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A fusion of Baroque beauty and stylish contemporary design, the 28-room Palais Le Brun is one of the hottest new hotels in the historic city of Valletta. The palace itself dates back to 1606, and has had many illustrious inhabitants over the centuries, from the silversmithing Le Brun family to Malta’s first independence Prime Minister. The décor retains the character of the Baroque palace, with original features being on display in several spaces within the hotel. Thoughtful contemporary elements complement the historic building; we particularly love the chic rooftop terrace with its stunning pool.
The hotel’s Palakka Restaurant shows the same forward-thinking approach to Maltese history; with a menu of contemporary twists on ’grandmothers recipes’, it’s a superb addition to Valletta’s growing restaurant scene. The historic nature of the property means that you’re right in the heart of Valletta’s historic district, with many of the city’s best sights just minutes away on foot. Elegant and sophisticated in equal measure, Palais Le Brun certainly lives up to its grand history.
The Le Brun family’s silversmithing mint now produces treasures of a culinary kind as the home of the newly-opened Patakka Restaurant. The restaurant, named for a type of ancient Maltese coin, is the brainchild of the same creative team behind Malta’s critically acclaimed L’Artiglio Ristorante. Taking inspiration from the meals she cooked with her mother as a young girl, Chef Janine Camilleri’s menu adds a contemporary twist to these traditional Maltese recipes.
While you could quite easily dine at Patakka every night, it would be a shame to miss out on Valletta’s growing foodie scene. Many of the hottest new restaurants and nightlife spots are located in ‘The Gut’, a warren of ancient alleys and archways where the many sailors who passed through Malta spent their shore-leave. Today the atmosphere is more bijou than buccaneering. Trabuxu, a sophisticated wine bar nestled within a 350-year-old wine cellar, is a particularly captivating spot for a tipple.
The hotel’s 28 bedrooms have a sophisticatedly minimalist décor of elegant furnishings and whitewashed walls, complemented by historic maps and old photographs. Many of the rooms show traces of the original Baroque palace, and due to the historical nature of the building there is a large variety in room sizes and shapes. Some of the pricier rooms feature balconies or terraces with city views, while others overlook the palace’s peaceful inner courtyard. All of the bathrooms are luxuriously appointed in marble, and are equipped with showers.
Escape from the bustle of the city and splash into the hotel’s rooftop pool. Ideal for those balmy Mediterranean summer days, you’ll enjoy spectacular panoramic views of Valletta. If you want to become better acquainted with the warren of medieval streets that you’ve admired from your perch, simply step out of the front door.
Palais Le Brun is located in the heart of Valletta’s old town, where characterful alleys wind their way around Baroque palaces and churches built by the Order of St John. Be sure not to miss the extraordinary beauty of St John’s Co-Cathedral; built by the Knights in the late 16th-century, the interior is a breathtaking example of Baroque art at its finest, and is home to Caravaggio’s Beheading of St John the Baptist, considered to be the artist’s greatest work.