Sunbeds around a pool in a boutique hotel in Gozo with orange sunset

Choose A Boutique Hotel in Gozo │The Best Places To Stay 2022

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Finding a great boutique hotel in Gozo is quite a tough job – there is just so much choice! Luckily, we’ve put together this post that highlights the pros and cons of the top accommodation on the island. Take a look and be ready to be stunned!

The Best Boutique Hotel in Gozo

If you know exactly what you are looking for and are ready to book your hotel, take my advice and choose my top pick. I’ve chosen this as the best quaint boutique hotel in Gozo as it ticks so many boxes for the perfect stay. You won’t regret it!

The Duke Boutique Hotel – Victoria

Frequently known to locals as the best boutique hotel in Gozo, and with over 1000 positive guest reviews, you probably won’t need much convincing to stay here! 

There’s not much that The Duke doesn’t offer.

Fancy a private jacuzzi? Stay in a terrace room and enjoy the outstanding views of Gozo.

Looking for a luxury week away – check into the presidential suite and appreciate the freestanding bath.

Or maybe you just need a sophisticated place to sleep and relax after your busy days exploring Gozo, in which case you can book a standard room and still experience the high quality and comfort that The Duke prides itself on.

The Duke is also extremely welcoming to families, so don’t feel like you have to miss out on wonderful hotel experiences just because you’ve got kids!

Situated next to the pretty Villa Rundle Gardens and minutes away from a range of shops, bars and cafes, this hotel is the perfect place to base yourself when exploring Victoria and the rest of the island.

Top Amenities:

  • On-site restaurant
  • Soundproof rooms
  • Private jacuzzi (specific rooms)
  • Laptop safe

Check availability and room prices here.


Gozo is an underrated gem in the Mediterranean Sea, just north of the coast of mainland Malta. Until we arrived in Malta, I had never heard of Gozo but since visiting it has become a firm favourite. Not only are there incredible beaches in Gozo, but stunning cliffs, mesmerising architecture, amazing diving opportunities and definitely some gorgeous accommodation options.

Sometimes, it is nice to feel welcomed and at home when you’re on a trip abroad, and that’s what Gozo does best.

 
Wooden dining table and chairs in tiled hotel restaurant

Don’t skip the restaurant in your hotel either – they usually serve excellent homemade options!

What To Expect From A Boutique Hotel In Gozo

There are so many different types of accommodation available now that it is easy to get confused with the different definitions!

Put simply though, a boutique hotel is an accommodation with all of the amenities of a hotel, without the hoards of people and with the personable feel of a guesthouse. They’re often family-run or have a wonderful story behind the building you stay in.

It’s perfect for people wanting access to daily breakfasts, room service and housekeeping, but not wanting to get up at 6 am to reserve a sunbed or bland decor.

Outside space looking towards pool, lined with stone wall on right and black gate on left

Your boutique hotel in Gozo will always have a special charm about it

Not all boutique hotels fit every category, but most are small, stylish and charming. They don’t tend to be big recognisable chains, and guest service is usually highly rated because the staff can focus better on fewer guests.

Boutique places are usually decorated with a little more detail than a typical hotel – think cutesy themes, aesthetic character and unique furnishings. Often, these details will represent the country or city the hotel is located in, which makes it all the more exciting!

Fruit, yoghurt and sweet breads for breakfast

Would you choose a full English or a continental breakfast?

One problem with a boutique hotel in Gozo is that because they are small, they are often booked up quite early with no room for extra guests! If you are looking to find somewhere a little special, then make sure you do your research months before you plan to visit and book your room early.

With booking.com, there are often options to ‘book now, pay later’ or ‘book now with free cancellation’ so I would highly recommend doing this to guarantee your room and then you can be flexible with dates later on if you need to be.


Choose An Amazing Boutique Hotel in Gozo

The rest of the hotels on my list are all still stunning, comfortable and different in their own way! Good luck making a choice!

