Where to stay in Malta – Best Areas & Hotels

where to stay in Malta

If you’re looking for a unique yet fun vacation spot, Malta should be at the top of your list.

Unfamiliar territory? No need to worry.

This page is dedicated to helping you learn as much as you can about Malta – culture, history, destinations, and all the information you’ll need to find out where to stay in Malta.

Sit back, relax, and let us take you through a virtual trip around the island of Malta.

Located off the shores of Italy, the island of Malta has become a popular tourist spot throughout the years. Of its famous historical and architectural monuments, three have made it as UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Valletta, the Hypogeum of Hal Saflieni, and various megalithic temples.

Popeye village in Malta surrounded by the deep blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea

While many countries in Europe are bordered by land, Malta is surrounded by the deep blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea. Neighbouring countries have also made a significant impact on Malta’s culture, particularly the African practices of Tunisia. Even the national language of Malta is a mix of Arabic and Italian.

While Europe is known for its beautiful architecture, Malta is more laidback but boasts of an otherworldly quality. Many tourists find the historic towns enjoyable and rich with culture, and the villages full of charm. Medieval churches, art museums, and ancient castles are just some of the sights waiting for you on your visit.

Five Things You Need to Know Before You decide where to stay in Malta:

1. Summer is the best time to go for the complete festa experience.

Each Maltese town or village has its patron saint, for whom weeklong festivities (festas)  are celebrated. Procession, fireworks, food, and music fill the streets, with the most impressive fireworks display seen in the southern villages.

2. Malta has been featured in Hollywood movies and TV shows.

The picturesque landscapes of the island have served as backdrops for many movies, the latest one being the recently concluded Game of Thrones. Russell Crowe’s battle scene in Gladiator was also shot at Fort Ricasoli. Least popular perhaps (but pretty, nonetheless!), is the colourful and surreal Sweethaven Village. Built in the 1980s, the pirates’ village was home to the musical adaptation of Popeye starring the late Robin Williams as the titular character.

3. Malta has almost 365 churches – one for every day of the year.

The exact number is around 359, but that’s still a lot of churches for a relatively small country. Many Maltese practices are rooted in Roman Catholicism, thanks to Paul Tarsus and the apostle Luke, who were credited with introducing Christianity to Malta. Church attendance is one of the highest in Europe, and St. John’s Cathedral in Valletta parallels the churches in Rome.

4. Make sure to get a bite of pastizzi.

While most of Maltese cuisine is Mediterranean, all-time favourite pastizzi is unique to Malta. This greasy, ricotta or pea-filled pastry is found all over, but the one over at the Crystal Palace Bar in Rabat is most popular. Pair it with a cup of coffee, and you have a traditional Maltese afternoon snack.

5. Malta ranks as the 4th most densely populated country in the world.

A population of over 400,000 Maltese packed in 122 square miles of land (roughly a fifth of Greater London) – sounds pretty tight. Still, travellers keep on coming – and they are most welcome, of course.

Why Stay in Valletta? The Grand Capital of Malta

View of Valletta, the capital of Malta

The capital of Valletta is a testament to the knights of Malta, granted ownership of the islands by the King of Spain back in 1530. The knights made sure to keep the elegance and stature of the capital, keeping it at par with other European countries.

Bounded by the Grand Harbor and Marsamxett Harbor, Valletta is one of the smallest capitals in the world, but with many sights per square kilometer of land area. The previously mentioned St. John’s Cathedral is located here, as well as the Grand Master’s Palace.

Valletta is the perfect location for tourists who want to explore the island without a car, thanks to the capital’s very efficient bus system.

Best Places to Stay in Valletta

Domus Zamittello is a beautifully restored 16th-century palazzo overlooking the City Gate and the new parliament building. The boutique hotel is also just a couple of minutes walk from Castille Square and the Upper Barracca Gardens.

All 21 rooms include king-sized beds, marble bathrooms, gold-painted panels, and under-floor heating. Suites are duplex, complete with a kitchenette and downstairs bathroom. A traditional gallarija, or a closed balcony, is available in some rooms.

Previous guests liked:

  • Location and accessibility
  • Top-notch view
  • Rooms immaculately kept
  • Friendly and exceptional staff

The Grand Hotel Excelsior boasts of being the premier destination among the 5-start hotels in Valletta. Visibly more modern than the rest of the city, the hotel offers a more refined and upscale vibe. As it sits on a private beach, the Excelsior offers panoramic views of Marsamxett Harbor and Fort Manoel.

The rooms are spacious and clean, with amenities including flat-screen television, air-conditioning, and balconies/terraces. The hotel also has both an indoor and outdoor pool.

Previous guests liked:

  • Superb outdoor pool
  • Quiet location
  • Variety of breakfast food
  • Location and accessibility

Why Stay in Idyllic Gozo Island?

