Written on: 29/08/2008
Clean rooms & pool/bar area.
Found the rear room balcony to be very narrow & view not particularly good in my opinion.
This was our first visit to Malta as a family. The island is like most in the Med with some areas being quite modern & others rather run down.
The White Dolphin complex was fine for us. The rooms were basic, but clean & tidy (after all you only use them as a base to sleep). The owner was very helpful as was the owner of the restaurant/bar onsite. Linen/towels were changed twice a week & the apartment cleaned (Tuesdays/Fridays).
In other reviews, people have mentioned the pool being shady in the afternoon & rear rooms not being so good. From our experience, having the shade in the afternoon was a bonus as it was 33 degrees plus in the morning.
With regard to rooms, if you opt for a 1 bedroom apartment, it is likely to be at the rear of the hotel and will be facing a building site (unfinished apartment block). Those rooms on the first 3 floors additionally have an enclosed wall opposite so do not benefit from the sun as much as the upper floors (four, five & six).
The better block to be in at the back appears to be Block B which is where we were (4th floor) as this opposite the end of the unfinished block & certainly had sun for most of the day.
The front rooms are 1 room studios which look over the pool/bar area but after about midday, the sun has moved to the rear of the complex.
Qawra is rather smaller & quieter than Bugibba which is about a 30 minute walk from the White Dolphin. We had several snack meals at the restaurant onsite which were fine (an all day english breakfast is currently 2.70 euros) and the end of week BBQ on the Friday was good.
For most of our meals however, we ate at Luzzu's which is on the main road in Qawra and has a nice veranda overlooking the bay (about a 5 minute walk from the White Dolphin) as we found this the best in the town.