Corinthia Hotel St. Georges Bay
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Historical Traveler Reviews Corinthia Hotel St. Georges Bay Saint Julian's
Another fantastic holiday!
We have just arrived back from a fantastic fourteen days staying at the Corinthia San Gorg Hotel. We have stayed at this hotel five times over the last ten years and have to say that on every occasion we have been overwhelmed by the service from all the staff. They are all so polite, friendly and efficient that nothing is too much trouble. We always come away feeling thoroughly spoilt and totally rested.
We have stayed at other five star hotels in Malta and I find it hard to believe that the Corinthia San Gorg has received some of the reviews that it has. We recently stayed at the InterContintental Hotel nearby and it doesn't compare. The location is terrible - right in the middle of a run down part of Paceville and very noisy. The views from the rooms are nowhere near as good as the Corinthia San Gorg. The service is terrible and most of the facilities are closed if you travel outside of the summer season. They also advertise that they have a private beach. This is a small stretch of imported sand that you have to get to by leaving the hotel and walking through the run down area and crossing a road. Not my idea of a private beach at a five star hotel.
For a peaceful, tranquil holiday with first class service and fantastic views out over the bay/sea you cannot beat the Corinthia San Gorg. We will definately stay there again.
5star or not 5star!!
So the debate is out!!
I think people should not compare 5 sar hotels in Malta with those elsewhere unfortunately each country has its own ratings so rating can vary from country to country! if you look at 3 and 4 star hotels in malta i would definately say yes this is a 5Star!
Personally I had a very pleasant stay at this hotel after staying at the neighbouring sister hotel the Corinthia Marina i thought seeing as i got a concession through work I would try the San Gorg basically the facilities are exactly the same as as a guest of either hotel you have access to all facilites at the complex. The only difference I noticed was the restaurant here was slight posher with better food choice however I much preferred the view over the bay at the Marina restaurant and bar!
Also the rooms in this hotel are larger all with slightly better views and carpet on the floor!!!
I think I would pay less to stay at the Marina as I can live without carpet on my floor anyway i prefer the mediteranean tiling!!!!
I love Malta and have been back many times since my first visit for personal reasons I find it very easy to relax there and rid myself of stress and worry!
The people are great on the whole island and i find it very strange that people complain about the staff!!!
working in 30 degree plus heat and under all the pressure from guests i think they are very courteous and helpful!
The faclilites at this hotel complex are second to none with many different bars and restaurants available a watersports area and a stunning location.
The hotel does a free bus to sliema and valletta and paceville st julians maltas prime nightspot is just 15mins away.
Lastly if you goto Malta you must go on the Captain Morgan cruise on the Fernandez! ask for your skipper to be Jim and you will have truly the best day of you life Jim is a fantastic man and has an amazing outlook on life and is also very knowledgable and if like me your a true seaman! you will be sailing on an old turkish gulet! Heaven!
5 star prices
Stayed at the Corinthia San Gorg for a relaxing 4 night break. The hotel staff are all friendly and helpful, giving directions and bus routes whenever asked. The hotel is on bus route 66 which stops outside, however infrequent and I found it easier to walk into Paceville (15mins) which offers more options.
The hotel is below normal 5 star standards but their prices are not. Room service has a standard £2.50 charge, making a cup of tea £4.50 in total !!! Water and snacks at the bar are similarly priced making the choice to buy at local shops easier.
The rooms are OK, the pool area very good, breakfast choice was excellent and staff all polite and helpful.
The hotel did extend checkout at no extra cost.
Dining at the adjacent Henry J Beans was good value for money, playing sports on tv if thats your thing.
Overall a relaxing place to stay, just outside the main Paceville area in an excellent, peaceful location.
2 star would be more correct
Where does this hotel get it's 5 star rating from? Definitely undeserved. The reception/telephone staff dont seem to have any idea who is registered in the hotel. My husband made 3 calls to me before he was connected - this despite the fact I was in my room all evening. A friend left a package + letter for me on my second day which was neither handed to me personally or delivered to my room. When they realised their mistake (after I had left) someone opened the attached letter (illegal) but at least they were able to contact my friend. She gave them my forwarding address - another hotel on the island - and they did deliver it to me there. I made 2 appointments at the Spa but later realised that I would only be able to keep the second of these and cancelled the first. I arrived for my treatment only to be told that because I had not shown up for my first they assumed I would not arrive for the second! No record obviously kept of the cancellation.
