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Calypso Hotel
Ranked #1 of 9 Hotels in Marsalforn
Certificate of Excellence
England
Level 4 Contributor
24 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Quality hotel”
Reviewed February 9, 2008

Stayed there in January 2008.
In my opinion.

A good quality hotel.

Very clean room and recently been refitted to a high standard. Good air con, TV (with BBC News). Rooms cleaned daily.

Breakfast is very good. Good choice of fruit juices, cereals, individual yogurts, cold meats & cheeses, cooked breakfast buffet style (great tomatoes), good selection of bread. Tea and coffee served at your table. Oh and cakes! Basically 10 out of 10.
All for less than £30 per room for 2.

At the cafe on ground floor they do good snacks and a large selection of more cake (Malta size - large pieces!)

Stayed January 2008
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Kent UK
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed February 2, 2008

Very quiet hotel so few guests a lot of the Christmas entertainment was cancelled, crib trip and Island trip. The booklet everybody was given listed lots of things arranged, it was only when asked I was told that it would cost but not enough interest. The food always on cold plates and uncooked vegetables, very small portions as well. Choice of 3 things and 3 courses. When I asked for a salad, nothing on menu I liked, I was given a plate of lettuce with a few carrot scrappings on top!! Poor bus transport as had to be in Victoria Bus Station by 4.30 to catch last bus back to hotel.

  • Liked — Good walking in area
  • Disliked — Too far from a town
  • Stayed December 2007, traveled solo
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3 Thank grannyKentUK
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Isle of Wight
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed December 23, 2007

What makes an hotel so wonderful? Is it:-
Location? Next to/part of the little fishing harbour with superb views across the bay. Possibly?
Food? 4 restaurants of different styles plus the magnificent cakes and pastries of the Caffino .The concise, varied menu of beautifully cooked and presented meals in the main restaurant. Maybe?
Rooms? Immaculate, well-decorated bedrooms with real maple furniture. Ample large rattan armchairs in the public areas. High quality towels and bed-linen. Could be?
Facilities? Diving school, squash and tennis courts, splash pool and large, well equipped roof-top sun terraces. Perhaps?
The real answer is of course - PEOPLE. From the general manager to the handyman, including the ladies who clean and those at Reception, all make guests feel tremendously welcome. Everyone is a valued guest.
Then there is the staff in the main La Perla dining room. As formal or as much fun as you wish, you are cosseted and cared for by both the experienced and younger waiters. Dining here really is something to look forward to each day. Thankyou.
Merry Christmas to you all. Liz and George.

  • Liked — The People of the hotel.
  • Disliked — Absolutely nothing.
  • Stayed November 2007, traveled as a couple
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12 Thank lsiow
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Stafford, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed October 18, 2007

This hotel was brought to our attention by previous "Trip Advisor" submissions. I was attracted initially by the descriptions of the Island Of Gozo but then began to take more of an interest in the comments on the Hotel. I knew I had to "sell" the hotel to my wife;she is very particular where we stay , right down to the beach towels for the sunbeds to coathangers in the wardrobe..
I had read with interest that hotels in Malta and Gozo were supposedly one grade below advertised when compared with those of European equivalent.
I booked direct with the hotel exactly as recommended by other uses, sea view , 4th floor, bed & breakfast , leaving the option of evening meal to be booked on a daily basis after seeing the menu for the day listed in reception.
From the first moment I made contact to the day we left it was perfect. The staff were friendly and courteous , the amenities first class, the most amazing views from the balcony of the harbour with the luzzo's (fishing boats) chugging back and forth . The bay of Marsalforn spreading before you with the twinkling lights of about a dozen restaurants beckoning you towards them as the sun set beyond the distant hills.
Streets , quiet and unplanned , people so obliging and helpful, buses of a bygone age transporting locals and holidaymakers alike anywhere on the island for 65p or less.
It would be unfair to single out one restaurant above another but a little more than an half-hour walk away in Qbaijar a small "shirley valentine" style eating house called Chez Amand produces the most exquisite lobster together with the most romantic setting you could wish for.
The most relaxing holiday my wife and I have ever had; Go to Gozo and the Calypso before the 21st century catches up with them.

  • Liked — Cllean ,practical and in the perfect setting.
  • Disliked — Rooms at the rear restricted by other buildings.
  • Stayed October 2007, traveled as a couple
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13 Thank alanjbowers1
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derby
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed September 25, 2007

