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Review of the Solana Hotel & Spa, Mellieha, Malta.


This is the second time I have stopped here and
is great if you're on a budget. Friendly staff, who are always
smiling, greeting you with a traditional Maltese drink (Kinnie) upon
arrival made from orange and mixed herbs but I must say it's not to my
taste! The hotel lobby is nicely decorated with comfy sofas, booth
styled chairs and little coffee tables which are always good to
crumble into after a long day adventuring through Malta's history! The
rooms are very clean with lovely decor. Albeit nothing spectacular, if
you're not paying for luxury you don't need it right? Each room is
fully air conditioned and has a flat screen TV with an array of
different channels both English and Arabic, a fridge and a lovely
spacious bathroom area with a deep bath, showers, toilet and sink. The
most important part for most people is internet access, at the Solana
they provide free wifi access through out the hotel from the lobby to
your room even and even the rooftop pool! Also located in the lobby
is The Bar area serving local and foreign lagers, ciders and beers.
It's always nice to try something different in my opinion and that's
why we travel! With an extensive and moderately priced cocktail menu
it's hard to go wrong finding your new holiday drink, although it did
take them several days to replenish any ingredients which is very
inconvenient when the main ingredient to your favourite cocktail has
ran out. Also within the bar area is Cafe Puccini, which is a great
resort to food if you're staying at the pool area for the day,
offering everything from salads to burgers, steaks off the grill and
stone baked pizzas at very reasonable prices. In the summer, Cafe
Puccini is also the Vista de Mar Terrace Bar. With it being located on
the rooftop pool, it is an extremely convenient place to order food
and drinks without having to go from the roof to the lobby area. They
have 2 other restaurants within the hotel: Tosca, an Italian
restaurant which is brilliant if you're looking for a little more fine
dining, and downstairs is the Bellini which offers a breakfast buffet
with many different options including a chef who cooks omelettes and
pancakes fresh to order. The Bellini also offers dinner, with a
different menu each night inspired by different cuisines from across
the globe. The Solana has 2 pools: one situated indoors for a more
quiet and intimate feel with a jacuzzi, but was unfortunately closed
due to refurbishment which was kindly pointed out to us by the
reception staff upon arrival. The outdoor pool is a lovely intimate
area with a small pool which is great for taking a dip in the sun with
a terrace area around the pool with a beautiful view of Mellieha and
separate terrace upstairs if you just want to bathe out of the way of
the pool. I give the hotel a solid 8/10 for the small price of around
£450 for 10 nights. It has fantastic value for money, great friendly
staff, good food and live entertainment. You can't go far wrong with
the Solana Hotel and Spa with frequent busses running around Malta
from bang outside your door and helpful staff that will help you with
things to do in Malta and what bus to catch. It's great for everybody;
couples, families and even families with young children. It's a great
destination and a great hotel!

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