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Canifor Hotel

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Let’s start with the few good things about this hotel. Dinning room was nice and breakfast was good, reception area was lovely. Shower worked. I think that’s about it. Staff on reception were rude and unhelpful. Rooms were disgusting. We booked as a group of 6 and got put into 2 different hotels. Our friends who’s birthday it was had an even worse room than ours. The beds were mattresses on wooden boards that were unsafe, and if you moved during the night the noise would wake you up and whoever else was in that room. The throws in our beds were covered in stains and looked like they hadn’t been washed. Building works started sharply at 07:30 in this hotel, so forget about a lay in on your holiday. They were working in the room on the 5th floor right next door to our room and continues until 17:45. Our friends who were in the same block as us had no windows in their room, so you wouldn’t of wanted to stay in your room anyway. No hair dryers in the rooms, so I asked at reception at 16:50 and she wouldn’t let us HIRE one, as she finished at 17:00 and told me to come back at 07:00 the next day. The Pool for the first 2 days was out of use and apparently had been like that for 2 weeks. It did open on our 3rd day. On the whole none of us would recommend this hotel to stay at. Fortunately the company was good, the weather was good, and the local restaurants and food were excellent.

We stayed at the Canifor Apartments for a fortnight they are very basic and definitely in need of a good overhaul, the bed was rickety and the legs were lose on it, there was no cover on the mattress or pillows, sheets were clean but throw had burn holes and food stains, tv didn’t work and every time you showered or bathed we had a flood of foul smelling water, bath sealant was mouldy and in need of replacement wall at the side of toilet was badly stained were people had missed the bowl, kitchen had plates cups no mugs and two bowls, a teapot with no lid and nothing else, we had one teaspoon in the cutlery draw and three forks, four knives and a tin opener, no air conditioning and one fan, the sofa was really hard no comfort whatsoever no cushions,and only one pillow per bed, Don’t think I would ever go there again, we only had one set of keys between us, one for front door one for apartment door, it was very noisy at night as there was a bar opposite with singers that were worse than chalk on a black board going on till after midnight every night, the Elvis bar was a few doors down with more live music being blasted out and there was music from the hotel as well so really noisy, the lift was horrendous you had to hold your finger on the button the whole time you waited for it, plus lights didn’t work on buttons to know where it was so you had to keep checking the door to see if it arrived, no more than one person at a time could use it either as very cramped and notice up saying one person only, all in all I was ver disappointed

I have stayed in many cheap apartments, but never one like this. No matter what you pay there should be basic standards. We were given one set of keys, one opened the main building door and the other, the apartment door. The landing was dark and smelly, no lighting and the lift didn't work. There were 4 beds in one room, we moved one into the lounge area, as we had 2 women and 1 man sharing. One of the beds was impossible to sleep on as it was so rickety and creaky. The oven/hob was dirty and rusty so we had to eat out every night. Kitchen was badly equipped, 3 bowls, one tiny, one medium and one large., one filthy teapot with no lid. We moved the fridge to fit in the bed in the lounge and the floor under it was disgusting, we had to clean that. The tv did not work, nowhere to plug in the 2 pin plug. The bathroom was disgusting, the sink leaked over the floor and the toilet was black with limescale. Cleaners came in daily but didn't do much, beds were badly made up and floors not swept. There were dodgy looking characters hanging about the front of the apartments, waiting for people not to close the front door properly and/or shouting up to the apartment across the stairwell, where they would be let in and then disappear a short time later. It was DEFINATELY not somewhere to relax and enjoy. We spent most of our time out with the apartment and enjoyed the sights of Malta.

We had a bad time between 4th of September and 14 September 2017. Please take a look at the picture of our room. You can make your own mind up but the room was 802. We couldn't even have a wash and no choice but to have one night in the room. Was moved the next day but this room wasn't much better.

Booked because of reviews saying it was okay for family and couples but found a Basic hotel with lack lustre fixtures and fittings and staff that reflected this too. The good staff were constantly let down by the poor ones with chaotic scenes at mealtimes as tables were not cleared and order not kept with who was sat where. Twice we came back to our table with food to find others sat there. Air conditioning consisted of a ceiling fan and blower which didn't bring the room temperature down sufficiently coupled with waterproof plastic coated mattresses made for poor sleeping conditions. The evening entertainment was virtually non existent unless you count line dancing pensioners 4 nights a week and karaoke for 1 night then football on TV the others. Pool was clean and kids enjoyed this As a 39 year old I found it increasingly frustrating that the entertainment was poor compared to the bars surrounding the hotel who had live acts in without issue. The Food served was great which was one of the better things about the place. Great place for the old or over 55's as the pace of service will suit the slower person. Not for the outgoing or young.

