Finding the best place to stay in Malta is only difficult because of how fantastic this small island is all over. Let us help you find where to stay in Malta that completely suits your individual needs!
The Best Place To Stay In Malta: Mellieha!
As always I’m going to get right into the thick of it and recommend my personal best place to stay in Malta straight off the bat, Mellieha.
I will go into more detail below but for the more impatient viewers (which I am usually a part of) here is a quick summary as to why Mellieha is the place to be.
- Access to the best beaches in Malta.
- Complete variety of accommodation in all price ranges.
- Less touristy in the center.
- Easy access to the islands.
- Great for families
Choose Your Category
Ahh, Malta. The picturesque gem of an island, isolated on all sides by the glorious Mediterranean sea. Its mix of beauty and affordability acts as a deserved beacon to all holidaymakers, backpackers, tan fiends, and thrill-seekers the world over.
Rightfully so, you’ve then decided Malta is the place for you to explore/relax next. Surely finding out where to stay in Malta will be an easy task considering the island is so small. Alas! This is not the case.
Fortunately, I can guide you through each and every best place to stay in Malta and break down each one for your exact needs. So, have a look at the list below, choose which category most represents you, and have a read. The links will ping you down to more information about each of the locations!
You just want to put down your bag, head out onto the streets, and unbeaten paths. Then I recommend St Julians, Sliema or Gozo. All 3 have fantastic budget accommodation options. St Julians is probably in the best location as it is very central on the island. Sliema is close to Valletta without the increase in costs and Gozo is Gozo, a small island with incredible natural beauty surrounded by beautiful beaches. A backpacker’s dream.
This is an easy one! Mellieha has the best access to the countries best sandy beaches. If you want to lounge and soak in the rays then Melliieha is the best place to stay in Malta. However! Gozo has some very intriguing options if you would like your stay to be a little more excluded and tucked away.
I reckon you’re going to get sick of me saying it but Mellieha is another fantastic option for couples. With fantastic restaurants, incredible views, soft sandy beaches and a brilliant range of accommodation, it’s a definite consideration. However, Birgu has to be the most quintessentially romantic place to stay in Malta. Its winding alleys, beautiful scenery, and boutique feel about it oozes class and romance. If you’re less of a beachgoer then Birgu is the place to be.
Drop the bags, hit the town. You’re in luck because Malta is actually reasonably affordable when it comes to going out and having a good time. St Julians is the undisputed king of nightlife in Malta and is the best place to stay in Malta if that’s your go-to activity. Sliema is another good option if you’re struggling to find reasonable accommodation in St Julians whilst Valletta also offers a good variety, albeit with slightly higher accommodation prices.
If you are bringing along the mini yous then I highly recommend Mellieha and St Paul’s Bay. Any of these options will have plenty of things to do with the kids whilst having fantastic access to other parts of the island. I do recommend hiring a vehicle if you are coming to Malta with the family as this may actually work out cheaper than all of you buying individual tickets for public transport. It’s also much easier and who needs the hassle!
Diving is going to be the go-to thrill-seeking activity whilst in Malta and these sites tend to be in the north of the island. That means Mellieha and Gozo are great spots to minimize travel. The best watersports are going to be at the best beaches and these are also in the north so these recommendations stay the same. It is said that there are some decent diving schools in Sliema so if there are other activities that are drawing you south then Sliema could be a decent compromise.
Malta can be a tad verticle in some places so if you are looking for a little bit of flatter ground then I recommend Sliema or Mellieha Bay. Sliema has a fantastic walk along the sea and Mellieha bay has restaurants and great access to one of the best beaches in Malta. DO NOT accidentally get accommodation in Mellieha itself as this is one of the most difficult towns to traverse. Remember that public transport in Malta is very accessible and very affordable.
Where To Stay In Malta 2022
Below you will find all of the best places to stay in Malta with a little bit of information in regards to each location. You will find also find the best accommodation, and the pros and cons of each location. Remember, if you think of any destination I have missed out on, let me know in the comments section below and I will be sure to check it out and see if it can be added to the top places to stay in Malta.
Sliema is on the east coast of Malta, south of St Julians and north of the capital Valletta. This means that it is very well situated on the island for accessing various attractions.
