Malta - Where to Stay for first time travelers

Where to Stay in Malta for a first time visit? An insider’s guide 2024

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The archipelago between Sicily and the North African coast has been gaining much attention in the last couple of years, which is probably why you’re looking forward to a trip there!

We know that different types of people require different advice on travel accommodations. This guide includes the best areas for

  • the first time visitor
  • Families
  • Couples
  • Luxury & Design
  • Solo-Traveler
  • on a budget

Are you more of a visual learner/travel planner?

Lucky for you, we’ve included a map with all of our favorite neighborhoods and handpicked hotels for all of your travel needs.

Check it out below to get a better idea of where you should stay for your first or next visit to Malta.

(This guide is always up to date, the last updated April 2024.)

But, first things first:

Here is the question: Where to stay in Malta for the first time?

The answer is simple: Valetta

If you’re planning a trip and unsure where to stay in Malta, we highly recommend choosing Valletta as your base. The capital city of this Mediterranean destination offers a mix of culture, history and modern services. That makes it a great starting point for exploring the island.

Valletta’s central location makes it a good choice for visitors as it provides access to many popular attractions in Malta. Within the city walls, you will find spots like;

  • St. John’s Cathedral, renowned for its interior and stunning Caravaggio paintings.
  • The National Library.
  • The National Museum of Archaeology showcasing Malta’s captivating past.

The lovely streets of Valletta are filled with cafes, restaurants, and an array of shops that promise dining and shopping experiences you never had before. Additionally, walking along the waterfront grants insanely beautiful views. Whether you are interested in history or culture or just seeking a location for tourists for your visit, Valletta is a decent choice.

Here’s a full map for you to understand the different areas.

Please note: those might not be the exact names of the districts, neither its absolute borders. I just tried to simplify this information.

📍Best Area:Valletta
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Best for Families:Radisson Blu Resort & Spa
👩‍❤️‍👨 Best for Couples:AX The Palace
💎 Best Luxury HotelHotel Verdi
🤩 Best Design Hotel:Iniala Harbour House
😎 Best for Groups:Malta Marriott Hotel & Spa
🦸 Best for Solo-Traveller:Palazzo Paolina Boutique Hotel
💃 Best Hotel for Nightlife:InterContinental Malta
🤑 Cheapest Place to stay:Porto Azzurro Aparthotel
👌 Safest Area: Mellieha

1. Best areas and handpicked hotels for Malta

Now that you know your base, allow me to show you some of the best places to stay in Malta, no matter what kind of traveller you are!

Continue scrolling or pick your group and travel type on the menu:

1.1 Families
1.2 Couples
1.3 Luxury Traveler
1.4 Design Traveler
1.5 Groups
1.6 Solo-Traveler
1.7 Nightlife-seeking traveler
1.8 Budget Traveler

1.1 Families

If you want to make sure your family vacation in Malta is enjoyable, it’s crucial to select the ideal destination. Mellieha, a village located in the part of the island, offers an excellent choice for families seeking a friendly and activity-filled atmosphere.

Mellieha stands out with its beach and calm surroundings, making it a suitable option for families looking for a retreat. The town boasts family-bathing beaches like Mellieha Bay. Moreover, it is home to various attractions suitable for all ages. One of them is Popeye Village, where you can explore the filming location of the movie.

Handpicked accommodations for families

Radisson Blu Resort & Spa, Malta Golden Sands, Mellieha

If you’re not sure where to stay in Malta, Radisson Blu Resort & Spa, a luxurious resort, provides space and amenities designed specifically for families. With a kiddie pool and an elegant ambiance, parents can unwind while their children have a thrilling time.

Book Radisson Blu Resort & Spa here

Private room at Radisson Blu Resort & Spa, Malta Golden Sands Have a great time at Radisson Blu Resort & Spa, Malta Golden Sands

Luna Holiday Complex, Mellieha

For those who prefer freedom and self-catering options, Luna Holiday Complex is a suitable place to stay in Malta. Situated 400 metres from Mellieha Bay, this property features two pools, with one being open year-round.

Furthermore, its wide range of food choices ensures that everyone’s taste buds will be satisfied. So, if you’re planning a family getaway in Malta where you can truly let your hair down, consider Mellieha as your destination.

Book Luna Holiday Complex here

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1.2 Couples

Sliema, a beautiful town in Malta, offers a setting for couples seeking a luxurious and romantic getaway. Sitting along the shoreline of the island, Sliema has a variety of dining options, as well as romantic promenade walks and an irresistible ambiance.

One of the highlights of Sliema is its waterfront promenade. It provides views of the Mediterranean Sea and the iconic Valletta skyline. This idyllic spot is perfect for nice walks. Don’t hesitate to immerse yourself in the beauty of this coastal town that serves as Malta’s own romantic resort.

Handpicked accommodations for couples

AX The Palace, Silema

When it comes to where to stay in Malta for a week as a couple, AX The Palace stands out as a five-star hotel popular for its atmosphere. With its infinity pool and rooftop spa overlooking the Mediterranean, it provides couples a retreat to unwind and cherish moments together. Most rooms also feature balconies offering vistas of the harbour and Valletta.

