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Historical Traveler Reviews Db Seabank Resort + Spa Mellieha
I have been to Malt 4 times now and always wanted to stay at the Seabank.
Since Riu took over in 2005 there as been a lot alterations to this hotel mainly the atrium etc.
This hotel as a lot going for it with lots off facilties Gym health and fitness sauna indoor pool bowling alley kids theme restaurant plus more.
The hotel seabank is across the road from the beach with a good view across Mellieha Bay.
The food in the restaurant was good withj a good choice off dishes, something to suit everyone.
The bedrooms are furnished to a good standard plenty of wardrobe space, tv heating/ac safe hairdryer fridge.
This a well run hotel with very friendly staff.
Not my favourite holiday to be honest....
We took this holiday in April 2003. We arrived at hotel at 2.00am after a very bumpy bus ride from the airport - haring down a huge hill at 70 miles per hour was not the way I had expected to arrive. On getting off the coach we were confronted with a concrete hotel which had a nice reception area but that was about it.
We were allocated the room closest to the building work that was being undertaken and that we were not told baout at all which resulted in us being woken up every morning at 7.00am by Maltese Builders drilling and hammering and shouting. The corridor that connected the us to the building site was covered with just a plastic sheet so dust and building matter was constantly all over the floor.
The food for breakfast was ok...the pool was freezing and we didnt use it....the "sea" was across a very busy main road - on a bend as well - and on getting onto the beach it then transpired we had to pay to use the sunbeds and parasols - which for a family of 7 amounted to £15 per day. One of our children got stung by the baby jellyfish as there were LOADS..very hard to avoid. The evening meals were ok. The evening entertainment was laughable. Air Con? Large rickety fans more like that were hanging on to the ceiling by a thread. TV....the children had loads of channels in their rooms and we had 3 in ours....Fridge worked and yes we had to pay for it but at least it was cold. The staff were not that helpful to be honest and the bar service was slow in the day but the evening they did work hard. The weather was great and that was the best part of the holiday. Would we go back - no.
Riu Seabank 4 star?????????
Date 31 july-7 Aug.
Reviewer: Peter from Sweden.
Warning for this hotell. Riu hotell is definitely not 4 star. Maybe one star, but no more. I have been all over Europe and have stayed at different hotells.
We arrived on the 31 July in the evening. My wife was feeling sick atfer the flight. We met an understanding manager. He tried to explain to me that he had a situation that the hotell was fully booked and they didn't have a room to give us. A room which I booked on April 1.
He wanted to order a taxi to the danish valley to give us a bungalow. Bungalows without any air conditioning or service.
Finally, after a long discussion we got out room.
The next day I met an English family who got the same treatment, but they accepted to be placed in the bungalows.
About the rooms. The airconditioning didn't work properly. One night the stuff coouldn´t start it. They tried several times but the A.C refused to start.
However the hotell who is placed in Melliah bay. Melliah a little village where there is nothing to do except some restaurangs.
The more interesting places such as St: Julian bay and Sliemma city is
about 15 km away. Busses stops traficing this route at about 19:00.
And if you want to get a cab you have to be ready to pay about 15LM.
My rekomendation is book a hotell in St: Julian bay os Sliemma.
Finally my Malta vaccation was okey besides the hotell and our location.
I know definitely that I am not going back to Malta once more.
Very good , but could be better
I got back from this hotel yesterday. Overall the hotel is very good in every way but a few things let it down. When we arrived we were given a room on the fifth floor which had a lovely view over the pool. Unfortunately the fifth floor is so hot that even with the air conditioning and the fan it was impossible to breathe.Maintenance said that air con is on a timer so it blows constantly but only cools the room for short periods during the day. The bathroom was so hot you would not go in there.We moved on our second day down to the second floor facing the sea and the temperature was much better as the roof of the room was not the roof of the hotel.
The pool area is gorgeous , just keep an eye on your beds as italians and germans will nick them and actually move your stuff off them whilst you are swimming!