It is one of the busiest areas in Malta, second only to Valletta. This is largely due to the explosion of commercial business here. This, however, means that you will find the best shopping and some of the most diverse range of restaurants anywhere on the island.
Sliema is one of those places that does everything quite well but nothing the best (except shopping). The nightlife is good, the accommodation is reasonably priced, and the views are spectacular. One thing Sliema does very well is its transport links across the island, including ferries and bus routes.
I personally would recommend Sliema if you are not much of a beachgoer and you want a well-rounded Maltese experience with very good transport links to the rest of the island.
- Best shopping
- Very good transport links
- Good views
- Divierse range of accommodation
- No beaches
- Expensive parking
Hostel Accommodation – Two Pillows Boutique Hostel
I very rarely feature something this good in the budget section of the accommodation but Two Pillows Boutique is an exception. Here you get a choice between dorm rooms (which are insanely nice) or private rooms. As with all good hostels, there is a fantastic communal area and cooking facilities. If you’re looking for an affordable hostel in Sliema then click through and have a look at the pictures and facilities in more detail. It really is a stunner.
Hotel Accommodation – Cozy Rooms
Cozy Rooms Hotel is an absolute gem of a hotel in Sliema. It has everything you would expect and more. The ferry port is right next door and the rooms are to die for. As the price is higher than a hostel, I highly recommend this hotel for couples or groups. Check it out and you will not be disappointed.
Apartment Accommodation – Traditional Maltese Townhouse
I’m not going to list everything this apartment has included as you can click through and have a look but needless to say it has everything. If you want a home away from home then this is it, with the added benefit of an authentic Maltese experience. Have a look!
St Julians is right next to Sliema but has a few interesting and key differences. Right bang in the middle of St Julians is Paceville. The heart of all nightlife in Malta. This has turned St. Julians into the defacto younger travellers hotspot. This is the best place to stay in Malta for a nightlife period.
It has access to the beach at St Georges Bay (artificial but very good). So when you need to soak up a few rays to cure your hangover, this is the place to go to recharge.
As St. Julians is geared towards the younger crowd, there are plenty of good hostels and cheaper accommodation on offer. However, the 10km promenade still boasts some of the countries most luxurious hotels and apartments so there is something for everyone.
If you are looking for a fun, loud, and fast-paced stay in Malta then I highly recommend St. Julians. If you are looking for something more relaxing then there are better areas to plan your stay.
- Best nightlife
- Good for backpackers
- Good transport links
- Very good variety of accommodation
- Quieter areas available
- Beach may get crowded
Hostel Accommodation – Marco Polo Party Hostel
The Marco Polo Party Hostel says it all in the name. Choose between a private room or a dorm room and forget about the rest. You don’t even have to leave the hostel as they have an onsite bar BBQ facilities. When you do manage to leave then this is in the heart of the action and you’re going to have a good time. Check it out now!
Hotel Accommodation – Hotel Valentina
Hotel Valentina is the epitome of style. You only have to click through and look at the images to see that. If you stay here you are far enough away from the bars to have a perfectly relaxing and peaceful night’s sleep but not too far away to not be able to walk home. It’s the perfect balance in St. Julians
Apartment Accommodation – Spinola Park – The Loft
As with all of our apartment accommodation, The Loft comes with everything you will need to have your very own home away from home. However, The Loft is also part of a complex that has its very own restaurant for those evenings when cooking doesn’t seem like you’re kind of night. Take a look now!
Valletta is the best place to stay in Malta for the avid sightseer or history buff. No joke, the history here is just phenomenal and the views have world-beating quality.
Although it is the capital, Valletta is so much smaller than you may have previously thought. So small in fact, it is the smallest capital in all of Europe! This does not mean that there is nothing to do, however. You can expect phenomenal accommodation and some of the best restaurants in all of Malta right at your doorstep. That is if you can afford the accommodation.
As you can imagine, this is not really the place for people who are looking for a bargain. You can stay in neighboring towns for significantly less and get to Valletta exceptionally easily. To put it in perspective, we are staying up in Mellieha which is one of the furthest places away from Valletta and the bus is still only an hour and €2.