A realistic and honest review lets start with the GOOD POINTS 1. location is good near bus station and central for shops and restaurants, pubs. 2. staff mostly friendly and helpful 3 rooms clean and beds comfortable, safe, fridge and all with balconies 4. mostly older clients very few kids 5 breakfast was average for a budget hotel BAD POINTS 1. Found ants and cockroaches in our room 133 and reported it. Room is noisy as it was next to street where Elvis Bar is and early 5 am dustcart. Did not manage to get a room change. So try to avoid the rooms on this side. No kettle but you can hire one and safe is about E15 for a week. 2. Food we were on an all inclusive but although it was cheap I would rather go self catering. Went once to breakfast and it was chaos, people everywhere , run out of forks, knives etc. The bacon ,sausage, eggs, fried,poached,boiled, fried bread,beans,continental with cakes etc. NO FRUIT. Recommend to go early or later to avoid traffic as if you are like me , I don't like crowds in the morning. OR what we did one day was order a pack lunch the day before and have it for your breakfast as we are not big eaters. Pack lunch was ham and a cheese sandwich, fruit and cheese spread and crackers but no water ? You can get snacks from the bar from 10am to 3pm so you can have something there tuna salad, burger, toasties etc There is NO BOTTLE WATER or ICE CREAM on all inclusive ?? You will not be allowed to use your own mug to take tea/coffee/juice from dining hall or take any food. Lunch is salad and was usually our best bet as the other hot food was not too good. Dinner was not too good in my opinion , salad was ok with hot food hit and miss, pasta and soup. Dessert bought in cake, chefs jelly and apple crumble ok. ALL INCLUSIVE DRINKS -NO BOTTLE WATER , spirits cheap local and in my opinion not good. Beer was just ok. Swimming pool one indoor smelt strongly of chloride the outdoor pool small and uninviting. enough sunbeds but never saw a shower and beside that nobody bothered to shower anyway, Personally I did not wish to use the pool for fear of catching something although in fairness I did see a man test the pool but did not know the result. There is a small jacquzzi and sunbeds on roof. Entertainment , there is something on most nights from 8pm, Wednesday is just football on the TV, Denny D'vito on a Tuesday is not a good singer but he is good entertainer,funny and has a good rapport with the guests. As this is an older guests hotel mainly British I would have thought a BINGO night would go down well. TV in the room has very limited channels SkyNEWS, CNN , TVMalta and italian. Could do with other film channels. WIFI waste of time, even if you buy it, so don't. You can sit in other pubs and cafe's with free wifi. Overall this is NOT a hotel for family with kids as this caters for mainly British pensioners on long or short stay holidays. We did not enjoy our stay, mainly because we thought the food and alcohol was poor and decided to check out a day early. CHECK OUT- I wish I had recorded it as you would not believe the logic of the young girl on the reception. My partner returns the keys to the receptionist at 1215 and tells her we are checking out. She says ,"Madam you are supposed to check out at 1100"! then my partner says,"We are checking out a day early"! The girl says, " how can the girl clean your room to get it ready for the next person if you are checking out now"? in an argumentative tone of voice. HELLO wake up ,we are going a day early and have paid for the room up until tomorrow so we can go whenever we feel like it but I am afraid the receptionist could not comprehend this DAA! The worst thing about this we have booked another stay here which I am desperately trying to cancel or change,

It was in a nice location, the staff was extremely kind. It was always a parking lot around the hotel. If you look a good budget place to stay that is a good choice. I also really liked the idea of the swimming pool on the rooftop.

if you want somewhere that has good food friendly staff and comfy beds then this is the place. its located by the sea and bus station so access to anywhere in Malta,for only a couple of euros.or the staff can arrange your own transport for you...... pick up and drop off. don't get rooms (16-17-18-19)on any floors ... (free wi-fi in reception.) but you have to pay for anywhere else.

We booked the Canifor Apartments for 3 weeks as a base while we looked for a permanent apartment.... The place is cheap and basic. If you want a bit of luxury, this place is not for you! It is kitted out with a small cooking area complete with all the basic things you'd need for making meals. The maid services is great, our rook was cleaned every day, unless we used our Do no disturb sign. We had fresh Towels and our beds were made. You will be close to a wide variety of shops, bars, resturants and attractions, although if you like an early night, you might need ear plugs as there are a few bars with live music with in spitting distance. The Hotel is a 30 second walk from the apartments and you have access to the indoor, salt water pool complete with Sauna and Jacuzzi. Vry relaxing! Or you have the our door pools perfect for all ages! My own real bug bear wass the lack of accessable plug points! only one in a bedroom for four people and 3 in the kitchen living room area. It makes being glued to your phone pretty difficult but it's not the end of the world.

Was in room 808.....4th floor!! Start with the good side... Location superb and near all amenities etc. Bed comfortable and aircon was excellent needed that in July. Had two seaviews one from the bedroom although you could see the sea but not in any greatness. Front balcony again you could see the sea if you looked left and in truth a rather nice sun rise. Bads? Shower resulted in a mini-flood as an equal amount of water went on me as the floor. TV? A right dodgy looking thing dangling there with an even more dodgy looking freeview box? underneath it!! All in all for what i paid i can't complain i mean i slept at night and emerged clean the next day. What more do you want? As a self-catering apartment to use as a self catering apartment? I doubt it but you can eat out in WoodHut, Knickerbockersor Red Lion cheaply and am all for supporting the local bars.

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Hotel highlights

  • Free buffet breakfast
  • Free parking
  • Onsite dining
  • Indoor pool and 2 outdoor pools

Canifor Hotel is a short stroll from Malta National Aquarium and Bugibba Beach. This 170-room, 4-star hotel welcomes guests with 2 outdoor pools, free breakfast, and an indoor pool. It's also close to Birdpark Malta and St Paul's Island.


Start your day off right with a free buffet breakfast. Sit down for a leisurely bite to eat at the onsite restaurant, or enjoy a drink at the bar/lounge. Savor a meal from the privacy of your room with room service, or get a pick-me-up at the coffee shop/café.


All 170 air-conditioned rooms provide balconies, refrigerators, and minibars. Guests can expect WiFi and TVs with satellite channels. Ceiling fans, hair dryers, and safes are other standard amenities.

Property features

At Canifor Hotel, guests enjoy 2 outdoor pools, an indoor pool, and a children's pool. Free parking is included with your stay. The front desk is staffed 24/7 to help with dry cleaning/laundry, tours or tickets, and luggage storage. Additional amenities include a fitness center, a spa tub, and a sauna.

Room options

Standard Room

Full 1 | Twin 4 | Sleeps 4

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

34.0% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 73 reviews