Are you looking for the best places to stay in Malta?
Whether you want to stay in a traditional Maltese town or avoid super busy and tacky hotels, this post will hopefully help you choose the right accommodation for your trip to Malta.
I have put together this Malta accommodation guide for travellers who want to stay at guesthouses or boutique-style accommodation in more authentic locations.
Visiting Malta for the first time? Make sure you check out these insider tips.
A few important points about this guide:
– This is not a sponsored post. I was not paid by any of the places mentioned in this post. As a local, I have chosen places which I believe are perfect for those who want to have a more authentic travel experience in Malta.
– By choosing places such as the ones listed in this post, you will be supporting local families and small, independent businesses.
– The guesthouses and boutique hotels in this post are located in traditional Maltese towns. Since this post was written for travellers who want to explore the non-touristy side of Malta, I have left out popular destinations like Valletta, Sliema, Bugibba and St. Julian’s.
Mosta & Naxxar
Mosta and Naxxar are two neighbouring towns in the north of Malta. Both towns are bustling with activity during the day and there are various nice cafes where you can enjoy a hearty lunch and delicious cakes. They also have picturesque town centres, with nice quiet alleys lined with traditional houses.
This sleek and modern accommodation is located right in the heart of Mosta. The bedrooms are spacious and air-conditioned, with free wifi and super clean bathrooms. There is a shared kitchen and lounge, as well as other communal facilities, including a washing machine and fridge.
Situated in Mosta, this accommodation is packed with character and quirkiness (the decor is amazing!). The rooms have a kitchenette, a dining area and a private bathroom – some even come with their own seating area and patio. This place also has free wifi and a quiet garden.
A beautifully restored 16th-century building, Loggia Mariposa in Naxxar offers a truly unique experience. The rooms have traditional stone walls and antique furnishings (plus air-conditioning). There is also a small pool and every morning you can enjoy a lovely breakfast prepared with homemade products.
These charming suites in Naxxar are housed in an 18th-century building. The brick-walled rooms are furnished with exquisite Indonesian-style furniture and come with an en suite bathroom. This accommodation also has an outdoor pool and a roof terrace, where free yoga classes are sometimes held.
Located just outside the medieval city of Mdina, Rabat is a traditional Maltese town that is home to several archaeological sites, including St. Paul’s Catacombs and the Roman Villa.
This gorgeous guesthouse has traditional Maltese furnishings, including beautiful tiled floors. Each room is uniquely decorated and has its own balcony. There’s air-conditioning, free wifi and a hot tub on the roof with views of Rabat and Mdina.
Maleth Inn is a typical Maltese townhouse that has been turned into a charming guesthouse with an eclectic mix of furniture and decor. The rooms are air-conditioned and have a fully-equipped kitchenette. Wifi is also available.
This boutique-style hotel with very modern interior design is located in a pretty, quiet street. The rooms are spacious and come with their own private balcony. The hotel has a garden, sun terrace and a restaurant. Free wifi is available.
This boutique guesthouse has bright, spacious rooms with a lot of character. Some of the rooms overlook Rabat’s green fields. This place is located next to several good restaurants and wine bars. There is free wifi available as well as free parking.
This quaint seaside town in the south of Malta is perfect for seafood lovers. There are many restaurants along the promenade that serve delicious meals, and you can also buy fresh seafood from the weekly Sunday market.
This guesthouse offers cosy, clean rooms with air-conditioning, free wifi and nice sea views. There is also an outdoor swimming pool and a terrace. Breakfast is varied and abundant.
Port View has bright, spacious air-conditioned rooms and a lovely terrace where you can enjoy nice views of Marsaxlokk bay. Free wifi is also available.
This old city along the Grand Harbour is a great place to explore Maltese history. Make sure you visit the Inquisitor’s Palace, Fort St. Angelo and Sicolo Norman House, which is believed to be the oldest standing house in Malta.
Want to stay in a traditional Maltese townhouse in the heart of Birgu? No.17 is a cosy guesthouse that combines traditional architectural features with modern, minimalist decor. Rooms come with a private bathroom and free wifi.
Casa Cara is a gorgeous, traditional house with a spacious roof terrace that offers amazing city views. The bedrooms are super cosy and come with a bathtub, a kitchenette and a living room. Free wifi is included.
Kalkara & Zabbar
Situated next to Birgu, Kalkara is a quiet village that is home to an old fortification (Fort Ricasoli), a 19th century battery (Rinella Battery) and an interactive sciene centre (Esplora). The neighbouring city of Zabbar is a typical residential town with many churches and traditional religious events throughout the year.
This simple, yet charming guesthouse is located in a quiet area of Kalkara. The rooms are spacious and air-conditioned, and some come with a balcony. There is also a nice garden, sun terrace, and free wifi.
This B&B is housed in a beautifully renovated Maltese farmhouse in Zabbar. Each room has been individually decorated by the owners and features stone walls, colourful tiles and classic furniture. There is also an outdoor swimming pool and a nice terrace with a barbecue. Free wifi is available.
Wherever you decide to base yourself in Gozo, you’re never too far from anywhere else. I highly recommend spending two or three days exploring the island at your own pace while staying in a nice, sunny guesthouse.
Located in Gozo’s capital city, Victoria (also known as Rabat), this lovely B&B is packed with character and history. The rooms are super cosy and come with a balcony (and free wifi, of course). There is also a rooftop terrace where you can soak up some sun or just enjoy the breeze.
This B&B in Nadur has nice, bright rooms with breathtaking views. You can drink your coffee on the balcony and terrace while watching ferries crossing the archipelago. The B&B also has a swimming pool and free wifi.
Mandolina is a colourful, country-style B&B in Gharb. The rooms are bright and spacious, and come with a fully equipped bathroom. There is also a large terrace, sunbathing area and swimming pool. Free wifi is available and breakfast is fresh and abundant.
Another B&B in Gharb, Taljola is housed in a renovated farmhouse. Besides having spacious rooms, this guesthouse also has a nice swimming pool area and a shared lounge. There’s also free wifi.
Located in Xewkija, Rummiena (which means ‘pomegranate’ in Maltese), is a renovated farmhouse with eccentric decor – including a Game of Thrones themed room! Some of the rooms have their own patio. The B&B also features a swimming pool and a sun terrace.
This renovated farmhouse in Xaghra (close to to Ramla Bay) is cosy and welcoming. Some rooms have balconies overlooking the sea. The hosts serve delicious homemade cakes and bread, which you can enjoy in the shared lounge or by the outdoor pool.
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