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Where to stay in Malta

A comprehensive guide on finding the best accommodation in Malta for first time visitors that want to make the most out of the holiday. Here's where to stay in Malta!

Where to stay in Malta - views of the crystal clear seas and gorgeous rugged terrain

Excited about finding out where to stay in Malta? You should be because Malta is an incredible destination, perfect for a sunny, warm holiday.

Nestled between Sicily and North Africa, Malta is made up of three beautiful historic islands with a craggy coastline, rock-cut salt pools, and honey-coloured stone streets to wander. Malta has often been described as an open-air museum for the sheer volume of historic sites on offer.

The capital city, Valletta, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and was named European capital back in 2018. Interestingly, it's still off the radar in terms of mass tourism when compared to other historic cities, such as Rome or Athens, which makes exploring these laid-back islands all the more thrilling.

Stay in Valletta and spend the day visiting some of the oldest buildings ever created, enjoy ancient temples, then lounge by the beach eating local street food such as kebabs and pastizzis.

You'll love your stay in Malta because this vibrant archipelago has lovely beaches, incredible cities, affordable hotels and brilliant weather. In this guide, we'll explain which is the best place to stay in Malta.

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Where to Stay in Malta

Picking where to stay in Malta is one of the biggest decisions when visiting this beautiful archipelago, and can have a real impact on the kind of holiday you have. Malta is very much broken up into areas rather than clearly defined cities, and each of those areas blends into the next, so you're not entirely sure where one ends and the other begins.

Then there's the choice of which island to base yourself on – with many choosing the outstandingly beautiful Gozo island, a place that offers a real slice of a more traditional Malta.

This is definitely one of those holiday destinations where you can escape modernity and travel back to a charming time before chaotic city life was the norm.

Even the main city of Valletta, has a relaxed vibe, with plenty of wine bars, and winding streets perfect for getting lost in. Valletta is great from the perfective that most historical and cultural attractions will be within walking distance from the city centre.

For those who are in Malta for sunbathing and diving, you'll want to stay in Malta, somewhere up north in Mellieha Bay. This area provides access to some of Malta's best beaches and coastline. So let's dive in and help you find the right accommodation to book and where, so you can have the best possible holiday.

Where to stay in Malta guide

Valletta – Stay in the cultural capital

Why stay in Valletta

Surrounded by Baroque architecture, this is the main cultural hub of Malta, where you'll find no shortage of museums to visit and historic palaces to explore. Stay here if you want to be within walking distance of some of Malta's best restaurants, wine bars, and cafés.

There's plenty to keep you occupied for several days before even considering day trips, so if you're looking for a city break where you can discover Malta's history with minimal excursions, then Valletta is a wonderful choice for accommodation and a great place to stay in Malta.

Valletta is also a great hub as it has excellent transport facilities including the bus terminus and ferry facilities to Sliema, The Three Cities, and even Sicily.

Valletta is especially suitable for mid and luxury travellers. Valletta is full of boutique hotels and luxury 5-star resorts and can even be short of those during peak season, so booking early is key—this is a base for those looking to splurge. So make sure to book your hotel well in advance. Stay in one of the gorgeous hotels in the capital city that offer sweeping views of Grand Harbor across Valletta.

Valletta is the best place to stay in Malta if you want luxury, bars, and restaurants right at your door step. Valletta is the ideal place to stay for the cosmopolitan traveller who wants to enjoy Malta in style.

Where to stay in Valletta

We've hand-picked a variety of hotels and accommodation options in Valletta to suit your budget. These hotel rooms come with great reviews and are well priced, nearby from main attractions, restaurants and great bars.

Luxury: Hotel The Phoenicia Malta

Stay in this 1920s-style hotel that welcomes you with live piano music in the lobby. Set in 7 acres of gardens, it is next to the Triton Fountain in Valletta's City Gate Square, so you know you'll be staying just outside the ancient city walls. It's well-located next to the Valletta bus station, so it's ideal for those who want to travel around.  The hotel is a 10-minute walk from both the ferry terminal to Sliema and Barakka Lift, as well as the Grand Harbor.  Best yet? This accommodation offers you free shuttle service to a sandy beach in the north, is available during summer.
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Mid-range: Palazzo Paolina Boutique Hotel

This has to be one of our top picks in Valletta because the hotel is centrally located just 5-minute walk from the St John Cathedral. Arriving late? No worries because this accommodation has an on-site bar as well. The spacious rooms are all en-suite, elegantly decorated with air-conditioning and toiletries for your comfort.
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Mid-range: Aparthotel Paulos Valletta

