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Bella Vista Hotel Qawra
We have just arrived back from the Bella Vista Hotel. We stayed for 6 days on an all inclusive basis, and found the hotel to have a very good atmosphere overall.
The rooms are comfortable & spacious, and cleaned to a high standard every day. Some of the rooms got sunlight on the balconies, our balcony faced East and the winter sun was lost about 10.30am, we used the roof terrace which is very pleasant, and quiet out of season. The views from the hotel & roof terrace are spectacular. Staff very friendly.The hotel is about half a mile from the town centre of Bubgibba & Qawara. There are steps into hotel entrance, and is not really suitable for anyone with walking difficulties.
There are no shops or bars near the hotel although there is a free courtesy bus into the centre. If you like walking, a short walk will take you to plenty of night life and shops. Internet is available on a ticket basis, 30 mins about £1 you can log on and off until all used, very good. We understand the hotel is only about 4 years old but seems older. The outdoor pool is poor, small, and walled with practically no sun, which really lets the hotel down, although the sun terrace on the roof is lovely. There is an indoor pool with a gym and jacuzzi in the basement very clean but the lights are always off making it unwelcoming, and beware the lifts the sensors are low down and the doors have a tendency to shut on your shoulders.
The food is not very good, although plentiful and varied there is little fruit available dont know why as good fruit is abundant and cheap in Malta, the meals are often luke warm or cold. Breakfast mostly non english type sausages, although eggs, toast, cereal, etc available bacon is rare, real problem as most of us expect this every day as standard from a 4* hotel, this could easily be remedied by the management, need to bring the food up to a good standard, which would cost nothing. Entertainment nightly which is really OK, some very good. Would strongly recommend all inclusive as would cost a lot more with drinks than on half board basis.
Best points, good hardworking and pleasant friendly staff, very clean rooms and extremely pleasant guests, no drunks etc buses go from outside all round the island and are very cheap..
Worst points the food, and the outdoor pool which lacks sunlight.
Overall we really enjoyed our holiday, would recommend this area as very pleasant, lots to do if you want to, but quiet holiday with beautiful aspect if you dont. Loved Malta and would deffinately go back. Valetta in particular has breathtaking views and there is so much to do here on this historic island.
We didn't know what to expect
Having read the reviews of the Bella Vista Hotel we were not looking forward to the holiday. However, the rooms were a good size, clean, and the beds were comfortable, also we had a good pool view. Although the sun was only on around the pool until 1.15pm, it meant there were no shortages of sun lounges! There is a sun roof terrace which remains hot and sunny all day, and there is a bar up there too! Because the pool was cold the kids spent a lot of time in the indoor one, also there are two pool tables to keep them entertained!
The food was very good, although we only had bacon once for breakfast and there was beef for dinner 3 days running, but apart from that the food was good. The hotel is on a busy road but you can go through the back door for a short cut to Bugibba. There is also a courtesy bus which takes you to Qawra bus station, and will pick you up from a bar if you ask. We found an excellent bar called Murphy’s Bar which is well worth a visit. Although we would not revisit Malta, we would recommend the Bella Vista Hotel.
The Bella Vista has great food very nice rooms and my father and myself were looked after really well we could not fault this hotel i would always recommend it to people i know its a little way from the shops but its great for getting fit if you are able.
Dont listen to what other people say when they moan I am a nurse and cleanliness and good food count for a lot in this day and age Try it
excellent evening meal!
My husband and I have just returned from a week's stay at the Bella Vista. It was a reasonably "bella" vista as we saw the sun rise over the salt pans each morning. The hotel was situated out of the main tourist area, and we were provided with free transport to and from the hotel, from 10am daily. We chose to purchase a 7day bus ticket, which makes travelling on the island much less hassle(especially for the drivers who are constantly in a hurry!), and much more fun for us as we hopped from bus to bus at will, and we could leave in the morning when we chose.
