If you're looking for a quiet hideaway, a good base for exploring the island or want to stay somewhere with a real Maltese flavour, then Bla Dorren is ideal. It might not have all the glitz of a five-star hotel, there aren't bars, pools, a spa or room service, but for me this guesthouse outclasses many expensive hotels that could be anywhere in the world. Bla Dorren is run by Swedish couple Margaretha and Stefan, who rent out three guestrooms in their spacious Maltese townhouse. They are friendly but unobtrusive, offering help and information if it is needed, and pretty much let guests have the run of the house. The guest house itself is located in a residential street just off the Sliema Promenade, a stone's throw from buses to Valletta and locations across the island, and walking distance from many decent restaurants and bars.
The white-washed high-ceiling rooms are styled with a combination of Swedish furniture, antique lamps modern wall hangings. Our room had a small balcony and contemporary en suite bathroom with a great power shower. We usually had breakfast in the airy dining room but could also sit outside on the pretty terrace. There was also a sitting room and a roof terrace with sun loungers and a seating area.
I loved the way Margaretha and Stefan had thought about what guests might want during their holiday, from the box of bats, balls, beach mats and even umbrellas in the hallway, along with info on boat trips, city sightseeing and maps, to the fridge of beer on soft drinks by the terrace. You just put the small charge for the drinks in the tin and could enjoy a drink and a chat as the sun went down.
I would definitely recommend Bla Dorren and would think about it again for a short break or a longer holiday.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Townhouse 50 m from the promenade and the beach. Large rooms with double beds and en-suites, 50 sqm roof terrace, breakfast and WiFi included. Within walking distance to Valletta. Plenty of restaurants, shops, and close to bus stops. Quiet side street. Charming house! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Bla Dorren Malta/Sliema