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GORG BORG OLIVIER STREET, MELLIEHA MLH06, Mellieha, 0 Mellieha, Malta -
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Far from the bustle of the larger cities in the east of the island, the town of Mellieha is nestled on the heights of the Northern part of Malta and offers an enjoyable retreat, without being totally cut off from the coast and its assets. After a long renovation phase, the hotel has just re-opened and now displays a much more modern and contemporary style. It's a pity that the older rooms didn't get the same treatment, but overall the hotel offers good value for money.

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    Location 3.0 /10

    The hotel is 40 minutes by taxi from the airport and 20 minutes from Valletta, the capital, which is the perfect place to discover local customs. The village is perched on a hill, and the city centre is particularly attractive, with its main street and many shops. Mellieha is not a particularly secluded town, as you can take the bus to every corner of the island. If you love the sea, you will be in your element here with Malta's longest beach less than a mile away. However, everything is relative, and the 200 metre stretch of sand is incomparable with the kind of stretches found in nearby Tunisia. Going down towards the sea is easy enough, but the way back up is an altogether different story!

    Accommodation 7.70 /10

    The hotel's 100 rooms are spread throughout two buildings. The difference in decor is striking between the old rooms (completely out of date) and the more recent ones. On the whole, they're quite spacious and families will be interested to know that there are also studios available for 4. Another advantage is the presence of fully-equipped kitchenettes which will allow you to keep some control over the spending. All of the rooms have a balcony that looks out onto the street, the surrounding greenery, the private gardens or the dark and uninteresting interior courtyard. In the modern building, the rooms feature urban and modern decor, but it does look slightly fake. Nevertheless, the bathrooms are large and well-lit, and they include a bathtub. Our advice: if you want to enjoy a large terrace, book a room on one of the higher floors.

    Overview 7.95 /10

    The façade is inviting and classy, just like the rest of the establishment, as it has recently re-opened after renovation work. A new building has been added to the existing one, and the decor has taken a modern turn, as seen in the light fixtures and furniture of the comfortable and spacious lobby. Opposite this is the bar and its world record-breaking huge cheeseburgers. This is an urban establishment that offers the usual attentive and careful service one expects from a hotel in Malta. In the basement there is a large indoor swimming pool next to the fully-equipped spa, and we particularly liked the outdoor jacuzzi and its colourful decor. The communal areas on the top floors are pleasant and nicely decorated, and include a rooftop terrace from where you can enjoy a panoramic view featuring the imposing silhouette of the church at the entrance to the village and the sea in the distance. On the ground floor, next to the main restaurant, there is also a playground for children.

    Food and drink 7.45 /10

    Once you've passed the friendly ground floor bar, where you can enjoy the best cheeseburgers on the island, a flight of steps leads down to the restaurant. However, this space is rather dark and only lets in a feeble amount of daylight, which is a pity. Nevertheless, the atmosphere is hushed, the room is nicely decorated and all the meals are served as a buffet. The choice is varied both for lunch and dinner, and you'll have to make your mind up whether to have some meat, fish or one of the many salads. The cuisine is a mix of local and international dishes, and there is a different theme every evening. For a more intimate dinner in a modern setting, head for the Tosca on the ground floor, which serves a selection of local specialties, fish and meat.

    To know

    Since the town Mellieha is located on the heights of the island, it's not a place recommended to those with reduced mobility. There is a shuttle service that takes guests to the beach, every hour on the hour.

    Equipment

    • Shuttle bus
    • Car park
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      massage, beauty salon, sauna, keep fit, spa, wellness

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      gym, fitness, sports

    • Safe
    • Meeting room

    advantage

    • In Mellieha, a charming village
    • The rooftop swimming pool
    • The rooms fitted with a kitchenette

    disadvantages

    • The classic decor of the rooms
    • The main restaurant is dark

    Traveller Reviews

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    • Overall Score nc/10
    • Emilie B. Emilie B.  
      2 Opinions
      • Package deals in juin 2013 Posted on 2014-03-17 En couple - 3 à 5 nuitées (Chambre sans vue)

        Hôtel trés bien. Propre. Personnel à l'écoute. Proche des transports (bus)

      • Advantages

        Propre. Prés des transports et de la plage.

      • Disavantages

        Loin de l'aéroport et de la capital

      • Infrastructure
      • Logement
      • Situation
      • Restauration
      • Sports / Loisirs
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      • Qualité / Prix
      • Overall Score 8.80/10
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