The 25 Best Hotels in Malta reviewed

The 25 Best Hotels in Malta reviewed
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If you’re looking for the best hotels in Malta, you’ve come to the right place. My name is Ed, and I’m a tourist-turned-expat with years of experience travelling to Malta and staying at a number of hotels in the Maltese islands.

This guide offers you: 1) My selection of best hotels around, 2) The best rates for your chosen travel dates and 3) advice on where best to stay in Malta.

Let’s get started!

About this guide to Malta hotels

My aim with this guide is to help you find a hotel that matches your requirements and budget for the right accommodation in Malta for you. I have not been paid to mention any hotels, I’ve selected the best hotels in Malta based on my own experience and those of friends and family, whose judgement I trust.

To help you get a broader, balanced evaluation I’ve also included pros/cons that are frequently mentioned by other travellers, for each of the hotels listed.

 

Tips to get you started

  • Determine what your requirements are
    • Step 1: Decide where in Malta you would like to stay.
    • Step 2: Decide on what type of holiday you’re looking for. Is it your intention to spend time at the hotel’s facilities, enjoy the pool, maybe a spa treatment and maybe book a few tours? Are you looking for a hotel in Malta you can spend time in comfortably, but you intend to actively explore the country and don’t need all the extras 4/5-star hotels offer? Or are you looking for a hotel to sleep and have breakfast in, spending most of your time out and about and not looking to spend too much on accommodation?
  • Hotel rates indicated for some of the listings below may vary depending on the time of year and room availability. I’ve listed cost estimate for the more modestly priced hotels for peak season (July), verified around 6 months in advance. If you want actual prices for your chosen dates, have a look on Tripadvisor where you can check the best rates available from different websites.
  • If quality, comfort and budget are your primary concerns, I’m pretty confident the below offers a few good options to consider as part of your research. I’ve also included hotels that are particularly good locations for those travellers who are looking to get to know Malta a little better.

 

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My recommendations for best hotels in Malta

So you’ve decided you’re looking to stay at an all inclusive hotel for maximum relaxation. You’ll find there’s some good choice around. These are my recommendations for hotels to consider, to suit different requirements and budgets.

Grand Harbour Hotel

The Grand Harbour Hotel in Valletta - one of the more popular Malta hotels

Location: Valletta

Cost: Starts at around €90 per night per room in high season. A sea view upgrade costs and additional €30 per night.

Although it’s technically a two-star rated place, it’s a quaint little hotel in the heart of Valletta, overlooking Grand Harbour, which gets great reviews and is highly popular among tourists. Great value for a reasonably comfortable place to stay at a great location.

Pros

  • Reasonably priced, yet well served
  • Great location, especially for the price
  • Clean rooms, friendly and helpful stuff
  • Rooms have air conditioning, which is an absolute must in summer and isn’t normally offered in a two-star hotel

Things to consider

  • Requires early booking. Rooms sell out pretty quickly, especially during the high season
  • If you’re looking to rent a car it may be difficult to find a place to park, even though public parking spaces are available nearby.

Depiro point

Depiro points apartments in Sliema

Location: Sliema

Built in recent years, Depiro point is a large block of apartments where you can get spacious self-catering accommodation for a very reasonable price, especially considering the location. Sliema (and nearby St. Julian’s) are some of the most popular places for travellers visiting Malta.

Tip: The top floor apartments offer nice terraces and good city views.

Pros

  • Value for money
  • Private parking available
  • Although not at the seafront, it’s a great location. All parts of Sliema, plus St. Julian’s are within walking distance.
  • Home away from home

Things to consider

  • Self-catering, so no meals included. Nevertheless, good choice of restaurants nearby.
  • Service/maintenance gets mixed reviews sometimes.

Soreda Hotel

The Soreda hotel in Qawra

Location: Qawra

The Soreda Hotel offers a decent level of accommodation in one of the more popular tourist areas of Malta. No frills, with clean rooms, good amenities and friendly staff. Its location is close to the seafront and there’s a good choice of restaurants and pubs around.

Pros

  • Affordable accommodation in an area that is in high demand
  • Clean, good sized rooms with air conditioning
  • Indoor fitness centre and good sized pools

Things to consider

  • Value offered in high season a question mark. May need refurbishment.

Mellieħa Holiday Centre

The Mellieha Holiday Centre is a bungalow park right opposite Mellieha Bay.

