Loved the Magic Group Shame about the run down hotel
We have just returned from a great week at the monika holidays, the view from apartment number 68, block 1, floor 17 was wonderful, straight out to sea, there is a lot of construction in the area, they are building some apartments to the left of the hotel and 2 of the new sister hotels to the monika are not yet finished, being the Magic Atrium Beach and the other the Gran Magic Atrium ( The largest hotel in the world!!! oficially) but you would not have known anything was going on, it was silent, only the odd bang from these apartments being built, the rooms in the monika are generally very run down, ours was one of the original apartments, the general colour of everything at the monika is Orange, the balconey, the bathroom, the windows, all faded orange!!!, the walls were very dirty and half of the light bulbs were out, although after speaking to reception they were replaced. The sofa in the lounge was all ripped and the curtains in the lounge were very dirty, the kitchen area was very old and had had a lot of use, on the other hand though the under floor heating, the shower and the view from both the balconey and the floor to celing windows in the bedrooms looking over the mountains behind were wonderful. The food at the hotel was the best I have had in europe and you will see from other reviews of mine we have stayed in some very good hotels, the choice at all 3 sittings was great, the deserts were amazing and was nice to see proper sausages and bacon in a morning, also having the choice to use all the other hotels bar the Villa Benidorm, Alfas and Atrium Beach for eating was great, I would say though that the best hotel in the chain we visited was the Magic Rock, I do hope when all the other hotels are refurbished they are as good as that hotel. The Monika was full of Rude Spaniards when we were there, they barged their way into every where and would not wait for a lift taking the one you have being waiting for, soon we caught on and pushed them out of the way instead, the hotel in in 4 blocks and there are 2 lifts to each block, if you have a hire car the car park is well worth the 9 euros you pay a day, very secure under ground, I would also say to people not to upgrade to Gold All Inclusive at 12 euros a day as the included drinks were excellent, the Beer was Estrelle Damm which is a personal favourite of mine and the local vodka was ok, the cocktail of the day was also very good, if you are wanting an international brand then you pay a suppliment, we had a Baileys one night that was about a 1/4 bottle each and had to pay a 1 euro suppliment per person which we thought was great. I have to say I would not return to the Monika whilst it is in the run down condition it is in, like most of the other Magic Hotels but would visit the Magic Rock at the drop of a hat, the All Inclusive system is superb and what is included is out of this world, I have to say I prefered the AI at this hotel to the 5 Star Moon Palace in Mexico where we went for our Honeymoon. The 24 hour All Inclusive so many have talked about was a good idea, it was in the entertainment area outside the lifts for Block 1, it was mainly light snacks, burgers, bread, Breakfast things and Vodka, Gin, Whisky, wine, beer and cider. One final thing to advise that on a Thursday there is a Market directly outside the front of the hotel, very good to wander round. Thanks for reading, I would recommend the chain to anyone wanting a great value all inclusive but just dont eat too many cream cakes, they are so yummee!!!!
50% fantastic but 50% rubbish
We went all inclusive which was great and could use our pass to get free meals and drinks in TWELVE other hotels around Benidorm! Nice large apartments, clean and tidy but basic. The restaurant was large with a great variety of food BUT on most occasions is was not very warm and the chips only half cooked. Buses into town seemed to run every 5 minutes at 90cents each way.. BEWARE a taxi home at night cost £9 though. We were NOT impressed by the evening entertainment in the hotel.. The kids may have loved it but there was absolutely nothing for the Adults and it was the same old thing night after night, same music same dance routines.. BORING, BORING, BORING YAWN... The pool was masive, best I've seen. all in all a good holiday.. OH BUT!! not one out of the 6 vending machines around the hotel worked. So stock up on cold drinks specialy if you wake up in the morning after a heavy session the night before, dehydrated like I was!
A good mix especially for families
We are regular visitors to Benidorm but this is the first time outside the main area. The area (Cala Finestrat) is very quiet compared to Benidorm town centre but is really nice. The bay area at is very charming and the restaurants are good value. Benidorm proper is only 10 minutes away by taxi or there is a regular bus door to door. Even a nice long stroll along the beach will get you there to enjoy the brilliant night life.
Although the holiday complex appears a little run down, we soon realised why - a brand new complex is currently being built a short distance away on the beach front. I bet that will be nice when it is finished.
There was nothing really bad, just the rooms could do with a lick of paint - but please NOT that horrible orange colour that everything has been painted. The room was good in other respects.
The swimming pool is one of the best we have seen. There is a larger one in a hotel in Benidorm Town but this is a much nicer one if it doesn't get too packed in the summer. Don't get me wrong - it IS still a very large swimming pool, great for all the family.
