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Qawra Palace Hotel

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Stayed for a week on a package deal and for what we paid excellent value. Food was fine and plentiful, we were half board, also we are vegetarian although eat fish so there was something every night. Entertainment is on every evening and also in the daytime which is geared up for the winter long stay elderly guests, many of whom are repeat visitors which is an endorsement. They show UK football in the bar. There are also numerous bars a short walk away many of which do evening entertainment. The outdoor pool was closed but was winter. Indoor pool open but not before 8.30am. TV in rooms seemed just mainly news channels. We had an inside balcony. The negative for us was not much to do in the Qawra/St Pauls/ Buggiba area. The buses to Valetta ( 31, 45, and 48 ) run from the nearby bus station and its best to walk there rather than chance the bus stop near the hotel. They always seem crowded and be prepared to stand the whole trip which is anything from 45 to 75 mins. Some drivers are smoother than others. A regular visitor said they have recently extended the routes which makes them longer. We tried the 212 to Sleima and then the ferry across the harbour and that bus was probably less busy. Obviously if you wish to visit by yourself other parts of the island you have to travel to Valetta before changing again. However if you are happy in the resort, or book a lot of trips, or hire a car this won't be a problem. Lots of timeshare reps who unusually seem to be middle aged expats some of whom drive around looking for targets. Going along the promenade you get approached every ten minutes but they seem to knock off by lunchtime. There were so many we wondered if they were hotel guests on their third of fourth weeks who were a bit bored. The hotel is great and if you want to stay in this location you cannot go wrong for the money.

We have stayed at this hotel so many times at least 10 we are due to return in June, Hotel improves every year , staff are excellent so friendly no matter what time of the day,I am known as a bit of a complainer so to be completely satisfied with this holiday is rare I have stayed at other hotels on the Island and none have achieved this standard, Food is brilliant .Evening entertainment is amusing if you approach it with tongue in cheek.Bar staff are very professional and will always pass the time of day with you as long as there are no people waiting.

So we go to Malta regularly as we have family on the island so we probably visit 2/3 times a year for either a week or a long weekend. This one thankfully was just a long weekend as i don't think i could have coped in this hotel for much longer. First off the rooms were a little dirty on the walls, the mattresses on the beds were lumpy and horrible and not good for sleeping on at all. Also the room provided a kettle and cups but after the first night of not seeing any tea/coffee in the room i rang down to reception who told me we had to purchase them! Not very good for bed & breakfast. The breakfast was ok, standard hotel breakfast with full english breakfast options and a few pastries (i was a little surprised to see we could actually get a coffee in there considering we had to pay for it in our room. The reception area is lovely in the hotel but the rest of the hotel has not caught up with that. I feel like if they gave the rooms a revamp and got some new beds and supplied tea/ coffee it would be a high 3 star, as this was lacking anything good apart from the reception and breakfast being ok id give it a 2 star. Lucky there are plenty of other restaurants and bars around so you don't have to spend much time in this hotel. I'd say one of the worst ones on the island that we have stopped in. Wont be going again.