Looking for a more modestly priced accommodation in Valletta? Paulos Valletta offers self-catering accommodation just 350 yards from the Upper Barrakka Gardens. Casa Rocca Piccola is a 5-minute walk away from your hotel. After your travels around the city, come back to this luxury apartment which also offers a fabulous complimentary buffet breakfast included in the price.
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Sliema street - one of the best places to stay in Malta

Sliema – Stay Here If You Want An Exploration Hub

Why Stay In Sliema

North of Valletta you can stay in Sliema which is the more affordable area that caters to every type of traveller and tourist. You'll find plenty of budget and mid-range hotels here. It's also got excellent transport links, much like Valletta but with the added bonus of boat trips to Comino and Gozo.

If you'd like to be near the coastline for your trip, then Sliema is an exceptional accommodation area for you, with plenty of promenades and seaside walks to take. Sliema is a splendid place to stay in Malta because it's also rapid and easy to get to Valletta on the main ferry. This means you get to enjoy all the riches from the capital, but at the hotel prices of Sliema. There are plenty of restaurants and good shopping in Sliema, so you will never be short on things to do.

Sliema is a popular tourist destination, and it does very much cater to its visitors. Stay here if you're visiting Malta for the first time and want excellent infrastructure to other sides of the archipelago. However, do bear in mind that Sliema can get quite congested, so it might not be ideal if you want to rent a car. There is no direct public transport to the Blue Grotto, the Marsaxlokk fishing village in the south east coast or the popular Dingli Cliffs and Ħaġar Qim Temples on the east coast.

Sliema is a great place to stay in Malta as you'll be walking distance from several beaches. This is an ideal location for beach walks. From Sliema, take short trips to even better beaches to enjoy a proper sunny afternoon.

If you're wondering which is better, Valletta or Sliema, know that both locations are fantastic places to stay in Malta. Valletta is Malta's stunning, baroque capital, ideal for luxury and cosmopolitan travellers. Sliema is ideal for all round travellers for accessing bars, restaurants and shopping.

Where To Stay In Sliema

We've curated the best hotels to suit a range of budgets, so you can truly pick the best place to stay in Sliema. Sliema is a fantastic hub for all explorers, so you'll find yourself in a great location, perfect for a holiday.

Luxury: Hotel AX The Palace

The Palace is a 5-star hotel with a rooftop spa and an infinity swimming pool overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. This hotel is ideal for explorers, located just 550 yards from Sliema's bus terminus and Valletta Ferry. Most rooms have a balcony with views of Valletta and the harbour.
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Mid-range: Hotel Palazzo Violetta Boutique

Offering year-round outdoor swimming pools and terrace, Palazzo Violetta is located in Sliema, less than a 10-minute walk from the sea. You'll have free parking, free WiFi and modern studios with a balcony and air conditioning.  Are you a tourist who likes to cook with local ingredients? Studios at the Violetta come with a kitchenette.
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Mid-range: Hotel AX The Victoria Hotel

Offering a rooftop terrace with a pool, The Victoria Hotel - AX Hotels is a 4-star boutique hotel in Sliema centre, 0.6 miles from the Point Shopping Mall and just a 5-minute walk from the seaside promenade. You have shopping options at your doorstep. When you return from your fun day out, relax at the hotel's luxury spa.
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Gzira in Malta is a great place to stay for laid back tourists

Gzira – Stay Here For A Quiet, Local Experience

Why Stay In Gzira

Gzira is for travellers looking for a far more local experience but still want to be close to all the benefits of Sliema since it's a short walk or bus ride away. There are still some local amenities in terms of restaurants and bars and a pretty waterfront to walk along in the evenings.

Stay here for easy access to Manoel Island with the remains of a Fort and a duck farm, meaning you get off the beaten track a bit while still being very close to the popular parts of Malta. The congestion is also far better here if you're looking to rent a car, so you can enjoy a quieter holiday with plenty of day trips.

Gzira is a great place to stay in Malta if you like a more relaxed holiday. Gzira is a sleepy small town with a laid back local vibe that largely serves as a quieter budget area to stay. We especially recommend this area for people who want a more local experience, a bit further from the beaten path. Don't worry though, you can still have easy access to all the tourist attractions, islands, and cities.

Where To Stay In Gzira

Gzira is ideal for people who want a laid-back Malta. We found a range of accommodations to suit your budget and expectations. Gzira is a lot more budget friendly than Valletta or Sliema, so you can save on accommodation and splurge on restaurants and bars, or epic souvenirs.

