In this guide we will share with you the 3 Malta top hostels (including swimming pool, Jacuzzi and SPA) and a few more insider tips. We have traveled here and found a few tips and places we encourage you to add to your backpacking Malta.
This guide is perfect for YOU, when …
- tired of bad and crappy hostels
- want to avoid the “young party kids”
- happy to spend 1-2€ for a better experience
We condensed it all to the 3 coolest hostels in Malta.
In this list you will find the answer to where to stay in Malta. Find all our guide to best hostels in the world.
And we are quite confident, you will be surprised and impressed. Or are you already expecting a swimming pool, Jacuzzi, Spa, Roof Top Terrace and boutique-style?
Let’s get this party started.
Quick Introduction to Malta Hostels
Average price for a bed: A bed in a dorm can be as cheap as 10€ up to 18€. This is a rough average to give you an idea. Prices always depend on season and holidays. Please always check exact rates on Hostelworld.com or Booking.com.
Check-In and Check Out: The average check-in time is from 15:00 (3pm), while the Check Out time is before 11:00 (11am). Hostels usually offer luggage storage in case you arrive earlier or leave later. Make sure you check if luggage storage is free or if there is an extra cost.
Malta Tourism Tax: Travelers in Malta pay € 0.50 city tax per person per night. This tax is usually not included in the price.
New to Hostels? Read our full hostel starter guide here. We especially recommend to read:
- how to book hostels (and websites to use)
- 23 items for the hostel packing list
- Are hostels safe? 13 safety tips for hostels
The 3 coolest Hostels in Malta
Let’s jump right into the boutique hostels here in Malta, St. Julians, Gozo and Sliema.
1. Inhawi Boutique Hostel
Probably the most luxurious hostel in Malta for Solo-Travellers, the Inhawi Boutique Hostel.
It comes with the Instaglam-Factor, just have a look at the photos below. You have a small garden with hammocks and a swimming pool to relax in. Yet if you prefer the sea, just 300 meters down the road you’ve got it.
You have free and fast WiFi connection and the breakfast is included. It is really not easy to beat that place.
Inhawi Boutique Hostel is one top of the best hostels in Malta for male and female solo-travellers, and couples!
The only downside we see is the dorms not having privacy curtains on the beds.
Here is a nice introduction video, showing you around.
2. Two Pillow Boutique Hostel (pure Luxury)
Okay, get ready for a real treat!
Number two on the list of Malta Hostels is also a Boutique Hostel. While Inhawi may still be more budget-traveler oriented, the Two Pillow Boutique Hostel takes another step up the ladder.
The Two Pillow Boutique Hostel was the first boutique hostel on the island. It caters to all types of guests looking for a social hostel, yet with high-end facilities.
Two Pillows is the top hostel in Malta for:
- Young couples
- retired couples
In 2017 it was refurbished, now offerering all types of rooms; from apartments to private double rooms and dorms. The breakfast is always extra; it’s a rich breakfast. However, I would recommend getting breakfast at one of the beach cafés nearby. Food in Malta is really affordable and due to the Italian influence really tasty.
For the Luxury traveler: Get the Superior Suite. It comes with a private spa and balcony. This room challenges and beats the hotels in the area.
If you are traveling with your parents, and you are looking for an excuse to stay with them in a hostel, you have now found your perfect reason. Just show them the photo of the Superior Suite at The Two Pillow Hostel!
3. Hostel Malti in St Julian’s (Backpacker’s choice)
This is our top choice and hostel recommendation for backpackers, Hostel Malti!
Hostel Malti is a typical Backpacker hostel offering lots of fun tours, a fun roof top terrace and events like BBQs. We recommend joining their island tours in summer. They take you to the Blue Lagoon, Gozo and Valletta and Mdina.
After a day exploring the island, we suggest a cocktail in the Jacuzzi. No, we are not kidding!
Hostel Malti is the best Malta hostel for Backpackers!
This now sounds like Hostel Malti is the top party hostel in Malta. Truth be told: The party moves to a different spot at 11pm. The hostel organizes smaller pub crawls as well. It is a perfect combination of having a fun night out or staying in to recharge the inner battery.
