100% would recommend it to a friend
Average stay experience for a 4-star hotel.
Just came back from Malta and decided to leave a review about this hotel - Solana.
First comes the GOOD stuff: acceptable price for this time of year (October), nice room with mini kitchen, 2 pools - indoor and outdoor, kids playground inside, good service.
Now the BAD things: both pools are not heated, even though they say indoor pool is heated, jacuzzi inside is plain cold, so your kids will not be happy.
Breakfast is just fuc%^ing BORING, pardon me, but every morning they have the same shit over and over again - scrambled eggs, cereal, ham, porridge and baked beans plus some fruits (melons and grapes) - I would rate their breakfast as 1 out of 10. I would assume a 4-star hotel could afford to put a couple of cooks to make eggs to order and put some more food variety. We had only breakfasts, but I would think that dinners are the same.
Hotel is situated on a busy street with heavy bus traffic (= noise!), so choose higher floor (3rd) if your room is facing facing street or ask for a room facing inside (the view is not that good from the inside, and sun shines only in the morning, which is a good thing in summer).
There is a nice sandy beach situated about 2.5 kilometres DOWN the hill/road, so if you prefer walking this will be a hell of a workout on your way back :), you can also take a bus and ride a couple of stops. Bus stop is about 50 metres from the hotel. There is a church near by, also shops and restaurants. There are two food stores near the hotel (so-called "Supermarket" - about a size of a living room :) ), but I would recommend going to Shoppers and a grocery store about 200 metres up the street to get your food if you prefer to cook yourself.
A must go to Marsaxlokk on Sunday, go to "Matthew`s" restaurant - our final dinner there was excellent!