Mid-range: Hotel Azur

Azur Hotel by ST Hotels in Il-Gżira is located just 1.6 miles from the University of Malta, so if you fancy a quick cultural trip, you've got it. The hotel has a lounge and a bar where you can rest after a day out exploring. The property has an on site restaurant. 
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Luxury: Hotel 115 The Strand

115 The Strand Hotel and Suites offers self-catering apartments and hotel rooms. You will be at the waterfront at Marsamxett harbour, with spectacular views of Valletta. You have a regular bus service to Valletta and other landmarks just outside the hotel. The ferry stop is also nearby. Prices for this budget friendly accommodation start at £82 per night.
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Mid-range: Apartments Joy

Set in Il-Gżira, Joy Apartments Gzira offers accommodation with a balcony, so you can have a peaceful view of Malta. Accommodation is fitted with air conditioning, a fully equipped kitchen, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with a bath for optimum relaxation during your holiday. 
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St Julian's Bay with its beautiful architecture and tower is a great place to stay in Malta

St Julian's Bay – Stay Here For Epic Parties

Why Stay In St Julian's Bay

West of Sliema, St Julian's Bay is a great area to stay in if you're looking for a winter escape, with plenty of resorts on offer. Moreover, those into the clubbing scene will be happy here as it's very close to the buzzing nightlife of Paceville but away from the noise which generally puts people off staying there.

Valletta is only a bus ride from here for some Maltese history and culture and Sliema is a quick ferry ride away to enjoy all the amenities there, so this is a great base to stay in Malta. There's a good range of luxury to budget accommodation and plenty of choice concerning restaurants and bars.

St Julian's Bay is ideal for people looking to enjoy a fun party and unwind. You will have clubs and casinos at your doorstep. Just 15-minute walk from the centre of St Julian's Bay you have George's bay beach.

If you want culture and a local way of life, you will need to grab a car or public transport to a nearby location to explore historical aspects of Malta.

St Julian's is clearly the best tourist location for those who come to life when the night comes. There's only one beach here that's notable, and that's George's Bay beach, which is maintained but can be overcrowded.

Where To Stay In St Julian's Bay

Calling all party tourists who want to stay in nice and quiet accommodation during the day and explore at night. You'll be nearby clubs and casinos, but we're also featuring chains you are familiar with in case you want an all-in-one experience in Malta. It's a great place to stay in Malta if you're here for the nightlife.

Luxury: Hotel InterContinental Hotels - Malta, an IHG Hotel

Set in the heart of St Julian's, InterContinental Malta is 200 yards from its free private beach on St. George's Bay. This is great for beach bums that want to rest in the sunshine during the day and go party at night. The rooms are spacious and elegant. Upgrade your room for a sunny balcony or terrace with city views.
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Luxury: The Westin Dragonara Resort

Overlooking the Mediterranean Sea in St Julian's, The Westin Dragonara Resort offers 2 private beaches, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, and 3 restaurants. Reception is open 24 hours a day. The spacious, air-conditioned accommodation features a terrace with views of the sea.
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Mid-range: Hotel Corinthia

Right on the waterfront of St Julian's, the Corinthia is a 5-star hotel with an on-site spa and 5 swimming pools set on luxurious sea-view terraces. Corinthia Hotel features spacious, air-conditioned rooms with a large balcony, most overlooking the sea. You'll be close to all amenities as well as the beach.
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The Three Cities - a great place to stay in Malta facing the Great Harbour

Three Cities - Stay Here For History And Culture

Why Stay In Three Cities

This is a more unconventional choice, which makes it perfect for those looking for a unique off-the-beaten-path place to stay in Malta, with plenty to offer for tourists and travellers. Three Cities is made up of Birgu, Senglea, and Cospicua, three areas each with their attractions, so you'll never be short on things to do.

Visit all three within a day, so whichever part you choose to base your accommodation in, you'll be able to walk to the other two parts easily.

Birgu is the old capital of Malta so there's plenty of history to explore in Three Cities, but if you need more cultural spots, then Valletta is only a bus—or ferry ride away. There are plenty of opportunities to experience traditional Maltese life around the Grand Harbour and the choice of restaurants, cafés, and street food is excellent. This is the place for people looking for an authentic, cultural getaway.

We recommend renting a car if you decide to stay in Three Cities because this area is on the opposite side of Valletta and Sliema. It's worth mentioning that you won't be close to nightlife either, so this is an ideal location for a laid back traveller who wants to stay in a historical place but is willing to go out and explore by car or public transport.