Unfortunately the beds do not have curtains; this would be a big plus. On the bright side, the rooms come with black-out curtains, so the rooms can stay dark in the morning.
No worries on the location. Hostel Malti is situated in St Julian’s. There is a bay nearby, a quick 5 minute walk away.
Best Hostel in Malta for Solo-Travelers?
We think, there is two answers to the question ‘what is the best hostel in Malta for solo-travellers’.
It depends on your style!
Both hostels are social, although you will find more tours and pub crawls at Hostel Malti. If that is more what you are after, you just found your best bet.
Here is again an overview for the different types of travelers and the hostel-fit for them.
Female Solo-Traveler (Luxury): Inhawi Boutique
Solo-Traveler (Backpacker style): Hostel Malti
Backpacker: Hostel Malti
Couples: Two Pillows Boutique
Retirees: Two Pillows Boutique
Families: Two Pillows Boutique
Digital Nomads: Inhawi Boutique Hostel
Cheap hostels in Malta?
The cheapest hostel in Malta may be Hostel Malti.
Prices here start from 10€ for a bed in a 14-bed dorm. It is a great hostel for backpackers in Malta. It comes with a cosy roof top terrace and even a jacuzzi.
Here you have great value for the price you pay!
Another super budget accommodation is Hostel 94.
It also starts from 10€ for a 9-bed dorm. It is located inside a charming town house with great comfort and style. You chose between dorms of 2 beds up to 9 beds. All rooms and dorms have en suite showers. Every room has fans, yet you can get air conditioning as an extra. This is highly recommended for summer!
Important to know: Prices always depend on season and holidays.
So, where to stay in Malta? Here is a way you can always find the cheapest hostels.
- Open Hostelworld with full list of accommodations in Malta
- Order the listing by price
Hostelworld usually offers great rates and deals.
Currently, we have no special hostel discounts in Malta. We know, it’s a pity. You can subscribe to our newsletter to receive our newest hostel discounts always to your inbox.
We would love to offer you promo codes to Inhawi Hostel, Two Pillows, Marco Polo Hostel and all the other cool places.
You can find all our hostel discounts worldwide here.
We also do have a 35€ discount for Airbnb here.
Our Secret Backpacking Tip for Malta
Obviously, choosing a hostel in Malta is a good choice to stay on a budget.
Malta is relatively cheap in food and hostels, so it is a good backpacker destination. If you are looking for a really unique experience, then we have it for you.
Stay at a camping site on the gorgeous island of Comino!
While the majority of tourists only visit Comino as a day trip, you can actually stay here. Bring your tent and sleeping bag and stay at the Comino Campsite.
Yet: There is no official website and no way to book it ahead of time – at least, we didn’t find any way.
Most people only show up and set-up their tent.
The camping is a 20-30 minutes walk from the drop off point at the blue lagoon.
You can swim directly in the Santa Marija Bay. Even the lagoon calms down from 5-6pm as people head home for the day. So come here and enjoy a swim with very few people.
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How to get around Malta?
As stated in the beginning, the island of Malta is small.
I mean, really small. Malta, the main island is around 35km long and roughly 16km wide.
Crossing the country by car from North to South takes you around 1 hour for 35km. And from the Dingli Cliffs in the West to Sliema in the East it takes you around 30 minutes for 16km.
You see, it is really small.
We highly recommend to rent a car when you come here. We use Rentalcars.com to compare rates.
It is really cheap to rent a car here. Just remember driving on the left-side of the road. Since Malta was a British Colony they adapted this.
In the map below you will find more details to give you an even better idea of the distances.
What about going to Gozo from Malta with a car?
You can take a ferry with the car. Departure is from Cirkewwa, Malta and return boat leaves from Mgarr, Gozo. It takes 30 minutes. A passengers pays around 5€, and a car with driver was around 16€. You can find exact prices for the ferry here.
You see, it is affordable to bring you car to Gozo as well.
Map of top Hostels and Sights in Malta
Below we included all the coolest Maltese Hostels and sights in one map.
