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Coral Hotel
Ranked #3 of 6 Bugibba B&B and Inns
Wokingham, United Kingdom
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43 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
“Excellent value stay”
Reviewed 11 May 2013

The Coral Hotel really exceeded my expectations. Paying a little under £17 per night for my room, which included breakfast, I really had no reason to complain.

After arriving on the last flight of the day into Malta, it was not until around 1.15am that I reached the hotel. The door was locked but a friendly member of staff quickly appeared and checked me into room 301.

The room was one at the back of the hotel and it didn't really face anything of interest - just balconies of neighbouring properties and a wall! If you are going to stay here, insist that your room is at the front of the hotel. The one advantage of the back of the hotel was its peacefulness. In the room were two twin beds (a little annoying as a single traveller), a large wardrobe with more than enough hangers, a table (without any chairs), a dresser and a stool, a fridge (a paid for service), ceiling fan and air conditioning (soon to be charged for, I believe). The bathroom offered a bath with shower, toilet and wash basin, plus a two bars of soap and two shower caps. The hotel provided bath and hand towels too.

After a good night's sleep, I sampled the hotel's breakfast and it was simple, but adequate. Cereals, meats and cheese (one variety of each), cake (very tasty), toast, sausages, bacon, baked beans, fried bread, eggs etc. Two varieties of juice and a number of hot drinks were also provided. Breakfast was only served until 9.30am, which was a little too early for me! On some mornings, we were allowed to stay in the restaurant beyond that time, whilst on the last morning the staff turned the lights off at 9.30am on the dot - that being our cue to leave.

The maid service was good and the room was very clean, with the exception of some rather long hairs in two of my drawers. This wasn't too much of an issue since I ended up living out of my suitcase for the 4-night stay. The bed was made every day and towels replaced every other day, which again wasn't a problem. About an hour before leaving, the maid knocked on the door to ask if I had enjoyed my stay and to wish me a pleasant journey home.

The hotel's pool was located on the roof top. It wasn't a huge pool and it wasn't particularly warm either, but it was a nice facility. With plenty of sunbeds to go around and some great views over Bugibba and beyond, it was a nice place to spend some time. Beneath the pool (on the sixth floor) was a wash room and toilet, so ideal for those with a late flight home. After checking out of the hotel, guests can continue to use the facilities and freshen up before leaving. A vending machine serving drinks was also available; €1.60 for soft drinks and €0.90 for water.

For those not taking advantage of the hotel's very affordable half board option, Bugibba seafront is only 5-10 minutes away on foot, and there are no end of restaurants and bars serving all sorts of food. On our last night, we visited Granny's, which offered good food at good prices, and the service was great too. Definitely worth a visit.

Getting around the island from here is easy, thanks to the nearby bus stops. For those preferring to drive (as we did), ample parking is available right outside the hotel.

Checking out of the hotel was quick but a little disappointing. The gentleman on the front desk took my key, glanced at a piece of paper and muttered "Thank you". I didn't feel any expression of gratitude for my being there. There wasn't even a "goodbye".

Even as a budget hotel, I would like to see the following changes -

(1) Replacing the pillows in the bedrooms. They were very flat, no doubt the result of lots of use.

(2) An improved quality of maintenance. In my bathroom were two loose floor tiles and a shower head that seemed to spray everywhere. The bed was also rather creaky.

(3) The lock on the bedroom door seemed a little unusual. It had to be locked from the inside and the card then inserted into a slot in order to provide power. When somebody knocks on the door or even in the event of a fire, getting it open again is going to take time.

(4) Extended breakfast times. I have stayed in a number of hotels and no breakfasts have ever stopped being served so early.

(5) Improved juices at breakfast. Two varieties of juice were offered (one orange in colour, one red) but both tasted exactly the same - awful. They tasted like the vitamin C drinks where you dissolve a chalky tablet into water.

(6) Not to lock the doors to the hotel in the evening. Returning to the hotel - some nights as early as 10.30pm - the doors were locked and it was necessary to knock for access. I understand the need to lock the doors but perhaps not until 1.00am - the time at which the hotel bar closes (as advertised right outside).

All in all though, this was a really enjoyable visit and I would definitely return again.