Where To Stay In Three Cities

You love history, and you want to be in Malta's old capital. We understand because this is a gorgeous area, easy to reach by car and public transport. We hand-picked a variety of hotels to suit your budget and lifestyle, so your trip to Malta will be spectacular. Our curated accommodation comes with high recommendations and great reviews.

Luxury: Hotel Cugo Gran Macina Grand Harbour

Cugo Gran Macina Grand Harbour has rooms in Senglea and the hotel has a nice swimming pool. Ask the staff to help with airport transfers if needed. You will be in a great location and can ask for a room with a terrace.
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Mid-range: Julesy's BnB

Julesy's BnB is located in the Maltese harbour city of Cospicua. This hotel is set in a white stone-walled building from 1895. Not just historical, but gorgeous too. Suites are spacious and include a flat-screen TV with cable and satellite channels, a seating area and a private bathroom with a hairdryer and a bath or a shower.
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Luxury: Hotel Casa Birmula

Stay at the Casa Birmula Hote and enjoy the year-round outdoor pool and sun terrace. The hotel is located in Cospicua. Rooms at the Casa Birmula are air-conditioned and decorated in an elegant, eclectic style.
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Beautiful boats in the bay of Malta - St Paul's Bay is a great place to stay in Malta

St Paul's Bay – Stay In A Coastal Hub

Why Stay In St Paul's Bay

Saint Paul's Bay is a great place to stay in Malta if you're looking to explore the northeast coast of the main island. Saint Paul's Bay is broken up into neighbourhoods like Buġibba and Qawra and provides a good base for exploring from. There's plenty of mid-range and budget accommodation to choose from, and it's an excellent transport hub as there's a bus station with access to the whole island.

You're also in a perfect location to access a beautiful sandy beach further up north. If you're looking to explore Comino and Gozo, then there are numerous boat tours leaving from here, so it's a very convenient place to be for further exploration. It's really a great place to stay in Malta for the all-rounder traveller.

St Paul's Bay is quiet during the off-season, but gets very busy in the summer. It's quite close to Valletta, but it may take just over an hour to reach the city because of traffic.

There's not much in the way of history, authentic culture, or local cuisine and the area. The area caters for tourism and offers easy access to the sandy beaches up north.

Where To Stay In St Paul's Bay

You want to be close to the beaches in the north of Malta and have a great hub for coastal exploration. We've selected a handful of hotels that come with great reviews, so your travels can be as comfortable and wonderful as possible. Select from below the best hotel suitable for your budget and remember that this area gets very busy in the summer, so you might want to book as swiftly as you can.

Luxury: Hotel Dolmen

Set on the seafront at St. Paul's Bay, Dolmen Hotel Malta offers panoramic sea views, a free private beach and 6 swimming pools. Its spa includes a hot tub, sauna, and fitness centre, as well as an indoor pool. Most rooms here have a balcony or terrace overlooking the sea.
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Mid-range: Hotel Gillieru Harbour

The Gillieru Harbour Hotel is on the seafront in St. Paul's Bay. It offers free Wi-Fi, a pool, and air-conditioned rooms with balcony, TV and private bathroom. Hotel Gillieru Harbour is a 5-minute walk from the shops, restaurants, and bars of Bugibba. The casino is 10 minutes away on foot.
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Luxury: Salini Resort

Set on a gentle slope overlooking the Salina Bay and the Mediterranean Sea, the 4-star Salini Resort offers 2 outdoor pools. The spacious and stylish rooms come with either sea or countryside views, so you get to pick your favourite.
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The stunning Popeye village in Mellieha Malta

Mellieha – Stay Here For A Village Atmosphere

Why Stay In Mellieha

This is a great alternative for people who want to stay in the north but would like a less tourist-focused option than St Paul's Bay. Moreover, if you love beautiful beaches, then this is your spot because of its proximity to Mellieha Bay, which is Malta's largest and most popular sandy beach, and its short distance to Gozo and Comino.

There is a lovely village atmosphere and some spectacular views to be had here, with the parish church being one of the highlights. There are plenty of bars and restaurants on the main road and a range of budget to mid-range accommodation options to choose from.

Know that Mellieha is a little removed from the rest of Malta, meaning if you're hoping to spend some time exploring Valletta and the other big sights and don't have a car, you may find yourself spending a lot of time on public transport.

While there are lots of accommodation options, there are fewer luxury stays due to its local vibe. Mellieha is a great place to stay in Malta for the tourist who wants a simpler, more authentic Malta that comes with a great price tag. Just a short drive away, you'll enjoy the beaches of Armier Bay and Paradise bay.

