the Hotel is okay but the staff is less than courteous, especially the front desk staff (most expected to be courteous, ironic!). Of course there are nice peoe working there, but the front desk gets very low grades. The all-inclusive food is less than average and drinks are not that good either. However, it is supposed to be the best on the El Agua beach. If you're expecting (and comparing) to Mexican or other Carribean resorts, expect much lower quality!
We met a local taxi/Guide who quickly became a trustworthy friedn and becasue of him we had a great time going everywhwere and doing many thing in the short (5 days) we were there and his guidance and deligence saved us alot of money:
Nestor Lanzy: 04121968400 and email is email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
speaks perfect English as well
Normally we do not book package deals, especially all inclusives as we like the flexibility of going elsewhere to eat but unfortunately there was no option for half board. Because the majority of the hotels in Playa el Agua are all inclusive there wasn't many options at night for food apart from El Pacifico, others seem to be shut or empty.
The food in Flamboyant wasn't great. It is all buffet food, so often you're not sure what you are eating, there is a grill also and the chef will slap a thin steak or chicken on for you. The whole experience of queuing, dishing your own food and the miserable staff led to quite a depressing atmosphere. Both of us suffered from upset stomachs during our stay here, after which we tried to avoid the food. Breakfasts were ok, again buffet - toast, eggs, bacon, fruit, omelettes etc...
The rooms were nice and clean, with TV (only English speaking channel was BBC World News) and balconey. Our room overlooked the pool. It was however quite noisey at night if you were not partaking in the evenings 'entertainment'.
The entertainment happened sporadically throughout the day and every night. It consisted of bingo, darts, bowls (during the day) and karaoke, dancing, singing, musical chairs and other kinds of humiliating activities at night time. Margarita is a Venezeulan holiday destination for those coming from the mainland so most of the entertainment was is in spanish.
We generally spent most of the time away from the hotel at Playa Caribe on the west side which has a nicer feel and is much quieter than Playa el Agua. There are other places to visit in the island including El Valle, Le Asuncion, Porlamar, Macanao, Pampatar etc all of which you can hire a taxi for from outside the hotel. Night time was a little more difficult as the main boulevard along the beachfront is dead past 8 o'clock. However a taxi to Juan Greigo is about 35 bolivars where there's much more going on. Don't miss out on the orinoco/canaima trip which was the highlight of our holiday, only wish we'd stayed there longer.
There's a beach and pool bar. If you do want to spend the day on the beach you have to get there early as towells are down at the crack of dawn. If you stroll down there at lunch time you'll be lucky to get a sun lounger. Drinks at both bars were limited especially soft drinks - pepsi, sprite, soda, water and a fruit punch. The rest were cocktails which consisted of a 3rd alcohol and a splash of mixer. If you like to spend most of the day obliterated than this is the place to come.
The pool area was clean and not as busy as the the beach area, only slight problem was that the water was quite warm which isn't really surprising.
I'm sure this hotel would be great for some people, unfortunately it wasn't for us and find it quite difficult to find positive things to say about it. Margarita is a lovely island, which is the perfect excuse for getting away from the hotel. However judging from people we spoke to, Flamboyant was probably the best hotel options in El Agua.
Please try not to travel with First Choice, the rep is a local but yet is not forthcoming with information about the island. It is almost like they do not tell you about the island so you do not go out.
The rooms are basic decoration but clean and contain all you need (the shower takes a bit to get warm up). Originally we were given a room that looked out onto a high fence with barbed wire and after a bit of negotiating we got that changed to one overlooking the hills (very nice).
Good choice of food, definatly something for everyone. Toast, eggs, omlete, meat, salad (for the germans), chilli, curry, pancakes (for the yanks), chicken wings to name a few choices oh and once there was bacon! Coffee that leaves you high, juice and tea (not english tea).
Beach bar have burgers, pizza, chips, hot dogs and salad. Buffet restaurant has meat dishes, venezuelan snacks, salads, left overs and georgus deep fried venezuelan cornish pasties.
Go to the mexican the al a carte its fantastic with tacos, fagitas, quesidelas, chilli con carne and chimi changas. We didn't eat in the Italian but was told it was good. Most nights we ate in the buffet restaurant. Pastas, stews, vegetables, chicken, beef most nights. Very very nice seefood spaghetti, pork with pineapple sauce, peppered steak all cooked right in front of you. There are oysters if your feeling brave. Not as much seafood as you would expect for an island.
The restaurant tables only seat 6 which is great it means you talk to people you never would of. We made friends with a few english, canadians and 4 germans. Because it is all inclusive the wine and amerettos keep on flowing.
Pool was great, we had no trouble finding sun beds. Lizards loved to come and lye by the pool which was an experiance. Staff friendly, just watch what your drinking on many occasions I asked for a coke and had tequilla or vodka poured into it.
