My husband and I have literally just returned from Gozo and after reviewing this site most evenings, I thought it was about time I added a review, which I hope will help others in making their decision to go to Gozo and this hotel.
The Calypso is a very nice hotel and deserves its 4 star rating. The rooms are clean, bright and well equipped. There is a fridge, TV, hairdryer, safe (payable locally, but only 7 euros for the week) ample wardrobe space and a small balcony. Our room was at the back of the hotel and probably wouldn't be favoured by most, as the rooms on the front are far superior in terms of views, but we could see the sea and for what we paid I couldn't really complain. Although I did ask to be moved, but the hotel wanted 135 euros for the week and I thought I would save our cash, as we didn't spend a massive amount of time in our room anyway.
Breakfast is served on the first floor restaurant between 7 -10am and was more than sufficient. You can have a freshly made omelette or fried egg, bacon, lovely bread, kippers, fruit, cakes, cereal - more than enough to sample in a week.
We were only B & B so didn't try dinner, but we had lunch on the top floor terrace and it was very nice and a huge portion.
The pool is located on the roof and although small, we never found it crowded and were even the only ones up there on our last day. This may have been something to do with it being early on in the season though.
Malsaforn is a charming resort and hasnt and I doubt ever will be spoilt by tourist. There is a small beach where you can hire sunbeds, which are 11 euros for two beds and bolly, which your probably thinking is a little more than most med resorts. But what you have got to bare in mind is even on the busiest day there were only 20 beds taken, as everyone tends to sit on the beach or the concrete jetty off the beach. On our first fews days (Tues, Wed, Thurs) the beach and resort was fairly quiet, but the latter end of the week, the place really gets going, which locals coming out with their dogs and children and enjoying the sunshine. This really is the only place I have ever been where the locals (those not working to please you in some way) really are the heart of the place.
There are around 20 restaurants/bars and I must say that the food in all was excellent. One tip, don't let the restaurants which aren't as well presented put you off, as the food was always wonderful. What I mean by this is some restaurants have plastic garden chairs and paper table clothes, whilst others have linen clothes, staff in matching outfits, but what we experienced was a bad case of style over substance and the food was often not very warm and I suspect not freshly make. There is only one restaurant that this really applies to and I can't remember its name! Its next to the tourist info office which sells boats tours and is the other side of the bay to the hotel. The average two course meal, with a bottle of wine and coffee was 40-50 euros and both every penny.
Hiring a car is a must as there is so much to see and do around the island. We stumbled across our rep after breakfast one morning and she was unfortunately just leaving and unable to help, but there happened to be a local chap in reception who organised it all with a quick phone call. The car was delivered and collected from our hotel and it cost 70 euros for three days.
Many people commented before our holiday 'ohh why Malta' and they seem to have negative views. Gozo is completely different to Malta and I can't recommend it enough.
If your looking for booming clubs and busy, buslting streets with lots of shops, this isn't the place for you. If you like nice restaurants, in a beatiful setting and an easy going pace of life, then this will be the place for you.
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- Also Known As:
- Calypso Hotel Marsalforn
- Calypso Hotel Gozo
- Calypso Hotel Island Of Gozo/Marsalforn, Malta