Location: Outskirts of Mellieħa

The Mellieħa Holiday Centre is something quite unique in Malta: A bungalow park with smaller and larger bungalows, situated right opposite Malta’s largest beach, Mellieħa Bay.

Although listed as “reasonably priced”, don’t expect to find budget accommodation here, simply due to the nature of the complex. It’s intended to accommodate families with kids comfortably, with spacious rooms and recently refurbished interiors.

Pros

  • Great location, very quiet and right opposite Mellieha Bay (directly accessible via a tunnel underneath the main road)
  • Recently refurbished, quality accommodation
  • Good amenities and facilities: Has its own grocery shop, restaurant, large indoor/outdoor pools, etc.
  • Parking available within the complex

Things to consider

  • Use of air conditioning is charged separately from room rates and can be pricey.

Pergola Club Hotel & Spa

Pergola Club Hotel & Spa

Location: Mellieħa

Located near the centre of Mellieħa, the Pergola Hotel & Spa offers decent accommodation and good facilities at reasonable prices. Most of the rooms are quite spacious, although small rooms are also offered here, so choose your room carefully. If you’re looking for an option for accommodation in Mellieħa, this is a good option to consider.

Having said that, you would choose to stay here if you want to be close to a large sandy beach or you want to stay in a quiet village to explore the rest of Malta from. If you belong to the second group, you’ll want to hire a car and public parking is difficult to find near this hotel. They offer private parking but expect to pay €8/day as a separate charge.

Pros

  • Good location, near the centre of Mellieha
  • Clean, comfortable rooms (although small rooms are offered!)
  • Good facilities, good service
  • Rooftop dining area with nice views
  • Good place to explore the rest of Malta from

Things to consider

  • Private parking expensive (€8/day) and a necessity if hiring a car
  • Confusing hotel layout
  • Hotel restaurant food not great, although good dining options within walking distance
  • Listed as 4-star, really and truly a 3-star hotel

Seashells Resort at Suncrest

The Seashells Resort at Suncrest at Qawra

Location: Qawra

The Seashells Resort at Suncrest is one of the larger hotels in Qawra and is usually in high demand. Although listed as a 4-star property, it doesn’t quite reach that level, although room rates are reasonable nevertheless.

With a location that’s suitable for most types of travellers, the hotel has a large outdoor pool across the road, right at the seafront and is located near Ta` Fra Ben for those who prefer swimming in the sea (or snorkelling).

Pros

  • Good quality accommodation at reasonable rates
  • Suitable for most types of travellers
  • Good choice of restaurants and pubs nearby
  • Evening entertainment

Things to consider

  • Busy hotel and busy area on the whole in high season
  • Parts of the hotel in need of a little refurbishment

4-Star hotels

Ramla Bay Resort

Location: Marfa, close to Cirkewwa at the Northernmost tip of the main island Malta. Nearest village: Mellieħa.

This hotel complex has been around for a good number of years but was refurbished fairly recently and is a good option for a quality holiday at a reasonable price, also for families with kids.

Although remote, access to quieter roads that lead to other parts of the island is a benefit.

Pros

  • Beautiful location, overlooking the channel with views of Comino and Gozo
  • Easy access to both Comino and Gozo, with ferries within walking distance
  • Balanced location to explore all three islands, although expect a bit of travel time to go around
  • Peaceful, in the countryside and close to the sea
  • Private sandy beach, relatively clean and water sports offered.
  • One of the few hotels in Malta that take entertainment seriously.
  • Good option for families with kids

Things to consider

  • Car hire is a must if you want to go around. Bus stops nearby but long commutes to places of interest in Malta.
  • Restaurant choice very limited. Hotel restaurant offers decent (buffet) food at a reasonable price but the only other options are a nearby hotel’s restaurant and a ‘lido’ with good food but not necessarily a place everyone would enjoy visiting and usually opens only during the summer months.
  • Recent construction works means the hotel hasn’t quite settled back into regular operations. I suggest you book or summer 2018 at the earliest.

db Seabank Resort + Spa

Seabank Resort and Spa

Location: Mellieħa

Having undergone a major renovation and upgrade a couple of years ago, the db Seabank Resort + Spa is a popular choice for couples and families with children looking to stay in the Mellieħa area. Located at the foot of the main road coming down from the village, you’ll be staying right at the edge of Malta’s largest sandy beach, Mellieħa Bay.

The hotel itself offers comfortable accommodation with amenities of a high standard and a great outdoor pool.

