Magdalena Grand Beach & Golf Resort
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TravelPod Member ReviewsMagdalena Grand Beach & Golf Resort Lowlands
Great hotel! Beautiful and sprawling surroundings
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Historical Traveler Reviews Magdalena Grand Beach & Golf Resort Lowlands
Hilton Tobago good, but remote
We stayed 6 nights at the Hilton. Room was good, pool very nice and
enough chairs (but not too many right at pool / beach edge. Service
pretty good - but not too good for poolside - better to get own drinks,
food. The big problem is the Hotel is 2 km. from the road and security
gate. If you have no car, you are isolated. They do have 2 daily
shuttles to Pidgon Point - but then you need to go on their time. Hotel
food is expensive and only average - so load up on drinks, snacks, and
a cooler you can fill with ice at the hotel.
No big shops or supermarket in Tobago - Pennysavers about 1/2 way between airport and Hilton is best we found. Also the Pancake House on same road was good.
Unless you get a car, you will be isolated at the hotel (or use lots of taxis) - which are not too plentiful.
Great experience at Hilton !!
I stayed for four days in the Summer of 2003. I am a local from the sister isle of Trinidad. Overall, Hilton meets the standards that one would expect. You get what you pay for... Friendly service, great pools, beautiful rooms...one point to note : 1) The food is very overpriced...you are better off buying outside at the local joints (the Bar b Que was fanatastic!!!). Breakfast was great at the hotel... Walk with mucho dineros if you intend to eat all of your meals at the hotel during your stay...The wine is severely overpriced...not worth it for the ok selection. With all that said, I highly recommend it for a classy vacation !!!
Horrible service / rancid milk
My daughter age 6 was served a glass of rancid milk on our first day. I experianced the same shallow appology that the other reviewer wrote about (title food poisoning).The Hotel refered us to a clinic that is famous for the staff not showing up. We were the only ones to show for a 2:00 start time of a doctor coming from Trinidad. Obviously the only people on the island not to know about this was the Hilton Nurse!Finally they sent us to another doctor and my daughter was treated by him. There are 15 doctors on the Island but the staff couldn't be bothered to find one for us. We paid our own medical and prescription costs. We were still presented with a $1,500.00 bill for our stay and presured to vacate the room on our last day with the sick child at 12:00 noon. I am now seeking legal representation for a law suit against Hilton.Staff are friendly but more in a robotic way, than actually meaning it. Service is hit or miss. we experianced long waits for house cleaning. Room Service got orders wrong. Telephone calls are outragious and they block 800 #'s and even accesss to the local TSTT opperator.On sunday evening they were 100% full yet the Buffet had 1/2 the food and 1/2 the staff as the 2 nights prior! For $30.00 U.S. your choice was some chicken or some stew!Tobago has little to offer tourists except a few beaches. I had a great stay at the Marriott in St Kitts and would sujest people to go there instead!
Loved it! Hotel better than Coco Reef H
The Tobago Hilton was the best beach hotel that we stayed at in the West Indies. If you are looking for a secluded beach this is your place. They also will provide transportation to Pigeon Point twice a day. People are generally afraid to swim on this side of the ocean.
Compared to California, the waves are bathtub waves. Kicking back in the pool looking over the 80 degree water was the best. We received the best service. The only thing that Coco Reef resort has over the Hilton is the calm water, but you still need tranportation to Pigeon point to see a great beach. The hilton was only 120/per night compared to Coco reef hotel at 280/night.
Lovely Hotel, Food terrible and over priced
The hotel and it surroundings are world class. Beautiful gardens, impressive hotel design and layout and the views are excellent from anywhere in the hotel. The rooms are fairly big, nice bathroom appointment and balcony. The staff are friendly and helpful. However the the food at the hotel is dismal, and terribly over priced. We decided on day one after that first meal to eat out of the hotel. The selection of restaurants out of the hotel is large reasonably priced and the food very good. All in all i would recommend staying at this hotel only if you plan to rent a car, it's prices are among the most reasonable for this class of hotel on the island, but just don't plan on eating there. I gave the hotel an above average rating because they satisfied all my criteria except the food, but i rented a car so that didn't hamper my rather excellent time on the island.
Fantastic stay at the Hilton Tobago May 2003
Had a wonderful stay at the Hilton Tobago in May 2003. As you would expect from the Hilton chain, the level of service was excellent throughout, and the facilities were very good. Negative points are that the hotel is in the middle of nowhere. making it ardous to travel outside the area; the complex is huge so takes some time to move around the hotel; and the beaches are not great at the Hilton itself, although there is a free daily shuttle to the wonderful Pigeon Point. There is a lack of variety in the food at the hotel - not many snacks, for example - however, the breakfast buffet was very good and the Coral Reef restaurant is fantastic if pricey. All in all, we had a great time, and the jacuzzi on the veranda of the suite was well used. Would definitely stay there again if returning to Tobago.
