Valletta is the capital city of Malta, and an absolute feast for the eyes. With it’s tumultuous and fascinating history, views out over the Mediterranean, and the intensely Baroque character, this city is not to be missed.
However, it is a small city (the smallest capital city in the EU) with a limited number of hotels – and they are pricey. But perhaps an Airbnb is a better choice for your family, anyway! I almost always prefer Airbnbs when traveling with a baby or toddler. You can get more space, a kitchen, laundry machine, baby supplies, and they are often significantly cheaper than a comparable hotel room.
Yes, there are some trade-offs. You will have to make your own bed. But when traveling with little ones, I generally find the trade-offs well worthwhile.
Read all about visiting Malta with a toddler or baby here!
Where to stay in Valletta with kids
Valletta is pretty small, so there aren’t a bunch of neighborhoods to consider if you are determined to be within the city itself. Your biggest consideration will likely be staying as close to Republic Street (Triq ir-Repubblika) as possible. Not only is it the hub of restaurants and shops, but it is also at the apex of a hill that falls steeply to either side.
Whether you’re bringing a travel stroller, baby-wearing, or just letting your toddler walk, you probably will not want to stay near the bottom of the hill and force yourself to climb every time you want to eat.
You might also consider staying outside of Valletta. There are a few reasons you might do this: Valletta is a lovely, historical capital city, but it isn’t the most toddler-friendly. There are lots of museums and cultural experiences, but you will need to travel outside of the city to get to any sandy beaches or typical family vacation activities like the Splash n Fun water park.
Getting out of the city is more work than it might sound like. Remember that Valletta is a fortified city – it was not designed to be easy to access. Even if you manage to stay close to the Valletta City Gate, it is a long haul to walk across the bridge, through Triton Square, past the fountain, and down to the bus station. Doable, of course, but tough with a toddler or baby if you intend to leave the city most days.
If you are using Valletta as a jumping off point to the rest of Malta, you might stay just outside of the walled city or in neighboring Sliema. I’ve included some Airbnb options for those below!
Airbnbs around Valletta for families
I’ve picked out what I think are some really great Airbnbs in and right around Valletta.
How I choose Airbnbs: I only choose homes owned by Superhosts, with loads of positive reviews. I’ve chosen places with at least 1 bedroom, a kitchen, and laundry. If I loved where we stayed, I always include that! These are places that I would personally strongly consider booking, in a few different price ranges. And I have stayed in dozens of Airbnbs with kids!
I don’t only list places with a crib or high chair, so be sure to double check for that if you need those items. I also don’t check on things like stairs or balconies… be sure to consider child safety before you book anything.
Valletta is a culturally and aesthetically impressive city, and a wonderful place to stay in Malta. I hope you find the perfect lodging for your trip to Malta with kids!
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