The Best Hostels to Stay at in Malta

A journey to see Maltas stunning sights – such as St Pauls Anglican Cathedral and Carmelite Church – doesnt have to be expensive
A journey to see Malta's stunning sights – such as St Paul's Anglican Cathedral and Carmelite Church – doesn't have to be expensive | © Antonio Violi / Alamy Stock Photo
Amy Blyth

Malta draws visitors seeking a blend of Mediterranean beaches and ancient history. Think sandy bays and white-washed towns, stone fortresses and timeless temples. The thriving hostel scene proves the Mediterranean archipelago is more than just a package-holiday beach destination, boasting rooftop party hostels, bohemian traveller haunts and flashpacker dorms with pools.

Inhawi Hostel


A corridor with green plants and colourful prints against a light-blue wall at Inhawi Hostel, Malta, leading to a staircase
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With sparkling pools and a bubbling hot tub, Inhawi feels more like a hotel than a hostel. Factor in the contemporary dorms with terraces and a free breakfast buffet and you’re living the flashpacker dream. Spend lazy afternoons in the garden hammocks and poolside loungers or take a 10-minute stroll from St Julian’s to the beach. Inhawi is the Maltese word for neighbourhood and this glamorous hostel seeks to embody a welcoming blend of Maltese and international culture.

Hostel Malti


An outdoor seating area at Hostel Malti, Malta, with a multi-coloured table and chairs, blue sofa, wall art and rooftop views
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This striking aqua-blue, 200-year-old Maltese townhouse was converted into a hostel by backpackers for backpackers. It hits the sweet spot for hostel culture, fostering a social scene with rooftop barbecues, summer tunes and hot tub cocktails, yet has a strict 11pm quiet time rule for a peaceful stay. There’s a variety of dorms or private rooms, as well as a TV lounge and kitchen. Don’t miss the popular, locally guided trips to places including the Blue Lagoon and Gozo island.

Boho Hostel


A colourful outdoor seating area at Boho Hostel, Malta, with hanging lights, pink sofa, windows with blue shutters and plants
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Billed as a sanctuary for hippies and solo travellers, Boho Hostel is set in a tranquil villa away from the nightlife of Paceville and a stone’s throw from the limestone beaches of Sliema. Created by Maltese backpackers, the villa sleeps 26 guests with a laid-back vibe. Imagine book swaps and hammocks, guitar strumming and a garden with a shaded terrace. Choose from dorms or double rooms, plus there’s a kitchen where you can share communal meals with like-minded travellers.

PV Hostel


A modern room at PV Hostel, Malta, with white table and chairs, a TV, sofa, a wall with blue, yellow and grey triangles
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When it comes to nightlife in Malta, location is everything. Book PV Hostel to be in the heart of the St Julian’s clubbing area, which is bursting with bars and eateries. The prime location offers backpackers access to St George’s and Spinola bays, nearby supermarkets, a cinema and bus terminal. Simple four- or five-bed dorm rooms with metal bunks and lockers are perfect for recharging after a heavy night, as is the sunny roof terrace and TV room.

Marco Polo Hostel


A stylish rooftop seating area at Marco Polo Hostel, Malta, with cushioned sofas, chairs, tables, lamps and city views
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Coming to Malta to party? Then check into Marco Polo Hostel for long, boozy nights on their rooftop terrace with a crow’s nest, which has a bar and hosts social events such as barbecues and themed nights. Close to St Julian’s nightlife, the hostel is also ideal for bar crawls, as well as sunbathing sessions at nearby Spinola Bay. Modern dorm rooms feature colourful bunks. There are also private ensuites, a shared kitchen and volunteer programme where you can exchange housekeeping duties for a free stay.

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