Pros

  • Great location, with Mellieha Bay (largest sandy beach) right across the road
  • Good option for couples, also suitable for families with children
  • Good choice of restaurants, with a few great options located in the centre of Mellieha as well (some of my favourites are listed on my list of restaurant recommendations)
  • Spacious, nicely decorated rooms
  • Parking facilities available in underground garage
  • Gozo and Comino are easy to reach from this location

Things to consider

  • If you’re looking to explore Malta (and Gozo), you’ll definitely need a car. Public transport is easily accessible but transit times to other parts of Malta can be pretty long.
  • Unless you like a steep uphill walk, you’ll need to catch a bus to get into the centre of Mellieha

db San Antonio Hotel & Spa

The db San Antonio Hotel & Spa, located in Qawra

Location: Qawra / Buġibba

Cost estimate: Around €160 per room, per night during the high season (booked well in advance)

db San Antonio Hotel & Spa is one of the few quality hotels around in this popular tourist area and was recently refurbished to high standards with comfortable rooms, a stone’s throw away from the sea (and also offering sea view rooms).

Pros

  • High-quality facilities and comfortable rooms which were recently refurbished
  • Friendly, helpful and professional staff
  • Good hotel restaurants and choice of restaurants in the area (for mixed budgets). Also, a number of English-style pubs are located in the area.
  • Parking facilities available in underground garage (in an area of Malta where parking is notoriously hard to find during the high season)
  • Gets very positive (genuine) reviews
  • Family-friendly

Things to consider

  • Although the location certainly isn’t bad, it is a tourist hotspot and although an (artificial) beach can be found right opposite the hotel, it’s not necessarily the nicest place to go for a swim. It’s worth a small walk to swim at a (rocky) bay called Ta` Fra Ben (Qawra point).

Dolmen Resort Hotel & Spa

The Dolmen Resort Hotel

Location: Qawra seafront

Cost estimate: Around €135 per room, per night during the high season (booked well in advance)

The Dolmen Resort Hotel & Spa is located at the Qawra/Buġibba sea front and has good quality facilities and restaurants. If you like a little gambling, the hotel is also home to one of the few casinos on the island.

Pros

  • Generally speaking: comfortable, well-furnished rooms
  • Parking facilities available
  • Family-friendly
  • Decent choice of restaurants nearby, food of hotel restaurants gets mixed reviews, however, as does their buffet breakfast
  • Sea view rooms available with modest rates increase
  • Myoka spa – Local spa franchise with a good reputation, and for good reason

Things to consider

  • Be wary of timeshare sales folk
  • Not the quietest hotel on the island, from what I’ve been told
  • Reports of some rooms needing maintenance and refurbishments, while others were recently improved.
  • Although the location certainly isn’t bad, it is a tourist hotspot and although an (artificial) beach can be found right opposite the hotel, it’s not necessarily the nicest place to go for a swim. It’s worth a small walk to swim at a (rocky) bay called Ta` Fra Ben (Qawra point).

Salini Resort

Salini Resort hotel

The Salini Resort is a hotel located just outside the Buġibba/Qawra/St. Paul’s Bay area. It’s a good option for those looking to benefit from a location suitable for exploring Malta while not being right in the middle of the hustle and bustle of what can be a rather busy location during the high season.

Having undergone refurbishment recently, you get good quality and modern accommodation with relative peace and quiet. This hotel gets very good reviews now that it’s been revamped so definitely worth considering.

Pros

  • High quality, modern accommodation. Recently refurbished.
  • Quiet all-inclusive resort, located outside of the busier parts of the Buġibba/Qawra/St. Paul’s Bay area
  • Highly rated staff and service
  • Free car park on-site

Things to consider

  • If you’re not renting a car, you might not be happy with the location. There are few restaurants/bars around in the immediate vicinity and although nearby, it’s quite a walk to get to Buġibba, Qawra and St. Paul’s Bay. The hotel offers a shuttle to the heart of these villages and public transport is accessible right outside the hotel, but you depend on others for transport.

Park Lane Aparthotel

Park Lane Apart Hotel

Location: Qawra

Located in the popular tourist village of Qawra, the Park Lane Aparthotel is something a little bit of a gem in an area that’s known more for larger, family-oriented hotels. Offering a mix of hotel rooms and self-catering apartments, its unassuming, modern interiors and central location offer a good option to couples of all ages.

