Stayed in May 2013 for one night only. It was super worth it as my plan was to have an overnight stay in Gozo due to an annual event called "Notte Gozitana" and this place was perfect.
The hostel is about 8/10 minutes walking distance from the ferry and just 1 minute away from bus stops going either direction. The location is on the outskirts of Ghajnsielem which means you can enjoy fresh air and great views as well of the countryside. Ideal for the warmer months. The building itself is interesting in itself, it is similar to a big farmhouse with authentic religious and everyday furniture and items. I compared it to a museum as some items must have been old and/or of a rare design. You can also use the kitchen, games room and laundry.
Our room was quite a task to get to required going trough the whole house and up some stairs but we didn't complain as we where only going to be there for the night. It was situated just in front of an open bathroom. This could be good and bad as the bathroom has no door, just a small 1 meter wall with a row of sinks and bathroom/shower stalls. Good because you don't have to walk far to shower or use the bathroom, bad because if you open your door, the first thing you see would be someone facing you washing his hands in the sink....or even worse...hearing someone use the bathroom in the dead silence of night. Still this wasn't a problem for us. What was a problem was the lack of soap or liquid dispenser which forced me to use my own wet wipes.
Regarding the inside of our room, it was quite spacious with 4 single beds for three of us. Clean sheets were provided which was a godsend really as I had a bad image of hostels until this experience. At night we had a small light bulb which was sufficient for sleeping with a tiny bit of light which wasn't too bright to keep you awake but at the same time to see where you're going. Something which was out of their control was the wind causing some cluttering on the outside which can be quite spooky at times. I also wasn't to fond of the baby birds/ducks in a nearby pond making the strangest cries in the world during the whole night. But again...these where all out of the staff's hand so no problems there.
Something which we thought would be a problem would be finding our way around at night but from the hostel door to our room, it was all lit up so no problems there either.
Conclusion, very enjoyable and they will be seeing us and more again and maybe for a longer stay. Last thing, the lady who explained everything was very helpful and kind...true Gozitan hospitality.
- Also Known As:
- St. Joseph Home Hostel Island Of Gozo/Ghajnsielem, Malta