Until now I had never visited Malta. The tenth smallest nation on the planet by area is home to roughly 450,000 people, and plays host this year to the European Poker Tour, Global Poker Masters and European Poker Awards all in the space of a single week.
I remember when arranging flights and accommodation for this trip receiving an email from the EPT letting me know about the wonderful offers they have with hotel rooms at the Hilton which is situated right next to the Portomaso casino. As I have repeatedly said, the student budget doesn’t really stretch that far so I started looking for other options.
I have stayed in hostels before all over Europe and there is something I like about the small tight-knit atmosphere surrounding them. This week I’m staying in a small hostel called ‘Hostel Malti’ which is situated in Balluta Bay. Equidistant from Sliema and Paceville, the hostel is perfectly situated in a lively part of the island, and offers a variety of rates depending on the room you wish to book.
During my visit I stayed in both the twin room and the communal dorm and although both were different options, the experience was enjoyable nevertheless. The twin room is more expensive, naturally, and comes with a shared bathroom with a huge bath. When we arrived we found to our surprise that someone had already slept their and left their stuff in the room, but the staff hastily apologised and arranged for new bedding.
The communal dorm meanwhile had 12 beds in it and was only €12 a night, which compared to the price of a hotel was a lot cheaper. Obviously with communal dorms you don’t have the freedom you do in a private twin, but it’s perfect for students and travellers on a budget.
The hostel also offers a rooftop terrace with jacuzzi and a large communal kitchen, which has all you would need to make yourself something to eat. The staff are really friendly, approachable and really helpful when it comes to arranging everything from airport transfers, to suggesting places to eat in the evening. I would definitely stay here again if I was coming to Malta for business or for pleasure.
Find out more about the hostel and book your stay at www.hostelmalti.com