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.
Malta’s charming little capital, Valletta, is a wonderful place to stay but is very short of accommodation. There are two five star hotels on its borders but within its walls only four mid-range hotels and a few guesthouses. All of these four hotels are in need of a refurb, but because they are all that is on offer in this charming location I have included them in my selection. Their downsides are, of course, made clear in the reviews.
Another wonderful historic location is Mdina – Malta’s first capital and still a maze of tiny alleys surrounded by massive fortifications. Mdina has even less visitor accommodation than Valletta. There is just one hotel within its walls (the stately but pricey Xara Palace) and one guesthouse (the Point de Vue) just outside. So I have also included here a hotel that I particularly like (the Corinthia Palace) that stands outside the main tourist areas not far from Mdina.
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!