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Where to Stay in Malta: 9 Best Areas & Hidden-Gem Hotels

Where to Stay in Malta: 9 Best Areas & Hidden-Gem Hotels

Olly Gaspar

By Olly Gaspar, full-time traveler for 6 years. I visit every place I write about & share real tips, photos, & advice from my trips.

I traveled all over Malta, here’s my guide to the best neighborhoods, areas, and places to stay– with hotel picks for every budget.

Malta is a vibrant and dreamy European travel destination with a rich history and beautiful beaches, with 2.5 million visitors staying across the islands every year. From the bustling streets of St Julians to the far-flung corners of Gozo, each region of Malta offers amazing hotels, resorts, and budget lodgings.

In this guide, I’ll offer a rundown of where to stay in Malta, whether you’re looking for an adult’s only resort in Mellieha, or a boutique hotel in Gozo.

My top picks include the all-inclusive db Seabank Resort in Mellieħa for its seaside location and the unbeatable Iniala Harbour House in Valletta for its Three City views.

Infographic map showing the best areas to stay in malta
Map showing the best areas to stay in Malta

Where to Stay in Malta: The 9 Best Areas & Regions

Whether you're looking to explore ancient history, indulge in delicious Mediterranean cuisine, or simply relax in the sun, these are the nine Maltese neighborhoods and tourist areas you need to check out.

  1. Mellieħa Bay (Għadira) - a picturesque coastal town in Għadira. This stunning location boasts crystal-clear waters and a tranquil atmosphere that is great for families and couples.
  2. Sliema - Sliema is a popular tourist town bordering St. Julians. It's situated on the seafront with plenty of fun bars and top-notch restaurants nearby.
  3. Valletta - Valletta is the capital city of Malta and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This stunning city is one of the most popular places to stay for its boutique hotels.
  4. St Julian's - Known for its bustling nightlife, sandy beaches, and fun watersports activities. A popular destination for young couples and groups who are looking for a fun-filled Maltese vacation.
  5. St. Pauls Bay, Bugibba, & Qawra, Malta Island - St. Paul's Bay is a charming fishing village that presents a relaxed and laid-back atmosphere with beautiful beaches. Bugibba is slightly more upbeat and popular for its nightlife and Mediterranean restaurants. Qawra is a more family-friendly neighborhood, with shallow waters and plenty of safe swimming areas for kids.
  6. Three Cities - Malta's Three Cities of Birgu, Senglea, and Cospicua are located on the eastern side of the Grand Harbour opposite Valletta and are one of the most architecturally stunning neighborhoods in Malta.
  7. Marsaxlokk & Marsaskala - Marsaxlokk and Marsaskala are two picturesque fishing towns known for their beautiful harbors, traditional fishing boats, and stunning sea views.
  8. Mdina - Mdina is a fortified city located in the center of Malta and is also known as the "silent city" due to its tranquil and peaceful atmosphere.
  9. Gozo Island - Gozo is the second largest island in the Maltese archipelago and is known for its tranquil natural beauty, historic landmarks, and classic lifestyle. Staying on Gozo is particularly appealing to those who want to escape the crowds and enjoy Malta's unique landscapes.
Resort bay in sliema malta
The Sliema Bay area of Malta is the best place to stay for nightlife and exclusive resorts like this one.

1. Mellieħa Bay (Għadira): Best Place to Stay for Chill Beach Vibes

Hotel vi57 in maltaHotel VIU57$$
Lure hotel & spa mellihaLure Hotel & Spa$$$
Accommodation at db seabank resort + spaDB Seabank Resort + Spa$$$
Mellieha bay, malta
Mellieha Bay at night

Hotel Viu57

Situated in Mellieha Bay Hotel Viu57 is a great choice for those looking for incredible water views and a relaxing and quiet stay.

The hotel is within walking distance to a range of cafes and restaurants and a short 10-minute walk to the nearby Mellieha Bay Beach or a short drive from Golden Bay Beach. There is a continental buffet breakfast provided with views of the nearby red tower It-Torri L-Ahmar.

Our Lady of the Grotto, the WWII shelters, and Mellieha Cross are all nearby popular attractions that can be explored whilst staying at Hotel Viu57.

