Valletta Nobile is an apartment located in a 450-year-old townhouse which is a five-minute walk from the Grand Master's Palace. This is a real, breathing, pulsing Valletta neighborhood: You will always see people in the bar at the corner (the Breakwater), and women and men alike hang out of the balcony windows to gossip and look at who is walking by.
The decor of the living space of this apartment is full of bric-a-brac and old artwork, and the result is entirely tasteful and appropriate; every time I turned around, I discovered something new about the place. I was there during a heatwave, and thank God for the air conditioner, but beware that this townhouse, like all others in Valletta, is built of native limestone, which absorbs moisture and, hence, retains heat: You will often feel hotter in the stairwell than it is outside.
Be aware that there are 33 limestone steps from the ground floor up to the living space, and if you want to use the toilet, you have to walk down 9 steps. The steps are ample enough, but there is no bannister or handrail, so you must take care. Of course, Valletta Nobile has a sister property, Maison la Vallette, which has no steps at all, so those who are in this category might wish to consider that.
The balcony is a great place to sit and peer out the windows at the people passing by.
Stephen and Brian, who run Valletta Nobile and the other properties, are a delight to deal with, extremely accommodating and hospitable, and an absolute wealth of information about Valletta. Getting to know them is the highlight of staying here.
I would definitely recommend this place to someone who wants to feel the experience of living in old Valletta.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The philosophy behind Valletta Suites is to bring together small unique living spaces within the walled city of Valletta. Valletta Suites is the first 'diffused hotel' concept in Valletta since 2006. Beautiful suites that will make your stay in Valletta memorable. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Valletta Suites Malta