Porto del Sol combines a very good restaurant on the ground floor with a so-so apartment block above. This review refers only to the apartment which we had for 9 nights and not the restaurant. A point to bear in mind is that the apartment was very reasonably priced, so that in fairness the criticisms I make must be balanced against that. It also explains why I have given 3 stars for value-for-money but only 2 stars overall. On the credit side, the location is excellent, with a superb view along the full length of St. Paul's Bay - we much preferred this end of the Bay to Burgibba, which is a brasher, larger resort. Buses stop immediately outside and you can reach anywhere on the island with relative ease. Comments have been made about traffic noise, but we did not find this a major problem, although I confess to using ear plugs at night. Hot water was provided by an immersion heater and was more than adequate. However, the furnishings and decor in our room were tired and stained. Cooking was done on two rings which were rusty and it was not possible to store items on the inside of the fridge door as shelves were missing. Lighting was via two wall lights, one of which had a bare bulb with no shade, while the two bedside reading lamps could not both be used simultaneously as they were not wired-in and there was only one power point to serve both. There is a 10% discount on meals in the restaurant on presentation of the room key, but we only discovered this after having eaten there on the evening of our arrival, and the waitress did not point it out to us despite our telling her that we were staying upstairs. We did not see any staff directly connected with the running of the accommodation side of the operation throughout our stay and had to get the key from a nearby hotel on arrival and return it there on departure, though clean towels did appear in our room every few days.
We were left with the distinct feeling that the owners' main interest is in the restaurant and that the accommodation is only seen as ancillary to that. This is a pity, as the whole operation has potential if only a reasonable amount of money was expended to bring the accommodation up to the standard of the restaurant. If they did so, the owners could justify charging more for the accommodation, which would be to their obvious advantage.
A couple of tips regarding holidays in Malta generally. To begin with, if you are staying a week, get a 7-day bus pass for 12 euros - it won't make the buses more regular or less overcrowded, but it will save you cash. Secondly, if you really want to visit the Hal Saflieni Hypogeum, make sure you book your tickets well in advance - we tried 6 weeks before our holiday, but they were sold-out for our entire stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Porto del Sol is located right in the heart of Xemxija Bay, a small seaside town situated between St. Paul's Bay and Mellieha. Porto del Sol offers a selection of 18 spacious holiday units which enjoy clear, unobstructed sea and country views .All apartments are self-catering with a basic kitchenette, complete with a hob, refrigerator, sink, toaster, kettle, cutlery and crockery. Porto Del Sol apartments are situated on the main coast road, which is frequented by buses every ten to fifteen minutes. It is ideally situated for quick access to the most popular summer bays of Ghadira in Mellieha - Malta's largest beach, and Golden Bay (all just about ten minutes by bus). Nightlife, shops and bars can be found in the villages of St. Paul's Bay, Bugibba and Qawra, all within close distance. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Porto Del Sol Hotel St. Paul`s Bay
- Porto Del Sol Malta