Hotel vi57 in malta

Lure Hotel & Spa

Located in the heart of Mellieha Lure Hotel & Spa is a great choice for those wanting a luxury adult-only stay with access to exceptional spa treatments.

It boasts spacious rooms with a bright and modern design. Free wifi, air conditioning, private bathrooms, and a hot tub can be found in most rooms with a balcony and views over the nearby Parish Church.

An indoor and outdoor pool can be found on the rooftop with incredible views over the surrounding area of Melliehe Bay.

The hotel is a short drive from some of the best sunset locations on the island.

Lure hotel & spa melliha

DB Seabank Resort & Spa

Located opposite Mellieha Bay Beach the DB Seabank Resort & Spa is the perfect place for those traveling in large groups or families.

This 4-star all-inclusive resort has everything from incredible grounds with indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a bowling alley, a hot tub, and a sauna. Activities are run on-site each day such as water aerobics, darts, pool games, and a kids club that runs for ages 4-11.

All rooms are modernly decorated with a sea theme and atmosphere. Rooms are available that cater to large groups.

This is the best area to base yourself if you want to visit the best things to do in Mellieha such as Popeye Village and the incredible Coral Lagoon which is a must-see natural attraction!

Accommodation at db seabank resort + spa

Pros of Staying in Mellieħa

  1. Close to Ghadira Bay Beach
  2. Close to Coral Lagoon
  3. A 5-minute drive from Popeye Village
  4. A 5-minute drive from Paradise Bay Beach

Cons of Staying in Mellieħa

  1. Further drive to Valletta
  2. More secluded area
  3. If you do not have a car public transport is needed and it can become busy

2. Sliema: Great Place to Stay to Explore Malta Island

Waterfront hotel in sliemaWaterfront$$
Land's end boutique accommodation in sliemaLand's End$$$
1926 hotel & spa sliema1926 Hotel & SPA$$$
Sliema, malta
Sliema is a more upscale neighborhood


Does relaxing with a cocktail in your hand with views over the sea sound like your ideal vacation? Then an excellent choice for the best place to stay is the Waterfront Hotel.

Waterfront Hotel is located in the central area of Sliema and offers its guests large private air-conditioned rooms, outdoor lounging areas, hot tubs, an indoor and outdoor pool, and an on-site Regatta restaurant.

Conveniently it is positioned in a great location for those wanting to explore Valletta, Gozo, or Blue Lagoon with private day trips leaving from Sliema or a public ferry each day.

Waterfront hotel in sliema

Tip: Accommodation in Malta sells out quickly, especially during the summer vacation period. This is a location where you do not want to book at the last minute!

Land's End

This newly built hotel is another great choice when staying in Sliema. Land's End Hotel is located close to Tinge Point Foreshore Walk with views overlooking the UNESCO world heritage site in the city of Valletta.

It caters to both couples and families with private rooms with a TV, private bathroom, air conditioning, and balconies with sea views. A range of cafes, bars, restaurants, and the Point Shopping Mall are within walking distance from Land's End.

For those wanting to explore the best things to do in Valletta, there is a public ferry terminal with services that run to Valletta just a short walk away.

Land's end boutique accommodation in sliema

1926 Hotel & Spa

1926 Hotel & Spa is a 4-star luxury hotel located centrally in Sliema. With easy access to the ferry terminal that runs to Gozo, and Valletta and a short distance from Sliema Beach it is a great choice.

Ultimately 1926 Hotel & Spa offers its guests an organic breakfast daily and has an on-site wellness center with a spa, sauna, steam room, indoor heated pool, and gym.

The rooms are beautifully designed with large beds, air conditioning, and a private bathroom. The surrounding grounds of the 1926 Hotel & Spa offer spectacular views over the Mediterranean Sea and a rooftop infinity swimming pool.

