Where to Stay in Gozo (2021): Accommodations & Area Guide

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Looking For The Perfect Gozo Accommodation? Here Are Our Tips!

Spending a night or two (or longer) on the island of Gozo? Great idea! From the best hotels in Gozo – with many boutique hotels – to Gozo apartments and Gozo farmhouses for rent, there are plenty of options.

The tricky part can be finding the best place to stay in Gozo for you! That’s where we come in. Eric explored Gozo on his grand Malta trip. There are popular hotels like Murella Living, The Duke Boutique Hotel, and Cesca’s Boutique Hotel as well as apartments with pools, farmhouse villas, and quaint bed and breakfasts.

So, in this post, we walk you through Gozo accommodations by type and then break down where to stay in Gozo by area. Of course, we’ll offer you a few top accommodation options by style and budget to get you started. Let’s find you a place to stay on Gozo!

Keep in mind that this post is about accommodations on Gozo only. We wrote a separate guide on the best places to stay in Malta (the main island).

Gozo Accommodation By Type

Since Gozo is a very small (but popular) island, there are many different accommodation types scattered across the island to suit all different travellers’ needs.

Gozo is often seen as a “getaway” destination for main islanders to escape the hustle and bustle – and understandably so! This makes Gozo the perfect, quiet getaway destination for travellers.

You’ll find a number of quaint farmhouse villas, authentic bed and breakfasts and guesthouses. Even the hotels on Gozo aren’t really “resorts” but quieter havens that offer a much more relaxed stay.

This post is divided into two sections to help you search for the best places to stay in Gozo. This top section is all about Gozo accommodations by type. The second section outlines the best areas to stay in Gozo.

This way, if you know what kind of accommodation you want, you can find top options right away. If you know you want a specific area on Gozo, you can learn more about each one and find what you are looking for with ease!

Hotels on Gozo

If you’re travelling to Gozo, staying in a hotel is definitely a great option. Gozo hotels can be found all over the island – from the heart of Victoria to the popular seaside in Marsalforn.

There is a very healthy mix of hotels in Gozo by type and style, as well. You won’t find many/any chain hotels.

From quaint and charming family-run hotels to larger hotels with pools and beautiful boutique hotels, there are many good options.

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If you are searching for some of the most popular hotels on Gozo that balance value for money, location, and a mix of amenities, check out some of the best hotels in Gozo:

Popular Gozo Hotels

If you’re not convinced by those top choices, read on to discover more hotel options sorted by style and budget!

Budget Hotels in Gozo

To be fair, there aren’t too many really cheap or budget hotels in Gozo. Even if they offer fewer amenities than other hotels, these hotels might not be as cheap as you expect a budget accommodation to be.

Often they offer seaside views, a nice breakfast, and are located close to a bus route which makes it easy to get around the island. If you truly want a budget accommodation, you’ll find bed and breakfasts (down below) that are charming, beautiful, and more budget-friendly.

Below you can find a number of hotels that are on the cheaper side. Again, they are all really nice hotel options to stay at!

  • Hotel San AndreaA clean and classy hotel with great breakfast in Xlendi (Our Pick)
  • St. Patrick’s HotelA comfortable, reliable hotel overlooking the bay also in Xlendi
  • Hotel CalypsoA simple hotel with food options and sea views in Marsalforn

Boutique Hotels on Gozo

If you are searching for a little more style in your hotel, you’ll find a variety of really nice boutique hotels on Gozo.

The boutique hotels offer travellers a variety of styles: some are trendy and modern, while others are stylish and elegant. Whatever look you are going for, you’ll find it in a Gozo boutique hotel – which are conveniently scattered around the island in great areas.

Luxury Hotels in Gozo

For those heading to Gozo looking for a luxurious stay, a luxury hotel on Gozo is for you.

There aren’t too many Gozo hotels with 5 stars. However, aside from Kempinski Hotel, you can find some really nice 4-star hotels that offer guests upscale amenities such as rooftop pools and terraces, spas, restaurant options onsite, and much more!

Guesthouses/Bed and Breakfast on Gozo

Since the island has a much quieter and tranquil vibe, there are a number of bed and breakfasts and guesthouses on Gozo. In fact, there are a lot of these kinds of accommodations scattered across the island.

Many old, traditional homes and buildings have been converted into rustic accommodations with authentic charm. Many of these smaller accommodations are run by passionate hosts and many offer perks like breakfast included.