Pros

  • Smaller hotel, also offering self-catering apartments
  • More suitable for couples (as opposed to families with children), being quieter
  • High quality, modern accommodation that is reasonably priced
  • Good location, close to seafront and around the corner from Buġibba bus terminus

Things to consider

  • Few amenities aside from the small rooftop pool and terrace. Not a huge con if you’re not looking for a resort-type hotel.
  • No private parking. If you’re renting a car, you can use the paid parking (€5/day) of the nearby db San Antonio Hotel + Spa, which is 5 minutes away on foot.

Golden Tulip Vivaldi Hotel

The front of the Golden Tulip Vivaldi in Paceville.

Towards the edge of Paceville (Malta’s nightlife centre, part of St. Julian’s), the Golden Tulip Vivaldi offers good quality accommodation for younger couples and group travellers. It’s a good location if nightlife is important to you while St. George’s bay beach is nearby and St. Julian’s within walking distance.

Pros

  • Good quality, comfortable accommodation and high level of cleanliness
  • Friendly and helpful staff, good reviews for service
  • Reasonably priced
  • Amenities of a good standard

Things to consider

  • Close to nightlife – not for everyone
  • Public transport connections nearby limited and parking charged at 8 EUR/day.

Argento Hotel

The Argento Hotel is located around the corner from Spinola Bay, St. Julians.

Another option in St. Julians, but located in the actual village rather than the busy Paceville, the Argento Hotel provides quality accommodation at reasonable rates. With a modern look, high-quality amenities and stylishly decorated rooms, it’s one of my personal favourites.

Situated right around the corner from Spinola Bay, you’ll be staying in a slightly quieter part of town but within reach of some of the nicer parts and restaurants. The St. Julians bus terminus is also nearby and with a 5-minute walk, you’re well connected to other parts of the island.

Pros

  • Great location – not too busy but right around the corner from some of the nicest parts of St. Julians
  • High-quality, modern accommodation at reasonable rates
  • Rooftop pool, all amenities you need to be comfortable
  • Public transport connections close by

Things to consider

  • A few complaints about lack of sound proofing

Hotel Juliani

Hotel Juliani at St. Julians

Location: St. Julian’s

Fully deserving its four stars, Hotel Juliani provides a high level of accommodation and is located along Spinola Bay, one of the nicer parts of town overlooking the bay.

Although amenities and rooms are on par with similar hotels listed above, rates are a little higher here because of its location. Nevertheless, it’s an excellent option if you’re not on a budget and you won’t need to worry about good food options – there’s a good choice of restaurants right on the hotel’s doorstep.

Pros

  • Modern, nicely done up hotel
  • Great views over Spinola Bay
  • Good choice of restaurants nearby
  • Public transport connections nearby as well

Things to consider

  • Can be a little pricey
  • Bathrooms apparently a little on the small side

5-Star luxury hotels

If your primary concern is luxury and comfort, these are some of the best hotels in Malta in the 5-Star category. The hotels I recommend below are located in various parts of the islands, so even if you’re looking to explore Malta while enjoying the best accommodation the island has to offer, you should find something that suits your requirements.

Although more 5-star hotels exist in Malta besides the ones I’ve listed below, most don’t really deserve the 5-star rating, either because they’re in need of refurbishment or they simply don’t meet the expected standard. Most of the premium price charged is often attributed to the location rather than the quality of facilities.

Radisson Blu Golden Sands

The Radisson Blu Golden Sands is considered to be one of the best hotels in Malta.

Location: Golden Bay, on the West coast of Malta. Nearest villages: Manikata and Mġarr.

Currently one of the best hotels in Malta, the Radisson Blu Golden Sands is an excellent choice if:

  • Budget isn’t a top concern
  • Your holiday is focused on relaxation and hotel and beach life.

High standards, all the facilities you’d expect and one of the most beautiful locations on the island, right on one of the bigger beaches at Golden Bay, with a magnificent sea view.

Pros

  • Excellent location if you’re looking for “hotel + beach”.
  • Peaceful, even when it gets busy, with little more than countryside around (which is rare in Malta) and a nature reserve nearby
  • Self-catering apartments available
  • All the facilities you’d expect from an establishment of this standard, and franchise.
  • Myoka spa – Local spa franchise with a good reputation, and for good reason.
  • Good choice for an off-season visit (and good value rooms to be booked).

