Gay Friendly Hotels Sliema

Guide to Gay Friendly Hotels in Sliema Malta (2022 Updated)

Out magazine has declared Malta as being among the best European countries in terms of LGBT rights. According to the United States Department of State, Malta is a safe environment for foreign LGBT travellers, and according to the LGBT Danger Index Malta is the tenth safest country in the world for LGBT people and you can easily find a gay friendly hotels Sliema in Malta.

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights in Malta are of the highest standards, even by comparison to other European countries. Throughout the late 20th and early 21st centuries, the rights of the LGBT community received more awareness and same-sex sexual activity was legalised in 1973, with an equal age of consent.

Sliema is a resort town on the east coast of the Mediterranean island of Malta. The waterfront features a long promenade and the 18th-century polygonal Fort Tigné in the south. To the north, St. Julian’s Tower is a 17th-century watchtower and battery. The baroque-inspired Stella Maris Church dates from the 1850s. On tiny Manoel Island is the star-shaped Fort Manoel, built by the Knights of St. John.

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1. Waterfront Hotel 4* – Gay Friendly Hotels Sliema

Waterfront
Waterfront

The Waterfront Hotel is set in central Malta, along the sea promenade of Sliema, and features views of Sliema’s port, the Manoel Island and Valletta. The property is 4 km from some of Malta’s most popular beaches. This hotel features a restaurant, bar and free WiFi throughout.

All rooms are air-conditioned, and feature a balcony, most with views of the sea, and an en suite bathroom. Each also has a minibar, TV and safe.

buffet breakfast is available daily at The Waterfront Hotel, and guests can enjoy light snacks at the bar or have dinner at the on-site Regatta Restaurant.

The Waterfront Hotel is a leading 4 star hotel in Malta. Situated in an excellent location along the Sliema promenade, the hotel is placed within walking distance from public transport and other services including bars and restaurants, several shopping outlets, The Plaza Shopping Centre and the Sliema Ferries. With stunning views of the Sliema creek, Manoel Island and the unmistakable silhouette of the capital city Valletta, The Waterfront hotel is the perfect choice for discerning travelers seeking comfort in exquisite surroundings.

All of the 165 Hotel rooms and Suites are maintained to a very high standard and feature a balcony and an en suite or open plan bathroom. Rooms are also equipped with various amenities including private bathroom, Cable TV, Mini Bar, Safe Deposit Box, Radio, Air Conditioning and Room Service. Complimentary WiFi is available in all areas of the hotel. The Waterfront hotel is also a popular venue for quality events and meetings in Malta. Our hotel is a perfect option for those getting married in Malta or are spending their honeymoon in Malta.

The Waterfront Hotel offers dining options such as a buffet breakfast and dinner at the Regatta Restaurant or light snacks at the Lobby Bar. In view of the upcoming development of our Lido we shall offer complimentary transport and access to a neighbouring Lido to ensure that our guests find the facilities they expect.

The Waterfront Hotel is a good 4 star hotel located along the Strand in Sliema. It’s location is really beneficial – it is only a short 5-10 minute walk across the road to the water ferry to Valletta (costs €2.80 for a return or €10 for unlimited travel for 7 days).

For breakfast there was a selection of cereals, a selection of cooked breakfast, some Maltese bread with hams and cheeses, pastries, and some fruit. The coffee was also pretty decent. Only downside to breakfast was that the orange juice tasted more like someone had added water to powder and that it was not fresh orange juice, but that was the only flaw that I and my family could find with breakfast.

The indoor pool, to us, was not as much of a disappointment as other reviews would lead to believe. The pool was of a decent size, enough for a quick dip to escape the heat of the day or to cool off after an afternoon exploring, though anyone looking to spend the entire holiday sat by the pool should probably look elsewhere. There was a jacuzzi located next to the pool, as well as a few sun loungers though there are roughly 8 in total. Just down the hallway there is the sundeck with more sun loungers to catch the rays, and after 5pm is happy hour with a bartender to attend.

