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OVERVIEW

This elegant yet comfortable boutique hotel is tucked away on a quiet piazza within the historic city walls of Mdina, Malta's former capital city. Comprised of just 17 suites, all are individually decorated in a tasteful style. Breakfast is taken up on the roof terrace, which offers sweeping views towards the coast, and the hotel also boasts Malta's first Michelin-starred restaurant.


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OUR REVIEW

THE NEIGHBOURHOOD

Situated on a small, quiet piazza within the medieval city walls, opposite the handsome, baroque Vilhena Palace - which once housed the courts of law in the time of the Knights of St John - you are just steps away from a network of narrow, atmospheric streets leading to the historic sights of Mdina. Palazzo Falson, a 15th-century townhouse-turned-museum formerly owned by Maltese nobility, is a few minutes walk away; the Cathedral Museum in Archbishop's Square, housed in an ornate baroque building, is just around the corner. The incredibly-preserved Roman home, Domus Romana, lies just outside Mdina.

By plane: flights to Malta from London take 3 hours 15 mins; flights from Manchester take 3 hours 35 mins. The hotel is a 25-minute drive from the airport. Free public parking nearby. Book flights to Malta.

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THE LOOK AND FEEL

Scattered with antique rugs, wooden chairs, wall-hangings and gilt-framed paintings, the effect on entering is of coming into a well-appointed and welcoming family home. The airy open courtyard is home to a perfect area for sitting with a drink, while the old stone steps leading to the rooms are charmingly uneven with centuries of use.

THE FACILITIES

The hotel staff, some of whom have been here for many years, are incredibly friendly and welcoming (on arrival, we were shown around not just the hotel but the immediate area, and given tips for local bars and restaurants). There is no pool on site but guests are allowed to use the one in a nearby sister hotel, Xara Lodge, in Rabat.

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Excursions
  • Swimming pool
  • Fitness centre
  • Free public parking
  • Free Wi-Fi

BED AND BATH

The rooms have been recently updated, and evoke the feeling of staying in an Italian palazzo, with soothing tones on the walls, antique furniture (some of the wooden headboards have been salvaged from churches) and firm beds, though are lacking somewhat in modern-day features such as USB outlets.

Room types: Duplex Room, Deluxe Room, Duplex Suite, Deluxe Suite, Executive Suite, Deluxe Suite, Executive Duplex Suite, Presidential Suite

Key amenities: ensuite bathroom with bath and shower, complimentary toiletries, bathrobe and slippers, hairdryer, TV, free Wi-Fi

FOOD AND DRINK

De Mondion is perched on top of the hotel, where the view almost rivals the food. Chef Kevin Bonello earned his Michelin star with modern Mediterranean dishes such as beef cheek with Hollandaise sauce and truffle and pigeon with beetroot and foie gras. The more casual Trattoria 1530 serves up more traditional dishes such as pizza and pasta.

de Mondion: fine dining, Michelin star. Open Fri & Sat for lunch and Tues-Sat for dinner. Mains from €33.

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