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  • Canifor Hotel

Canifor Hotel

Malta and Gozo, Europe

Sun seekers rejoice – here's a holiday hotspot that's refreshingly laidback. Qawra, up at the North Eastern tip of the archipelago is the place to be for its attractive pebbly beaches, its array of water sports activities and, of course, its sunshine.

One of the island's premier places to stay, the Canifor Hotel brings you four star facilities right in the heart of Qawra. Famed for its friendly and attentive service, it's one of those 'you won't have to lift a finger' hotels – the staff will do whatever they can to ensure you have a really relaxing holiday.

The sun, scenery and impressive service make the Canifor Hotel a top holiday choice:

As soon as you arrive at the Canifor Hotel you'll know you're in for a treat. The impressive reception area shows that this is a hotel of real quality. And it's ideally situated for whatever kind of holiday you want. There are flat, pebbly beaches at St. Pauls and Salina Bays – both wonderful places to take a dip and catch some rays.

The Canifor Hotel is just the sort of base you need. The en suite rooms are all fully air-conditioned and come with direct dial phone, radio and mini cooler. Each has its own balcony too.

There are certainly lots of incentives to spend time in the hotel, whether it's for a dip in the indoor or outdoor pools (or Jacuzzi for a bit of a treat), or a quick tan top up on the terrace. To really get you relaxing, you can even have a massage (there is a charge for this service) – just one more way that the Canifor Hotel really looks after you.

The Canifor Hotel has its own restaurant as well as a Saturday pizzeria to tempt you.

Qawra gives you all the ingredients for a perfect Maltese holiday – and one of the most important is the Canifor Hotel itself. As soon as you're booked in, you'll begin to relax and enjoy the perfect laidback lifestyle.

Due to the surrounding area and the number of steps around the hotel, it may not be suitable for those with mobility difficulties.

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  • Outdoor Pool
  • Indoor Pool
  • Jacuzzi
  • Sun Terrace
  • Restaurant
  • Coffee Shop
  • Pizzeria (Open Saturdays)
  • Live Music
  • Entertainment
  • TV Area
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  • *Some facilities may incur an additional fee
  • #Heated Nov-Mar

Room Types

Single Inland Room
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The Local Area

The Canifor is a very pleasant 4-star hotel offering high levels of service and comfort. It is situated just a few minutes from the attractive Qawra promenade and between St. Paul's Bay and Salina Bay.

In both bays, there is ample opportunity for bathing off the flat rocks of the shoreline which are also popular for sunbathing. Guest facilities include an attractive reception foyer, a restaurant and bar lounge, both overlooking the swimming pool. There is also an indoor heated pool as well as a coffee shop.

Trip Advisor Reviews

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Not family friendly

Review by larlh

I am currently staying at their hotel now. It is disgusting. The food is horrible...

Staff is rude. Rooms are dirty. Its rated 4 star but I wouldn’t give it a 1. We are on all inclusive but we pay for water. The beds are like your sleeping on wires.

I have never ever wrote a bad review. But this hotel is baddddddd. Verrryyy bad.

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Very pleasant stay

Review by chrislL1811VR

Just returned from a week half board at this very pleasant hotel. We had 2 rooms and both were very nice. The beds were comfortable, bathrooms with showers and balcony overlooking the pool area...

There is also a fridge in each room. The towels could be changed for clean each day if required and the sheets changed midweek. Breakfast was a choice of full cooked, continental or cereals with as much or as little as you wanted. Each evening meal there was a choice of at least 4 different mains with accompanying veg also a salad bar and plenty of desserts. The pool area was clean and tidy with sunbeds and cafe style seating. The sun was prominent in different areas around the pool pretty much all day. The staff were friendly and helpful. The building work we had been advised about was unobtrusive and caused us no problems at all. I had been wary of what to expect after reading some of the reviews, but can honestly say we had a great stay. Yes some of the decor is a bit tired and the fan In the room a bit noisy. The hotel was probably only about half full due to current travel restrictions, so it might be a bit crowded in the dining room or pool area when full. All in all we had a great time and wouldn't hesitate to stay here again.

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3 Star hotel

Review by strings6 Flint, United Kingdom

The Canifor Hotel is a three star experience the rooms are small and clean, the views are bad, nice balconies though, the breakfast was passible, not had the evening meal yet, so I can't comment, the hotel is convient for the bus station and a few bars and shops, buy a bus ticket for 20 euro,s it lasts all week, and go around the island all week, hopping on and off the bus staying in sleepy villages, and there are some nice beaches too. The reception was very helpfull.

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Insufficient AC at night and staff need training

Review by Vsiron Portsmouth, United Kingdom

Some of their staff (including receptionists and cleaners) need training about either how their hotel is run or how to clean a room properly.

Perhaps their housekeeping staff aren't being paid well, or they need more training to understand what typical standard of housekeeping should be.

The housekeeper took out the bed sheets without putting back any clean ones one day...

When we asked the receptionist about this and she gave us an odd explanation. At first, she told us that the bed sheets were in the wash at the moment and the housekeeping staff would return the bed sheets later on. Then she decided to send a staff to put back on some bed sheets, but the bed sheets didn't look particularly clean.

A few hours later, I went downstairs to ask her about bringing in clean towels. She gave the same excuse and said the staff would be later to leave some clean towels. When we returned at night, there were no clean towels so I went to ask the receptionist (a night-time staff). He went and took some blue towels out, and those blue towels didn't seem clean at all.

The next day, we asked the housekeeper to come in as it seemed she might choose to skip our room if we were inside. I gave her back the blue towels and asked for some clean ones. She looked confusedly at the blue towels. Later in the afternoon, she came back and returned the blue towels because she didn't know what to do with them.

The housekeepers also don't seem to understand it's also their responsibility to clean the balcony too. The balcony had not been cleaned during our entire stay.

Another thing that I must complain is their AC system. It does get boiling at night, and the ceiling fan has one speed which gave me a headache after me sleeping underneath that.

Their breakfast was okay if you knew what to expect (which is food is horrible in Malta generally).

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Review by IAIN1671 scotland

Stayed here for 5 nights on half board basis . First time in Malta and didnt do enough research before booking this. It was just a last minute up and go decision. I WISH I HAD LOOKED MORE CAREFULLY. The hotel itself is old and run down needing a complete refurb...

The area is quiet and pretty far out from main activities and facilities compared to othe resort areas in malta.

I did find reception staff helpful and friendly as were a "few" of restaurant staff. Food is not great at all. Breakfast is bland and of limited choice and dinner is just a repeat of the same thing every evening and not exciting or enjoyable at all.

Rooms are adequate size but poorly decorated and shabby fittings. Bathrooms need a complete revamp as dirt and mould all around with loose fittings and broken bits . NO toiletries just squeezy bottle on wall containing goo Cleaners seem to just come into your room each day to look busy as all that was ever done was bed made and towels changed with very little else.

Pool area is horrible and roof top is a no go area.

Deposit required for tv remote , if you want a kettle you give a deposit plus 2 euro a day charge.

On the whole , not a great hotel and not in best area or part of malta. Plus side , bus station only a 3 minute walk from hotel with services to good areas and to airport (slow route taking almost 90 minutes)

Do some more research on this hotel and this area before booking because for the same cheap price you will find better hotels in better areas

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