Beach was nice in the first week and then a new moon happened and the beach was beaten up but by now it has proberly got back to normal.
The hotel was clean, staff were friendly. The pool was a bit smaller than I would have liked, but it was very nice. The room was spacious enough for two and clean. The food was bland, but apparently that is the same at other hotels in the area. It didn't bother us.
Make sure you use the shuttle bus to the beach even during the day for your own safety. This hotel is not located on or across from the beach. It's about 1/2 km along a road perpindicular to the beach with it's own beach hut & bar down there, but the road is very dangerours. Drivers go too fast and two drive-by muggings or attempted muggins took place when we were there.
You may want to get a small amount of currency changed at the airport at the 'official' rate and then as soon as you can go to a tour operator and ask for the best place to exchange your money to Bolivars ;)
This hotel has a very beautiful courtyard and noise does not seem to be an issue. We were 3/4 of the way down to the back, so the noise at the pool was not heard. Others chose to be directly beside the pool - to each their own.
The beach is georgous, the weather is fantastic.
When you are getting cash exchanged, try to get some smaller bills for tipping. It doesn't seem to be expected or anticipated, but I tip for good service. Don't depend on the store in the hotel or the front desk to provide change (at ALL).
Just so you are aware, there is no public internet access in the hotel, but there are places along the beach road if you need it.
Also, it seemed that we were better off having our room on the second floor of the hotel, as people we met that were on the first floor had a slight ant problem. We had no issues with bugs.
I have never been in a hotel where there is this much people at the front desk complaining...
Basically the plan offer: all inclusive... in suites or comfortable rooms...
What we receive: check in 3 to 5 hrs after the arrival, next day change of room, uncleanning rooms, no CABLE signal in some rooms, lost of stolen ITEMS, bad service, you have to beg to be served..., floadings at the middle of the night !, people working on renovations during the day!, CAOS...!
In the beach high waves, lot of sellers (marchants) they are very rude when you dont buy....
Pool area is very nice ...and they have many... it`s the only good feature...
It isn't a luxurious hotel yet one great hotel of Playa El Agua. (It had just a new Hotel manager, which did the best he could to make our staying great! You saw that he was building up the services which where not there yet, but that compensated with his kindness and effort.
It has 2 pools, the foot wasn’t that bad and you only need to cross the road to get to the beach.
Cross the street and you have the nicest beach of the island! Know that other hotels also are located "at the street" but for some of them you need to walk a long distance (or even take a cab, as it was not that safe at night for single girls...)
It has a resto at the beach!
It isn't a luxurious hotel yet one of the nicer hotels of Playa El Agua. It has multiple pools (3-4), the foot wasn’t that bad and you only need to cross the road to get to the beach.
If your room is downstairs you might have some cockroachs :-S
It geographical location, ether on the island, as on the road as beach. Everything is on walking distance.
Multiple pools (more privacy).
suggested to me by travel agent.I had never heard of Margarita and thought it was in Spain.Looking at other caribbean islands this holiday was about half the price of other better known resorts.We had no complaints about any of the service,facilities etc.The drive from the airport to the resort was a bit of a culture shock.Everything seemed to be powered by a 40watt bulb it was so dim.We drove through little "shanty " type towns where there was obviously lots of poverty which makes me feel uneasy about enjoying all the good things about a place when the locals scrape to survive.
Ther were two restuarants,the buffet style was great, they had a different theme every night,the a la carte restuarant had to be booked the previous evening and was just okay.All the staff were friendly and helpful.
We had a comfortable little room with air conditioning.The french doors opened onto a little garden and at the end of that was a free form pool.The beach was about a minutes walk..It was patrolled by armed police/security guys on horseback which was a bit disconcerting at first but we never experienced any problems and think they were mainly there to stop us wandering into dangerous areas further along the beach.We were told that a woman was robbed of jewellry having strayed too far.The resort had a mix of british,German,Dutch tourists and also some from Venezuela.The weather was fantastic,I think we had half an hour of rain in two weeks.There was lots to do in the way of outside excursions.You can fly into the mainland over Angel Falls,stay overnight and come back next day.We visited a ranch and went horse riding.The locals aren't too concerned about health and safety issues,they are much more laid back, which can be a good thing or a bad thing.
The biggest and most luxurious hotel on the island. It has it´s own golfcourse. It´s also the hotel where Fidel Castro likes to stay when he´s visiting the island.
The hotel has a beachbar where everything is free if you have all-inclusive. They make a hotdog or a hamburger for lunch, but remember it´s not allowed to drink alcohol before 11 o´clock so thats why the bar dosen´t open until there.
2 times a week the beachbar is turned into a restaurant (a very nice one) and you can go there 1 time per week u are there. U have to book it upfront and the hotelbus will take you there and pick you up again when done. And if you return to the hotel hungry it´s your own fault!!!
