42 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
good value for money
"Just retrned from 2 weeks holiday in the Mellieha Bay Hotel and we were very pleased with the accomadation in the renovated part of the hotel.The room was very comfortable and clean and all rooms have wonderful views over the bay.
The food was good and plentiful and excellent value for money.
The staff in all areas were quite charming
The hotel is a little remote but buy a weekly bus ticket and you can visit the rest of the island as much as you like.
The guests were mainly mature couples
- Travel date: Thu 5th of April 2012
"We have recently returned home from an excellent holiday with you , what value for money food excellent and varied , hotel clean and tidy , staff very helpful and friendly apart from one or two , sea views brilliant across the bay , entertainment was good and we were made welcome our firs visit but we will come again , lovely party atmosphere with both guests and staff in the Christmas spirit , you could not touch it in the UK absolute value for money , hotels here would be treble the price over christmas without the lovely views and hospitality . too many wingers in your feedbacks "
- Travel date: Sun 8th of January 2012
hotel still good after 10 years BUT ...
"been here in 2001 , and then three years later with my toddler then , and my late father , on recommendation brill , so we returned last month july 2011 with my now teenager and friend, paying extra for all inclusive. hotel good ,decor , comfort etc ( the couple who run the hotel shop FAB !!still their after all these years ) however food ,mega poor, so much so we ate out after 3 days couldnt stand it any longer, local restaurants fab (by the way ). great week but wont come back food a major letdown for a 4* hotel"
- Travel date: Fri 5th of August 2011
"Thomson rated this Hotel as a 4*, this might have been 20 years ago certainly not now. The hotel was opened in 1969 and looks it but I must say the Gardens were very nice indeed. We were half board and the food was ok and the staff were great but the Management want to take a look at themselves.
You sign for every drink, all inclusive do the same so the queues go on for ages especially around lunch time.
The measures of the drinks are small indeed, you have to have a good look to see if there is anything there.
I took Thomas Cook to the small claims court in Scotland for saying it was a 4* and it wasn`t and won my claim, this isn`t quite as bad but certainly not 4*"
- Travel date: Mon 4th of July 2011
Wonderful by day - Dire by night
"Iâve read a lot of reviews about this hotel (some good and some bad) so hereâs my own two penn'orth.
First of all, donât be conned by the holiday company (as we were) into paying extra for a room with a âsea viewâ; in this hotel ALL the rooms overlook the sea!
We had a lovely room; light, airy and stylishly decorated. There was a fridge, a decent hairdryer and large flat screen TV. Housekeeping was excellent â room was cleaned daily, bedding changed regularly and the chambermaid left big, fluffy white towels in the bathroom every day without fail. At first we thought the air conditioning wasnât working but the chap on reception explained that it only functions when doors and windows are closed. Once we knew that, it worked a treat.
As for the water, some people have complained that itâs brown. Admittedly it is rusty looking (and the cold tap in our bathroom had very poor pressure, bath took ages to fill) but we need to bear in mind that (unlike in UK) water is not an abundant commodity in Malta so different standards apply.
The hotelâs public areas (indoor and out) are scrupulously clean. The pool was immaculate (with ample sunbeds at all times of the day) and the manicured gardens absolutely beautiful.
When it comes to food - Iâm vegetarian with a reputation for being a picky eater, and I really couldnât fault the meals at Mellieha Bay Hotel. We stayed half board and were very impressed with both quality and quantity of the food; plenty of choice for even the fussiest palate. The only suggestion Iâd make would be that tea (as well as coffee) should be made freely available at breakfast time.
The hotel has its own private beach (with dark, coarse sand) but be warned; itâs not much bigger than the average back garden. So if youâre not down there sharpish after breakfast, youâll find itâs standing room only. There is a long public beach (with yellow sand) just a few minutesâ walk away; however thereâs a main road running the length of it so itâs not exactly peaceful or relaxing.
