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A great family hotel- Hilton Malta St Julians

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The Hilton Malta is one of the best family hotels in Malta.  It’s also one of the best hotels for couples.  It’s an all-round kind of hotel that seems to tick all the boxes for most people, including those who also stay here for business.  

With its close proximity to the capital Valletta and other important cities on the island, it is the perfect hotel to base yourself.  However, at the Hilton Malta, you can also choose to stay here and never feel as though you have to leave, for anything.

With exceptional service and a feeling that the staff genuinely care about their guests, it is the perfect place to stay on your next holiday to Malta.  It’s perfect even for weekend breaks in Malta.  

view from marina to Hilton Malta

The rooms

The Hilton Malta has a great range of rooms covering the more budget-conscious travellers, with garden view, lower level rooms.  As the rooms get higher, the views, of both the marina and the ocean improves and the price, naturally, increases.  All have a light, airy feel to them and are decorated with modern furnishings that are representative of the Mediterranean.

Garden View
Garden View room
Marina View room
Marina View room
Relaxation Suite
Relaxation Suite

To see the inside of the executive room we stayed in, click here to read our review.

The pools

The Hilton Malta is awash with pools!  Apart from the giant pool (the Mediterranean) that is almost encasing the Hilton Malta, there are also four outdoor swimming pools, two children’s pools and a heated indoor pool.  They are large enough to fit in the swarm of visitors that flock here each year without feeling overcrowded.

The centre of the resort has a large pool and pool area, complete with bar.  There are plenty of lounges and umbrellas, which can be taken each day from the pool shop.  Beach towels are not provided in individual rooms. Towel passes are exchanged at the pool shop for a towel and returned to you when you take the towel back.  Failure to do so will see a charge applied to your final bill.

My favourite pool was the one right on the sea.  There’s something quite nice about swimming in a pool overlooking the waves crashing into rocks below.

ocean front pool HiltonMalta
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The pool shop has a range of kids pool activities and toys for sale as well as beach wear.

Heaps of fun pool toys can be bought and hired poolside- best family hotels in Malta
Heaps of fun pool toys can be bought and hired poolside

Dining and drinking

Whether you are after formal dining or a more relaxed option, the Hilton Malta has got your options covered.

Lobby Lounge Cafe

The Lobby Lounge has a range of casual dining options including pastries, ice cream, hot drinks and drinks from the bar.  There is informal seating within the lobby or balcony seating with views of the resort.

Lobby lounge pastries
Lobby lounge pastries
deck outside lobby cafe Hilton Malta
Relaxed dining outside the lobby lounge

Aqua Bar

Located poolside on the main resort pool, this bar provides pool snacks for those spending a lazy day by the pool.  Depending on your energy levels, you can walk up to the bar to order or have waiter service at your pool lounge.

Aqua Cafe

The Blue Elephant

The Blue Elephant is a Thai restaurant open to both the public and hotel guests.  With premium Thai food and a wondrous setting that transports you to Thailand, it’s a restaurant worthy of a visit. 

Read all about our Thai food buffet at the Blue Elephant.

The Blue Elephant Hilton Malta
The inside of the Blue Elephant
Inside Blue Elephant

Merkanti Beach Club

The Merkanti Beach Club Restaurant is also located down on the waterfront.  It’s a casual place to relax with some light food or a drink and away from the larger crowds sitting by the main pool. There is also access to the Portomaso Marina from here, as well as the rocky shoreline.

Merkanti Beach Bar Hilton Malta

Merkanti Beach Bar Hilton Malta cisk beer
Drinking a local Maltese beer down by the ocean

Oceana Restaurant

Located on the lower ground, Oceana Restaurant is both relaxed and fine dining. By day, it features the full buffet breakfast and casual lunch options.  In the evening, the restaurant cooks up some amazing fine dining with a blend of modern and traditional Maltese cuisine.  

Click here to read more about our dining experience at Oceana Restaurant

Oceana Restaurant Hilton Malta

Quarterdeck Bar

This bar is just gorgeous.  The ceiling will have you staring at it for hours.  Be sure to have a glass of wine or one of their special cocktails in your hand as you become enveloped by the plush leather chairs.  On Thursday nights, the bar comes alive with a Gin and Jazz event which is well attended by both the public and guests.

Quarterdeck bar

Business facilities and conference rooms

Like any major hotel, there are numerous conference and meeting rooms, designed to suit every purpose.  Rooms can be cordoned off to form smaller rooms or can take the size of ballrooms for larger events.  There are video conferencing facilities and a business centre for everyday business requirements.

conference hilton malta

Staying healthy

With a variety of pools, both indoor and out a wellness centre and a day spa, there’s no reason why your health shouldn’t be a priority during your stay at the Hilton Malta.

Gym hilton malta
Indoor Pool hilton malta

Hilton Malta hotel checklist

Location – Address: Vjal Portomaso, St Julian’s PTM 01, Malta

The hotel is located approximately 11km from the Malta International Airport.  

If driving from the airport, take the main road following the signs to Valletta. After passing through Marsa, take the Sliema Exit and follow the signs to St. Julians. Then enter Paceville and drive towards the Portomaso Tower. It’s the largest tower in this area and dominates the skyline so you can’t miss it.

Without traffic, the trip only takes 20-30 minutes.  Note that traffic congestion is horrific in Malta, particularly during morning and evening peak hours.  If travelling in either direction, make sure you leave plenty of time to get there.

A reliable taxi service is available from both locations.  Limousines or rental cars may also be organised through the hotel.  If self-driving, parking is available on-site.

Getting there

Malta is an island located in the Mediterranean Sea, approximately 90km south of Sicily and 300km north of Africa.  It is accessible by air within a few hours from most European cities.  Air Malta is the national airline but budget airlines such as Ryan Air and Easyjet also fly in and out.  Ferries operate between Sicily and those who have yachts can pull up at a variety of well-positioned marinas around the island.

Checking in

Check-in is from 3 pm and check-out is from 12 noon

Nearby areas

The hotel is located within the trendy Portmaso area and is surrounded by many dining options, both around the marina and in the village.  The Portomaso Casino is also closeby.  The Hilton Malta is perfectly located for catching the public bus into Valletta and other parts of the island.  It is also the perfect base for general sightseeing around Malta.


It’s perfectly located, is modern, clean and has plenty of facilities.  The customer service here is at a very high level and there is a genuine family feel throughout this resort.  The existence of many families returning year after year to this hotel is proof of this.


Wifi is not provided as part of the room rate as a general rule.  It is provided free of charge in all public areas or if you are a Hilton Honors member.

Click here for prices, availability, reviews and to book online.

Travel guides

We still find travel resources like these useful. All may be purchased online.

Malta Travel Guide 2024-2025

DK Eyewitness Top 10 Malta and Gozo (Pocket Travel Guide

More reading

If you want to get more out of your stay in Malta, check out these other articles.


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Looking for the best family hotels in Malta? Look no further than Hilton Malta - plenty of activities for all the family & located in one of the best spots

Thanks to the Hilton Malta for the provision of some of the images on this page and for providing such a wonderful place to stay.  All opinions are always my own.

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