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.
Agne (Scotland / Lithuania)
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