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The Host - Boutique Guesthouse
39, Mrabat Street, Sliema, Island of Malta 1500, Malta   |  
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Ranked #3 of 14 Specialty lodging in Sliema
London, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Beautiful Guesthouse”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

The Host Guesthouse is a new (opened in feb/april 2013) bed and breakfast on top of the hill in Sliema on the edge of St Julian. The sign outside says something along the lines of 'Will's friends expat community', which is something he does too so don't get confused, that is the right place!

Its a newly refurbished and very tastefully decorated beautiful house. There's 3 guest rooms, Will (the owner) is currently extending the basement for 4 more rooms and remodeling the terrace on the first floor to accommodate a small swimming pool. The communal areas are very spacious and in general the whole property is lovely, very clean and good quality.

We had a large size room (apparently the other rooms are even more spacious), with quiet airco and a comfortable double (queen size) bed. We stayed in the Chinese room, which is on the first floor room with a window into the small courtyard. It has a small desk and chair, plenty of cupboard space, good quality towels, a good hairdryer and shower gel and shampoo (Johnsons Baby) provided. There was a large plate for fruit waiting for us which was really nice.

The door to our room was milky glass which you couldn't see through at all, but does feel a bit weird. Additionally the door to the cleaning cupboard was directly next to it, so from early in the morning you would hear the staff come and go (they were being very quiet but a glass door does not provide much sound proofing).

They provide a very tasty, very generous breakfast at the breakfast bar in the modern, lovely kitchen. Will cooks personally, making your eggs the way you want them (go for his magical version with salami and cheese, its great!). Coffee is good & strong (from the italian macchinetta), you also get several slices of pitta bread, butter, nutella, jam and cream cheese and a yoghurt. Additionally you get a whole plate of fruit, fruit juice and a wrapped Bauli brioche. And a large bottle of water a day.

Will is a very friendly and helpful owner who clearly wants to make your stay a good one. I had a parking accident the night we arrived and he stayed out on the pavement for over an hour waiting for the traffic wardens to come.
He's very active in the expat community, hosting many events at the house (such as cooking class) and providing practical information for newcomers. Guests are welcome to join in with his events, which would be a nice way to meet some people living in Malta.
He has an impressive amount of energy, does like to talk and is happy to share all about his activities. Personally I am not that chatty at breakfast, so as he talks while cooking, it was a little much, but it is one of the aspects why you choose to stay at a bed & breakfast instead of at an impersonal hotel.

Just a few minor points to mention. Bathroom was a bit small and had some interesting design aspects that made it slightly unpractical - the tap over the sink was in the far corner of the sink and low over the basin so bit awkward to use. The window had a strange locking mechanism making it hard to open just a little and avoid the neighbours diagonally opposite looking in. Also the shower leaked water out under the shower door.

And just be aware that there's no parking for the guest house! As its an extremely busy area, its hard to find parking. You'll need to drive up and down through the (hilly) streets until you find something. This is probably the case for most hotels in the Sliema/St Julian area, so if you have a car and want to ensure you have parking make sure that the place you choose has their own parking.

But all in all, definitely a place to recommend if you like a warm personal bed and breakfast experience in a quality, tastefully decorated guesthouse!

And if you're hungry - there's a good restaurant (for lunch and dinner) a 5mins walk away on the bay (St Julians area), called U Bistrot. Its part of the Meridian Hotel though thats not apparent when you're there, as its just accessible from the street. Its on a very busy road so if you want less noise sit inside. I can highly recommend the burgers!

Room Tip: I think they will all be good. But the Chinese room doesn't face the street so is probably the q...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
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  • Rooms
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Forlì, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