Cesca’s Boutique Hotel – Xlendi

Cesca’s is a fantastic place to stay during your island trip. Boasting a gorgeous infinity pool, this boutique hotel in Gozo will wow you with its creative and unique decor.

Each room has access to free WiFi, a private bathroom with either a bath or shower (ask in advance for your preference – if they have availability the staff will happily accommodate your choice!) and a flat-screen TV for those chilled out evenings.

At Cesca, you’re spoilt in every way, with the choice between the comfort, deluxe + superior rooms or the classic suites, a quaint restaurant (breakfast is included – you wouldn’t expect anything less!) and breathtaking views.

Top Amenities:

  • Shared lounge area
  • Continental or buffet breakfast
  • Rooftop pool
  • Bath tubs (specific rooms)

Check availability and book your rooms here.


Bliss Boutique Living – Xaghra

This elegantly styled hotel lived up to all of our expectations.

With just 12 rooms, all named after places in Gozo, the Bliss Boutique staff make you feel super welcome and can’t do enough to help each guest.

Hotel bedroom with white bedding on double bed and brown wooden flooring

Isn’t the bed just so inviting?

There isn’t an official car park, but there are spaces on the road outside the hotel so if you’ve rented a vehicle you can easily park.

The rooftop pool is clean and fresh, with plenty of sunbeds dotted around, and a separate seating area for when you just want to take in the city view. You also have a balcony to enjoy if you’d prefer to stay in your own room.

Do not skip breakfast here – you will regret it! I cannot recommend the French toast highly enough, but the salmon on toast and the Full English were incredible too. Don’t forget to grab a pastry and some fruit too (you’ll be full from breakfast but it’s great to have extra snacks for your busy days ahead!).

Pile of French Toast decorated with flowers, mint leaves and red berries

Remember that there isn’t a kettle in the room because you are allowed to help yourself to the hot water dispenser in the breakfast room! This isn’t ideal if you just want a tea in your room in the morning, but it’s only a very short trip so it’s not going to be a huge inconvenience.

Top Amenities:

  • Rooftop pool
  • Excellent breakfast
  • Street parking
  • Shared terrace area

Check the room availability and prices here.


Casa Gemelli Boutique Guesthouse – Victoria

As a fairly new hotel (only opened in 2017), Casa Gemelli is a great place to stay that showcases the unique Gozitan characteristics as well as the high-quality service and comfort that you expect in your accommodation.

In this beautifully restored townhouse, you can enjoy a great breakfast, attentive staff and a shared terrace with a view of the magnificent Citadel. You can even choose a room with the same view, or perhaps you’d prefer to wake up to see the garden.

Note that this is an adults-only hotel.

Top Amenities:

  • Complimentary toiletries
  • Free WiFi in all areas
  • City views
  • Air conditioning

Check the room availability and prices here.


Il-Logga Boutique Hotel – Xaghra

Run by two friendly brothers who ensure that your stay is faultless, Il-Logga offers the perfect mix of luxury, comfort and tradition.

Hotel room with double bed, orange feature wall and champagne bucket

Isn’t it nice to be welcomed with a drink after a busy day of travelling?

There are only 12 rooms, which means that each is carefully designed to ensure that you have the best night’s sleep!

Enjoy the rooftop pool, and depending on the room you book, you could have a spacious balcony or a sizeable terrace to wind down on after a busy day sightseeing.

Rooftop outdoor pool with blue sun loungers

Relax in the sunshine with a rooftop swim!

Don’t forget to make the most of the generous breakfast too!

If you can, take the time to eat in the hotel’s restaurant. Unlike large chain accommodation, these dishes are carefully prepared and served to the highest quality.

Top Amenities:

  • On-site bar
  • On-site restaurant
  • Fridge in your room
  • Outdoor swimming pool

Click here to check prices and room availability.