The receptionist on my arrival DEMANDED my credit card details despite my giving her a pre-paid voucher. Her explanation was that I might leave unpaid extras behind me.
Room was very tired looking - bath had a very dubious stain, no slippers, no bidet. Bedspread had a hole in it. 5 STAR?????? I would rate it 2+. I would not recommend anyone to stay there.
Not 5 star by other than Maltese standards
Courteous, pleasant staff but no way a 5 star hotel.
No stewards at poolsides. One had to walk to order drinks etc. Queuing for breakfast. All buffet dining lining up behind mobile-phoning trade delegates from the hotel's conferencing facilities. My wife and I were on holiday but it was if we were back in the hostile commercial world. Crowds at Reception on a regular basis as each new trade delegation arrived. One was lucky to talk to Reception Staff or the Concierge.
Lovely staff but 3 star with a small plus rather than 5 star which it certainly wasn't.
N.F. & Mrs M Grantham, Harleston, Norfolk
Definitely not a 5 star hotel
My wife and I are just back from an 8 day stay at the San Gorg and it is most definitely not a 5 star hotel. The hotel itself was Ok - rooms are a bit tired looking but the pool areas were nice and, as it wasn't overly busy, there was never a problem getting a sunbed. The main problem was with the service - the staff were completely uninterested in serving the customers. It didn't start well when we were allocated the wrong room when we arrived - although it was 11 o'clock at night, we asked to change and were told that the hotel was full and we would have to check in the morning - amazingly the correct room was available (and ready) at 8 the next morning - I think this was more the case that the night reception staff couldn't be bothered to move us rather than any form of efficiency on the part of the hotel. This is also the first "5 star" hotel that I have stayed in where we had to take our luggage up to the room ourselves and bring it back down again when checking out!
At breakfast, getting coffee was a challenge in itself - we waited almost 20 minutes one morning, which really isn't acceptable at breakfast. On the one occasion that we felt we really had to speak to the manager about the housekeeping (someone had used the toilet in our room and not flushed it - not nice to come back in to!!), he eventually came to speak to us, assured us he would speak to housekeeping and get back to us - we were still waiting when we checked out 6 days later. There are a lot of little niggly things wrong with this hotel, too many to mention here but overall, this is a four star hotel (being generous) with three star service.
Definitely not 5* but great staff
This is simply not 5 star as we know it and was saved by the friendly and professional staff.
The things that let it down are the condition of the rooms- they need a good refurb, the quality of the linen, the manager should have a word with his laundry company- someone on the island must be getting all the new towel stock. At most 5 star resort hotels there is service at the pool also - there were snack bars but no unprompted service.
In saying all of this the positives were the breakfast- good selection and well looked after by a very efficient breakfast manageress and her team- the chefs made a regular appearance to restock the buffet. The buffet dinner is good value and the executive lounge is well run. Reception staff were excellent particularly a chap called Keith who was extremely professional.
We were recommended a trip by concierge via Oasis Tours to GOZO- it was absolutely terrible on old rickety buses and included one of the worst lunches ever- give all of these a miss and do your own thing. Valetta is worth a visit in the daytime.
In summary if you can accept that this is really a four star hotel you will have a good time- and it may be worth upgrading to an executive room.
Steer clear however of the SUN and FUN facility- (not linked to the hotel but on their land at the Lido) we witnessed a horrible accident when the rope snapped on the parasailing boat and the couple were badly injured and hospitalised after freefalling onto the rocks at the edge of the hotel. There seemed to be absolutely no health and safety precautions with this outfit!
Surprisingly, one of the best I have stayed in
We came to stay at the Corinthia San Gorg Hotel in a rather round about way.
This is our first trip to Malta and it all started off rather badly. We had booked a junior suite with a sea view at the Westin Dragonara but on arrival we found that the only way to glimpse the sea was to lean out over the balcony railings and look left. We upgraded at extra cost to one of their new much talked about "Dragonara Luxury Bay Suites" which again didnt have much of a view but was huge, lovely, expensive and a total waste as in Malta the last thing you want to do is stay in your room. For two days and nights we kept on trying to get a "Tower room" but for some reason the fellow on the front desk kept on coming up with excuses so we finally checked out.