Bedroom suite with tv and lounge area at 1926 hotel & spa sliema, malta

Pros of Staying in Sliema

  1. Lots of cafes and restaurants
  2. Close to many beaches
  3. Views over Valletta
  4. Playground on waterfront
  5. Beach clubs

Cons of Staying in Sliema

  1. Can be very busy
  2. Parking can be difficult due to the number of cars and people
  3. More expensive area for hotels

3. Valletta: Accommodation In Malta's Capital

The gomerino hotel sliema maltaThe Gomerino Hotel$$$
The embassy valletta accommodationThe Embassy Valletta Hotel$$$
Iniala harbor house valletta accommodationIniala Harbor House$$$$
Viewpoint in valletta

The Gomerino Hotel

Imagine lounging next to the rooftop swimming pool overlooking the Three Cities of Malta and Valletta harbor with a cocktail in your hand, this is exactly what The Gomerino Hotel has to offer.

With its own indoor pool, gym, and sauna it is great for those wanting to get a workout before a large continental breakfast each morning.

The Gomerino Hotel features large rooms that offer air conditioning, a private bathroom, and some feature balconies with spectacular views.

It is a short walk from many well-known restaurants and bars and 300 m from the St John's Co-Cathedral.

Bedroom suite with large bed and wardrobe at the gomerino hotel valletta

The Embassy Valletta Hotel

Want to experience luxury with a view? The Embassy Valletta Hotel is a great option.

Guests can spend their days exploring the surrounding city, relaxing by the rooftop pool, or working out at the on-site gym. There are also spa treatments and facilities for those who want to indulge in ultimate relaxation and rejuvenation.

The best part about The Embassy Valletta is that it allows pets to join you on your vacation at no extra cost. It is also a great place to stay if you do not have a car.

The hotel is within walking distance from the Upper Barakka Gardens, the National Museum of Archeology, and the National War Museum which shouldn't be missed.

Pet friendly accommodation at the embassy valletta

Iniala Harbour House

If you're a fan of boutique hotels then the Iniala Harbour House is the perfect option for a relaxing stay in Valletta.

Sitting above Valletta's stunning St Barbara Bastion this boutique hotel is known as one of the best accommodation options in Malta. With phenomenal views over the Grand Habour and the Three cities, it is hard to beat.

A range of rooms are available featuring their very own equipped kitchen, large bed, balcony, and private bathroom. Rooms are great for couples and also cater to families.

Iniala Harbour House is located in an ideal place as it is within walking distance of many cafes, bars, and restaurants.

Iniala harbor house valletta accommodation

Pros of Staying in Valletta

  1. The Main city - UNESCO World Heritage Site
  2. Lots of things to do and things to see
  3. Walking distance to most things and very easy to get public transport
  4. Close to the harbor for ferries and day trips
  5. Very nice accommodation options

Cons of Staying in Valletta

  1. More expensive
  2. Lots of people
  3. Hard to find parking/drive in the main city area

4. St Julian's: Where to Stay in Malta for Nightlife

Inhawi boutique hostelInhawi Boutique Hostel$$
Hyatt regency malta st juliansHyatt Regency$$$
The westin dragonara resort st julian's bay accommodationThe Westin Dragonara Resort$$$$
St julian's in malta

Inhawi Boutique Hostel

Want to see Malta on a budget? The Inhawi Boutique Hostel is a great place for a base in order to save money and have a great time.

Inhawi Boutique Hostel is located just 300 m from Balluta Bay Beach. It offers its guests a fully equipped kitchen, outdoor seating and terrace area, Thursday night BBQ events, and an outdoor swimming pool with lounge chairs.

Female, male, and mixed dorms are available with free wifi, air-conditioning, and a continental breakfast.

Restaurants, cafes, and supermarkets are all within walking distance of the hostel.

Inhawi boutique hostel

Tip: Are you a pizza lover like me? I found this hidden gem on my visit and it shouldn't be missed. Order from L'antica Pizzeria for the best pizza in St. Julian's Bay.

Hyatt Regency

If you want to stay at a luxury 5-star hotel in St. Julian's Bay, look no further than Hyatt Regency Malta.

Hyatt Regency Malta offers elegant rooms and suites while staying here. Each room boasts air conditioning and depending on your room, a balcony with views over the Mediterranean Sea.

Featuring four restaurants and four bars, guests can enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner with gorgeous views over the river. Guests can relax by the indoor or outdoor swimming pools, booking a wellness massage, or keeping up their fitness regime in the on-site fitness center.