The hotel entertainment was very good, of a high standard, but as usual in these complexes, too short in the evenings. You still needed to go out if you wanted a full evening's entertainment. The resident entertainer Pedro was very professional. He ran the Kid's club, daytime fun and was MC for the evening entertainment including kids mini disco.
If you hire a car, there is plentiful free parking near the hotel complex. No need to pay 10 Euro per night to use the hotel car park.
A weekly market is outside the hotel. Very convenient.
One bad point - the in house restaurant food was below standard for even this type of holiday. No problem really - we just self catered - there are plentiful supermarkets locally including the huge Carrefour selling the most delicious food you could imagine.
All in all, very enjoyalble especially for families. All the good things of Benidorm to enjoy nearby and a nice relaxing place stay.
We were there end of March to Easter and it was warm enough to swim and sunbathe on the beach with plenty of room too. Our 9 year old loved it, and we enjoyed ourselves too. Hireing a car (very cheap) makes it even more enjoyable to easily visit Mundomar (Dolphins) Terra Mitica or the local Chocolate Factory without paying a fortune on those coach trips.
If you have never been before, for possibly the most memorable evening ever, visit Benidorm Palace for a great meal and an evening of on stage entertainment. Superb.
3 star just
Date 3rd April 2006
The hotel is situated at the quieter end of Benidorm,
with a lovely sandy cove just 3 mins walk away.The hotel itself is not bad for a 3 star but is looking very tied in some areas eg, the crazy golf and out side pool tables and other sporting areas need a good seeing too. Our room was comfortable but with a few noticeable defects eg the shower head did not hang in its holder and at least 1 plug was hanging out of the wall also there's No English channels on your Tv. The food again is Ok but not a great choice typical A/I.
(I would say that they seemed to be doing a lot of maintenance while we were there obviously getting ready for the summer). The hotel does have one of the best swimming pools in the area and you can use there other hotels in Benidorm with a free shuttle bus running twice daily.If you stay here try and get above the 10th floor you get a better view and dont forget to book your free trip to the Castell Cumte d Alfaz its well worth the trip and the kids will love it.
this place is a health hazard photos included!!!!
at first we arrived by thomas cook at about 13.00 i saw the place and it looked ok ,
we got to the front desk in recption and the guy at the front desk saw our baby and said i suppose you want a cot!? he allocated us to our room 65 block 3 floor 17, i got in and was like wow ! the place looked great untill i tried to open the balcony door !!! it came off in my hand!!!!!the place was filthy mounds of dust mixed with human hair colllected in the corners of the room after about ten minutes we all started sneezing and coughing it was that bad.the pans were filthy the cutlery the same a pair of scissors stuck to my hand when i picked them up.the electric box fell and nearly hit our baby the taps werent working ect ect.
anyway we went down stars and said to the guy at the front desk this isnt good enough we want it all fixed now he said "we will get a technician" so we left it at that
an hour later we came back to the front desk and said we need these things sorting out he said what things?and we explained all over again the deputy manager came to the front desk as we were explaining and she said you can move room if you want we are really sorry but we knew of these problems and the technician cant fix them! it took me a while to pack up the five suit cases again and realise that they knew of the problems so why did the allocate us to that particular room?any way we moved again two floors up and unpacked again this took nearly all day to do this as there was four people and a baby
to sort out . the food is awful not kept at the right temperature the entertainment is dire everyone was cramped into one room it was so hot and you were unable to get seats unless you went early and sat thruogh the pensioners bingo to keep a seat .in the snack bar our 6 month old was put into a highchair which then snapped he fell onto the marble floor our older son fell on the pool grid and ended up having to go to hospital the grid had been reported the day before by other people staying there the english hotel manageress seems to think there are no problems at all and really does not listen when you complain im so pleased we had ria our thomas cook rep to help us our list of complaints are endless but theres a few just to let people know what they are letting themselves in for please see pictures included in review.
OVER THE COUNTER MEDICATION IN BENIDORM
I know you can buy antibiotics over the counter without a prescription but does anyone know if you can buy Ventolin or another name for it is salbutamol for asthma relief without a prescription in Benidorm
RE: OVER THE COUNTER MEDICATION IN BENIDORM
yes you can perfectly buy Ventolin without prescription (at least I can in Barcelona) Do you have the same commercial name in the UK? I buy it myself. But the hint is: if you buy it straight at the pharmacy counter, it costs about 5 euros, but if you get a medical prescription first (public health system, not private) it costs 0'5 euros!!!