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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Perfect location and helpful, friendly staff
We ( couple) just spent 6 nights at this small but lovely hotel in the heart of the old part of Valletta, and an easy 10 minute walk to the bus station from where you can reach all towns in Malta.
Everything is new, room was spacious and fitted with quality linen, very comfortable bed, a coffee maker and kettle. The bathroom was huge, and obviously suitable for wheelchair access. The small balcony was a nice addition though it was too hot to really make use of it. Breakfast ( included) was served in the pizzeria next door and there was an excellent choice of cereals, fruits, eggs, mushrooms, tomatoes, cold meats, smoked salmon and breads.
Every staff member we encountered was warm, friendly and extremely helpful. Special mention of Irma (reception) and Jelenor (breakfast), and Daniel (manager) for excellent customer service. The roof top terrace, still a work in progress, was available to use and we enjoyed taking a drink up there in the evening and admiring the big view of Valletta. There are countless eateries outside and within a couple of minutes walk of the Hôtel, providing an excellent choice for dining. We loved our stay and would heartily recommend it as a base for exploring beautiful Malta.
Peter W

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