The St John is fabulously located right in the heart of Valletta, within a stone’s throw of quirky wine bars, al fresco dining, leafy squares and historic buildings.
The foyer is simply beautiful, with large vases of colourful blooms and neutral toned decor. The space is flooded with light, from the internal glass ceiling, the magnificent chandeliers and clever use of large mirrors. This boutique gem has been intriguingly designed throughout, with open staircases, secluded courtyards and internal windows to combat any dark corners associated with a 17th-century building on a narrow street. The 21 rooms (comfort, superior or 2-room suites for families) are surprisingly modern and very comfortable, making full use of hi-tech features such as internet TV, a digital light-controlling console and a top-of-the-range coffee machine.
The breakfast buffet is an informal affair in the next-door hipster bar, the ‘Cheeky Monkey’, which has an evening menu and is a trendy stop for a crepe or a craft beer.
The 24-hour reception offers friendly help whatever you need. There are currently limited hotels in Valletta. This has to be one of the best for location, friendliness and uber-stylish comfort.
Travelling around the city from the St John could not be easier, walking or by boat. Whichever direction you wander you’ll find views across the water to the Three Cities on the opposite side of the harbour and to the immense cruise ships which majestically glide into the sunset.