You don’t need a five-star bank balance to enjoy the sunshine, beaches and ancient towns of Malta. The Mediterranean archipelago has a range of budget-friendly hotels, many in the waterfront town of Sliema, which provide the ideal base to explore the treasures of Malta. Here are some of the best, including self-catering suites in spa hotels, family-run guesthouses and converted townhouses.
Picture a Maltese limestone hotel in Mellieha, one of the most alluring villages in the country, set close to a golden beach. Solana may look like a pricey resort but book a self-catering suite here for a budget break. Modern studio and junior suites have a kitchenette, plus a balcony where you can dine. Make the most of the free evening entertainment and the rooftop pool terrace with a swim-up bar.
Fancy an all-inclusive Maltese holiday? Book into LABRANDA, which has a trio of saltwater swimming pools and a calm-inducing spa centre. Rooms are offered on an all-inclusive basis, so you can dine at four restaurants and take advantage of free-flowing drinks without worrying about your budget. This is great for families who will love the live evening music and games room with air hockey and table tennis, while the largest sandy beach in Malta is just 2km (1.2mi) away.
From its aromatherapy scents to high-quality Frette linen and a spa pool with massage zones, 1926 Hotel & Spa has a keen focus on wellness. Maltese owner Savour Borg (born in 1926, hence the name of the hotel) has worked hard to create a tranquil space with light-filled rooms and fresh decor. This all comes together at the beach club, where you can spend endless hours lounging in the sun, sampling local seafood and listening to live music when the sun goes down.
Set in Sliema, the Waterfront Hotel is a perfect base for exploring Malta. From the rooftop terrace you’ll see across Marsamxett Harbour to the capital, Valletta, and nearby ferry terminals are waiting to whisk you off to other exotic islands in the Maltese archipelago. There’s a free shuttle to the hotel beach club, as well as a heated indoor pool and hot tub at the hotel.
This family-run hotel was established by Violet Faure and exudes a homely, welcoming vibe. Located in Sliema, just minutes from Balluta Bay, the property has the feel of a grand Maltese townhouse, complete with phone-box red doors and shutters. The owners provide a complimentary breakfast and there’s a small pool in the courtyard. Each of the 29 rooms are individually decorated; the comfort suites with kitchenettes are the most budget-friendly option.
Come to the Maltese Sun for a true taste of Sliema culture. Set in a 102-year-old converted guesthouse in the middle of town, you’ll live like a local, stepping right out into the winding streets. Expect spiral staircases and mosaicked floors, high ceilings and a small, shady courtyard. Rooms are bright and basic, but there’s a substantial free breakfast to gorge on before you head out for the day.
Budget hotels don’t come better than Mr. Todd. The convenient location is the main draw, set just a minute from the buzzing seafront of Sliema and close to the island bus and ferry terminals. Comfort and superior rooms have urban-chic decor, with pale floors and wooden furniture, some with balconies. To stretch your holiday funds, there’s a free breakfast included with your stay, along with an affordable bar and terrace.