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St. Joseph Home Hostel
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St. Joseph Home Hostel
Iklin
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“An excellent experience :)”
Reviewed 12 May 2013

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.

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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 May 2013

I loved this hostel for all the wrong reasons! It's spooky, religious memorabilia always brought a smile to my face, as did the old fashioned furniture. It feels like you're somewhat staying in a haunted house. The old staff is friendly, for the most part, and the location is great- just a 10 minute walk from the harbour.
A bit of love will take them far though, and it does need a lot of work / maintenance & a whole lotta oomp to make it more hostel-like, but again, it's unique in that it's a huge house with great views, and it was once an orphange. Also, it's the only hostel in gozo I found.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 August 2012

The people there are like a family, very helpful staff!
Amazing view for which you pay just so little...
Gozo island is very beautiful and worth to visit. If you wanna meat nice friendly people from all over the world, you have to be at this hostel.
It is a bit spooky if you are on your own, since the hostel is magnificently big, it used to be a church before so the walls are like in the castle and not too much light in the evening. However, if you wish to have an unforgettable experience, this is a place to stay. It is very safe there.

Only one disadvantage- no air condition in the rooms so it gets very hot but there are fans everywhere.

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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 26 April 2010

Stayed there in the beginning of April, i.e. not yet the very hight of the tourist season. Ghajnsielem & Mgarr were so quiet, no nightlife and just one restaurant open after 7 pm. The hostel was also quite empty (i imagine in summer the place gets much busier).

St.Joseph Home has a unique atmosphere. Beautiful front house garden with plants, spacious ground floor with live songbirds and fish, and a mini altar for St.Joseph. A spacious diding room. There is also a game room and a computer with internet and two bikes for hire. The staff were nice and helpful. I liked the idea that Father George, the owner, did not charge any booking fees, he just kept a room till my arrival because, accoriding to him, he trusts his visitors.

Regarding the previous comments about locks, showers and heaters, i can update with the following: heat was no longer a problem, there was a heater in my room which i could switch off and on as i wanted. The lock in my single room was still absent. The shower was warm, provided that you press the boiler button and heat the water up some time before you have shower.

To conclude, i would say that there certainly is something very nice about the athmosphere of the place, and location is not bad too (close to the main port of Gozo and within 5km distance from the Gozitan capital Victoria - you can easily walk the distance between towns if you are unlucky to get the bus). And the staff's trust in people is appealing. However, i would still much prefer if they put the locks in rooms, just in case. As a solo female traveller i would have felt much more secure with a lock in my door. Otherwise, i recommend this place for people who look for homely, 'local experience' accommodation. I would come back.

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  • Stayed April 2010, travelled solo
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Property: St. Joseph Home Hostel
Address: Ghajnsielem, Ghajnsielem, Island of Gozo, Malta
Region: Malta > Island of Gozo > Ghajnsielem
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Ranked #3 of 5 Speciality Lodging in Ghajnsielem
Number of rooms: 25
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St. Joseph Home Hostel Island Of Gozo/Ghajnsielem, Malta

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