Il-Wileġ Bed & Breakfast in Gozo

Il-Wileġ Bed & Breakfast

When I was looking for a place to stay in Malta, I initially searched where everyone else searches… Valletta, Slema, or in the beach resort areas of St. Paul’s or St. Julian’s Bay. There are a ton of big resorts, fancy hotels, and hostels in each location. I even booked two before canceling my booking.com reservation. They just didn’t seem right until I found the Il-Wileg Bed and Breakfast on Gozo, one of Malta’s three islands.

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The reception room at the Il-Wileg Bed and Breakfast on Gozo.

Il-Wileġ Bed and Breakfast on Gozo

I read a blog post about Gozo and it piqued my interest. There were a lot of little towns built atop hills with the apropos narrow twisty roads to access them.

Then I found the Il-Wileġ Bed & Breakfast, a little bed, and breakfast in the town of Qala. It’s run by a guy named Martin. The reviews were pretty good, the pictures were exactly what I was looking for and the price was right in line with my budget. So I booked it.

Then I realized it wasn’t on the main island of Malta. The BnB is located Bed and Breakfast on Gozo, one of Malta’s sister islands.

 

 

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A Moroccan style lantern at the Il-Wileg Bed and Breakfast on Gozo.
 

 

The Gozo Ferry

 


I started searching the ferry prices, once I decided to stay at the Il-Wileġ Bed and Breakfast on Gozo, but the information was sketchy. I sent an email to Martin who quickly replied with the ferry schedule and pricing for me and my rental car. 

The Gozo Channel Ferry had extensive hours, pretty much 24 hours, and the price for a roundtrip was €15.70 during the day and €12.80 for evening transportation. You pay for the trip on the Gozo side of the trip.

The Gozo Channel Ferry is very nice. There is free WI-FI on the boat and in the terminal. There is a cafeteria and convenience store onboard, although I found it to be quite expensive for the 25-minute ride.

 

 

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Waiting for the Gozo Channel Ferry to Gozo from Malta
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On the deck of the Gozo Channel Ferry to Gozo from Malta



Bed and Breakfast on Gozo

I’ve stayed at a BnB before but I was with my husband. The Il-Wileġ Bed & Breakfast on Gozo occupies a cheese wedge at the crest of the hill and looked very safe. Turn right and you can enter the restaurant. Turn left through the bright blue door and you’re smack dab in the hotel lobby.
 
As soon as you enter, your eyes are drawn to a spiral staircase. Martin, a nice looking man probably in his mid to late ’60s gives me the short tour and the key. He grabs my duffel bag and points to the top the stairs and the Lavender Room.
 
 
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The Lavender Room at the Il-Wileg Bed and Breakfast in Gozo, Malta

 

A Sweet Upgrade & Terrace


It was pretty, but it’s not exactly what I expected. I thought I booked a room with a balcony. He scurried downstairs and brought up my reservation.
In the center, it was very clear. I had booked the Lavender Room. He could see I was disappointed and offered to show me another room the following day.

After looking around– about 60 seconds, I joined a few other guests downstairs in the restaurant for a glass of wine. The restaurant is in a really cute courtyard if not a little overgrown.

The following morning, Martin knocked on the door. There was a cancellation, the room with the terrace was available next door. As soon as I walked in, I knew I was home. Other amenities include free WI-FI, International Cable TV, air conditioning, free parking, and complimentary coffee/tea service in the lobby.

The room rate for September for a Bed and Breakfast on Gozo was €80 for the lavender room and €90 for the room with a view.

 

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The large terrace at the Il-Wileg Bed and Breakfast in Gozo, Malta. The terrace has a view of the pool, the town and the sea beyond.
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The large terrace at the Il-Wileg Bed and Breakfast in Gozo, Malta. The terrace has a view of the pool, the town and the sea beyond.
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The large terrace at the Il-Wileg Bed and Breakfast in Gozo, Malta. The terrace has a view of the pool, the town and the sea beyond.

 

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Breakfast is included at the Il-Wileg Bed and Breakfast in Gozo, Malta. It includes danish, toast, fruit cereal, and eggs made to order along with your choice of juice and/or coffee.
 

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The pool deck just outside the restaurant at the Il-Wileg Bed and Breakfast in Gozo, Malta.
 

The Village of Qala

 

The village of Qala has a lot of construction going on. It appears it is ripe for BnB’s and vacation homes. Qala does in fact sit upon a hill and is less than 10 minutes from the port and is responsible for quite a few Bed and Breakfast on Gozo. The streets are narrow and steep, with a few jackknives turns thrown in to really get your heart pumping. All the above made me a little leery about exploring, but I found a couple of restaurants and churches that were lovely.

 

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One thing that I will never forget is that I had to drive THROUGH a little restaurant every evening. Yup, they set up the tables with just enough room for a small car to shimmy by.

 

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The pool deck just outside the restaurant at the Il-Wileg Bed and Breakfast on Gozo, Malta.
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