If you do choose Valletta, you will have fantastic access across the harbor to the 3 cities (Vittoriosa, Senglea, and Cospicua) via ferry, which I cannot recommend enough.
- The best sightseeing in all of Malta
- World-beating views in all directions
- Fantastic access to well-known locations
- Simply stunning
- Very expensive accommodation
- Some distance from beach life
Hotel Accommodation #1 – Pjazza Merkanti
I’ve removed the hostel recommendations as I really do not recommend trying for a hostel in Valletta, there are just better places. However, this does mean I get to include 2 of the best hotels in Valletta, the first being, Pjazza Merkanti. Stylish, clean, and in the heart of the city, if you are looking for accommodation that ticks every box then look no further. Take a look and you will not be disappointed.
Hotel Accommodation #2 – The Barrister Hotel
The Barrister Hotel has an option for a private rooftop terrace with a hot tub with views across Valletta and the sea. I’m going to leave it at that. Take a look and see if you can justify it. You won’t regret it.
Guest House Accommodation – Valletta Lucente
If you are looking for a little bit more of a homely feel then take a look at Valletta Lucente. It takes away that industry-standard hotel feeling and replaces it with a gorgeous, almost royal, decor. My description will not do it justice so take a look at the images and see for yourself.
This is exactly where we are staying for our time in Malta. This may mean I am a little biased but I genuinely believe Mellieha is the best place to stay in Malta. As you have probably seen at the top of the post, I have already given it this coveted position but here is where I can explain why. On a map, it may seem a little far from the historical and sightseeing hotspots on the island, but in a matter of fact, it is right bang in the middle.
Whilst in Malta, you will definitely want to gaze at the exceptional beauty of Valetta and the 3 cities. But you will also want to visit the islands of Gozo and Comino to experience a little bit of peace and tranquility. Not only that, you may want to spend the day by one of Malta’s fantastic beaches, which Mellieha is home to and very close to the other best options.
Furthermore, it has a very good variety of accommodation for anyone’s needs, be you a backpacker or luxury craver. Some recommend hiring a car to really put the cherry on top of the Mellieha cake but I don’t necessarily think it’s necessary with the very affordable bus routes. However, if you would rather have the speed and flexibility of a car then take a look at hiring one here.
- Best all-round location
- Best access to beaches
- Accommodation for everyone
- Good for diving
- Very steep in places
Budget Accommodation – Cosy Home
I love a homestay as it gives you a little bit of home comfort when you’re away and Cosy Home does not disappoint. This is a very well-kept and stylish home for you to enjoy Mellieha to its fullest, and in a fantastic location to access everything that you may need. Check it out here.
Hotel Accommodation – Lure Hotel
I may have gone a little on the luxury side for my standard hotel accommodation but Lure really is a great place to stay so it wormed its way into my recommendations! With great views, facilities, and breakfast included, Lure Hotel will definitely tick all the boxes.
Apartment Accommodation – Shamrock Flats
If you want the complete independence of an apartment (unlike the homestay above) then check out Shamrock Flats. It can house the whole family and does it with considerable style. Take a look at the pictures here.
The Three Cities – Birgu (Vittoriosa), Senglea, and Cospicua
These have to be some of the 3 smallest cities in the world. We walked around them in about 2 hours! That’s all 3, not 2 hours in each city. However, what they lack in size they more than make up for in stunning beauty. One second you can be walking along a stunning marina and the next you can be winding through narrow alleys with imposing townhouses looming over you.
This may sound very much like Valletta but there is one key difference, there are much fewer people/tourists. If you get up reasonably early or walk the streets in the evening, you can be all alone to soak up the beauty in perfect peace. Let’s also not forget that the ferry across is €2.80 for a return to Valletta and is exceptionally quick. So you are hardly stuck on one side of the Grand Harbour looking longingly across the water…
That being said, this is not the place for nightlife or the huge selection of restaurants you get elsewhere. Staying in the Three Cities will be an intimate affair and if that’s what you want it’s hard to beat anywhere in Malta. This is the best place to stay in Malta for couples seeking a little peace and quiet.
