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“Perfectly acceptable - excellent value”
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Soreda Hotel
Ranked #4 of 15 Hotels in Qawra
Colchester
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Perfectly acceptable - excellent value”
Reviewed 15 January 2012

I was quite apprehensive about arriving here after some of the reviews I'd read on tripadvisor, but once again, found a hotel that really wasn't deserving of all the negative reviews that have been written about it.

If you're going the Soreda, please try to remember that you're only paying circa £300pp for two weeks' all inclusive here - you're not paying £100 per night, so don't expect it to deliver as if you were!

So - the summary headline for the Soreda is this: it is a cheap 4 star (i.e. in reality a decent 3 star) with a proper all-inclusive package, decent food, a quiet location, good cleaning service, polite helpful staff and 3 small swimming pools (two outdoor & one indoor + jacuzzi).

If you're planning not to leave the hotel during your holiday - don't stay here. The communal areas are a bit shabby and the clientelle are overwhelmingly British pensioners, for which the hotel puts on the usual banal entertainment (think Phoenix Nights).

However, if you're of the mindset that your hotel should simply serve as your place to eat, wash & sleep after a day of sampling what Malta has to offer, then the Soreda is perfect.

In detail:

Room:
Decent size & good layout. Flat screen TV mounted on the wall, channel choice rather limited. Bathroom reasonably sized & functional. Shower integrated in a standard bath. Central air as opposed to aircon, so I daresay could get quite warm in summer. Full balcony, but views aren't much on any side of this hotel, due to its location.

Sleep quality:
When we arrived, we were given a twin room, which is standard in Malta. The mattresses were quite substandard, however, so we asked about the possibility of being moved to a double. This was apparently not possible, but they offered to replace the mattresses with a double mattress. This was done efficiently whilst we were out diving, and we came back to a transformed bed - very comfortable & yielded great sleep quality for the rest of the holiday.

Food:
They cater for their usual clientelle, so it's basically 3 roast meats, a fish dish & assorted veg every day except Wednesday, which is curry night. Of the 4 "four star" hotels I've stayed in this year (tenerife, sharm twice & the soreda), the food was best here. It's not terribly imaginative or authentically native, but there's plenty of it & it tastes good.

Facilities:
Good fast WiFi in the lobby & lounge areas.
3 lounge areas - 1st is an extension of the front bar with a TV (that seemed to be mostly showing British sports), 2nd is the rep's reception area with all the brochures & internet PCs, 3rd is the piano lounge.
"Club" stage area with bar & smoking room.
Small outdoor swimming pool on the ground floor.
Roof pool & bar not open in winter.
Indoor pool & jacuzzi - saunas in the changing rooms
Manned fitness centre with weights room & cardio studio

All inclusive:
The AI package is pretty good. Usual breakfast/lunch/dinner - packed lunches on demand. Drinks at all bars from 11:00 to 23:00, snacks (sandwiches & cake) at the club bar, complimentary use of the fitness centre.

Location:
The hotel is not seaside & doesn't have beach access (beaches are in very short supply in Malta). So don't stay here if you're a sun worshipper. You'll have to pay for that in Malta. It is, however, in a quiet part of Buggiba (Qawra), so everything in Buggiba is within reasonable walking distance or easy reach of the bargain buses (2.6 euro for an all-day rover ticket anywhere on the island). I recommend a trip to the Empire (cinema in Buggiba) - it's how cinema should be done. There are loads of excellent bars & restaurants in Qawra & Bugibba, so it's easy to find decent booze & food if you want a break from the AI. Supermarkets are very cheap in Malta, and Maltese wine is very good - if you're prepared to spend 5+ euros, you can get sone very decent bottles that would easily fetch £20+ back home.

Finally, in response to Jon B's comments below, I was there over christmas & new year as well. Why would you want to spend those evenings in a tourist hotel anyway? There's pubs & bars for everyone's taste all over the area - we went out in Buggiba & had a great time...