It helps you to get a better understanding for the island, or better to say, the three islands.
Important to understand: Malta is a really small island and it consists of three islands dotted next to each other. Malta is the main island, Gozo is the second biggest in the west and right in-between you find the gorgeous Comino Island.
When it comes to Malta Hostels and Backpacking Malta in general, there is really only 3 cities/ destinations to stay in:
- St. Julians
Quite frankly: It does not matter if you stay in St Julians or Sliema; both cities are super close to each other. You could walk over in 20 minutes. It feels more like a district rather than two towns. So if you have been to Barcelona, London or Paris, you will have a broad grin looking at the distances.
The main sights in Malta are:
- Take a day trip to Comino and Blue Lagoon
- Wander Valetta
- Azure Window Ruins
- Visit Mdina
- Ta’ Ħaġrat Temples
- Ħal Saflieni Hypogeum
- Blue Grotto
Planning to visit Ħal Saflieni Hypogeum?
This is the most UNIQUE thing you can do in Malta. And it requires some preparation.
When planning to visit Ħal Saflieni Hypogeum, we recommend to get your ticket asap! Tickets are usually sold out for the next 4-8 weeks.
The Ħal Saflieni Hypogeum is a complex made up of interconnecting rock-cut chambers set on three distinct levels. Earliest remains at the site date back to about 4000BC, and the complex was used over a span of many centuries, up to c. 2500 BC.
You can buy tickets for Ħal Saflieni Hypogeum directly on the official website.
Our Guide to Malta
We wrote up a big guide to things to do in Malta. It is a different kind of guide. It is not public, it is meant only for real travelers. You can download the guide for free below.
- a fantastic camping site you cannot miss – you even will have an amazing beach and island just for you and very few people!
- How to get around?! Our smartest recommendation for transport in Malta
- a local beach for having a BBQ right on the sand with locals
- beautiful spot for swimming just off the path
- and a delicious (and cheap) restaurant located directly by the sea
Geeky Tip: We show you what you need to book in advance – the one and only thing actually!
Flights to Malta?
Flights to Malta are easy to find and quite affordable, it always depends on your departure airport. We paid 23€ for a flight to Malta.
The airport is right in the center of Malta. There is regular buses leaving to Sliema, Valetta and St. Julians. Just hop in the airport bus and let the driver know your destination. It was really simple and fast. It takes you around 20-30 minutes from the Airport to Sliema.
We enjoy Kiwi.com to find cheap flights all over Europe including Malta and Rome.
This new website has super cool features like a so-called radius search. Just draw a circle over Europe and find the cheapest rates for the area.
Here is our review of Kiwi.
Over to you
So here you go, we just gave you the 3 best hostels in Malta.
Do you have any questions, doubts?
Then please please leave us a comment. This list of awesome Malta hostels should be as informative and useful as possible.
Your question(s) will help me to understand what I have missed to mention. You will have your questions answered and helped me and your fellow travelers improving this article.
Therefore, do not be shy, drop us a comment, we are keen to help you!
Last note: Our commitment
This is a genuine article to help you travel a bit smarter and find the best place on a budget! We ONLY recommend places we know you will enjoy, no matter what.
We will never recommend you any place we haven’t evaluated or are not convinced by. We only share with you places we also recommend to our best friends and family!
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How to book the 3 Best Hostels in Malta?
We fully recommend every single hostel in this list as a top hostel choice for Malta!
For every hostel introduced, we gave you the best ways to book them online. Please scroll back up to the hostel you are interested in to find the direct links.
Here you can find
Hostel Packing List
It is time to see what you should pack in your backpack or suitcase. Make sure you always pick a quality hostel, it totally reduces the things you need to pack. Here is our ultimate hostel packing list. It features 23 items you should really throw in your backpack.The most important things to pack are:
- eye mask
- key chain flashlight
- the right backpack, the Nomatic (our review of Nomatic here) or Lowe Alpine Lightflite 45 Pack
- packing cubes
- generic padlock (fitting all locker types)
- quick-dry travel towel
- universal power adapter
- travel-sized toiletries