- Central but less touristy
- Very romantic
- Gorgeous scenery
- Limited facilities
Disclaimer – It can be very difficult to find accommodation available in The Three Cities. The three following recommendations are fantastic but will more than likely be unavailable (definitely check though). Therefore, I recommend checking here for what is currently available in Birgu, Senglea, and Cospicua.
Birgu Accommodation – 16 Lettings
16 Lettings is a 400-year-old Maltese holiday home and a work of art. It’s got 3 bedrooms so if you’re in a group then this is exactly what you’re looking for. Everything is within walking distance from the home (although what isn’t in these small cities?) and you can easily get to the ferry for Valletta. Have a look here.
Although you could also take a look at this boat which is available to live on…..
Senglea Accommodation – Senglea Seafront Apartment
This seafront apartment offers incredible views and all of the amenities of home. The best restaurants in Senglea are on your doorstep so you won’t have to travel far to enjoy the sunset with a glass of wine in your hand. If you’re looking for a piece of home aborad then this is the place to book.
Cospicua Accommodation – Nelli’s B&B
This cosy little B&B comes with a brilliant continental breakfast and boasts incredibly high review scores from a very high amount of reviews. This is everything you would expect from a B&B in such a beautiful location.
St. Paul’s Bay
In a sentence, St. Paul’s Bay is THE family location in all of Malta. As quite a modern area of Malta, I think a lot of the planning was specific to what families with children may need. If this is you then I highly recommend that you seriously consider St. Paul’s bay as your choice for accommodation.
However, this doesn’t mean that it isn’t suited to anyone else. It has a fantastic mix of accommodation for all tourists and is in a very good location to be able to get to the north (great beaches and Gozo) and the south (Valletta and The Three Cities). So this may actually be the place for you to get the most out of your stay in Malta.
St. Paul’s bay itself is quite a large area so make sure that you get a place down by the coast in Buggiba or Qawra which are small towns inside of St. Paul’s Bay.
- Best place for families
- Good location
- Good accommodation options
- Not the best nightlife.
Hotel Accommodation – Salini Resort
Salini Resort has everything, 3 pools, a bar, restaurant, spa, and fitness center to name a few. So whether you are with the kids (and need a break in the spa) or on your own, this is the hotel for you. It is also nice not to have to worry about getting there from the airport with an airport shuttle arranged by the hotel. Check it out here.
Apartment Accommodation – Buggiba Sealine Apartment
This apartment offers a really stylish little home for the duration of your stay. I particularly find it easier staying in an apartment when traveling with kids as it gives you much more room and familiar things to be able to help with looking after them. If that is also you, then take a look here.
Comino Island is a must-visit whilst staying in Malta but what about staying on the island overnight? Well, it does not have many options for accommodation. You will not be spending much time trying to figure out where to stay and trying to save some money by shopping around.
There is a camping spot just above the Blue Lagoon (this is where the ferry service operates out of) and there is a hotel very nearby as well. However, I couldn’t, for the life of me, find any availability at the Comino Hotel or a way to contact them for information. I highly recommend checking out the website but at the time of writing it was ‘coming soon’.
Your best bet is to spend the night camping at Tal Ful camping site. It is free and is close to shower facilities available at the Blue Lagoon. Camping on Comino is a pretty wild experience and you will need to take plenty of water and nonperishables as you won’t be getting power. But, if you take a little bit of cash then you will be able to buy water and food from the shops that are set up for the Blue Lagoon tourists each day. I don’t recommend staying on Comino for more than a couple of days unless you’re a hard-core camper.
Definitely check out Saint Marija bay on one of the days as it is much more tranquil and peaceful than the Blue Lagoon (party central). Unless you want to sunbathe and drink then Blue Lagoon is the ultimate bet.
- Extremely peaceful in the mornings and evenings
- First access to the Blue Lagoon before the tourists come
- Absolutely gorgeous island experience
- Limited accommoodation options
We personally fell in love with Gozo in just the 3 days we were there. It has changed my mind about where the most romantic place to visit in Malta really is. The Three Cities certainly have a good case but I don’t think they can compete with the small winding streets and incredible local restaurants dotted throughout the island.
However, it’s not just for couples seeking some quintessential Mediterranean romance, Gozo is definitely the heart of diving in Malta and rated one of the best diving locations on the planet. There are absolutely no questions whatsoever that if you are planning to dive in Malta then stay in Gozo.
