Finding the Right Gozo Accommodation Has Never Been Easier!
Spending a night or two on the island of Gozo? Great idea – there are lots of great Gozo accommodation options available. From the best hotels in Gozo – whether cheap hotels or boutique hotels – to Gozo apartments, there are plenty of ways to spend a few days on the island. Eric explored all of Gozo while in Malta on his grand Malta trip and regrets not staying overnight!
So, in this post, we walk you through the top areas/towns to stay on Gozo and show you a few accommodation options for different styles and budgets. Gozo is packed full of awesome hotels (like the Grand Hotel, the Duke, and The Kempinski), apartments with pools, villas, and quaint bed and breakfasts for some peace and quiet.
If you are travelling to Malta for the first time, you might be planning an awesome Malta itinerary – which is something we know ALL about! So you know, this post is JUST about the island of Gozo. To go along with it, here are the best things to do and see on Gozo.
If you are looking for accommodation on the main island of Malta, you can check out our guide on hotels, apartment, and the best places to stay on Malta. We also have a guide on things you shouldn’t miss on Malta, and things to do in Valletta specifically! That said, let’s find you a place to stay on Gozo!
Where to Stay in Gozo – The Best Areas to Stay
There are a few different places/towns/regions where you can stay on Gozo. Some are by the seaside while others give you more of a “small city” feel. It’s important to remember that you can get around the whole island very easily in just a few hours by bus or car.
So if you plan to explore Gozo in full and you aren’t too picky, it doesn’t matter that much where exactly you are staying. That said, some areas are more popular than others because of their attractions and scenery. We’ve outlined a few of them below.
If you want to stay right in the heart of the action on Gozo, you should check out the capital city, Victoria. The small 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.
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 – most notably the beautiful Citadella, sometimes called old Citadel, high on the hill in the city centre.
In general, there is a mix of accommodations types in Victoria but it’s important to note that you are not immediately close to the water’s edge. It would be a longer walk or quick bus ride to get to the sea. If you are still determining whether downtown Victoria is right for you, you can check here for accommodation options in Victoria. If you KNOW you want to stay in Victoria, check out the hugely popular Duke Boutique Hotel.
Located at the northwest corner of the island, the small towns of San Lawrenz/Gharb feature some top attractions like the Inland Sea, 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).
This massive rock formation collapsed in 2017 during a storm, but people still come to see where it was. It’s also now a diving site and you can still do boat tours of the coast.
The area here is by the sea so you get those coastal views but still have easy bus access to the rest of the island of Gozo. If you want to have a look around for a place to stay, check out accommodations in Gharb/San Lawrenz. If you are absolutely set on staying in San Lawrenz, check out the very popular Kempinski Hotel + Resort.
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, restaurants, historic towers (shown above),and really great access to the nearby Sanap Cliff hiking trails. It’s also not too far by bus to the Mgarr harbour where you catch the ferry to the main island of Malta. But again, everything on Gozo is only a short distance away!
If Xlendi sounds like the little paradise you are looking for, check here for Xlendi accommodations. If you like the sounds of Xlendi for the seaside views and fresh sea air, check out St. Patrick’s Hotel right on the bay or Cesca’s Boutique Hotel for a gorgeous, tranquil escape!
Located at the northern coast of the island of Gozo, Marsalforn is a well-developed village that is a 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 are definitely the salt pans, where you can talk to Maltese families that still harvest sea salt the traditional way. That said, there are also lots of nearby hikes, bars, restaurants, and accommodations that are right on Marsalforn Bay. The boardwalk is lovely for a stroll, too.
As with most places, you have a great connection from Marsalforn to Victoria and the ferry back to Malta. You can check out seaside accommodations in Marsalforn here and or have a look at the gorgeous Murella Living Hotel to be right in the village.
Finally, one of the last popular areas is Xagħra. Located in the middle like Victoria but shifted to the east of the island, the village is known for one of the most famous attractions in all of Malta – the Ġgantija megalithic temples. These massive temples are thousands of years old! Because of the temples, the village is well connected by bus to everywhere else on Gozo. You are also not too far from one of the best (and only) sandy beaches on Gozo – Ramla Bay Beach.
You won’t be right at the water’s edge in Xagħra but it is a great location for exploring. If you want to browse through places to stay in Xagħra, you can check here. If you know that Xagħra is for you, then you absolutely have to check out the Cornucopia Hotel.
Great Gozo Accommodation Options
Now that we have walked through a few of the best places/villages to stay on Gozo, we’re going to divide the post into Gozo accommodation types. This way, if you know you want a certain style of accommodation, you can find what you are looking for.
Remember, stay open minded about the areas these hotels, apartments, villas, and bed and breakfasts are located in. They are ALL well connected and have very few negatives since Gozo is so small!
Gozo Apartments & Flats
Given the nature of the island, there are lots of apartments available for rent. These can also be referred to as “self-catered” and have everything you would need like a kitchen, bedrooms, and even laundry. Typically, these accommodations are for families, groups, or longer stay visitors who want a base for exploring the island of Gozo (and maybe beyond).