Santa Lucia Boutique Hotel – near Victoria and Xlendi

The newest hotel on our list, Santa Lucia only opened in 2021 but has already shown that it is one of the best boutique hotels in Gozo!

It’s the small touches that make the biggest impact here – the underfloor heating in all rooms, a relaxing cocktail bar and the stylish yet traditional decor of the rooms. 

Double bed in a hotel room with golden curtains and bed throw

The rooms here are beautifully decorated

Not only is there a spacious pool, but there is also a jacuzzi for you to enjoy!

You can even book to have your wedding at Santa Lucia – the incredible backdrop of Gozo in your wedding photos, as well as the attentive service of the staff here, would make your day even more unforgettable.

Corner of a pool with stripy sun loungers around

From the rooms to the pool, you’ll always find a great spot to relax!

Top Amenities:

  • Free parking
  • Shared garden/terrace area
  • Hot tub
  • Outdoor swimming pool

Book your room here


Ajuga Luxury Boutique B&B – Qala

This cute little B&B offers everything you’ll need for a home away from home when visiting Malta. 

The rooms are uniquely decorated, clean and spacious, with beautiful sea views. The air conditioning units will help you cool off in the summer evenings.

The hosts cannot do enough to help you settle in. They also own two nearby restaurants in town, so take a short walk and enjoy the excellent hospitality there too.

Top Amenities:

  • Sea views
  • Complimentary breakfast
  • Free WiFi
  • Outdoor swimming pool

Cittadella Boutique Living – Victoria

Imagine waking up to the impressive Citadella outside your window! These Cittadella Boutique Living Apartments are situated directly next to the fortified city, which makes it an excellent place to base yourself whilst staying in the capital for a few days or more.

Bedroom area of an apartment, with blue double bed and yellow sofa

Enjoy the combination of a spacious apartment and a boutique hotel all in one!

A great thing about these apartments is that you get your own kitchen space which means that you have the flexibility of cooking and washing, but you also get breakfast included! 

There is an outdoor swimming pool situated on the roof – it is shared but as there aren’t hundreds of other rooms, you can enjoy it without feeling overcrowded.

Kitchen and living area of an apartment with grey sofas, dining tables and counters.

You can spend an evening cooking for yourself if you want to save a little bit of money

Top Amenities:

  • City views
  • Complimentary breakfast (also your own kitchen space)
  • Laundry facilities
  • Rooftop swimming pool

Check the prices and availability for your dates here.


Viewpoint Boutique Living – Xlendi

Viewpoint Boutique Living has its obvious main selling point – and no one else can really compete! Run by a local couple with a long family history to the building, the hotel is a friendly and welcoming space for solo travellers, couples and families alike.

The beautifully furnished rooms reflect the local nature, and offer a balcony or private terrace for you to spend those early mornings before your delicious breakfast! You also get access to free WiFi, complimentary toiletries and tea + coffee making facilities.

The hotel itself is located on a cliff overlooking Xlendi so when you do finally leave the hotel, it’s easy to walk down to the nearby beaches and appreciate Gozo’s natural beauty.

Top Amenities:

  • Free WiFi
  • Shared sun terrace
  • Jacuzzi (specific rooms)
  • Rooftop swimming pool

Check room availability and prices here


Dar Tal-Kaptan Boutique Maison – Ghasri (near Gharb)

This is the most unique and interesting boutique hotel in Gozo! Not only does it house an outdoor pool, but there’s a jacuzzi, a sauce and a shisha lounge! Book your stay here if you are looking for something a little bit different.

You will be greeted with wonderful hospitality, well-decorated rooms and even a complimentary drink! Dotted around the property are some unusual sculptures, paintings and artwork, which add to the quirky nature of the place.

Breakfast is excellent, as are the views from the rooms and their terraces.

It’s also great if you visit as a large group, as you can book out the whole hotel.

