay for 24 hours at, I can't remember, 6 or 7 Euros. But that's likely to do you for the week - it's 24 hours anytime within the week - or two purchases would probably be enough even for business guests for a week. Just log in and out with the same details from the one purchase (remembering to log off each time). Laptop internet at the bar, restaurant, spa, pool, etc. then comes under this one purchase.
Lobby bar - comfortable. Added bonus was the hot mulled wine this time of year, warming on the grand piano! Only 2 Euros something. The main barman was helpful, very talkative and knew everthing about the area if you wanted to learn. He also seemed to be a point of interest for some guests, as the bar was mostly empty this time of year. Unfortunate that only Saturday had music from the pianist this time of year, but actually the bar was very quiet, so understandable. However, I thought the bistro - restaurant - bar downstairs, which remains popular this time of year, with guests and locals, could do with a little upright piano or keyboard in the corner, and a performer. It's a very nice bistro bar, for groups, families, couples and singles alike, but that it had TV news in English (BBC I think) playing all the time. It's a nice place, so I thought they ought to do more with live background music a few nights a week, even in January, and good taped music other times.
The smaller hotel sports bar across the road in their other building, in a traditional bar style - is nice for younger and older people - quarter bottles of wine only 2 Euros, very nice, and so hard to stop.
Buffet - only open at weekends this time of year. The food was lovely. I'm vegetarian, and though selection of main courses was very limited, there certainly was enough to have me enjoy 3 courses with side. Lovely food, great value for money, nice dining room, lovely staff.
The rest of the week, this time of year, half board dinner is in the bistro. Nice food, nice place, busy, but the staff are pleasant. However, service is often slow, even with a good number of waiters. For vegetarians, choice is not good - only a couple of pizzas and pasta dishes, but then I never got around to informing reception of my special diet, as they request. So I guess things would be better if I had. I didn't mind, because I really enjoyed the few main course offerings at the bistro - one pizza I really wanted to have on 3 nights, and I did.
Breakfast - great, large choice, eat as much as you want. Lovely dining room in the morning light, looking onto a bit of garden, nice food, lovely, pleasant staff. Lovely breakfasts. The staff were so pleasant, and made more pleasant things like taking my coffee outside to the garden and pool when I had finished otherwise.
Spa - very nice indeed mostly. A real let down, though, is the jacuzzi. It's like a cold puddle. No, not like, it is a cold puddle. A good deal colder than the indoor swimming pool beside it. The indoor pool is smallish, but big enough to do a litle swimming. It's a nice, warm temperature. The jacuzzi is a joke. Jets are less than a tickle, and it's freezing anyway. Would have some good function if near the sauna, but it's on a different floor, a distance out of the lower spa, up the stairs (or the lift) to the pool area. The hotel has the basic for a jacuzzi, but needs to add jets or good bubbles, and heat the water a lot. It's pointless currently.
Sauna - nice. Steam room - nice. Relaxation room - nice. Treatments - very nice and, while not too cheap, not at unaffordable prices with the guest discount voucher given at check-in. I had a head message especially for migraine sufferers, very good; general reflexology, this was lovely and very helpful; and a spinola detoxifying body wrap which was really lovely and well worth the price.
The spa closed 15 minutes earlier than the hotel reception and room booklet said, each day. Until near the end of my stay I thought the staff in the spa meant that you had to be in the changing room 15 minutes before the printed closing time - but they meant you had to leave. They got a bit angry with me one day, pointing at a watch that it was 4 minutes past the hour, a standard and acceptable time to walk out the door of a centre, as someone who has been a member of a few of these. (And you'd think of a hotel where one is staying.) But they meant I was fifteen minutes late, though weren't at all clear in saying why for most of my stay. I didn't understand. I don't understand why they close 15 minutes before the hotel says they do. And then, why they don't realise that it seems they're only suggesting people to go to the changing room 15 minutes before the hour, and leave at or around the hour (as humanly possible).
Otherwise, the spa was very good, but the toilets in the gents changing room didn't flush and smelt a lot, and, even after complaints, the only working shower in the gents wasn't replenished with their shower gel. That meant filling up hands from out at the sinks - it took ages, and was the reason for my lateness!! Not my fault!!!
Smelly toilets, but worth it for the sauna and steam room.
Generally, a nice and well run hotel. Some problems in the spa, and there isn't the same level of professionalness as at reception.
The hotel makes a good budget spa destination for a week. If you're not driving, in the low season, this is the best idea, as there's little to do around here otherwise, nothing in the hotel in the daytimes after the 2 sunny hours, and really, nothing much nearby at all. It is a nice area, but to stay in it, it's a spa hotel break that makes sense most. That was why I booked, though, so I was pleased.
But a recommendation for the hotel. It was nice and the staff did their jobs very well, as I want to try other Maritim hotles in Europe, now. I'm not particularly attracted to Mellieha (which IS nice for a quiet break, though) or actually Malta, myself, so it's good to have the inspiration of other locations in the hotel group. I'm pleased I went, a visit to Malta is a nice thing in low season, but it's not really the place for me.
Finally - I was suprised you can sunbathe in late January. I had 2 hours beside the pool from 11 a.m., just after breakfast, and though cool to cold other times, in only shorts, it was lovely and warm in the sun.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to the Maritim Antonine Hotel and Spa, a supreme 4 star hotel, perched on a perfect spot overlooking the terraced hillsides, from which one can enjoy breathtaking panoramic views and unwind for a few days in luxury.Here at the Maritim we provide the best services for the best price in Malta. That’s our guarantee.The Maritim is nestled in the small picturesque town of Mellieha and is a sumptuous retreat for the business traveller, or a luxurious indulgence if you want to spoil yourself or a loved one. ... more less
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