Not only are the luxurious decor and amenities enough reason to stay at this hotel, but it also offers its own child-minding services, has watersports available on-site, and boasts bars with happy hour each day.

The hotel is 200 m from St George's Bay and 700 m from the well-known Dragonara Casino.

Hyatt regency malta st julian's bay

The Westin Dragonara Resort

Wondering where to stay in Malta for beaches? The Westin Dragonara Resort Malta is a great pick for those wanting a resort that offers everything you need without having to leave.

Located in St Julian's The Westin Dragonara Resort Malta boasts two private beaches, a gym facility with a personal trainer, relaxation services, 2 outdoor swimming pools, and an indoor swimming pool. Its high-quality services ensure all guests feel welcomed and have an opportunity to completely relax.

The Westin Dragonara Resort Malta offers many different types of rooms which cater to groups, couples, and families. There is an outdoor play area for children and child-minding services available.

From most areas of the resort, the sea can be viewed. There is public transport within walking distance and the Westin Dragonara Casino is just a short 300 m away.

The westin dragonara resort st julian's bay accommodation

Pros of Staying at St Julian's

  1. Great for restaurants, bars, and nightclubs
  2. Nearby sandy beaches
  3. A range of Casinos
  4. Great places for shopping

Cons of Staying at St Julian's

  1. Further from Valletta
  2. Not as relaxed as other beachside neighborhoods for families

5. St. Paul's Bay, Bugibba, & Qawra: Malta's Coastal Tourist Hub

Mayflower hotel st paul's bay accommodationMayflower Hotel$$$
Seaview hotel accommodationSeaview Hotel$$$
Qawra palace resort in malta with sea viewsQAWRA Palace Resort$$$
Bugibba neighborhood in malta

Mayflower Hotel

Mayflower Hotel is a great pick for those looking for a quiet stay out of the hustle and bustle of the main cities of Malta. Located in St Paul's Bay the hotel is in a great location with the Maltese National Aquarium and Malta Classic Car Collection showroom.

Boasting minimalistic private rooms with air conditioning, and a large private bathroom it is perfect for families or groups. The rooftop outdoor swimming pool is nothing short of perfect with views over the surrounding areas and the Mediterranean Sea.

For those wanting to work off the Maltese meals, there is a fitness facility on-site or if relaxation is your style there is a spa and massage treatments available.

Mayflower hotel st paul's bay accommodation

Seaview Hotel

Looking for the perfect adult-only hotel to wind down and relax? Look no further than the Seaview Hotel.

With views over St Pauls Islands and a rooftop outdoor swimming pool, the Seaview Hotel is one that shouldn't be missed. Bugibba Perched Beach is a short 5-minute walk from the property and it is also close to Malta's well-known Chocolate factory.

It has everything one would need on-site, boasting a gym facility, sauna, steam room, and wellness packages to help unwind and relax.

The private rooms are all beautifully decorated and each has a mini bar, air conditioning, a TV, and a private bathroom with spectacular views over the sea or city.

Seaview hotel accommodation

QAWRA Palace Resort

DB San Antonio Hotel & Spa ticks all the boxes for the best resort in Qawra.

Featuring an outdoor and indoor swimming pool and on-site mini golf course it is great for those traveling as a family.

There is a buffet breakfast to enjoy before exploring the surrounding areas or private sandy beaches or spending the day relaxing by the seaside pool.

The local bus stop is within walking distance and the Malta Aquarium is a short walk away which is perfect for a day trip.

Qawra palace resort in malta with sea views

Pros of Staying in St. Paul's Bay, Bugibba, & Qawra

  1. Walking distance from beaches
  2. Lots of restaurants and bars
  3. Lots of tourists as prices are lower than in other cities
  4. Boat tours to Gozo and the Blue Lagoon operate nearby

Cons of Staying in St. Paul's Bay, Bugibba, & Qawra

  1. Tourists need a car or must wait for public transport

6. Three Cities: Great Accommodation Pick For History & Culture

Casa cara three cities malta accommodationCasa Cara$$
Boco boutique hotel three cities maltaBOCO Boutique Hotel$$$
Cugo gran macina grand harbor accommodationCugo Gran Macina Grand Harbour$$$$
Vittoriosa three cities, valletta
View of the three cities in malta

Casa Cara

If apartment-style accommodation sounds like your ideal choice then Casa Cara is a great option.

