|Minimum Stay||2 - 7 nights|
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The apartment consists of two bedrooms, both having an en-suite shower, a main bathroom, and a combined fully equipped kitchen/dining/living room having two good sized balconies overlooking the country views.
Guests can enjoy the use of a communal pool, with deck area and sunbeds. There is also a secure underground parking area with direct internal access off all apartments' main door by passenger lifts and stairwells.
Area description; The area provides a safe and tranquil locality close to convenience stores, diving centres, and other utility shops (like jet ski and bike rentals), whilst at the same time within minutes of excellent bathing areas in three bays each with their own different environments. Meanwhile the lovely countryside at the back of the apartments is a magnet for walks and biking trips, so popular with family groups.
Marsalforn seafront, with its promenades, restaurants and bathing spots, is only 200 metres away and, being the main tourist spot of the island, offers a quaint old harbour crowded with traditional colourful fishing boats, good swimming, cocktail bars with live bands, and the best restaurants and cafes on the island.
Overall, our stay was good. The apartment at Hillock Residences was clean, modern and well appointed, fairly close to shops and restaurants with plenty of choice (although menus on Gozo are all similar). Gozo wasn't quite what we expected, but we can see why the laid-back lifestyle appeals to many. The pool area was good and not too busy. Having the garage for parking was an advantage as street parking was mainly taken by the diving school vehicles on the ground floor.
A few very minor constructive criticisms, a guide to how to use the TV and DVD would have been useful - we did manage, but the choice of programmes was very limited.
It seems standard practice on Gozo to use antiquated kettles (rusty!) on a gas hob rather than electric kettles - surely 10 minutes of gas costs more than 2 mins of electricity.
The mild steel railings on the balconies are already rusting, and will need replacing in a couple of years - a business opportunity for someone in galvanising or stainless steel I think.
Finally, the details suggested that there would be a maid service (clean towels/sheets?) after 3 days - this service didn't happen! Our fault for not mentioning it perhaps, but shouldn't be necessary.
A good experience anyway.
Thanks, Phil & Paula
Mgarr ferry Terminal
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