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The Xara Palace Boutique Hotel is a unique 17th-century palace hidden away in the medieval fortified city of Mdina, the old capital of Malta. Perched on centuries-old bastions, surrounded by stunning baroque architecture, The Xara Palace Relais & Châteaux, with its luxurious accommodations and award-winning haute cuisine, is truly a haven in which to pause and be pampered. Meticulously and sensitively restored to reflect its former noble standing, the exclusive 5-Star boutique hotel features seventeen luxury rooms and suites enjoying stunning views, all individually and tastefully designed with antique furniture and paintings, luxurious Parisian fabrics and king size beds. Our promise to our guests centers on an impeccable attention to detail – from the décor to the serene, unhurried pace of life at The Xara Palace Hotel, through every facet of our service – all setting the scene for nothing less than an exquisitely unforgettable holiday in Malta.

Couples in particular like the location – they rated it 9.8 for a two-person trip.

The Xara Palace Relais & Chateaux has been welcoming guests since Oct 16, 2009
Hotel chain/brand:
Relais & Châteaux

Property Highlights

Top Location: Highly rated by recent guests (9.8)

Want a great night's sleep? This hotel was highly-rated for its very comfy beds.

Breakfast Info

Continental, Full English/Irish

FREE parking!

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Room Type
1 king bed
1 king bed
1 king bed
1 king bed
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Travel Sustainable Level 1
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Guest reviews


Value for money
Free WiFi
High score for Mdina
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See what guests loved the most:

  • Anjarwalla
    Amazing location and service. Lara and Justin were fantastic
  • Wendy
    United States of AmericaUnited States of America
    Beautiful, romantic feel. The property is a UNESCO site and a former palazzo.
  • Daniel
    United States of AmericaUnited States of America
    Wonderful hotel within the Mdina walls. Exceptional breakfast. The staff couldn't have been more friendly and helpful. My room had a separate sitting room and a terrace with a hot tub. Magical in the evenings.
  • Kirkmckinney
    United States of AmericaUnited States of America
    Lovely hotel with a perfect location in the old town, a wonderful onsite Trattoria (went there repeatedly), and most of all, a staff which were accommodating, extremely pleasant and polite, efficient and effective -- i.e., perfect. This was a...
  • Sara
    The view from the terrace was stunning and a great place to eat breakfast which was also amazing! The staff were lovely and the building it just stunning! Walking around Mdina at night was beautiful so staying in the city walls made you feel like...
  • Vrlskbl
    United States of AmericaUnited States of America
    Xara Palace is an absolute gem in historic Mdina! The staff were super kind. Valentina welcomed us and made sure we were comfortably ensconced in our room. Jackie at the restaurant was so friendly and kind as were the other staff. All the staff...
  • Db
    United States of AmericaUnited States of America
    The room was spacious, especially with a sitting area AND a loft sleeping area. Breakfast on the terrace was very enjoyable. The staff are extremely attentive. The location is perfect, and the building itself is an historic, architectural gem. ...
  • Elizabeth
    United States of AmericaUnited States of America
    Truly a once in a lifetime experience ....The staff were so kind upon our arrival and beverages were set up on arrival. Thank you to the staff and the chef for wonderful pizza. On that note the Fine Dining restaurant that created a special menu...
  • Bruce
    United States of AmericaUnited States of America
    great location, beautiful views from restaurant, superb food, very helpful and friendly staff
  • Mercedes
    United States of AmericaUnited States of America
    Absolutely fantastic stay at Xara Palace. The location is incredible right in the city of Mdina, and there is a delicious Michelin star restaurant on the property that is a must visit. Breakfast was also amazing (served on the same terrace as the...
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Property questions and answers
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  • Does the hotel have a swimming pool

    A seasonal outdoor pool is available at The Xara Lodge, situated on the outskirts of Rabat, just 5 minutes by car from The Xara Palace Relais & Chatea..
    Answered on 5 April 2021
  • What time is Check in and check out please? And can I request an earlier check in time?

    The standard check-in time is from 15:00pm, and the check-out time by 12:00 hrs ( noon). Early check in time is subject to availability
    Answered on 9 August 2020
  • Just checking you are pet friendly we have x2 small dogs and are heading to airport next day

    Good Morning! We accept dogs that are under 10kg each. There is a charge of 35.00 euro per dog that is to be paid upon check-out. Should you need fu..
    Answered on 4 July 2022
  • Can a 12 year old stay in the room with hot tub please?

    Kindly note that our superior suites with terrace and Jacuzzi can accommodate children of 12 years old. In most of these suites we would also be able ..
    Answered on 25 November 2021
  • Hi, My flight arrives at 0030 and I see you have restricted check in times. Is it possible to book with you with this arrival time? Thanks Jason

    Good Morning, It is not a problem at all. Our reception desk is always open, thus, one may check-in or out at any time.
    Answered on 11 October 2022
  • Hi do you have jacuzzi in every room ?

