Upon arriving at the Solana we were greeted with a lovely hotel lobby decorated to a really high standard. The staff at reception were friendly and welcoming. We were given our room key and advised on the location of it. We stayed on a self-catering basis.
We ventured up to our room and were relatively impressed, it appeared comfortable and spacious. Our room had a kind of inside balcony, we did request a balcony so sort of happy there, We did also request a sea view which we were told wasn't possible (why offer it then). The kitchenette was neatly hidden away in a kind of dresser. There was an electric hob, a toaster, a sink (with washing up liquid and sponge) and a small fridge with a freezer compartment complete with ice tray. It was well stocked with plates, cutlery, pots and utensils.
Housekeeping did a great job everyday. Once we used the kitchenette they decided were were to clean up after ourselves and didn't receive any further fresh cups or glasses. This maybe standard and we coped fine with it.
The hotels roof top pool was unheated but we enjoyed sunbathing next to it on the sun loungers. The roof top bar wasn't open, we were told it is only open during the summer. We were allowed to buy drinks to take up with us.
The basement gym, jacuzzi and pool were nice, not massively warm but completely usable. We enjoyed taking advantage of these facilities.
Our first night was a Sunday and we arrived fairly late. As a result of this many of the local restaurants were closed we did find the Master Wok about 3 doors up the hill which was a great Chinese restaurant.
The front desk was very helpful in dealing with any of our queries be it by calling down from the room or when we passed through. They booked us on both of the day trips we took. But the only problem we had was that when you take a trip to Gozo the ferry is free to get over there but you have to pay to return, this wasn't made clear to us which we did feel the need to complain about. The issue was not resolved but we couldn't be bothered arguing further.
The area surrounding the hotel was great. There was a bus stop right outside going down the hill, super convenient. To go the other way I recommend taking a bus down to the bottom of the hill near the beach for the best connections as only the 41 (to and from Valletta) was allowed to travel in both directions on the street, all the other buses can run down hill. Walk down the hill about 3 mins and you reach a restaurant called Ta'Randi - by far the best atmosphere and the nicest hostess you could wish for.
Go back up the hill and follow the main road you will find other bars and restaurants including Reflections: a kind of sports bar serving food, with a pool table.
Cross Keys; a fantastic restaurant we chose to dine at twice. (they even let us take home the pizza we couldn't finish).
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- Also Known As:
- Solana Hotel Mellieha
- Solana Hotel Malta
- Solana Hotel And Spa Malta/Mellieha