Book AX The Palace here

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1926 Le Soleil Hotel & Spa, Silema

For those seeking elegance and relaxation, 1926 Le Soleil Hotel & Spa caters to lovebirds. Its decorated rooms and suites provide a setting, while an adults-only spa with amenities, like an indoor aqua tonic pool, sauna, steam room and tepidarium beds, ensures a secluded and rejuvenating experience.

Book 1926 Le Soleil Hotel & Spa here

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1.3 Luxury traveler

Sliema is the destination for refined travellers seeking a luxurious and extravagant escape. The town offers a holiday experience with its coastline, upscale shopping options and exceptional dining establishments.

Many vacationers are drawn to Sliema due to its atmosphere, high-end stores and stunning vistas of the Mediterranean Sea. It truly has everything one could desire, from top-notch culinary delights to designer boutiques.

Handpicked accommodations for the luxury traveler

Hotel Verdi, Silema

This elegant place to stay in Malta, Hotel Verdi, truly has a rare sophistication. Adorned with furnishings and captivating wall art, each chic room and suite radiates light and boasts a playful yet refined ambiance. The best spot is the balcony, overlooking the harbour and Valletta’s awe-inspiring skyline. It epitomizes luxury and caters to those who appreciate experiences and sophisticated design.

Book Hotel Verdi here

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The Preluna Hotel, Silema

Convenience simply blends with comfort at The Preluna Hotel, making it great if you don’t know where to stay in Malta. With four dining options, a fitness centre, and access to a beach, it provides an array of amenities to pamper its guests. For those seeking luxury, the spacious contemporary rooms featuring Mediterranean Sea views and elegant furnishings offer a retreat for the most amazing stays.

Book The Preluna Hotel here

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1.4 Design-lovers

Malta offers a range of captivating tourist destinations for those who appreciate art and design. Among them, Valletta stands out as a treasure spot of design wonders. Enthusiasts will find pleasure in the city’s blend of aesthetics and rich heritage.

If you’re seeking design-focused experiences, Valletta’s restored buildings, charming streets and expansive views of the Grand Harbour create the perfect backdrop.

Handpicked accommodations for the design lover

Iniala Harbour House, Valletta

Iniala Harbour House, a boutique hotel that breathes aesthetics, presents each room with unique charm and tasteful decor. The attention to detail in every aspect of the hotel’s design, from its layout to the furnishings, makes it an ideal choice for design enthusiasts.

Book Iniala Harbour House here

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The Phoenicia Malta, Valletta

The Phoenicia Malta is another best place to stay in Malta that combines modern design elements within a historic setting. Its architectural marvel includes an infinity pool situated against the awe-inspiring Bastions, providing excellent harbour views. At the Bastion Pool Bar & Restaurant, you can indulge in a dining experience that blends the old with the new.

Book The Phoenicia Malta here

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1.5 Groups

If you’re unsure where to stay in Malta, Paceville, a lovely neighbourhood in Malta, is the destination for outgoing tourists. Paceville is famous for its atmosphere, thrilling nightlife and a wide range of entertainment options. It offers an experience that caters to large groups or friends travelling together.

With its selection of clubs, pubs and dining establishments, Paceville has gained fame as a hotspot for nightlife. It’s a place for those seeking both excitement and companionship.

Handpicked accommodations for groups

Malta Marriott Hotel & Spa, St. Julian’s

Situated in Saint Julian’s and conveniently located across from St. George’s Beach, Malta Marriott Hotel & Spa boasts 2 pools and a restaurant with a lovely veranda and seaside patio. It provides the setting for parties looking to enjoy the beach during the day while accessing Paceville’s vibrant nightlife after sunset.

Book Malta Marriott Hotel & Spa here

Relax and unwind at Malta Marriott Hotel & Spa

Have a great time at Malta Marriott Hotel & Spa

Hotel Valentina, St. Julian’s

This elegant hotel, Hotel Valentina, warmly welcomes groups with its inviting lounge bar. They offer a variety of wines and cocktails that are perfect for nightly gatherings. With their diverse breakfast buffet spread, your group can kick start their day on a high note. Most importantly, due to its proximity to Mediterranean-style eateries, arranging group dining is as effortless as ever.

Book Hotel Valentina here

Experience comfort at Hotel Valentina Enjoy your time at Hotel Valentina

1.6 Solo-travelers

Travelling alone to Malta can be incredibly exciting! The capital city of Valletta offers a blend of cultural experiences and moments of solitude. If you wish to explore the island at your pace, Valletta is an excellent choice, particularly with its charming architecture, rich history and calm surroundings.

When going solo In Valletta, you are encouraged to wander through its cobblestone streets, look into its past, and savour moments while immersing yourself in its vibrant culture.

Handpicked accommodations for a solo traveler

Palazzo Paolina Boutique Hotel, Valletta

For those embarking on a lone-wolf adventure, the Palazzo Paolina Boutique Hotel serves as an excellent starting point for where to stay in Malta. Its strategic location near landmarks such as the Upper Barrakka Gardens and the National Museum of Archaeology allows you to easily create your self-guided tours.