In terms of location, the hotel is somewhat isolated - Mellieha Village is across on the other side of the bay, a 3km walk, bus or taxi ride way. This means the nearest shop is about a mile away, so the hotel can pretty much charge what it likes for basic items (2 Euros for a bottle of water that costs less than half as much in a shop).
However the thing that really lets this hotel down (Big Style) is the evening entertainment.
I can only describe it as DIRE!
This is especially the case if youâre under 75 and not French!
Be warned - this is definitely a hotel for Old People!
My husband and I are no âspring chickensâ (mid fifties) but even we felt as though weâd accidentally wandered into a Home for the Elderly.
And although the hotel is in Malta, with guests from UK, Germany, Italy and several East European countries, the majority of the entertainment on offer is in French.
One evening for example the eveningâs offering was listed on the notice board as âKaraokeâ.
It was âhostedâ by a French chap, who jabbered-away (solely in French) whilst one after another the French guests got up to belt-out French songs (in French of course).
And on those occasions where the âentertainmentâ was NOT specifically aimed at the French, it was a bit like taking a trip back in time - to Saturday night in a Working Manâs Club - circa 1975!
A guy with an organ, playing hits from 40 years ago, whilst old people shuffled round the dance floor. My husband and I are not exactly wild young things, but we were bored to tears every single evening and usually ended up back our room by 9pm!
Unfortunately the TV only showed a couple of English-language channels (one of which was BBC News) so we became very good at doing crossword puzzles and did a lot of reading (I got through four novels by the end of the holiday!)
The hotelâs greatest asset is its staff; helpful, polite and friendly they go out of their way to make your stay as enjoyable as possible â I could not possibly fault them.
We travelled to Malta in order to get married at the Mellieha Bay and we werenât disappointed with our wedding. The hotel manager, his staff and Amanda (Thomsons Wedding Co-ordinator) pulled out all the stops to give us a wonderful day that weâll remember forever."
- Travel date: Sun 26th of June 2011
dissapointed not a 4 star hotel
"Bedrooms very tired , paintwork all patched up,
tiles all broken and cracked around bath.
food awfull like school meals
rain running down from roof. being caught in a bucket in one of the public rooms.
air conditioning not working in bedroom, just blowing air"
- Travel date: Tue 23rd of November 2010
"As with a few other correspondents we went with a certain amount of trepidation regarding the tiredness of the hotel.
We needn't have worried. It is obvious that continual work is in progress to spruce it up but once in your room with that amazing view from your window - wow.
This was a landmark birthday holiday which we took the end of November early December 2008. We had a wonderful holiday. The staff were very friendly and helpful. Whenever Carmen walked through the Lobby he whole atmosphere was alight. Our regular dining room waiter, Francis, remembered our room number and our favourite tipple and always had a joke with us.
The food choice and quality were excellent.
The Thomsons reps, Tina and Andy brought an extra brightness to the day anbd were so patient and always a smile on their faces and very helpful orgaising all our trips meticulously.
Although we did not participate in the vaious 'in house' activities it was fun 'people watching' and listening to all the friendly rivalry.
We took several tours and all were successful.
The only downside (nothing to do with this hotel) was the constant pressure put on one outside by the Holiday Club people.
Thank you Mellieha bay Hotel - we will be back."
- Travel date: Fri 23rd of January 2009
A Lovely Christmas & New Year Holiday At Mellieha Bay Hotel
"My husband & I have been going to the Mellieha Bay Hotel since 1997.
Last year we decided to go for three weeks over the Christmas period.
We had a great relaxing holiday and we enjoyed it so much, we are returning this year for 4 weeks!
Yes the hotel bedrooms need some refurbishment, the laundry room is amusing etc., but the views from the balcony more than make up for these minor things! And I suppose the hotel management will get round to sorting the rooms etc. eventually, as they did when they refurbished the limelight lounge & the cafe area.