The hotel is situated right on a busy road, so you were sitting on the pavement to enjoy your evening drinks.(definitely not safe for children).The staff were extremely polite, and spoke good English. The restaurant staff were excellent, but not so the breakfast. Every day was the same cooked food consisting of sausage fried eggs and scrambled eggs. After some complaints from guests, bacon arrived three times during our stay. Be prepared to buy fresh fruit,at the table,but only if you like apples oranges or bananas. Considering the abundance of fruit available from street vendors, I think the hotel could be a little more adventurous.The evening meal was EXCELLENT and made the stay worthwhile. The swimming pool was in the shade, behind a high wall and was hardly used by anyone during our stay.There was some entertainment in the evenings in the form of a movie, and various singers, though we didn't avail ourselves of those facilities.An evening promenade along a well lit sea side would have been pleasant, but the hotel just wasn't in the right area. Overall I wouldn't rate the Bella Vista a 4 star, especially as we stayed in the Coastline Hotel the year before which most certainly was! 3 star is all it's worth, and I doubt if we would go there with our family.
not 4 star
just returned from bella vista qwara the hotel is modern and clean but that is the only good thing about this most rooms have no view whatsoever a brick wall or another room
the food is best described has school dinners either frozen or pre cooked
you had to line up to get into the dining room then line up for your food and of course wait for a drink twice we had eaten our dinner before getting a drink
the menu is very restricted you have to pay extra for fresh fruit or yoghurt
dinner starts at 1745 and finishes at 2000 of a weekend if you have not finished by 2030 you have to pay a suppliment of approx £5
the hotel is on a main road and they have just started building work right opposite and pile driving starts at approx 0630
all in all the only good thing abut this hotel is that it is kept clean
they have 157 rooms but only 37 sunbeds by the pool but do have a nice roof terrace
it is not in a good position about 15 minutes from the centre if you use the back door or about 45 if you us the front
i would not recommend this hotel the fridge you have to pay for is on the same plug as the tv so goes of when you leave the room paper napkins even with dinner loads of kids pay slot machines
before bookingi would check this hotel out its not good
Not paradise, but not hell
If I was one of those people who complain about small things, I would probably find lots to complain about at the Bella Vista. However, this hotel was not the hell that some people may think - neither was it paradise. The hotel was perhaps not 4*, but what does the odd star here or there mean? It was certainly better than the hotel we spent our first night in due to a temporary over-booking. The Bella Vista was clean, the rooms were cleaned regularly, the air conditioning worked (if you gave it a chance), but the fridge (more like a cool box) didn't work too effectively. However, we were warned against hiring it by the reception staff - "it only keeps things cool if they start off cool".
Although the food was not poor, it suffered from poor presentation. If you ignore that, and accept the buffet (almost 'school dinners' style) delivery, you will find that the food is quite good. It may appear that there was limited variety on the menu, but it must be difficult provide choice AND something for everyone. EG, there was beef on the menu most nights, but that's all some people will eat. The food was always edible, was not as dried up as I have seen elsewhere and there was not the common attempt to cover it all in the same tomato sauce. It did appear that the vegetables may have been prepared with a view to allowing Brits to indulge in the national past-time - complaining about the veg. - and only once did we have superb mediterranean style vegetables. The potatoes were not to everybody's liking, but I found the double cooked, semi-sauteed/roasted with herbs a welcome relief from the boring boiled British spud. Breakfast consisted of a choice of cereals, meats, cake and cheese as well as scrambled and fried eggs, tomatoes, beans, sausage and toast (from a rotary machine, which, though slow, was a darn sight quicker than some I've experienced). Juices, coffee and tea were served ad. lib. If you insist on going to dinner 30mins before they close, you will have to queue, so turn up 30 mins after they commence.
The pool was a little small, and there were more sunbeds than will fit round it, but we had no problem using it in the height of the season. There are even more sunbeds upstairs on the 6th floor roof terrace, which was super quiet (when the kids weren't splashing water everywhere!), with a 'compact' jacuzzi and occasional evening (fairly cringeworthy) entertainment.
