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Dolmen Resort Hotel
Ranked #2 of 15 Hotels in St. Paul's Bay
Leeds, United Kingdom
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“The best hotel ever...”
Reviewed 11 July 2012

Went on sunday 24th of July for 9 nights.
Everytime we go away theres always something wrong with delays or the hotel or something else.. But this holiday was just the best.
The Dolmen Hotel is excellent, we paid £540 for B&B with a sea view (room 469) for 9 nights, We went for my partners 40th, some other family members also came to Malta but couldn't afford to stay at Dolmen so they styaed at Bugibba complex, which was like a prison!! Warning don't stay at bugibba complex!!!! They spent all there time at our hotel using its facilities, we tried to book them into Dolmen with us after 2nd night but the hotel was full for all of our duration here..
The room we had must of had the best views as we were on the 4th floor in the middle of hotel overlooking the pool and the sea, it was beautiful sat watching the sunset. The rooms were cleaned everyday, towels changed when u leave them in the bath.. and they change bed linen if u ask the cleaners to do it.. The bathroom was a good size all modern and clean. Shower not as powerful as i liked it but it works fine. The aircon was great, it was very hot outside so was lovely to have good aircon that works.. we actually had to get under cover at night as it was so cool, we turned it down the next night. I'm glad i brought my own hairdryer else would of been there a while trying to use theres, it wasn't powerful.
The Breakfast was lovely, had everything u could wish for, full english, fruit, cheese meats breads etc... the coffee and juice was good too.
We used the pool with the swim up bar mainly which was great, prices were good. U can put your drinks on the room bill so u dont have to worry about taking money with u. There are 3 other pools too, the one by cafe' Delos is quieter if u want a peaceful swim.. The other 2 pools are down by the sea and are salt water pools.
There are lots of bars in the hotel to choose from, the main bar in hotel does buy on get one free on any drink 1900-2000 everynight which was good. We loved cafe' Delos the food was amazing and the cakes... that coffee and walnut cake is to die for, u can get a latte for 1.50 which is cheap compared to back home.
I could babble on all day about this hotel and malta, recommened to couples and familys. I'm hoping to come back 1st of october with my 8yr old son as he would love it. All in all people this a great 4 star + hotel, All the staff were friendly and helpful, the entertainment staff by pool were great for keeping kids and adults entertained. almost forgot about the spa.. I treated us to a full body massage on his birthday which was great and cost 60 euro each for full body massage, facial, indian head massage and foot reflexology.The manager even put a birthday card and a voucher for a bottle of wine through our door for Waynes birthday which we thought was lovely. Could not fault this hotel one bit.. Highly recommened to all..
Thanks for a great holiday, hopefully be back in october :-)

Room Tip: Get a sea view, its worth the extra money.
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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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, Sales & Marketing Web-Coordinator at Dolmen Resort Hotel, responded to this review, 12 July 2012
Dear AmyD83,

We truly appreciate the time you have taken to place such a fantastic review about the Dolmen Resort Hotel.

Our aim is to make your stay with us as comfortable and enjoyable as possible, so we are very pleased to see that you were satisfied with the service of our staff and all of the facilities we have to offer each and every guest.

Thank you for choosing to stay at the Resort and on behalf of the rest of the team, we look forward to welcoming you back in the not too distant future.

With warm wishes,
Roberta
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Barnsley, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 9 July 2012

We stayed in the Dolman for 10 days and on the whole the experience was a great one.

The rooms were spotless as was the entire complex. The staff (from cleaners to bar staff) couldnt be nicer and were always helpful.

The breakfast bar was plentiful (but could turn into a bit of a bun fight if you don't arrive as it opened at 7.30am!

The spa is fantastic! A definate plus for the hotel and the prices are really reasonable.

However, there is a sign by the pools stating that should towels not be attended after 2 hours the space cannot be reserved. This was not the case and on numerous occasions through the stay, there were no free loungers (even though there was plenty for the size of the hotel), as they were all reserved but hardly anyone around the pool.

Also we had a meal at the beach side resturant owned by the hotel and although the meal was lovely, the service was slow and the waiters lost our order/bill. So i'd avoid it should we go back.

Room Tip: Ask to be away from the casino as this can be slightly noisy on a night.
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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Dear Laura C,

Firstly, allow me on behalf of the Dolmen team to show our sincere appreciation for making time to share with fellow travelers your most recent experience at the Dolmen Resort.

We are pleased to read that you found the hotel to be clean, well equipped and overall impressive.

Rest assured that we have also taken note of your suggestions as these help us to improve further our services and facilities.

Thank you once again for your positive comments and we look forward to welcoming you back in the future.