Things to consider

  • Scarcity value – Relatively expensive, simply because of its unique location
  • Not the best location to explore the islands from, especially if you really want to get to know Malta, unless you’re a confident driver looking to rent a car. To give you an indication, it takes an experienced driver around 45 minutes to get to Valletta (Malta’s capital city), assuming they don’t encounter traffic. Although a bus stop with a direct route to Valletta can be found just outside the hotel it’ll easily take double that time to get there.
  • Restaurant choice limited, although good quality food and dining experience and not overly expensive. There are three restaurants in the hotel complex, one or two nearby.
  • Timeshare apartments are sold. I can’t tell you whether timeshare sales guys pose a nuisance here, I just know they’re there and I’m not a big fan.

The Xara Palace

The Xara Palace hotel, at the heart of Mdina

The Xara Palace has a charm not encountered in any other hotel in its class in Malta. You’ll encounter a good balance of quality facilities and rooms, brilliant location with views and a good base to explore the rest of the island from.

Location:  Inside the old city of Mdina, Malta

Pros

  • Unique location, atop a hill strategically chosen in a city built centuries ago. Top tourist spot (and for good reason), but not crowded with tourists.
  • Good location to explore the rest of the island from
  • Brilliant views across the main island Malta
  • Good standards of facilities, friendly staff, comfortable and uniquely laid out rooms, some with small terraces and jacuzzis
  • Although you won’t have the widest choice of restaurants around, there’s a good mix of quality restaurants and wine bars, also in nearby Rabat.

Things to consider

  • If you prefer modern interiors, this isn’t the place for you
  • Although some of the nicer beaches aren’t far away, you wouldn’t choose to stay here if sun and beach are your top holiday priorities
  • A small point, since distances are short, but if you’re renting a car the available parking is a few minutes’ walk away
  • The hotel is housed in an authentic old building, which has its charms but despite good upkeep, you may encounter small issues. It seems staff is very helpful in making sure all is in order, but if you’re looking for perfection to a tee you might not like small imperfections.

Le Méridien Hotel & Spa

Le Méridien Hotel & Spa

Location: St. Julian’s

Located at the Balluta Bay area of St. Julian’s (a nice part of the area) and overlooking the bay itself, the Le Méridien Hotel & Spa offers high-quality, comfortable accommodation and amenities. With a reasonably-sized rooftop pool that offers a great view, it’s a lovely hotel to consider.

Pros

  • Located in the nicest part of St. Julian’s, with a view of the picturesque Balluta Bay
  • High-quality accommodation and amenities
  • Great spa, indoor pool, gym and squash courts
  • Rooftop pool
  • Private parking available (possibly charged separately) – public parking can be difficult to find here

Things to consider

  • If you end up getting a room without sea view it’ll be overpriced accommodation
  • Rooftop pool, although offering great views, is a little on the small side
  • Misses some of the premium feel that you’d expect of a 5-star hotel

The Westin Dragonara Resort

The Westin Dragonara Resort is a luxury hotel in St. Julian's.

Location: St. Julian’s

The Westin Dragonara Resort is one of the few 5-star hotels in Malta that offer the premium feel you’d expect from accommodation with that rating. Spacious, high-quality interiors with a good standard of facilities throughout and a large gym, this hotel is a popular choice for travellers with deep pockets.

Although located in a nice part of the island, you’ll need a short walk to get to the more central part of St. Julian’s where you can find the better restaurants in the area.

Pros

  • Premium feel to match 5-star rating
  • High-quality accommodation, with an eye for detail
  • Large gym and good-sized indoor pool, as well as large outdoor pool with sea view

Things to consider

  • Good location, although getting to the centre of St. Julians requires a short walk
  • Weirdly, in-room wi-fi is charged separately and is expensive

Fortina Spa Resort

Fortina Spa Resort

The Fortina Spa Resort is located near the tip of Sliema, known as Tigné Point, in one of the nicer parts of this popular seaside village that lies across Malta’s capital city of Valletta. At the Fortina you get high-quality accommodation and amenities that you’d expect and makes for a good choice if you’re looking to stay in Sliema. Although it’s debatable whether the hotel fully deserves a 5-star rating, the hotel’s rates are usually  low enough to offer decent value.

Pros

  • High-quality accommodation and amenities
  • Good location, easy to get to Valletta from across the road (ferry)
  • Great spa and indoor gym

Things to consider

  • Not really 5-star, although reasonable rates can be found with the right timing, considering what you get
  • Hotel maintenance gets mixed reviews

Casa Ellul

Casa Ellul

Location: Valletta

If you’re looking to stay in Malta’s capital city and you’re looking for some of the most premium accommodation around, you’ve just found it. Casa Ellul is an absolute gem of a hotel, located on the northern side of Valletta, tucked away within one of its quieter streets. Considering the quality of this hotel, its rates are also reasonable, although that may be less of a concern if you’re looking for this type of hotel.

