We've just got back from a weeks stay here.
We arrived at about 8.30pm and the staff on reception were very nice and booked us in with no problems at all.
We were given room 325 and when we entered our first impression was "It's enormous". With just the two of us staying in this 2 bedroomed apartment we were sort of rattling around, but I'm not complaining about that at all. It was great that the bedrooms were away from the main living area as I am an early riser and I knew that I wouldn't disturb the other half when making coffee etc in the mornings.
The kitchen was a full sized one with a gas cooker, fridge, microwave. kettle and toaster. Plenty of crockery (6 of everything including MUGS). Plenty of saucepans etc and dishes for the microwave. All clean as a whistle. The daft thing is though that the cooker requires lighting from a match???? None provided ???? I would personally suggest that the resort get the battery operated lighters for each room as I wasn't impressed having to scrabble about on the floor to light the darn thing.
The lounge consisted of a huge circular table with chairs for 6, a 3 piece suite, a pull down bed hidden away in a cupboard, coffee table, flat screen tv, dvd player and a cd player with radio (which I couldn't get to work). I was a bit miffed that the patio table and six chairs were left in the lounge area, I thought they could have been moved onto the balcony area before our arrival.
Two bedrooms which had twin beds in each, plenty of wardrobe space and dressing tables with drawers underneath. I personally thought that the beds in the bedrooms were rather small I'm sure they were 2ft 6in beds and not 3ft singles, which would have been better. Even better would have been that one of the bedrooms could have had a double bed in it.
Mirrors virtually everywhere,
The hallway had a shoe rack and coat hooks which I thought was great as it meant that you didn't have to use up wardrobe space.
The biggest let down was the bathroom. This was dated and needs a complete refurbishment. The bath had stains at the plughole end and was sort of rusty looking. The over bath shower was poor to say the least. There was no riser rail and the cradle that kept it to the wall was broken so you couldn't even adjust the direction of the spray. It just went straight down over the tap so you couldn't use it without taking it out of the cradle. The water pressure was horrendous in both the sink taps and the bath taps, so it was more a trickle that shower. The shower curtain had a few mould marks on it and like all shower curtains, didn't keep the water from spraying over the floor if you kept the shower in it's cradle. The ventilation wasn't good at all and I can imagine that if we had been there in the height of summer you would never have got dry in the bathroom. There were plenty of towels, which was a bonus as one alone didn't cover you or get you dry, Plenty of toiletries though.
The biggest problem was no free Wi-Fi .... Now I know that when you are on your holidays the internet shouldn't be uppermost on your mind. However, most places update the information of their attractions on the internet (changes to opening times. things being closed due to refurbishment, booking tickets) and having to pay for access is really poor in this day and age (especially when the buses have free bloomin Wi-Fi).
I never got to use the pool as my OH wasn't on top form whilst away and I wanted to keep him company whilst he was laying with his leg up but it looked ok from what I did see of it.
The Aparthotel is about 5 minutes away from the bus station so it's handy to be able to get to anywhere on the island by using the buses, Be prepared for the buses to be really crowded though. We travelled at the end of October and beginning of November and not once did we get on a bus that was not full to bursting. It must be horrendous in the summer months.
The hotel was clean and the first impression in reception is a bit deceiving really.
Would we go back to this hotel? If they refurbish then yes .. until then sorry it's a no.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- THE RESORTClub Riza provides a uniquely friendly and tranquil atmosphere with easy access and high standards of cleanliness. Guests can enjoy the many on-site facilities which include indoor and outdoor pools and Jacuzzis, sauna and spa facilities, fitness room, snooker room, bar, restaurants and a launderette. This is an established holiday destination with a great choice of bars, cafes and nightlife. Small rocky beaches and the picturesque harbour of St. Paul’s Bay are within walking distance. The resort is much in demand by holiday guests and has excelled at achieving many Hospitality Awards.THE ACCOMMODATIONThe 68 spacious self-catering apartments are spread over three floors and are built around attractive outdoor pool areas. Almost all have sun terraces allowing full enjoyment of the best sunshine records in Europe. The units are comfortable, all are air-conditioned and centrally heated, and all have a fitted kitchen, direct dial telephone,Wi-Fi access and free cable television.THE AREAClub Riza is located at Qawra Bay close to the sparkling, blue Mediterranean Sea. Enjoy the northern area of the island with its popular sandy beaches such as Mellieha and Armier Bay, which are within a short driving distance of Club Riza. These offer a wide range of sports and leisure facilities, which include scuba diving and snorkelling. Alternatively, the centre of the island is within half an hour’s drive and here you can visit ancient tombs and temples, see the catacombs of the early Christians and enjoy the wealth of history from the medieval Knights of St. John to the World War II exploits that earned Malta the George Cross. Nowhere is ever far in Malta. A bus stop is within walking distance from the resort. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Club Riza Aparthotel Malta/Qawra