Warmest Regards,
Roberta
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Stockholm
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Reviewed 9 July 2012

We chose this hotel mainly because we wanted to try a big resort with all facilities you could imagine. Dolmen did not let us down. It has everything; several pools, bars, restaurants, activities, beach just outside the hotel, a wonderful beach-club where we mainly hang out during the days with good snorkeling spots. Sure, the hotel also includes screaming children and package-tourists who enjoys all-inclusive deals and drinking cheap bear by the hotelbar and at some spots on the hotel-area I wouldnt call it 4-star, rather a good 3-star hotel. But it didn't bother actually. If I had to say one bad thing it should be the bathroom door, WHY oh WHY have you made them see-through and unlock able? A bathroom is something private, therefore once should also have the possibility to lock the door, or at least be able to close it =). No free wi-fi was a bit weird, thought it was standard for all 4-star hotels nowadays to have that included?

But all and all, a wonderful stay at a very good hotel! Oh and the service (receptionists, restaurants etc) was very good as well!

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 July 2012

have just come back from two weeks stay at the doleman, our room was a good size but only had a view of tennis courts. there is no tea/ coffee facility in the room. You will need to take a hair dryer if you need one as the hair dryers in all the rooms do not work, they burn your hands more than dry your hair.The other couple we went with asked for a hair dryer at reception and explained the room ones did not work but the one they gave her was just as bad. In the room you had books explaining what was available at the hotel and when, it says in the book that the coffee shop is open until 01.30 but it never was, we went there at 23.30 and it was shut, we also found that they would ignore us rather than let us know they were shut. the animation team were good during the day for adults and children but nothing in the evening except once a week the animation team would do anything in the evening.everything shut at 12.30.The pools were imposible to use at weekends as all the locals desended on the hotel to use the pool. you could not get any sunbeds or even get near the pool bar.Malta is a great island with plenty to see, i have been many times but this hotel disapointed me as a few years ago it was the best in the area but it has changed, everyone seemed miserable who worked there from the waiters to the cleaners. we would come out our room in the morning and say good morning to the cleaners and they did not say anything back.the service in the coffee shop was bad, we even got up and left before ordering as no one wanted to serve so we got fed up waiting.Food was ok.But as i said malta is worth seeing and the hotel ok but dont take any notice of the books in the room as it also says men have to wear trousers to dinner- but they didnt, it says no lilos in the pool- but you can.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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, Sales & Marketing Web-Coordinator at Dolmen Resort Hotel, responded to this review, 10 July 2012
Dear Lisam09,

Thank you for taking the time to review your stay with us and for your constructive comments.

Kindly accept our sincere apologies for the areas where we have fallen short of your expectations. This is certainly not a situation we are happy with, since we strive to maintain the highest possible levels of standards and facilities in order to meet the expectations and desires of our guests.

Indeed your comments have been taken very seriously and have been shared with the Management Team, in order to help us improve further the service that we have to offer.

Thank you once again for your feedback. Your constructive comments will only assist us in continually improving on the services we have to offer to our clients.

Warmest Regards,
Roberta
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 July 2012

We have just returned from a lovely 10 day holiday at the Dolmen. We had a lovely room (371) which overlooked the bay & one of the pools. The room was cleaned well daily with fresh towels every day. Air con was powerful which was needed as the temperature was in mid 30's. The breakfast comprised of everything you could wish for, however, I found the evening meals were a bit too fussy for me as I only eat plain food, but the free wine with the evening meals was a added bonus.
The hotel is well located with everything close to hand & getting around on the buses was very easy.
A lovely time & will be going back to the Dolmen, thanks to all the staff.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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, Sales & Marketing Web-Coordinator at Dolmen Resort Hotel, responded to this review, 10 July 2012
Dear 186220Deb,

Greetings from the Dolmen Resort and the Maltese Islands!

Thank you for making the time and posting a review following your stay at our resort, it is with great pleasure to read that you found our rooms delightful.

We certainly do our utmost to make your stay comfortable and pleasant, so we are very pleased to note that you were satisfied with the level of service and the location of the hotel.

Looking forward to having you back at the resort and the Islands.

