Located within the fortified walls of Birgu in eastern Malta, the Locanda La Gelsomina building dates back to the 16th century. Today, the space has been renovated to bring the historic building back to its original glory in the form of a stunning boutique eco hotel boasting several sustainable features, such as solar power and a rainwater collection system.

an interior area with spiral staircase

Visitors to beautiful Malta have a sophisticated eco hotel to hang their hats in while they visit the scenic Mediterranean island. Tucked into the hamlet of Birgu on the island’s eastern coast, Locanda La Gelsomina offers guests “an oasis of harmony” located just a short stroll away from the town’s historical sites and the harbor.

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room with stone walls and Buddha art

stone room with green fireplace and mantel

The building dates back about 500 years, but it was recently renovated into a jaw-dropping boutique hotel. Although the objective was to provide a new and luxurious space for guests, the restoration project focused on retaining the building’s traditional Maltese architectural features as much as possible. Stone walls, high ceilings and arched doorways give the interior spaces a palace-like feel enhanced with antiques and decorative pieces collected from around the world.

spacious guest room with two beds with gray covers

spacious guest room with two beds with red covers

In addition to its aesthetic and structural renovation, the hotel was also updated with several sustainable features to bring it into the 21st century. A solar-powered heating system provides hot water for the property. Additionally, a rainwater collection system, which leads to an ancient well, is used for the hotel’s sanitation systems.

guest room with large bed, stone walls and wood ceiling beams

large bathroom with stone wals

The hotel houses four extremely spacious suites, each with its own individual interior design. In addition to the suites, guests can enjoy spending time in the hotel’s many social areas, such as the “jewel-box teahouse,” where Bellocq tea blends are served, or the rooftop terrace, where they can enjoy breathtaking views of the city.

+ Locanda La Gelsomina

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view of city at sunset from rooftop terrace