In this guide we will share with you the 3 Malta top hostels (including swimming pool, Jacuzzi and SPA) and discuss the best part of Malta to stay in. We have traveled here and found a few tips and places we encourage you to add to your backpacking Malta.
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.
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.
Rent a car: Malta has three islands. I recommend to visit all three of them, especially Comino Island for the Blue Lagoon. For the main island I highly recommend renting a car. It is cheap and much faster than public transport. In Malta you drive on the left-side of the road. Check more tips on how to get around below.
Where to stay in Malta – the towns: You are most likely considering staying in Valetta, St Julians or Sliema. Actually, you can walk from Sliema to St Julians, it is just 10 minutes. Valetta is the oldest part with all the walls and museums. Most hostels are located in St Julians and Sliema; and this is where to stay in Malta to have fun. There is more bars and restaurants I personally enjoyed more.
If you’re looking to visit Malta solo style then look no further!
Probably the most luxurious hostel Malta for Solo-Travellers and the best place to stay in Malta in October or even any month of the year, the Inhawi Hostel Malta.
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 a great breakfast buffet and you can eat at the terrace or the on-side restaurant. 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!
This is the best place to stay in Malta for couples!
Number two on the list of Malta Hostels is also a Boutique Hostel Malta Sliema. 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:
In 2017 it was refurbished, now offering 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 the best hostel for backpacker Malta has ever seen, 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 Malta St Julian’s is the top party hostel in Malta. Truth be told: The Malta 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 Saint Julian. There is a bay nearby, a quick 5 minute walk away.
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.
Please always check exact rates for your travel dates on Hostelworld.com or Booking.com. You can also check out some Malta Price guide before planning a trip.
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.
How to book?
For Malta we recommend using Booking.com or Hostelworld for your reservations.
Booking.com is the biggest and safest platform for hotels in Malta and hostels reservations. Their cancellation policy is one of the best, normally 100% refundable until 24h before the stay.
Hostelworld is also super safe and the biggest booking platform for hostels.
On both platforms your credit card is 100% protected and the booking 100% confirmed.
Boho Hostel features a garden with hammocks, a TV lounge with DVD player so guests can relax and hangout. Perfect for travellers who want to meet other people. This hostel is placed just outside the city making it the best place to disconnect, while still being only ten minutes away.
This hostel offers mixed dormitories and female dormitories with fans and lockers. Private rooms are also available.
Perks at Boho Hostel:
Facilities for disabled guests
Location: Situated in St. Julian’s, this place is accessible to Malta’s attractions. This place is a 10-minute walk from the center of St. Julian’s, The clubbing district is a 20-minute walk from the hostel and nearest airport is accessible by bus.
This is one of the best Malta hostels Valletta has to offer. Valletastay Hostel offers private rooms and dorm rooms with a shared bathroom. This place features a living room with bean bags, so guests can hangout and meet other travellers.
Perks at Vallettastay Hostel:
Location: Situated in Valletta, this place is 50m away from Malta’s National Museum of Fine Arts, St. John’s Co-Cathedral is 350m from the hostel and Sliema Ferry Quay is a 3-minute walk.
Corner Hostel is another Malta hostel Sliema neighbourhood has to offer! Hostel is great for visiting surrounding areas. It is near everything.
The staff are really friendly and helpful. The kitchen is fully equipped which can help you save good amount of money from the supermarket. The rooms are very clean and they are the exact same as in the photos.
Perks at Corner Hostel Malta:
24 Hour Security
Location: Located at the heart of Sliema. The hostel is 200 m from Sliema Beach. The Exiles Bus Terminal is 200 m from the property. Buses from here link with Luqa Airport, Valletta and St. Julians.
Granny’s Inn Hostel is a family run hostel which is ideal for backpackers who want to have a comfortable stay when visiting Malta.
The kitchen is well-equipped so it is perfect if you want to cook your own food. It is very easy to get around by bus from the hostel. It is the center of Sliema, you can easily walk to the bus station, stores, bakeries, lounges and restaurants.
Perks at Granny’s Inn Hostel:
Location: Situated 350 m from Sliema’s seafront. Paceville can be reached with a 20-minute walk or a 5-minute bus ride. Luqa Airport is 10 km away.
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. It’s actually not pricey staying in Malta. 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.
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.
I always rent my car with Discover Car Hire. It is a price-comparing website, offering as well insurance. Very reliable and great deals!
It is really cheap to rent a car in Malta. 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.
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:
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.
Alright, you should have found your accommodation already. Below we list all the frequently asked questions. Have a look.
What are the best hostels in Malta for solo travellers?
Inhawi Boutique Hostel and Hostel Malti are the best for solo travellers. Both offer services like lockers and luggage storage so it is really perfect for solo backpacker.
What are the best hostels in Malta for couples?
If you're traveling with your S.O booking for a hostel Malta private room is the best way to go. Make sure to check Two Pillow Boutique Hostel.
Are hostels in Malta safe?
Not all hostels in Malta are necessarily safe, especially the one that offers the cheapest price in sketchy areas. It might be an illegal hostel, without proper license to run and safety measures.
So in all fairness, it is best to check out Hostelgeeks.com because we feature safe hostels in Malta. You can find backpacker hostel with top ratings! Keep a close eye on the overall ratings on booking platforms!
If you are not secure, you can also send us an email and ask us!
What are the best hostels in Malta?
You can find the best Malta hostels in this article!
Malta is one of the best places to visit and you might be wondering about the best place to go in Malta for couples or solo-travellers. So, we created a list for you. Get ready to post awesome pictures on your social media accounts!
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.