“Design-lovers will adore these amazing architectural conversions (6 self-catering apartments sleeping 2-8 apiece)”
All are decorated with a changing selection of art by local artists; furniture includes beautiful mid-century vintage pieces. In the townhouse there's a communal kitchen and terrace upstairs, and each of the bedrooms has a private roof terrace dotted by design classics such as Verner Panton chairs. We've yet to see the latest additions but note that the eclectic maisonette has a salvaged marble-topped table acting as kitchenette plus a hexagonal tiled floor, while the pied a terre boasts a conservatory-style bathroom along with a sunny breakfast balcony. Unique.
- For couples who appreciate art, beautiful design, meticulous attention to detail and fantastic use of colour, with a vintage twist
- Very good value: designer looks at affordable prices
- In charming residential streets of Unesco-listed Valletta, or the serene old fortified city of Birgu (Hideout)
- All townhouse rooms have large south-facing roof terraces with deckchairs and glorious views across the periwinkle-blue waters of the harbour and golden-walled Fort St Elmos
- No need for a car. The city is easy to navigate on foot, and you can bus/ferry to beaches, the Three Cities and Gozo
- No room service, no maid service (though it can be arranged at an extra cost) and limited reception hours; you're very much left to your own devices (though some will prefer this)
- Only Doma is suitable for younger children, but there are many stairs so you'll need to keep an eye on them
- Retropad is in a different building to the other apartments and has no outside space
- Hideout is located in Birgu, not Valletta. Birgu is a quieter area (a bonus for some)
Best time to go
Our top tips
- Boutique Guesthouse
- Basic self-catering (restaurants nearby)
- Any age welcome in Doma, stairs mean they must be supervised
- Open all year
- Spa Treatments
- Pet Friendly
- Disabled Access
- Beach Nearby
- Off-street Parking
- Restaurants Nearby
- Air Conditioning
- Guest Lounge
- Communal kitchen
We stayed in spacious top-floor studio, Gallery. It has views over the harbour on all sides, seen through lovely picture windows, and an original patterned tiled floor, newly polished and set off to perfection by deep grey poured-concrete walls. The bathroom, with its powerful rain shower, is also concrete-coated, with zinging mustard-yellow tiles and a heated towel rail. There's a walk-in wardrobe area, plus a nook with coffee machine, fridge and kettle. Cable TV (an unobtrusive flat-screen) and a selection of DVDs and books make the space feel homey.
Since our stay, Library has been added, it has a wall of shelves filled with coffee-table art books, and a large hammock. Atelier (formerly the architect's workspace), styled as a mini workshop, was next. All rooms have the same size and layout, and are fantastically lovely. Each has a private slice of terrace on the roof with deckchairs for sunbathing. Doma has also appeared since we last visited - a remodelled 18th-century townhouse spread across five floors (introducing a family element to this hotel).
In a residential street nearby, the unique Retropad is a one-bedroomed maisonette with the same grey walls, fabulous hexagonal floor tiles and salvaged pieces. Another latest addition is serene Hideout, in the fortified medieval town of Birgu (aka Vittoriosa) on the South side of the Grand Harbour. Formerly Chris' grandmother's home, this small townhouse has vintage and modern furniture on Maltese tiled floors, a conservatory style shower bathroom beside the brand new kitchen below, and the bedroom and breakfast balcony above.
- Air conditioning
- Beach towels
- Bose sound system
- CD player
- Coffee / tea making
- Coffee maker
- Complimentary cold drinks
- DVD player
- Satellite TV
You'll find an expresso coffee machine with Illy pods, complimentary water and juices in your fridge, and a kettle for making tea in all five spaces. In the townhouse, there's a communal kitchen upstairs for preparing food; it opens onto a terrace with great views and dining furniture. In the cupboards are all-needed appliances, like pots, pans, knives, etc, as well as salt and pepper, olive oil, and sugar. There's also a small fridge, mini oven/microwave and toaster. Retropad has a retro Smeg fridge-freezer, and a kitchen constructed atop a vintage marble-topped table with pots and pans underneath and a Belfast sink to one side. Hideout, in contrast, has a new fitted timber and marble kitchen with hot plate, toaster and kettle.
Valletta has some excellent restaurants, and Anna and Chris will give you a booklet with their personal recommendations of eateries and bars, as well as information about the best places to buy food locally if you're looking for supplies.
- Coffee / tea making
- Coffee maker
- Restaurants nearby
- If staying in the townhouse, you’re practically next door to the Fort of St Elmo with its Malta at War museum, and the rest of Valletta’s major sights are a short walk away: St John’s Co-Cathedral, the Grand Master’s Palace and Renzo Piano's new parliament building and City Gate
- Take a harbour boat tour or ferry trips to Malta's historic Three Cities - Vittoriosa (where Hideout is found), Senglea and Cospicua
- Laze on pretty Golden Bay beach or day trip to Gozo for the picturesque San Blas or Ramla Bay. There are wonderful places to go swimming off the coast, too (including a spot 5 minutes away from the townhouse) - plus some of the best dive sites in Europe
Activities on site or nearby include:
- Boat trips
- Historical sites
- Museums / galleries
- Scuba diving
- Shopping / markets
Doma house has been added since our last visit and is suitable for families with kids of all ages. A baby cot is available here, as well as an inflatable mattress and 1 twin bedroom. There are many stairs in Doma, so all children should be supervised. The other houses aren't suitable for young children - all beds are doubles and there are no extra beds, so it would only work for a solo parent travelling with an older child.
Family friendly accommodation:
Cots Available, Family Rooms
Except for Hideout, Valletta Vintage is in the heart of Valletta (the capital of Malta), which is a compact city so it's easy to walk around as long as you don't mind hills and steps. The townhouse is close to Fort St Elmo, and the district has a residential, local feel that adds to its charm. Hideout apartment is located in the serene old fortified city of Birgu.
Fly into Luqa (Valletta) Airport (8.5km); click on the links below for a list of airlines serving this airport.
You won't need to hire a car (Valletta Vintage can organise a transfer, or just jump in a taxi), but car hire is cheap for when you want to explore elsewhere on the island - see our car rental recommendations. You can park for free outside the property.
Otherwise there's a network of local buses heading almost everywhere from Valletta (the bus depot is a 10-minute walk from the townhouse).
Detailed directions will be sent to you when you book through i-escape.com.
More on getting to Malta
- Luqa (Valletta) Airport 8.5 km MLA
- Beach 1.0 km
- Shops 0.1 km
- Restaurant 0.1 km