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San Antonio Hotel & Spa Qawra Reviews
Great Hotel, Great Service Jul 10, 2015
Having visited Malta a number of times and stayed at the same hotel in Qawra I've decided that a change of scenery is on the cards, mainly due to the fact that the evening entertainment at my usual hotel is quite poor. After a bit of research on the internet, I decided to opt for the San Antonio Hotel & Spa, still situated in Qawra, but exceptionally close to Bugibba. I have also opted for the All inclusive package, given that it was not much more than opting for half board.
I arrived at the San Antonio Hotel just after 11pm. I was greeted by a very friendly receptionist who dealt with my check in very swiftly. He took his time to explain the timings of meals and what was included in the 'all inclusive' package. The hotel require a 50€ deposit on check in should any damage occur in the room, this was payable by cash or card. I was also offered the option of purchasing a towel card at a cost of 10€ for the week, which meant that I did not need to take a beach towel down to the pool area, you can change your towel on a regular basis and at the end of the day, once the towel is returned you get your towel card back, your 10€ deposit is paid back when you hand the card back to reception on checking out – great idea in my opinion.
My room was on the ninth floor, which meant that I had to access the lift – not a problem at this time of night, but more about the lifts later.
I had opted for a standard room and had cheekily asked for a room above floor 3, with a pool view if possible (after research on trip advisor a pool view, meant a sea view) Imagine my delight when I headed over to the patio doors and glimpsed the floodlit pool twinkling beneath me – RESULT!! A nice touch was the complimentary fruit basket, bottle of red wine and bottle of mineral water that was in my room on arrival.
The room itself was huge and beautifully decorated with a Moroccan theme. There was a massive double bed, a set of three drawers combined with a double cupboard, containing 2 extra pillows and 2 blankets, the only downside was the non existence of a wardrobe. What was available was a clothes rail above the combined cupboard/drawers – ok for tops, shirts, but hanging my maxi dresses and trousers proved a problem due to the lack of length space. Additionally in the corner of the room was a sofa bed and a small coffee table. There was also a small table and two chairs as well as a full length mirror and decent sized flat screen television. A small fridge and free safe were also provided, along with a small kettle and tea/coffee making facilities.
The bathroom was of a decent size with a huge walk in shower, which was very powerful, the temperature was a little difficult to control though. Complimentary soap/shower gel was in the form of two rather large pump bottles in the shower cubicle and next to the wash basin, no individual bars of soap.
Air conditioning was a must at this time of year and I did not have any problems with this whatsoever – I set it to the highest setting and turned on the two ceiling fans that were situated in front of both air conditioning units (one above the bed, the other above the sofa bed) however, if you did open the balcony doors the air conditioning automatically switched itself off.
Housekeeping was of a very high standard and the room was cleaned every day – even the balcony, towels were exceptionally thick and of good quality and changed on a daily basis.
Due to the 'all inclusive' package there was an option to pre-book a meal in each of the four additional restaurants within the complex, Tagine, which was Indian/Moroccan cuisine, Yushan which was Aisan, Q-Zins which was a roof top restaurant serving Italian on a Monday, Mexican on Tuesday & Friday and American on Thursday & Saturday and D Bistro which was typical Mediterranean – Pizza/Pasta/Salads/Grills. However, given that I was a solo traveller I opted to take my meals in the main restaurant 'Gueliz'.
Gueliz restaurant – On first impressions the dining area is extensive and during my stay there was never a problem with finding a table. However, during lunch times half of the restaurant was closed off – this could perhaps pose a problem if it remains shut during peak season. Staff were very quick in clearing/cleaning tables, sometimes a little two quick as on two occasions my place had been cleared whilst I had gone to get another drink.
Breakfast – served between 7am – 11am
Great selection of freshly made omelettes (ham, cheese, spinach, plain) pancakes, typical full English (with proper bacon) hash browns, 3 choices of cereal and museli, fresh fruit, dried fruits, 3 types of yoghurts, hams, cheeses, breads, croissants, jam, marmalade – diabetic jam and marmalade were also available, peanut butter and Nutella. Tea and coffee were available along with orange and pineapple juices.
Lunch – served between 12.30pm – 3pm
Again a wide variety to pick from – fresh breads, one variety of soup each day, always at least one cooked meat and fish option, freshly cooked vegetables, rice, pasta, cous cous, chips/potatoes, lots of fresh salads. For desserts there was always a selection of fresh fruit, fruit salad, 4 flavours of ice cream and a variety of cakes. Maltese biscuits and cheese.
Dinner – served between 6pm – 9.30pm (10pm Saturday)
Again at least two pasta dishes, pizza slices, usually 2 meat and 2 fish options, variety of cooked vegetables, rice, potatoes, chips, again fresh salads and lots of it – desserts as lunch times, as well as Maltese biscuits and cheese.
Maltese night was held on a Thursday, were traditional dishes were also served alongside the usual, they included traditional rabbit stew, and bragioli. Desserts included honey rings which were delish, and a biscuit similar to a brandy snap filled with ricotta cheese.
Even the fussiest of eaters could find something to eat here and if not as previously mentioned you could try the other restaurants on site.
Pool side Snack bar – 3pm – 5.30pm (I think)
I've never seen anything like it. Sandwiches, baguettes, chips, pizza, hot dogs, burgers, crisps, more cakes, ice cream, tea and coffee. I only went there one day after a morning trip out and after having a salad for lunch. It's ideal if you're out on a morning trip and arrive back too late to eat in the restaurant at lunch time – great idea =)
All inclusive drinks were fine, with some branded names, downside was the slush machine at the poolside bar either was constantly running out – or not working properly.
