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“Retained character;bit tired round the edges”
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Cornucopia Hotel
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Xaghra
Certificate of Excellence
Brighton, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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“Retained character;bit tired round the edges”
Reviewed 30 September 2012

We took the excellent airport express coach direct to the port. It takes an hour but only cost 2.40 euros each. The hotel welcome was slightly off hand. Our room 45 was comfy but the cheap pine furniture, the air con that dripped water and the shower that flooded the floor meant it felt less than 4 star. The west facing balcony overlooking the valley towards the sea compensated for any defects.
The buffet breakfast was fine but our 2 evening meals were disappointing compared with meals in local restaurants.
Xaghra centre with its cafes and bus stops is only 10 minutes walk away. Doing the return walk twice a day was a bit of a chore on a hot day but worth it for the hotel's quiet location.
The hotel's courtyard and two pools were delightful and very relaxing.
There was a good mix of residents - a few families, mainly couples, mix of nationalities.
We'd happily go back. The climate, the character of the hotel and the friendliness of the island are all such positives.

Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 September 2012

After spending two wonderful weeks at the hotel Cornucopia I had to write to say how good our stay was.
Arriving at Luqa airport late at night, airport transfers went smoothly as did the ferry over to Gozo. We were welcomed to the hotel by the night manager whom showed us to our room. Aircon running, lights & fan on, (it was very hot that night). The following morning we were met by the knowledgeable Mr George Gauci, our local rep.
Situated in Xaghra the hotel has a warm homely feel, which comes naturally from the general manager Brian down through all the waiters, waitresses and the hotel cleaning staff. We were greeted every day with smiles and a good morning, (Nothing seemed too much trouble).
We stayed on a bed and breakfast basis, although we did have dinner on a couple of occasions the food and service was very good.
On Friday nights there is a bbq with entertainment around the lower of the two pools. It’s one to go to as the atmosphere is wonderful.
In Xaghra square which is a 20 min walk from the hotel there are some lovely restaurants and cafe’s at which you can enjoy good food, wine or local beer ( cisk). We tried several of them and were not disappointed at any. The Orleander can get quite busy so you might have to book.
Travel around the island can be done on the buses which go from the main square to most destinations around the island, however if you want to discover Gozo yourself it may be better to hire a car for a few days. A visit to Gozo would not be complete without a boat trip around Gozo & Comino to see the blue lagoon and the crystal clear waters and beautiful bays around the island.
We will return to the Cornucopia and the beautiful island of Gozo again for our next annual holiday.

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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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In exile in Peterborough
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Reviewed 19 September 2012

This was our first visit to Gozo and the Cornucopia met all our requirements for a 10 day break for my wife and me to totally chill out and relax.

We flew Ryanair from Luton - bang on time both ways, modern clean plane with pleasant efficient staff - don't understand why they get bad press - follow the rules on printing your own boarding passes and don't exceed your luggage allowance - and it's plain sailing ( or flying in this case).

Transfers from Malta airport to the ferry port were on time and the ferry to Gozo is a delight . Only takes about 20 minutes - well stocked cafe and shop - not expensive.

Transfer to the Cornucopia was also on time and it only took 15 minutes to get to the hotel.

The Cornucopia is situated at the edge of a ridge about 20 minutes walk from the centre of the village of Xaghra ( pronounced Sha-ra) - it has a beautiful old courtyard as you enter from the road and this immediately makes you feel you are in a different place far a way from the hustle and bustle of life back at home.

The staff are friendly and nothing is too much trouble. We stayed on a bed and breakfast basis which suited us fine as the breakfast is excellent ( apart from the coffee machine - already the subject of other reviews on this site and I have nothing to add) and we didn't need to eat again until dinner time.

There are several restaurants in the village which are well worth a visit - D-venue and Breeze are both very friendly and deliver excellent food at reasonable prices.The wine is excellent and very good value both at the hotel - 2Euro per glass - and at the restaurants..

The village centre is dominated by a beautiful baroque church which is well worth a visit. The first night we arrived ( Saturday 8th September) there was a fantastic festival procession through the streets with bands playing, and a large silver ( and very heavy) effigy of St Mary being carried by priests round the village, watched by all the villagers in their finery. The bars and restauants were packed and the church illuminated from top to bottom in fairy lights - magic..

The local beer - Cisk - is also very good and will set you back 4 euro for a pint at the hotel or 3 euro at the Rubble Bar in town..

We would recommend the bed and breakfast option so that you can go into the village for your evening meal - Ok so it's a 20 minute walk up hill but that's not a problem if you are reasonably fit - and the return trip is all down hill and you will have a couple of drinks inside you to make it all the easier!.

