Students, young tourists, casino-loving gamesters, and late-night revelers find plenty to do in Malta (particularly in the busy Paceville area of St. Julian, where tons of restaurants, bars, clubs, and shops can be found in the space of a few blocks). Looking for a place to let loose and have fun on the Mediterranean island? Here are Oyster’s picks for the best party hotels in Malta.
The 149-room Palace is a hip, urban hotel in the seaside city of Silema. The atmosphere is both funky and cosmopolitan, and the property's luxury feeling is enhanced by superb attention to design detail. The Palace's stunning rooftop infinity pool is the highest point in the city. But the Palace offers more than beautiful views, with a variety of fun restaurants and events, like summertime grill nights and late-night swimming with two-for-one cocktails. Rooms range from economical to extravagant, and there are six individually themed Designer Suites. All rooms are clean, spacious, and elegant, with modern bathrooms. However, some have lackluster views, and the hotel is not directly on the beach, which may be a deal-breaker for some guests.
Clientele tend to be younger at this 112-room urban boutique hotel, with a design that reflects the bold, youthful sensibility of the nightlife, clubs, and casinos in the surrounding area. Guests who need to sleep off the late nights have plenty of options, ranging from the sunny roof deck with its pretty pool and 360-degree views of the city, to the spa, with its zen-influenced indoor pool and hot tub, surrounded by inviting lounge chairs. Though the area around The George is busy 24/7, the hotel is a pocket of peace and quiet, where guests can relax and recharge for work, sightseeing, scuba diving, or a night at the casino.
Inside Bay Street mall and near the beach, nightlife and public transport, the 129-room be.Hotel is a hip design property in bustling Paceville. Rooms are trendy and stylish, with dark walls and floors, natural wood accents, and sleek bathrooms. But the thumping music from the mall can be heard from many rooms, and the many extra fees -- for in-room Wi-Fi, safes, electric kettles, and most TV channels -- may make guests feel nickel-and-dimed. The seasonal rooftop pool is a highlight here, with bay views and a bar serving cocktails and snacks, and the fitness center, while small, has a decent array of cardio and strength-training machines.
The Hotel Valentina is a trendy, sought-after option for guests who want easy access to Malta’s thronging nightlife, including the hip lounges on-site. Taking inspiration from its Paceville hip location, the 94-room upper-mid-range hotel has a modern design and sleek rooms with wall-mounted flat-screen TVs, colorful LED lights in bathrooms, and furnished balconies in some. The rooftop infinity pool with lounge chairs and a stylish bar overlooks the city, and the 24-hour lobby bar caters to late-night revelers. A modern dining room with ample natural light serves breakfast, but not lunch or dinner.
The 115 Strand Aparthotel is a small eight-floor property that’s a popular, inexpensive choice for travelers who want to be directly on The Strand, a waterfront street that’s near nightlife and ferries. There are 83 modern and homey rooms, some with balconies facing the harbor, and apartments with kitchenettes. Use of perks in rooms -- Wi-Fi, safes, kettles -- require an extra fee and a refundable deposit is necessary for a TV remote. A bookshop cafe, market, and lobby bar can be found on the first floor. The hotel, which attracts students on break, couples and groups, tends to get noisy at night despite signs in the hallways that read "quiet please."