Seabank Hotel

, Mellieha, Malta
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Seabank Hotel

, Mellieha
4 star

Rooms: 285

Marfa Road, - Mellieha - MLH 9063 - Malta Hotel Website | | 21521460/8
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Submitted by: peter & lyn in 27/07/09
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My wife and i have been going to the sea bank for the last 12 years in a row ,the staff are allways helpfull and nothing is to much trouble.The food is allway good ,the hotel has many ammenities,its in the quite part of the island so its very relaxing.the rooms are clean and cleaned every day we are looking forward in going there this year
Very good- Definitely will be returning.
Submitted by: Elisha in 16/08/08
  • Age Group: Under 18
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Family Traveller
I would say the hotel has excellent facilities, the location is perfect and there are many things to do whilst on holiday there. I went on a busier week, but found that the breakfast wasn't particularly busy, but if it was busy you could always go a different time within the 3 hour breakfast slot.
There was so much to do at the hotel, you didnt even have to leave it if you didnt want to!
The Malta bus came in very handy for us to get to Mellieha village, as it is only a 5 minute bus ride, and we used to choose to walk back as it was pleasant walking downhill. The outdoor pool was a perfect warm temperature-in fact it was warmer than the indoor! The staff were very friendly and helpful, and the prices for everything were a lot cheaper than in a lot of foreign countries in Europe also using the euro.
Would definitely like to return-an excellent holiday!
Submitted by: Robin in 09/10/07
  • Age Group: 41 - 50
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Family Traveller
RUI Seabank is a reasonable hotel with some good facilities and rooms. Location is great for the beach but is 2 km from Mellieha itself. There are a few bars/restarants nearby.
Biggest criticisms were (I was there on a v. busy week)Slow room service, manic breakfast (busy, long queues and crammed tables), unheated outdoor pool - it was freezing, much colder than the sea, often difficult to get served at reception.
It would not take much to move from just above average to very good, but for that, breakfast has to be a nicer experience!

Historical Traveller Reviews of Seabank Hotel

Good hotel, dubious restaurants in town

from TakesItEasyBoy
The Seabank is a pleasant hotel with good facilities. The rooms have been recently refurrbished and are very clean and well decorated. The facilities are in good condition. The sauna is small, but we were almost the only ones using it, so the only problem was sometimes finding a staff member to switch it on. The hotel is located just over a main road from the beach, so you must be careful if you have children. I recommend a sea view, though this can be noisy at times because of the road. The maltese love to drive. A lot.

The beach is not large, but is almost the only one in malta, so I can't complain. The village is located at the top of a hill (20 mins if you're fit) but is worth the walk for the spectacular views from the church. Buy a kinney from the small cafe and watch the sun set over marfa ridge.

To do: catch one of the beautifully maintained fifties style buses to valleta and walk the walls, or to the old town of mdina. Tour gozo. You don't need to book anything expensive. Just take the local buses which take you everywhere for a pittance.

Go scuba diving with Mel Dives, located next to the Riu. Mel is a native instructor who has dived these waters for 20 years and can tell you everything.

Problems. One massive, stupid, unnecessary annoyance. We were on breakfast only, as we like to try different restaurants and sample the local cuisine. So every night we wandered along the sea front or up the hill to the village. And almost every night was ruined because of the useless, useless waiting staff. Sure they were friendly. Sure they spoke English. But when they make you wait 30 minutes before they bring a menu, and another ninety minutes to bring the meal, having forgotten the starter, you want to take their smiling faces and hurl a brick at them. I have worked as a waiter myself and cannot understand the level of incompetence I saw. This applied to every restaurant including the old mill, said to be one of the best in malta. The only honorable exception was the Amigos. We watched the other tables, and saw that this was happening to all the other tourists. The waiters were usually to busy chatting to bother looking our way - and then they expect a tip!

Also, malta like other mediterranean locations is suffering periodic incursions of a very nasty stinging jellyfish. I carried scars from these devils for three months. Check before you go.

Overall, nice hotel, great location, beautiful island, but go into a local restaurant at your peril.


from Isthereanythingleft
My husband and I spent two weeks holiday at Rui Seabank Hotel in Sept it was the best holiday ever. Everything was as they say, good selection of food and cooked well, with excellant service at table, nice rooms, cleaned every day, clean sheets and towels every day. The staff were excellant, very polite and friendly couldn't do enough for us, even supplying gorgous peppermint sweets freely at the checkin desk. Can't fault it in any way....
The relaxing atmosphere and the warm weather took away all aches and pains I get in UK, looking to going back as soon as we can, but as pensioners the cost stripped us out, must save hard. !!!
I must mention our Thompson rep at the hotel his name is Matthew and was soo kind and helpful in every way, as was all the reps we came in contact with, thanks all of you. And thanks to all at the hotel.
The only disappointment I had was my camera stopped working so not able to give any photo's.