You definitely DO NOT need to hire a car while you are here - contrary to some of the reviews I have read - we used the local Arriva buses to get around the island and we visited Victoria ( several times) , Marsalform and the beautiful and unspoilt Ramla beach, all by bus . A day ticket is only 2.60 euros and the buses run till quite late at night. The standard of local driving and road width/ surfaces leaves a lot to be desired, so why put yourself through all that hassle when you can hop on a bus and enjoy the scenery and have a couple of drinks with your meal when you go out? It just takes a bit of planning - print off the bus timetables on the Arriva site before you leave home and take them with you.

Our bedroom was in the old part of the hotel (no 68) and looked onto the pool area. It was a marvellous room - we actually had two bedrooms ( we used the second room for extra clothes hanging space and the extra power points for recharging) plus an ensuite - and the rooms were cleaned to perfection.

There is a supermarket in the village which stocks everything you need (including perfectly palatable local wine at 2 Euro per bottle!) and the local garage sells daily papers - including UK ones. There is a windmill to visit in the village and close to that is the oldest stone built temple on the planet - it is a world heritage site and worth the effort ( costs 5 euro to visit both sites) if you are having a walk around the village anyway..

Overall this is the perfect place to visit if you want a relaxing and quiet break with lovely weather and plenty to see and do if you wish. We will certainly be back again.

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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 16 September 2012

In a sentence: I thought Cornucopia was adequate, but our room was very primitive, the staff were not always particularly helpful, and the breakfast was a bit basic.

We had room 46, and it looked like a building site. Plain concrete walls where you could see where they had installed the electrics. None of the lights had lamp-shades, just bare bulbs. The furniture looked like it came out of Ikea, and was worn and tired. The a/c was really rather loud, and you could hear the neighbours' ac units, too. The bathroom was a bit dowdy, too. The outside pool furniture was pretty basic, too. On our final night, it rained heavily and there were high winds, and the badly-fitted balcony door howled like a bottle top.
We also found that the staff weren't always that good. A couple of them clearly didn't care at all, and when we asked questions, they sort of just fobbed us off. That said, one of the guys was an absolute legend and made some phone calls for us and investigated stuff on our behalf. So it was hit and miss.
The breakfast was adequate. All of the usual gripes about tea not being proper apply, and the coffee came out of a nescafe machine. However, dinner was very nice, and they did a really charming 'carvery night' with live music and a really, really good carvery with salad bar.
All in all, I'd say this place was hit and miss for us. We aren't sun worshippers, however, and if you are coming here just to lay in the sun all day, you might enjoy it more.

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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Overijse, Belgium
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Reviewed 12 September 2012

Our first time to Gozo and Cornucopia and we would certainly return. The hotel is very charming with lots and character plus the staff are friendly and inviting. Our room was on the ground floor near the pool which suited us perfectly. The room itself isn't amazing as a little tired but spotless and cleaned thoroughly every day which I find more important than anything.

We stayed on a half board basis and was definitely the best option for us. The dinner was really good with local dishes (rabbit and fish) and on Friday they have a beach barbecue which was great fun and the food was excellent too. Breakfast was good though I'm not really a fan of the instant coffee machines but they're functional and serve a purpose.

There's free wi-fi in the reception area but you have to pay for it in the room. A choice of 2 pools with a whirlpool/jacuzzi in one with plenty of sunloungers and places to sit.

Great views from the front of the hotel and a very peaceful and relaxing location where you can unwind and enjoy the sunshine.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Shropshire
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Reviewed 20 August 2012

The location is lovely and is very peaceful at night. The top pools are a delightful addition and give a good area to relax and catch the last rays of the day.
Enjoyed the local 'fritira' at lunchtime. Good local wines.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Ullapool, Scotland, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 14 August 2012

We arrived at the hotel in the evening so didn't get to fully appreciate our surroundings but when we woke up it felt like paradise. The panoramic view was just breathtaking and the hotel itself was perfect. The rooms were spotless and the cleaners even cleaned the door frames and under the furniture which was very nice. The staff were all very friendly but very professional at the same time. We enjoyed one tasty meal in the hotel but the rest were mediocre so most nights we either ate out or bought fruits and bread in the local supermarket. After days out to beaches or nights out at festas it was great to come back to Cornucopia. With its spotless, cool, and tidy rooms it really did feel like a home away from home. The entertainment was quite entertaining but was nothing special really and the outdoor barbecues were very nice. We didn't make use of the fitness room or spa facilities at the hotel but from what we saw/heard on our little reconnaissance missions they seemed fairly average. Gozo is a lovely island and seemed a lot greener and more varied then Malta itself. It's also nice and small which means that it can be "done" easily by car on a 10 day/two week trip. Xaghra has many good cafes/restaurants in the main square and they all offer a relaxing place to sit and watch the day go by. I would definitely recommend staying here!

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with family
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Property: Cornucopia Hotel
Address: 10 Gnien Imrik Street, Xaghra, Island of Gozo XRA 102, Malta
Region: Malta > Island of Gozo > Xaghra
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Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Xaghra
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Hotel Class:4 star — Cornucopia Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 61
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