As is always the case it is worth paying a little extra for the sea view rooms. The view over to Valletta is stunning. Being on the 11th floor I was able to ‘see over’ Manoel Island and could see the sea between Manoel Island and Valletta – something you could not do before the extra floors and rooms were created.

We had a full sea view balcony overlooking the bay and Manoel Island with the entrance to Grand Harbour in Valletta in the distance. If could get down the step to the balcony outside. Room was equipped with plenty tea & coffee making facilities, with a large wet room with a full walk on shower with plenty of grips both vertically and horizontal that lived up to my expectations with all the extra fittings needed.

Most mornings we dined at The Regatta Restaurant, with the full English, or Maltese bread, croissants, and cake and the lovely view from the Restaurant over Sliema Creek to Valletta. The dining room staff are quick to clear the tables and are very helpful.

Its location is unbeatable and it is very close (approx. 5 minute walk) to the Sliema ferries with ferries to Valletta as well as the sea front. Very good value for money as well, with breakfast included. Great amenities too, there is an indoor pool, however, the hotel grants you free access to the MedAsia Playa beach club, which is about 20 min walk away.

We had a room not with a sea view, but the room had a terrace and we had could still partially see the sea. The staff were super friendly and attentive and went out of their way to deal with our requests.

Our room overlooked the harbour (it’s worth paying a little extra for the stunning views over to Valletta), the rooms are spacious with a huge comfy bed. Fridge, safe and tea and coffee facilities.

Bathroom is also spacious with a fantastic walk in shower and complimentary shower gels and shampoos.

An excellent buffet breakfast is provided with a wide selection of hot and cold food.

We booked the Sunday lunch buffet for both weekends of our stay and it is excellent value. For 27 euros per person you get a huge range of starters, mains and desserts. There are two types of meats on the carvery but there is fish, curry and other delights on offer too.

The buffet is all inclusive so beer, wines and soft drinks are all in with the price.
I must give a mention to the friendly staff in the hotel, from the bar staff, to the reception and restaurant staff and lastly our maid. She always has a smile for us and a friendly greeting and does a great job.
The hotel is close to bus stops for destinations all over the island, the hop on hop off bus stops outside and the ferry to Valletta is a five minute walk.

Lots of day trips can be booked along the Waterfront and there is also someone in the hotel lobby on occasion selling trips.

There are lots of restaurants within a 5 minute walk, from traditional Maltese to Hungarian, Indian, Asian Fusion, Turkish to Chinese. Fast food outlets. Lots of bars can be found too but the hotel isn’t affected by noise from the bars.

I will definitely be returning to this hotel in the future, in fact I’m already checking dates for the future.

Gay Friendly Hotels Sliema
Gay Friendly Hotels Sliema

How much does a room costs at Waterfront Hotel Sliema?

Prices start 90$/night for Standard Double Room. The Deluxe Suite with Sea View is  180$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for gay couples.

This double room features a balcony, private entrance and minibar.

Where to book online – Waterfront Hotel Sliema – Gay Friendly Hotels Sliema you can find the best hotels deals in Sliema during Art Festival which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Sliema on Booking.com or  Trip.com  or Hotelscombined.com and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.

 

2. AX The Palace 5*Gay Friendly Hotels Sliema

AX The Palace
AX The Palace

Just 500 m from Sliema’s bus terminus and Valletta Ferry, The Palace is a 5-star hotel with a rooftop spa with infinity pool overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. Most rooms have a balcony with views of Valletta and the harbour.

The Palace has spacious, air-conditioned rooms with a smart TV with over 70 HD international channels, a minibar, and a tea-and-coffee maker. Free Wifi is available in public areas and in all rooms.

There is a choice of 2 restaurants at The Palace, the top-floor restaurant specialising in Asian cuisine, and the second one in Mediterranean classics.