Room Tip: Request a room at the front of the hotel in order to have any view at all.
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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with friends
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 April 2013

We arrived on a Friday but found there was no rooms free. We had booked with Low cost holidays on a B & B basis. We were given a free drink and a member of staff took us the sister hotel The Canifor for the night. The next morning we were taken back to the Coral where we got room 305 at the front of the hotel, The rooms at the rear look on to a brick wall so ask for a room to the front. Rooms are basic but clean, Towels are changed each day. We were on B & B basis and found breakfast okay. The hotel is good for a base to explore Malta. For what you pay for the hotel it is good value.

Room Tip: Rooms to the front have good views.
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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 April 2013

you wont get a better welcome than the smile of theodora and mario. all the staff were helpful and professional. the food was very good with plenty of different choices everyday.the room was clean and tidy and kept that way all week. the walk down to buggiba square takes about 10 mins at a stroll and when you get there you have the choice of any number of bars and restaurants. you can catch a bus to anywhere on the island from the bus station which is about another 10 min walk if you are into having the living crap scared out of you ! if your looking for a nice comfortable place to use as a base for your stay then i would recommend the coral to anyone.

Room Tip: if you like the sun in the morning book even number rooms
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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with friends
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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 April 2013

Have just returned from the coral,what a little gem,great staff so friendly and helpful,good quality food full English Breakfast,and 4 or 5 choices for dinner.Dont go all inclusive as it is only a small hotel and the bar is more of a lounge,most people are out all day and in the evenings.only 10 mins walk into Bugibba Centre or bus stop 2 mins away with clear directions at bus stop.To sum up small hotel with a big heart .will definitely go again in October,hotel shuts November December,give it a try

Room Tip: Even numbers are best. Ask for fourth or fifth floor for decent views
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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with friends
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west sussex
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 April 2013

we have stayed in bugibba 3 times and used different hotels , well third time lucky , the other 2 were good and ok but this one was better and next time i wont even look at others i will just book here
from the moment we arrived to be greeted by a lovely smiling theodora which every time we saw her she still had this smile as did all the other staff especially her and the breakfast staff , they were all very helpful everytime
the hotel is easily accessible as very close to the bus stop , the X3 from airport stops 20 yards away , its right next to the empire cinema , the rooms are vwery clean and kept that way through out your stay , the breakfast varied slightly and was cooked very nicely and cereals , yoghurt jams honey available and cake
as hotel only has 40 rooms you are a person they soon recognise not just a face or number as in other hotels
acess to valetta or anywhere is superb , a bus stop going in either direction is very close to hotel , and buggiba square and the promenade is less than 5 minutes walk away as is a wealth of bars , shops and restaurants
as others have said you either have a room with view and bit noise or room with no view but quiet , well i so glad we chose a room with view as it got the morning sun where i used to sit and enjoy , and to look around seeing the view which is quite impressive , as for noise , hardly noticeable as for one thing you get back so tired with the walking , the sun and beach you fall asleep so quick but it didnt disturb us in any way
we had no complaints at all so big thank you to everyone at hotel coral , a lovely hotel , affordable and welcoming

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Braunton, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 April 2013

you get what you pay for I suppose but we arrived in very windy weather and the whole window unit came in and out with every gust and plaster came from the ceiling. we had half board food was about ok to eat if you liked chicken and what they had as roast potatoes were in fact boiled. the rooms were clean and the lovely lady that did our rooms was so hard working as were all the staff very friendly. it said we had channels on the tv (we had to pay a deposit for the remote) but at best we got 3 foreign channels. had to pay for a kettle in our room. the swimming pool was so so dangerous you had to climb a flight of stairs outside on the building and the top hand rail was missing the gust of wind nearly took my partner off his feet just glad we never had little ones with us or they would of gone off the edge.

Room Tip: just don't go there
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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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3 Thank sylv306
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Island of Malta, Malta
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 April 2013

stayed here march the food was good. allways something you could eat don't know why people moan.the staff are brill allways helpful.will be back September.it is in good location not far to walk to all bars restuarants sea front. rooms are cleaned dailywe couldnot moan at all.cant wait to see Charlie,teodora and the rest.sweet as.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Coral Hotel
Address: Triq il-Korp, Tal-Pijunier, Bugibba, Island of Malta, Malta
Region: Malta > Island of Malta > Bugibba
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #3 of 6 B&Bs / Inns in Bugibba
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Coral Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 40
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