Offering its guests a fully equipped kitchen with a fridge, microwave, coffee machine, kettle, toaster, and stovetop that is perfect for those wanting to cook their own meals.

This is a great choice for those traveling in a large group or families as there are multiple bedrooms and a pull-out sofa.

It is a short 700 m walk to Fort Sant Angelo and 650 m from Reinella Bay Beach to cool down and enjoy the sea.

Casa cara three cities malta accommodation

BOCO Boutique Hotel

BOCO Boutique Hotel welcomes guests who'd like to experience the traditional Maltese way of life with a host who is passionate about sharing his knowledge of art and the surrounding areas.

The hotel has 6 beautifully designed rooms showcasing art painted by the host Tony Busuttil. The private rooms feature large comfortable beds, wifi, private bathrooms, air conditioning, and some with sea views and a private patio.

The boutique hotel is situated in a quiet street within the Three Cities. It is within walking distance from the Immaculate Conception Church and the Bormla waterfront.

A range of restaurants and cafes can be found near the hotel.

Boco boutique hotel three cities malta

Cugo Gran Macina

For those looking for a 5-star luxury stay within the Three Cities go no further than the Cugo Gran Macina hotel.

Boasting incredible views over the harbor and super yachts from its rooftop swimming pool it tops the chart for the best stay in the Three Cities.

Suites are available with multiple rooms and this makes it a great choice for those traveling as a family or in a large group. Some specific rooms offer a terrace and large seating area.

It is a great choice for those wanting to explore Fort Sant Angelo or enjoy a small traditional Maltese boat trip around the harbor.

Cugo gran macina grand harbor accommodation

Pros of Staying in the Three Cities

  1. Surrounded by history and incredible buildings
  2. Lots of restaurants and bars
  3. Much quieter than the city of Valletta yet still very close via water taxi/small boat
  4. Beautiful views over Valletta and the harbor

Cons of Staying in the Three Cities

  1. Further from other tourist districts of Malta
  2. Not a lot of beaches for swimming

7. Marsaxlokk & Marsaskala: Stay in the Most Colorful Neighborhoods of Malta

Port view guesthouse accommodation maltaPort View Guest House$$
Dun gorg guest house accommodation in maltaDun Gorg Guest House$$
The sea-bank villa apartment in maltaThe Sea-Bank Villa Apartments$$$
Marsaxlokk malta fishing village with colorful boats
Colorful fishing boats in Marsaxlokk

Port View Guest House

Looking for a reasonably priced accommodation choice located in a quiet sleepy fishing town?

Sitting just 20 m from the seafront in the quiet village of Marsaxlokk the family-run Port View Guest House offers its guests comfortable beds each with a private bathroom. Conveniently there is a large rooftop seating area with great views over the surrounding area.

The guest house is a 3 km walk or bike ride from the must-see St Peters Pools which I found to be a great place to cool down during summer.

Port view guesthouse accommodation malta

Dun Gorg Guest House

Looking for an upscaled sleep in a great location on a quiet street? Dun Gorg Guest House offers just that!

Featuring some of the best views of the surrounding area from their top-floor breakfast patio it is easy to see why this boasts fabulous reviews.

The guest house showcases beautifully furnished rooms with a range of choices for families and larger groups. All rooms are equipped with comfortable large beds, free wifi, a fridge, air-conditioning, and private bathrooms.

A public bus stop can be found 5 5-minute walk from the property.

Dun gorg guest house accommodation in malta

The Sea-Bank Villa Apartments

Located in the heart of Marsaskala, The Sea-Bank Villa apartment is another great choice for those wanting to relax in a quiet area.

Sleeping up to 14 people these apartments are the perfect choice for large groups of families. Offering a fully equipped kitchen and living areas there is enough room for everyone.

There is an outdoor swimming pool with views over the surrounding sea and lounge chairs for those wanting to lay out under the heat of the sun.