Eleven of us travelled to Gozo to suprise my Mum who had already been at the Calypso a week for her 50 birthday. We were all due to be staying at the Calypso but for 4 days we were given top notch villas in Gharb as the hotel was over booked. This was first choices error not the hotels!.
We found the Calypso to be very clean and calm and nothing was too much trouble for the waiting staff at breakfast. The breakfast was a large hot and cold buffet with as much coffee/tea as they can make you drink! The rooms were spacious and our sea view balcony on the 2nd floor was perfect.
The resort is quiet with mostly Italians and Maltees holiday makers. No stag/hen do's or large night clubs till the early hours.
The bars and restaurants are all very nice and friendly. No body trying to make you go in as in some holiday resorts. Its all very relaxed in Gozo.
The buses run every 45 mins from Victoria and cost 20 cents (30p).
We all went on a boat trip for the day for 14 lira. We used Peter who is a friendly guy who is moored up outside the hotel. His bouat may not be as swish as the others in the harbour but the personal touch was lovely. We went around the whole island, fished for tuna, snorkled in the Blue Lagoon (where the film was made) and stopped off at many beaches for swimming as well as a beautiful BBQ cooked by Frank and Francis.
The cafe under the hotel is lovely and cakes looked amazing. Beer is cheap and they even put the football on for us too.
A good bar around the corner is Bojangles, it is a sport bar with food. Great staff, very friendly.
We went fishing off the small beach along the top path. Rods were cheap enough to buy and we managed to catch quite a few.
Food was nice everywhere we went. Marlene D's is very good for a hearty breakfast or lunch. The Dive bar staff were great and supplied us with cocktails until the early hours and have a screen outside to watch sports or mtv.
There is not many shops in the resort but you must go to the Green Lantern at the far end of the bay. All hand mad items and the cutest dig (pixie), I think we cleared him out lol.
Get a price befor you get in or order a cab. Mayjo taxis we found were the easiest to use. Do not book a cab via the hotel as the price doubles we found. Most drivers will give you their mobile number to call them for a ride back later.
The local beer is csik, its nice and cheap but if you want a usualy drank in England kind the price goes up alot. Its about 1 lira for a pint (1.50p).
Weather was very hot, 30 was the lowest!
We all enjoyed our holiday and Mum was very suprised to see us all. Defo going back!

  • Liked — Breakfast
  • Disliked — Leaving
  • Stayed September 2007
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7 Thank emmajop
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Yorkshire
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed September 6, 2007

My husband and 12 year old daughter decided on a last minute holiday to escape the awful summer 2007. We chose Gozo as we had all recently quanlified as PADI open water divers and knew it was a good dive destination. The hotel was fantastic - a good 4* rating. We only booked bed & breakfast but did eat in the restaurant on the 'fish' night which was excellent. Breakfast was a hot and cold buffet with plenty of choice and very efficient and very friendly staff. We had a room over looking the harbour which was beautiful. The room was quite large & had a fridge which was useful and the air con was a must as it was very hot during our stay but it was not too noisy to use! On one occasion our daughter slipped on a concrete pontoon in the harbour and needed stitches to her leg and the girls on reception were very kind and organised a taxi straight away to the local clinic who were fantastic. The hotel organised our transport to and from Malta airport for an inclusive price of 33Maltese Lira return for all of us. It takes approx 2 hours door to door including the ferry journey. Marsalforn is a lovely little place - fantastic restaurants very reasonably priced and all with an Italian feel to them - great for kids. No lager louts or time share people here - mostly local people having a lovely trouble free holiday and the locals are so kind and friendly. A good cheap and easy bus service operates into Victoria ( 10 minutes by bus) from where you can get buses to other parts of the island. We chose not to use the Calypso dive centre because it was short staffed at the time we stayed so used Scuba King just along the harbour and they were great. The pool on the hotel roof top was lovely - quite small but plenty big enough and lots of sunbeds etc. The hotel bar was good too and served some excellent snacks cheaply. The downstairs coffee shop was lovely and cool and the cakes devine! There is a small beach suitable for little children right by the harbour with subeds and umberellas but there is a much nicer one around the corner of the hotel up on the rocks - its has access into the crystal crlear waters by ladders - great for snorkelling and there are sunbeds and umberellas for hire too. On a diving front - there are lots of caves to see and the water is crystal clear so very good visability etc but the fish are not too exciting - its no barrier reef but good for building up confidence if new to the sport. There is a good coastal path from behind the hotel to Ramla Bay - a big sandy beach, but as it was so hot we gave it a miss. All in all a perfect holiday - and we shall return as long as it stays so unspoilt!

  • Liked — location
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed August 2007, traveled with family
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13 Thank Roundwooddivers
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UK
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed August 29, 2007

3 positive aspects
a) most of the staff are Maltese. These friendly, warm people provided a high level of customer service, were efficient in their roles and happy to provide snippets of information on the local area and local customs. Top marks to the staff (and bearing in mind it is peak season)
b) we paid for a sea-view room. It over-looked the beautiful harbour and was spacious, well maintained and air-conditioned. Compliments to the cleaning staff.
c) the roof-top pool was a bonus. An adequate number of parasols were available and an adjacent restaurant was open during the day for lunches and delicious ice-cream! A breeze across the roof-top made the high temps enjoyable.

3 aspects where improvements could be made
a) the locking mechanism on the sliding door was faulty therefore the room was not secure
b) the bed sheets for the bed were a size too small so woke up lying directly on the mattress
c) noise easily travels through the walls / floors – we slept blissfully and undisturbed – but light sleepers may find this a problem

Quick note on Marsalform, Gozo – a beautiful area with abundant restaurants. In hindsight, should have split our week with a few days on the mainland (still staying near the coast / sea) and a few days on Gozo. Gozo is small enough to see in its entirety in 3 / 4 days. Being a bus ride and a ferry ride from the mainland – time is lost in commuting back and forth.

In summary – we had a relaxing, laid-back holiday. The only reason we would not return is we saw all there was to see however, I would recommend this hotel.

  • Liked — decor
  • Disliked — security
  • Stayed August 2007, traveled as a couple
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Property: Calypso Hotel
Address: Marina Street | Marsalforn Bay, Marsalforn, Island of Gozo MFN 1104, Malta
Location: Malta > Island of Gozo > Marsalforn
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 9 Hotels in Marsalforn
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Calypso Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 100
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