I booked this last minute, cheap break for me and my boyfriend. I've been to Bulgaria three times before sunny beach and Golden sands but never to Albena so thought a change would be nice.... How wrong was I...
We landed at Burgas airport in the early hours, the transfer took us 3.5 hours so I advise you fly into varna, transfer much quicker. We was taken to a small reception area and I knew straight away we wasn't in the main hotel but in the Gardens... We was taken to our room they are small with a tiny wardrobe 2 single beds pushed together and a single bed on its own. Bathroom was small and smelt terrible the whole week. Ants all over the floor. Balcony was dirty and needed painting, we used the spare bed to put our clothes on as no storage, god help if there is more than 2 of you in the room. Only nice thing about the room was the air con... I no your not in the room much but you always went someone decent to come back to.
The pool area is not much better, slippy floors and steps (many people fell over) broken tiles and drain grates around the pool and instead of them being mended they place umbrella bases over the top. You struggle to get a sunbed and they are uncomfortable the whole area could do with a good clean. The bridge over the pool is still not in use and we was told it's been like that for 7 years.
Restaurant is like a cattle market, I have never been on holiday with such a bunch of rude people with no MANNERS what so ever. They don't cue and are so greedy they pile the food on there plates and leave most of it. Breakfast is not for us English no bacon,beans or normal sausages the whole week, who want's pasta and salad for breakfast. Lunch time was about the best. We ate out 3 nights as the food was the same every night and when there is only potatoes and rice cause they can't provide enough chips or meat your waiting that long the rest of the food on your plate is cold. I did complain to the hotel manager the one night and ended up throwing my empty plate on table and walked out....if people are not going to eat the food they put on there plates maybe there would be enough for everyone else!!! (You will no what I mean when you go).
Bar Staff are not very friendly and are rude and don't understand English. All inclusive drinks not much selection no entertainment at night at all.
We went down the 165 steps every night to walk round the shops and have a few drinks not 1 English bar where you could have a bit of entertainment.
Beach is lovely... Out of the week we had 4 nice sunny days and some terrible storms that lasted all day so was stuck in the room. Yes it was a holiday and we relaxed but we would never go to Albena again. Think twice before you go ;0)
- 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