Aside from breakfast, a larger number of B&Bs and guesthouses have other amenities like garden terraces you can enjoy the sun from. If you want a B&B-style place, check out bed and breakfasts all over Gozo.

We’ve included a variety of great guesthouses and Gozo bed and breakfasts in good areas to get you started:

Flats/Apartments in Gozo

Given the nature of the island, there are lots of Gozo apartments available for rent (also known as flats).

Flats for rent in Gozo can also be referred to as “self-catered” apartments and often have everything you need, like a kitchen, bedrooms, and even laundry. These are often the best if you’re looking for Gozo apartments for short rent.

Typically, these accommodations are for families, groups, or short-stay visitors (a few days or more) who want a base for exploring the island of Gozo (and maybe beyond).

Keep in mind, there are a few different kinds of apartments for rent in Gozo. Some apartments/flats in Gozo are part of a larger rental complex where you share amenities like a pool!

Standalone apartment rentals can be more expensive but generally the prices on Gozo aren’t too out of hand in the first place. There are even apartments for rent with rooftop jacuzzi tubs – see below!

If you know you want an apartment rental, check here for apartments on Gozo. Below are a few nice apartments in great locations that you should definitely check out!

Gozo Villas/Farmhouses for Rent

If you are travelling to Gozo for longer than a night (and perhaps you’re with a larger group), then a villa or a holiday home on Gozo might be a great option for you. You will definitely have a variety of Gozo farmhouses to choose from!

With authentic architecture all over the island, Gozo has made a name for itself when it comes to farmhouse villas for rent because they are charming, beautiful places to stay.

You should be able to find a Gozo farmhouse that suits your needs: some have private pools and kitchens, while others have lots of bedrooms and outdoor space to enjoy.

These Gozo farmhouse rentals make a great place to set up a base for a few days as you explore the island!

You can check out farmhouse villas on Gozo here and take a look at these top pick below:

  • Villa Boomerang – A spacious, restored farmhouse-style villa with pool in Gharsi (Our Pick)
  • Villa Joy Farmhouse – A quaint, traditional farmhouse villa with private pool area in Xagħra
  • Carini Farmhouses Traditional yet modern farmhouse villas close to Gharb
  • Gozo Escape More classic farmhouse style accommodations in Gharsi

Hostels on Gozo

If you are looking for cheaper accommodation and would like to meet other travellers, you might consider a hostel. Hostels aren’t just for backpackers anymore.

Many hostels come with private rooms and amazing hosts offering great sleep and sometimes better locations than some hotels for the same (or cheaper) price.

Because Malta (and Gozo) are so small, there are only a handful of hostels on the main island and basically only one on hostel on Gozo.

Santa Martha Hostel is located in the main area of Marsalforn with private rooms and a nice breakfast included.

The Best Areas to Stay in Gozo

Having covered the different types of accommodations on Gozo, we can dive into the best areas to stay. Answering “where to stay in Gozo” can be tricky because there are a number of really nice areas/towns/regions.

In this section, we’ll introduce each of the top areas, cover things to do and see there, why it may be a good fit, and then highlight a few well-rated accommodations in each area.

To be honest, all of the areas below are considered among the top choices – they are all just slightly different from one another.

Victoria is the busy capital while Marsalforn has salty sea views. Xagħra has neolithic temples, Xlendi is a seaside cove, and Nadur is close to the ferry back to Malta. Remember: you can get around the whole island very easily in just a few hours by bus or car.

So, whatever you plan on doing when visiting the island, there should be an area that suits your needs. If you know the kind of trip you want to have (diving, relaxing, hiking, etc.), you can get started looking at these top accommodation picks in each of the areas outlined below!

Top Gozo Accommodations By Area

Victoria – Location & Charm

sand stone fortress wall with red dome church below in city centre victoria on gozo
The capital from high atop the Citadel – taken by Eric!

If you want to stay right in the heart of the action on Gozo, you should check out the capital city, Victoria.

The small, rustic city is basically in the middle of the island which makes it a great base for exploring. It’s also good to know that the major bus terminal is located here.

You can hop on a bus and be basically anywhere on the island in no time at all. That includes the ferry terminal back to Malta.

So, you can explore various parts of Gozo with ease and return back to Victoria at the end of the day for your sleep. Victoria also has some major attractions like St. George’s Basilica with its signature dome that sits atop the city’s short skyline.