A wonderful resort
We just got back from our second trip to the Tobago Hilton, staying 7 nights in February. The rooms are extremely comfortable. Tasteful decor, good mattresses, roomy bathroom with plenty of space for storage, glass-doored shower stall, separate tub, retracting clothesline, and Neutrogena and Gilbert & Soames toiletries. Great views from balcony, also. The hotel has three pools, one of them quite big. The beach directly in front of the hotel is eroding. But take a left at the pool and there's a mile-long sandy beach shaded by palm trees. The water is choppy and shallow for a long way out. It's hard to get water past your thighs. The hotel, however, does offer free shuttles to Pigeon Point beach, one of my favorites on the island. As for food, we loved the breakfast, with all sorts of fresh fruit. The buffet dinner is good, if not wonderful, with many choices. Many guests were from England and Germany, with Canadians and Americans trailing them in numbers. We rented a car for a few days and toured the island, which is beautiful. The local people in general are very welcoming.
Hilton..good try, but no cigar
I stayed at the hilton plantations summer 2002. In essence not a bad hotel, nice infinity pools, great sundeck on the beach, a nice range of resaturants, and in general everything you would expect from the Hilton brand....including the prices. There are a few points to note about the hotel that are slightly negative. 1. the sheer size of the hotel compound makes accesssing different areas either too tiring or not worth the effort . I believe the dive shop is a good five minute walk from the reception desk!!.2. you do expect to pay a little extra in a Hilton hotel, but their prices for the most basic of foods are extortionate, its cheaper, nicer and much healthier eating out on some of the finest caribbean local cuisine. 3. the hotel is annoyingly very far from the main road ( about 1km) , meaning you either walk it (dont ) or take a taxi over numerous speed humps. That combined with 95 degree heat does wind you up a bit. 4. the hotel, alhought flawless in cleanliness and structure, is roofed with the most off putting green galvanised steel which magnifies the sound of the rain every thime it hits it (well done to the architects on that one). 5. it faces the Atlantic , so dont expect to see the tranquil blue waters of the Caribbean sea. 6. Entertainment is badly corordinated and organised.
I got food poisioning
Each time I stayed at the TObago Hilton and ate the food I got food poisioning. I reported it, went to the nures and all they said was that they were very sorry. I stayed there again recently and had the same problem. DO NOT have the food there. It was very serious . I had tremendous pain and was quite sick. Other than that the Hilton is a lovely place to stay
Stayed at the hilton tobago for 5 days in May 2002. It was a
nice stay and the hotel has great amenities; terrific pool with infinty edges overlooking the ocean, 2-3 bars, 2-3 restaurants, beautiful rooms with balcony facing the ocean.
Eating and drinking prices were on the high side or should I say the hilton standard. But of good quality.
Dive shop on the premises was good.
Free shuttle to Paradise Beach - nice place to spend a few hours in the afternoon. Entrance fee $2.00.
Try to negotiate a better rate direct with the hotel -- I was able to extend a few days on my original reservation for only $99 night.
Terrific golf course.
Hotel was not good about informing guest of the entainment - inquiry with them what they have going on.
Hotel front desk staff was ok -- expected better.
Greeted at the front desk with a cool washcloth and a fruit drink - this was a nice touch.
Go to the 'Sunday School' street party. Take a cab about 9PM, booths sell local food there, listen/dance to live steel drum band till 10 or 11, then dance the night away till sunrise. Be cautious of the friendly locals - they
are usually looking for a free handout of cash. Cheap beer -- only 7 tt ($about $1 US).
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A scientists' day! An 8am start ! Walk in the rainforest with tons of chattering birds that kept hiding in the canopy. Discovered 2 waterfalls..in the middle of nowhere.. But still a touristy trail.. Maybe 15 were traipsing that we passed on the route. Many species of trees and flora.. I am old so don't remember all the names and you don't really care! One of most fascinating sights is following the trails of the leaf cutter ants. They cut and carry parts of a leaf to a home ...
... off two brilliant green parrots did a flyby! Our evening ended with a steel band serenade. Today we needed a relax day. It is pretty taxing touring and deciding what and where to eat. Chose nearby Pigeon Beach with turquoise waters and flour like sand and at least 50 white tourists (our first sighting of more than 4)! Great place to unwind, bob, snorkel and read! ...
... enough to head off with his snorkelling mask and pictured lots of fish and coral and a ray! Lunch was at Englishman's bay at Eula's treetop restaurant! Here we ate "Blow up rotis" which we all rated delicious. Once home we read a review that said to avoid at all costs due to criminal behaviour! Heh we think we got my sarong purchase for free! So we would go back! 18 km in this country takes an hour due to drives through up and down rain forested ...
The Buccoo Reef lies only about 1/2 mile off shore. Its probably a perfect 10 foot depth for snorkeling. Today was unusually windy so it was like doing a drift dive, only that you drift snorkeled, with the boat picking you up downwind.
... locals will go to the beach at 4:00 and wait for tourist girls that need a ride to town. When they jump into their vehicle, the men insist on them coming to their house first. I heard some girls saying take me home take me home and the men wouldn't get it. They clearly abuse quite a bit of women. One night a man came into my hostel in the 3rd floor and was looking for either women or money. I was alone up there and that was a bit scary.