Pros

  • One of the best hotels in the area, very popular and for good reason
  • Intimate and small
  • Tastefully decorated, spacious suites
  • Good location to explore Valletta from
  • Good public transport connections with the rest of Malta through the bus terminus just outside the city

Things to consider

  • If you’re sensitive to sound or a light sleeper, you might not enjoy the limited sound insulation which allows city noise to seep through.

Grand Hotel Excelsior

The Grand Excelsior Hotel, harbour-side in Valletta

The Grand Hotel Excelsior is located just outside of Valletta, offers nice views across Marsamxett Harbour (to the West of Valletta) and is a comfortable place to stay. The biggest benefit of staying here is the location and the quality of accommodation is of a high standard.

Pros

  • Good location, just outside Malta’s capital city of Valletta and quite central for those looking to explore the island.
  • Good facilities, comfortable rooms, friendly staff and everything you’d expect from a hotel of this rating
  • Although the hotel restaurants get mixed reviews, it’s the choice of restaurants in Valletta that are the real benefit here. Entertainment is also just around the corner.

Things to consider

  • It’s a fairly modern hotel but some of the exteriors already look a little tired, which is a shame for a 5-star hotel
  • The hotel is located at sea level, while Valletta itself is perched a little higher, which means there’s a steep incline (or steps) to climb if you’re looking to walk up to the city.
  • Although you can swim in the sea, and the view of Marsamxett Harbour is nice, it’s not the prettiest place to swim and there’s no (sandy) beach nearby. Then again, you wouldn’t stay in Valletta for a beach holiday anyway.

Kempinski San Lawrenz

The Kempinski San Lawrenz hotel, located in the centre of island Gozo

Location: San Lawrenz, Gozo

This hotel is known locally as one of the top hotels around, and with its quiet and rural setting in the generally more quiet island of Gozo, it’s a perfect place for a comfortable retreat. Although facilities are up to standard some features of the hotel could do with a little refurbishment.

Pros

  • Few places around the Maltese islands will give you this much peace and quiet combined with this much comfort.
  • Location-wise, Gozo is a lovely place to explore and discover
  • Family-friendly

Things to consider

  • Most of the places of interest are located in Malta, so if you’re looking to explore and get to know Malta as a country, Gozo might not be the best place to do so
  • Some features of the hotel look a little tired and are in need of refurbishment
  • The location is a little remote though in any case it’s highly recommended to rent a car in Gozo to get around.

Cheap “You get what you pay for” hotels

If you’re on a tight budget and looking for accommodation in Malta, you’re normally better off not staying at a hotel, but at a B&B guesthouse or an apartment rented directly from the owner, through sites like Airbnb.

Most hotels in this price bracket aren’t worth the low rates they charge, unfortunately, though these are a few options to consider that are reasonable still. “Reasonable” meaning – You’ll get a good night’s sleep here and the rooms are clean, but that’s as far as it goes.

Porto Del Sol Guesthouse

Location: Xemxija, on the outskirts of St. Paul’s Bay and on the main road leading to Mellieħa

Cost estimate: €45-50 per night per room in high season (booked well in advance nevertheless). No breakfast included but a few options available for food nearby.

Pros

  • Great views, especially for the prices charged
  • Friendly staff
  • Clean rooms, decent beds
  • Bus stop right outside the hotel with connections to major places of interest

Cons

  • Very basic rooms with old furniture
  • No soundproofing so if you’re sensitive to noise, pack a good set of earplugs
  • Wi-fi connectivity doesn’t seem to be available all throughout, best to contact staff in advance and check (or request a room with good reception)

Rivortorto Retreat House

This relatively unknown hotel/hostel offers good value for the price, with good quality amenities, clean rooms and a central location. If you’re looking for a decent place to stay, to explore Malta from and on a tight budget, here’s a good option.

Location: Birkirkara, Malta

Cost estimate: €30 per night for a single room, €50 per night for a twin room in high season. Breakfast is not included (add €5 per night).

Pros

  • Location – Central, easy to get to different places in Malta with good bus connections
  • Good value – Free wifi and air conditioning are included, as well as a private bathroom

Cons

  • Location – Located in one of the busiest villages of Malta and nearby a church where church bells ring early in the morning. Sensitive to noise? Get a pair of good earplugs and you’re good.