should have 5 stars

from trawlerman
well were do you start,when you have just had the best holiday of your life.i went to the seabank with my wife and 8 yr old grandson.18 sept-3 oct.the hotel is just great.i worked in a 5 star hotel in windsor and this place knocks spots off of it.clean comfortable,the staff were kind,happy and considerate.airconditioning and ceiling fan was a real help because it was so hot.we had a south facing room overlooking the farms and hills,you had sun on your balcony all day the rooms overlooking the sea did not get much sun.the food was great and plentyful.we stayed on a b+b but we had a few meals in the evening too.good priced.lovely pool and plenty of sunbeds around it and on the sundecks dotted all over the place.indoorpool was very nice as was all of the gym,sauna,steamroom etc.plenty of places to eat out around the hotel.there are not any nightclubs or lively places around hotel so it is ideal for quite romantic and peacefull holiday` have mellieha bay right on your doorstep it is wonderfull for snorkling.get your self a 6lire bus pass it will let you go anywhere on the island for a whole week.just jump on and off where you like.the only thing that let me down was they say they have sky and cable tv in your room.well the screen was about 15 in,you get sky news,cnn news,bbc news and a kids cartoon channel.thats it unless you understand german,french or italian,they get all the good films and british/american shows dubbed into their languages.luckly we brought a portable dvd player and some films with us.the british are out numbered by 20/1 by other countries.but that did not spoil it for us.well done to all the staff at the seabank and thanks for such a wonderfull holiday.

Absolutely loved this hotel

from oceanauk
We stayed at this hotel in March, and I have to say we loved it. The hotel was in probably one of the best locations on the whole island because it's right opposite one of the best sandy beaches on the whole island. The buses stop directly outside to drop you off or pick you up to take you around the island. We purchased week long passes which were as cheap as chips and just got on and off where we fancied on the island (don't bother hiring a car!).

You can catch the bus up the port to go across to Gozo - again really easy and everyone is so helpful.

The hotel has everything you need; shops, bowling ally, 3 restaurants, pub/bar, upstairs bar and entertainment nightly. There is an indoor pool which is fab plus a jacuzzi, an outdoor pool with free sun loungers, treatment rooms for every kind of treatment you could possibly want (massage, reflexology, facials etc) yoga room, stream room, sauna.

The food was lovely - you have your chips and pizza option of course but for those of you who like to try other healthy food, every kind of food type is offered; fresh fish, pasta, salad, fruits etc. I thought it was just great.

The staff were so helpful and the rooms were clean and tidy if a little basic but you only want a bed to sleep in at the end of the day!!

Overall we really enjoyed our stay and I would recommend this to anybody who is not looking for constant night time clubbing etc.

I would go back too without hesitation.

Great hotel!

from hayleylouise80
If you're looking for a sedate holiday, in a nice hotel that can supply everything you need to relax, with a little indulgence, then this is it.
Very clean, bright and well located next to the beach. Great sauna / steam room / gym. Granted the food isnt perfect, but it did me fine. My only 'complaint' was that the double bed we were supposed to have were two singles pushed together, of different heights - not ideal but we were'nt concerned enough to point this out, as we were unpacked and settled before realising. I dont know why people have given this hotel such a hard time over other reviews. It was worthy of it 4 stars. I'm sure the bed problem would have been sorted had we complainned, so as such, we had no real problems. Book with confidence!!!

Great weather, great location BUT...

from occtraveller
Overall an OK Hotel but not providing what I would have expected from a 4 star hotel. The childrens facilities although present need some attention and there are the usual problems with overcrowding around the pool. We also reported some problems with our room which the hotel staff just seemed to ignore.

The beach is just across the road but again is overcrowded and costs a fortune for a sunbed. More worrying for Mellieha Bay itself is the litter problem on the beach and in the sea itself. Snorkelling is a great activity in the clear blue water but you come across a lot of litter especially away from the beach. I hope the Maltese authorities have a plan in hand to stop the beach and sea getting so bad that it puts tourists off.

Stayed one week wished i had booked two !!!

from A TripAdvisor Member
Hotel and room were clean and staff helpful. This is not a holiday for people wanting to live the high life at night. We found little to do at night except stay at the hotel in the bars however this suited us as we wanted a quiet, peaceful break. The bars have entertainment and big screens if football is showing.

We spent our days on the beautiful beach opposite (literally) the hotel or discovering this beautiful island and its history. Some of the views across the island are spectacular. Can recommend the old buses for getting about and so cheap costing about 25p/50p to get around.

