We are just back from 15 nights at Duncan Guest House in Marsaxlokk and must confess to missing wakening up in room 1 and looking out over the harbour from our balconies, there are 2 balconies in this room.
As arranged we were picked up at the airport and taken the short 10 minute journey down to Marsaxlokk and our accommodation at Duncans, where we had a warm greeting from Michael and David. Our room wasn't quite ready (which wasn't a problem) so we left our bags and went out for a bit of basic shopping, milk etc.
By the time we got back our room was ready and we were able to get settled in, the room has plenty of drawer and hanging space with a large 3 door wardrobe and 2 bedside cabinets and a chest of drawers.
There is a ...
small but adequate kitchen area with sink and fridge, cutlery and crockery is supplied as is a fridge, toaster, also a kettle with tea and coffee supplied, there is also a small table and 2 chairs for eating at should you wish and a TV with some satellite channels and a DVD player.Read More
If you want to heat any food there is a small cooker with 2 rings and an oven in the corridor that you can lift in to the room, however there are no pots/pans but you can heat food.
The bathroom was large with a bath and shower over it, clean towels are supplied every day and clean bedding every three days.
The room has 2 single beds which are pushed together to form a double depending on your preference.
There is free of charge air conditioning that is operated via a push button timer that you can have on for either 30 minutes, 1 or 2 hours before it cuts off and you have to restart it (no big deal) and an oscillating fan is also provided in the room.
You also have an iron and ironing board which complements the washing machine and clothes drying area located on the roof. A twin tub (haven\'t seen one in years) is free for guest use and you can do a washing very quickly and hang it out to dry while you are out, this facility is also fantastic by allowing you to reduce your luggage weight.
The actual room is a large size corner room with 3 windows, 2 of which open out on to a balcony, absolutely perfect for people watching and looking over the pretty harbour and the traditional Luzzi fishing boats. We spent many hours sitting watching the world go by with a glass of wine or beer on the balcony.
Duncan Bar and Restaurant as the name implies is more than just accommodation, there is also a bar and restaurant located down below at ground level where you are able to purchase (if not already included) a continental or cooked breakfast, I must mention that despite it being directly below our room we never heard a thing, to be honest we never heard any noise, not even when the large Sunday market was getting set up.
Once you open the balcony doors or window you did get a surprise by the noise and activity however there are both outer and inner doors/windows that stop the noise entering the room, didn't even here the bells from the church next to us.
There are a surprising amount of places to eat in Marsaxlokk, I counted at least 23 ranging from one Chinese (which is located above another very expensive restaurant (Tartarun) just opposite Duncan and looking in to it from our balcony it was quite busy most nights) to a small local fried chicken place. As you would expect the majority of restaurants serve locally caught fresh fish (which you can choose) however every restaurant also serves freshly prepared meat and vegetarian dishes, if you like pizzas you will love a Maltese pizza.
If you want a slightly more modern look and menu away from the traditional Maltese style restaurants head along to South East Cafe which is always popular.
The prices and quality of many of the restaurants are outstanding and you should go out and try a variety of different ones as some are far nicer and superior than others.
We had booked room 1 directly with Michael when we were in Marsaxlokk in March so we knew what we were getting and were looking forward to a pleasurable stay and that is exactly what we had.
Michael and his brothers are excellent hosts and nothing is a bother or problem for them, they go out of their way to help you and we cant wait to go back to room 1 and our balcony.