Hotel Ta' Cenc & Spa
14 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
A special place in the sun
"We first went to Ta Cenc in 1973 when it was quite new. It was recommended to us by the owner of the Corinthia Palace on Malta, and we went back many times until the early 1980s. Our last visit before this year was in 1995 when the enlargement had already happened.
There is something very special about Ta Cenc and it is hard to put your finger on just what it is. The hotel is very peaceful and feels secluded and remote because of the sweeping views towards Malta and Comino. See view attached.
Ta Cencâs layout of cream coloured stone buildings on a single level adds to the relaxed feel of the place. See picture attached.
My wife and I liked our Trullo accommodation with separate sitting area and private terrace - well worth the extra cost.
There are two pools: one for families and one for adults, so quiet enjoyment can be had away from all the fun that the children are having in the 100% sunny late October weather.
We are very fond of pasta and the restaurant is very good at producing a great range of it,
but the portions are so big that a lot goes uneaten, which makes it look as though you are not enjoying it.
Outside Ta Cenc there is a lot to do on Gozo and the Ta Cenc front desk seems to know how best to do everything. In fact all of the staff are friendly, and, being local, they know a lot about the hotel and the island.
Getting to Gozo takes time - this year we arrived by ship from Athens which took 5 days! We were delighted to meet friends on the island who we have known since we first went. We hope it wonât be as long before we return again."
- Travel date: Mon 27th of November 2006
This is a gem of a hotel
"This is a gem of a hotel and we are already planning how soon we can return. Older and well established it offers honey coloured single storey accommodation which melts into the surroundings and seems genuinely part of this beautiful island. We travel extensively to four and five star hotels and this is firmly on the list of favourites.
Our room was comfortable and spacious with hibiscus and bougainvillea outside the door and around the pool. The grounds are landscaped with flowers and palm trees, but you can also go for a walk through the more natural landscape down to the cliffs and the bay â we went part way and then wimped out and came back to laze by the pool. The Spa offers a great selection of treatments with first class staff â already chosing what the book for next time.
Great breakfast buffet with all the hot and cold things you could hope for and a very good four course dinner on half board. There are also some fantastic a la carte options which were as well cooked and presented as we have eaten anywhere - in fact the best filet au poivre we have ever had !
The staff were friendly and helpful without being intrusive and we had a superb week.
This is not a high-rise glossy âchainâ type of hotel, it has charm and character and are happily recommending it to friends."
- Travel date: Sun 19th of November 2006
Fantastic Hotel, friendly staff and location
"We spent 3 lovely days at Ta'Cenc. The location is unique and the Ta'cence cliffs are excellent for walks and visiting the ancient cart ruts and temples. Hotel staff were very friendly and helpful. Daniel the hotel driver accommodated all our demands so that we have a trouble free stay. There is a free hotel bus transfer to Rabat's Dt Franciscan square, the swimming pools were very clean, breakfast was great and dinner at the Hotel Restaurant was very good indeed. I read the other reviews and I talked to many people travelling and staying at Ta'cence and nobody had any problems. For quiet holidays and excellent walks (both to Rabat through Sennat and the cliffs) this is the place to stay in Gozo, far away from mass tourism and noisy places."
- Travel date: Tue 7th of November 2006
Hotel Ta Cenc 5 star Its NOT
"The Sign at the gates should have warned us of what was to come Hotel Ta Cenc in block letters flintstones syle
One hour after arrival our room was flooded by a heavy storm the 70's decor and furnishings had seem much better days
The mould groing in the artex walls in the bathroom must have been the cause of the fusty smell along with the old matress and bedding The room was often not made up untill very late afternoon 4.30 5pm so you would have to use same old tatty towels serveral times The food was poor and stodgey and staff abrubt No entertainment in the bar other than the mobile phones going ! The games rooms had holes in the wood paneling which was used to store bats and balls over charged on bill as we left and their hire cars have to be seen to be belived ! The spa was ok most things on low or not working properly Jacuzzi staem room sauna etc 95% of all people we spoke too were disapointed and would not return Neither would we"
- Travel date: Tue 31st of October 2006
Lovely location, shame about the staff!
"Stayed here for our honeymoon last year. Definitely disappointed with the rooms we were given (we asked me to be moved from the first one!). Could do with a really good makeover. The main parts of the hotel were fine, but the staff were almost all in the surly category - as if we were causing them an inconvenience by being there! The food was OK, but the restaurant just outside the hotel gates served a much better range of food and were much more friendly. We ate there quite a lot.
The staff in the spa were friendly and helpful, but often having to apologise for things not working. This area is obviously where the effort has gone in renovations - and even this was beginning to look tired in places.
The location of the hotel on the high cliffs (but not with an immediately good view) was good.
But overall we were disappointed, especially given that it was our honeymoon and would, most probably, not stay there again."
- Travel date: Sat 28th of October 2006
Dreadful front desk
"This local tourist board certified five star hotel has come in for some stick, and justly so if our recent visit is anything to go by. It started badly when the requested and confirmed transport from the heliport failed to arrive to meet us from our on time flight. Four phone calls to reception 'it's on it way' and 45 minutes later the scruffiest minbus ever begrudgingly took us the less than ten minutes drive to the hotel. They then had the cheek to put a ML10 (about $20) charge on our account, but deleted it when we refused to pay. Worse still was that our 4.30am booked alarm call on our departure morning (for a 5.30am helicopter lift out) failed to happen. Fortunately our little travel alarm woke us. At the reception desk we found the night receptionist asleep on a sofa in the bar. He had failed to do anything about our booked early breakfast, and offered us a very half-hearted apology.
