The Saint John is a highly rated boutique hotel at the historic heart of Valletta, providing the perfect base for exploring Malta’s UNESCO-listed capital.
Housed within a handsome 17th century building just steps from the famous Co-Cathedral of Saint John, this funky urban retreat combines industrial-style décor with smart technology. It’s a beguiling blend of old and new, typical of a city that’s gearing up for a stint as European Capital of Culture in 2018.
We love the quirky, playful style and the attentive staff, with a warm welcome extended to LGBT travellers, and the location is unbeatable if you’re looking to sample the culture, cuisine and nightlife of this exciting city.
Includes return economy flights. Two people sharing a room for 3 nights, departing in April 2018. Contact us for your specific requirements. From price for guidance only, all subject to availability.
- Boutique hotel in the heart of Valletta
- Funky urban retreat housed in a 17th century building
- Attentive service
- Gastropub with tasty menu and local craft beers
- Popular Cheeky Monkey Creperie
The Saint John is located on Merchant Street in central Valletta, surrounded by restaurants, bars, shops and museums. Just a couple of minutes’ walk from the hotel is the 16th century Co-Cathedral of Saint John, Malta’s most impressive church.
Other highlights include the National Museum of Archaeology and the Upper Barrakka Gardens, a shady green space above the harbour. Just below the gardens is the Saluting Battery, where a cannon is fired twice daily in a ceremony that dates back nearly 500 years.
Valletta has been transformed in recent years by a series of striking new buildings designed by architect Renzo Piano, centred around the City Gate on the western edge of the old city.
Technology is brought to the fore at The Saint John, with a smartphone app that allows you to set your room temperature, order food or connect to your smart TV and watch the latest films.
There are just 21 rooms at the hotel, beautifully appointed and with plenty of natural light. In-room amenities include an LCD TV, free WiFi, mini bar, safe and USB ports.
Rooms look out onto either a quiet internal courtyard or the pedestrianised Merchant Street, and the Superior Rooms also have a private balcony. The Quad Rooms sleep up to four, ideal for families or friends travelling together. The Cheeky Monkey Gastropub offers up a menu of tasty nibbles, mains and juicy burgers, along with an excellent cocktail menu and a great selection of local, craft and Belgian beers. This is also where breakfast is served in the morning. If you fancy a sweet treat then swing by the Cheeky Monkey Creperie, with no less than 12 different types of ice cream on offer.
Amenities & Activities
- Non-smoking Hotel
- Air Conditioning
- Ice Cream Parlour
The Knights of St John
The history of Valletta is bound up with the crusading Knights of St John, a Catholic military order that established itself in Malta in the 16th century. Valletta was built as a fortress to defend Christendom against the advance of the Ottoman Turks, and the beautiful baroque streets were designed on the grid system that you can still see today. The Order of St John ruled Malta for almost 270 years, but was eventually expelled from the island by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1798.
How to get here...
You can fly direct from various UK airports to Malta, with carriers including British Airways, Air Malta and easyJet. Flight time is approximately 3 hours 15 minutes.
The Saint John is located on a pedestrianised street in the centre of Valletta, 15 minutes’ drive from Malta International Airport.
A hire car is useful for exploring the island, but parking spaces can be very hard to find in Valletta. Parking is not available at the hotel.
The Saint John
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