Breakfast is fine...hot options and cold with loads of cereals , fruit and cakes and dinner is a hit and miss with some nights being better than others , but always plenty of choice so you should find something.The only drawback here is the flies!! They leave the dining room doors open a lot and there are flies near your food all the time which is really revolting...it doesn`t even register on the Maltese mind that this might be unhealthy.
The real thing that annoyed me was the tv in the room....I don`t you don`t go on holiday to watch tv , but with a small child I was not retiring late and all you can get is BBC world which is mind numbing unless you pay a whopping LM2.00 plus 18% tax per day for sky sports1 and sky movies 1......its such a racket as the restaurant downstairs in the hotel has many sky channels and the tvs in the room have many german and italian channels on offer.
The staff are pretty helpful but speak slowly as their english is not great....Linda is the exception...she is a star!! The woman in the shop downstairs is very rude and will not serve you with a 60c paper unless you have LM1 or less...she refuses to serve you if you have notes and want change.
The bus stop is over the road and the buses are great (always have change though as they do not take notes)....if you find Mellieha too quiet...get the 48 to Bugibba and there are dodgems for the Kids and a three course dinner at Georges seafront restaurant is only Lm3.50 ( £5) and you get heaps. Lots of jewellry shops too , but I`d avoid the horse drawn taxis as they are so cruel to the horses ...no food or water all day and they have sore shoulders from pulling the traps all day.
Food on the island is generally good although the advertised Jungle theme restaurant and Mariners Pub and le mar restaurant next to the hotel are all the same place with the same menu and the service is outstandingly slow. The best eater on the island is Georges in Bugibba or the Magic Kiosk in Sliema where service and excellent quality keep them packed all day....for class and that bit of style go to IL-Mithna in main street Mellieha...we had 3 courses for LM27 which was dear but gorgeous..very special.
If you want to trek to the supermarket in the danish village I wish you luck....its a nightmare walking the heat...your best off getting into Mellieha on the bus and getting your supplies there...and the Pharmacy there is excellent.
The beach is excellent just over the road and the sea is warm and shallow right out to about 50 ft from the beach with fish swimming around you. The tunny net lido is a bit of a waste of time really...ok the sunbeds are free , but there are rocks to swim off and the restaurants are nothing to write home about...the best thing there is the ice cream!!
I would advise against hiring a taxi from the hotel as they send a drifter van which is clapped out and without airconditioning and they can`t really speak much english...they also try and charge you more than was arranged at the desk...they also rent cars , but don`t even go there......the best we found for Taxis and cars were (---) who deliver the car to your hotel at no extra charge and will take a debit card as security (the rest of the island only take a credit card to secure your car).....and also Mellieha garage in the town are fabulous and a trip to Valletta will cost you LM10. Be advised if you are over 70 many car hire firms will not let you drive in Malta and if they do you will need a doctors certificate proving you are fit to drive.
If you do drive to Sliema or Valletta (and I advise you against it) be aware that the traffic wardens there will issue a ticket to any car regardless of how long you have been there (time allowed is supposed too be an hour)unless you display the time you arrived on a time clock which you can buy in the post offices. You may as well cab it for those trips as you`ll want to spend more than an hour anyway and the parking garages are packed.You can save money by bus or cab by going to Sliema and getting the ferry over to Valletta and its more fun.
Popeye village...utter pap and expensive pap too...avoid.
We did enjoy our holiday and the hotel is fine...if very hot....since the Mistra Village closed down...this is probably your best option for a family holiday and the rooms are comfortable as long as you are low down in the hotel. It is 4 star for Malta...3 everywhere else...bear in mind that the Maltese don`t find certain things upsetting ...like flies and no air conditioning and they are slow and laid back.
Gozo is fantastic...but getting there is not..the queue is an hour long at least in July and badly organised , but once you get there...go to Xlendi bay and spend a day...stunning....also for a saharan beach suntrap , Ramla Bay.
Head for Victoria off the boat as all roads converge there before going to the coast. Well worth it..a little dearer in the shops but lovely.
I recommend this island and also the hotel...for all its little quirks you will still enjoy it.
The Seabank is a great hotel!