I don’t recommend staying in Victoria as the prices are a little higher than the rest of the island and Gozo is so small that where you stay is of little importance. So you may as well get somewhere a little cheaper.
HIRE A CAR. I cannot stress this enough. It’s one of the cheapest places I have ever seen to hire a car and it will literally make your stay so much better. Yes, there are buses on the island but they don’t go everywhere and there are some incredible little secrets that Gozo is hiding that you’ll definitely want to check out.
I would usually now say that if you don’t want to hire then you could get taxis everywhere but there is a significant issue with this. Many of the smaller more secluded spots in Gozo have no signal so you would have no way of contacting a taxi for the return journey. We got a car for 3 days and it cost us €60. We used this local company and I cannot recommend them enough. A little unorthodox in their approach but extremely friendly and efficient.
- Small and loads of things to do
- Great for couples
- Best diving site in Europe
- Cheap car hire
- Road condition is not good
Hotel Accommodation – Kempinski Hotel
Gozo is already quiet but imagine then shutting yourself inside of a glorious hotel complex with a beautiful outdoor pool, 2 indoor pools, spa, gym, and award-winning restaurant. This is luxury personified. There is no such thing as a bad location in Gozo so you are close to everything, especially with a car. If you book Kempinski then you’re definitely taking the stress out of your life.
Villa Accommodation – Casa Bella
If there’s a group of you coming over to Gozo (8 in this case) then I always recommend getting a villa or something similar. It works out around the same price and is even cheaper in some cases but you get a fantastic home all to yourself and usually some serious luxury. This is the case with Casa Bella. You’ll be surprised at the cost when you start to split the money 8 ways and Case Bella is literally perfect. Just check it out and see for yourself.
Boutique Accommodation – Bliss Boutique Living
Boutique spaces are booming and for good reason. People are tired of going to huge chain hotels with hundreds of other people. Bliss Boutique is a small hotel with only 12 rooms. This means that the rooftop pool is always going to be quiet and peaceful. The rooms are simple but do everything perfectly. If you want a peaceful stay in Gozo at an affordable price then check out Bliss Boutique.
Il-Gżira and Msida
I’ve put these two together as they are very similar and literally a 5-minute walk between the two. They are sandwiched between Valetta and Sliema, both of which you can easily access by walking or a short bus journey. This means that you are at the heart of the action but will probably pay less for your accommodation.
This slightly cheaper accommodation option is very good for backpackers but the range of other places to stay is very good.
The architecture is beautiful, as always, and the choice of restaurants and walks is excellent. I highly recommend Il-Gżira and Msida for people who want to be close to the capital and the action who are trying to save a few pennies on the way.
There are no beaches here but there are a few exceptional pools where you can pay to have access on the marina front which are a very good alternative.
- Authentic Maltese architecture
- Very pretty marina
- Good choice of accommodation
- Very close to the action
- No beaches
Hostel Accommodation – NSTS Campus
NSTS campus is pretty much exactly what you would expect a hostel to be, affordable and functional. Breakfast is included, you have a variety of rooms to choose from and you have a really nice pool to chill and meet new people. Don’t expect luxury but it does exactly what it says on the tin. Check it out here.
Apartment Accommodation – Stanislaus Apartment
I personally always try and get an apartment as it just makes everything easier and most of the time it isn’t much more expensive than a hotel. Stanislaus apartment is a very good example of what a holiday apartment should be. Great location, secluded (shared) rooftop pool, and a modern and clean interior. Have a look at the location and images here and see for yourself.
The south of Malta is the least touristy and most untouched. Why? You ask. Well, tourist areas tend to be near the coastline, the culture, and the beaches and Malta is no exception. The further south (and west) you go, the more inhospitable the coastline becomes so this tends to put people off.
This has created a much quieter and peaceful Maltese experience coupled with some of the most beautiful and dramatic landscapes that Malta has to offer. Plus, as Malta is so small, you can get to anywhere on the island just fine from anywhere you are staying.
