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Solana Hotel and Spa
Ranked #3 of 12 Hotels in Mellieha
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 25 October 2011

I stayed here in 2007 and had a fab holiday,although it was high season but I am returning next friday to do a bit of walking on the beautiful island. I am looking forward to the friendly welcome and hope we get a good room as we have not booked directly.I will update status on return.

Room Tip: ask for a suite at the back of the hotel,the road is at the front
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  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 October 2011

Just came back from a weekend break at the Solana Hotel. After staying in many hotels in Malta, I must say that I was disappointed.

We booked through otel.com a junior suite, they assigned us room 1314. Unfortunately it was a front room on the first floor.

The Room
The room was large but with very dated furniture everywhere with scratches and dents (including what seemed a historic chewing gum which housekeeping never managed to remove.) The bathroom door could not fully open cause of the heating rail, but overall very decent bathroom. Also I couldn’t understand how each time we used the bath water leaked out to the main room, seemed like there was a leak.
Also how the hotel called this room a SUITE is beyond me, clearly they have no idea what a suite is! it seems very mediocre and the room seemed just slightly larger room than a standard room.

Internet

From the room, no WIFI could be found, except that of the restaurant across the road. ;)

Cleanliness
The room was cleaned very well by housekeeping, so no bad points there.

Noise
My gosh! the noise is terrible if you keep the balcony door open, and we had no other choice, as the AC was switched off for some reason. (Probably to save on consumption). During night time, even though traffic subsided substantially however in the early hours in the morning the noise starts to return, waking you up at 8am, which is not something you want to do when on Holiday.

Also you could clearly hear the TV of next room. I could also decipher the TV station they we’re watching!! Must have really thin walls.

Food
We were on a Room only basis so cant comment on the food.

Indoor Pool
The indoor pool was nicely decorated, however the water had a exaggerated amount of chlorine, that we just could not stand staying more than 10minutes as my eyes immediately started to burn (eyes kept closed underwater the whole time). So was definitely not impressed by the pool.

Value for Money
Its known that this hotel is on the cheaper scale of four star hotels, so in terms of value for money it is cheap but the standard is a bit low, if you can live with an okish room which is clean, than this is the hotel for you.

Recommend it to a friend?
No, I would suggest going to Maritim instead, which is close by and usually just slightly more expensive than Solana, but worth the extra money.

Room Tip: Please ask Reception for a room at the BACK of the building to avoid the noise from the traffic. Als...
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  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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SolanaHotel, General Manager at Solana Hotel and Spa, responded to this reviewResponded 21 October 2011

Dear Guest,

We are very disappointed to hear that your recent experience at the Solana Hotel & Spa was not a positive one.

Our team strives very hard to offer our guests a rewarding stay and we regret that we did not meet your expectations. Please rest assured that we have investigated the various situations mentioned and relevant actions were taken, where necessary. It is worth noting that the Solana Hotel & Spa offers a Free Wi-Fi Hotspot within the public areas and this is available 24-hours a day.

While thanking you for your time, please do not hesitate to contact us directly should you wish to discuss your experience in more detail.

Best regards,

Elaine Cutajar Debono
General Manager

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Reviewed 12 October 2011

This hotel I can not fault one bit. It is classed a 34 star but would rate it a 3 star but with 5 star service. The rooms were clean and all communal areas Used the gym and indoor pool. Gym facilities were not too bad really and caould manage quite a good upper body work out. The food was good, and i suffer with wheat intollerance ad my gluten free bread and cearels were well catered for. The staff made sure of this. Amanda the manager was so nice.
We are a gay couple in our 40's and we would recommend this hotel as it is gay friendly. We look firward to returning soon.
Mellieha is a quiet resort but the buses run all night to take you out down to the main areas for a night out.

