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About Sliema

Sliema, meaning 'peace, comfort', was once a sleepy fishing village and is now a lively town on the northeastern coast of Malta. On a peninsula to the north of Valletta, the town is home to a vibrant seafront promenade that has formed something of a nightlife hub. Not as charming as Valletta, Sliema has more of a metropolitan feel than the capital, so it's a good base for people looking for a buzzy atmopshere. The best places to stay in Sliema tend to be upmarket modern hotels.

Things not to miss:

  • Wander down to the Sliema Front, a seaside promenade that has developed in recent times into a cultural hub with many bars, restaurants and cafes dotted along the front.
  • Sliema is home to a number of lovely churches including Church of In-Nazzarenu and Stella Maris.
  • Ferries run all day between Sliema and Valletta, so it's very easy to get across to the capital.

Our selection of the best places to stay in Sliema range from luxurious modern hotels to 19th century Maltese institutions.

The best places to stay in Sliema

For historic charm

  • Built in the 19th century, the Victoria Hotel harks back to the bygone era of British settlement in Malta. With all the hallmarks of colonial culture, the hotel features mahogany furniture, grand pianos and big fireplaces. The rooftop swimming pool is one of the best places to relax in Sliema.

For modern luxury

  • You'd have to be a pretty bold owner to name your hotel simply The Palace but this superb five-star hotel makes good on such a billing. Contemporary and cosmospolitan, some of its highlights include a superb spa, an excellent restaurant and a lively rooftop bar.

For a private apartment

  • Explore the options at our online partner Booking.com.

Travel Information

  • The nearest airport to Sliema is Malta International (3 miles).
  • For car hire, visit our online partner Rentalcars.
  • Daily ferries run between Sliema and Valletta.
  • The best time to visit Sliema is either from April to June or September to October when the weather is temperate and the crowds are less.

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Best Hotels in Sliema

  • Victoria Hotel Sliema 150 rooms from £82

    Short break  -  The Victoria offers smart accommodation plus excellent facilities - ideal for a quick "fly and flop" break.
    Sights nearby  -  Located in urban Sliema, just a few minutes’ drive from the Capital City, Valletta
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor rooftop pool and heated indoor option for cooler months.
    Restaurant  -  Offers both an à la carte menu and a varied buffet
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    Malta’s equivalent to a Pall Mall gentleman’s club set in the 19th century. Traditional elegance - grand pianos, open fireplaces, leather chairs, gilded mirrors, mahogany furniture, and antique paintings. A luxurious spa, rooftop terrace with pool and leisurely restaurant. For business and pleasure. See More

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  • The Palace Sliema 149 rooms from £95

    Short break  -  With its great location and top notch facilities, The Palace is perfect for a short "fly and flop" break.
    Restaurant  -  Top-floor restaurant specialising in Asian cuisine, and a second offering Mediterranean classics
    Swimming Pool  -  Fabulous rooftop infinity pool with a view and indoor option for the cooler months.
    Views  -  Great views over city and sea from many of the rooms and Lounge 360.
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    Recommended by  -  Kiwi Collection

    Cosmopolitan sanctuary with a difference in the urban heart of Sliema. Unique concept suites in ultra contemporary design - minimalism, chromes, stones, marbles, ochres, state-of-the-art sound systems. Fantastic spa and rooftop nightlife. A masterpiece in modern lifestyle. See More

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