Sliema hotels

By Juliet Rix, your Sliema expert

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Malta has over 38,000 guest beds so there is no shortage of places to lay your head. More than half of these beds are in hotels rated four or five star, many of them quite large. Most of the five-star hotels would compare with equivalent resort hotels elsewhere in the world – indeed, many are part of international chains. The four-stars are more of a mixed bag and some would rate three stars in the UK. There are of course cheaper options, as well as a small – but increasing – number of boutique-style places with more individual character and, particularly on Gozo, there are some delightful lower starred places and guesthouses.

Prices

It is worth bearing in mind that in Malta, a lower star rating will not always mean a cheaper hotel. Many hotels set their prices by occupancy so rates fluctuate on a daily basis. As a general rule, the prices at larger hotels vary more than at smaller ones and it is by no means impossible to find a room in a large five-star hotel costing the same (perhaps even less) than one in a smaller lower-starred establishment so it is worth looking across quite a range of accommodation.

Seasons

Winter is always cheaper than summer (with the exception of Christmas and New Year). Hotels vary considerably as to when they consider the high season to start and end, and whether they have interim prices for the ‘shoulder’ months, so if you are travelling in the spring or autumn it is particularly worthwhile to check out a variety of options.

Past and future

It is just dawning on the Maltese tourist trade that there are visitors who like to stay in smaller hotels in historic settings. Malta has a wealth of such settings and I think there will be some interesting developments in holiday accommodation here over the next few years – I’ll keep you posted!

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I’ve tried to offer a good range of prices as well as styles and locations – and of course, hotels I simply like! You’ll find I’ve included a greater proportion of Malta’s few idiosyncratic hotels than of the chain hotels that dominate the market. This is partly because I am personally drawn to their more individual style but also because I think they are harder for potential visitors to judge than are the large hotels with a chain identity. I have not ignored the big hotels, of course: many are included.

Simonseeks has given star ratings out of five for all accommodation recommendations. With hotels, these will tally with the hotel's official star rating where it exists. Where a hotel has no official star rating, and in the case of b & bs and hostels, the experts have made a judgment as to how many stars the accommodation deserves, in terms of comfort, level of facilities and so forth.