As per most of the recent reviews, my partner and I held little hope about the Pax, but boy were we pleased with what we found. In a nutshell, this was a bargain holiday!
We stayed from the 14th to 19th September 2013.
I never do reviews, but I simply had to because of all the negative ones that have been posted.
We are both in our 40's and expected a hotel full of drunken youngsters, but we found that we were the average age. Don't get me wrong, we went to Magaluf for the sun, sand and to party like crazy on the strip. Being from Blackpool, that's how we role anyway, so we would have mixed with youngsters and were ready to party hard. Instead we found the Pax a great place to relax by the pool, surrounded by a really great bunch of people. I can honestly say this was the best bunch of strangers I've been lucky enough to holiday with.
Like a previous review, I'll write up on each subject.
We travelled with Jet2Holidays, flew from Blackpool, and it went very smoothly.
We paid 300 quid for 5 nights including transfers, insurance, and the all inclusive. BARGAIN!!!
Reception: Spot on, 24 hours, very friendly, even the security guys were chatty, and a special note for Anna, she was brilliant in liaising with Jet2 about our transfer back to Palma.
Our Room: It was massive, 4 single beds, we pulled 2 together to make a double, all very comfy. The room was spotless, the balcony had two chairs and a small table, again perfect. The bathroom was lovely, a bath, powerful shower, very clean toilet and sink, and even soaps. Plenty of towels that were changed every day. There were loads of drawers and places to hang clothes. There is a safe in the wardrobe and the key is from reception at a small charge. The maid cleaned the room properly and made the beds every day. My only criticism is that there can be noise from the corridors, but this was easily remedied by drinking plenty of beer before bed (which we did), problem solved:-)
Food: We can't understand the moaning about the food, it was absolutely spot on. There was always a lovely display, fresh crispy salads, cold meats, pies, grills, Paella, pasta, vegetables, soups, etc. etc..and it was different at every meal. We asked so many people if they enjoyed the food as much as we did, and we never heard a single person complain.
The daytime snacks are the best I have seen in any hotel I have ever stayed. There is a large choice of Burgers, sausages, fish fingers, pizza, salads, cold meats, cheeses, bread, etc. etc...I honestly can't believe some of the crap that's been said about the Pax food.
Bars: They had removed the 1 drink rule and you are allowed two per bar visit. The bar was never ever busy. Beer was San Miguel, the mixers were Coca Cola and Fanta, and the shorts were the same as all the other AI hotels I have visited. Again, what are people moaning about? It was great.
Staff: Brilliant, very friendly, always ready to chat.
Pool: Only one pool open, but it was lovely and large, and we never had a problem getting a sunbed. No kids jumping about in the pool was great too.
Entertainment: The usual Darts, pool games, pool competition, Archery, Rifle shooting, Crazy golf, etc... all on site and a barrel of laughs if you get involved. A special mention about Mandela and Mishka, a cracking couple of people who worked really hard and ran all the activities. PS: The Wednesday Sangria pool party was so chilled, and I really belly laughed at the Sangria making demonstration and the cracking lad from Birmingham. If you were there you know what I mean, it was hilarious!
Location: Perfect, far enough away from the strip, but only a five minute walk along the beach front which was lovely to get back to the strip, or 10 mins down the road passing plenty of bars and shops which were good too. It was lovely to have little walk after dinner, passing some stunning bars along the way. Problem was we always ended up in a few too:-)
Yes the hotel is a little run down, so it isn't a palace, but it is an absolute bargain and if you are lucky enough to have a lovely bunch of strangers staying at the same time too, you will also have a great holiday.
We heard from staff that the Marina Group of Hotels are selling the PAX this winter, that may explain why they have not fixed the other pool.
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- Also Known As:
- Marina Pax Magalluf
- Hotel Marina Pax
- FERGUS Pax Magaluf, Majorca