The world famous Azure Window in Gozo island

The pristine beaches of Gozo Island make it a favorite destination among tourists, too. For avid mythology fans, Gozo is said to be Calypso’s Isle (from Homer’s Odyssey). Gozo’s baroque churches, the medieval city of Victoria, and the Ggantija Temples are favorite sights among many tourists.

Apart from cultural landmarks, Gozo also prides itself in its seaside resorts, including Marsalfon. Another favorite is Ramla Bay, with its clear, blue waters safe for swimming.

Gozo Island is a short ferry ride from Cirkewwa on the Island of Malta.

Best Places to Stay in Gozo Island

The Duke Boutique Hotel is located next to the Villa Rundle Gardens, and close to a shopping complex and restaurants. The rooms feature a classic design and come with air conditioning and heating, a flat-screen television, USB ports, and free highspeed wireless internet connection.

Previous guests liked:

  • Sumptuous breakfast
  • Helpful staff
  • Clean rooms
  • Located in the heart of the city.

Murrella Living is one of the newest additions to the seaside city of Marsalforn, Malta. All 24 rooms have a unique theme said to be inspired by the sights in Gozo. This air-conditioned Bed & Breakfast is located just 100 meters from the beach and offers free WiFi, too. All rooms also include a balcony or terrace.

Previous guests liked:

  • Stylish and comfortable rooms
  • Great value for money
  • Beautiful view of the beach
  • Quiet and peaceful environment

The Casa Gemelli Boutique Guesthouse is located in the picturesque city of Victoria, specifically along the historic Republic Street of Gozo. Initially built as part of a convent, Casa Gemelli boasts of traditional Maltese architecture with a few modern twists.

The nine airconditioned suites offer either a view of the Citadel or Republic Street. Some rooms have a balcony or terrace.

Previous guests liked:

  • Delicious homemade breakfast
  • Located close to the bus terminal.
  • Friendly staff and host
  • Perfect spot for the holidays

Why Stay in Rabat? Rich in Culture and Tradition

St Paul street with a view on the Parish Church and interesting festival decorations, Rabat, Malta.

Located right beside the more popular Mdina, Rabat is the more rural of the two (Fun Fact – “Rabat” translates to “suburb”). Aside from museums, Rabat is also famous for one of the few forested areas in Malta – Buskett. Other sites include Casa Bernard, a privately owned 16th-century house; the Roman Villa; and the Church of Saint Paul, a landmark for Catholics in Malta.

Best places to stay in Rabat

Set in an orange grove, the La Villa Mandarine is just a 5-minute drive from the Nahda Stage of Mawazine Festival, and 20 minutes away from the beach. Each room features a contemporary style, complete with television and a private balcony.

Previous guests liked:

  • Environment-friendly
  • Quiet and dreamy location
  • Exceptional gardens
  • Helpful staff

Villa Aralia is located just 2.7 kilometers away from the National Library of the Kingdom of Morocco, 4.4 kilometers from Bouregreg Marina, and 5 kilometers from Hassan Tower.

All rooms have air conditioning, flat-screen television, and a great view of the city. The hotel also has free parking and wireless internet.

Previous guests liked:

  • Homey environment
  • Impeccable location
  • Excellent service
  • Comfortable rooms

Why Stay in The Medieval Town of Mdina?

Horse-drawn carriage in the medieval Mdina in Malta

This fairytale city is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, evidenced by its enchanting hilltop location rich in history. The car-free streets and sandstone buildings only add to the medieval vibe of the city.

The Cathedral of Saint Paul is perhaps the most important landmark in Mdina, complete with a 12th-century icon of the Madonna and other artworks by Maltese painter Mattia Preti. The Palazzo Vilhena, previously the Magesterial Palace in the 18th century, is another historic spot. It now houses the National History Museum with many geological exhibits.

Best places to stay in Mdina

The Xara Palace Relais & Chateaux boasts of a 5-star luxury set right next to Mdina’s medieval walls. The rooms offer a great view of Malta and the Mediterranean Sea, and the hotel itself is just a few steps away from Mdina’s famous museums and Roman villas. All rooms also have DVD and CD players, iPod docking stations, and free WiFi.

Previous guests liked:

  • Great views
  • Delicious food from the De Mondion Gourmet restaurant
  • Old world charm of the hotel
  • Dedicated staff

St. Agatha’s Bastion‘s accommodations are complete with air conditioning, private pool, and a balcony with a great view of the sea. The room also comes with a dishwasher, microwave and fridge, and flat-screen television. St. Agatha’s Bastion is also just 700 meters from the Museum of Natural History, and 1.3 kilometers from St. Paul’s Cathedral.

Previous guests liked:

  • Spacious interior
  • Spectacular view of the sunset
  • Great facilities
  • Nearby tourist spots

The Guard Tower is just a 3-minute walk from Medina Cathedral and 10 kilometers away from Malta International Airport. As the name implies, this apartment is set in a tower, complete with antique furnishings and a city-view terrace.