    Good Evening, thank you for your message. We only have a Jacuzzi in our Deluxe Suites with Terrace and Jacuzzi and in our Executive Suites with Terrac..
    Answered on 20 December 2021
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Hotel area info *

2 Restaurants On Site

  • Trattoria AD 1530
    • Cuisine
    • Open for
      Lunch • Dinner
    • Ambience
  • The De Mondion One MICHELIN Star
    • Cuisine
    • Open for
    • Ambience
    • Dietary options
      Vegetarian • Gluten-free

Amenities of The Xara Palace Relais & Chateaux
Great facilities! Review score, 8.9

Most popular amenities
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Free parking
  • Airport shuttle
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Fitness center
  • Free WiFi
  • Room service
  • Tea/Coffee Maker in All Rooms
  • Bar
  • Toilet paper
  • Towels
  • Bathtub or shower
  • Slippers
  • Private Bathroom
  • Toilet
  • Free toiletries
  • Bathrobe
  • Hairdryer
  • Bathtub
  • Linens
  • Wardrobe or closet
  • Sun deck
  • Terrace
  • Electric kettle
Room Amenities
  • Clothes rack
Pets are allowed. Charges may apply.
  • Bicycle rental
    Additional charge
  • Tour or class about local culture
    Additional charge
  • Walking tours
    Additional charge
  • Temporary art galleries
    Additional chargeOff-site
  • Horseback riding
    Additional chargeOff-site
  • Diving
    Additional chargeOff-site
  • Bowling
    Additional chargeOff-site
  • Windsurfing
    Additional chargeOff-site
Media & Technology
  • Flat-screen TV
  • Cable channels
  • Telephone
  • TV
Food & Drink
  • Wine/Champagne
    Additional charge
  • Special diet meals (on request)
  • Breakfast in the room
  • Bar
  • Minibar
  • Tea/Coffee maker
WiFi is available in all areas and is free of charge.
Free public parking is available at a location nearby (reservation is not needed).
  • Street parking
Front Desk Services
  • Invoice provided
  • Private check-in/out
  • Concierge
  • Baggage storage
  • Tour desk
  • Currency exchange
  • 24-hour front desk
Cleaning Services
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Ironing service
    Additional charge
  • Dry cleaning
    Additional charge
  • Laundry
    Additional charge
Business Facilities
  • Fax/Photocopying
    Additional charge
  • Meeting/Banquet facilities
    Additional charge
Safety & security
  • Fire extinguishers
  • CCTV in common areas
  • Smoke alarms
  • Key card access
  • Key access
  • Safe
  • Shuttle service
    Additional charge
  • Pet bowls
  • Pet basket
  • Air conditioning
  • Smoke-free property
  • Wake-up service
  • Heating
  • Private entrance
  • Car rental
  • Packed lunches
  • Elevator
  • Family rooms
  • Airport shuttle
    Additional charge
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Room service
Outdoor swimming pool
  • Seasonal
  • Pool with view
  • Shallow end
  • Pool bar
  • Fenced pool
  • Fitness center
Languages Spoken
  • English
  • French
  • Italian

House rules

The Xara Palace Relais & Chateaux takes special requests – add in the next step!


From 3:00 PM

Guests are required to show a photo ID and credit card at check-in


Until 12:00 PM



Cancellation and prepayment policies vary according to accommodations type. Please enter the dates of your stay and check what conditions apply to your preferred room.

Children & Beds

Child policies

Children of all ages are welcome.

Children 18 and above are considered adults at this property.

To see correct prices and occupancy info, add the number and ages of children in your group to your search.

Crib and extra bed policies

0 - 2 years
Extra bed upon request
€ 95 per child, per night
Crib upon request
3+ years
Extra bed upon request
€ 95 per person, per night

Prices for cribs and extra beds aren't included in the total price. They'll have to be paid for separately during your stay.

The number of extra beds and cribs allowed depends on the option you choose. Check your selected option for more info.

All cribs and extra beds are subject to availability.

No age restriction

There's no age requirement for check-in


Pets are allowed. Charges may apply.

Maestro Mastercard Visa JCB Diners Club American Express Cash The Xara Palace Relais & Chateaux accepts these cards and reserves the right to temporarily hold an amount prior to arrival.

The fine print

Please note that the property is located in a restricted traffic area. Guests are advised to contact the property before arrival for further instructions.

Please note that the property accepts small dogs but guests are required to contact the property in advance.

In the event of an early departure, the property will charge you the full amount for your stay.

Please inform The Xara Palace Relais & Chateaux of your expected arrival time in advance. You can use the Special Requests box when booking, or contact the property directly using the contact details in your confirmation.

Guests are required to show a photo ID and credit card upon check-in. Please note that all Special Requests are subject to availability and additional charges may apply.

License number: H/0053

FAQs about The Xara Palace Relais & Chateaux

  • The Xara Palace Relais & Chateaux has 2 restaurants:

    • The De Mondion One MICHELIN Star
    • Trattoria AD 1530

  • Room options at The Xara Palace Relais & Chateaux include:

    • Double
    • Suite

  • The Xara Palace Relais & Chateaux is 800 feet from the center of Mdina. All distances are measured in straight lines. Actual travel distances may vary.

  • Yes, this hotel has a pool. See details about the pool and other facilities on this page.

  • The prices at The Xara Palace Relais & Chateaux may vary depending on your stay (e.g. dates, hotel's policy etc.). To see prices, enter your dates.

  • The Xara Palace Relais & Chateaux offers the following activities/services (charges may apply):

    • Fitness center
    • Bowling
    • Diving
    • Windsurfing
    • Walking tours
    • Bicycle rental
    • Swimming pool
    • Horseback riding
    • Temporary art galleries
    • Tour or class about local culture

  • Guests staying at The Xara Palace Relais & Chateaux can enjoy a highly-rated breakfast during their stay (guest review score: 8.9).

    Breakfast option(s) include:

    • Continental
    • Full English/Irish

  • Check-in at The Xara Palace Relais & Chateaux is from 3:00 PM, and check-out is until 12:00 PM.