We stayed in the Seabank hotel for two weeks in June this year. Our initial impression was good as we arrived. Very clean exterior and the lobby was very clean and spacious. I had been quite worried about what we would find having read a few recent reviews that were terrible but we were very pleased with the hotel.
We had paid extra for a sea view room and were not disappointed as it was very spacious and at the front of the hotel with an excellent view of the bay. The balcony was the size of the room again and had two sun loungers and a table and four chairs. I know that many of the balconies were not quite as big so think we were especially lucky to get the room we did. I also requested a double bed as always but this time we actually got one instead of two singles pushed together!
I was also concerned about the 'additional extras' as a few reviews mentioned having to pay for the use of the fridge/safe/TV etc. I was pleased to find the fridge unlocked on arrival as they no longer charge guests extra to use them - when I asked at reception they encouraged us to fill the fridge with drinks bought from the hotel or 'anywhere else' which saved the usual hassle of trying to sneak water bought from elsewhere past reception. The safe cost 75c (Maltese Lira) per day which is approx £17 for two weeks. They also had two English channels on the standard TV (for which you have to collect a remote control from reception) - they were BBC World and Sky Movies 2 although the list showed MTV rather than movies but it was nice to be able to watch the odd film. There was pay per view TV at a cost of about 2 Lira (I think) per 24 hour period, this included movies and sport channels. I understand you could also pay extra for tea and coffee making facilities but we didn't bother with that.
I had seen some negative comments about the food but have to say we thought it was very, very good. We ate at the Steakhouse and Grill restaurant that is part of the hotel (this is allowed with the half board package if you let reception know in the morning), the pizza was lovely but the steak was not great by any means.
Hotel facilities are excellent with an outdoor pool (fairly cold), an indoor pool (very warm), a Jacuzzi, a health spa (should you feel the need for a little pampering), a shop, 4 lane bowling alley, pool tables, internet café and bars. Also the staff were always friendly and helpful.
Just up the road from the hotel is a supermarket (on the Danish village holiday site). This was very handy - they have everything you could need plus chocolate bars for about 25p!!
The beach is lovely but worth bearing in mind that there is the odd jellyfish. I saw one when snorkelling which put me off going in the sea and my partner got stung when scuba diving. One day we went on a boat trip round Malta and stopped at Comino for a swim in the blue lagoon and we kept hearing people scream when they got stung - it didn't seem to put people off swimming though!
The location of this hotel is very good if you like to be by the sea. The walk up to the village takes you up a steep hill along a windy road so not great for the less mobile but you can easily catch a bus. There are lots of big yellow buses and it's easy to get around the island this way - also quite cheap at only about 40p to get to Valetta which is 45 minutes away. There were several trips we could have booked with Thompson but we thought they seemed pretty expensive and could get to most places ourselves quite cheaply. We had heard the Sicily trip involved many hours on a coach and not many off so didn't bother - also it was about £70 each!
If you like lots of nightlife this isn't the place for you as it's pretty quiet but it suited us well. I would recommend a stay at the Seabank.
We arrived, very thristy, at midnight after a scary bus ride to the hotel. We were told we would have to wait until breakfast for anything to drink and we should not drink the tap water.
Breakfast was horrible - the fruit juice was just highly concentrated squash from a machine and the food was of very poor quality. We soon found that all the food provided by their different "restaurants" lacked any flavour and they just loved putting peas on everything - particularly pizzas. I never thought you could eat a disgusting pizza but the Seabank Hotel managed it just fine. The food was so appalling we told our rep - who happened to be from Malta and took great offfence - he marched us up to reception and told them exactly what we had said and then continued to slag off our english food.
We managed to get our half board supplement refunded so that we could eat out in the nearby town - where the food was excellent in most places - and very affordable. If you must go to this hotel then just avoid their food (this was no reflection of Malta, just the hotel). This hotel is definitely NOT 4 star. We still enjoyed our holiday but it was not the best and we won't be returning to Malta in a hurry.
