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Maria Giovanna Guest House
Ranked #1 of 5 Marsalforn B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
1 review
“This is how every guesthouse should be”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 13, 2013

We've been spending a great week in this nice and cosy Guesthouse and in the end we found the week was too short for a stay here. Not only the room+bathroom were very clean and well-maintained, also the service from the two sisters and their father were fantastic. Always friendly and welcome to help us or give us tips for sightseeing. Also the breakfast was amazing. Everyday home-made pastries and fresh fruit with an option to have personally made fried/baked eggs. Especially my boyfriend couldn't get enough of the food ;)

This is truly how every guesthouse should be. We were sad to have to leave the place already after 1 week, but we will definitely come back in the future! Thank you so much for everything!!

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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AnnaSonia, Owner at Maria Giovanna Guest House, responded to this review, December 19, 2013
Dear Lozakie,

Many thanks for taking the time to post your lovely comments about your stay with us.

We very much look forward to welcoming you home again once back on the island.

Greetings,

Anna & Sonia
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Kenmare, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2013

I was utterly delighted to spend my October holidays again at Maria Giovanna, the loveliest guest house ever, after a year's absence. I find it hard to think of something to write, that I haven’t written before. If you, dear reader, want to refer back to my reviews of 16th August 2011 and 16th October 2010, I'd be happy if you would.

As usual, it was lovely to see Maria and Joe, Anna and Sonia, and their genuinely welcoming families again. As always, it was great to be back in laid-back but never boring Marsalforn, and in particular, to be back at Maria Giovanna. It truly is a home away from home. It’s so nice to return to “my” room again, to again enjoy chats with the family over breakfast or in the evenings.

Although I would not have thought it possible that Anna and Sonia could improve on the holiday experience they offer their lucky guests, I simply love the make-over they have given the dining room and the entrance hall. I love best of all, that they have not changed the two rooms’ character one bit. Trust the ladies at Maria Giovanna to enhance the house in exactly the right way.

As always, breakfasts were feasts to look forward to every morning anew. As ever, the family's welcome and hospitality, and care for their guests was second to none. Every single award the guest house has won and every recognition the family have received is more than well deserved and I’m very pleased that the combined efforts and passion are being widely acknowledged.

To mention just a few practical details: In these days of restriction of luggage weight, travellers will be interested to know that they will be able to borrow beach towels and mats, some snorkeling equipment, swim aids (foam noodles) and so on, from the top floor of the guest house. No need for a travel iron, you can borrow iron and board from the top floor also. Departing guests also leave behind toiletries of all sorts, sun screen, travel laundry detergents etc, for use by arriving guests. In the reception hall, there are numerous books in various languages, including Gozo-related travel guides and maps. There is, of course, also a PC for the use of guests who travel without laptop.

If you've read my earlier reviews of Maria Giovanna, you know that you can't make a better choice for as relaxed or as active a holiday as you like. Marsalforn is a great base for exploring the island of Gozo, and in Sonia, Anna and their families, you couldn't possibly wish for better hosts. I'm already looking forward to returning again next year!

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled solo
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AnnaSonia, Owner at Maria Giovanna Guest House, responded to this review, November 2, 2013
Dear Releagh,

Wow ! What a great review !

Many thanks for sharing once again your lovely experience at Maria Giovanna and the Island of Gozo with other TA travelers.

We all very much look forward to welcoming you home again in October 2014 !

With much love from our little island....

Anna & Sonia
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Zwijndrecht, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2013

I stayed at this lovely Guesthouse which is run by two sisters. They and their father made me feel very welcome. I got some very useful sightseeing tips. The room and bathroom (great shower!) were very nice and everything was clean. Very good breakfast with homemade cakes and fresh fruit. You can borrow several items, including beach towels which saves you the trouble of bringing your own. The Guesthouse is close to the beach, restaurants, supermarkets and the bus stop. My room was facing the street which was a pity as the noise sometimes went on until after midnight. Furthermore, in the evenings you have to be careful when you want to go down the stairs as it takes a little too long for the motion-activated stair light to be switched on. But other than that I had no complaints. I wish I had stayed longer than 3 nights and I would definitely come back to this Guesthouse and Gozo!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled solo
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AnnaSonia, Owner at Maria Giovanna Guest House, responded to this review, November 2, 2013
Dear ShirleyAcc,

Many thanks for sharing your experience with other TA travelers.

