Why so chic?
Why travel experts chose this hotel
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With a striking, minimalist design and a rooftop pool offering stunning views over Isla harbour, Cugó Gran Macina Grand Harbour has breathed fresh life into one of Malta’s most iconic monuments. Situated within the Sheer Fortress, built in the 16th-century by the Knights of Malta, the hotel takes its name from the gargantuan crane once affixed to the fortress’ walls. The décor is a luxurious take on Scandi-chic, but makes good use of the existing features of the fortress, such as the high vaulted ceilings and sepia-hued stonework.
The sun-drenched rooftop pool is the perfect place to ensconce yourself while watching the nautical bustle of the picturesque marina below, while the hotel’s restaurant serves an exciting menu inspired by the rich tapestry of cultural exchange that makes up Malta’s history. With the storied cobbled passages of the famed ‘Three Cities’ just minutes from the hotel on foot, this is the perfect spot for those looking to explore Malta in style.
The hotel’s restaurant is nestled in the heart of the 16th-century fort, with a chic Scandi-inspired décor of marble-topped tables and sleek contemporary furniture. Under the helm of renowned chef and restauranteur Chris Hammett, the restaurant offers up a brilliant menu inspired by the different cultures that have impacted Malta over its long history. The restaurant’s small plates are perfect for sharing with a cocktail from the hotel bar.
The 21 suites at Cugó Gran Macina continue the creamy limestone and inky slate minimalism of the rest of the hotel, with interesting architectural features such as mezzanines and arches. The majority of the rooms overlook the harbour, with some boasting mini-balconies. It’s worth noting that due to the historic nature of the fortress, some of the windows are tall and narrow, though most rooms still offer plenty of natural light.
Cugó Gran Macina’s rooftop pool is one of the most stylish spots on the island, and is ideal for lounging in the sunshine with a glass of something chilled and a good book; although you might find that the sweeping views of the historic harbour below prove enthralling.
The hotel is situated in Senglea (also known as Isla), one of the historic ‘Three Cities’ built by the Knights of St John on the banks of the Grand Harbour across the bay from Valetta. Take a ramble through the winding medieval alleys to the yacht marina, or hike to the bastion of Il-Gardjola, which gives you wonderful views across the bay to Valletta. The neighbouring ‘city’ of Birgu is just a 10-minute stroll from the hotel, where you’ll find the impressive fortress of St Angelo, as well as a number of bijou cafes and boutiques that have sprung up on the historic waterfront. The capital city of Valletta is just a 15-minute ferry journey across the bay.