Hotels on the beach

Despite being an island nation, there are few hotels in Malta that are located on some of the bigger beaches, or that have their own private beach. Those that do will obviously charge a premium, but perhaps that’s not a big issue for you.

If staying near the beach is a priority for you, you could consider staying at these hotels that are part of my recommendations above:

  • The Radisson Blu Golden Sands hotel is one of the best hotels on the island, with a 5-star rating but also a 5-star price tag, so probably not for everyone. It’s located on one of the cliffs overlooking Golden Bay, and, gives hotel guests direct access to the beach and has a small private beach area to offer as well.
  • The Ramla Bay Resort is a 4-star hotel with reasonable rates, and has its own little private sandy beach. It is, however, located quite remotely in the far Northern point of Malta and getting to the nearest large beach (Mellieha Bay) will take a short car ride (although it’s in walking distance)

These are other hotels to consider that give you direct access to a sandy beach (but for which I cannot give you any recommendations from personal experience unfortunately):

  • The Mellieha Bay Hotel (as you’d expect) is located to the side of Malta’s largest beach, Mellieha Bay and has its own little private beach in the corner of the bay. The hotel’s been around for a good number of years and it seems that although they’ve undergone refurbishment fairly recently it’s a “decent” hotel. If you’re not too fussy about interiors or gourmet food and you just want to relax in the sun and go for a dip, it seems alright. Do keep in mind it’s pretty quiet in the area.
  • Nearby, you’ll also find the Mellieha Holiday Centre, which, although not located right on the beach, has direct access to Mellieha Bay through a tunnel underneath the road that passes along the bay. You can’t really call it a hotel, as such it’s a small bungalow park, where you can rent bungalows of various sizes which are well equipped and have recently been refurbished. It’s not cheap to stay here, to stay the least, but you are very close to the biggest beach in Malta and the bungalows are more comfortable to stay in than a regular hotel, with a decent level of privacy to boot.
  • The Comino Hotel (again, as you’d expect) is located on the small island of Comino, in between main island Malta and Gozo. The hotel has a few small sandy beaches right outside and is located nearby the famous Blue Lagoon as well. Those are the pros. The cons are: 1) The hotel looks pretty tired, and although it’s not expensive and will be sufficient if you just need the basics, it does need refurbishment and 2) There isn’t an awful lot to do on Comino, which is barely inhabited and features little more than the hotel itself.
  • Also not quite on the beach, but right across Marsalforn Bay you can find the Calypso Hotel, in Gozo. It seems to be a decent hotel, with reasonably good ratings and comfortable rooms. As a location, it’s a good spot to explore Gozo from, but that has to be the purpose of your stay there. It would be impractical to use it as a base to get to know Malta as a country from. There’s nothing wrong with Gozo – beautiful bays, nice restaurants, relatively quiet, lots of unspoilt nature, etc.

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18 Comments

  1. This is a great site. Thanks for all your research as it makes it so much easier for a first-time traveller to Malta! This will be a short 3-night, 3 full days stay so thought Valletta would be the best choice for us. My husband and I prefer smaller hotels with character and are thinking about the Barrakka Suites. Can you rate it or suggest alternatives? We are planning to use the public transportation to get around.

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    • Hi Pat, thank you, I’m happy to hear the site’s been useful to you so far! 🙂 I recommend Barrakka Suites as one of the best options in Valletta, in fact, you can find my comments as well as more recommendations here: Hotels and other accommodation in Valletta

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  2. Sorry just to say – we are a family of 4, so we want a family hotel.

    We are also thinking about going in April 2017. What weather would we be likely to get?

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    • All hotels you mentioned are family-friendly as such, though location-wise (as mentioned regarding nightlife) unless your children are well into their teens, the Intercontinental may not be the best choice.

      April is usually sunny and temperature around 20 C during the day. More info on that here.

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  3. This is by far one of the best sites when thinking about travelling to Malta.

    I am looking for a premium 5 Star Property in St Julians. The ones I saw on Trip Advisor are – The Hilton (just newly renovated, The Westin, The Intercontinental, Corinthia and the Radisson Bleu.

    Can you help me out with the following:

    1. Which is the best in your opinion and why?
    2. Do any of these offer all inclusive?
    3. How far are these from the town centre and restaurants?

