Chapel 5 Suites

Naxxar, Malta Book from

Reviewed by Abigail Blasi
Historic charm combines with modern comforts and a warm welcome at this central Malta B&B
Oh, this is a gorgeous well-kept secret, the joy of yet-to-be-discovered small-town Malta. Chapel 5 is tucked away at the end of a pretty little alley in historic Naxxar, a laid-back, untouristy place in the north of the island. The characterful, rambling townhouse was carefully converted into 4 guest suites in 2013 by friendly, welcoming couple Alex and Malcolm, who have a background in hospitality and aviation. They've since bought the house next door and plan to add 5 more rooms, plus another pool, in due course.

The current house centres on a double-height dining room with a glass roof, which is where guests eat their breakfast buffet. There’s a small pool in the courtyard and a blue-and-white-tiled rooftop where you can sunbathe, have massages or enjoy early-morning yoga sessions. You get your own key to the house so can come and go as you please, but there's usually someone around to offer advice and recommendations on where to go.


  • Excellent value
  • A quiet location in a locals' town, allowing you to dip in to the touristy parts of the island (you're 15 minutes from beaches and Valletta)
  • A warm welcome and a family feel that give a home-from-home atmosphere
  • Colourful furnishings from all over the world
  • A historic building with lots of character


  • Ongoing construction until mid-September so you may experience noise between 10am-6pm
  • Credit cards not accepted; you'll need to bring cash to pay the balance when you stay
  • A 3-night minimum stay
  • No bar and be aware this is a B&B rather than a full-service hotel
  • Some rooms are accessed by a spiral staircase; pack light!

Best time to go

Malta's loveliest months are May-June and September-October. The B&B is closed in late November-late December annually (though open for New Year's Eve), and for 6 weeks in January and February.

Our top tips

Beautiful Gozo is a quick hop away; wander along the cliff tops at Ta’Cenc for amazing sunset views, or take a coastal walk on one of the island’s many winding paths. Head to Xlendi for walks, swimming in the sea and scuba diving in crystal-clear waters.

Great for...

Cheap & Chic
  • = Recommended
  • = Best in region
  • = World favourite
  • Boutique B&B
  • 4
  • Breakfast only (restaurants nearby)
  • Ages 6+ welcome
  • Open all year
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • TV room


With furnishings from the owners’ international travels, the suites are full of lovely pieces from Indonesia, Dubai and Morocco. High ceilings and large windows allow light to flood in, and walls and floors are made from local sandstone. Each room is themed by colour (Emerald, Red, Violet and Yellow), with cushions and curtains in those hues.

For a bathtub, go for Yellow, or Red, which also has a small balcony. The new-build Emerald (yet in keeping, with high beamed ceilings) on the rooftop is our top choice, with a small private terrace at the back, bright walls covered in Veneziano plaster, and a shower bathroom.

The 50.sq.m Violet Deluxe Suite has a bedroom and sitting room with a double sofabed so is best for families, but is accessed via a wrought-iron spiral staircase, so pack lightly!

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Extra beds
  • Hairdryer
  • Terrace
  • Toiletries
  • WiFi
  • Wifi internet


A buffet breakfast is laid on every morning, and you can eat in the bright dining room at the 12-seater table, or at one of the tables by the pool. The spread includes homemade jams, warm rolls, fresh fruit, delicious date pastries and local hams and cheeses, plus fresh juice and cafetiere coffee. Cooked options are available on request.

For other meals, there are plenty of eating choices in the town, or in surrounding towns and villages. Chapel 5 offer discounts at various restaurants in the vicinity, and can recommend places.

Features include:

  • Breakfast
  • Restaurants nearby


  • Stroll around Naxxar, admiring its characterful old houses
  • The almost-adjoining village of Mosta is famous for its huge domed church, which is well worth a visit. In WWII a bomb fell right through the roof but didn't explode
  • Malta is so small that you can visit everywhere with ease. You’re a short drive from the hilltop town of Mdina and the catacombs of Rabat; the beaches on the northwest coast; lovely Dingli cliffs, and the mesmerising maritime cityscape of Valletta, the Grand Harbour and the Three Cities
  • You’re equally near the beaches of Melieha and Armier, as well as the watersport facilities along this stretch of coast and Malta’s wonderful National Aquarium
  • Take a boat trip to Gozo, to Comino's lagoon or around the island; you're well placed for the ferry port
  • There are early-morning yoga sessions on the rooftop every Thursday, and guests receive a complimentary 30-minute massage during the stay (1 per room)

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Boat trips
  • Hiking
  • Historical sites
  • Horse-riding
  • Mountain biking
  • Museums / galleries
  • Scuba diving
  • Shopping / markets
  • Swimming
  • Well being
  • Windsurfing
  • Yoga


Children aged 6+ are welcome.

Best for:

Children (4-12 years)

Family friendly accommodation:

The Violet Deluxe Suite is best for families, with a double bedroom and lounge area with a double sofabed. All other suites can fit a rollaway bed (though space will be tight); we recommend Emerald, on the rooftop, as it has a small terrace area.

Kid Friendly:

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