6 Aug 2015

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Overview
The Santa Maria Aparthotel provides a great base for those on a budget, with a good range of facilities and an ideal quiet location within easy reach of resort amenities. This hotel is situated opposite the Blue Sea San Anton Hotel & Apartments and shares the same facilities.

How far is the nearest beach?
The Bugibba seafront is 500m away

Distance from Airport
This hotel is located 25km from the airport

Rooms
All rooms come with a balcony, a TV, and a cooling fan. They have an en suite bathroom with shower. Air-Conditioning is now available at an extra daily charge of €10 per unit per night, payable direct to the hotel.

Food & Drink
The hotel offers bed and breakfast, half board and all inclusive. Meals are buffet, waiter service is included.

Sports & Entertainment
Blue Sea Santa Maria Hotel is in Bugibba on the island of Malta. It offers an outdoor swimming pool, a sun terrace, and free Wi-Fi in public areas.

##A breakages deposit may be collected from the clients. This will be refunded at the end of the stay##

   

TripAdvisor Traveller Rating

Based on 306 reviews
 

Average hotel, you get what you pay for.

28 July 2015

Not the best holel in the world, but it was cheep. The room was tiny but we didn't spend much time in there anyway. Cockroaches EVERYWHERE but that's not the hotels fault. Given how many there...

Not the best holel in the world, but it was cheep. The room was tiny but we didn't spend much time in there anyway. Cockroaches EVERYWHERE but that's not the hotels fault. Given how many there are the hotel did a good job keeping most out. That's part of being in a place like Malta. Just get used to them. And the dining room and kitchen areas were all very clean. Didn't see a single thing in any food area that shouldn't have been there. There wasn't much option with the food. There was always something for the picky eaters and something for the more adventurous. However, the option was almost always lamb based in some way. A LOT more options for breakfast. Definitely the hotels best meal of the day. The hotel staff weren't out right rude but weren't very helpful either. We dropped off our key behind the desk every time we left and early in the week they lost it and tried to blame us. Only when the manager came in later in the week did it get sorted when they found it on the floor behind a cabinet in the back office. The pool area was nice and well cared for. The activities and entertainers looked good but I didn't take part in most because I was too busy sleeping in the sun.When you said you didn't feel like joining them they weren't pushy and trying to bully you into joining them with the activity as I have experienced in other places. The hotel is located right at the top of a hill. Whilst it is very close to the coast it is also very high above it. It is certainly not some where I would recommend for some one with mobility issues as it was quite a steep climb back. If you don't mind the climb then it is ideally situated along the coast. Walking directly towards the sea brings you out right into the middle of the main high street and from there you can pick any direction and find something to do. Our trip was right in the height of summer and whilst I coped alright my partner spent most of his time hunting air conditioning. The hotel lobby was well air conditioned but the room only had a ceiling fan which in the height of summer was NOT enough even in the dead of night. The only thing they needed to work on was the poolside toilets. They were always dirty enough that I preferred to go back up to my room for the facilities. Overall a good trip with a few ups and downs. I wouldn't stay there again if I could afford better but for a budget holiday it works.

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Place to avoid for vegetarians

28 July 2015

We were moved to this hotel from our travel agent because our original hotel was overbooked so were were slightly apprehensive. We were right to be worried because pretty much all of the reviews that...

We were moved to this hotel from our travel agent because our original hotel was overbooked so were were slightly apprehensive. We were right to be worried because pretty much all of the reviews that we read were accurate. When we arrived, we were given rooms with not enough beds. The air conditioning which we were practically compelled to pay for (extreme temperatures in the rooms) was not available until the next day after asking four times. There weren't even enough extension leads available for both my room as well as my parent's room. We were told that 'you will happily be advised on food regarding dietary requirements', don't mistake this as there will definitely be a wide range of food available for you. As a vegetarian which is quite a common lifestyle nowadays, I thought that there would be enough nice food available. I ended up surviving on only fruit, salad and deserts (which were surprisingly delicious to be honest). During breakfast the hot chocolate machine would only output warm milk, during lunch the vegetarian and non-vegetarian pizza-breads were served on the same tray and during dinner the only main meal (without meat) was plain rice, plain pasta and a watered down pasta sauce (which I couldn't even eat because I don't like mushrooms). The choice of food was limited. The menu was the same every day. We asked for vegetarian food and were told that we already have a wide range of food to choose from (not true as I've told you). One day we asked for packed lunches as we were going to be out the whole day; we were given two slices of bread with a slice of cheese in and an apple (not even margarine spread on the bread). I could go on... The aim of me writing this review is to get the hotel to improve the range of food available for furture guests. The food doesn't need to be catered towards British guests like us, it just needs to taste nice and not repulsive to be frank. Atmosphere was great. Staff were brilliant and the only reason that we stayed (especially the bar staff). The Lobby was always overcrowded because that was the only place where the poor wifi was available (only available in one of two lobbies). But the lack of seating space did allow us to make friends with people from all over Europe! The location is great. The hotel is near a lot of useful bus stops as well as being a short walk to the local pier. The induction in the first morning was useful. We were given maps and information about tourist activities around the clock. But when we asked for a small activity to do during the morning, she failed to tell us about anywhere that didn't involve the hotel making money. Sorry about being this pessimistic. At least the pool, roof top jacuzzi and seating area were nice.

