Where to stay in Malta

Excelsior Grand Hotel Malta
The Excelsior Grand Hotel in Valletta

Our recent Facebook post asking what you thought of Malta sparked quite a debate. Most of the comments posted were extremely positive and quite a few of you told us about the best areas to visit and your favourite hotels. We’re going to share these thoughts with you and add a few suggestions of our own.

Malta’s capital city, Valletta, is steeped in history and home to Grand Harbour, one of the most beautiful natural harbours in Europe. It is a popular choice with our customers who highly rate both the five star Excelsior Grand Hotel and the five star Phoenicia Malta Hotel. The Phoenicia received lots of great press coverage last year after it was revealed that the same British couple have been back every year since 1959! If you’re trying to keep to a budget on your travels, try the 3 star Osborne Hotel which gets great reviews on TravelRepublic.co.uk and offers real value for money.

Bugibba, one of Malta’s top resorts, comes highly recommended by our Facebook fans, with one loyal devotee having visited the resort 42 times. The town offers great excursions including dolphin watching, trips to the islands of Gozo and Comino and boat trips to the Blue Grotto and the Blue Lagoon. The 4 star Topaz Hotel is popular with our customers as is the 3 star Bugibba Holiday Complex which offers great value for anyone wanting to keep the cost of their stay down.

Fortina Spa Resort
The Fortina Spa Resort in Sliema

The Fortina Spa Resortin Sliema also got the thumbs up. Set in tropical gardens this 5 star, adults only, hotel overlooks the water and enjoys a central location. Sliema itself is an attractive coastal town 5 km north of Valletta with a busy promenade, good shopping and plenty of bars and restaurants.

Mellieha, and its sandy beaches in particular, are well worth checking out. This town, which sits on top of a hill, is one of Malta’s most picturesque tourist destinations. Mellieha enjoys great views and the delightful islands of Gozo and Comino are close enough for day trips. The 4 star Riu Seabank Hotel is only metres away from Ghadira Bay, one of Malta’s best sandy beaches and scores well in our customer reviews. The Hotel Mellieha Bay, another 4 star hotel, is set in seven acres of gardens with its own private beach.

One last top tip comes from our list of your favourite hotels in 2010, which we compiled and published at the beginning of this year based on our customer reviews. The Hilton Malta took the number ten spot in the list, an impressive achievement as we now have over 100,000 hotels on the website. A 15 minute drive from Valletta, the Hilton Malta is in the heart of the fashionable Portomaso waterfront and boasts 4 outdoor pools, 5 restaurants and 3 bars. John sums it up in his review saying “Great hotel complex in a great location close to picturesque marina and walking distance to excellent local bars and restaurants. Only 20 mins from the airport, and a Eur 20 taxi fare. The Blue Elephant Thai restaurant within the hotel was perfect.”