Travel operator: Sunsave
Hotel tip: 3rd and 4th floors all have great views.
We went on our first family holiday with our 2 year old. It was lovely and very stress free staying here. Pools are lovely for children but the bottom had been recently resurfaced and was very rough. No chance of falling over but made the little ones feet very sore!
The Seabank has been a RIU hotel for a few years now and this brand name is indication that decent standards will be met.
The Seabank is a good package deal hotel which merits 4 Star because of the heated indoor swimming pool, beauty parlour and bowling alley etc. Air Con in rooms is another plus although it was hardly needed in April.
We were there in low season so it was quiet, however there was daily "animation" from the resident activities duo for guests that way inclined and decent enough evening entertainment in the usual form of local semi professional singing acts.
The rooms were large enough, clean and well appointed.
The food was good (we are relatively easy to please) and a fair selection to cater for most tastes.
The outdoor pool is kidney shaped and big enough without being too extensive - plenty of sunloungers with foam covers. Can't comment on how it would be in high season though.
Half the large sun umbrellas were well past their sell by date and due for replacement, although this wasn't an issue during our stay as the hotel was far from full, especially when the flight restrictions kicked in.
The weather was pleasantly hot most days, without becoming unbearable as it usually does in July and August around the Med.
There was a daily happy hour in the late afternoon which suited me as they brew British style pale ale in Malta (a relic of Empire !!!) on draught. It was overpriced during regular bar price hours, but a fair deal during HH.
We "suffered" the volcanic ash delay - but Thomas Cook were 24 carat and kept us in the same room on the same board basis for the extra 4 days.
The hotel is at the south end of Mellieha Bay with a very few bars and shops close by. There is a fine beach right across the road and bus stops on either side with a very regular and plentiful bus service.
The Seabank produces its own easy to follow local bus guide based on the services which pass the hotel - this was REALLY helpul. You can go anywhere on the island using two buses - one to Valetta, which has a hugh bus station and is the hub for routes all across the island. Fares are very cheap, the vehicles are ancient museum pieces and an adventure in themselves - mind and have the right money though.
The unservicable parasols aside, we couldn't find a significant fault with the Seabank, although as I said earlier we don't expect the Ritz or the Waldorf Astoria in a standard tourist hotel - and we don't aspire to a part time career in finding trivial and easily resolved faults in hotels.
Travel operator: Thomas Cook
Breakfast ok as long as you don't turn up at 09.00 then very full and queues. Food ok and variety good but invariably cooked food only warm and never managed to get a good fried egg. Dinner horrendous. Since everyone turns up at the same time you queue for everything. Tried waiting till queue subsided and food gone or cold. Salad bar fairly extensive but contained more Maltese food than normal and sweets selection fair. Waiting staff insufficient so long wait for drinks and table clearing. This is the worst Riu restaurant I have ever eaten in. Pool area ok if you like cats. We counted 10 one day. Heated indoor pool invaded by locals at weekends but this applies to all Maltese hotels.
Travel operator: none
The room that was initially allocated did not have a view as such ,its view was into a light well and felt a bit dark and dull, the room it's self was fine. We asked to be reallocated with a pool view, this they did
with no hesitation. Reception and hotel staff are very friendly and accommodating. The breakfast is a buffet style with plenty of choice, can't fault the food.
Room cleaned every day along with clean towels, there was plenty of sun loungers and parasols at this time (May)Can't comment on evening food or entertainment as we used restaurants and bars local to the hotel.
Managers on hand in the dining room and everything was smoothly run.
Travel operator: Thomas Cook
The buffet choice was excellent,freshly cooked,variety of childrens meals.Themed nights were a hit.
The staff we so friendly and helpful.Loved the children.The animation team for the children and adults were friendly,and had lots to do.even when weather a bit windy,all were entertained.
The indoor pool and spa was lovely,felt very luxurious.Bowling was good,pool tables.
Mariners bar was good for watching sport,again staff were very friendly.Fantastic hotel,made holiday better.Would definately recommend.
Travel operator: first choice
I shall be booking again for next year without a doubt.
Travel operator: Going Places
Travel operator: First Choice
The food, the entertainment, the staff, everything was fantastic! even the pool that I mentioned in an earlier posting has improved. My son did not develope an ear infection this year!
The only down side was the amount of Germans that were there but god gave us elbows and we had to use em!
We will definatly be returning next year, just love it!
Travel operator: First Choice
I have been to Malta three times before and wanted to stay at this hotel.
The Seabank is a well run hotel with a lot of facilities especialy the health club which my wife used the gym and sauna plus the indoor pool.
We had to pay for the safe deposit and tea and coffee tray, but has the tour companys knock down the price for the say the hotels have to get there money back someway.
The bed room was furnished to a good standard and the bathroom was also a good size, hairdryer safe fridge tv heating/ac plenty of wardrobe space.
The restaurant was also very good, there was plenty of choice and the food was not cold. they operate a two sitting at diner we were on the late one at 7.30pm.
There is a free bus to Bugibba at 10.00 every day you have to book in advance.
I do not go on holiday to be entertained at night but in the bar there was a different group on most nights which were good also there are some daytime activities also.
The hotel is across the road from the beach a great view the only downside is the hill which takes you into Mellieha my wife christened it cardiac hill but you can always catch a bus up to the top. There a few bars and restaurants close bye.
The staff are very helpful and friendly.
Travel operator: Portland
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