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Poor service and insults at the blue sea resort Bugibba

26 July 2015

I stayed at the Blue sea resort and at the outset was not impressed as they demanded money for the room deposit,after I arrived late I struggled to find a cash machine as the hotel refused to take a...

I stayed at the Blue sea resort and at the outset was not impressed as they demanded money for the room deposit,after I arrived late I struggled to find a cash machine as the hotel refused to take a bank card to charge the requested fee. I was left to struggle on crutches walking up and down to find anywhere,by the time I got back I had missed my evening meal.I had a couple of run ins with the manager and she susequently insulted me by saying the gentleman keeps on proclaiming he is a mystery shopper and reports poor service on trip advisor.Ironically it is true but she did not believe me I subsequently stay at the Topaz where I am treated with respect and dignity as a severely disabled person.I am also highly qualified in health and safety and consider the outside pool to be a death trap more so for children I have photographic evidence to prove it.

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Dire

26 July 2015

Stayed here for seven nights. On checking in, we were told to leave our key with reception when we left because they didn't have any spares - this would allow the cleaners in while we were away. We...

Stayed here for seven nights. On checking in, we were told to leave our key with reception when we left because they didn't have any spares - this would allow the cleaners in while we were away. We left the key every time we went out (which was generally leaving early to mid-morning, returning late afternoon to early evening), and not once through the week was the room cleaned, despite repeatedly asking reception. The way to retrieve your key from reception was to simply state your room number, with no proof required. Needless to say this is incredibly insecure. The room itself was passable budget hotel on the surface, but in a state of severe disrepair on closer inspection. The shower was one of those hose-on-the-bath-taps type, mounted on a broken hinge on a pole which may have been head-height for a small child but utterly inadequate for a grown adult. Use of the shower was an exercise in contortionism. The air conditioning when available (it took a friend staying in another room three very warm nights before eventually getting the air conditioning he had paid for) was from a portable unit. This may have sufficed in early spring or late autumn, but in the height of the Maltese summer could only put up the most futile of fights against the heat. Even when left on all night (it took a lot of adapting to the loud noise of the cooling circuit motor and fans), the room was still stifling hot in the morning. It was impossible to get a good night's sleep all week, and being constantly exhausted detracted from the holiday significantly. The outlet vent for the air conditioning unit had to be piped out the open window - to account for this we were provided with a flimsy rectangle of plastic with a circular cut-out to fit in the window. The flimsy rectangle of plastic did not fit the window so kept falling out. The outlet vent did not fit the circular cut-out so kept falling out, meaning the combined hot air being removed plus the heat generated by the unit itself resulted in the air con acting as a heater. I had to get up at multiple points every night to reposition the outlet to point out of the room. The breakfast was all-inclusive but of the lowest quality imaginable. I have never before tasted bacon so bad. Eventually I settled for some chewing rolls and jam, which were at least inoffensive. The water from the cooler machine appeared to be piped in straight from the sea, and was in dire need of a desalinator. The pool could not even have begun to accommodate enough people - getting a space there was like winning the lottery (I never did manage a winning ticket). The free wifi (available only in the lobby) didn't work. Our neighbours were quiet. If this is the only place you can afford to stay in Malta, go to Dubrovnik.

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Facilities

  • 24 Hour Reception
  • Air Conditioning
  • Air Conditioning in public areas
  • Bar
  • Breakfast
  • Buffet Restaurant
  • By the Beach
  • Cafe/ Snack Bar
  • Currency Exchange
  • Darts
  • Doctors / Medical Centre
  • High Chairs
  • Internet Access
  • Kids Club
  • Kids Playground
  • Kids Pool
  • Laundry Service
  • Lifts
  • Pool Bar
  • Pool/Billiard Table
  • Reception
  • Restaurant
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Satellite TV
  • Sunbeds
  • Swimming Pool
  • Telephone
  • TV Lounge
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