My friends and I stayed at the Magnific for 10 nights over June/July. When we finally arrived at the hotel in the early hours of the morning after a 2.5 hour wait for the shuttle transfer, the unhelpful check-in staff explained that there were electrical faults in both the rooms we'd booked; broken air-conditioning in one and a broken overhead light in the other. We were told that we’d need to stay in a self catering hotel down the road for two nights until the problems were fixed, though we could still use all the hotel facilities and come and go as we please. COMPLETELY UNACCEPTABLE!! After almost an hour of trying to reason with the staff (and them practically laughing at us) we gave up and accepted our fate. We were taken to the hotel down the road only to find they’d booked us in to a complete and utter DIVE – I’ve never seen anything so vile in all my life. Seeing as we’d booked two rooms at the Magnific which is rated as 4* accommodation, you can imagine our disappointment when they chucked all four of us in one appartment in a two bob slum that we would NEVER choose to stay in ourselves. We had to laugh about it otherwise we’d cry. The next morning we went straight to reception to get it sorted as there was no way we were spending another night in that hell hole. As predicted, the staff were extremely unhelpful and said there was nothing they could do as the rooms still needed to be fixed, so we decided to call our rep who arranged to meet us in the afternoon at the hotel. After speaking to the reception staff, our rep informed us that miraculously two rooms had become available(!!) and they’d upgrade us to superior rooms free of charge. We waived goodbye to the slum and bought our suitcases over. Coincidentally, the air con was broken in one room and the overhead light in the other didn’t work...what are the chances!! We were given 6 bottles of wine as compensation for the inconvenience with the rooms (which didn’t get fixed throughout our stay) and some old fruit...just what you need in an all inclusive hotel!
Other than this set back, the rest of our time at the hotel was pretty much drama free and we had a wicked holiday :)
LOCATION - great location if you want to go out clubbing. We always started the night at Outback Bar which was only a few minutes walk from the hotel. Being so close to bar street does mean that you can hear the music in the hotel rooms until around 4am – so not really ideal if you’re going for more of a relaxing holiday.
FOOD/DRINK - the food was questionable. Some days it was ok and others not so nice, but it’s what you can expect for an all inclusive hotel…you get what you pay for. The glasses they give you for drinks are stupidly small which means going to the bar A LOT for refills. The wine is pretty rancid but mix it with some lemonade and Bob’s your uncle!
ENTERTAINMENT – the animation team are a laugh and try to get everyone involved in the daily activities, sometimes wont take no for an answer though which can get annoying. Evening entertainment included bingo, transvestite belly dancer(!), fire eaters, acrobats etc, the usual!
POOL/BEACH – pool area is kept really clean throughout the day, staff constantly collecting glasses and sweeping up etc. It can get quite crowded and sun beds are pushed quite close together but it’s ok. The beach is literally on the doorstep but can sometimes be quite hard to get a sun bed. Would recommend walking a bit further down the beach (turn right out of the hotel) until you get to the sun beds with the pink cushions.
BARS/CLUBS – would definitely recommend Outback Bar, the staff are all really nice (and fit!) and the music is good. Temple Bar at the end of bar street is wicked too. Also, check out Papas Pizza on your way home from a night out...best hangover cure ever!!
All in all it was a great holiday and I’d definitely go back to Gumbet, but not so sure I’d return to the Magnific!
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- Also Known As:
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