Canifor Hotel

, Qawra, Malta
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Canifor Hotel

, Qawra
4 star

Rooms: 170

Triq In- Nakkri - Qawra - Spb 05 - Malta | 21582780
446 Traveller

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1/10
TERRIBLE
Submitted by: Paul in 27/12/09
  • Age Group: 3140
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Family Traveller
Where do i start? How about the first 15 mins in the hotel...We arrived at 23.00hrs only to find no cot for our 15 month old child. I asked very politely for a cot and was told, very abrubtly 'TO WAIT'! We retired to our room and did just this but after 45 mins no cot had arrived. Once again i went to reception to ask but i was this time shouted at. After 2 long hours my very tired son received his cot.

In the morning we were told that if we wanted boiling water for our son's bottle we would have to pay £3.50 per day for a kettle even though we were on all inclusive. Oh yes, all inclusive. This doesn't really mean what it says on the tin. The bar is only open til 11pm and there are many many omissions such as ice cream for example or orange juice. The snack bar is only open until 3pm and the pizzeria is never open at all.

We stayed during Christmas and were ORDERED to have our Christmas eve meal at 5pm as the local (non resident)Maltese were having dinner that night. Our son wouldn't eat at this time and when he did decide he was hungry at 8pm we asked if it would be possible for him to have a small plate of veg from the buffet. We were not only told 'NO' but we were also shouted at in front ofother guests. Remember the snack bar had been shut for hours too so we had to go to another hotel in order for him to stop crying.

The list really is endless but i will just quickly summarise some of the faults:

Heated indoor pool - freezing. Sauna - not working. Gym - 3 old bikes and a running machine that didn't work (and you have to pay, all inclusive or not). Fridge in room - locked. TV in room - didn't work. No hot water, cracks in sink and bath. All the food is re-heated and re-used every day and the meat is all pumped full of water and of the frozen variety. The entertainment is terrible and they finish an hour before they ought to as does the bar downstairs (21.45hrs). You have to pay for your cushions on the sunbeds and the only thing for young children to do is play pool at 1 Euro a pop on tables with rips in the cloth and no chalk. We were shouted at a total of eight times in seven days by the staff and the hotel is extremley outdated. Oh, and our view was that of a building site.