The Palace is a distinctive, urban five star deluxe boutique hotel – Inspired by the pulse and passion of a city center hotel. The hotel is intimate and comfortable, yet luxurious and cosmopolitan, whilst offering a unique experience of genuine hospitality. The Palace is European elegance in the heart of urban Sliema. The Palace is supplemented by six unique individually designed and decorated suites.

Location
The location is pretty central in Sliema and a few minutes walk to the harbour where you can find many restaurants and shops and also take the ferry to Valletta.

Hotel
The hotel is great and one thing I would like to mention above everything is that the entire staff from manager to restaurant staff to cleaning staff are all exceptionally helpful and friendly, more so than I have ever encountered anywhere else. They will do anything in their power to make your stay wonderful. We had a problem with our air conditioning and were offered an upgrade. I politely emailed my concerns and received a prompt reply from one of the managers Charles. I would like to thank the staff for making our stay absolutely wonderful, Simba, Charles, Dorianne, Irene and many others.

Food
The food was great although we ate in the restaurants only a couple of times as we chose to explore Malta and eat out. The buffet breakfast was organised well with Covid-19 mitigation in place such as being served at the buffet rather than being able to touch any food which is very reassuring. Face masks worn everywhere and temperature taken every time we arrived at the hotel.

Room
Where to start! Our room was amazing. The ‘Flavours Suite’ was so much fun with a nod to the 1950s in style and décor. It was spacious, huge private balcony with two sunbeds, two large separate doors leading out onto the balcony and a walk-in wardrobe with safe. Super King sized bed with TV, bar area with two fridges, kitchen diner table and his and hers bathroom suite. It was spacious, comfortable, luxurious, immaculately clean and fun.

Pool
There’s an infinity pool high up on the eighth floor with panoramic views which really is superb. There was only one cause for concern whilst we were there. On Monday there’s a deal where local people can come along and enjoy a package deal for use of the pool, food and drinks which is great for them but not for us. It was very busy if not chaotic but not a problem for the rest of our time there.

There’s also an adults only pool but that was sometimes booked for private functions so we didn’t use it. There was always plenty of room at the main pool – it was heavenly with views all around and a constant pleasant breeze.

There’s even an indoor pool which we chose to use in the late afternoon where you can find another balcony area, steam room and sauna (neither open due to current situation but not a problem). The pool area was spacious, clean and relaxing with large windows on two sides.

Getting Around
The ferry is the easiest way to get to Valletta but you’re faced with a pretty steep climb on the other side in order to get to the city. We found getting a taxi was very cheap (less than £10) to get to Valletta and we did that most evenings and ran down the hill in time to catch the last boat home at half eleven. Incredibly enjoyable to take the short trip by boat under the stars.

We also took the bus from Sliema to St Julian’s which was also easy and we spent a pleasant afternoon wandering around the marina. There are a couple of high end shops there and we enjoyed browsing jewellery and other luxury items. St Julian’s itself is worth a visit and is a livelier location but Valletta was our favourite place.

It’s in a great location 5 min walk to the Valletta ferry which is regular and cheap. The rooftop bar and swimming pool is amazing and a lovely area to have evening drinks.

We also ate in the restaurant tempasia which was also amazing quality food. On my birthday my partner booked the couples massage in the spa and we was treated extremely well and it was a lovely massage and good value for money. Also the spa area is lovely and clean we spent everyday In there having a sauna and steam.

We ended up upgrading and having breakfast and it was well worth it so much choice and very tasty.
We will definitely be back soon thank you for a wonderful trip. But we will be upgrading our room as we had a room that had no natural light.

Gay Friendly Hotels Sliema
Gay Friendly Hotels Sliema

How much does a room costs at AX The Palace?

Prices start 153$/night for Deluxe Double. The Suite is  300$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for gay couples.

Each suite is individually designed and has a spacious terrace with sun loungers and views of The Grand Harbour. It comes with free Wi-Fi and minibar.