I stayed at this hotel for 10 nights. Although some people think this is 4 star it is in actual fact 3 star and you get what you pay for. Food If you are all inclusive you will get drinks at breakfast, lunch and dinner. If you are half board you will only get drinks at breakfast. You will have to purchase your own drinks. There are shop near by and this should t be a problem. The food is good and there is some variety of foods meat, veg and selection of salad and cheese. I am vegetarian and I felt the food was good. There is some repetition of foods on certain days but you can have something to eat. Hotel amenities Everything extra at the hotel costs money. There is a kettle but you need to bring tour own tea and milk. The safety deposit box you need to place a deposit to get the key. There aren't any toiletries in the room part from soap and shower gel which isn't that nice. There is a hair dryer in the room which isn't very powerful and if you have thick hair you will be drying for 30 mins. Overall this is what you would expect from a 3 star hotel. Customer service The staff at times can be rude depending on who serves you. I have received every good customer service and bad. The workers are working 12 hour shifts on very poor pay so you can understand if some times they are rude. Rooms The rooms are clean and tidy and maids come round to clean the rooms from 8am. If you don't want to be disturbed put the sign on your door. If you are located on the ground floor there is a generator under room 139. This is on 24 hours and if you are near this room you will not get any sleep. This is very loud and can be heard from inside the room. I was located here for 3 nights and I didn't sleep at all. There are two generators one next to room 136 a nd the other underneath 139. If the one next to 136 goes off the other is on and sometimes they both switch off for 10 mins or so. I asked the duty manager to switch these off and he told the the one next to 136 can only be switched off. The other one remain on. There are 3 types of rooms you can have sea view which overlooks the yeah, court yard room and road view room. The best room is probably the sea view room. If you don't want to lay extra for this then you can have a road room a nd still see the beach from here. Local transport . The location of the hotel is brilliant for buses into Salima and Valletta. They run regular. The bus station at Bugubba is only 5 mins away and you can get more buses here. Local pubs There are lots of local pubs in the are and a variety of restaurants which are all reasonable prices. There is a Indian on the road called Gram Massalla which is also very good. There is local entertainment at the pubs every day. Treatments There is a spa here at the hotel which runs idependently from the hotel called Carisma Spa. This is very expensive and treatments can cost in the region of 50 euro to 150 euro. I had the face massage for 30 mins and cost 29 euro which was very good. I also did the sauna which we good for 15 euro but didn't have the steam. If you choose this you will have to shower then go inside the sauna there are other spa in the area offering sauna and steam and for 12 euro. Excursions I booked excursion a with the rep and they can be expensive you will probably not get a discount with them if you book yourself with other tour operators you can haggle the price. The tours are usually not on time and can be 20 to 45 mins late. I did the Valletta tour, Three Cities, Malta Site seeing and Gozo site seeing. As well as these I did the captain Morgan boat trips. If you want to see the island of Gozo don't go for the captain Morgan trips but opt for the land rover Gozo your your which takes you all over the island. If you go for the captain Morgan trips they can be very rough in the winter months and you may feel sick. Also they drop you off at Salima and you sometimes have to take a bus back to your hotel. Some of the trips do include lunch for example the Malta Site seeing and Gozo site seeing. These are very good and in reputable restaurants. It is well worth the money Location The location of the hotel is fantastic in Qawra and over looks the beach there are various shops ext near the hotel. The last thing I will mention is the hotel has a lot of elderly staying from the Uk for long periods and the entertainment at the hotel is aimed at them. They have ballroom dancing and bingo nearly every day. I would sat that many of them are very helpful and have a lot of knowledge of the area. If you want a more young crowd opt for Salima.

Since my previous stay in 2012 the Qawra Palace has improved. A brand new reception area and seating area including games room and crazy golf. All very nicely done and comfortable for guest to lounge in. My room this time was on the ground floor. It was comfortable with a nice new bathroom, fridge and kettle/cups but no tea/coffee provided unless paid for. It was however noisy at times with people passing in high heels and children running past screaming not to forget staff shouting instructions to each other on two occasions being so close to the reception area and luggage room. My room was clean and serviced everyday. Wi-Fi is free in public areas but charged elsewhere and it's not cheap compared to other hotels (10 Euros for up to six hours). Elsewhere the bar area remains disappointing - very drab with no character. The dinning room also remains unchanged although does the job, food was plentiful with lots of choice. I was on a breakfast basis only and again was happy with the food. Full English as well as fresh rolls/bread and continental and the usual array of juices, tea and coffee and fruit. All guest here over the new year were invited to new years dinner even those on B&B only - a nice touch by the hotel and I took advantage by enjoying some nice steak! The rest of the hotel also remains unchanged with the small indoor pool very basic and Jacuzzi at least warm and welcoming. The outdoor pool and area is very spacious with nice views but naturally comes into it's own in the warmer months. The cafe/restaurant attached to the hotel remains very pleasant and relaxing to drink, eat or snack in but is run separately from the hotel. It also has seating on the outside. I met my Maltese friends here for drinks as it puts the hotels bar to shame. Getting to the bars, shops and restaurants including the bus terminal is easy (unless mobility impaired). Turn left out the hotel and then take the first turning on the left, straight ahead for 3-4 minutes, a slight climb, and you are on tourist street, surrounded by all described as above. Trolleys is a larger supermarket close by (good for stocking your fridge) and getting the bus is advisable from the bus terminal as opposed from outside the hotel especially if you want a seat. You have many bars and restaurants to choose from including Chinese, Indian, Italian as well as English and fast food take aways. My pick of bars is Alex Bar, lots of Brits use this and the place is clean and provides great value for money. It has a nice seating area outside as well, great when the weather is good. You are spoilt for choice though so do explore and enjoy! The Maltese people are generally lovely, friendly and helpful, most staff at the Qawra Palace were likewise. My stay overall was very pleasant.