Some apartments – like the ones below – are part of a larger complex with a shared pool and breakfast each day which is awesome! Seaside apartments can be more expensive but generally the prices of Gozo aren’t too out of hand. If you know you want an apartment rental, check here for apartments on Gozo.
Guesthouse Bambina – Check Now
Even though it’s called a guesthouse, these are rented apartments in Xagħra. These apartments come with everything you need like private balconies and bathrooms with a shared kitchen, oven, and pool facility for the few guests. The views are great and breakfast is served each morning!
Gozo Escapes – Check Now
If you are looking for the classic farmhouse style accommodations, Gozo Escapes is it. Located in Ghasri, these gorgeous apartments have exposed stone and pine interiors and come fully equipped with kitchens, bedrooms, and shared or private pool! The access depending on which one you book!
Gozo Hotels + Resorts
If you are looking for a classic hotel accommodation on Gozo, you will find plenty. Generally, these places are in the bigger centres (like Victoria) or in the popular seaside towns. There is a great mix of old-style hotels and modern, boutique hotels to choose from down below. If you want a hotel for sure, check here for a great hotel on Gozo.
Murella Living – Check Now
Located in Marsalforn, this hotel has a look that we like quite a lot. The best part is that it’s actually fairly cheap compared to other hotels on Gozo so you get a great stay with the ocean right there. Great breakfast, too!
Hotel San Andrea – Check Now
On the other side of the island in Xlendi, the Hotel San Andrea is right on the water as well. It’s a little more expensive but with the restaurant, bar, and AMAZING views of the bay, you can’t beat it!
Kempinski Hotel San Lawrenz – Check Now
If you are looking to relax in a beautiful resort-style atmosphere, the Kempinski is the Kempinski for a reason! Located in San Lawrenz, each room is special with its own private balcony showing you views of the countryside or the gorgeous pools/gardens. There are heated indoor pools, outdoor pools, spa facilities, sports courts, an onsite Mediterranean restaurant, a drinks lounge, and more!
Bed and Breakfast on Gozo
Classic Bed and Breakfasts are another very popular accommodation style on Gozo. Many family homes have been turned into quaint places to stay with authentic local hosts ready to welcome you. If you want a B&B-style place, check out bed and breakfasts all over Gozo.
Maria’s B&B – Check Now
Maria’s B&B is located in Ghasri and offers guests an authentic stay in a very old, restored farmhouse on Gozo. This place is super cozy with an amazing pool area and awesome breakfast.
Country Views Bed and Breakfast – Check Now
Located just on the outskirts of Victoria (which is still VERY close to the centre), Country Views has everything you would need. The Rooms are modern and cozy in the renovated farmhouse style building, the hosts are incredibly welcoming, and you can see the Citadel from the outdoor pool terrace!
Boutique Hotels on Gozo
There are a few hotels on Gozo that are very much designed in a boutique style. Once you see one and stay at one, there is no going back! Check out beautiful boutique hotels on Gozo here.
The Duke Hotel – Check Now
For a boutique hotel in the heart of the capital, Victoria, The Duke Hotel isn’t even THAT expensive. Once inside, you’ll be blown away by the interior. The balconies and upper terrace have great views of the citadel and the city, and the onsite restaurant does a breakfast which is absolutely amazing.
Il-Logga Boutique Hotel – Check Now
This family-run boutique hotel in Xaghra is stunning. The onsite restaurant serves an amazing breakfast. The hotel only has a few rooms so the experience is very intimate with the hosts attention always on you. The rooftop terrace and pool area are perfect for views and sunbathing.
If you are looking for a cheaper accommodation, you might consider a hostel. Hostels aren’t just for backpackers anymore. Many hostels come with private rooms and amazing hosts offering better sleep and locations than some hotels for the same (or cheaper) price. There are a handful of hostels on Gozo, so check here if you want a hostel on Gozo.
Santa Martha Hostel – Check Now
Located in the main area of Marsalforn, Santa Martha is a simple hostel with a nice host. Offering private rooms only, the place is located right on the bay, close to bus stops, and comes with breakfast included.
Gozo Villas for Rent
If you want a villa or a holiday home on Gozo, you will definitely have a variety of places to choose from! Gozo has made a name for itself when it comes to farmhouse villas for rent because they are authentic, charming, and beautiful places to stay. You can check out more villas on Gozo here!
Villa Joy Farmhouse – Check Now
The Joy Farmhouse is located in Xaghra, and is only a quick walk to the main square for restaurants. The property has a beautiful farmhouse decor that has been maintained by the friendly host. The villa sleeps 6, has an outdoor pool area, kitchen, and free use of bicycles.
Villa Boomerang – Check Now
Located in Ghasri, Villa Boomerang is a restored farmhouse-style villa where modern meets exposed stone. The kitchen is new and the place has four bedrooms. The garden, pool, and barbecue make it the perfect hang out spot for your family or group!
And there you have it – a rundown of the best areas to stay on Gozo and a few of the top accommodations for all different styles and budgets. In the end, as long as you have a few details in mind about what you are looking for, you will most likely find it on Gozo. The island is beautiful and great for exploring – so definitely don’t be shy with how long you stay there!
As always, Happy Gozo Accommodation Waddlin’,