Previous guests liked:

  • Great location to unwind
  • Historical features
  • Fantastic view of the city

Why Stay in The Seaside Allure of Mellieha?

Aerial view of the famous Mellieha Bay in Malta island

Located in Northwest Malta, Mellieha is a great destination to bring the entire family. While the beach is next to the road, Mellieha Beach boasts of a one-kilometer shoreline of fine white sand. The calm waters make it perfect for children, too.

The village stands on top of a hill overlooking small farms and vineyards. Located at the highest point in the village, the Parish Church of Our Lady of Victory is also a popular spot for visitors. It houses the Shipwreck of Saint Paul painting by Giuseppe Cali, including a statue of the Virgin Mary venerated during the Mellieha Village Festa.

Best places to stay in Mellieha

The Artist Terrace Apartments is just 1.6 kilometers from Mellieha Bay Beach, and while the nearest airport is 22 kilometers away, the property offers shuttle service. All units are also air-conditioned and come with a sofa, kitchen, and flat-screen television.

Previous guests liked:

  • Responsive and friendly host
  • Well-equipped apartment
  • Nearby restaurants and shops
  • Great view from the terrace

The Raddison Blu Resort & Spa, Malta Golden Sands is set directly on the coast of Malta’s Golden Bay and includes a large swimming pool, lagoon pool, and children’s pool. The luxury resort also has a private beach and spa, with large, lush rooms that come with either sea or countryside views. It is notably the best place to stay in Malta for beaches.

Previous guests liked:

  • Breathtaking views
  • Varied and delicious breakfast
  • Great location
  • Clean and well-oriented staff

The Ghand in-Nanna B&B is just 1.3 kilometers from Mellieha Bay Beach and 1.6 kilometers from Ghadira Bay Beach. It offers free WiFi, air conditioning, and a bike or car rental service if you want to explore nearby areas. Popeye Village is also just 3 kilometers away from the property.

Previous guests liked:

  • Amazing breakfast
  • Attentive and friendly hosts
  • Clean and cozy accommodations
  • Perfect location

Why stay in Comino and the Blue Lagoon?

Blue lagoon at Comino island - Malta

The almost tropical island of Comino houses the Blue Lagoon, hailed as nature’s perfect swimming pool. The clear blue waters and fine white sand is perfect for swimming and very popular among tourists, so make sure to arrive early during peak season. Other activities on the island include water sports, hiking, and nature walks.

While there are a limited number of lodging options at Comino, there are accommodations at nearby areas.

Best places to stay in Comino

The Grand Hotel Gozo is located just 400 meters from Mgarr Harbour and offers a great view of Malta. Free WiFi is available throughout, including a spa, fitness room, cinema, and game room. The staff can also arrange diving excursions.

Previous guests liked:

  • Excellent view
  • Friendly and courteous staff
  • Lovely and big rooms
  • Breakfast with plenty of choices

The Maritim Antonine Hotel & Spa is a 30-minute drive from Valletta and offers a rooftop hotel, spa, and three restaurants. Maritim Antonine Hotel & Spa also comes with three pools, a sauna, and a modern gym.

Previous guests liked:

  • Modern and clean rooms
  • Good view of the garden
  • Friendly staff
  • Clean facilities

Why stay in the traditional Maltese Village of Siggiewi?

Siggiewi, originally a farming village in Malta

Located in southwestern Malta, Siggiewi holds many feasts celebrating religious icons, notably Saint Nicholas. The Church of Saint Nicholas with its Baroque façade is usually open during the Siggiewi Festa, celebrated at the end of June. Every night from Thursday through Sunday, the relics are taken on a procession through the village.

Best places to stay in Siggiewi

Villa Luxuriously Renovated, situated in the heart of Siggiewi, is located 10 kilometers from Valletta. Malta International Airport is just 8 kilometers away. The villa also comes with a kitchen, living room, one bedroom, and three bathrooms.

Previous guests liked:

  • Great location
  • Detailed décor
  • Accessible

The Id-dar Taz-zija Holiday Home is 8 kilometers from the Malta International Airport and 13 kilometers from Silema. This holiday home has four bedrooms, a flat-screen television, two bathrooms, and a kitchen. It also comes with a terrace and barbecue.

Previous guests liked:

  • Quiet location
  • Fantastic view from the rooftop
  • Warm and welcoming hosts

Most tourists usually pass over Malta for more popular destinations, but the country is a popular spot for many Europeans. The resurgence in tourism over the past years serves as a testament to that. For your next vacation, make sure to include Malta among your top choices. This brief travel guide should give you a good idea of what to expect and where to stay in the many cities of Malta. Hopefully, this compilation of the best hotels will give you an idea of where to stay in Malta. Of course, the best place to stay in Malta is for you to decide.

The rustic charm, medieval cities, and friendly people are just a few reasons for you (and your loved ones) to visit Malta. Pack your bags and get ready for your next great adventure.

If you want to read more about Malta I recommend you visit the following links:

Visit Malta


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