Where to stay in Valletta isn't easy with so much character all around in the city.

Where should I stay in Valletta?

Where should I stay in Valletta?
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I often get asked where to stay in Valletta, and whether it’s a good place in Malta to stay in the first place. I’ll try to cover both questions in this article to give you the info you need to continue your research.

Where should I stay in Valletta?

As you might already know, Valletta is pretty small, particularly for a capital city. You can basically walk across from one side to the other in a 10-minute walk. That makes the choice of hotels, apartments and other accommodation within the city’s walls limited, and expensive. Thankfully there are hotels just outside Valletta and you can also find apartments in Floriana, all within a short walking distance of Valletta’s city gate.

As such, I wouldn’t talk of there being one or two best places to stay, because really and truly it’s hard to go wrong and whoever runs a hotel or rents out apartments in the cities is unlikely to choose an ugly part of town.

Most parts of Valletta are full of character, and it’s a relatively safe place, with no particular dodgy areas. It’s more a matter of certain areas being a little less attractive than others, mostly in terms of cleanliness and sights.

Where should I stay in Valletta?
4.5 (90%) 8 votes

I often get asked where to stay in Valletta, and whether it’s a good place in Malta to stay in the first place. I’ll try to cover both questions in this article to give you the info you need to continue your research.

Where to stay in Valletta isn't easy with so much character all around in the city.

Where should I stay in Valletta?

As you might already know, Valletta is pretty small, particularly for a capital city. You can basically walk across from one side to the other in a 10-minute walk. That makes the choice of hotels, apartments and other accommodation within the city’s walls limited, and expensive. Thankfully there are hotels just outside Valletta and you can also find apartments in Floriana, all within a short walking distance of Valletta’s city gate.

As such, I wouldn’t talk of there being one or two best places to stay, because really and truly it’s hard to go wrong and whoever runs a hotel or rents out apartments in the cities is unlikely to choose an ugly part of town.

Most parts of Valletta are full of character, and it’s a relatively safe place, with no particular dodgy areas. It’s more a matter of certain areas being a little less attractive than others, mostly in terms of cleanliness and sights.

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So, with that basic premise in mind, here’s what I suggest.

Less attractive parts of Valletta to stay

  1. The Sliema-facing outer part of the city, also referred to as Il-Mandraġġ (which stems from Manderacchio, a small sheltered harbour for galleys, which was originally intended to be built on that side of Valletta)
  2. The lower part of Valletta towards Fort St. Elmo on the North-East, seaward-facing part of town.

More attractive parts of Valletta to stay

  1. Just off the centre, in all directions, just off the main street called Republic Street (or Triq ir-Repubblika in Maltese)
  2. The South-facing part of Valletta, on the side of Grand Harbour
  3. In the vicinity of the Upper Barrakka Gardens – a very characterful part of town.

Looking for accommodation in Valletta?

Have a look at this article: Best Hotels and accommodation in Valletta

Should I stay in Valletta?

Whether or not Valletta is a good place to stay during your holiday in Malta depends on what your main goals are for spending time in Malta. This is my basic advice.

Staying in Valletta is a good idea if…

Staying in Valletta may not be the best idea if…

  • You’re looking to stay at a resort and don’t plan to do much sightseeing. Although the standard of accommodation in Valletta is of a high quality, you will only find a few resorts in the area and they’ll be pretty pricey. Consider places like St. Julian’s and Sliema, Buġibba, Qawra and St. Paul’s Bay, Mellieħa and potentially Gozo (Malta’s sister island) as alternatives.
  • Swimming at the beach is important on your holiday. Although there are a few places around Valletta where locals swim, none of these places are sandy beaches. Moreover, the waters around Valletta are harbours, so although the water isn’t contaminated, it’s not the cleanest either.
  • You’re travelling with young children. Although events are regularly organised I wouldn’t consider Valletta a great place to stay with young children, mostly because there’s little entertainment around for kids really and your most logical way of getting around in Valletta is going around on foot.

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Looking for other places to stay in Malta?

Have a look at this article: Where to stay in Malta – What’s the best place for me?

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