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 October 2011

The Solana is a lovely little hotel in the heart of Mellieha. Set quite high up from the beach, it probably isn't for those with limited mobility, although it has bus stops handily situated either opposite or just up the road. We booked a back room on the recommendation of other reviewers - really good advice, because the hotel fronts onto a very noisy main drag. Our room was spotless and kept very clean throughout our one week stay. We booked a junior suite - essentially a large room with a convertible sofa and two hobs to cook on. That was the one down side - don't think about cooking unless you're a microwave expert - the hobs never get up to much cooking speed. Two things weren't working when we arrived - the TV and the towel rail - and they were fixed almost immediately. We paid £800 all in, independently for flights with Thomas Cook and the hotel (about £400 each). That was for B&B and the breakfast is excellent - a full choice and eggs cooked how you want them to order. Tip - if you're staying for at least a week, buy a 12 euro buss pass - it will get you anywhere and avoids the need to book overpriced trips with tour operators.

Room Tip: Choose a back room to avoid the noise from the road
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  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 October 2011

Recently returned after a second visit [this year ]to the Solana ,
We were impressed with the cleanliness of the Hotel also the friendly and helpful staff ,In actual fact the staff appear to be faultless ..they seem to work so hard to make sure that the guests enjoy themselves ,
We had an excellent room with very good facilities .
The Hotel is situated in the centre of the village.which is charming .
Malta is a delightful Island and the people are really special
The Solana is a Hotel we would recommend and look forward to revisiting .,

Room Tip: If you are looking for a quiet room then don't ask for one overlooking the street ,although it...
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  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 October 2011

The Solana was a perfectly good hotel, but doesn't live up to the overly favourable reviews contained here. On the plus side the room was large and the hotel was very clean. No complaints there. The bed on the other hand was not great and despite requesting a double we were appointed twin beds. The staff were friendly, but no more so than they should have been. The food (we were half board) was poor. Much was cooked from frozen and all dishes were bland, so much so after two visits we opted to eat elsewhere. The wine list was atrocious. Not bad overall but certainly not great.

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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SolanaHotel, General Manager at Solana Hotel and Spa, responded to this reviewResponded 14 October 2011

Dear Guest,

We regret to read that your recent stay at the Solana Hotel & Spa did not meet your expectations, especially where your dining experience is concerned.

We thank you for taking the time to review our hotel; please do not hesitate to contact us directly should you wish to discuss the situation, in more detail.

Best regards,

Elaine Cutajar Debono
General Manager

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Reviewed 2 October 2011

Won't be back to the Solana Hotel. Having e-mailed them a few days before travel requesting a room at the back of the hotel we arrived to find that we had been allocated one to the front on the 1st floor. The traffic noise - buses, trucks, cars etc. was horrendous - might as well have been in in the room with us! We asked to be moved but the night receptionist said there was nothing he could do till next morning. After breakfast - which is just average - we spoke to a member of housekeeping and were told that we could move to a room at the back of the hotel but that there would be a €35 charge for housekeeping!! That was a first for us. We agreed on a payment of €25 and were moved to a room at the back overlooking "the valley" which was, in effect, a derelict area of dumped rubbish. In general the hotel did not meet our expectations, particularly having read so many positive reviews on Tripadvisor before booking. It is a long, long walk down to the beach which is even harder on the way back up! The resort of Melliha itself is unattractive with not a lot to offer.A disappointing experience all roun!.

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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SolanaHotel, General Manager at Solana Hotel and Spa, responded to this reviewResponded 3 October 2011

Dear Guest,

We are sorry to read that both the Solana Hotel & Spa and the Mellieha village did not meet your expectations. At the Solana Hotel & Spa, we work very hard at ensuring our guests’ expectations are met and possibly exceeded, however, as explained in our reply to your email, we can only do our very best in accommodating requests. Nevertheless, your reservation for a Junior Suite was fully honoured upon arrival, hence the charge upon requesting to change to an alternative unit.

While thanking for your time, please do not hesitate to contact us directly, should you wish to discuss this situation in more detail.

Best regards,

Elaine Cutajar Debono
General Manager

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Additional Information about Solana Hotel and Spa

Address: Gorg Borg Olivier St, Mellieha, Island of Malta MLH 1025, Malta
Region: Malta > Island of Malta > Mellieha
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Business Hotel in Mellieha
#3 Spa Hotel in Mellieha
#3 Romantic Hotel in Mellieha
#3 Family Hotel in Mellieha
#3 Luxury Hotel in Mellieha
Price Range: £46 - £950 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Solana Hotel and Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 100
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