Where to book online– AX The Palace – Gay Friendly Hotels Sliema you can find the best hotels deals in Sliema during Sliema Art Festival which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Sliema on Booking.com or  Hotels.com  or Hotelscombined.com and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.

 

3. The Lodge 3* – Gay Friendly Hotels  Sliema Malta

The Lodge
The Lodge

Located in Cospicua, Malta region, The Lodge is set 2.5 km from Rock Beach. All rooms feature a flat-screen TV with cable channels and a private bathroom. The accommodation provides luggage storage space and free WiFi throughout the property.

Guest rooms at the hotel include air conditioning and a wardrobe.

Guests at The Lodge can enjoy a continental breakfast.

The nearest airport is Malta International, 6 km from the accommodation, and the property offers a paid airport shuttle service.

Once up the ancient steps of one of the oldest streets in this city, prepare to soak up the charm of this 16th century house and let yourself go into this authentic Maltese home built by a knight of the Holy Order of St John in circa 1580. Each of the six rooms have been individually designed to infuse elegance with comfort and luxury with tranquillity. Guest spaces have been meticulously upgraded to combine antiquity with modern design thus making this place feel like a home away from home.

The place is wonderful. Very quite. Very central. Service is super and staff are very friendly. They made me feel at home. Breakfast was very good as well and the courtyard is to die for. I really loved the location of the property with the ferry to Valletta just down the road.

This property was in an excellent location. Breakfast was exceptional. Staff was very friendly and helpful. The room was very comfortable, clean and the beds were very comfortable. We felt very safe there even during this period of Covid. Thumbs up for the free welcome drink and free coffee in the room throughout our stay.

We loved every minute of our stay at The Lodge. The staff is super friendly and helpful. This hotel is located in the heart of the city and is complemented with beautiful historical sceneries of Cospicua. I recommend this hotel to anyone who is looking to stay at a quite hotel, at an excellent location both for leisure and business.

Very nice property. Feels like a real Maltese home. Comfortable bed and good breakfast and they actually served us much more than we asked for. Owner and staff very helpful and accommodating. We really enjoyed our private wine tasting in the marvelous cellar. Location is very good.

. The interior is contemporary and very stylish. The bed is very comfortable with lovely bed sheets and the room has a distinct beautiful fragrance. The hotel is small, quiet and discretely located. What added to an even greater experience was the owner of the hotel. He was extremely kind and friendly, which made our visit even more memorable.

He made us feel at home as he showed us around the property and suggested interesting places to visit. The breakfast, with many savoury and sweet items representing local Maltese dishes, was one of the best breakfasts we’ve ever had! I would absolutely recommend this hotel to anyone who is visiting Malta.

The Lodge is a fantastic place to stay! highly recommend to people looking for a classic yet modern Maltese hotel. Dorian runs the property and is available 24/7 with any information about Malta you require.

Dorian and his staff were incredibly friendly greeting you every morning with breakfast and coffee.

The Lodge is located just next to Valetta where you can easily catch a ferry in and out of town for $3.30 Euro (return ticket). We loved our stay at the Lodge!

Gay Friendly Hotels Sliema
Gay Friendly Hotels Sliema

How much does a room costs at The Lodge?

Prices start 105$/night for King Room with Balcony and Private External Bathroom. The Deluxe Queen Room is  200$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for gay couples.

This double room has air conditioning, cable TV and electric kettle.

Where to book online– The Lodge – LGBT  Friendly Hotels Sliema you can find the best hotels deals in Sliema during Sliema Art Festival which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Sliema on Booking.com or  Hotels.com  or Hotelscombined.com and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.

by Sorin

Sorin is a freelance travel writer. He is an experienced travel writer and traveller. Since 2012 he explored more than 60 countries on 4 continents: Asia, Europe, Africa and North America. Currently is based in Romania after spending the last 7 years in Myanmar.