As one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe, there’s no shortage of hotels on the islands of Malta. In fact, the sheer choice might seem a little overwhelming – especially to those unfamiliar with the island and what its different localities have to offer. Fortunately, you can find hotel luxury virtually anywhere in Malta, from the peaceful Northern coastlines to the lively nightlife centre of the glamorous St Julians district. The best hotel for you will depend on what you hope to get out of your holiday, so read on to find out what some of the island’s’ most reputable hotels have to offer.
Hilton, St Julians
When it comes to guaranteed luxury and class, the Hilton Malta is an obvious choice. This enormous hotel is the only Hilton on Malta and is situated right next to the tallest building in Malta, the Portomaso Tower. Paceville’s nightlife is at its doorstep; an endless array of trendy bars and incredible restaurants, including the Hilton’s own popular Thai dining establishment, the Blue Elephant. With a Myoka spa, several indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a state of the art gym and surrounding marina, the Hilton Malta is a safe bet for any holidaymakers. Its excellent location and size has made the hotel famous for being the most prestigious host of international conferences and events, including Europe’s largest stand-alone poker tournament, the Battle of Malta.
Intercontinental, St Julians
This imposing yet understated hotel is seen from a distance thanks to its unique light display which towers over the surrounding buildings. The luxurious Intercontinental Hotel boasts a lagoon-like pool and private beach, along with six bars and six restaurants – two of which feature in TripAdvisor’s top twenty restaurants of that location. Each room offers spacious, modern and tasteful interior – minimalism with a touch of classical style. With a number of high tech meeting rooms and waterfront lounges, the Intercontinental Hotel is perfect for business trips.
Xara Palace, Mdina
At the heart of Mdina lies Xara Palace, a charming hotel with a historical character that will transport you back in time. The medieval fortress town is captivatingly atmospheric in itself, and this enchanting hotel serves to reflect its rustic and cosy nature. History lovers, who wish to stay somewhere that encapsulates the spirit of Malta and pays homage to the island’s past, can experience relaxation and luxury at this unique hotel. Only residents of Mdina are permitted to bring cars into the fortified city, meaning the streets are peaceful and shielded from the modernity of the outside world. Within the city, just a short walk from Xara Palace, you’ll find a number of cosy and popular restaurants as well as the Natural History Museum, the gorgeous St Paul’s Cathedral and a Mdina glass store. Stay here if you want to enjoy a fairytale-like setting with traditional architecture and cobble streets, in a castle-like city that offers breath-taking views of its surrounding nature.
The Kempinski chain has gained something of a reputation for being the go-to hotel when relaxation is a priority. Often situated in offbeat locations, the Kempinski of the Maltese islands is no different – located on the island of Gozo as opposed to Malta. The benefits of its Gozitan address is its seclusion, away from the busy bustle of Malta – yet only a 20 minute boat ride to the main island. The hotel is close to Ramla Bay and the famous rock formation known as ‘Azure Window’. It might be difficult, however, to convince yourself to venture outside of hotel grounds, when the Kempinski has so much to offer. The Moorish influences in its architecture is a visual delight, and the tantalizing dishes served at any one of its six restaurants are sure to impress. The Gazebo restaurant has you dining amidst the hotel’s luscious garden, whilst the pool bar offers a tranquil atmosphere where you can enjoy a drink following the rejuvenating Kempinski spa session. Each room is optimized for relaxation, many of them offering balcony views over the surrounding Gozitan countryside.
Westin Dragonara, St Julians
An excellent choice for families due to its sheer size, accessible location and range of facilities (including a child care centre), the contemporary Westin Dragonara is renowned for its famous Sunday buffet and amazing views of the Mediterranean. The palatial interior and impeccable cleanliness of the Westin Dragonara will strike you immediately upon entering the establishment, as will the exceptionally friendly staff who go out of their way to ensure your stay is one of utmost luxury. The hotel is a short walk from St George’s Bay, the popular, family-friendly beach, as well as Malta’s stylish Dragonara Casino.
Le Meridien, Sliema
Probably the best hotel in the whole of Sliema, Le Meridien offers a comprehensive list of top notch facilities. The hotel has everything you could possibly want, and is furthermore located in an unbeatably ideal location- close to the main shopping area and just a twenty minute boat ride from Valletta. Le Meridien has a rooftop pool from which you can enjoy a romantic view over Spinola Bay, and a large outdoor terrace on which you can indulge in a five star dinner or cocktails.
Trendy, fresh and modern – this boutique hotel is situated in Valletta; Malta’s capital and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It exudes a European character, with marble floors and vogue room interior. The spotlessly clean and naturally bright ambience adds to the sense of luxury at SU29, as does the feeling of exclusivity which comes with the hotel’s small and snug size. Each room has a unique and creative design which is both chic and tasteful. For solo travellers looking to stay in the beautiful city of Valletta, you won’t find a better hotel than SU92.