Our Stay OCT. 2004
My wife and I stayed at this hotel for 3 nights in early Oct. 2004. We made a request at reception and a week previously through email. This was that we wished to have a double bed. This was not possible the first night although we were advised at reception that quite a few rooms would be vacant the next day for what it would be possible to relocate us. This was a breeze of fresh air, specially once we were asigned our initial room. We had twin beds placed together but each one was unique totally diferent in height, width, hardness and pillows. The next day at reception the story was totally different and nobody remembered the possible change chances. Anyway they gave us the room next door with equal twin beds, a locked cooler (you must buy a package of beverages) for what we could not cool water. The air conditioner is goverend by someone that is not you, in our room it blew in with a tobacco scent, the room service did not broom or mop effeciently the floor, they went through my wifes hand bag and deeply checked it out, they did not restock us of soap or cleaned the cups used in the room.
The hotel is rated 4 star but is far from what we know for a 4* in Europe. Breakfast was ok but with very few options, specially if you like fruit in your morning meal. Location is OK if you do not mind using public transport to reach town, outdoor noise level was low.
We detected other problems that gave us a most likely caos view of the summer period, be careful!
Seabank for teenagers
We recently took a family holiday to the Seabank Hotel in Mellieha, Malta (May 2004).
With boys aged 12 & 14 I had wondered if I should have booked a theme park type of holiday, rather than a quiet country such as this.
We were delighted to find, though, that The Seabank hotel had tenpin bowling, internet cafe, a gym, jacuzzi, sauna, cheap bingo, two swimming pools, good restaurants, amusement arcade and English style bar with large screen satellite TV.
There were also other improvements under progress as we left.
At times I found it difficult to get the kids to leave the complex. They are also very fussy eaters, yet enjoyed the food - especially the pizza restaurant which was one of three we could choose from in our half board package.
We loved Malta
, THE SEABANK HOTEL AT MELLIEHA BAY was everything we had hoped for , we couldn't fault it it any way. It was spotlessly clean, towels changed EVERY day. The food was excellent , we were on Bed @Breakfast and the choice was vast ! The staff were always helpful and pleasant, nothing was too much trouble for them. The rooms were spacious, tastefully decorated, and included a table and chairs . The Sea Views were magnificent, as was the Sandy Beach, just across the road. It was a joy to wake up to it in the mornings ! In the Evenings there was different Entertainment each night, usually top class Singers or Dancers, and all the Amenties were as shown in the Brochure. There was a handy shop and Hairdresser Salon too. The Village itself was up a steep hill but that isn't a problem as the Buses are so frequent and very cheap. Our Favourite Restaurant was called "The Half Way Inn", and YES it is half way up the Hill, but you can walk there. It served very good food and the Owner was Super. I asked for Peppered Steak VERY HOT, and my goodness it WAS ! Lovely. I must say that the Maltese people really do like the English. The Trips were very good, but mostly we went by the Buses.. The BEST shops are in Silema, and we Girls had a Ball doing a bit of spending there. We also like St Juliens Bay, a very stylish resort, and it is were the Man United and other Footballers sometimes stay. Also the Market at Valetta was good, and we also enjoyed the War Museum, My favourite place was Mosta Dome --where a bomb pierced the Dome while a Service was taking place, but it landed on the floor without exploding , and none of the 300 congregation were injured. The bomb is exhibited inside the Church. The Dome itself is magnificent. There were five of us on Holiday, and we hadn't got ONE single complaint. We went with First Choice, and our Rep, Andy,was so helpful he was just great !! We will definitely return to the SEABANK HOTEL. We were there in June 2004. Thoroughly recommended.
Great Hotel, Great Service
Very helpful staff. When we arrive we had a problem with the reservation - a nightmare with young kids. The staff were great, even getting the local agency's owner out of bed and into a car to sort it all out in person.
The Restaurant is good but limited in its variety but an attached local Restaurant is better (especially for Kids).
50 yards from the beach, which, like most of Malta, is a little rocky.
Pools (inside and outside) are great and well maintained.
Great location for a visit to Malta, especially if you rent a hire car.
Malta is warm, very friendly, safe, English speaking and packed with history and entertainment for all ages.
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