This is an extremely comfortable and well appointed one bedroom house looking straight across at the Cathedral. From the upstairs sitting room and bedroom the view is breathtaking. The building is historic and the owners live next door, very obliging and helpful. All communications were exceptionally prompt and detailed. Being within the citadel means you can enjoy the different parts of the day: silent mornings and evenings and the bustle of daytime. Highly recommended. Many thanks, Joanna, for all your kindness.
I last visited Malta 27 years ago and wished to visit the Island again . Mdina was the place of choice and the house of character was a lovely place to stay and return to at the end of the day. Andrea could not have been more hospitable. Mdina is a place you must not miss for that extra experience on the island of Malta.
A rare chance to stay in a prime location on the cathedral square in the walled city of Mdina. We were met by the parents of Andrea, who live next door. Joanna is a charming hostess. The apartment is quite small and the bathroom has a very low sloping ceiling. After showering the water lies on the floor making use of the basin difficult until you have squeegeed the water away. Also be aware that the spiral staircase to the bedroom and sitting room is very steep and tight and requires some care. What an unrivalled position it has, to be able to sit out on your own little balcony (with cake from Fontanella maybe!) overlooking the cathedral, its square, the ancient buildings around it and along the road leading away - the ultimate in people watching! The beds were exceedingly comfortable and the cathedral chimes didn't bother us.
The main gate car park is quite busy but there are two other gates (Greek gate and nearby it a small gate that leads towards the old railway station), both of which have quieter car parking areas. Wonderful walking around this city at night with its dim lighting. Wonderful also to dine downstairs in candlelight with the outer door open and the inner glass door closed - at least once some people approached thinking it was an intimate exclusive restaurant!
We were both surprised by how much traffic (delivery vans, cars etc) passes by bearing in mind you require a permit and the city is very small, it is not quite the "Silent city" that is claimed, but compared with any Maltese main road it is pretty good!
When St Paul was shipwrecked on Malta, he noted the people's extraordinary hospitality, as recorded in Acts 27:28. Although we were not in such dire circumstances, my granddaughter and I likewise had an experience of this legendary Maltese hospitality from our hosts, Joanna and Joseph, who lived next door and owned the house of character in which we stayed for more than two weeks. It was more like being guests in the home of friends, and we'll never forget the many kindnesses that assured our comfort and happiness whilst we were there. The accommodations were charming, from the view over the piazza from the balcony to the honey-colored stone of the interior walls, which provided a resonant acoustical background for my granddaughter 's little ukulele when we'd sing together in the evenings. We had only to walk out the door to find excellent restaurants nearby, and just next door JoAnna had a charming shop with beautiful gifts to take back to our family in the USA. I wanted to be near a church where I could attend daily Mass without too much hassle, and the evening Mass at St Paul Cathedral was only a few steps away, as was the ancient Carmelite Church adjacent to our lodging. We enjoyed the bustle of the day's visitors and tourists: the morning vegetable seller and delivery vans to the area restaurants, the jingle of the carriages and clip-clop of the horses' hooves, and tour-guided crowds walking just outside, through the city. We enjoyed the evening activity, too, of merry wedding parties, couples strolling about, families dining, and the fun of children playing treasure hunt; one evening, we were entertained by a group of teenagers stuffing themselves into the phone-booth box on the corner, like Dr. Who. From the loveliness of afternoon sunlight on ancient Maltese stone to the view from the bastions, we enjoyed our time very much. The suppressed laughter of the evening games of hide-and-seek to the silence of solitary nuns passing in their grey habits, the narrow and mysterious streets of Mdina gave a marvelous back-drop of charming human activity, which was a refreshment for those who would escape the shipwreck of a threatened world torn by violence and political turmoil. Those who love history and the sounds of people at play, those who are comforted by the reassurance of the voice of the Church's bell-clock chiming through the night, such kindred souls will love being in this ancient city in the pleasant accommodations of the most gracious Maltese hosts one could ever hope to meet. Thank you, Joanna and Joseph, for sharing your ancestral home with us! God bless you with happiness and prosperity!
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Enjoyed our stay in this beautiful Maltese house. Amazing property, great location really atmospheric. Joanna and Andrea were fantastic hosts. Nothing was too much trouble, really welcoming.
I would recommend this holiday to anyone.
Many thanks for your kind hospitality