Most notably the beautiful Cittadella is a must-see place to explore high on the hill in the city centre. There is also lots of shopping, bars, and restaurants in Victoria.

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In general, there is a healthy mix of accommodations types in Victoria. It’s important to note that you are not immediately close to the water’s edge. It would be a longer walk or a quick bus ride to get to the sea.

Featured Accommodations in Victoria

Below are some of the top accommodation options in Victoria. Again, you’re not going to get seaside views here – but the Citadel lit up at night is a pretty romantic sight to see.

The Duke Boutique Hotel – Check Now

  • Style: A Popular, Charming Boutique Hotel
  • Price Range: Upper Mid-Range
  • Location: Right in the heart of the capital just down the street from the Cittadella and the bus terminal
  • Featured Amenities: Upper outdoor terrace with views of the Cittadella, onsite restaurant, good breakfast

B&b la Fenice by giancarloCheck Now

  • Style: A Rustic, Authentic Bed and Breakfast
  • Price Range: Upper Budget
  • Location: A short walk to the centre of Victoria (very close to the bus terminal)
  • Featured Amenities: Breakfast, awesome host, upper terrace with views

Casa Gemelli Boutique Guesthouse – Check Now

  • Style: A Colourful, Boutique Guesthouse
  • Price Range: Lower Mid-Range
  • Location: Right in Victoria, just down the street from the Cittadella
  • Featured Amenities: Excellent breakfast, A/C available in rooms, some with Cittadella views

Cittadella boutique living – Check Now

  • Style: Cozy Yet Stylish Apartments
  • Price Range: Mid-Range
  • Location: Steps from the Cittadella – close to many shops, restaurants, etc
  • Featured Amenities: Units with kitchen, breakfast available, rooftop terrace with pool and views

Marsalforn – Seaside Views

blue ocean shoreline with buildings along the water in marsalforn gozo
Marsalforn is close to the famous salt pans and more!

Located on the northern coast of the island of Gozo, Marsalforn is a well-developed village that is another great place to stay.

It’s considered one of the more “touristy” areas on Gozo but it’s still very authentic and charming with the sea so close by.

The top attraction here is definitely the salt pans that line the rocky coast. This is where you can talk to Maltese families that still harvest sea salt the traditional way. You can even buy some to take home with you!

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There are also lots of nearby hikes, bars, restaurants, and accommodations that are right on Marsalforn Bay. The seaside boardwalk is lovely for a stroll and there’s even a beach – Marsalforn beach – right at the waterfront.

As with most places, you have a great connection from Marsalforn to Victoria and the ferry back to Malta. Marsalforn is also a good area if you want to visit other beaches since Ramla Bay Beach is not too far away!

Featured Accommodations in Marsalforn

Below are some of the top-rated places to stay in Marsalforn. It’s definitely one of the places you’d strongly consider if you’re locked on having ocean views from your accommodation.

Murella Living – Check Now

  • Style: A Colourful, Trendy Hotel
  • Price Range: Mid-Range
  • Location: Right in the centre of Marsalforn, steps from the waterfront
  • Featured Amenities: Great breakfast, rooms with balconies and A/C

Waterside Apartments – Check Now

  • Style: Clean and Bright Apartments
  • Price Range: Lower Mid-Range
  • Location: Tucked away in Marsalforn, steps from the waterfront
  • Featured Amenities: Full kitchens, terrace with view, great WIFI, parking available

Hotel Calypso – Check Now

  • Style: A Simple, Reliable Hotel
  • Price Range: Upper Budget
  • Location: Overlooking the water in Marsalforn
  • Featured Amenities: Rooms with balconies and A/C, onsite restaurants, rooftop pool

Maria Giovanna Guest House – Check Now

  • Style: An Elegant and Comfortable Bed and Breakfast
  • Price Range: Lower Mid-Range
  • Location: Tucked away in Marsalforn, steps to the sea with restaurants nearby
  • Featured Amenities: superb breakfast, A/C, passionate hosts

Xlendi – Swimming & Hiking

blue bay with hotels and cliffs surrounding in xlendi gozo
You can stay right in Xlendi Bay if you choose..

Located on the southwest corner of the island of Gozo, Xlendi is a small seaside village that connects to Xlendi Bay.

