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Maria Giovanna Guest House
Ranked #1 of 5 Marsalforn B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Ashby-de-la-Zouch, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
168 reviews
30 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
“Almost perfect”
Reviewed 23 July 2014

Beautiful B&B located on the edge of a quiet village.

Having stayed at the Kempinski 2 yrs ago I have to say on so many levels Maria Giovanna is better and by the way the former was excellent too.
Why? It's more true to Gozo, beautifully rustic, a little quirky, very peacefully with the lovely owners doing every thing they could to make us feel at home.
The photos don't do this place justice. Our room (4) was a huge and full of character with a very comfortable bed and then a balcony looking over the countryside to enjoy a drink in the evening.
Breakfast was served by the pool and really set you up for the day but if that wasn't enough there were wonderful home made cakes for the afternoon.

We often had the pool to ourselves, almost like having your own villa.

If we had to be picky there would be just 2 things we'd have changed. A proper shower (not just over the bath) and air con. The end of our 10 day break was very hot making some evenings very sticky.

That said it was a worth those small inconveniences and we thought offered great value. If you want somewhere a little different I'd strongly recommend you give this place a try. We'll be back now we've tried it

The perfect base for our favourite island

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Salford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 21 July 2014

Close to centre, and convenient for dive centres, restaurants and the beech. Spacious well proportioned rooms, with stylish furnishing. Superb breakfasts. Hard to fault as a guesthouse, but obviously no in room TV, roof top swimming pool nor bar, if that is what you are looking for then look elsewhere, but if you are not fussed with chain hotels, then you won't be disappointed.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Abu Dhabi
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26 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 July 2014

We stayed at the Maria Giovanna on Gozo for a brief vacation. As you enter the hotel, you can smell the freshly baked goods that taste as wonderful as they smell. The hotel is run by 2 sisters who are energetic, helpful, and willing to help you make your stay perfect. The hotel is 30 seconds from beach. Beach towels and a basket of pharmacy and toiletries are available for guests. The rooms are immaculate and the beds were comfortable. Breakfast was wonderful, with freshly baked goods and eggs and sweet fruit and tomatoes. They helped us plan our sightseeing and select the best restaurants that are a stone's throw from the hotel. Our only regret is we did not speak to them about a dive shop because the dive shop we selected was extremely disappointing.

Gozo is a wonderful place to relax, tour, and people watch

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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56 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 189 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 July 2014

If “Maria Giovanna” is a Maltese gem, then the twins, Anna & Sonia are the treasure trove!

The warm genuine hospitality, detailed attention and ever willingness to assist make staying here a truly abundant experience. Nothing is too much for the twins, they know how to spoil guest silly.
Sonia made our stay so seamless by helping us put up a harmonious program for each day, her extensive knowledge of the tourist attractions and time management makes her a super-efficient organizer.
Thanks to Anna’s bakery skills it easy to put on weight! The breakfast buffet is a culinary treat. Juice, coffee, cereals, yogurts, fresh breads with butter and preserves, fresh fruits, eggs to order, cakes and pies for deserts. Oh I loved the lemon meringue pie.

“Maria Giovanna” is ideally situated, very close to the bus stop, scuba diving school, a bar and the water front. Walk a little and you can discover many cafes and restaurants serving diverse cuisines along the promenade. A bit further and you can walk along the salt pans marvelling the rugged coastline. A typical Maltese house (fifteen bedrooms) furnished with authentic Gozitan period furniture, complete with four post wrought iron beds with brass fittings, decorative ceramics and lacework run lovingly by the Bugeja family, including the behind scenes man, Victor.

We stayed on the third floor, room 15 overlooking the street. The room was comfortable and well-appointed with Gozitan period furniture. A three seater sofa, armchair, cupboard, camphor chest, double bed, single bed, and a washstand of yore complete with the metal bowl, jug and marble table top. The glazed door opened out into the small balcony overlooking the street and offering a partial view of the sea. The bathroom was reasonably sized, modern with a good shower head and hairdryer.
Here is something total unique, you can borrow snorkelling equipment and floats which are kept on the terrace, beach towels, hats, sun screen, travelling nick-knacks like lotions, detergents, toiletries etc left behind by outgoing guest place at each floor landing.

In trying to maintain the authenticity of the period, there are neither television sets nor any water boilers for tea / coffee in the rooms, but I never really missed either. If I missed anything, it was a bit of lighting in the room. I found it difficult to read at night.

We would love to revisit.

Cheers

Room Tip: Room No 10 or 15 if you are looking for larger rooms with small balcony
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
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Canada del Hoyo, Spain
Level 5 Contributor
61 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 238 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 June 2014

I agree with most reviewers that this is an excellent place, brimming with character and charm. However, one has to keep in mind that this is only a bed and breakfast place so the prices charged should reflect this. But they don't and it can be quite expenisve. Don't get me wrong: I recommend it but the facilities available do not reflect the prices asked for. What you are paying for is charm and the excellent reputation that the two sisters who run this place have managed to build up. Marsalforn, where it is located, is nowadays a very touristy place. Parking is also a nightmare if you have your own car. I prefer it in Winter when it is quiter.

Room Tip: I prefer rooms with a balcony onto to the street.
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled solo
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Rodmell, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 18 June 2014

Our first visit to Gozo for 34 years - still a magical place. Maria Giovanna Guest House was a revelation. The rooms were clean and comfortable, the bathrooms spotless and modern and the breakfasts were a kick start to the day. We brought three children (3,9 & 11) who had never been abroad before and they loved it. Sonia and Anna make great hostesses and we intend to return next year.
Thank you,
Marcus and Jenny Brown

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
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Lucerne, Switzerland
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21 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 June 2014

We’ve spent one week in this lovely guesthouse. It was our 3rd trip to Marsalforn, but the first stay with Anna and Sonja and certainly not the last one! From a warm and uncomplicated welcome late in the evening to the very last minutes, everything was to our satisfaction.
The room was spacious, wonderfully decorated and spotlessly clean. Breakfast was delicious, freshly cooked and plenty. All the staff were friendly and helpfull, always a big smile on their faces.
We are already looking forward to retourning to Marsalforn and our next stay in Maria Giovannas Guesthouse.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: Maria Giovanna Guest House
Address: Rabat Road, Marsalforn, Island of Gozo MFN 9010, Malta
Region: Malta > Island of Gozo > Marsalforn
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Ranked #1 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in Marsalforn
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Maria Giovanna, a typical Maltese town house, elegantly furnished 15-bedroom guest house offering a warm yet family atmosphere. It is run with care just like a personal home. Antique furniture, modern design and comforts melt to create this peaceful atmosphere. All bedrooms are set in a rustic style with romantic brass/iron beds. Each bedroom enjoys a fresh shower equipped with a hairdryer. Situated in an excellent location in Marsalforn. ... more   less 
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