Unfortunatelly, I did not have a good experience with this resort. I spent 1 week in Caracas and wanted to make sure my unit was ready for the date listed on my reservation but the lady in charge was reluctant to answer my call and I found out why. She had given my unit to someone else!.I had to spend the first night in a 1 bdrm unit. I had reserved a 2 bdrm for 2 weeks because we were 4. No blankets available. They were all given away and we ended up with nothing! The next day, after I checked aprox 3 units,I finally got the 2 bdrm unit.The units were dirty.They had some source of white powder all over the kitchen to prevent rouches coming. The water from the kitchen sink was coming out from the floor!. Towels were so old they could not dry no more. The showers,toilets and curtains were dirty and slimy. The showers walls were full of black fungus in between the ceramic. Awful! We ended up buying shower sandals to prevent fungus on our feet. We asked them to wash the shower floor but the maid did not do a good job.The toilet was also dirty from the previous guest. The furniture was all bit up,dirty and repainted. Hotel's taxis were kind of expensive better to walk to Sambil towards Avenida Bolivar in the parking lot there is a taxi line. They are helpful and don't charge too much. TV cable was most of the time disconnected. Finally, we ended up in a unit close to a colorful macaw bird cage. It was a huge cage with about 12 macaw bird. They make a loud noise that will wake you up early morning at 6am or ealier than that. Basically, if your room is in that part of the building you go to sleep and wake up at the same time of these colorful macaw. People complained all the time about it but the owners do not want to get rid of the birds or move the cage. Awful! I do not recomend this resort. Unbelievable!!, they are selling timeshare to new customers in fact they are building more units on the top floor. They should keep it up and maintain it clean.
It is nicely situated. You can get the little buses that take you basically anywhere you need to go right in front of the resort. We visited JuanGriego, Water Park, La Asuncion, 4 de Mayo street, etc using this kind of transportation. People are very friendly and they can help you. Laundry, supermarket, bakery, long distance phone call service, internet is walking distance from this resort.
The swimming pool was Ok even though it opens at 430am. You can hear children playing and adults singing "Juan Tanamera" out loud at that time early morning. Maids clean the room everyday but they did not do a good job.
I would recommend Margarita's Hilton hotel because it is very clean, everyone is hospitable. The Atmosphere is great and very well kept. The view is beautiful and their Casino is one of Margarita's BEST. The hotel staff is very helpful and once you walk in you'll see why its so recommended ...its a very busy place in the lobby.
It is located in Costa Azul area very close to Playa Moreno, their on site Casio is one of Margarita's MOST busiest and their river pool and landscaping are spectacular. One of them even over looks the beach and it drops off as if it goes out to the ocean but it doesn't.
The rooms are very comfortable and clean. Room service food is great too! Conventions .. Tours ..car rentals .. its all available at the Hotel or close by. CCM shopping plaza is right in the same complex as The Hilton. Beauty Salons are plently available.
The staff is very accomodating. Our room was at first not big enough for 4 people. The staff changed us to a larger room immediately. We did not do the all inclusive plan & we are glad we did not so we could experience food in other locations. We highly recommend this hotel. There are 3 pools, 3 bars, large restaurant for the buffet (we only did breakfast there), there are plenty of palapas on the beach, and the restaurant on the beach for lunch is good.
Nice, quiet, clean beach.
I had a nice stay at Margarita Hilton. I had read terrible reviews on TripAdvisor.com which made me very worried about it, but the rooms were clean and confortable and the staff was nice ans suportive.
The breakfast wasn't all that good. They could vary a little the menu, and the fruits and juices were all tasteless. But the worst is, they have a small space to acomodate everybody, and you have to wait for a table, that really sucked. Too much of a confusion to sign the bill too...
But all in all, it was very confortable, and suitable for all my needs.
Oh, and if you are a Cassino person, they got the best. At least my friends thought so.
Great swimming pool and gym.
5 minutes from Sambil Mall and Señor Frogs (famous local club).
Not far from the shopping district of Porlamar either.
Nice and well appointed, only 7 well furnished rooms, to stay away from the crowds. High quality and solid construction.
Run by a very frienldy yet discrete and exteremely helpful couple: Jacques (French) and Rosa (Venezuelan), living there with their lovely daughters and friendly dogs.
Only bad experience was a bunch of loud guests that partied on until 2 AM without any owner intervention, quiet hours rules should be in place given the qualities of the place. Otherwise, great in every possible aspect.
Very safe and family friendly, ample and spotless rooms, good value.
Huge and super clean pool, nice DIY Bar and Barbeque area.
My kind of place for the All-inclusive dominated Margarita.
SMALL IS BEATIFUL!!
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