The city of Valletta, so ancient and so gracious

The Sydney Weekend, published as a supplement with the Sunday Telegraph of NSW (2-3 December 2023), in their Escape pages had a full page about Valletta, the capital city of Malta.

The unknown writer tried to compare staying at a motel with a hotel destination. The article explains:-

Despite its small size of population of just 5000, the capital of Malta is flourishing as a tourist hub. Travellers flock to its wall city each summer and hotels are a sure-fire to avoid making a dent in your wallet.

Where the budget accommodation might skimp on your budget on presentation or pizzazz to other cities, hotels in Malta are found in structures so ancient and so gracious, that they are landmarks in themselves.

The article mentions that Palazzo San Ursola is a 16th-century palace that has been converted into a budget stay and features in roof garden, sand-stone wall and it is only five-minute walk from the city centre.

For something more modern, Guest House Capital Inn boasts a private bathroom, continental breakfasts and sits two km from some of Malta’s most iconic beaches including Qui-Si-Sana and Tigne Point.

Valletta Cruise Port is only a fifteen-minute walk from the iconic city gate that leads to the sights of this UNESCO World Heritage city.

The Valletta skyline, Marsamxett Harbour side. Photo: “Valletta” by dr_zoidberg is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.

If you do arrive by cruise and decide to stay a few nights, why not splurge on a luxury stay in the historic centre? The Grand Harbour Hotel sits on the outer perimeter of Valletta but that hardly compromises on location.

You are a three-minute walk from the ornate St John Cathedral and just a four-minute walk from the Upper Barrakka Gardens. A quiet spot reminiscent of ancient Greece with views of the medieval Fort St Angelo in Birgu.

The article mentions the Phoenician, the five-star hotel situated between Floriana and Valletta that boasts spa facilities, 3ha of private gardens and the popular Phoenix Restaurant. When the night comes to an end you have a private balcony overlooking the city to unwind on.

The article is interesting and aimed at the higher end of the market.

*Article arranged by Lawrence Dimech

By Lawrence Dimech


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