Discover an authentic and traditional Maltese accommodation experience at these amazing boutique hotels in Valletta, the capital city of Malta.
Valletta is one of the most popular areas to stay on the island of Malta due to its central location and excellent transport system. This includes robust ferry and bus services that make it convenient to explore other parts of Malta on a day trip such as the Three Cities or the famous Blue Lagoon.
If you’re looking for a unique stay in Valletta, I recommend one of the beautiful boutique hotels for their historic charm and a more authentic and intimate experience of the city’s rich history and culture.
In this guide, I’m filling you in on the best boutique hotels in Valletta that provide a comfortable stay and will keep you within walking distance of Valletta’s main attractions including the historic Upper Barrack Gardens and Fort St Elmo.
- In a Hurry? Here are the Top Places to Stay in Valletta
- 1. Iniala Harbour House – Best 5-Star Boutique Hotel in Valletta
- 2. Palazzo Consiglia
- 3. Palais Le Brun
- 4. The Phoenicia Malta – Best Hotel for Grand Harbour Views
- 5. Osborne Hotel
- 6. The Embassy Valletta Hotel
- 7. The Gomerino Hotel – Best Outdoor Pool with City Views
- 8. La Falconeria Hotel
- 9. Casa Ellul
- 10. Palazzo Rosaria Boutique Hotel
- 11. AX The Saint John
- 12. Palazzo Jean Parisot Boutique Suites – Best Rooms for Families
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In a Hurry? Here are the Top Places to Stay in Valletta
I prefer to stay in the boutique hotels of Valletta as opposed to the larger resort and hotel chains you'll find in Sliema or St. Julians.
These are usually within historical buildings showcasing intricate stonework and art that make you feel like you've traveled back in time. Below are my top three favorite hotel picks in the city.
1. Iniala Harbour House 5-Star
Perched atop Valletta's stunning St Barbara Bastion. This hotel offers stunning views of the Grand Harbour & the Three Cities from its traditional Maltese balconies.
2. Casa Ellul Private Hot Tub
Boasting an incredible outdoor private hot tub, delicious breakfast, and located in a fantastic location, Casa Ellul ticks all the boxes for a luxury boutique stay.
3. Osborne Hotel Budget
Looking for a boutique hotel that doesn't dry your wallet after one night? The Osborne Hotel is located in the heart of Valletta and offers a rooftop swimming pool, sea views, & a buffet restaurant.
Where is Valletta?
Valletta is Malta's Capital City and is located on the northeast side of the main island beside the Grand Harbour, also known as the Port of Valletta.
Due to its central location and proximity to the airport, Valletta is one of the best areas to stay when visiting Malta attracting over 1 million visitors each year. Although the city is small I found many incredible things to do and see such as the Lascaris War Rooms or taking a traditional boat ride on the harbour.
Below I have chosen what I believe to be 12 of the best boutique hotels based on their comfortability, location, overall service, guest reviews, and access to public transport.
Valletta's Best Boutique Hotels with an Outdoor Pool
|Iniala Harbour House
|Palais Le Brun
|The Phoenicia Malta
|The Gomerino Hotel
1. Iniala Harbour House - Best 5-Star Boutique Hotel in Valletta
If you love going all out when it comes to luxurious accommodations, Iniala Harbour House is one of the best boutique hotels in Valletta to book.
Located in the heart of the city, this stunning 5-star hotel features an immaculate interior design, a restaurant, a bar, and free wifi.
After a day of exploring Valletta or the nearby Three Cities, guests can relax at the spa and wellness center, swim in the indoor pool, or enjoy a hot sauna.
Since the area is popular for cycling, you can hire a bike at the hotel and explore the surrounding area such as the Lower Barrackka Gardens for sunset.
Guests can also enjoy a daily à la carte, full English/Irish, or American breakfast.
Known as one of the best hotels in Valletta due to its highly-reviewed underground swimming pool.
This beautiful hotel is situated inside a historic building and boasts some of the most beautiful interior designs. It features an outdoor pool, terrace, spa, and wellness center that boasts a hot tub and hammam.
When staying at this incredible hotel, your individually designed room includes a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom, and some rooms offer a seating area.
Popular points of interest near this lovely accommodation you must visit include Manoel Theatre and Upper Barrakka Gardens which is just a 9-minute walk away.
Are you searching for the best boutique hotels in Valletta with hot tubs? Palais Le Brun is the perfect choice for you!
This 4-star hotel features an outdoor swimming pool, a fitness center, a restaurant, a concierge service, and a 24-hour front desk and is located in the heart of Valletta City.
All of the spacious rooms at this beautiful property come with a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom. Some rooms feature stunning sea views that can be enjoyed from a private hot tub.
Before embarking on your daily adventures around the city, be sure to fuel up with a continental, à la carte, or English/Irish breakfast.
4. The Phoenicia Malta - Best Hotel for Grand Harbour Views
Looking for the best hotels in Valletta with Grand Harbour views? The Phoenicia Malta is one of them!
Renowned for its excellent quality of service, when you stay at The Phoenicia Malta, you can expect to receive celebrity treatment.
When you stay at this 5-star hotel, you can enjoy views over the Grand Harbour, historic Valletta, and the property's seven acres of private gardens.
Guests can enjoy a range of facilities offered at this property, including a spa and gym, indoor and outdoor pools, two restaurants, the iconic Palm Court Lounge, and The Club Bar.
All of the guest rooms at the hotel are spacious and elegant, featuring tiled floors and modern furniture all featuring air conditioning, free wifi, a minibar, and a private bathroom.
The on-site restaurants serve a combination of Maltese and Mediterranean cuisine and guests can enjoy a delicious buffet breakfast.
