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Solana Hotel and Spa
Ranked #3 of 12 Hotels in Mellieha
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 29 March 2012

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).

Room Tip: Avoid front road facing rooms as the traffic cant be very noisy. And the inner facing balconys had t...
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Reviewed 28 March 2012

A good hotel, helpful staff, nice studio apartment. The hotel (not tour operators) holds a welcome meeting one evening per week with snacks and wine. As with any welcome meeting they want to sell trips, spa services, etc. However there was no hard sell and every guest is spoken to and asked if everything is to their satisfaction and whether there is anything the hotel can do to make the holiday better. I have never experienced this at any other hotel. It suggests that they want to provide a good service and they do!

Room Tip: If you have an issue, tell reception, we only had a couple of minor issues but they were sorted out...
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Reviewed 25 March 2012

We arrived the day after one of the worst storms the island has had, so not the warmest start!

Our room was clean and tidy, unfortunately the air-con didn't do a great job of keeping the room warm, but after a call to reception, the maintenance guy checking the system, and then eventually Ekaterina on reception brought us up a portable heater, and all was sorted.

We stayed self-catering, so that we could pick and choose our meals. There's a couple of supermarkets and stores right opposite the hotel for provisions, and a number of really good restaurants nearby.

The a la carte restaurant in the hotel served great food - we ate there a couple of times because the food was that good.

If you just fancy a snack (or a coffee and a pastry in the morning), visit the cafe/bar and order something from Ruby Anne - she's a real diamond.

We do recommend you check out the Spa facilities - the staff are superb and the prices are very reasonable - perfect to help you relax and enjoy your holiday.

We're not usually ones to hang out in the hotel bar, but the evening entertainment was that good, you felt compelled to listen.

We will definitely be coming back here!

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Reviewed 11 March 2012

absolutely reccomend this hotel if you are staying in mellieha,food was superb with a good choice and all staff were very pleasant,room was fantastic too.
with regard to smoking,we smoke but realise other people do not and fully understand not being able to smoke in public places,we did not smoke in our room and went onto our balcony even in cold wet weather so as not to have it linger in a room that was to be used by others.
not all smokers are anti-social cretins.

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6  Thank tsilivian
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Reviewed 10 March 2012

We booked a week at the Solana Hotel partly based on Tripadvisor reviews along with some knowledge of its location.

On arrival we were greeted by a lovely receptionist who checked us in and showed us where we could keep our luggage until our room was ready. Due to an early flight we had arrived a bit before check-in time, so this was nice to have the ability to leave our cases and explore.

We headed a few yards up the hill to the Hilltop Restaurant for lunch.

When we came back our room was ready and we retrieved our cases and settled in. All the rooms allow smoking, so being non-smokers we were aware of the smell of smoke in the room, but a quick word with reception and the following morning the room was thoroughly cleansed of all but the faintest traces of cigarette smells.

The housekeeping was good, room always cleaned and tidied and fresh towels provided daily, along with clean sheets.

We had booked half board. Other reviewers had mentioned the food was a bit repetitive, but although I wouldn't quite give it a four star rating, the food was of a good standard, reasonable varied and well presented. Considering how little we had paid to have half board over B&B I would say the food was very good value.

There are numerous restaurants nearby, catering for most budgets and tastes, although die hard fish and chip fans Might struggle.

The hotel has two pools, one indoor,in the basement, one on the roof. From the roof you get fantastic views past the church, down to the bay and onto the islands of comino and Gozo.

When we visited two years ago the bus service was provided by a multitude of old fashioned busses, all owned by the driver and despite their caring degrees of efficiency and repair they were plentiful and cheerful.

Now, however, the busses are run by Arriva. Anyone who has suffered Arriva in the UK will need no introduction to their service, busses or service reliability.

We visited in March and there was some much needed road improvements taking place, so all bar one of the regular services up through the village were diverted, but all stopped off on their way back to the ferry port.

There was also live music on Wednesday night with Ernest, who kept us so well entertained we braved the Friday night storm (their worst in living memory) to see him at the Pergola hotel which is a sister hotel to the Solana. Saturday night was also live music night.

For those who can't go without their Internet fix there is either paid access via a pc, or free wifi in the public area (reception, main bar).

Al in all, a lovely relaxing stay, despite the unexpected bad weather.

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Reviewed 5 March 2012

Just arrived back from a weeks half board at the Solana.Food was very good.The service on the reception desk was excellent.Rooms are spacious. We had a problem with the heating which the maintenance team were unable to resolve however we were left with a more than adequate portable heater. Would gladly return.

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 March 2012

hotel was sold as non smoking and rooms displayed no smoking, on arriving people were smoking in room next to ours and the patio and landing. when complained were told it was a smoking hotel by a member of staff and another memeber of staff said it was a no smokingt hotel the hotel, need to decide what this hotel is as would not stay at this hotel again if it is a smoking hotel, this is a shame because on the whole this is a nice hotel and food was good value.few hiccups when we arrived had ask for room on higher floor given ground floor which was noisey, was offered to move the next day but as we had unpacked didnt want the hassle however by the end of the week we wished we had as a group of people used to come in between 1am and 2am making lots of noise, room 1208 was also near the breakfast room and could here tables and chairs being set up for the breakfast.1st day room was not cleaned and 2nd day we had an ant invasion these two issues were sorted quickly. also took advantage of sister hotel

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SolanaHotel, General Manager at Solana Hotel and Spa, responded to this reviewResponded 8 March 2012

Dear Guest,

Thank you for your time in providing us with your feedback following your recent stay at the Solana Hotel & Spa.

For the benefit of our Trip Advisor followers, where the smoking policy is concerned, in Malta it is prohibited to smoke in internal public places, hence, all the interior public areas within the Solana Hotel & Spa are non smoking areas. Within the actual guest rooms through prominently displayed signage, guests are encouraged not to smoke, notwithstanding, this does not mean that the hotel is a completely non smoking one. It is worth however noting that the hotel operates very rigorous housekeeping standards, hence, on the checking out of a room that was occupied by a guest that smoked within, we do our best endeavours to eliminate all smoking related odours from upholstery materials etc.

We are very pleased that in general you consider the hotel to be nice with a good value food offering. While thanking you once again, we very much trust that further to our clarifying our smoking policy, you will still consider staying at the Solana Hotel & Spa during future visits to Malta. If this will indeed be the case, please do not hesitate to contact us directly so that we will cater for your preference.

Best regards,

Elaine Cutajar Debono
General Manager

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Additional Information about Solana Hotel and Spa

Address: Gorg Borg Olivier St, Mellieha, Island of Malta MLH 1025, Malta
Region: Malta > Island of Malta > Mellieha
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Business Hotel in Mellieha
#3 Luxury Hotel in Mellieha
#3 Romantic Hotel in Mellieha
#3 Family Hotel in Mellieha
#3 Spa Hotel in Mellieha
Price Range: $77 - $1,612 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Solana Hotel and Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 100
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