The 10 most popular hotels in Malta
Choosing the right hotel is crucial to fully enjoy your stay in Malta. Selecting a popular and highly rated establishment by travelers often guarantees a successful vacation. Discover in this article a detailed overview of the 10 most popular hotels in the Maltese archipelago.
1. The H Hotel
The H Hotel Malta (part of the Hugo’s Group) is a must-visit destination on the island. This 4-star hotel offers a luxurious setting and is exclusively reserved for adults, located in the heart of Malta’s nightlife district (Paceville). The establishment combines the comfort and elegance of a high-end hotel with a touch of originality, ostentation or “Bling-Bling”.
The H Hotel Malta is a lively establishment ideal for young adults aged 18 to 40 who want to combine a comfortable and luxurious setting with a unique experience.
Among the hotel’s assets are a cocktail bar and a 20-meter infinity pool located on the top floor, offering breathtaking views of St. George’s Bay.
2. The Santana
The Santana Hotel Malta is a 4-star establishment located in the heart of Qawra, in the town of San Pawl il-Baħar (Saint Paul’s Bay). The Santana is highly appreciated for its friendly atmosphere, strategic location to discover the archipelago, and also for its excellent value for money.
Located 300 meters from the seafront, surrounded by shops, bars, and restaurants, the hotel is suitable for both relaxing holidays and active and cultural holidays.
It is interesting to note that this 4-star hotel is located opposite a large free parking lot. For travelers wishing to rent a car to get around the archipelago while enjoying the amenities of a 4-star hotel, the Santana is therefore the ideal solution.
Although the Santana Hotel displays 4 stars, it is not a luxury establishment as such, but still a very good quality establishment, well-equipped and offering the services required of a 4-star hotel, compensated by very competitive prices.
Among the facilities offered, you will find a rooftop pool with panoramic views, an indoor pool, a spa equipped with a sauna, a wellness center, and a small gym. The hotel also has several restaurants offering local and international dishes.
3. The Be Hotel
The Be Hotel (or be.HOTEL) is undoubtedly one of the most popular hotels in St. Julian’s. This 4-star hotel is praised for its location, below the lively Paceville district and 50 meters from St. George’s Bay beach, its facilities, and its modern and elegant design.
A unique feature of this establishment is its integration into a commercial complex, the Bay Street Shopping Complex, which presents both advantages and disadvantages.
The Be Hotel is a very comfortable establishment, offering all the amenities and standards expected of a 4-star hotel. The rooms are spacious, with over 28 m2 even for standard rooms, and very well equipped: air conditioning, safe, refrigerator, table and iron, etc.
The hotel has a gym and two swimming pools, including an outdoor one located on the 11th floor offering a breathtaking view of Villa Rosa and St. George’s Bay. Quite rare in Malta to mention, the outdoor rooftop pool is heated and accessible all year round.
4. The Hilton
The Hilton Hotel in Malta is one of the most prestigious hotels in the archipelago. This luxurious 5-star hotel is located in St. Julian’s, near the famous Portomaso marina. Part of the island’s “luxury resorts” category, it offers its guests a luxurious accommodation experience and a variety of leisure activities. The Hilton Malta is particularly appreciated for its elegance, exceptional facilities, and central yet peaceful location.
It is the ideal choice for travelers in search of a perfectly equipped luxury hotel in a lively and dynamic environment.
The Hilton Malta offers a wide range of facilities and services to meet the needs of all guests, including families with children. Among the many facilities, you will find three outdoor swimming pools, a full spa (sauna, steam room, Jacuzzi) with an indoor pool, several tennis and squash courts, as well as a fully equipped fitness center like an independent gym.
The hotel also has three restaurants (the Blue Elephant, the Oceana, and the Gazebo), each offering unique cuisine, and three bars (the Quarterdeck, the Aqua Bar, and the Vista Lobby Lounge) within the hotel complex. One drawback, if any, is that the fitness center and indoor pool are open to hotel guests and external customers.
The Hilton Malta is undoubtedly one of the must-visit addresses for travelers wishing to experience a memorable holiday in Malta in a high-end setting.
5. The Alexandra Hotel
The Alexandra Hotel is a 3-star hotel located in the heart of St. Julian’s, close to one of Malta’s liveliest neighborhoods (Paceville) while being located in a quiet street away from the nightlife noise. The hotel is what can be called a superior 3-star hotel.
The Alexandra Hotel offers various facilities and services of a superior standard, i.e. facilities that are rarely found in the 3-star category in Malta, to ensure the comfort of its guests. Among these are an outdoor rooftop swimming pool with panoramic views of the bay, an indoor pool, a well-equipped fitness center, a sauna, a restaurant, and a bar.
The Alexandra Hotel in Malta is an ideal option for travelers looking for affordable and well-equipped accommodation in the center of Paceville. The hotel is also popular with language students in Malta, especially due to its proximity to the main English language schools in Malta.
6. The Salini Resort
The Salini Resort is a luxurious hotel complex, very popular with tourists, located in Salina. The hotel is situated on a promontory overlooking Salini Bay and has the particularity of being completely isolated from the urban centers of Malta. The sea and the countryside surround the hotel, and no shops or external activities are accessible on foot from the establishment. It offers a relaxing environment that requires the use of transportation to leave the resort and explore Malta. The hotel is located on a strategic road axis, and a bus stop is located at the foot of the hotel.
