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Canifor Court Hotel Apartments
Ranked #14 of 15 Hotels in St. Paul's Bay
Wales UK
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“Don't judge Malta on this hotel”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 June 2013

Dirty room/apartment and many rude staff; although we were all-inclusive you had to sign for every drink you had. Our apartment was covered in mould and stains but the maid saw fit to write a note complaining that a couple of items that had been thrown at the bin had landed on the floor - I'm talking sweet wrappers not anything "nasty"! I love Malta but would NEVER use this hotel again, cheap but certainly not cheerful!

  • Stayed May 2013
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 April 2013

It does not matter what you pay for a holiday there should be standards for guests and the Cardor/Canifor apartments need to be seriously looked at. They are clean but are badly in need of new sheets/towels and equipment such as microwave ( very old mini cookers in apartments) also if you book the Cardor be careful you are not put over the road in the Canifor as these rooms are only fit for Staff quarters. Also so many people are at reception complaining you would of thought sombody would take note and do something about it.
They have internal rooms which are very dull and dismall as no light comes in through the windows (no balcony)these are attached to the hotel but all the apartments are scattered around the area, we have never experienced anything like it. We would never go back.

Room Tip: Management really dont take note so be careful and really read up on this hotel/aprtments
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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2013

(This review is very late becasue it got lost in the uloo for 6 months, but here it is anyway. We went out in May)

This must be our 4th or 5th trip out for a cheap self catering holiday over the last 10 years, and this time it was the turn of Malta to entertain us. As is usual I never even let the Memsahib anywhere near the brochures until I made the selection and paid for it, this time finding www.lowcostholidays.com. If it was up to her, we'd spend around a grand, and miss out on some gems.

Anyway, this time it was £350 the lot, including the airport carparking for the both of us, flying Ryanair, (never again, but that's another story!), from Luton, to the 4 star hotel that is the Canifor Hotel in Qawra, (pronounced Owra), the posh end of Buggiba, (the chav end of St Pauls bay!).

Was it 4 star? Not on your nellie! 3 at best, but 2 for honesty's sake.

The apartment was a 3 room affair with a window in each room, none of which actually pointed to the outside world. There was no carpet in the "lounge", although the word "lounge" really shouldn't be used when it is really only an extension of the kitched with a tatty old sofa in it.
The beds were comfortable enough I suppose, and the shower, although all mangled was actually very powerful, with lashings of hot water.
I have to say, no stars for general cleanliness - the Baby Belling cooker was more grease than cooker, and the bathroom was filthy for the first couple of days. Although regular visits from the staff did see a marked improvement eventually. Maid service was excellent with towels and sheets being changed every day, beds made crisply, and regular top ups of bog rolls.

We did eat in the restaurant once, for a breakfast on the last day, and it was OK, but the all inclusive guests, (£230 a pop including flights), never seemed to stop complaining about the quality of food and service for dinner.

There are 2 bars, one of which is really a pool room, (in more ways than one), and the other more of a caberet dance hall. The evenings entertainment ranged from Karaoke to the odd duet, and was really quite pleasant. the beer a little expensive if you have to pay for it, but the wine was quite reasonable, and cheap.

The south facing Pool area consists of 2 pools, both a bit small for swimming in, with a small indoor pool directly underneath in the basement. Loads of sunbeds and chairs, although, again on the first day, obviously last years equipment, which quite quickly got replaced to brand new ones by the end of the week.

We did have our own personal cockroach which was nice! He scurried under the fridge on the last day as we were leaving and we never saw him again. I was quite upset - he never did say goodbye!

Anyway, once more, did any of this spoil our holiday - not a chance. For what it cost, and the amount of time we spent in the apartment it was good value at £37 for the week, and you really can't expect much for this can you? Would we go there again? Well we have a rule never to go to the same place twice - the worlds too small - but no, sorry, if we went to Malta again, we'd probably spend a bit more and go somewhere else.

One other thing. Eating out is actually quite cheap, but there is only one gem restaurant in the area. Head for the "Incognito" bar, opposite Trollies supermarket. Take no notice of the rather chavvie front, walk through the dark sticky bar, past the ugly disco area, up some steps to find an Aladins cave of a restaurant, which a truely marvelous menu, excellent service, and attentive and fun manager and waitresses. It's the sort of place your can walk into with a tie on, or shorts and not feel out of place!