Some of the hotel is tatty, although the pools and spa area are OK. The food is for the most part depressing standard package hotel buffet stuff. Five star it ain't - more poor value 3 star."
- Travel date: Tue 17th of October 2006
"We arranged our wedding at Ta Cenc, and the staff made it a most memorable and perfect day. We could not have wished for a better setting, and we would not have changed anything. We would recommend anyone to stay at the Ta'Cenc, it is a beautiful hotel and the staff are very welcoming and helpful. Highly recommend
- Travel date: Mon 25th of September 2006
A hotel in decline
"Having recently stayed at this hotel for the third time in 5 years, I must record my disappointment at an hotel which I believe has fallen in standard during that time. Although the majority of the staff are helpful and obliging (the personnel at reception are little surly) the general fabric of the rooms has been allowed to fall to a standard which at best is shabby. Old bedding, tatty furntiture and tiled flooring which has many cracks and pits all help to give the overall impression that not enough investment is being made to keep the rooms at the standard expected of a 5 star Maltese hotel. Common areas of the hotel and poolside environs are well maintained thanks to the staff but even here you can see that upkeep will falter unless investment is made. The standard of food in the restaurant (particularly dinner) has also reached a level which was not giving value for money. It was a case of quantity not quality. We ate at the hotel restaurant for three nights but decided that the restaurant just outside the main gates (IL- Girna) was a better option and the food, service and prices here were far superior. Our view about the Ta Cenc was re-inforced on our final night when we failed to get our alarm call at 0400 for our early flight, the continental breakfast was not available until 0450 (too late) and the lighting near our room failed and we were forced to find our way in the pitch dark from the room to reception with two heavy cases."
- Travel date: Sat 23rd of September 2006
Bad start, great finish
"We arrived on the first day of our honeymoon, a Sunday, to be told we had no booking. Great. We were put up in an overflow room and had to wait until Monday to sort it all out, but as a result got a trullo (sort of beehive shaped bungalow suite) instead of the double room we had booked. Enjoyed the hotel atmosphere, eating al fresco in the morning under vines. Spa was fabulous, and service generally good. Take the mini bus down to the 'beach', but be prepared for some scary swimming (the sea gets really deep really quickly, which I personally find unnerving). T'was a great honeymoon. We'll go again. One day."
- Travel date: Mon 14th of August 2006
A honest review of ta cenc
"I have just returned from Ta cenc and i thought it best to write the review straight away.
The hotel is set in a superb location and is peaceful and tranquil. This hotel will provide a very relaxing holiday and after two weeks there you feel revitalised. The staff are very helpfull and attentive, the standards of customer service are very high. The rooms are well appointed but in my opinion require a bit of renovation and a new bathroom particulary the shower.
I had a double room that was very pleasant to stay in and very comfortable and clean. the other members of my party had a trullo and this also was very nice and the private garden is great for days when you want peace and quiet. the views are outstanding towards malta and the sea.
We stayed half board and the food was of very high standard and the twice weekly buffet was very pleasant altough beware not to get too carried away as you could eat far too much..
the swimming pools are very clean and kept to a high standard, and it is very quiet around the adults pool and a bit noisy around the childrens pool but that is to be expected.
the spa is superb and well worth going to and the gym is well equiped and very well air conditioned.
the hotel bar is well stoked and the lunch time menu is very good but could do with a bit more variation day to day.
To summarise i loved this hotel and found it very pleasant. If you want a relaxing hotel in a beautiful location then The Ta cenc Gozo is for you."
- Travel date: Sun 16th of July 2006
"We chose to return to Ta'Cenc after previous visits and were given a free room upgrade which was superb. At the time of our stay some refurbishment work was in progress. However the work was completely inobtrusive with almost no inconvenience, the workforce were very polite, start and finish times were acceptable and guests were accomodated in rooms furthest away from the work (our room was the closest). Staff at the hotel were marvellous, nothing was too much trouble. On the whole a perfect place for a totally relaxing holiday "
- Travel date: Mon 25th of May 2009
We went to Gozo for our honeymoon. We h...
"We went to Gozo for our honeymoon. We had 7 nights in a farmhouse with our own pool and 3 nights in Ta cenc.
We were amazed when we got to our villa, it was gorgeous and huge! As we were self catering and not getting in until late we asked for a welcome pack - very disappointing. Tea, coffee, loaf of bread, pack of cheese slices and a refilled bottle of water!
Gozo is lovely, but there is very little to do. We went somewhere expecting it to take us half the day, we were in and out in 20 mins. Without our private pool we'd have been lost.
A trip to Comino is a must, as is Gozo Glass - amazing! Food wise, Brookies was really good, as was the restaurant a few hundred yards down the road with the roof terrace, gorgeous food. Josephs was disappointing.
We were half board at Ta cenc and the breakfast was delicious, so much fresh fruit. We had a magical evening one night, soft music, gorgeous food. The staff were really friendly and stopped us from very nearly getting locked out of our room (prop the back door open!!)
Overall, we had a really nice time. Ta Cenc was beautiful, however, it is 5 star, so you do expect luxury (which you get!)
If you like to lie in the sun, with a book and take it easy for a week, Gozo is the place for you, however, if like us, you'd like a bit more to do a couple of days to visit Gozo might be better.
- Travel date: Sat 28th of June 2008