We spent 3 weeks in the Grand Hotel and can honestly say it's one of the best holiday experiences we have had. The staff were excellent, very friendly and always ready to go the extra mile to assist, offer information, and generally make guests feel welcome and as though you matter to them. Particular mention for the 4 waiters who were friendly, funny, very polite, efficient, and remembered our preferences after the first few days.
The hotel is situated on a hill overlooking the harbour, with a good view of Comino and the mainland of Malta, and the ferries going to and fro all through the day. We will never forget the nearby church, whose bells began at 6 am and pealed not just the time every quarter, but also Ave Maria at the turn of each hour!
The pool looked pleasant but is closed during the winter.
Our bedroom was lovely - sea view - worth paying the extra for i suggest - spacious, loads of storage, large comfortable bed, seating area, tea and coffee facilities and a small fridge, covered balcony, pleasant bathroom, air-con, flat screen tv with some English channels, and Wi-Fi - although the free wi-fi was very slow and we bought 5 day passes to Ozone for 15 euros, which was much faster.
The food was mostly excellent with plenty of choice - we had the set evening meal menu which offered 3 choices at each course, and there was a full A la Carte menu, and also a room service menu if required. The menu made use of seasonal fresh vegetables and offered a range of mostly Mediterranean dishes. Breakfast consisted of a range of cereal, fresh fruit, yogurt, cold meats, cheese, salads, bread, and also hot options of bacon sausages, tomatoes, beans, fried, scrambled and poached eggs, potatoes of some kind, sometimes mushrooms and lovely creamy spinach - and once - rather unexpectedly - broccoli! If I were to be critical at all it would be to say that breakfast was often lukewarm, the hotplates inefficient without lids for the containers. There is also a Chinese restaurant, which we did not try, and in the summer a rooftop restaurant also operates.
The hotel runs a shuttle mini-bus to Victoria on M-W-F which was well used, and offers a full day tour of Gozo on Thursdays at a cost of 12 euros, although sadly it never ran whilst we were there, as they require a minimum of 4 passengers, but other guests told us it was excellent. The hotel bar is used by residents and locals, and is a pleasant place to chat and relax, and there is also a lovely sun terrace at the front.
The hotel has a small cinema showing films on Fri and Sat evenings, although we didn't try this either!
We loved Gozo - buses cost 1.5 Euros for the whole day - get on or off wherever you like - or 6 euros for a weekly ticket. There are numerous historical sites and churches to visit, wonderful villages to explore, and several pleasant seaside locations to sit and enjoy the sunshine, have a coffee or a meal, even in the winter. It is very quiet and un-commercialised, perfect for a relaxing holiday.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Grand Hotel is ideally situated overlooking the fishing hamlet of Mgarr Harbour and the surrounding verdant valley. The hotel enjoys panoramic views of Comino and Malta across the Gozo channel. Viewed from above, the to and fro of the fishing boats and the incomparable vistas add a romantic touch to the excellent hospitality offered at the hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Grand Hotel Mgarr
- Grand Hotel Gozo Island Of Gozo/Mgarr, Malta