After driving from one 5 star hotel to another to check them out we ended up in the Corinthia San Gorg. As soon as the we arrived we were warmly welcomed by the concierge and then by the front desk staff. We asked them if we could see what the rooms were like and we were told to take a seat for a minute while they prepared the keys. As soon as we sat down the bar tender arrived with compliamentry cocktails for us (called Pussy Foot, you must try them). Then on to the tour of the hotel. The rooms are large and all had fabulous views and balconies. The rooms however lack the designer touch that seems to be in vogue at the moment but I was told they are going to be renovated soon. That said, the rooms are very clean and air conditioned and instead of just making the bed, they changed the sheets every day.
We took a top floor executive level junior suite which included beach towels, a very good buffet breakfast, afternoon tea, evening canapes, hot snacks and drinks and the use of a private lounge with free internet access and a printer. The price of all this was about a third of the Westin Dragonara but the bed was no where near as good as the Westin Heavenly Bed.
There are 3 pools, a spa with indoor pool, about 7 restaurants and a couple of bars. One of the restaurants, Fra Martino, has a buffet dinner which is more 4 star than 5 star. The Oasis Pool Bar is great for lunch (try the Tuna sandwich in Maltese bread) by the pool and has great views across the bay to St Julians as does Henry J. Beans, also in the hotel. I was too tired to do out one night so we reluctantly had dinner at Henry J. Beans the food there was very good (eventhough they messed up my side salad by putting BBQ sauce on it instead of vinaigrette). Room service was good but after midnight the menu is a bit limited. There is an annoying delivary charge for room service which actually costs about twice as much as a coffee.
We used the spa almost every evening before going out. It is expensive with prices higher than some top UK spas. Try the Balinese 4 hand massage if you want a treat but tell them in advance that you want the full 90 minutes as they are very dodgy when it comes to time keeping. Just about every treatment we had did not last as long as stated. This was the only real gripe we had with our stay.
The best thing about this hotel had to be the staff. They were terrific and genuine going beyond the call of duty. The concierge would get my rental car from the garage for me every day as I was too lazy to get it myself and never once did he hint that he expected a tip. Every morning the front desk staff would greet us as if we owned the place and every evening asked us if we required anything. They really tried very very hard to ensure that we enjoyed our stay.
I travel a lot and I am lucky enough to be able to stay in top hotels, I was very surprised by this hotel. All considered, this has to be one of the best hotels I have stayed in.
Best on the island!
We stayed in a junior suite on the top floor of the San Gorg. Good sized rooms with a separate bedroom created by 2 sliding louvre doors, quite novel! Medium sized balcony overlooking the sea with comfortable sun chairs. The cleanliness was second to none with maid service every day, clean sheets, towels etc. Air conditioning perfect. A variety of restaurants gave a good choice of high standard food with the star being the outdoor seafood restaurant over looking the bay. The service was exceptional with efficient but friendly staff everywhere. The outdoor areas are secure and luxurious and the waiters patrol the pools and bring drinks, snacks etc. to you as you laze. The top floor has its own cafe with free coffee and cakes all day plus a lounge with internet facilities. In the basement is a top notch spa which we used frequently. All in all, a most satisfactory stay in a top quality hotel.
Not quite a 5 Star Hotel!
On arival at the hotel we were met by very friendly and helpful front of house staff. Our bags were taken straight to our room. The room was adequate; clean, spacious, small balcony with a sliver of a sea view. Tea and coffee making facilities would have been nice!! The facilities that were open (we went in winter) were fine. Happy hour at the the American bar and grill is handy for pre-diner drinks at good value prices!
It was the finer details that let the hotel down. The crockery used during the breakfast buffet was cheap and mismatched. We were even served milk in a dirty, tanin stained tea pot!! When I spoke to the waitress about it she didn't seem to think this was a problem! Our bed was never made very well, with the bottom sheet often still wrinkled.
My husband and I have stayed in may top class 5 star hotels around the world and it is the little "extras" we enjoy. This was a good quality 4 star, no more.
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