It is a short walk to St Tomas Bay Beach and the markets run in the center of town on a weekend.

The sea-bank villa apartment in malta

Pros of Staying in Marsaxlokk & Marsaskala

  1. Many unique things to do in Marsaxlokk, especially for photographers
  2. Small quiet fishing village
  3. Markets along the waterfront
  4. Great cafes and restaurants by the sea
  5. Out of the hustle and bustle
  6. Mountain bike activities nearby for beautiful coastal tracks with rock pool views

Cons of Staying in Marsaxlokk & Marsaskala

  1. Better to have your own transport as it is far from other regions
  2. Not great for nightlife

8. Mdina: Stay in the Old Historic Capital of Malta

Point de vue guesthouse accommodation mdinaPoint De Vue Guesthouse$$
Myn accommodation near mdinaMYN$$
The xara palace mdina accommodationThe Xara Palace$$$
Mdina in malta
Mdina, the old Capital of Malta

Point De Vue Guesthouse

Just a short 100 m from the old town walls and the Main Gate sits the Point De Vue Guesthouse.

The property boasts impeccable online reviews and views over the surrounding grass fields and historical buildings. The bedrooms come with a TV, shower, bathroom, Wifi, and air conditioning. Another great feature is it has its own children's playground on site.

There is a delicious breakfast that is served each morning. A range of cafes and restaurants are within walking distance from the property. A public bus stop is located close by and it is a 10-minute walk to St Paul's Catacombs.

Point de vue guesthouse accommodation mdina


This pet-friendly guesthouse is the perfect choice for those bringing their furry friends along on their stay.

MYN is located on a quiet street in the town of Rabat just 900m from the walls of Mdina. There is a range of surrounding cafes and restaurants that serve delicious food.

The beautifully decorated rooms feature a safe, TV, closet, bathroom, and fridge. A continental breakfast is served each morning for guests.

The Natural History Museum is a short 500 m walk from MYN.

Myn accommodation near mdina

The Xara Palace

Situated in a stunning 17th-century palace within the walls of Mdina within the silent city The Xara Palace is a romantic choice for couples.

This 5-star boutique hotel offers an outdoor swimming pool, outdoor spa, and spectacular views over the surrounding countryside and sea.

There are 17 beautifully restored rooms, each with a large king bed, air conditioning, TV, and a private bathroom. Some even have balconies which makes them a great place to unwind with a glass of wine.

The property is located 100 m from St Pauls Cathedral.

The xara palace

Pros of Staying in Mdina

  1. Very quiet and has lots of historic buildings
  2. Away from the crowds and noise
  3. Lots of things to do in the city are within walking distance
  4. Only a 30-minute bus to Valletta
  5. Silent city means there are no cars unlike Valletta

Cons of Staying in Mdina

  1. Further from the coast means no beaches
  2. Parking can be an issue as it is limited

9. Gozo: Stay on Malta's Sister Island

Quaint boutique hotel nadur gozoQuaint Boutique Hotel$$
Viewpoint boutique living hotel gozoViewpoint Boutique Living$$$
Quaint boutique hotel nadur accommodation gozoKempinski Hotel San Lawrenz$$$$
Boutique hotels on gozo island malta

Quaint Boutique Hotel

One of the top picks when staying in Gozo is the Quaint Boutique Hotel. This beautifully renovated boutique hotel is situated directly beside the Nadur Parish Church, with spacious balcony terraces looking over the town square.

Ultimately the boutique hotel offers rooms with air conditioning, a private bathroom, a TV, wifi, and a kettle. Some rooms have a large hot tub available with views through a large glass window over the surrounding town.

There is an excellent restaurant downstairs with delicious food. Public parking is available in the square outside the hotel or within the surrounding streets.

Quaint boutique hotel nadur gozo bedroom suite with large bed and lounge area

Book: If you're up for an adventure check out the Kayaking from Gozo to Comino. Local rules state that tourists must be accompanied by a licensed guide to cross the channel. I booked with Gozo Adventures and couldn't recommend them more!