Warmest Regards,
Roberta 
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Malta
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Reviewed 3 July 2012

We just came from a three day holiday on HB in this wonderful resort. This is the second time we have lodged in this hotel but it's the first time during summer. The hotel is equipped with 2 outdoor pools plus an indoor pool with a spa and a small gym. The hotel has also a beach club where residents may spend the day lingering in the sun or take up water sports and even may experience diving from just 35 euros.
In my opinion this hotel has something to offer to everyone be it as a family or as a couple. Personally we enjoyed the stay as a familyin the nettuno pool area. The animation team was fantastic. Special thanks to all the members of which I only remember a few names(Nadine,David, the bob marley style hair guy, and everyone else) which did a wonderful job keeping my kid (and myself) entertained throughout the day. If you are coming to Malta I would recommend to reserve a couple of days from your holiday to purely enjoy your hotel facilities and do nothing else. By hotel standards the drinks are not expensive (€1.5 for a softdrink and €2.5 for a foreign beer)
The location is also excellent , for those of you wishing to save on transport costs there is a bus terminus exactly by the side of the hotel.
I am not impressed very easily however whilst I must admit that the hotel managed to provide an excellent mid-week break. By the way dinner in the hotel is good(and our package included free drinks -wine and soft drinks) however if you are taking HB as an over and above package you should evaluate the cost since there are pleantly of other restaurants in the area.
Final reccomendation ensure that you visit this hotel during summer to appreciate the true value of the Hotel/location and pools. The sunset view from our room is something very impressive.
Will defenitively return for another couple of days in future

Room Tip: If you can afford to spend a little extra the suites on the sixth floor are a wonderful investment...
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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
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5 Thank DONSALVATORE
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
, Sales & Marketing Web-Coordinator at Dolmen Resort Hotel, responded to this review, 4 July 2012
Dear DONSALVATORE,

Thank you for taking the time to place such a fantastic review on Trip Advisor.

We do our best to provide our guests with a pleasant and comfortable experience as your satisfaction is of utmost importance to us. Rest assured that the entire Dolmen team is only too pleased to make your stay with us an Exceptional one.

Your comments are truly appreciated by the team and we look forward to welcoming you and your family back again.

Thank you once again and best wishes,
Roberta
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Exeter, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 July 2012

We had a suite (622) on the sixth floor as recommended by other reviewers, "good choice people". This was perfect for us as we have an autistic son, who is adult and needs his own space. The room consisted of a seperate twin bedroom and shower on suite, plus the main room with our twin beds, sofa area with flat screen tv and coffee/ fridge area, very spacious with large double patio doors leading out to a large sun terrace/balcony, with a superb vista of St Pauls Island/Bay, pools and ancient ruins. The cleanliness and quality of the rooms was excellent, the staff were very friendly/helpful, and the food was hot and varied. We will definately return to Malta (what a lovely historic island with lovely freindly people) and when we do, we will be staying at the excellent Dolmen Resort, in a sixth floor suite. Well done to all concerned at the Dolmen, for making our two week holiday the best we have had.

Yours sincerely
The Yelland family (England)

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
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, Sales & Marketing Web-Coordinator at Dolmen Resort Hotel, responded to this review, 4 July 2012
Dear William Y,

We truly appreciate the time you have taken to place such a fantastic review about the Dolmen Resort Hotel.

Our aim is to make your stay with us as comfortable and enjoyable as possible, so we are very pleased to see that you were satisfied with the service of our staff and all of the facilities we have to offer each and every guest.

Thank you for choosing to stay at the Resort and on behalf of the rest of the team, we look forward to welcoming you back in the not too distant future.

With warm wishes,
Roberta
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Property: Dolmen Resort Hotel
Address: Qawra Front, St. Paul's Bay, Island of Malta SPB 2402, Malta
Region: Malta > Island of Malta > St. Paul's Bay
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Casino and Gambling Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Spa Hotel in St. Paul's Bay
#2 Luxury Hotel in St. Paul's Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Dolmen Resort Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 413
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Beautiful located at the waters edge, the 4 star hotel boasts 375 guest rooms and 38 highly finished superior rooms and suites with panoramic views of the Mediterranean Sea and St. Paul's Islands. All bedrooms and suites are fully air-conditioned, centrally, heated and have their own private bathroom, safe deposit box, satellite TV, direct dial telephone, radio, mini-bar and hair dryers. The majority of the rooms have a balcony or terrace.The hotel's general facilities include a Conferece Centre, Casino, an A La Carte Restaurant, Buffet Restaurant, Piano Lobby Bar, Cafeteria, Swim-Up Bar, Night Club and Caribbean Style Beach Club offering a variety of water-sports, a Diving Centre, Bars and Restaurant. Four outdoor swimming pools are located within the hotel together with one dedicated for children. The newly designed Spa incorporates state of the art Therapy rooms with the latest equipment as well as a Fitness Room, Indoor Pool with hydro massage and sauna. Animation Activities are provided on a daily basis together with a kids club during the summer months. A regular entertainment is held during the evenings. ... more   less 
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