This tiny village has everything you need – the beach with a separate, boat-free swimming zone, bars and restaurants, historic towers you can hike to, and really great access to the nearby Sanap Cliff hiking trails. The cliffs are a great place to catch the sunset on Gozo.

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It’s also not too far by bus to get back to Victoria or to the harbour where you catch the ferry to the main island of Malta. But again, everything on Gozo is really only a short distance away.

Featured Accommodations in Xlendi

Below are some of the top accommodation choices for Xlendi. It’s like its own little ocean cove oasis where rock meets the sea.

As such, there are lots of hotels right at the bay but there are also a number of really lovely quieter hotels (Cesca’s) a little bit outside the centre of Xlendi.

Cesca’s Boutique Hotel – Check Now

  • Style: A Trendy, Peaceful Boutique Hotel
  • Price Range: Upper Mid-Range
  • Location: In the tranquil, quiet valley right between Xlendi and the capital Victoria
  • Featured Amenities: Rooftop terrace with roof, A/C, onsite restaurant/bar

St. Patrick’s Hotel – Check Now

  • Style: A Comfortable, Reliable Hotel
  • Price Range: Upper Budget
  • Location: Right at the waterfront overlooking the beautiful bay
  • Featured Amenities: Rooftop sun terrace and small pool, onsite restaurant, A/C in rooms

Hotel San Andrea – Check Now

  • Style: A Clean and Classy Hotel
  • Price Range: Mid-Range
  • Location: Also right at the waterfront of Xlendi Bay
  • Featured Amenities: Onsite restaurant/bar, nice breakfast, amazing views of the bay

Viewpoint Boutique Living – Check Now

  • Style: A Bright, Charming Guesthouse (highly rated)
  • Price Range: Upper Mid-Range
  • Location: Also located in the quiet valley between Xlendi and Victoria
  • Featured Amenities: Rooftop pool and sun terrace, A/C, nice breakfast

Xagħra – Quaint History

stone temples in field with people walking stone path in Xaghra gozo
Eric visited the Ġgantija Temples in Xagħra – pretty cool place!

If you can’t decide on where to stay between Marsalforn, Victoria, and Nadar, you can choose Xagħra! That’s because it’s right in the middle of all these three places.

Located inland on the island of Gozo, the village of Xagħra is known for one of the most famous attractions in all of Malta – the Ġgantija Neolithic temples.

These massive stone temples are thousands of years old. Eric visited the site when he was on Gozo and it was really cool to experience.

Because of the popular temples (and attractions like Xerri’s Grotto and Ta’ Kola Windmill), the village is well connected by bus to everywhere else on Gozo. You are also not too far from the north coast where – again – you can enjoy the sand at Ramla Bay Beach!

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You won’t be right at the water’s edge in Xagħra. However, it is a nice, quiet location for exploring the island. To be fair, it has a number of historical sites just within the centre of town!

Featured Accommodations in Xagħra

Below are some of the top accommodations in Xagħra. From a few lovely hotels to quaint guesthouses and even farmhouse villas for rent, there’s a place to stay for everyone in Xagħra.

L’Ghorfa – Check Now

  • Style: An Authentic, Upscale Bed and Breakfast
  • Price Range: Mid-Range
  • Location: Right on a bus route between the heart of Xagħra and Victoria
  • Featured Amenities: Outdoor pool area, rooms with balconies, wonderful hosts, nice breakfast

Il-Logga Boutique Hotel – Check Now

  • Style: A Colourful and Bright Hotel
  • Price Range: Upper Mid-Range
  • Location: On the outskirts of Xagħra on the major route (bus) to Victoria
  • Featured Amenities: Onsite restaurant, nice breakfast, rooftop terrace with pool, A/C and balconies available

Cornucopia Hotel – Check Now

  • Style: A Spacious, Charming Hotel
  • Price Range: Upper Mid-Range
  • Location: In the north end of the centre of Xagħra, walkable to restaurants
  • Featured Amenities: Outdoor pool area, nice breakfast, rooms with views

Villa Joy Farmhouse – Check Now

  • Style: A Quaint, Traditional Farmhouse Villa
  • Price Range: Lower Mid-Range
  • Location: Close to the heart of Xagħra, a quick walk to the main area for restaurants
  • Featured Amenities: Private outdoor pool area, kitchen, free parking and free use of bicycles.

