short stays in Sliema
a homestay is an affordable alternative to renting an apartment
There are few hostels in Malta and apartments for short let can also be hard to find. You will find that renting an apartment on short let (less than 6 months) works out to be rather expensive.
As an affordable alternative, many Maltese families welcome students and travellers into their home. Hence, the name ‘host families’ or ‘homestay’.
Many students and holiday makers have been enjoying this type of accommodation over the years.
The hosts who have experience in welcoming many international guests into their homes can guide you with tips on places to visit and to help you settle into the Maltese way of life fast.
What you can expect when staying in a homestay
Staying with a Maltese host family is possibly the best way to come to understand the Maltese culture and traditions. This experience is the preferred option for many travellers to Malta as an alternative to staying in an impersonal hotel room.
It is also an excellent opportunity to practice your English and make new friends.
The hosts are always available for a friendly chat and eager to give you tips on places to visit and how best to get there.
Staying with a host family is kind of halfway house between ‘living-in’ as part of a Maltese family and ‘renting solo’ for total privacy.
Twin shared or single rooms
The residences of so-called ‘host families’ are licensed by the Maltese government and are inspected regularly. The certified homes offer comfortable, clean, spacious rooms.
Reservations for host family accommodation can be made in either a single room for you alone or in a twin room.
In a twin room you would share your room with another guest of the same gender. This is a cheaper option in case you are travelling alone but wish to share a room as a cheaper alternative to reserving a single room.
Homestay on self-catering, bed and breakfast or half board basis
Students or other visitors like yourself may rent a homestay room on either bed and breakfast or half board basis with breakfast and dinner included at very reasonable rates.
Some host families also offer accommodation on self-catering basis with use of a kitchen to prepare your own meals. This option is great if you prefer more independence.
You usually share the bathroom with other guests but some host families might offer a bathroom for sole use at a supplement.
Guests over the age of 18 are given a house key and are free to come and go. However, bringing friends along to the home is not permitted.
You will be provided with bed linen and towels and the families usually take the guests’ laundry for washing once per week included in the price.
Reserving a room directly through this web portal, thus without a travel agency or a language school taking a commission, means a further saving.
Do you have more questions about homestay accommodation? Have a look at our frequently asked questions page.
Feel free to contact me if there’s anything you would like to ask, I’m always happy to answer your queries.
Contact us to reserve your room! We look forward to welcoming you any time soon!