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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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- Also Known As:
- Soreda Hotel Qawra
- Soreda Hotel Malta/Qawra
- Hotel Malta Soreda