San Lawrenz/Għarb – Diving & Views

blue ocean with rock arch and swimmers off the coast of gozo
The Azure Window was in San Lawrenz… but then it collapsed.

Located at the northwest corner of the island, the small towns of San Lawrenz/Gharb feature some top attractions like the Inland Sea (great for swimming and boat tours), the Gharb Church, and much more.

This used to be a very popular area because it was home to the famous Azure Window (shown above). Sadly, this massive (and very important) rock formation collapsed a few years ago during a storm.

Visitors and locals still visit the site to see where it once stood out over the sea. In fact, it’s now a diving site and you can still do boat tours of the Gozo coast.

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This area is generally closer to the sea than some of the others so you get those coastal views you may be after. Of course, as with all place on Gozo, you still have easy bus/car access to the rest of the island of Gozo.

Featured Accommodations in the San Lawrenz/Għarb Area

Below are some of the top-rated places to stay in the area. This is where you’ll find the only 5-star hotel/resort on Gozo. There are many other great apartments with sea views and also lots of villas here for larger groups.

Gozo Dwejra Views – Check Now

  • Style: A Cozy, Modern Apartment (sleeps 6)
  • Price Range: Upper Budget
  • Location: Right between Gharb and the popular inland sea
  • Featured Amenities: Amazing seaside views, pool onsite, full kitchen

Kempinski Hotel San Lawrenz – Check Now

  • Style: A Gorgeous 5-Star Resort/Hotel
  • Price Range: Luxury
  • Location: Just outside the centre of tiny Gharb
  • Featured Amenities: Balcony rooms, multiple pools, spa facilities, sports courts, onsite restaurant/lounge, and more!

Carini Farmhouses – Check Now

  • Style: A Traditional yet Modern Farmhouse Villas (perfect for large groups)
  • Price Range: Upper Mid-Range
  • Location: Close to the quiet centre of Gharb
  • Featured Amenities: Each villa with private pool, terrace area, parking and BBQ facilities

Nadur – Beaches & Ferry

Last – but certainly not least – we have Nadur. Nadur is actually one of the largest areas on the island with a small, concentrated centre loaded with accommodations, restaurants, bars, etc.

Located at the south-eastern top of Gozo, Nadur is situated high atop a natural plateau on the island. This allows parts of the area to have sweeping views of the island below.

In some cases, you can see over Mgarr Harbour (where you catch the Gozo-Malta ferry) and all the way over the island of Comino and back to the main island of Malta.

Aside from the Mgarr Harbour itself, Nadur is about as close to the ferry as you can stay on Gozo.

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The large area is also home to a number of things to do like checking out the views from Ta’ Kenuna Tower, exploring the Tal-Mixta Cave close to Ramla Bay, and relaxing at a number of beaches along the north coast like Daħlet Qorrot Beach or San Blas Beach.

Featured Accommodations in Nadur

Below are some of the top accommodations in the large area of Nadur. There’s loads of bed and breakfasts and apartments in the quieter area.

That said, if you stay right in the town centre, it’ll be much more lively than out in the peaceful countryside close to the north coast. It really depends on what you’re looking for.

Ta’ Rosalba B&B – Check Now

  • Style: A Cozy and Homey Bed and Breakfast
  • Price Range: Upper Budget
  • Location: Steps to the heart of Nadur with bars, bakeries, and restaurants nearby
  • Featured Amenities: Amazing breakfast, nice host, roof terrace, A/C in rooms

Quaint Hotel Nadur – Check Now

  • Style: A Clean and Stylish Boutique Hotel
  • Price Range: Mid-Range
  • Location: Right in the heart of Nadur – couldn’t be more central
  • Featured Amenities: Excellent breakfast, rooms with terraces and jacuzzi, restaurant onsite

Angels’ Place Aria – Check Now

  • Style: A Colourful, Cozy Apartment
  • Price Range: Upper Mid-Range
  • Location: Right on the edge of Nadur, a close walk to the centre
  • Featured Amenities: Full apartment with kitchen, rooftop jacuzzi with amazing views of Malta

Related Articles

For more posts about travelling to Malta, you can check out these detailed guides to help you plan your trip:

And there you have it – a rundown of the Gozo accommodations by types and areas! As long as you have a few details in mind about what you are looking for, you will most likely find a suitable accommodation on Gozo.

The island is beautiful and great for exploring – so definitely consider spending some time there!

As always, Happy Gozo Waddlin’,
-L&E

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