I cannot understand why people are moaning about the food ...it has always been plentiful & varied ... and we are fussy eaters!
The entertainment is not as good as it once was, but there is always something on in the evenings, that most people seem to enjoy. The Maltese work hard to try to entertain their guests.
The entertainment over the Christmas period was great ... free drinks on Christmas morning, wonderful, charming and very enjoyable Christmas carols by local children, a lovely Christmas meal & cabaret to end the evening!!(Much better we thought than watching the Great Escape on TV back home!) And great company too! Malta and this hotel *is* The Great Escape, from all the over-hyped, frenzied Christmas nonsense back home in the UK!
Don't be put off by negative reviews. (You just can't please everyone!). As for the staff being surly as some people said, it just isn't true. Try talking to them! The Maltese people are among the nicest people on earth; always friendly and helpful. Occasionally they may *look* surly (especially the bus drivers!), (thats probably because they have a lot of surly Brits to deal with), but when you engage with them, they light up! :) The staff, from the Restaurant Manager (Joe), to the waiters/waitresses and barstaff, not forgetting George in the Hotel Shop are all friendly helpful and they enjoy a joke too!
So don't be hard on the MBH, its like an old pair of slippers, comfortable and welcoming; okay, a little tatty round the edges in places, but homely and relaxing.
There is plenty to do in Malta. But some people just don't like leaving the hotel and expect to be entertained 24/7!
We love the MBH ... and will certainly be returning as often as we can!
Les & Pauline Bate :o)"
- Travel date: Wed 22nd of October 2008
"well what can i say! on entering the hotel the reception area looked lovely, then when i reached my room i was very dissapointed, this was not what i call a 4* hotel, the food was very basic but edible, most of the staff were very ignorant with a few exceptions. the entertainment was very boring and also the hotel was having some work done which we wasnt informed about.. very dissapointed"
- Travel date: Fri 10th of October 2008
After reading the reviews on this Hotel...
"After reading the reviews on this Hotel I was expecting to find a 60's type prison on arrival! But as it happens it was the best holiday we have ever had. Yes the rooms are a little tired but our room was cool and kept clean by the cleaning staff. The hotel has a nice relaxed feel to it and the staff are all very nice. The meals were very good with a varied amount of dishes at every sitting. Outside the hotel the gardens are lovely and well worth a walk after dinner. Our two young children loved the pools and we all spent hours swimming, playing and relaxing by the pool side. We may try another country next year but would like to go back to the Mellieha Bay Hotel one day."
- Travel date: Thu 25th of September 2008
this hotel is one of the better ones in...
"this hotel is one of the better ones in mellieha bay. rooms are on the small size if you have three sharing put are fine if only two of you. food is good new menu each night. staff are friendy and the hotel is very clean
pools are cleaned regularly and pool area washed every day. entertainment is a bit hit and miss."
- Travel date: Thu 4th of September 2008
This is the second time me and my husban...
"This is the second time me and my husband have stayed at this hotel, the first time was 4 years ago for our honeymoon. Our second visit was just as fantastic as our first, the hotel was still as welcomeing and very friendly as the last time, the staff are a 1st class hard working team. the rooms are very airey and very clean. The food is very well presented and very tasty with so much choice for breakfast and dinner.The privrate beach is great, as malta is a bit low on beaches! the swimming pools are very clean.
Ive read some of the reviews for this hotel and to be honest, most of what they are saying is 'nit picking' (theres brown water cominging out of the tap when i run it)... find a hotel in Europe that don't have a funny taint to the tap water when its 1st run!
(theres mold on the sill of the bath)... Well ive stayed in two of the hotel rooms and i didnt notice any mold BUT then again i wasn't sad enough to spend my holiday looking for silly things to compalin about.
All in all, the hotel is very well run, the day and evening entertainment is very good. The gardens and views from this hotel could not be found at any other hotel in Malta.
Go see for yourselves!!!
- Travel date: Fri 22nd of August 2008