Following a recent 2 weeks stay for a very cheap price at the hotel Magnolia and reading some of the reviews from guests I feel I have to comment.
Albena is a lovely town, quiet and very child orientated. The area is clean and tidy, with nice cheap bars and restraunts lining the beach. The hotel offers free sunbeds on the beach with access to free drinks and snacks from a local hotel (we never visited this but people reported the food was the same as in our hotel)
On arrival we were met by friendly reception staff. The room was basic but clean, well maintained with fresh towels and bedding changed regularly. All staff met on the holiday were pleasant and polite. Yes they may not speak fluent english, but they know enough to say hello and thankyou if you treat them with same respect you wish to recieve. We had no problems at all with any of the hotel reception / bar / restraunt staff.
The food. After travelling to Bulgaria twice before and other similar countries (Turkey), we knew exactly what to expect. Yes the food was not brilliant, but what do you expect for the money you pay for a 3 star hotel. Fruit and salad was consistently available, with options of meat and fish available daily. The food in these countries is served at room temperature, but a microwave is available if you wish to use it, although we never did. As a fussy eater, I found something to eat every night.
The only downside to the hotel is the management and upkeep of the pool. The pool area itself had pieces of tiles missing, resulting in instances of cuts to feet and legs. As we were leaving, these were however being repaired. The hotel lifeguards, as noted in a previous review, spent more time sat than watching the pools but children are the parents responsibility, they themselves should take responsibility for watching their children, after all, not all hotels have a lifeguard!!
The entertainment is what you would expect for a 3 star hotel. The songs and activities are repetative but the children appeared to enjoy the dancing on the bridge and they are not played all day, a couple of hours in the morning, an hour on an afternoon. The entertainment does continue on a night, but in the ampitheatre a 5 minute walk away with a mini disco and a show of some sort.
A few reports have mentioned the armed police turning up. I would just like to report that this WAS NOT a regular occurance and not for the reasons mentioned! This incident took place during our stay and the police were called as a result of the behaviour of some of the hotels english guests, (we were sat at the pool bar still buying drinks and were not asked to move by them) We stayed at the hotel for 2 weeks and had no problems at all after 11 and were definatly not escorted back to our rooms. Drinks are available as is stated in the hotel information at a charge after 11. The bar staff were very willing to stay working the bar until you have finished, we were out until 1 on occassions.
For a cheap value for money hotel Magnolia is the perfect place. If you want 5 star luxury, pay for it!!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The All-Inclusive Magnolia Hotel is situated on a green slope in the upper part of Albena, about 1,300 meters from the beach. It provides 340 well-furnished, air-conditioned rooms with balconies and great opportunities for recreation, away from the noise and intensity of the central parts. Safety-box and fridge can be rented at Reception. There is a main buffet restaurant serving a variety of local and international cuisine, lobby bar, snack bar and pool bar where guests can enjoy refreshing drinks. Guests can enjoy thematic and barbecue evenings and live-cooking throughout the week. Lunch is also offered on the beach at Dorostor Restaurant. A sun umbrella with 2 lounge chairs at the beach are available per room. A free shuttle bus service is available daily on every half an hour, driving guests from Magnolia hotel to the beach and back. Rich animation program is offered in the hotel six days per week. Free Wi-Fi at 1 Mbps is available in all public areas. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Magnolia Garden Albena