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Top 12 backpacker hostels in Malta
Travelling on a budget or threading the Bohemian lifestyle? Discover the unique character of each of these 12 backpacker hostels in Malta.

Melanie Drury

If you're choosing to stay in a hostel in Malta, it is likely that you're looking for a particular kind of atmosphere during your stay. Here's a quick lowdown on Malta's top 12 hostels.

St Julian's

St Julians

1. Hostel Malti, St Julian's

Hostel Malti describes itself as existing ‘for the scruffy and happy backpacker’, yet you’ll indulge in a sundeck, Jacuzzi, Mojitos and a comfy chillout area - not quite so scruffy! Chill out to summer tunes and share travel stories at a roof-top terrace BBQ. At this hostel, there’s plenty of activities and opportunity to meet and mingle. Enjoy your stay in a 200-year-old converted townhouse, and wait until you see the kitchen!

2. Boho Hostel, St Julian's

Created by travellers for travellers, at Boho Hostel you can expect a genuine backpacker vibe. Its easy-going, social atmosphere makes it perfect for solo travellers looking for travel companions to explore the island with. Expect insider info from locals who know what’s juicy and what’s not. Keep it easy and fun. No frills, genuine, family vibes in a lovely, peaceful villa with garden just 10 minutes from the heart of the city’s main busy central strip.

3. Marco Polo Hostel, St Julian's

Do you see yourself enjoying cocktails or a local beer making friends and memories on a massive terrace overlooking the blue Mediterranean? How about cooking a meal together in the common kitchen, BBQing some steaks or retreating to the complete privacy of the crow’s nest? Centrally located, you’re in the heart of where everything’s happening within minutes. Marco Polo is the brainchild of years of previous hostel experience and designed to fulfill every traveller’s wish.

Fisherman

4. Inhawi Hostel, St Julian's

Here’s a hostel that feels more like a hotel stay but with all the perks of hostel life. Expect the comforts of an airport transfer, breakfast included, free Wi-Fi and on-site swimming pool. You may even enjoy dorms with a terrace or balcony. Furthermore, Inhawi is located just 10 minutes from the sea. Nonetheless, this is where cultures meet and blend with the Maltese way of life to make it just feel right.

5. PV Hostel, St Julian's

Do you fancy spending summer nights on the roof terrace mingling with other travellers or snuggling in the cosy lounge and TV room on cold winter evenings? That’s if you’re not out clubbing or at one of the bars and restaurants that are just on PV Hostel’s doorstep. What to speak of the daytime? St George’s sandy beach, a supermarket, casino, post office, cinemas, shopping malls and a bus terminus are all right there. You can have it all. 

Sliema

Balconies

6. Granny's Inn Hostel, Sliema

Here’s a family-run hostel without frills but with a big heart. You’ll be genuinely cared for as one of the family and you’ll enjoy all the independence you want to explore the nearby Sliema Waterfront with its bars, restaurants and shopping malls, Paceville and its nightclubs, and all the swimming spots along that stretch.

7. Corner Hostel Malta, Sliema

Corner Hostel Malta offers private rooms and shared rooms in a renovated original townhouse with true Maltese character. Feel welcome, at home and relaxed to make the best of your stay in Malta, knowing everything you need is at your fingertips. Meet travellers, tourists, backpackers and students from around the globe and explore a new country for little investment. Single-sex and mixed dorms are available.

8. Two Pillows Boutique Hostel, Sliema

If you’re not into the “party hostel” vibe, this one may be the one for you - you’ll meet young couples, backpackers and families in a traditional Maltese building blended with modern design. More than a hostel, this is the first boutique hostel in Malta, offering everything from luxurious studio apartments with ensuite bathrooms to budget hostel dorms. Located in the very centre of Sliema, walk out of your hostel into a vibrant yet tranquil seaside town with sparkling sea, great beaches, lidos, cafés, bars, restaurants and shops.

Sliema Balluta

9. Hostel Jones, Sliema

Expect a converted traditional Maltese townhouse with captivating art everywhere you look. This is an art hostel with wall paintings in each room by well-known local and international street artists. Furthermore, 95 per cent of the hostel is designed from reused, repurposed or recycled materials and furniture. It all creates a unique creative atmosphere and the natural community vibe is contagious. This is the right place for creatives and fun-loving people!

10. Hostel 94, Sliema

Stroll 50 metres along Sliema’s charming residential streets to the seafront and all it has to offer, from beaches and shopping to restaurants and Malta’s hottest night spots. This charming converted townhouse is comfortable for families with children to solo travellers seeking a peaceful retreat. Indulge in total relaxation on the roof terrace and just make yourself at home.

Gozo

Explore

11. Santa Martha Hostel, Marsalforn

Perfectly easy and practical for a stay in gozo, this family run hostel at Marsalforn has it all. Stay in single, double, triple and family rooms with breakfast included and use of a kitchen. The hostel is nestled between a front and back garden, while a central atrium provides plenty of natural light. Walk just five minutes to the beach and the main promenade, where you will find almost anything including an ice cream parlour, bars, restaurants, tourist information, car-bike hire, internet cafe, several diving schools and more.

12. Ta’ Joseph, Xewkija

Treat yourself to more than holiday accommodation. A hostel with a few perks, Ta’ Joseph offers individual English classes, personalised facials and full body massages. Enjoy a choice of rooms from fully-equipped studio apartments to shared accommodation and shared bathrooms. Relax and mingle in the terrace and BBQ area.

So what mood are you in, and where are you headed?


Melanie Drury
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Melanie Drury
Melanie was born and raised in Malta and has spent a large chunk of her life travelling solo around the world. Back on the island with a new outlook, she realised just how much wealth her little island home possesses.

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