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“Delightful.”
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Porto Azzurro
Ranked #5 of 14 Hotels in St. Paul's Bay
North Yorkshire
2 reviews
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“Delightful.”
Reviewed 23 June 2010

Just returned from a fab week at the Porto Azzurro apts......where can i start, everything was just fantastic,the staff in every department were delightful....accomodation,pool,restaurant/bar,food,location were fabulous.....just booked to return with more family members in Sept!

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 June 2010

Attracted by a very good price my wife and I booked a week long holiday at the Porto Azzurro. It was sold to us as the hotel had been upgraded to a 4 star and the owner(s) wanted to show it off. They flatly denied that this was a time share operation although when the paperwork was E mailed to me a condition of the holiday was that we attended a presentation. This turned out to be a time share presentation by R.C.I.
About the hotel.......In my view.....there seems to be three types of guests at the hotel. These are time share owners, prospective time share buyers and ordinary holiday makers (Thomas Cook sends guests threre. We found the hotel ok. The apartmentwe stayed in was tatty in parts but it was clean and as we were on half board we never used ti limited cooking facilities.. The view from our room was a bit of an eyesore as it looked out over a building site but we did have a restricted view of the bay. Rooms on the other side of the hotel which overlooked the pool seemed a lot better and far more moderd. The hotel facilities included a small shop, indoor pool and fiktness room. The pool area was clean and tidy and the wall which surroundsit was a useful windbreak.
The restaurant was ok ish. The food wasn't brilliant for those of us on a meal package but meals purchased seperately were filling and tasty, The staff, on the whole, let the place down. They seemed miserable most of the time particularly the receptionists who seemed tohave the weight of the world on their shoulders. There were other members of staff who tried to be pleasant partic in the dining room.
Out and about.....Xemxija is a bit of a nothing area, although the buses stop on the main road at the bottom of the hill leading to the hotel. If you want togoout at night its a long ish walk toget anywhere or a taxi ride as the buses tend to finish early (from 6pm) in some cases.
Whilst I don.t rate the Hotel or Xemxija dont let me put you off a holiday in ,Malta. There are loads of places to visit and sights to see amd we will go backthere just not to the Porto Azzurro.
Holiday hot tip.....forget the car and take to the buses partic the old bone shakers they are cheap, regular, great fun and the drivers are friendly and pleasant,
Holiday don't.....dont book the Porto Azzurro if your mobility is restricted bbecase itis situated on a short but very steep hill,

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 June 2010

We bought 6 trial weeks but didn't use them because my husband is in a wheelchair and all their details states "not disabled friendly" We were recently staying at another hotel in Malta and decided to visit what we had bought into. The hill to get to the hotel is impossible to access with someone in a wheelchair. We were told we could have another meeting on site to be offered something else, at a further cost. We also found that dial and exchange also is not disabled friendly . The money we invested in 6 weeks trial holiday has been a complete waste of money. We did not know we were buying into Porto Azzurro when we bought our 6 weeks. Porto Azzuro was never mentioned at our initial meeting.

  • Stayed June 2010
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PortoAzzurro, Manager at Porto Azzurro, responded to this review, 30 June 2010
Whoever sold you your 6 weeks (and I do not who it was since you are stating that they never mentioned Porto Azzurro) clearly lied as although we do have ramps and lift access we are situated on a short, steep hill which makes wheelchair access difficult, unless you actually get here by car.
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Reviewed 10 June 2010

On arrival at the hotel .The hotel was extremly dirty.Reception staff extremly un friendly. Dirty Towels in the hotel which they insist are clean.The pool oytside again dirty a wonder we never caught anything from there. The staff of Club Malta who we booked with very unprofessional and unfriendly.Was told that we had to attend a timeshare meeting but when you attend this is a really hard sell.With Timeshare reps that are intoxicated absouletly awaful place.Food at the hotel also leaves alot to be desired

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled as a couple
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England
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Reviewed 14 May 2010

The area was lovely and the views from our room very good.
But the public areas were dirty. Dust and grime. The staff were nice but complained to everyone about their wages and the fact they were being blamed for not getting everything clean, but that they were not given and paid enough hours to do the work.
We opted for half board - a big mistake.!The breakfast was OK albeit not very warm, but the evening meal - a buffet was awful. We decided to give up and eat out. We were not the only ones. There was an a la carte menu and the food looked better, but we didn't try it.

  • Stayed April 2010, travelled with friends
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stonehouse, glos
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 April 2010

i am writing this review as there has been alot said about it, mostly not good. we have just come back after being stuck cause of the volcano, yes the first inpressions are not good. what you must remember is this is a cheap 3 star hotel. if you want better then book into 4 or 5*. the indoor pool needs painting and scrubbing round the sides to get rid of the green. hotel and rails needs painting outside. need to invest in more towels as we had 3 for 6 of us.. fridge didn't have freezer bit and had gone a bit rusty in the outside corners.....as for the staff. they have been so helpfull, they have let us in their office to book flights, getting our extra accomendation sorted.
break fast is the same every day. didn't stay for evening meal but buffett didn't look as good as food you can order.
it was very friendly. our children are 13, 12, 8,4. if you are looking for a quite holiday this is one to have. there is a roman road etc minutes walk up the hill. outside pool was cold but weather only just warming up. also this is realy out of season, not all shops are open yet. bus withinn 2minutes of walking from hotel. shop in hotel.
any way we enjoyed ourselves and thank you for looking after us.

when you are in malta you must go to golden bay and popeye's village and blue lagoon

  • Stayed April 2010, travelled with family
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London
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 April 2010

Good and bad with this one I think. First of all, I did get a sea view (but only about two degrees of a circle I'd say) and I had an excellent view of the rather nice (and clean) pool. Breakfast was pretty good to my mind with scope to put together a 'full English' if you aren't too bothered about fried bread. The indoor pool was nice and warm and well used. Above all, the stay was cheap and I would say a bargain. There were one or two issues though. The hotel bedrooms were tired; not unclean but could have done with a coat of paint perhaps. I feel that a programme of continual maintainence needs to be commenced. There were one or two broken items like the catch to prevent me from locking myself out on the balcony and the hotel is rather remote from the rest of the St. Paul's Bay resort. The gym equipment would have been recognisable to St. Paul himself and I recommend replacement as soon as possible. Overall, a pleasant stay and I feel that one or two contributors to this site forget that this hotel is not marketed as a five star property. You tend to get what you pay for.

  • Stayed April 2010, travelled with family
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Property: Porto Azzurro
Address: Ridott Street, Xemxija Bay, St. Paul's Bay, Island of Malta SPB 15, Malta
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Region: Malta > Island of Malta > St. Paul's Bay
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #5 of 14 Hotels in St. Paul's Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Porto Azzurro 3*
Number of rooms: 110
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Porto Azzurro. The Porto Aparthotel, a family run Aparthotel in Xemxija Bay, is prominently situated overlooking the picturesque St.Paul's Bay with breathtaking views of the Maltese countryside. The resort apartments and hotel rooms are stylish and comfortable and provide a luxurious base for a truly relaxing holiday. The main towns nearby are Mellieha, St Pauls Bay and the tourist resort of Bugibba. The sandy beaches of Golden Sands and Mellieha Bay are less than 3 kilometers away. The hotel's apartments are stylish and comfortable and provide a luxurious base for a truly relaxing holiday. All the apartments have a bathroom or shower en suite, air conditioning, fully equipped kitchen complete with a microwave oven, television, safety deposit box and direct dial telephone. ... more   less 
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