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Hotel Calypso
Ranked #1 of 9 Hotels in Marsalforn
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Reviewed June 13, 2010

This hotel is on the Marsalforn waterfront, convenient to many restaurants. It has a rooftop swimming pool. The room was clean and comfortable. Breakfast was good, except for the coffee, and espresso/cappuccino was extra (and also nothing special). There is no fitness center. The internet connection did not work. The front desk staff was not a lot of help - they struggled with questions about restaurants, bus schedules, etc. Like much of Malta, the hotel has an unfinished quality with exterior plantings for instance not completed. It's a decent hotel, but not up to European 4 star standards.

  • Stayed: June 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 22, 2010

Thisis a lovely hotel located in a small, quiet bay on Gozo. Rooms are clean and well appointed and restuarant good.

  • Stayed: March 2010
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Reviewed February 17, 2010

We have just returned from another great break at our favourite hotel ever - The Calypso, Gozo. We first went there 37 years ago this Easter and have been staying there for breaks ever since, sometimes 3 or 4 times a year (apart from when it was being refurbished). We always stay half-board and seaview, as the view is fantastic, be it first thing in the morning, watching the fishing boats setting off, daytime or night. The food is great - a feast of a breakfast and delicious dinners. The staff are very polite, welcoming and helpful. The Calypso offers privacy yet warmth, the rooms are kept impeccably clean, yet cosy. To sum it up, it is a great hotel where one wants to return over and over again. J & G Eyre

  • Stayed: February 2010, traveled as a couple
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7  Thank jonah20
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Reviewed February 11, 2010

The Calypso is a nice hotel that could be a great hotel. It is spotlessly clean. The sea view rooms have fantastic views of the Marsalforn Bay. Marsalforn itself is a bit dirty - lots of construction going on now. In winter, many of the restaurants are closed so it can be a challenge finding a decent dinner. You definitely won't find a good dinner at Calypso! The breakfast is fine ... but lunch is non-existent and the food at dinner is atrocious. Don't bother!
The hotel is decorated with peaceful, neutral colors - which I enjoyed. Unfortunately the floors are all stone, and are quite noisy. If you want to sleep late, you're out of luck here. The halls echo every door slam and foot step. The chairs make a screeching noise when moved ... and you can hear when your neighbors are moving their chairs! When the hotel is empty, it's very quiet and peaceful - which is what I was looking for.
The staff are quite friendly and hard-working. They try hard with what they've got to work with. All in all, I enjoyed staying there - as long as I went to bed early and ate dinner out.

  • Stayed: January 2010, traveled with friends
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4  Thank Bodhisattva555
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Reviewed January 8, 2010

I've been at Calypso Hotel end of December & again when it was refurbished in 2005. Now the service is disaster, poor breakfast no baked beans & no sausages only maltese sausages which is soo saltly & full of fats. The pots of tea & coffee always empty you have to ask the waiter every time. The cafeteria of the hotel offers only 4 types of local wine (The cheapest you use it @ home as house wine) no foreign!! We had a sea view room which is a bit small especially the bathroom. I liked the chinese restaurant, good service there. The hotel does n't have any gym, spa & car park. It has a small out door pool on the roof.

  • Stayed: December 2009, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank luana64
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Reviewed September 24, 2009

This hotel is in an excellent position on the edge of Marsalforn Bay. Knowing its prime position we did not pay the extra for a sea-view room and consequently we were in one of the rooms overlooking the street at the back of the hotel, which did not bother us as apart from sleeping, showering and changing we did not spend much time in the hotel room. That said the room was very nice with plenty of wardrobe space, a good-sized bathroom with bath and shower and plenty of hot water and fluffy towels. There was a mini-bar fridge in the room, which we took advantage of to keep some bottled water cool and some fruit. The fan and air-condtioning were much appreciated as it was very hot during our stay. The buffet breakfast was excellent and the staff without exception were all very friendly and helpful, which also applied to the reception staff. I took advantage of the internet access which is available in reception at a very reasonable rate. We also hired beach towels for the pool area situated on the roof - the towels can be changed as often as you like and the deposit was refunded at the end of our stay. We also hired the bedroom safe for the duration of our stay. The pool itself is quite small, but there were plenty of sunbeds and umbrellas - a word of warning - it can get quite breezy on the roof, so if you sit under an umbrella make sure it is tied to wall. The pool bar service was excellent and served drinks and snacks under a shaded area if required. There is also a small beach area at the front of the hotel. There are lots of places to eat in Marsalforn of note are Smileys, on the main promenade, which is cheap and cheerful and run by 2 friendly sisters. Pebbles and Latinis are both good, but more expensive.The Horizon in Qbjjarr Bay is also very good and is ideal for a long lunch sat at the water's edge. We didn't eat in the Chinese Restaurant belonging to the Calypso, but heard reports that it was worth a visit, perhaps next time. We will be back!!

Stayed: June 2009, traveled as a couple
5  Thank Lindamel48
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Reviewed September 3, 2009

We just came home from a one week vacation on Gozo, and to summarize it all, it was great!

The hotel has a very nice location right by the sea. The staff was extremly friendly and helpful, they helped us with everything we asked for (softer beds, car rental, sightseeing suggestions, early breakfast on check-out, et.c.), their service is really excellent. Our room was nice and clean, the only bad thing was that we hadn't paid for sea view (10 Euro/person a night extra), so our view was a back street. The breakfast buffé was quite big and varied, with an omelette/egg station for example. The view from the pool area on the roof was beautiful, and you can order snacks and drinks from the bar. The pool was a salt water pool, but there are showers right next to it. The sun beds weren't the most comfortable we've tried, but they were ok.

We went to Gozo to dive, and Calypso hotel works with Calypso diving 30 meters from it, where you get a 10% discount if you are a hotel guest. The staff at Calypso diving was very friendly and helpful! You really felt welcome there. The dives were nicely guided, and well organized. We saw plenty of fish, and the visibility in the water was very good.

Marsalforn itself is a quite small village, but has a nice location by the sea, and there are plenty of restaurants to choose from. Some we got recommendations to go to were for example "Pierre´s" and "La Trattoria", which were both very good. We went all around Gozo, and from our point of view Marsalforn seemed be the nicest spot for a vacation, so we really felt we selected the best village to stay in (village size, restaurants, beach, ice cream, dive center).

We got some restaurant recommendations from the dive instructors at Calypso for places outside of Marsalforn. Francesco's Pizzera in Zebbug, which has great pizza, and a fantastic view of the northern parts of Gozo, if you go through the pizzeria to the balcony. Try to time your visit so you're there during the sunset, it was beautiful! Another recommendation we followed was "Brookie´s", in Victoria. The Rabbit dish was excellent, also try the local liquor made of cactus, called "Bajtar".

  • Stayed: August 2009, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Tobztobz
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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: $76 - $189 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Calypso 4*
Number of rooms: 100
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Also Known As:
Calypso Hotel Marsalforn
Calypso Hotel Gozo
Hotel Calypso Island Of Gozo/Marsalforn, Malta

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