Top Amenities:

  • Tea/coffee facilities
  • Free WiFi
  • Jacuzzi + sauna area
  • Rooftop swimming pool

Book your stay here and check each room for availability


Murella Living

If you really want to see an incredible display of Gozitan art and design, then staying at Murella Living is a must. Each room is decorated with furniture and accessories that truly show off Gozo’s individuality history.

Not only is the hotel wonderfully equipped with ergonomic mattresses, laundry service and fresh breakfast, but they are working hard to be eco-friendly too.

Murella is located just a stone’s throw away from the beach, restaurants, bars and cafes.

There is also a room that is specifically designed for those guests with a physical impairment – still designed to the highest standard but with a few adjustments to make life easier if you need it.

Top Amenities:

  • Balcony/terrace
  • Free toiletries
  • Close to the beach
  • Accessible room available

Book your stay here


Il-Bàrraġ B&B Hosting Family

Set in a traditional building with modern facilities, this B&B is a great option if you want to stay in the east of the island, near to the best beaches. 

The hosts live on the property, so you can be guaranteed a personable experience – they are super welcoming and friendly too! Ask any questions about your stay on Gozo and they will be more than happy to help.

Stone courtyard with archway leading to outdoors on right

The stone courtyard is so beautiful!

You can make the most of the free WiFi, breakfast and courtyard space. The hotel is located minutes away from the small town centre, so you can access any shops and restaurants you need very easily.

*The owners Rodrick and Angele kindly provided me with some more information below about their hotel*

Il-Barrag B&B is located at the centre of Nadur, a small hilltop village on the island of Gozo.  The two stories building is over 400 years old and is a showcase of the Maltese architectural evolution throughout the years. The building has served different uses throughout its lifetime, and recently it was meticulously restored to operate as a bed & breakfast, keeping all its antique features.

Hotel room with double bed and stone walls

How cosy is this?!

The hosts, Rodrick and Angele provide attentive care to all guests in whatever they might need. Local traditional food is also served at the bed & breakfast for those curious to have a taste of the forgotten past.

Top Amenities:

  • Complimentary breakfast
  • Street parking
  • Free toiletries
  • Free WiFi

For room availability and prices, click here


Where To Stay On Gozo Island

If you need a bit more time and research before being ready to book your accommodation, identify with one of the categories below and we can dive in deeper to find the best place for you to stay!

Gozo may be small, but there are huge differences between the towns so you’ll need to pick where to stay carefully.

The island is easy to get around (especially if you hire a car) but being based in the best area for you is going to make your holiday that little easier, and that’s what it’s all about!

Whether you’re looking for budget rooms, luxury apartments or something in between, you’ll find a location with a boutique hotel in Gozo that fits your needs!

If You Are A Backpacker

Backpackers are usually focused on two things – fun and how much they can have on a budget! Sure, in Malta you won’t find a bed for €2 like in Southeast Asia, but you can get some gorgeous rooms for low prices relative to usual European costs.

Victoria is a great place for backpackers as there are a lot of accommodation options there which means competitive prices. It’s not as close to the beaches but if you hire a cheap car then you could realistically stay anywhere.

If You Are A Sun Lounger

Are you planning on spending most of your time outside in the baking sun? Then you’ll need a pool, loungers, and probably some excellent cocktail menus! You might also want a change of scenery so grab your towel and head to the beach to laze the days away.

Luckily for you, Gozo boasts plenty of beautiful beaches to choose from. Stay in Nadur to have great access to Ramla Bay for the best sand + swimming, with San Blas coming up a close second.

If You Are A Couple

Gozo is the perfect spot for a romantic getaway. We should know – we got engaged on the island! Staying near a perfect sunset viewpoint is an obvious choice for a romantic trip, so I’d recommend booking your accommodation on the west coast if you want to catch the gorgeous skies!

Locations like Dwejra Bay and Xlendi are popular for this reason, and the nearby towns of Santa Lucijia and Gharb offer wonderful hotel choices.