Stayed at Qawra Palace for short break in December with my husband.Hotel was quite clean generally.Food was lukewarm even when freshly put out in containers and I can't understand why.There was plenty and varied food.I was quite astonished that one of the supervisors on level 0 and level 1 spoke to her Fillipino housekeeping ladiy in such an undignified harsh voice at the top of her voice all day long throughout her shift with little or no respite.Many guests expressed concern also .There is a quiet and discreet way to give orientation/ instruction. !! We were very pleased with our stay but felt very sad for this domestic staff.

Great place for kids, plenty seats around the pool but you have to get there early. If you prefer the sea it’s only a few yards away. Food is not spectacular, but the rooms are clean and fit for purpose. Don’t expect a great view as most of the rooms look into a quadrangle. It can get a bit noisy at night but not too bad. Great holiday for the kids, entertainment of some sort on every night and the kids are encouraged to dance.

Had a lovely stay over the New Year, we were only on bed and breakfast but a good range of food, if you went hungry it was your own fault! We had a nice room overlooking the courtyard, did not worry us as we only needed a room to sleep! We went out and about most of the time but our room was always spotless when we returned, clean towels, beds made up nice, could not fault it.

Spent new year here. Lovely big grand hotel. Pleasant staff. B&B board but stayed on for dinner 2 nights. Wide selection and always a gluten free option which my mum needed. Travelled with 4 wee ones and they were the only kids in the pool everyday as was mainly older guests in the hotel. Indoor pool and jacuzzi added bonus as outside pool was a tad fresh on new years morning!!!

Went to Malta January stayed at qawra palace hotel no complaints from me lady at reception with glass gave me lots of stick in a funny way she was messing she was entertaining any problems she sorted it it’s a fairly old hotel bit dated outside inside clean spotless very freindly welcoming hotel many older folk there who stay for a month lovely coffee shop there breaky ok plenty to eat different foods everning meals same cakes lovely indoor pool good out door pool sweeping views over the sea lovely rooms nice kept clean staff I found helpful friendly I wouldn’t hesitate to return great hotel good price if I go malta again I’m staying here bus station ten minutes away bus go most place valetta 50 minutes away golden bay 20 ferry to Gozo 3o minutes nice walks by the sea past buggiba and St. Paul’s bay simply lovely

Qawra Coast Road St. Paul's Bay Malta

Hotel highlights

  • Free continental breakfast
  • Free parking
  • Onsite dining
  • Spa

Located in Qawra within a short walk of Malta National Aquarium, Qawra Palace Hotel is within a mile (2 km) of Bugibba Beach. This 392-room, 4-star hotel welcomes guests with free breakfast, a full-service spa, and an outdoor pool. Located centrally in St. Paul's Bay, it's also near Maltaqua and St Paul's Island.


Dining

Free continental breakfast is included with your stay. Explore the hotel and meet new friends over drinks at the bar/lounge, or enjoy a bite to eat at the onsite restaurant. You can sip a beverage at the coffee shop/café.


Rooms

Qawra Palace Hotel's 392 air-conditioned rooms provide refrigerators, minibars, and coffee makers. For entertainment, guests can enjoy satellite TV. Other standard amenities include hair dryers, safes, and phones.


Property features

At Qawra Palace Hotel, guests enjoy a full-service spa, an outdoor pool, and a children's pool. There's free parking if you drive. The 24-hour front desk has multilingual staff ready to assist with tours/tickets and securing valuables. Other amenities at this spa hotel include a sauna, WiFi in public areas, and an arcade/game room.

Room options

Standard Double or Twin Room, Sea View

Full 1 | Twin 2 | Sleeps 2

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

51% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 2882 reviews