I’ve wanted to have a holiday in Malta for ages. As soon as Ryanair started flying there from Edinburgh last year, I was on the lookout for cheap flights. In mid December 2010 I saw flights to Malta in May 2011 for Â£65 return per person (hand luggage only and payment by Mastercard prepaid debit card to avoid the Â£5 per person per flight admin fee).
Grand Harbour in Valletta, Malta
Searching for a Hotel in Malta
At the start of January 2011, I thought it was time to get down to finding a hotel for our holiday in Malta.Â I was looking for half board in a 3 or 4 star hotel with verified guest reviews of at least 70%, which offered free wifi (at least in the lobby) for under Â£150 per person. We’re not too fussy about our accommodation or food and have been quite happy staying at reasonably priced hotels on many holidays.
I started searching on my favourite hotel price comparison site, HotelsCombined, which searches the databases of more than 30 popular travel sites.
HotelsCombined isn’t prefect if you’re looking for half/full board or all inclusive, as most prices are for room only or B&B. However, it’s a good starting point for an accommodation search in tandem with checking out the hotels’ own websites for photos, prices and details about facilities.
My Hotel Choice: The Soreda Hotel, Qawra
The four star Soreda Hotel in Qawra scored an average of 72% from 225 verified guest reviews (guests actually stayed there) and was priced from around Â£90 per person for 7 nights room only with free wifi in the lobby.
The Soreda Hotel
Next I compared the price per person for 7 nights half board at the Soreda Hotel, based on two sharing a double/twin room for 7 nights in May, on three sites which specialise in holiday accommodation.Â Below are the prices on 3 January 2011:
The Total Price
I booked the cheapest rate with sunshine.co.uk. Therefore the cost for return flights and half board accommodation for our holiday in Malta was Â£194 per person.Use the search box below to search for availability and price at hotels in Malta, sunshine.co.uk guarantee the lowest prices and offer free supplier failure insurance.
Expectations from Our Hotel
Now we’re not expecting great things from the Soreda Hotel. We’re realistic in our expectations, bearing in mind that we’ve paid under Â£18 a day per person for a room and two meals. Some reviews say that the hotel is more like a three star. However as long it’s clean, not too noisy, the wifi in the lobby has a decent signal and the food is OK, we’ll be satisfied. We’ll be out exploring the island, as opposed to spending a lot of time around the hotel.
Double Room at the Soreda Hotel
DIY Holiday Warning
If you put together your own holiday buying flights and accommodation separately, you should to be aware that you don’t have the same protection as when you book a package holiday. You do get more protection if you pay by credit card for the separate elements of your holiday, as long as the price is Â£100 or more for each component. However, there are usually surcharges for payment by credit card.
Malta Travel Tips
Ferry to Comino
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