If You Are A Family With Children

The island is a lovely place to bring the whole family.

The pretty town of Xaghra is a great place to base yourself as it is close to the beach at Ramla Bay, as well as having some interesting historical monuments situated in the district itself.

If You Are A Person With A Physical Impairment 

If you’re coming from Malta, then you’ll know that the islands aren’t particularly accessibility friendly. Steep hills and uneven pavements regularly limit most holidaymakers, so if you are someone who uses a wheelchair or else finds it difficult to walk then you’ll need to think carefully about where you’re spending most of your time.

Marsalforn is definitely the flattest area of Gozo and has plenty to keep you entertained. Enjoy the beach, the promenade and the great accommodation options here.

Victoria

The capital of Gozo Island is a stunning city, full of fascinating history, gorgeous architecture and excellent restaurants. 

Named after the British Queen Victoria for her golden jubilee, the city is actually called Citta’ ir-Rabat (not to be confused with Rabat on the mainland). 

Surprisingly for a capital city, Victoria has some wonderful winding streets that you can get lost in. There are cafes, restaurants and wine bars galore, along with hole-in-the-wall snack places and stalls.

Make sure you take the time to visit the Citadel of course – you won’t be disappointed! 

Victoria is a great place for shopping, socialising and discovering the history of Gozo. It’s a little far from the coast so if you want a beach swim every morning, perhaps it’s not the place for you. 

I’d recommend staying here if you want plenty to do to fill your days and a busy nightlife too. It’s also the most central town, with easy access to everywhere else on Gozo.

Xaghra

Xaghra is a lovely place to stay if you want quick access to the beaches, but also want the picturesque charm of a Gozitan town!

There are some hugely important historical sites here, including the UNESCO World Heritage Ggantija temple complex – there are stones here that are almost 6000 years old! 

Xaghra has a beautiful town square with some great restaurants (we highly recommend Al Sale – but definitely go hungry because portions are enormous!), but it is a small town so stay here if you are in Goz for more than a few days.

The roads can be incredibly steep though so take extra care in your rental car!

Gharb

This tiny town sits on the west of the island, and it’s perfect for travellers who are interested in local life and artisan crafts. 

The famous Ta’Dbiegi crafts village lies just south of Gharb, where you can not only purchase beautifully handcrafted lace, glass and pottery but watch it being made too!

If you’re interested in diving, then I’d recommend staying here because it’s super close to the Inland Sea diving site, so you can easily get there nice and early to start your dive.

Xlendi

Xlendi is a sleepy resort town with plenty of restaurants, cafes and bars, with the added bonus of a gorgeous swimming spot!

The beach is limited – on the day that we went the water was actually so high, it was hitting up against the restaurant gazebo windows! There is a tiny shingle area where you might be able to lay down on a towel on a good day, but it’s better to just be in the water here! Xlendi is a great place to swim, snorkel or dive.

You can take some gorgeous scenic walks along the cliffs here, so stay nearby if you’re a nature lover!

Marsalforn

Marsalforn is a pretty place that gets livelier as the summer months go on. It’s got easy access to a variety of beaches – the sandy bay in Marsalforn itself is nice enough to spend a day in, but you can also reach Ramla Bay, Xwejni and San Blas within 20 minutes.

Stay in Marsalforn if you want plenty of beach days!

You can also dive here – and choose from a great range of diving schools so don’t feel like you only have one option.

Nadur

Stay in Nadur if you don’t want to do much travelling around Gozo! It’s close to the ferry terminal, there are beautiful beaches nearby and some fantastic views of the rest of the island.

Like most of these towns, Nadur is quiet and relaxed. There are lots of accommodation options but you don’t get a hugely touristy feel – mainly because it’s not set on the coastline which is where most holidaymakers tend to base themselves.


Did you manage to make a decision between the best boutique hotels in Gozo? Let me know in the comments where you chose to stay and what your experience was like! 

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