Marsaskala itself is a very picturesque fishing village with a beautiful promenade walk and some very nice restaurants. I highly recommend Marsaskala for travellers who are seeking some peace and quiet that the tranquility of the south provides.
If you decide to come down to the south, then I recommend hiring a vehicle for your trip. Public transport is good but the buses are a little less frequent down here and a car would really give you the freedom that Malta deserves.
- Well priced accommodation
- Good restaurants
- Far from the action
Hotel Accommodation – Cerviola Hotel
Cerviola Hotel is a 3-star hotel that has a rooftop pool and a buffet breakfast. It’s definitely what you expect from a 3-star hotel, comfort, good facilities, and a decent price. Have a look at the location and prices here.
Apartment Accommodation – Interlace Apartment
This gorgeous apartment sleeps 6 people, so if you’re coming in a group then I highly recommend it. It usually comes out cheaper than a hotel and you have much more facilities at your disposal. It also has a shockingly high 9.9 rating on booking.com so definitely check it out.
Boutique Accommodation – TJ Boutique
A boutique hotel is basically a large chain hotel shrunk down into a much more personal and quieter experience. I love this idea and TJ Boutique does this very well. You’ll be served a continental breakfast in the cosy dining area and you will get to know the staff in a friendly and closer manner. If this is your thing then check it out here.
Just like Marsakala above, Marsaxlokk is on the quieter and more peaceful south coast of Malta. Comparing the two, Marsakala is a nicer-looking and more picturesque town. However, Marsaxlokk is famous for its Sunday fish market, which is quite a lot of fun.
If you have your own kitchen then buying some freshly caught fish and cooking up a dish is a great option here in Marsaxlokk. If you don’t decide to go for some apartment accommodation then one of the many restaurants in town will purchase fresh fish daily and have them ready to cook them up.
I recommend Marsaskala over Marsaxlokk for most things but Marsaxlokk is definitely a beautiful little fishing village where you can come to relax and unwind, watching the boats come in and out of the bay.
Marsaxlokk is the home of the guest house in Malta so check out some of my top recommendations below!
- Well priced accommodation
- Good restaurants
- Far from the action
- A little too commercial
Guesthouse #1 – South Wind Guesthouse
Beautifully decorated rooms with a desk, so great if you’re coming to work remotely. A continental breakfast is served daily in a cosy dining area. South Wind Guesthouse has everything you will need to switch off and experience the beauty of the south coast. Check them out here.
Guesthouse #2 – Quayside
I absolutely love an old converted building as they always have so much more character on offer. If that’s your kind of thing too and you’re looking for a guesthouse in Marsaxlokk then look no further and check out Quayside now.
Mdina & Rabat
Mdina is a literal must-visit when you come to Malta. It is a large fortified city that is only describable as a living museum of beauty, history, and architecture. Only 300 people actually live inside the city walls so as you can imagine, staying in Mdina is a little difficult, but not impossible. Check out my recommendation for Mdina below. However, Mdina is not going to be acceptable for anyone wanting to come to Malta on a budget.
Rabat (translating as suburbs) is the area surrounding Mdina. Rabat has been able to become a little more modern but retains its historic beauty and fantastic Maltese architecture. It’s more affordable to stay here than in Mdina but it’s still not going to be the option for budget travellers.
If you do decide to stay in Rabat then make sure to try lots of different restaurants during your visit as the city has a plethora of great options to get stuck into.
- One fo the most beautiful locations in Malta
- Very peaceful inside Mdina
- Great restaurants
- Expensive to stay
Mdina Accommodation – St Agatha’s Bastion
If you’re going to stay in Mdina you may as well go big. St Agatha’s Bastion is a stunningly modernised home that can sleep up to 5 people. I won’t be able to do it justice in here so take a look and spoil yourself.
Rabat Accommodation – Quaint Hotel Rabat
Quaint Hotel Rabat is a very stylish and comfortable option that is considerably more affordable than staying in Mdina itself. It has a restaurant on-site so you don’t even have to go anywhere (I recommend you do though, Rabat is exceptional for its restaurants). Take a look here.
Well thats it guys! thats all the recommendations I have for Malta. Have you been anywhere in Malta and think I should add it to my list? Or do you need any suggestions or advice on any of these locations? Let me know in the comments section below.