Valletta hotels are varied, though not unlimited, in the beautiful compact city that is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are no beaches or beach hotels in Valletta but there is some lodging in Valletta near a wide rock shelf just north of the Sliema ferry terminal that is suitable for sunbathing. You can easily get to sandy beaches in nearby Sliema or St Julians. Visitors who stay in this capital city do so for the fantastic sea and harbor views and to be in the midst of the centuries of history that the UNESCO World Heritage Site represents.
The majority of cheap Valletta accommodations will be in good three star properties like the Osborne Hotel. It is located only three blocks in from the rocky shelf of the seafront that faces Manoel Island and the town of Sliema. Because the peninsula on which the city is built is so thin, you also will have views over Grand Harbour to the Three Cities of Cospicua, Senglea, and Birgu Vittoriosa. Not all rooms have these views, so be sure to ask for a sea view room with balcony. The Osborne is one of the many Valletta hotels set in a historic building.
There are few really cheap Valletta accommodations, but you can find very attractively priced lodging at the Osborne if you can live without the view and come during the off season or shoulder season. If you are saving money on your room, you can always take in a breathtaking 360 degree view from the rooftop swimming pool and terrace. One of the hotels in Valletta that is even closer to the rocky seafront on the Sliema side is the charming four star Juliani, a boutique hotel in a converted old mansion with only 44 rooms. This is one of the few properties in the city with an indoor car park for those who rely on car rentals for transportation. This hotel also offers a rooftop swimming pool.
For five star Valletta hotels and true luxury, try the Grand Hotel Excelsior located right under the city’s sixteenth-century bastions and within steps of the city gates. This deluxe modern hotel on the seafront offers a luxuriant full-service spa, fine gourmet dining, and spacious balcony rooms. Like many similar hotels on the islands, this property is equipped to cater weddings and other special events. This is one of the finest and most extensive of the luxury hotels in the city. The Phoenicia (pictured), a lovely art deco hotel built in the 1940s, is another five star hotel in the city.
The best cheap Valletta accommodations will be found in small guesthouses and bed and breakfast inns. Since everything in the city is full of history, many of these are in historic buildings and converted villas. The Asti Guesthouse, is an example. It’s a former villa that was once attached to a convent, with thick limestone walls. All of the ten rooms have shared bathrooms. Continental breakfast is included in a cozy breakfast room, and the inn is located a short walking distance from the central bus terminal. There is also the venerable old British Hotel, the first of the hotels in Valletta built during the colonial era. All rooms at this two star property have private bathrooms. The rooms are relatively small, but there are several larger rooms that can sleep as many as four guests. Since Valetta is so small, any place you stay will be easily accessible to all the many museums, cathedrals, and historic city sites.