Need to know
Five studio apartments.
11am, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm.
Double rooms from $79.25 (€70), excluding tax at 7 per cent.
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.
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.
You’ll spend a lot of time on foot, some of it on steep, stone-paved streets, so bring a pair of sensible shoes.
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.
Over-12s welcome. There are no baby cots or extra beds, so children will need their own room.