The animation team were always on the go from around 10am in the morning, through to the evening show at night. I didn't partake in any activities, and did not find them 'in your face' all the time. The majority of the activities took place around the huge pool area and included aqua zumba, water polo, darts and volleyball. It was quite lively around the pool and music was constantly playing so this may not be everyone's cup of tea, but it didn't bother me in the slightest and you did get used to it after a while. There's also a children's club available.
Evening entertainment took place in the 'Kosy' bar on the first floor. I didn't actually partake in the evenings programme with the bar being inside. Felt a bit self conscious about sitting inside a bar on my own and after seeing the daily board stating what was on in an evening I don't think I missed out on much, there was a quiz, karaoke, a show which the animation team put on, and a couple of outside entertainers. I preferred to take an evening stroll along the promenade and catch some wonderful sunsets instead.
The only disappointment I found in this hotel - they were very hit and miss as to if they turned up or not, and on a number of occasions a couple of them broke down. I actually used the 9 flights of stairs more that the lifts!!
The receptionists were always very cheery and helpful. The housekeeping staff are an absolute credit to the hotel, my room was always spotless. And from my balcony every morning at around 8am I watched them tirelessly work their socks off to clean the immense pool area. Restaurant staff were always smiling and worked swiftly to clean and re-lay tables once vacant. I only came across one guy who did not seem happy to be working there and he was at the pool bar – every time I went to ask for a drink he never cracked a smile, seemed really miserable the whole time – other than him everyone was fabulous.
I would definitely recommend a stay in this top notch hotel =)
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Maltese to the max Feb 27, 2010
The San Antonio hotel & spa is a fine example of Maltese premium accommodation, boasting over a hundred rooms, all with ensuite bathrooms. Two pools, one indoor and one out door, a fully working spa with several nice massages on offer, a play area for younger children and entertainment in the main bar most nights pack this hotels impressive roster. The lobby is also very impressive in terms of design, with striking mosaic pillars and patterned floor tiles, it certainly feels welcoming.
The staff members had a friendly 'can-do' attitude, and are always happy to help, even at 4 in the morning when drunken students were causing a fuss. Most of the staff are well informed of activities to do across the Island, and are more then happy to help you book excursions (to Gozo) or day trips. Perhaps the main feature I'm yet to mention is the large dining room, all you can eat (we went as food inclusive, drinks still charged for) which provided a huge variety of food, including local specialities (like Rabbit stew). I would be careful with the food though, make sure it’s fully cooked, I had an issue with one of my lamb chops, of which the head chef was very apologetic, but for the most part the food was great!
The bedrooms are nicely furnished, offering 2 or 3 beds per room. Each room has a working fan, and lamps for each bed. We had a full dressing table, as well as two bedside tables for our room. Television is available, however channel service is limited. Each room comes with a balcony; it was just unfortunate that ours was facing the wrong way, so we got a lovely view of the street below us, and no ocean. The bathrooms are fantastic too. Each bathroom provides a bath and shower as well as the other usuals, all kept behind a beautiful frosted glass door!
The location of the hotel is less then five minutes walk from Qawra beach, and there are plenty of bars and shops, even two mini-markets all within five minutes walk of the hotel too. The buss terminal is only a single minute walk away from the hotel as well, so transportation around the Island is easily sorted (and pretty cheap too!) Location-wise, this hotel is spot on, simple as.
The hotel is also considered to be very eco-friendly (for Malta at least), so you can feel a little less guilty about the luxuries that can be found inside this jewel. Malta goers, look no further for accommodation.
Part of the The big tale of little Malta! (2010) travel blog
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San Antonio Hotel & Spa Overview
## OverviewSan Antonio Hotel & Spa Malta is located in the north of Malta, in the centre of the lively resort of Qawra in St. Paul's Bay. San Antonio Hotel & Spa Malta features a Moroccan-style spa, several bars and restaurants, terraces, beach facilities and a swimming pool surrounded by palm trees facing the Mediterranean Sea. Kindly note that WIFI connection in the lobby area is now available at the following prices: ass 3.00 as-s- 300 Minutes / ass 5.00 as-s- 600 Minutes.## LocationThe San Antonio Hotel & Spa is located in the northern part of the island of Malta, right in the heart of Qawra in St Paulas-sns Bay. The San Antonio Hotel & Spa overlooks the clear Mediterranean Sea and is situated only 15km away from the capital city, Valletta and 18km away from Malta International Airport. Qawra Bus Terminus is only 100 metres away providing direct and easy access to all areas in Malta.## RoomsThe San Antonio Hotel & Spa Malta has 295 rooms, including 60 family rooms with sofa-bed, 8 suites seaview and 1 Presidential Suite. All rooms are equipped with air-conditioning, heating, bathroom with hair dryer, telephone, satellite TV, mini-bar, safe-deposit box and ceiling fan. All rooms have a balcony or terrace.## Food & drinkThe Costa Restaurant offers both local and international cuisine served in buffet style with live-cooking stations at night. A la carte dining is also available at the Bonaparte Pizzeria & Grill. For those little pangs of hunger during the day, Cafe Olivier offers delicious pastries, ice-creams, light meals, various drinks and coffees. The Lobby Bar is open daily from 17h00 to midnight .The Pool Bar is open during the summer season between 10h00 and 18h00.The Beach Bar is open between 15th June to 15th September - weather permitting.## Number of rooms295
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