We very much look forward to welcoming you home again once back on the island.

Greetings,

Anna & Sonia
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London
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2013

Wow... What a charming, delightful, warm and friendly guest house. We stayed here for our anniversary week (which we didn't mention) but had a lovely room with a four post type bed, and a balcony. The room was large and well furnished, the bed was very comfortable and the shower room was modern and always hot water, Clean towels every day and both rooms spotlessly cleaned every day. When you returned each evening, you was greeted by the delicious smell of fresh cakes baking which was for the breakfast table next day, along with the choice of a cooked English breakfast or continental style if preferred. Location is great, just about a 100 paces to the promenade where all the restaurants and bars are. For those travelling with very small suite cases beach towels. snorkeling gear. etc are provide free for those who want them. Thank you Anna and Sonia and not forgetting Mum Dad for a memorable stay.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank joy m
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AnnaSonia, Owner at Maria Giovanna Guest House, responded to this review, October 13, 2013
Dear malcolm m,

Wow ! What an amazing review to post.

Many thanks again for using our services and we all look very much forward to welcoming you home again once back on the island of Gozo.

Warm greetings,

Sonia, Anna & all the Family.
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Antwerp, Belgium
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 6, 2013

This was the best place we stayed during our stay in Malta/Gozo.
The room is small but very clean and nice decorated.
The breakfast is also the best we had during our visit with some excellent pie, we loved it!
The people here are very friendly!
The location is a few steps from the harbour with a lot of nice restaurants.
The only thing that could be improved is the WIFI which is very slow if you can get on it.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
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AnnaSonia, Owner at Maria Giovanna Guest House, responded to this review, October 6, 2013
Dear GREIT D,

Many thanks for sharing your experience about Maria Giovanna Guest House with other TA travelers.

We look forward to welcoming you home again once back on the island.

Regards

Anna & Sonia
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London
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 4, 2013

We spent a wonderful week at Maria Giovanni - enjoying all the homely comforts. Anna and Sonia and their family made us very welcome. They are very hard working and professional.

Breakfast was extra special - you could not wish for anything better. Full English every day, fresh fruit and cold selection, etc, etc. The best home made cakes you could wish for. In fact - you must go there should you ever visit Gozo. We wish them all the best for the future.

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank joy m
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AnnaSonia, Owner at Maria Giovanna Guest House, responded to this review, October 6, 2013
Dear joy m,

Thank you for taking time to post your wonderful review. We are always very grateful for all the feedback that we receive. We hope that we can welcome you back home in the future.

Regards,

Anna & Sonia
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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 3, 2013

Our stay here was just fantastic. Lovely room with beautiful old style four poster bed and cute little balcony. Everything was so clean and room was lovely and fresh every day when we got back in afternoon/evening. Best shower I've come across in ages and possibly ever!
The breakfast was amazing - so much food and so much choice. Cooked breakfast and cereals, fruit, yogurts, bread, cheese, meats and dangerously good cakes if you have any room left!
The place is family-run and every person we encountered was lovely and friendly and always smiling. All felt very natural and if you are shy or don't want too much interaction it's not forced on you either but on other hand if you have any questions everyone is so helpful!
In addition this place has beach towels, snorkelling gear, sunhats, books and boardgames that can be borrowed which was really handy for us. They also have a small rooftop area where you could sunbathe though we opted for the beach. There is a bike rental place next door and we cycled to the azure window one day which was lovely. We also walked/hiked to Ramla bay.
There are nice restaurants nearby and the place is very chilled.The salt pans are very near. Malsaforn is criticised for being so built up but we found it really nice and quiet and when we rented bikes we cycled through towns that felt deserted they were so quiet. So plenty of peace and quiet here and you certainly do not feel surrounded by other tourists or like you are in a resort (until you get to the azure window anyway!).
Can't recommend this guest house enough :)

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank AnnetteBurns
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AnnaSonia, Owner at Maria Giovanna Guest House, responded to this review, October 6, 2013
Dear AnnetteBurns,

Wow !

Many thanks for posting such a positive review.

Looking forward to welcoming you home again once back on the Island.

Regards,

Anna & Sonia
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Property: Maria Giovanna Guest House
Address: Rabat Road, Marsalforn, Island of Gozo MFN 9010, Malta
Location: 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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