There was a T-junction outside the hotel (with an apalling, but interesting, pot hole to catch the unwary or uncaring driver), but I wouldn't decribe it as busy junction. The staff were polite and helpful, but appeared to be required to enact the money-saving tactics dictated by the management. One member of staff might have been a little overzealous in his position as head of the fruit police (fruit and yoghurt was extra at breakfast and limited to small bowls at dinner), and another barman took until the last night to smile. The younger boy staff were a cross between friendly and surly youth (we have those in Britain, don't we?), and some of them did get up my nose at times. The older female staff were efficient and perhaps a little surly. The younger female staff were efficient and friendly. Even the management were as helpful as they could be within the same parameters.
Our rep described a long walk to Bugibba centre if you couldn't use the back door (closed at 5.30pm, as it treked through the kitchen store area), but we found a short cut (out of the hotel, turn right, past the restaurant on the corner, through the walkway under the building on the right, which brought you out a little down the way down from the back door. It was a bit more difficult to find on the way back with a few bevvies inside you! But if you can't face the ten minute walk, book the hourly hotel courtesy bus.
Bugibba is a bit like Weston-super-Mare, Southend or any number of tacky British resorts in an oven, but it's not a bad resort - jewelry, glass, 'souvenirs' shops, pound shop (sorry, 1 lira shop), bars, casino. With no sand (and the sand there is is inhabited by sand flys) the locals set out their towels anywhere - on the slipways, the rocks etc.. leaving the boats to push semi-naked bodies out of the way to embark and disembark.
Traveling by Maltese bus is 'fun' and seemingly disorganised, but its cheap and it gets you there. Trips are always cheaper booked direct than through the hotel reps. Just go down to Bugibba for a 40% - 60% reduction. Must trips are Mosta Cathedral, Mdina and Rabat, Valetta and Comina (although there is possibly too little space for the dozens of boats and hundreds of people who visit) Disappointingly all bus trips start in Valetta, so a fairly short cross island journey takes an age. Probably a good idea to hire a car or jeep.
There are probably better hotels and better resorts on the island, but regards value for money at Bella Vista - you get what you pay for.
One more thing to be wary of - the guys inviting you to sample the delights of Salina (timeshare) resort. They've visited your home town and know the street you live in (yeah right!) They have two piles of free draw envelopes. The wife gets the free wine and the husband gets the star prize jewellry, which the wife is supposed to persuade him to accept. You then get driven off to the resort in order that you can claim your free gift and the guy can claim his 2 pound or 10 pound reward so he can go home (you're his last customer that night/ day) never to be seen again until the sun goes down!!! Don't fall for it. Even though the web reports of the Salina complex are good, why do they have to sink to such low tactics to get people in?
Nice hotel but location lets it down
Wasn't sure what to expect. Arrived at 2.30am and were checked in without delay. Reception staff are friendly and helpful. We had a room at the front of the hotel on a very busy main road. Traffic noise during the night and morning was bad - thank goodness for earplugs. Hotel is modern and clean with rooms being well furnished and comfortable. Went Half Board and we eat there every night. Food was good and tasty and freshly prepared. The only downside to this hotel is it's location. It's 15 minutes to Bugiba if you go out of the back of the hotel but 40 minutes of you walk right out of the hotel and round the back way to Bugiba. If you turn left out of the hotel and walk along the front of Qawra Bay and into Bugiba it is about 50 minutes walk (but a nice stroll on an evening). There is very little in Qawra although Bugiba doesn't offer much more. Would advise a trip to Valletta on the bus and Medina is beautiful. Enjoyed the stay but would not go back to Qawra/Bugiba as there is not a lot there.
Definitely not 4*
Many areas of the hotel are 'tired' and definitely not what you would expect of a 4 star. Although the reception staff, and some of the younger staff are cheerful, some of the older bar staff are less than welcoming. We stayed as all inclusive guests and felt like 'second class citizens' all week, because of the notices around the hotel and the attitude of these older bar staff. It was not good value for money. The hotel is a good 20min walk from anything to do, and has no views to recommend it. The roof top sun terrace has no sun shades, and in spite of requests made to the management, none became available during our stay, in spite of temperatures of 30 degrees! The air conditioning was also inadequate. Disappointing.
