The Best Hotels to Book in Sliema, Malta

Enjoy views of traditional Maltese architecture from your hotel room in Sliema
Enjoy views of traditional Maltese architecture from your hotel room in Sliema | © Nathan and Elaine Vaessen / Alamy Stock Photo
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4 November 2021

Bustling, characterful North Malta seaside town Sliema has beautiful waters and a rocky beach along the seaside promenade – along with a traditional town with churches and Maltese architecture and plenty of lively spots to eat, drink and shop, especially in the Tigne Point shopping district. Lively St Julian’s, historic Valletta and picturesque Balluta and Spinola Bays are all close by. There are hotels in Sliema for every traveller, from trendy boutiques to luxury spa stays – all bookable on Culture Trip.

AX the Palace, for space and luxury

The Palace Hotel and Spa's rooftop terrace with infinity pool and loungers
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Step into five-star luxury at the Palace with an infinity pool on the rooftop terrace, a signature hotel scent and stylish, vibrant rooms or designer suites – some with balconies overlooking the town. Pamper yourself with spa treatments or work out in the indoor pool that’s part of the health and fitness centre – before sampling the fusion-Asian dishes at TemptAsian, enjoying the buffet at the Tabloid or snacks on the rooftop pool deck lounge. You’ll have panoramic Mediterranean Sea views from this town-based stay.

1926 Hotel and SPA, for treating yourself

Modern king bedroom with sofa bed in pale blue and beige tones at 1926 Hotel and SPA
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The details are impressive at the 1926 Hotel, starting with peacefully styled rooms and suites – some with sea views – featuring SuitePad technology to help make the most of your stay. You’ll relish the spa’s aquatic pool water massage zones and couples experience with chocolate body wraps and glasses of bubbly. Spend days sipping cocktails by the Beach Club’s seaside infinity pool and al fresco eatery. At night, expect entertainment like DJs and bands. Don’t miss the restaurant’s Southern French cuisine-inspired dishes paired with French wines.

Palazzo Violetta, for a boutique chic affair

Palazzo Violetta pool area with tan loungers framed by high stone walls
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This boutique hotel – run by a friendly family team – is a minute walk from Balluta Bay. Choose between modern suites in Palazzo Violetta with different amenities in each like kitchenettes, terraces or walk-in wardrobes – or across-the-road Casa Violetta, a characterful 100-year-old Maltese terrace house with traditional balconies and limestone walls. Stay in either to enjoy the small pool, hearty or healthy breakfasts, on-site parking and 24-hour reception as you make yourself at home.

AX the Victoria Hotel, for seafront relaxation

The Victoria Hotel's sleek indoor pool area
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A Sliema-view outdoor pool, personal training sessions at the gym, and spa treatments like luminous facials are highlights of this minutes-from-the-seafront hotel. Modern rooms and suites are plush with quirky twists like pug-adorned cushions. For an extra special stay, pick one with a town and sea-view balcony – or the executive suite featuring a terrace with a sauna. Breakfast and carvery buffets are served at the restaurant, plus afternoon tea – spend the evening sipping whisky and cocktails in the Chesterfield sofa-filled bar.

The Waterfront Hotel, for rooftop sundowners

Expansive suite at the Waterfront Hotel with sliding doors to balcony with panoramic views
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If you’re looking for great views, book the Waterfront Hotel with its rooftop terrace looking out to Valletta and sea-surrounded beach club lido – a short, complimentary shuttle ride away. Some chic rooms come with balconies with views, and the 10th-floor indoor pool – featuring a jacuzzi – overlooks the harbour. The harbour-view restaurant uses local produce like fresh fish, Maltese sundried tomatoes and olive oil to create colourful plates and quality buffets. Finish with a spa holistic massage and Lobby Bar cocktails.

Mr Todd Hotel, for a design-led aesthetic

Modern room at Mr Todd Hotel with raw wood furnishings
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You’ll find stylish furniture, potted house plants and framed photos scattered across the walls throughout the chic Mr Todd Hotel. Check into a fashionable, minimalist-esque room with a rainfall showerhead and you’ll enjoy hotel amenities like on-site parking, a 24-hour reception and an airport shuttle for a fee. Wake up to continental buffet breakfast and coffee in the lounge – end days with a nightcap in the bar. Your Malta adventures will be easy, as you’re near the ferry terminal that offers excursions.

Pebbles Boutique Aparthotel, for self-catering convenience

Sleek modern room in grey tones with desk and kitchenette at Pebbles Boutique Aparthotel
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Prefer self-catering? Book one of these apartments by the ferry port and Tigne shopping district and you’ll have your own living area and fully equipped kitchenette. Choose one overlooking the harbour to rustle up grub and tuck in with a sea view. You’ll still have hotel luxuries including a private beach 1.5km (0.9mi) away, on-site Japanese and American restaurants and a rooftop terrace – where you can dip in the jacuzzi and watch the Mediterranean sparkle on the horizon.

AX Palazzo Capua, for historic charm

AX Palazzo Capua's sleek indoor pool area with loungers
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This 200-year-old building boasts five suites – most are duplexes with wooden staircases leading from living areas that feature L-shaped sofas up to cosy bedrooms. Named after past residents – including the Princess Penelope Suite and decadent four-poster Prince Francesco Suite with its bookcase-side dining area – you’ll have access to facilities at the neighbouring sister hotel, AX Victoria Hotel and nearby five-star AX Palace. This includes the view-clad outdoor pool, spa and restaurants serving breakfasts, buffets and Asian fusion cuisine with a view.

Lee's House Bed & Breakfast Sliema, for authentic features

Bedroom in shades of grey with large bed and patterned tile floors at Lee's House Bed and Breakfast Sliema
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Immerse yourself in an authentic stay at this B&B in an early 20th-century house with traditional features like a wooden balcony. Choose from differently styled rooms like the Ferries – with patterned tile floors and Maltese limestone walls adorned with colourful artwork. Or go for the top floor’s Strand – featuring a en-suite bedroom with bath, two terraces and a living area with kitchenette, dining table and sofa bed. Wake up to a choice of breakfasts to kick start your day.

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