As a couple we were little bit worried on where to stay in Malta. Based on our friends experience it seems that hotels in Malta, if not chosen carefully, can be dirty and uncomfortable.
Well, that is NOT the case with "The Host - Boutique Guesthouse". The room was simply amazing, very big comfortable and cleaned daily (we were in the African room). The room was also really quiet and had its own bathroom as the other two available to the customers.
The whole structure is really neat and clean, with the common areas really well kept and cozy. The place is in directly in front of two bus stops, that allows a quick travel to and from the capital city "La Valletta". In a five minutes walk is possible to reach the seaside promenaed in Balluta bay where more buses can be catch to get almost everywhere, also in a ten minutes walk is possible to get to the "Sliema Ferries" where also other buses are available and where you can find different tolls to quickly book the various different excursions available in Malta, some of which are really nice and interesting. The Breakfast served every morning (between 09:00 and 11:00) was really good and big. But the main attraction in "The Host - Boutique Guesthouse" is Will, the owner of the place. Will is really a nice person, always providing good advices on what to visit and how to get to the different places, and is really nice just to stop and chat with him when he is around the house. He often offered us a little extra (free of charge) to enjoy our stay, such as fresh fruit every day and also dinner in some specific days. Let me say that he is a really good cook. Also his assistance, Svetlana, is a really nice person, providing information and suggestion when he was not around.
This review can't be long enough to describe how good was our stay in "The Host - Boutique Guesthouse". Next time we will come to Malta this will be our only pick for staying!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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THE HOST B, Owner at The Host - Boutique Guesthouse, responded to this review, September 27, 2013
Thank you so much for the AMAZING feedback, Giacomo, I am so happy you liked your stay with us that much :)) It was a real pleasure meeting you and Francesca and also to have the pleasure of hosting you for a few days. Hope you guys had a nice trip back home and very looking forward to welcoming you back whenever you wish :) By the way, "Ivanka" is saying Hi and telling you that if she will get more praising as a Svetlana she doesn't mind changing her name ;))) Everyone you met is saying hi and wishing you and Francesca all the best :) Have a beautiful day and thank you so much once again, Will
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013

If you're looking for a non-conventional stay in Malta choose Will's Guesthouse!
The Guesthouse is a beatiful charming Villa in Sliema just a few minute walk from the sea and well connected with bus and ferries that will give you the possibility to visit Malta Gozo and Comino whenever you want.
Will will be able to make you love the place you are staying with his kindess and smart conversations.
He could also cook nice espresso dinner for you each time you will ask for it.
He's a very good chef! This is a place you will love to stay and return when in Malta, because Will's hospitality will be one of the most beatiful souvenier you could find in Malta.
3 rooms only, but amazing each one for different forniture and style. Choose one of them and you will fell at home at the first step in it! An unforgettable experience. Do not miss it if unconventional chic is your mood.

Room Tip: For a romantic stay choose the Master Room!!!
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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THE HOST B, Owner at The Host - Boutique Guesthouse, responded to this review, August 5, 2013
Marzi (Don't worry announcing it the correct way) ;) What can I say now? amazing feedback and I am honestly humbled by your beautiful words about me :) It was beautiful having you and Marco here and I hope you enjoyed the rest of Malta after you left :) I enjoyed your company and the next morning I was missing both of you on breakfast! Nothing will make up to that but to SEE YOU AGAIN one day :) Happy Anniversary one more time and trust that you know have a friend in Malta :)) All the best, Will
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2013 via mobile

I have been looking high and low for the perfect place to stay for my guests during my wedding in Malta. I was delighted to find this amazing guest house which recently opened. It immediately spoke to me. Lovingly restored, the exterior is stunning and there is a ballroom with a fresco, and a beautiful staircase. The library area is stunning and the rooms are just gorgeous, especially the Master bedroom with the soaker tub and walk in closet. A perfect blend of the best of traditional with the comforts of contemporary!

Will, the host, is out of this world and provides 7 star customer service. It is rare to find such genuine hospitality but it is sich a delight. I highly, highly, highly recommend this guest house to anyone who appreciates art, hospitality, culture and wants to experience the best of Malta's design, decor and hospitality in this beautifully restored home, only steps away from beautiful Balluta Bay.

  • Stayed June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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THE HOST B, Owner at The Host - Boutique Guesthouse, responded to this review, June 22, 2013
Hi Kim,

Thank you so much for the lovely review. It was a real pleasure to communicate with you and I am very looking forward to seeing you in the white dress next year :)))

As I told you in our communication .. the moment you told me your are getting married, I automatically considered it my wedding and started to look into how to make it perfect from my side :))) Not to mention that seeing people happy is one of the most amazing pleasures I enjoy, really :)))

Thank you so much and very looking forward to welcoming you and your family at our guesthouse next year .. and hey, don't forget the MAPLE SYRUP :)))))

Will
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Address: 39, Mrabat Street, Sliema, Island of Malta 1500, Malta
Location: Malta > Island of Malta > Sliema
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 14 Specialty lodging in Sliema
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
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A lovely historical 227 years old building converted into a boutique guesthouse on B&B basis, with lovely interiors, antiques and artworks wherever you go in the house. ... more   less 
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