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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Extremely friendly, centrally located and ideal accommodation
I have nothing but positive to say about this place and the wonderful people who run it. First impressions last and in this case they impressed me greatly! Our first encounter was when I arrived (damsel in distress mode) having realised I had booked one night instead of two. They instantly came to my rescue and found me a room which meant I didn’t have to move the second night. In fact, they had remembered me from a previous night when I visited the adjoining restaurant to the hotel!
Room was perfect, clean with small balcony adding lovely atmosphere. Sunroof terrace has beautiful views of Valletta and very relaxing. Centrally located which makes sightseeing/resting so convenient. Staff friendly and sincere.
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