As beautiful and as impressive as the large hotels may be, they often lack the comfort and intimacy of a small boutique hotel, that warm and inviting ambiance that makes them feel like home. Luxury boutique hotels such as Locanda La Gelsomina, for example, have a different way of impressing their guests. You can find this one in Malta, tucked away in one of the oldest buildings in Birgu.
Here, in a building dating back to the early 1500s, this lovely boutique hotel welcomes its guests into an atmosphere that blends Eastern and Western influences, in an environment where history is embraced and where modernity comes as an addition to an old and rich environment. Guests are immediately immersed into the wonderful eclectic ambiance of the hotel as the exterior facade of the building has not been altered but rather faithfully restored to its original beauty.
The interior of the hotel has been restored without losing its charm. It’s infused with traditional Maltese architectural elements and its interior is furnished with a lot of one-of-a-kind antiques that have been handpicked over time from various different locations. This is a small boutique hotel with only four suites. This gives it a particularly cozy and intimate character highly appreciated by the guests.
Each of the four suites has a particular set of features and design elements that makes it special. Suite One, for example, is defined by prominent stone walls. It has high ceilings and exposed stone in all the spaces. It’s also a suite decorated with red accents.
Suite One also has a beautiful balcony which, although small, offers a glimpse at the city’s rich history, exposing the space to the architectural beauty of the surroundings.
Suite Two is decorated with traditional Maltese tiles and features an array of unique antique furnishings. It also has a pretty impressive and dramatic chandelier.
Suite Three has this wonderful zen terrace and an interior that looks very bohemian, featuring a butterfly-themed design. Like all the other rooms in the hotel, it’s furnished with antiques and local traditional pieces.
The fourth suite is on the top floor of the hotel and it’s filled with natural light. It has a very airy and fresh decor and it’s furnished with a mixture of Mongolian and Maltese antiques.
Individually, each suite is charming in its own way and as a whole this boutique hotel is a beautiful presentation of how something old and tucked away can become rich with history and charm and appreciated for its intimacy, comfort and uniqueness.