Valletta, Malta

Valletta Vintage

Rates per night from$79.31

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 60 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR70.09), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Maltese mid-century

Setting

Harbour-fringed hideaways

Spread across three picturesque locations, Malta apartments Valletta Vintage are distinctly historic on the outside, but have a mid-century modern look within. Hexagonal tiles meet with vintage film posters and sleek furniture in an ode to 1950s design – all of it the work of Maltese architect Chris Briffa and his wife, Hanna, who hand picked each item from markets, antiques dealers and workshops. With four apartments in central Valletta and the fifth in the old city of Birgu, all have views of either the sea, the fortified harbour or along historic streets paved with honey-coloured stone. Completely self-catered, these stays are ideal for those who like a little privacy, but still want to be within a five-minute stroll of lively restaurants and bars.

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Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

Five studio apartments.

Check–Out

11am, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $79.25 (€70), excluding tax at 7 per cent.

More details

Rates don’t include any meals as the apartments are self-catering, but all five have plenty of cafés and restaurants nearby. A three-night minimum stay is required for all bookings.

Also

There's no concierge at this self-catering stay; after check-in, you'll live like a local.

At the hotel

The Gallery, Library and Atelier apartments share a rooftop terrace and a sleek, modern kitchen; Hideout has a small terrace and a kitchenette; the Retro Pad has a kitchenette. All apartments also have free WiFi, cable TV, a Philips or Onkyo sound system, Illy coffee machine, minibar with free soft drinks, kettle and tea-making facilities and bath products by Stop The Water While Using Me.

Our favourite rooms

Atelier on the second floor has a traditional Maltese balcony with side sea views. Living up to its name, the Library has a set of tall bookshelves stocked with art and design titles. There’s a hammock strung up in front of the frosted windows, making an ideal reading spot. Hideout is away from the fray in old Birgu, making it popular with those in search of peace and privacy. The Gallery, Library and Atelier are all in the same 18th-century building, occupying a floor each; the Retro Pad is a few minutes away on one of Valletta’s most charming streets. Hideout is in the old city Birgu, which is a short ferry-ride across the harbour.

Packing tips

You’ll spend a lot of time on foot, some of it on steep, stone-paved streets, so bring a pair of sensible shoes.

Also

The historic nature of the buildings makes the apartments unsuitable for wheelchair users; steep steps up to the apartments may prove difficult for guests with mobility issues.

Children

Over-12s welcome. There are no baby cots or extra beds, so children will need their own room.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

The roof terrace is shared with the other apartments, but if you wander up early enough you can park yourselves on its duo of deckchairs and claim the sunset views as your own.

Dress Code

It may have been founded by knights and said to be a city ‘built by gentlemen for gentlemen’, but Valletta is fairly laid-back when it comes to dressing. You can leave your breastplate at home for this one.

Hotel restaurant

The apartments are entirely self-catered, but all five are close to cafés and restaurants.

Hotel bar

Each apartment has a fridge or minibar with free soft drinks and beer (at an extra cost).

Last orders

If you’re in the habit of stepping out for a bottle after you’ve put the dinner on, be aware that there aren’t many shops open past 7pm. Sunday is a day of rest in Malta, so most businesses will be closed then too.

Room service

There's no room service at this self-catering stay.

Location

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Address
Valletta Vintage
179 Republic Street
Valletta
Malta

Planes

Malta’s international airport is well served by flights from all over Europe. It takes 15 minutes to drive from there to either Valletta or Birgu. Smith24 can arrange flights and transfers; call anytime, day or night.

Trains

Malta has only ever had one railway, a single-track line built in 1883. It eventually fell foul of the cheaper bus system in 1931, and was duly consigned to history.

Automobiles

It’s worth hiring a car if you plan to explore the rest of the island, but you won’t need one around Valletta or Birgu. Smith24 can arrange car hire.

Worth getting out of bed for

Valletta is a very compact city, measuring less than a square kilometre. Laid out in a grid, it’s easily traversed in all directions and is best seen on foot. Architecturally, the city is predominantly Baroque, with many buildings dating from the 16th century; highlights include St John’s Co-Cathedral, the Casa Rocca Piccola and the Grand Master’s Palace. Near the far southwestern corner of the city you’ll find Upper Barrakka Gardens, which offer panoramic views over the harbour. Go for noon, which is marked by a gun salute from the 16th-century battery. From Valletta, you can catch the three-cities ferry for a day trip to Birgu, Senglea and Cospicua, all of which fringe the harbour. Birgu, the oldest, has stood since the middle ages; it’s here that the Knights of St John first established their capital. For evening entertainment, there’s Valletta’s impressive Manoel Theatre. Rumoured to be the third oldest working theatre in Europe, it regularly plays host to operas, theatrical performances and the occasional film screening.

Local restaurants

Tucked under the arches on Republic Street, restaurant and cocktail bar Kingsway effects a regal air with its colour scheme of blue and gold. With a good selection of light bites and heartier options like rabbit stew, it’s as popular for lunch as it is for a pre-theatre aperitivo. Spanning Indian, Arabic and Mediterranean cuisine (and doing all three well), La Mere is the place to go for fruity tagines and rich curries. You can bring your own wine too, paying only for corkage.

Local bars

Tipping its hat to the island’s historic relationship with Britain, Yard 32 offers over 180 gins and 42 different tonics, all of them served in a wide glass to enhance the spirit's aromas. Bridge Bar straddles a bridge between two buildings, making it a hotspot on warm evenings – you can either sit at one of the tables or on one of the cushions laid out across the stone staircase. During the summer season, there’s live Jazz every Friday.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this apartment stay in Malta and unpacked their bottle of Maltese prickly pear liqueur, a full account of their city break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Valletta Vintage in Malta…

Arriving at one of the Valletta Vintage apartments, you step from streets crowded with Baroque buildings to suddenly find yourself flung forward several hundred years, landing in the 1950s. It’s in no way a bad experience, however, as the tasteful mid-century styling of all five studios makes for a welcome break from the cramped streets. Inside each, it’s light, bright and distinctly uncluttered: architect and owner Chris Briffa’s makes his talent known in the way he’s teamed the old-world exteriors with modern, open-plan interiors. Take the Gallery studio, which has a flowing layout and a concrete-style finish on the walls – but look up and you can still see the beams of the ceiling, camouflaged but hiding in plain sight. The Retro Pad, situated on one of Valletta’s most beautiful streets, still has its original window box protruding over the pavement, a hallmark of the old city’s architecture.

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith hotel or villa, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Valletta Vintage’s Guestbook below.

We loved

Everything. The design is beautiful and unique but sympathetic to the building. Exactly as per photos but even more because of the superb roof-top terrace (which, from the ad, I thought related to another apartment). The location is excellent if the historical centre is your interest and it is an easy walk to the bus-stop and ferry to get out of Valletta. Theobroma – wonderful, wonderful hole in the wall selling raw cacao treats. I was introduced to these by the owners. Pastry Park – on the Sliema side and close to "The Point" shopping centre.

Don’t expect

A lift. If you choose this apartment you must carry your baggage up 3 flights of stairs.

Rating

Stayed on 7 May 2018

We loved

The apartment was in a great part of town, close to all the sights, nice design and was very comfortable. Enjoyed the roof terrace and communal kitchen on the fourth floor. Enjoyed the Harbour Club restaurant, Tap Room restaurant for dinner and had great fun at Da Pippo's for lunch.

Don’t expect

Peace and quiet, you are on a busy road in the heart of the city.

Rating

Stayed on 20 Mar 2018

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