Set within Valletta's ancient city walls, Osborne Hotel is one of the best places to stay in the city if you're on a budget.
This 3-star hotel features a rooftop swimming pool, fantastic views, an elegant lounge bar, and a buffet restaurant all for a reasonable price.
All of the air-conditioned rooms at the hotel feature a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a minibar, and a private bathroom.
The accommodation is only a few minutes walk from Republic Street, St. John's Cavalier, and St. John's Co-Cathedral.
It is a great base for those with a car who want to explore all of the nearby things to do in Malta.
Regarding stunning Valletta hotels, The Embassy Valletta Hotel is another top choice due to its incredible views over the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Basilica dome.
Located in the heart of Valletta, and known as one of the best places to stay in Malta this small boutique hotel features an outdoor swimming pool, a terrace, a restaurant, and a fitness center. Its service has received high reviews and the staff are always willing to help.
The beautifully designed guest rooms feature air conditioning, a seating area, a flat-screen TV, and a private bathroom. Some units also boast a balcony with picturesque views of the city, especially at night.
Popular attractions you must visit near the accommodation include the Upper Barrakka Gardens and the stunning Valletta Waterfront.
7. The Gomerino Hotel - Best Outdoor Pool with City Views
The Gomerino Hotel which is known as one of the best boutique hotels in Valletta for views over the Three Cities.
Situated in the heart of the capital city, The Gomerino Hotel offers non-smoking rooms, free wifi, a year-round outdoor pool, an indoor pool, a fitness center, and a shared lounge.
Each room comes with air conditioning, a minibar, a deposit box, and a private bathroom.
The 4-star hotel also has a daily breakfast available for guests, including buffet, à la carte, and continental options.
Famous attractions near the hotel you must visit include St. John's Co-Cathedral, Upper Barrakka Gardens and the Valletta Waterfront. Malta International Airport is only 7 km from the hotel.
Traditional Boutique Hotels in the Heart of Valletta
|La Falconeria Hotel
|Palazzo Rosaria Boutique Hotel
|AX The Saint John
|Palazzo Jean Parisot Boutique
Located in the heart of the city, La Falconeria Hotel is one of the best boutique hotels in Valletta due to its location and articulate interior design.
This 4-star hotel features a fitness center, a bar, and great views of the city.
Each minimalist room has air conditioning, free wifi, a flat-screen TV, and a private bathroom.
I found it best to start the day with à la carte breakfast before exploring the city and nearby attractions such as the Museum of Archaeology.
Looking to venture out of the city? The hotel has cars for hire which makes it much easier to visit more attractions in Malta. You can visit attractions such as the Blue Grotto which is 20 minutes drive from the hotel.
9. Casa Ellul
Although Casa Ellul doesn't tick the boxes for an outdoor swimming pool it does offer an awesome private outdoor hot tub.
Situated in the heart of Valletta this hotel is another great pick for those wanting to explore the history-filled streets by day and relax in a hot tub by night.
It offers its guests beautifully decorated large rooms with air conditioning and private bathrooms. A delicious breakfast can be enjoyed each morning from the privacy of the room or balcony.
There are many cafes and restaurants surrounding the hotel and it's just a short 10-minute walk to the waterfront.
Located in the heart of Valletta is where you'll find Palazzo Rosaria Boutique Hotel, selected as a must-stay due to its quiet location.
Guests can expect air-conditioned rooms with a minibar, a flat-screen TV, and a luxurious private bathroom. Depending on your budget and travel type, you may also choose a room with a terrace that offers spectacular city views.
Before you head out each morning to explore the wonderful Valletta, indulge in a buffet, continental, or full English/Irish breakfast.
Not sure what to do in the area? Popular points of interest near the hotel include Qui-Si-Sana Beach, the Upper Barrakka Gardens, and the impressive Triton Fountain.
Located in the historic area of Valletta, AX The Saint John is another great choice of hotel when visiting Valletta.
All of the elegantly designed rooms feature a flat-screen TV, a coffee machine, and a private bathroom along with a comfortable king bed.
Start every day with a delicious breakfast, with a selection of sweet and savory products, as well as fresh fruit, hot drinks, and delicious fruit juice.
Being in such a fantastic location, everything is within walking distance of the hotel. Some of the best places to visit near the property include St. John's Co-Cathedral, Upper Barrakka Gardens, and the National War Museum.
At the end of the day, you can enjoy a delicious cocktail at the hotel's bar.
12. Palazzo Jean Parisot Boutique Suites - Best Rooms for Families
Are you planning a trip to Valletta with your family?
Palazzo Jean Parisot Boutique Suites is the best hotel for you as its deluxe suite can sleep up to 6 people.
Featuring a rooftop terrace and a shared outdoor hydromassage tub, Palazzo Jean Parisot Boutique Suites is a great choice if relaxation is on the list after a busy day of exploring Valletta.
All of the modern rooms feature air conditioning, a seating area, free wifi, a satellite TV, a coffee machine, and a private bathroom. Some off balconies with spectacular views over Fort St Angelo which makes for a great photo at sunrise.
If you have a rental car I recommend heading out for the day or exploring the Dingli Cliffs for sunset which is a 20-minute drive from the property.
Frequently Asked Questions About Accommodation in Valletta
Which is the best area to stay in Valletta?
The Historic Center is the best areas to stay when visiting Valletta. It is home to St. John's Co-Cathedral, the Upper Barrakka Gardens, and stunning Baroque architecture.
What time of year should I visit Malta?
The best time of year to visit Malta is during summer, which runs from June to August.
How much time should I spend in Valletta?
Even though Valletta is one of the smallest capital cities in the world, you can easily spend three days exploring the best of what it has to offer!
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