This a stylish, classically decorated boutique hotel, ideal for romantic breaks. Each of its 6 luxury suites is decorated to a theme, and extra insulation guarantees absolute silence in this ‘Silent City’ – so named because of its car-free streets. The palazzo’s meticulous renovation by husband-and-wife team Omar and Sandra was geared towards comfort and elegance, with temperature-controlled interiors and friendly staff always on hand. The rooftop restaurant and heated pool offer a bird’s eye view of the city, high above the tourists thronging the medieval streets below.
- A spectacular roof deck to escape Mdina’s crowds, with the only swimming pool in the city – ideal for hot summer days, and heated in winter
- Omar, Sandra and the rest of the team are friendly hosts and are full of recommendations about what to see and where to go
- A fine rooftop restaurant serving local and Mediterranean dishes
- Beds come with an à la carte sleeping menu offering five types of pillow and three kinds of mattress
- The rooms are elegant, silent and serene; the décor in calming tones, the bathrooms with classical Burlington fittings
- The hotel is rather small and compact with limited outdoor space
- You can’t park in the city, so either use the palazzo’s chauffeur service, or park outside the walls (2-3 mins’ walk)
- The rooms don’t have much of a view, but this is compensated by the lovely rooftop terrace
- No kids under 12
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Our top tips
- Boutique Hotel
- 6 rooms
- Restaurant and bar (open daily)
- Over 12s only
- Open all year
- Heated Pool
- Spa Treatments
- Beach Nearby
- Pet Friendly
- Disabled Access
- Car not necessary
- Restaurants Nearby
- Air Conditioning
- Guest Lounge
The 6 rooms are modern-classical in style, beautifully decorated with subtle colours, damask patterning and wallpaper that tells a story. For instance, Murina (a Superior Room) has a bird pattern and colours that celebrate a robin that visits each year. Two rooms are relatively small (Maria and Mesquita - both Deluxes), while the other four are large. All are soundproofed, and beds come with a sleeping menu offering five types of pillow and three types of mattress. Bathrooms are stylish, boasting travertine tiles and Burlington fittings.
We stayed in Aragona (Duplex Suite), the largest and most handsome room, which has a mezzanine study complete with writing desk, sofa and bookshelves filled with Maltese literature. It also has a second television above the (enormous) bath for endless wallowing, with entertainment on tap.
Other spoiling extras include Nuxe products and toiletries, welcome delicacies and homemade chocolates with your turn-down.
- Air conditioning
- Central heating
- Safe box
- Satellite TV
The palazzo offers excellent Mediterranean-fusion dining (small menus that change with the season). Seating at the rooftop Lumière Restaurant is either in the glassed-in bar/dining area or outdoors beside the pool.
Breakfast features all the usual suspects, including delicious homemade bread, but save space for the à la carte component featuring sumptuous Full English, as well as Eggs Royale, Benedict or Florentine. The lunch and dinner menus include the likes of lemon-marinated sardines, rabbit terrine and bouillabaisse (plenty of good vegetarian options too). We gorged on lobster tail in a caramel miso, steak with a mushroom tartlet, and finished off with a selection of Maltese goats’ cheeses – all of it scrumptious!
The palazzo’s glassed-in courtyard offers a tranquil space with all-day confectionaries, including petit fours and banana walnut cake. The in-house pastry chef is a maestro!
- Coffee / tea making
- Coffee maker
- Dinner by arrangement
- Lunch by arrangement
- Restaurants nearby
- Vegetarian options
- Palazzo Bifora arranges bicycle hire, horse-riding excursions and yoga
- Enjoy a leisurely stroll around the city walls taking in the moats and gates of the medieval citadel, or tour the ancient streets in a horse and carriage
- Taste the best local pastizzi – traditional savoury pastry filled with ricotta or curried peas – at Crystal Palace Bar
- Visit the imposing Baroque Cathedral of St. Paul, topped by an elegant dome. Its austere museum exhibits a series of fine Dürer woodcuts
- Explore the adjacent town of Rabat, a stone’s throw from Mdina’s ramparts. This time-capsule warren is home to museums, palaces and important religious sites, including the cave where St. Paul is said to have resided and early Christian catacombs
- Malta is so small that you can day trip everywhere with ease. You’re a short drive from the beaches on the northwest coast, the lovely Dingli cliffs, the Blue Grotto sea caves, and the mesmerising maritime cityscape of Valletta, the Grand Harbour and the Three Cities
Activities on site or nearby include:
- Historical sites
- Horse riding
- Museums / galleries
Only children aged 12 years and over can stay at Palazzo Bifora. Mdina is a romantic sort of place, but teenagers with an interest in history would appreciate the medieval citadel. The walled centre is pedestrianised, which makes exploring easy, and the pool will be a refreshing treat to return to.
Teens (over 12)
Family friendly accommodation:
Duplex Suite Aragona can fit a sofabed on request, otherwise you'll need to book two rooms.
Palazzo Bifora lies in the heart of Mdina, a fortified city 25 minutes west of Valletta. Only local cars with permits are allowed within Mdina's city walls.
Fly into Malta International Airport (12km).
From the Airport:
The hotel is a 20-minute drive from the airport. You will have to leave your car outside the city walls, unless you opt for the palazzo’s Executive Chauffeur service, which drops you at the door.
If you'd like a car to explore the island, pick one up at the airport – see our recommendations here. Park just outside the city walls, there's a free public parking area at the Greek Gate, which is just 2 minutes' walking distance from the Palazzo.
Detailed directions will be sent when you book through i-escape.
- Malta International Airport 11.5 km MLA
- Beach 10.0 km
- Shops 0.7 km
- Restaurant 0.2 km