Book Palazzo Paolina Boutique Hotel here

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Osborne Hotel, Valletta

If you prefer staying at the heart of Valletta’s district, consider checking in at the Osborne Hotel. With its proximity to Republic Street and the Barrakka Lift, it provides travellers with access to explore not only Valletta but also other parts of Malta. Do so through nearby bus stops and ferry ports. This makes it an ideal base for exploration.

Book Osborne Hotel here

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1.7 Nightlife Traveler

Known as the heart of Malta’s nightlife scene, St. Julian’s Bay is a spot for those who love to dance into the hours of the morning. Here, you can choose from various venues ranging from lounges to exhilarating nightclubs.

With its atmosphere and selected accommodation options, you’re guaranteed an unforgettable nightlife adventure. Simply put, in Malta, specifically St. Julian’s, you can party until dawn.

Handpicked accommodations for nightlife

InterContinental Malta, an IHG Hotel, St. Julian’s

Situated close to the island’s eventful nightlife areas is The InterContinental Malta. It boasts a great location, a short 2-minute walk from St. Julian’s Terminus bus station.

This means that you can easily experience the party scene and then retreat to your hotel room whenever you please. Alternatively, if you feel like exploring during the day, it only takes fifteen minutes to travel to Valletta.

Book InterContinental Malta here

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The Westin Dragonara Resort, Malta, St. Julian’s

If you’re looking for where to stay in Malta, The Westin Dragonara Resort in Malta offers a view of the Mediterranean Sea and vibrant nightlife. With its three dining options, both indoor and outdoor pools and exclusive access to two beaches, this resort has everything you need for a perfect stay.

Finally, the 24-hour reception ensures that you can seamlessly transition between daytime relaxation and exciting nighttime adventures without any hassle.

Book The Westin Dragonara Resort, Malta here

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1.8 For the Budget Traveler

Malta offers opportunities for budget travellers to explore and enjoy the beauty of the Mediterranean. For those wanting to experience the island’s charm and culture without burning a hole in their pocket, Bugibba, a beach village, is the ultimate destination.

What makes Bugibba appealing is its affordability, with a range of priced accommodations and dining options. The village is popular for its atmosphere, stunning ocean views and affordable recreational activities.

Handpicked accommodations for budget traveler

Porto Azzurro Aparthotel, St. Paul’s Bay

Situated in St. Paul’s Bay, Porto Azzurro Aparthotel provides a choice for those seeking views of the Maltese countryside. Having access to a kitchenette allows you to save on meal expenses while being close to Bugibba ensures access to its attractions without extra transportation costs.

Book Porto Azzurro Aparthotel here

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Gillieru Harbour Hotel, St. Paul’s Bay

Gillieru Harbour Hotel is perfect for budget travellers who value convenience and affordability since it’s a short walk from Bugibba’s shops, restaurants, and pubs. With a variety of food and entertainment options in Bugibba, you can immerse yourself in the local way of life without overspending.

Book Gillieru Harbour Hotel here

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2. Best Neighborhood to Stay in Malta

Below is a brief rundown of the best places to stay in Malta:

Valletta

Valletta is a capital city conveniently located for exploring the island’s rich cultural heritage.

Mellieha

Mellieha is the definition of family-friendly, boasting beaches and attractions that cater to visitors of all ages who are seeking a peaceful retreat.

Sliema

If you wish for an escape, Sliema is the spot for that! It provides plenty of dining options, walks by the sea and lovely waterfront views.

Paceville

Popular as the centre of nightlife, Paceville is home to clubs and pubs that create a great mood for those who enjoy lively nights outside.

St. Julian’s Bay

This neighbourhood is ideal for night owls and party animals with its buzzing nightlife scene and diverse entertainment options. They keep the festivities going until the hours of the morning.

Bugibba

For budget travellers looking for affordable stay options and easy access to the Mediterranean region, Bugibba is a good choice.

3. FAQs

What is the best neighborhood to stay in Malta?

For a first-time visitor to Malta, Valletta is recommended as the best neighborhood to stay. The capital city offers a mix of culture, history, and modern services, providing a central location with access to popular attractions in Malta.

Where should you not stay in Malta?

While Malta offers various attractive neighborhoods, the guide does not explicitly mention areas to avoid. However, it emphasizes the positive aspects of Valletta, Mellieha, Sliema, Paceville, St. Julian's Bay, and Bugibba for different types of travelers.

What should I avoid in Malta?

The guide doesn't provide explicit information on things to avoid in Malta. It focuses on recommending the best areas and accommodations based on the preferences of different types of travelers, ensuring a positive experience.

Where should I stay in Malta for the first time?

For first-time visitors, Valletta is recommended as the ideal base in Malta. The capital city's central location provides access to popular attractions such as St. John’s Cathedral, the National Library, and the National Museum of Archaeology, making it a great starting point for exploring the island.

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5. Summary of Where to Stay in Malta

No matter what kind of traveller you are, you’re bound to have a fantastic time in this Mediterranean destination! And since we’ve covered the ‘where to stay in Malta’ part, all that’s left to do is make your itineraries!

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