We booked half board but next time i would only book bed and breakfast as we found the evening meals quite bland with not a lot of choice.

Overall if you are after a quiet break in a superb hotel then i can thoroughly recommend this hotel but would not recommend this holiday for children as it is far too quiet with no funfairs, parks, theme parks etc.

Good hotel, excellent staff, excellent food

from TravellerNorfolk_UK
Our holiday didn't get off to the best of starts - after a 5 hour delay leaving Gatwick we arrived in Malta at just after 2 a.m. in the middle of what felt like a gale! Believe it or not the taxi driver who was transferring us to the hotel waited for us and didn't charge us any extra for waiting - the company was Drifter and obviously we can thoroughly recommend the service they gave. By the time we arrived at the hotel it must have been about 3 a..m. and we were extremely impressed by the reception from the staff - they even offered us a meal if we wanted it which was very good of them.

The room was very clean and spacious, a little on the basic side for the kind of room normally expected of a 4* in the UK but everything was there and working. We had a room at the front of the hotel (sea view, very good) and there was some noise from ducting outside the room most of the time but it didn't give us too many problems.

All the meals were very good, plenty to eat and well cooked, plenty of choice as well. In fact, some diners came from another hotel nearby to eat here as they said the food at their hotel wasn't as good!!!

The staff without exception were friendly and helpful at all times, they couldn't do enough for us and nothing was too much trouble. Public areas were great for no smokers especially in the bar as the smoking area is sealed off from the no smoking area.

Went all over the island using the local buses, great fun - bought a bus pass (very cheap) for the week and used it constantly to see all the sites. There is a bus stop outside the hotel entrance and services run very regularly.

We had a late return flight on the last day of our holiday and the hotel staff were very helpful, readily agreeing to our request to have a late checkout.

All in all we had a lovely holiday in Malta, and would certainly return both to the island and this hotel.

Good food, lovely staff BUT.....

from A TripAdvisor Member
I went to the Seabank with two of my grandaughters aged 11 and 13, there was absolutely nothing for them at all except the pool. It rained all week and while I realise that the hotel obviously has no control over the weather we were disappointed that there wasn't anything at all on offer.
The hotel was lovely and the room was really nice BUT there was water coming in everywhere!! There were gaps between the window frame and wall where the wind whistled through and the rain came in. There was a wet patch on the wall and the room was freezing as the heating was on a timer and the temperature was set low, you had to ask reception to adjust it from a central control, which they did without any fuss. The bathroom was so cold as it didnt have any heating and you just didn't want to get a bath/shower, also there was no ventilation in there either, which meant the room got quite damp.
The foyer was flooded and my grandaughter slipped and fell on a puddle of water. There are buckets everywhere to catch the drips.
The staff, however were lovely, very friendly and would do anything for us. The food was excellent with desserts to die for, and we loved the jungle theme restaurant. You can walk through the different cafes and restaurant as they are all connected but there are definite divides between each.
Buses are cheap and go everywhere on the island but hang on to your hat!! The buses are very old and dropping to bits, the drivers often rude and unhelpful but some of them are absolute gems.
Driving in Malta is on the left, and on the right, and on the pavement!! Drive at your peril! Personally I have never been brave enough even after several visits!
The Maltese are friendly and helpful, always ready for a chat and very laid back, there is no rushing around or any urgency.
Buildings are ramshackle and roads are breaking up. Pavements are also in bits and pieces and often are just lumps of cement which appear to have dried before being smoothed out! But that is Malta, it is part of it's charm, there are many places on this earth which are shiny and new but not Malta

All in all we found the seabank to be friendly and helpful, very clean and close to the beach,with lovely food, and maybe in summer will be the perfect place for a holiday, but in winter should shut down as the building does not stand up to the wet season!

I just asked my grandaughter what she thought of it and she said she thought it was 'really good but made of plastic !!' From the mouths of babes!


from A TripAdvisor Member
Pleasant location not overlooked by others beach over the road and excellent public transport service. room comfort excellent food choice very good hotel facilities good for all ages staff very pleasant and helpful.dont be put off by poor lighting in the foyer
overall rating 9 out of 10 will not hesitate staying at this hotel again.

Top Local Tips for Mellieha

Malta buses We got a taxi from the airport, it cost 29 euros, driving in Malta looks a bit of an experience.

Blue Lagoon Book your trip to the Blue Lagoon from the cafe 50 yards up the road, great value for money.

Get around cheaply The transport in Malta is extremely cheap and although the buses are very old, it is all part of the charm but which I think will disappear when the fully join the EEC later this year.


Other names for Seabank Hotel

  • seabank hotel
  • riu seabank mellieha
  • hotel riu seabank
  • Address: Marfa Road, - Mellieha - MLH 9063 - Malta
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