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Best for Romance -
Expert overall rating:4.9 (out of 5)

A real five star hotel on the edge of a traditional Gozitan village.

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Expert overall rating:4.9 (out of 5)

Traditional five-star hotel away from the crowds.

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Expert overall rating:4.8 (out of 5)

Smart new five-star hotel in the heart of old Sliema.

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Expert overall rating:4.8 (out of 5)

A national institution in a great location.

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Best for Food -
Expert overall rating:4.7 (out of 5)

New five star hotel in historic location with harbour views, all mod cons and great food.

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Expert overall rating:4.7 (out of 5)

Vast, shiny modern hotel with lots of facilities, especially in summer.

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Expert overall rating:4.6 (out of 5)

Five-star hotel on the Sliema waterfront with the largest spa in the Med.

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Best for The Beach -
Expert overall rating:4.6 (out of 5)

A large resort hotel right next to one of Malta’s best sandy beaches.

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Expert overall rating:4.5 (out of 5)

Big modern five-star hotel overlooking the bay of Saint Julian’s.

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Best for Families -
Expert overall rating:4.5 (out of 5)

Vast resort hotel with something for almost everyone.

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Expert overall rating:4.4 (out of 5)

Well-designed hotel on top of Gozo’s most impressive cliffs.

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Expert overall rating:4.3 (out of 5)

Rural Gozo hotel with attractive gardens and peaceful atmosphere.

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Best for Trendiness -
Expert overall rating:4.3 (out of 5)

Stylish boutique hotel in the heart of Saint Julian’s.

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Expert overall rating:4.1 (out of 5)

Traditional hotel in the heart of old Sliema.

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Expert overall rating:4.1 (out of 5)

Large family-friendly resort hotel opposite Malta’s longest sandy beach.

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Best for Escapists -
Expert overall rating:4.1 (out of 5)

The only hotel on the tiny island of Comino – a place to get away from it all.

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Expert overall rating:4.1 (out of 5)

Charming, family-run guesthouse a few minutes from Xlendi waterfront.

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Expert overall rating:4.0 (out of 5)

Welcoming hotel in the heart of historic Valletta.

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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 hotels and guesthouses.

Things to consider before booking
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.

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.
 

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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.

Valletta
Malta’s charming little capital, Valletta, is a wonderful place to stay but is very short of accommodation. There are two fives 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.

Mdina
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!

 

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.

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