Stayed for 3 days on a business trip and would recommend this for a holiday. The breakfact buffet was superb with any option available.
Excellently located hotel overlooking the Bay of St Gorg and only 5 mins walk to the nightlife Paceville and the restuarant area of St Julians. Facilities were superb with 3 out door swinmming pools and one indoor which is part of a spa are complete with sauna and jacquzzi.
These appartments are not as most of the website describes. The photo of the bay is stunning but be aware that you are not as close to the bay as the information leads you to believe.
These appartments are not on a complex, the are in the basement/lower level of a house, in a residential area.
They are cold & damp and from the smell of mould coming from under the sink, I will asume that are not very popular.
Would not reccommend as I believe they are a fire hazzard, all windows have bars and you have no escape if you are sleeping. The main door to the appartment is in the kitchen; which you have to walk through to get to the bedroom and bathroom.
They have a patio area, the pool was dirty and a small BBQ area.
The appartment was not as expected, the description '1 bedroom appartment' actually meant a bedroom and kitchen, no living/sitting room.
No basic essentials only salt & pepper and no offer to assist considering my flight was late on a sunday afternoon when all shops were closed.
I have used the website to rent appartments on other trips, this was property number 2883 on the site.
Having seen reviews elsewhere about overcharging via credit card, we'd decided to pay cash & expected to pay about 45 LM surcharges (On top of already paying accommodation & booking fees). So when we arrived, it was shocking to be asked to pay 130LM. This was, from memory, 48LM utility fee, 42LM (6LM a day) maid service, 30LM for parking and 10LM deposit for using the TV.
The owner Joe also tried to pressure us into taking half board (we were self catering) for 30% off but he wouldn't say how much (he offered 50% off to another British couple but didn't give them a figure either). He also said that Visa give him a special exchange rate that was 30% better than usual, in order to try to get our card details. On checking out we got a handwritten receipt which was blank.
The hotel itself is set into the hillside. The lowest floor (-1) & extension are under construction, so the indoor pool, gym etc don't exist. The reception on floor 0 (below ground level at the rear) was awful - paper hanging off the walls, filthy carpet, & the whole floor smelt of damp (complete with stalactites on the ceilings).
Only a few rooms have views, due to other buildings being in the way. There is airconditioning in the bedroom which has to be left on 24/7 as you can't touch the controls. The sheets were ancient & too small for the bed so they'd ping off in the night. The bedroom and bathroom windows open out onto internal shafts which are good at carrying noise. Ours opened out by the rooftop restaurant so the evening cabaret made the rooms uninhabitable.
For nearly £10 a day the maid would make the bed, empty the bin, change the towels and spray air freshener. We had to complain to get any cleaning done so for the day after that, the surfaces were wiped.
I woldn't return to the Serena due to the worry over charges and level of service.
The hotel has a lovely aspect from the top floors and the sunroof is one of the only places to sunbathe in Xlendi. The rooftop pool is nice if chemically.
Xlendi itself is a fantasic, quiet resort. There is good swimming, lovely scenery and a good selection of local restaurants, including Il-Tmun, Il-Terrazzo and St Patrick hotel. The snorkelling and sightseeing tours offered by Ted's boat trips were great fun and good value for money.
Its fantastic to wake up to have breakfast in the terrace overlooking the pool and views of Gozo.
One would have difficulty taking out the kids from the swimming pool ......its so much fun for them.
The facilities offers self catering and have a rustic design style with fantastic views of the island. These Farmhouses are mostly placed in rural area but as Gozo is small it is conveniently only 15 mins drive to everywhere by car.
There are three accomodation levels:
1°) Studio (the best)
2°) Comfort (medium)
3°) Standard (acceptable)
I choosed the Comfort accomodation, located in the opposite side of main street and the main entrance and it was very good!!
As appear from the picture, there is a pool where to relax whetever studens desire.
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