This hotel is utter rubbish on evey level and i would beg none of you to waste your money.
2/10
The Canifor
Submitted by: Sharon in 15/08/08
  • Age Group: 41 - 50
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Family Traveller
Unfortunately the Canifor came as a bit of a shock. It is very old and dated and its location wasn't great. The food was terrible, though edible. The receptionists were lovely. It needs remodernising, relocating and a much bigger pool.
9/10
Overall GREAT hotel
Submitted by: Katharina in 09/09/07
  • Age Group: 26 - 30
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Budget Traveller
After reading several bad reviews I was nervous to try this hotel, however the rooms were spacious, the food was to satisfy everyone, if we required something without meat we just asked and within 15 mins we had another meal. The staff both in reception and resturant were friendly. I really enjoyed my stay. Swimming pool was of average size, however had swimming pool inside. This was a bargain find and I will go back!
8/10
Superb Value for Money
Submitted by: Heather in 09/08/07
  • Age Group: 31 - 40
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Family Traveller
The Canifor is well located in a quiet street just a short walk away from two resorts - Qawra and Bugibba so you can easily walk to either in about three minutes. The bus terminal is nearby too and you can go anywhere on the island via bus for next to nothing. The hotel itself - well the rooms are cleaned and beds made daily, towels changed daily. The hotel is immaculate. We stayed on the all inclusive deal. The food is superb - plenty of choice and always piping hot. Extensive choice of snacks available during the day. Bar service was superb and all of the staff had a fantastice attitude and couldn't do enough for you. The evening entertainment wasn't exactly the London Palladium but if you fancy a walk out there is lots going on. Would recommend to anyone.
3/10
Never again
Submitted by: Mick in 23/03/07
  • Age Group: 51 - 60
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Mature Couple
4 star.. You're having a laugh.
Don't go there this time of year unless..
1] you're over 70 [and have your parents with you]
2] you're not at all fussy about your food...i.e., you don't mind sausages so tough you cant chew them, it doesn't bother you to find a dead earwig in your salad, you only like your soup warm anyway [at least the plates/bowls are red hot though],you like your toast either barely cooked or black, monotonous menu, don't like fresh fruit, coz you certainly wont see any, uninspiring repetitive sweets/puddings[they look ok but that's all], mis-described meals [i.e. roast turkey was actually 'turkey roast', you know.. all the odd bits pressed together to make a turkey joint.
Did I mention the pool view from my balcony? Oh, and the building site [they start work very early over there]
The entertainment? A middle aged couple with an organ and a tambourine playing endless 40's and 50's tunes OR a very poor [in my opinion] crooner doing it his way [certainly not mine]
Bingo Monday and Wednesday evenings
Pool in the shade after midday, indoor pool very nice but water didn't look too healthy.
A couple of pool tables, a few games machines,
Large screen TV in lounge for football/sports although they actually show a DVD at 2pm each day [unless there's football]
Advertise 'satellite TV'...but the only English language channel is Sky news, plus a film each night on channel 10.
The accommodation? Dated. Our room had an unpleasant smell [sort of old engine oil/diesel/musty, had to buy a can of air freshener.
Knobs missing off cupboards/drawers.
Broken and cracked floor tiles in bathroom + cracked sink. Mould in corners of bath etc etc.
Sheets not changed entire week
[The broken tile had sharp edges, reported on day one but nothing done about it].
Most of the staff were very friendly although I got the impression that some of them would rather be somewhere else [quite a bit of shouting at one another, in Maltese of course so don't know what their problems were.
Altogether, the most boring week of our lives.
If the weathers poor there's nothing to keep you occupied in the hotel.
A special mention though for one of the barmen, can't recall his name, but late 50's and shortish. He took the mike off the soloist and belted out a few good songs and we were only too glad to join in and make for half an hours decent entertainment. Whatever's his name.. He's wasted behind the bar as he was miles better than either of the regular turns.
Plus points.. Reception, lounge and dining room very tidy but the best point...it's very near the bus station so escape is easy.
6/10
Just above average
Submitted by: Maggie in 08/01/07
  • Age Group: 41 - 50
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Sun Seeker
Rooms were clean, we were on an all inclusive the food was average could have had a better choice, some of the staff could have been more friendly, location of hotel good very central to bus station, the entertainment wasn't very good a lack of variety, we did however meet a lot of nice people on this holiday, who made it more enjoyable.
2/10
The pits
Submitted by: John Brown in 02/01/07
  • Age Group: 51 - 60
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Relaxation Seeker
Having booked for three weeks at this hotel I left after 7 days the food was repetitive mediocre cooked staff did not listen when I told then of my food allergies still was served things I was not allowed to eat we had to eat out for three days food choice was that bad. If you got a clean glass it was a miracle, also I do not expect to go to a four star hotel and be forced to sit in the games room on steel seats to have your drinks during the day. we went into the main lounge during the day at 4pm it was to dark we asked for the staff to put the lights on we were told sorry we cant until 6pm do your self a favour and don't go to this hotel it is the worst I have ever been to
6/10
A bit hit and miss
Submitted by: David Graham in 06/10/06
  • Age Group: 51 - 60
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Mature Couple
First the good points, we had read various reviews about the cleanliness of the hotel, It was very clean. The staff were friendly.

However, it was advertised as having air-conditioning, what they don't say is that it is restricted to about 3 hours per day (only put on when enough people complain). the plumbing is awful, the shower dribbled water out with two setting, red hot or luke warm. It is very handy for the bus station (2-3 minutes walk)

The food was adequate but not exciting, beans egg (fried or scrambled) with tomatoes or cornflakes and assorted extras. Evening meal was soup (good), pasta or meat (various) with hardboiled potatoes and veg then a choice of 3 puddings (cake, gateau or fruit (you have to ask for this)). There is a small outdoor pool (this sun is off this by 11am) and an indoor pool with jacuzzi (this pool has a couple of broken tiles. There is also a roof terrace with jacuzzi.

There is no fridge as advertised for rental, there is a free mini-cooler, not adequate if like me you are taking insulin. It only cools when the key is used to operate the lekky.

Sky sports were shown on various tv's, nightly entertainment was geared to the over 50's. Turn left out of the hotel and you will come to a small bar on the right (100 yards), live entertainment.

All in all this is at best a 3 star hotel but if you just use it as a base it is perfectly adequate.
8/10
Nice Hotell!
Submitted by: Tom Erik & Caroline in 11/09/06
  • Age Group: 26 - 30
  • From: Norway
  • Traveller type: Honeymooners
Very good location, nice personel. Tony in the barn is brilliant! Nice pool, nice rooms! For that price I'd reccomend it any day!
1/10
Don't ever stay here!!
Submitted by: Sharon in 14/08/06
  • Age Group: 31 - 40
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Young Couple
Having read all previous reviews of this hotel we were optimistic of a pleasant stay. However, upon our arrival the similarity to Beirut was unexpected. Lifts that didn't work, rooms which reminded us of accommodation in Soviet Russia, together with a pool which would have disappointed any child as a paddling pool all added to our dismay. Two things further put "the tin hat on it" for us. The excavations using JCBs and pneumatic pile drivers had not been mentioned by anybody, however, added a rythmn to our holiday that MC Hammer would have been proud of! Secondly the food.....

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  • Address: Triq In- Nakkri - Qawra - Spb 05 - Malta
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