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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2012

firstly, me and my husband should never have been staying in the canifor hotel. we arrived in malta at 2am and arrived at our booked hotel(the coral) at 3am. On arriving there we were informed the the hotel was double booked and that we would have to be moved and "upgraded" to their sister hotel the 4 star canifor. On ariving at the canifor we were put into the apartments NOT the hotel. The room was damp, and smelly and the fridge had leaked everywhere. I am being very honest, the apartments are very uncomfortable and more like a hostel than somewhere you would chosse to go on holiday. we never had more than 3 hours sleep in 1 night as the lift was constantly buzzing(sounded like a generator - extremely loud) and would get stuck eery morning at 5am and start banging.
The entertainment in the hotel is TERRIBLE unless you are over 70 and like tea dances.The food is not very good and there isnt very much choice. The only redeeming feature of this hotel is the lovely bar, resteraunt and cleaning staff who cant do enough to help. My advice would be to go B&B(if you hae no option but to stay here) and to spend your money eating out - there are plenty of gorgeous restaurants to choose from and malta is extemely cheap(the nicest restaurant in malta is 5 minutes from the canifor, is named ta pawla and is extremely good value - the food is beautiful!)
Also, on the upside, the canifor is in the pefect location - 5 minutes from the beach/bay and 30 seconds away from all the best bars(best bar by far is the elvis tribute bar just round the corner). Apart from hating the hotel, malta is a beautiful place, and there is lots to do.

Room Tip: DO NOT book into the apartments, make sure you get an actual hotel room.
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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Derby, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2012

Very friendly staff, clean and tidy, good family entertainment,although food was a little repetitive there was a good choice.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Chesterield, Derbyshire
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 March 2012

I have just returned from the Canifor Court Apartments with my Partner and 9 year old son. We stayed 4 nights all inclusive at the apartments. The All Inclusive element in situated in the Canifor Hotel 30 meters away which wasnt an issue at all.

The apartments are very basic but the beds were comfortable and the towels were changed everyday with a cleaning and bed making service every day which we thought was very good. As we stayed all incluisve we didn's used the self catering facilites in the room. The TV signal was very poor so we couldnt watch the TV. The shower pressure was also very poor and didnt make the shower a pleasure to use. The bath/shower also leaked so we had to keep 2 towels on the floor each night.

The food and drinks on all inclusive is provided by the Canifor Hotel which is a 4* hotel. The hotel is very clean and the reception staff very friendly.

The food I have to say is very poor for a 4* hotel. The breakfast is awful. You have to pay extra for fresh fruit. The evening meal was also awful. The snaks however were reasonable. The staff in the restaurant and bar are rude. On one occasion I waited to be served while the bar man sent a text on his mobile.

The entertainment at night is very poor and only caters for the older generation. The hotel is taken over on a Saturday night by the locals so you have no chance of being served. There is nothing for children to do and this is also the case for the surrounding area.

The indoor pool is not the cleanest and the sauna and jacuzzi did not work.

I would do your research before you go to Malta!

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with family
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Belfast
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 March 2012

We had some worries before arriving due to the negative reviews which are unfounded. The apartment was clean beds made every day,adequate cooking utensils plus a decent cooker.We enjoyed our stay and found the staff friendly. Some people must be very hard to please we found it good value for money as the cost for 2 inc flights ex Belfast it was only £310 (this figure included £36 for private transport to and from the airport). We ate out at night as we where self catering and had some great food in Malta at reasonable prices.

I notice that the negative reviewers never mention the low cost. P.S. above figure of £310 was for one week.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Canifor Court Hotel Apartments
Address: Nakkri Road | Qawra, St. Paul's Bay, Island of Malta SPB 05 , Malta
Region: Malta > Island of Malta > St. Paul's Bay
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
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Ranked #14 of 15 Hotels in St. Paul's Bay
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Hotel Class:3 star — Canifor Court Hotel Apartments 3*
Number of rooms: 143
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