Where To Stay In Mellieha

Enjoy the quaint village feel Mellieha has to offer and stay in one of our curated hotels in the area. Be close to a large sandy beach and perhaps rent a car to explore the rest of Malta. It's a wonderful choice for a relaxed tourist who wants to enjoy an authentic way of life.

Luxury: Resort LABRANDA Riviera Hotel & Spa

LABRANDA Riviera Hotel & Spa overlooks Marfa Bay and boasts 2 seawater outdoor pools, Thalasso Spa and fitness centre, as well as 4 restaurants and 4 bars. It also has its private beach, so you can enjoy some lovely time in a desirable location in Malta.
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Luxury: Radisson Blu Resort & Spa

Set into the rocky coast of Malta's Golden Bay, this hotel includes a large swimming pool, a lagoon pool and a children's pool. It also offers a private beach and a spa. Rooms are large and serene. This resort overlooks the Golden Bay Beach and has an onsite diving center Radisson Blu Resort & Spa is one of the best resorts in Malta. It is a 10-minute drive from the harbour where ferries leave for Gozo.
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Mid-range: Hotel Solana Hotel & Spa

Solana Hotel offers modern rooms and studios with free Wi-Fi access, a 10-minute walk from the beach on Mellieha Bay. The rooftop terrace with pool is a real highlight. In your room or studio you will find satellite TV, air conditioning, and a tea and coffee maker. Studios come with a small kitchenette.
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Beautiful architecture on the gorgeous island of Gozo - a fantastic place to stay in Malta for sun lovers

Gozo – Stay Here For A Rural Island Paradise

Why Stay In Gozo

Gozo island is the second-largest island in the Maltese archipelago. Gozo provides a more rural and authentic vibe than the main island. Victoria is technically the centre, but there's no particular area that's better due to the island's relatively small size and convenience.

The island is full of history and one of the must-see attractions is the Citadella, a fortified citadel nestled amongst the winding streets and alleys. The island is largely untouched and offers beautiful beaches and diving, the rock formation of the Azure Window is perfect for underwater exploration.

It's also very pleasurable to drive around if you're thinking of renting a car. Gozo is ideal if you want to escape and have a quiet holiday.

Gozo is the best place to stay in Malta if you want a more rural escape type trip. Remember that it may not be convenient if you intend to explore the main island, but there are transportation options for the occasional day trip.

From Gozo you can jump on the Comino island to see the Blue Lagoon. The Blue lagoon is an extraordinary attraction in Malta ideal for a boat excursion. Comino is also one of the beautiful parts of Malta.

Many people stay on Gozo for a couple of nights and then base themselves on the main island for the best of both worlds. Although Gozo is very popular, it doesn't have a particularly wide range of accommodation options, so it's best to book early, especially during peak seasons.

Where To Stay In Gozo

Stay in Gozo in some of our hand-picked accommodation, so you can enjoy a proper rural escape. Gozo is a sunny and wonderful island where you can truly escape the hassle and bustle of everyday life.

Luxury: Hotel Kempinski

Surrounded by impressive and vast gardens, Kempinski Hotel San Lawrenz features free parking and non-smoking-only, air-conditioned rooms on Gozo Island. This hotel on the westernmost area of Gozo in the small village of San Lawrenz has an on-site spa offering luxury treatments.
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Mid-range: Resort Hotel Ta' Cenc & Spa

Swimming pools, tennis courts, a private beach, and an excellent choice of cuisine for lunch and dinner; are just a few reasons to choose Hotel Ta' Cenc. This five-star hotel boasts an impressive list of sports and leisure facilities, all on the highest point of Gozo, overlooking the cliffs.
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Mid-range: Casa Gemelli

Casa Gemelli is located in Victoria on the island of Gozo, between the Astra and Aurora theatres. It offers air-conditioned rooms with a private bathroom. The historic Citadel and the gardens of Villa Rundle are also nearby.
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Great, you now know exactly where to stay in Malta. We hope our comprehensive hotel and area guide helped you pick the best accommodation for your trip to Malta. As mentioned, Malta is a wonderful destination, so you will have an amazing time. Remember to check all the cool things to do in Malta, so you are fully ready for your holiday. Happy travels!

Where to stay in Malta by Cory Varga

Cory Varga - Cory is a published travel writer and award-winning photographer. She travels full time with her husband and is passionate about creating in-depth travel guides. Cory published her first book on Japanese customs and manners, because she's obsessed with everything Japan. She has visited hundreds of destinations and has lived in 7 different countries. Cory is multilingual and an alumna from The University of Manchester.


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