We arrived at 3am offered tea/coffee got to room at 3.30am. no drinking water, letter from rep stating a meeting to be held at 9.30am to tired to attend my husband attended given a list of day trips and prices he returned to the room at approx 10.15am to discuss phone rang at approx 10.25am asking if we had made our minds up on any of the trips.
Meals disgusting ie, breakfast: smoked bacon (Tuesdays and Thursdays) sausages rest of week , eggs fried or scrambled, and as much toast as wanted.
Evening Meal, Have eaten better food in works canteens and beware if you want fresh fruit or fruit juice you pay extra
Rooms clean, Mini Fridge Lm 5 per week, drinking water buy your own, TV , CNN and BBC World News, in English Pool. very small surrounded by high wall NO lifeguard.
Beware of step at entrance we sat and warned people because of the amount of people who either fell down it or tripped up was amazing, one elderly lady fell up it and was on the floor only the guests helped her the staff stood by and watched.
You have been warned
friendly staff great stay
we checked the reviews before the holiday,these were mixed so we did not know exactly what to expect.
we were well happy with what we found, the hotel is clean and tidy the staff friendly courteous and helpful. The meals were well presented and although not a large choice we would defy anyone to not find something they like.
we were looking for a nice quiet holiday and this is just what we got, although for those looking for low key entertainment the hotel had something happening every night.
we would definately return.
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View from the room
water prices and Bella Vista Hotel
Hi to everybody. I'm going to Malta in the middle of June one week. Stupid question : How much does it cost one bottle of water on the supermarket? I've 2 children and we drink a lot. I've booked to Bella Vista Hotel to Qawra. Is there someone that already know it and could please give me a feedback?
RE: water prices and Bella Vista Hotel
Depends on the size bottle I think as low as 10-20c.
There are so many different types such as table water and mineral water - various brands.
From the supermarket it is best to buy 6 pack which starts from about 1.20 i think.
RE: water prices and Bella Vista Hotel
Hi 6 pack's of 1.5 litre waters are around Lm1 in most shops that is the best way to buy them I think there is bound to be a shop close by.
RE: water prices and Bella Vista Hotel
WARNING - all maltese bottled water is purified sea water, it tastes fine cold but when it gets warm its a bit salty so take some sugar free squash to mix! International branded water is fairly hard to get.
RE: water prices and Bella Vista Hotel
As you have been told, you can buy water in a 6 bottle pack and the normal price in a supermarket is 1 maltese lira. You can find good quality water with that price or a little more. About the hotel, it is a new, modern hotel not far from the centre of Qawra. You can go to www.bellavista.com.mt for more information about your hotel. Hope you enjoy your stay.
RE: RE: water prices and Bella Vista Hotel
Thank you Harmony, Dick, Maity, Marias and to everybody for future answers.
The price is not so expensive as I thought, but considering the taste I'll have a good reason to drink a lot of beer....how much does it costs...? :)
Beer costs from as little as .50c to .95 on average.
Obviously the most expensive place to drink being hotels which will cost you more.
RE: RE: water prices and Bella Vista Hotel
there is a local lager called Chisk which is very light & refreshing * very cheap as previous. there is also a local ale but I havent tried that. International lagers are more expensive. You can get coke & lemonade everywhere & you should try Kinnie. It looks like coke but has a bitter orange & herb taste. Quite strange but very nice.
It will be hot in June so make sure you have loads of sun-tan lotion. Also there are no beaches at Qawra but the sea is beautiful, the rocky bathing platforms can be slippy so I would reccommend some swim shoes. I'm sure you will love Malta - its a fantastic place, if you need any advice feel free to email me.
Re: water prices and Bella Vista Hotel
thank you, very helpfull.