Kayaking on gozo island, malta
Haylea taking a break from paddling on our kayaking tour in Gozo

Viewpoint Boutique Living

Still, wondering where to stay on Gozo? This family-run boutique hotel ticks all the boxes for incredible places to stay on the island of Gozo. Viewpoint Boutique Living dates back 300 years and is located on the edge of a cliff overlooking the Xlendi Valley and the Mediterranean Sea.

The location is ideal for couples or singles wanting to get away from the cities with easy access to the surrounding beaches and historical treasures such as the Citadella.

Each day there is a continental buffet breakfast which can be enjoyed with a view over the swimming pool. The hotel rooms offer free wifi, large beds, air-conditioning, a wardrobe, and a private bathroom.

The area is very popular for riding, snorkeling, walking and hiking, and even a trip to Wied Il-Għasri Beach.

Views over the surrounding landscapes at viewpoint boutique living hotel gozo

Kempinski Hotel San Lawrenz

For travelers preferring a modern and luxurious 5-star hotel, the Kempinski Hotel San Lawrenz is your best choice on Gozo. Located in San Lawrenz on a huge tropical oasis with multiple outdoor swimming pools and palm trees.

Kempinski Hotel San Lawrenz offers its guests luxury rooms suitable for couples, families, and large groups with disability access. There is a steam room, tennis court, children's pool, spa and wellness center, and an indoor pool.

There is a restaurant and bar located on site and some rooms provide guests with a kitchen. It has everything that is necessary for an incredible stay.

Quaint boutique hotel nadur accommodation gozo

Pros of Staying on Gozo Island

  1. So many fun things to do in Gozo for adventures. Go swimming, diving, hiking, and rock climbing!
  2. Fast ferry from the mainland which is quick and easy (cars can also come over on this)
  3. Lots of incredible restaurants and cafes and beaches to explore
  4. The Inland Sea, Blue Hole, Temples and Wied Il-Għasri Beach + much more
  5. Close to Comino with the Blue Lagoon

Cons of Staying on Gozo Island

  1. Away from the mainland
  2. Can be more difficult to get around the island without personal transport
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My Hotel Selection Process

  • Accommodation Criteria: When selecting the top places to stay in Malta, I prioritized location, price, and reviews. Each listed accommodation meets this criteria, guaranteeing a memorable visit.
  • My Experience: I visited Malta with the Malta Tourism Board and stayed in many of the selected hotels during my visit which aided in deciding which hotels made it on this list.
  • Top Reviews: All listed hotels show high ratings on booking platforms like Expedia,, and I regularly update these recommendations to ensure accuracy.
  • Local Insights: I have stayed at numerous hotels from this list. I've also chatted with other travelers who recommended accommodations based on location, cost, and proximity to activities nearby.

Read more about how I review & select hotels & accommodations.

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I'm Olly, a full-time traveler since 2018. Each accommodation option in this guide is handpicked by me. Read my travel review ethics statement.

FAQ and Things to Know Before Visiting Malta

Which is the best part of Malta to Stay?

I don't think there's a 'best' part of Malta to stay. It depends on your travel preferences! For sightseeing and history, Valletta is ideal. For beaches and family fun, Mellieha Bay is great, while Sliema and St. Julian's offer nightlife and a convenient base for exploring the nearby islands. Gozo is great for those seeking adventure away from Malta's mainland.

When should I book my Malta accommodation?

Malta is a popular travel destination year-round, especially during summer. Book well in advance. Give yourself even more time if you plan to visit during peak season!

What is the best time of year to visit Malta?

Malta is beautiful year-round. But for the best weather and fewer crowds, consider visiting during the shoulder seasons of spring (April-May) or autumn (September-October). On my visit in summer, I found it to be extremely hot and crowded.

How do I get around Malta?

Public transport is very affordable and fairly reliable, especially on the main island of Malta. I found Renting a car provided more flexibility, especially when I was exploring Gozo. For trips to Gozo and Comino, ferries are the most common option.

What language do they speak in Malta?

Maltese and English. English is widely spoken, making it easy for tourists to communicate on their travels.

I hope that you've found this inspiring travel guide to where to stay in Malta useful for planning your hotel or accommodation in this amazing European archipelago.

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