De Vilhena Boutique Hotel, is a small luxury hotel offering discerning guests accommodation in a variety of well-appointed rooms in the heart of Valletta.

We are located in the city centre just off St George’s square and the Grand Masters Palace. The city streets outside are lively and vibrant lined with some of the city’s best restaurants and boutiques.

The Hotel’s central location also means that all major attractions within the city are within a short walking distance from De Vilhena, making the hotel the ideal location to discover Valletta’s many historical gems.

The hotel is also located close to the once notorious Strait Street, which was the islands principle entertainment hub until the 70’s. The street fell in decline with the departure of the British Mediterranean fleet and business moving to the thriving sea side resorts of Sliema and St Julians.

Until recently the once lively street lay dormant, however in recent years a number of the street’s old bars have been renovated and converted into quirky and hip lounge bars.

The hotel is named after António Manoel De Vilhena, a Portughese Nobleman and the 66th Grandmaster of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem from (1722 – 1736). Unlike a number of other Grandmasters before him, De Vilhena was a benevolent and popular Grandmaster most famously known for restoring Mdina’s city fortifications, the construction of the Mdina Gate, Palazzo De Vilhena, the Banca Giuratale (Municipal Palace) and the Corte Capitanale (Court House). In 1723, De Vilhena ordered the construction of the Fort Manoel on what is now most commonly known as Manoel Island. A year later, the Grandmaster founded a suburb called Borgo Vilhena in order to meet the demands of housing within Valletta. Today, this suburb is known as Floriana which is situated on the outskirts of Valletta. One can notice both the Lion Fountain and the Bronze statue of the Grandmaster himself located in Floriana as a tribute to him. One of Vilhena’s most popular and famous legacy remains till today in the Teatro Pubblico in 1731 – nowadays referred to as Manoel Theatre. This Theatre was personally commissioned and funded by the Grandmaster himself to serve as a public theatre “for the honest recreation of the people” It has since been reputed as the National Theatre and third oldest working in Europe. The street on which our hotel is located is hence called Old Theatre Street in relation to this cultural gem.

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Amazing location and a very pleasant stay!
My boyfriend and I visited Malta for his birthday and this is the hotel we settled on. I contacted the hotel prior to the trip to see if anything can be arranged to make his stay a little bit more special. Response rate was amazing and I received good news saying they have upgraded our room as a good will gesture instantly.
Location of the hotel is in the center of Valletta and is very convenient for us to tour around the city or other parts of Malta via the main bus station. Upon arrival we were gifted with some cakes for my boyfriend’s birthday which was a very sweet touch. Room as well as the hall way is in new condition and are clean, exactly as shown in the photos. Smart TV has Youtube and Spotify which is very handy for when we want to have a night in.
A remark of the stay was definitely the staffing – Danny from Reception has been exceptionally helpful in helping us with getting around Malta and giving us tips. Leonardo assists us with breakfast every morning and we had pleasant talks with him too. In general the staff are very friendly and welcoming and we never felt like we couldn’t approach anyone with for help. If you are looking to visit Malta I would highly recommend this hotel.
Angie25605 London United Kingdom

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