You have to remember that locals use the hotels as venues as well - they buy tickets to use the club on function nights & have memberships at the fitness centre, so those facilities aren't for the exclusive use of the residents. That is covered in the welcome briefing & the guide books.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 15 January 2012

Never never never go at christmas or new year, Maltese take over and we had to use other dining rooms and have dinner at 5-30 onwards. Even in UK in tiny BB its 6pm. At breakfast its a free for all when Maltese staying, if bacon is on at breakfast they pile plates up so none left for the rest, and then they dont eat most of what they have piled up.
This hotel was very dark with windows covered in what looked like nicotine stained net curtains. Very poor shower that was hot or cold nothing in between. Room was kept nice and clean but staff always in and out of rooms checking checking checking. Makes you wonder what they look for when your not there.
No I wouldn't stay at Soreda again, I know we didn't pay the earth, but never again.
Shocking area.

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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Bradford, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 January 2012

To the guy from London who says people who like the Soreda in MALTA have never stopped in good hotels believe me we have been all over the world and stayed in some of the best, remember you get what you pay for! for the price you pay the Soreda is excellent, the staff are brilliant there is heating in the rooms if you know how to operate a control knob.
We will be back next year for the third time MOANERS NOT WELCOME

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 January 2012

we have stayed here many times this is the 4th over new year .we cannot understand the moaners .yes hundreds of maltese come to have meals and party ,so the standards have to be high. they dont push us out ,everyone who wants to enjoys themselves and there are plenty of seats .the meals are plentiful soup usually a fish ,3 meats ,salads plus veggie on request and variety of sweets .variety at breakfast is good the staff are very friendly and helpful even putting up with idiots moaning there soup is to hot how sad is that the rooms are cleaned daily ,towels were changed everyday including new years day . the hotel is in a safe residential area ,and only 5 minutes from seafront and 10 minutes from bus station .for the price it is very good value cannot wait to return in summer

Room Tip: front or side are good all have balconies
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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 January 2012

I would have given this hotel a three star rating had I have been staying another time. The hotel although quite rundown and dowdy and in need of a major facelift offered a reasonable standard of accomodation given the price we paid. The food was plentiful and the menue offered a good selection or though very much the same each day, Gourmet eating this was not. The bedroom was quite large and overlooked the courtyard. It was clean and comfortable although the lack of decent lighting (anywhere in the hote due to energy saving bulbsl) made it look drab. The staff in the main were pleasant and helpful. There was no festive cheer and apart from a few borbels hanging from the ceilings you would never have guest it was Christmas.

This hotel opend it's doors to Maltese families over Christmas & New Year Weekends and hundreds arrived completely taking over the hotel pushing us residents out, The noise was unbarable and the only place we could get to sit was on the bed in our room. This happened both Christmas and New Year not really the way we had planned to celebrate. The management were not interested in our complaints. All they were after was making as much money as possible and to hell with anybody else.

This was the worst experiance we have had at any hotel. Anyone planning to spend the next festive season at the Soreda hotel forget it.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 January 2012

stayed at this hotel for the new year there were 11 of us we had a great time the staff were great and very helpful.the hotel was very clean food was good and plenty of it .there is not a lot in qawra it self. but the buses are not far from the hotel we went to valletta it cost us 2.60 euros for a day trip ticket which you could use on most all buses and as many times a day as you like our group were aged between 55 up to 70 .but i got talking to a couple of young lads aged about late 20s and i have to say it was not a holiday i would recomend for young ones not in qawra anyway .we are thinking of going back to the soreda next new year we had such a good time

Room Tip: there were 11 of us all on different floors facing every direction and everyone of us were happy
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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with friends
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english in holland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 January 2012

Have been going here twice a year for about 6 years
and it only gets better if that is possibl!!!
What are you looking for in a Hotel that gives
you every thing you need at a very good price!!
great food!! great staff!! very clean Hotel!!
once again had a great Christmas here thank you
you will see some people complaining about this hotel
but i think these people do not know a good hotel when
they see it,, so to all who read this>> go to Malta go to
the Soreda have a great holiday!!

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Soreda Hotel
Address: Andrew Cunningham Street, Qawra, Island of Malta SPB 1744, Malta
Region: Malta > Island of Malta > Qawra
Amenities:
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Spa Hotel in Qawra
#4 Luxury Hotel in Qawra
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Soreda Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 192
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