To overcome the isolation of the hotel, the Salini Resort is designed to offer a complete relaxation and entertainment experience to its guests. The hotel has two outdoor swimming pools (including one for adults only), a heated indoor pool, a spa (Myoka Spas), a wellness center, a tennis court, several padel-tennis courts, a fitness center, and even a hair salon (Screen Hair Salon).
In terms of dining, the Salini Resort offers several options to satisfy everyone’s taste buds. The hotel has two restaurants (Giuseppi’s and Olea), a partner pizzeria (Vecchia Napoli), and two bars.
The Salini Resort is a luxurious Maltese hotel, particularly suitable for travelers looking for a half-board formula, many activities, and a secure environment.
An important point to note: the Salini Resort is a partner hotel of the English school ESE Malta. During high season (July – August), many teenagers from the school are housed within the hotel complex. Although they are housed in a dedicated wing, this can cause some inconvenience.
7. The Db San Antonio
The db San Antonio Hotel is a 4-star hotel located in the heart of Qawra (Saint Paul’s Bay), about fifty meters from the seafront and a hundred meters from the central bus station in Bugibba. This strategic location allows easy access to any point on the main island. The complex is one of the largest hotels in Malta with more than 500 rooms and is among the best-equipped on the island. It is like a club hotel and mainly offers all-inclusive formulas (with meals) or All Inclusive.
The db San Antonio Hotel is primarily popular for the quality of its facilities. It is particularly suitable for families with children who want to avoid as much inconvenience as possible. The hotel offers safe pools for children, a professional animation team, and regular shows. Adults are not left out, as the hotel has four pools, including one with a sea view reserved for adults, a spa, and a very well-equipped gym.
In terms of dining, the hotel offers 7 themed restaurants to satisfy all cravings and simultaneously welcome the thousands of guests present during the high season.
8. The Labranda Riviera
The Labranda Riviera hotel in Malta is a large 4-star hotel complex located at the northwest end of Malta, in the town of Mellieha. The Labranda is particularly isolated, with no nearby shops or activities. This isolation is compensated by an exceptional setting, which is the origin of its popularity, with direct access to the sea and a magnificent unobstructed view of the archipelago’s secondary islands (Gozo and Comino).
The hotel is also located just 5 minutes from the Cirkewwa Passenger Terminal, which provides access to Gozo, and a ferry is also available at the foot of the hotel to reach the island of Comino and its famous Blue Lagoon.
The Labranda Riviera is a “functional resort” that offers a complete holiday experience, designed to accommodate many travelers. They have comfortable and modern rooms and especially many facilities. Among the facilities, there are two outdoor pools, an indoor pool with a Jacuzzi, a sauna, a well-equipped gym with cardio and strength training equipment, and a spa.
The hotel also has an entertainment team for adults and children. The main restaurant (Mirasol) offers gargantuan meals in the form of a very varied buffet that will suit both young and old. The hotel also has 4 additional restaurants including two Italian restaurants and a Lebanese restaurant.
The Labranda Riviera is an ideal hotel for travelers who want a well-equipped hotel complex in an environment that is still preserved from the over-urbanization of Malta. Hiking enthusiasts will be delighted to set out on expeditions directly from the hotel, and families will be pleased with the various activities available.
9. The Azur Hôtel
The Azur Hotel is a 3-star hotel, part of the St Hotels group, located in Gzira (Il-Gżira), facing Manoel Island and La Valette. The Azur Hotel is probably one of, if not the best, 3-star hotels in Malta. During the low season, it offers unbeatable value-for-money with rooms hovering around forty euros, which partly explains its notoriety.
The Azur Hotel is located in a strategic location, the dynamic waterfront (somewhat turbulent) of Gzira. The commercial heart of Sliema is less than 10 minutes’ walk away. It is also possible to reach the capital of Malta, Valletta, by bus in less than 20 minutes or to use the Sliema Ferry terminal.
The hotel offers large, modern, and comfortable rooms, even in the entry-level category, with over 22 m2 of space. The hotel also has a small but functional gym and, above all, a magnificent artificial lido (Aqualuna Lido) with an emblematic cross-shaped pool heated all year round.
The Azur Hotel is ideal for travelers seeking an urban setting close to the main points of interest, but with superior amenities. For travelers looking for tranquility, it’s best to look elsewhere, as the area is very lively with a lot of traffic.
10. The Dolmen Hotel Malta
The Dolmen Hotel is a huge 4-star “semi-luxury resort” hotel, very popular with families on vacation in Malta. The hotel is located along the coast of Qawra (St. Paul’s Bay), halfway between Bugibba Square and the National Aquarium of Malta. Interestingly, the Dolmen Hotel houses a historic megalithic site within its own garden.
The hotel has 488 high-end rooms furnished in a luxurious residential style, a large part of which offer a nice sea view. The hotel also has 5 themed restaurants and three bars to meet the demands of all customers. The hotel has all the expected facilities of a 4-star hotel, including three outdoor swimming pools and a beach club, the Amazonia Complex, which offers breathtaking panoramic views of St. Paul’s Bay. A spa, a gym and even a casino are available within the hotel.
The majority of travelers will appreciate the Dolmen for its facilities, entertainment and the general atmosphere of the hotel. However, like all “mega-hotels,” it can sometimes give way to an overloaded or even industrial aspect during high season.