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    • Hi Adarsh,

      Although I’ve stayed at The Westin, Corinthia and Radisson Blu myself, I haven’t at the Hilton and Intercontinental. What I can tell you is that in my opinion both the Corinthia and Radisson Blu need a little attention in terms of rooms and interiors. They’re not bad, don’t get me wrong, though if you have the budget I’d suggest the Hilton.

      Location-wise, the Corinthia and Radisson Blu are on the outskirts and not the closest to St. Julian’s centre. The Intercontinental is closer to the centre but also located right in the middle of the Paceville area (known as the centre of local nightlife), which is great if you enjoy nights out. The Westin is on the edge of that area so not bad location-wise. Overall, apart from being the better choice qualitatively, the location of the Hilton is better – you’ll be close to Balluta bay and some of the better restaurants around. If budget isn’t a issue, that would be my choice.

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  4. Hi Edward,

    My husband & myself are thinking of a christmas break, we have visited Malta twice before but in the summer, I have earmarked 2 hotels & wondered which you thought would be best for a winter christmas visit, the Hilton in St Julians or the phoenicia in Valletta?

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    • Hi Jo, assuming you’re looking to do a little sightseeing as well I’d say Valletta will be a better location for that time of year.

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  5. Dear Edward
    What a great site this is. Lots of very well written information.
    I would like to ask about Mellieha Bay Hotel in particular. We have a 12 yr old daughter with extra needs who is mobile and loves the sea so the sandy beach and pools are good but it needs to be child friendly. We also like to visit historic sites and wondered if it could be done by bus or is a rental car the best way? We aim to visit the end of May.
    Can we hire a car in Mellieha (it would save two days rental) or is the airport the best option.
    Can you suggest any alternatives.
    Many Thanks

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    • Hi Lewis, thank you for the feedback, I’m happy you find the site to be useful to you! These are my answers to your queries:
      * Location-wise, the Mellieha Bay Hotel is a good option, with easy access to the beach, though you might be more comfortable at the Mellieha Holiday Centre (which will undoubtedly be more pricey, however), which also offers easy access through a tunnel underneath the road and also having a good-sized pool on its premises. Another option could be the db Seabank Resort & Spa as well. Do keep in mind that towards the end of May the weather will be good though sea temperatures will still be pretty chilly. The first half of June may be a better option in that regard (you’ll still beat the large high season crowds)
      * You can technically use the bus to get pretty much anywhere (and allow easy access being low floor buses), though it will definitely be easier and more comfortable for your child to have your own transport.
      * Yes, you can hire a car in Mellieha, in fact most rental companies will deliver a rental car to your hotel of choice free of charge. In the area I know that Drifter provide good service (they’re my parents’regular choice whenever they rent a car in Malta).

      I hope that helps!

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  6. Hi Edward, just wanted to thank you for this honest and helpful round-up of the best hotels around Malta. It’s very well thought-through and incredibly useful as we come to plan a birthday getaway. 🙂

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    • Hi Sam, thank you for the feedback – enjoy your stay! 🙂

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  7. We are due to stay at Radisson Blu St Julien’s Bay – are you willing to review please?
    Is it easy to access local restaurants? Easy to travel to Valletta?
    Thank you
    BNS

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    • Hi Barry,
      The hotels I’ve listed above are the ones I would actually recommend to friends or family. I’m not a big fan of the Radisson Blu St. Julian’s myself at this point. Although the hotel at Golden Bay is a much better example of what you’d expect of a Radisson hotel, the one at St. Julians is, in my opinion at least, long overdue for refurbishment, especially considering the rates charged.

      It IS easy to get to good local restaurants, although some of the better ones will be a 15-minute walk away on the other side of St. George’s Bay towards the Balluta area, and the bus stop on the main road means you can reach Valletta easily.

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  8. Hi. I’m interested in the Qawra Palace but reviews are very mixed. Can you help me please?

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    • Hi Alli, the Qawra Palace Hotel is similar to the Seashells resort though sits more on the “cheep and cheerful” side. It’s very much a budget family hotel in need of refurbishment, last I heard. I’ve listed it together with a few other options in that area here

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  9. Hi, I booked at the Panorama hotel in Mellieha – can you rate it? Thank you! Anna

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    • Hi Anna,

      I’ve never stayed there myself, nor do I know anyone who has. All I can tell you it’s not the most modern hotel and there are probably better options around that offer more value for money. A couple of places that come to mind: Mellieha Holiday Centre and the Maritim Antonine Hotel & Spa, for example.

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