Magdalena Grand Beach Resort
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Not a lot of American's have discovered Tobago yet but it was a huge surprise to me. I had no idea that it was such a natural wonder - from great diving to the tropical rain forest, there are tons of surprises waiting to be uncovered here.
... her puppy down the stairs. I suspect that these employees would rather spend the day sitting on a spike, covered from head to toe in wasps than informing us if they do indeed sell (delicious) Catch Bars. Come back, Basement Bouncers: all is forgiven.
2) Alcohol other than Rum
Please don't get me wrong: there are few drinks that are more enjoyable on a warm summer evening than a cool rum cocktail. However, ...
... our world is ruled by a group of lizard-people that meet annually to worship a giant owl.
He finally claimed that he had been in the rainforest for years and had seen things that cannot be unseen: experienced horrors that would drive most men to the point of insanity.
Learning Outcomes Achieved
- Demonstrate ability ...
... ability to be turned away from a fast food chain, thus attaining the status of the lowest rung on the ladder of society
- Demonstrate understanding of the feeling of still not having a clue how an audit works, despite being asked to complete your third within 6 months
- Demonstrate the feeling of intense jealousy of other students getting signed off after 4 weeks, despite the fact that you spend an average of 8 hours a week in hospital anyway
... version of Tesco Metro Jesmond on a Friday night: it was teeming with weird (and sometimes disturbing looking) forms of life. At one point I lost control of my buoyancy and swam head first into a shoal, ending up wearing an octopus for a hat and two lobsters for cuff-links.
I must pause blogging for now, as a friendly Stingray has swum over to say hello. I think I'll give him a playful hug. What could possibly go wrong?
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How has this resort rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Magdalena Grand Beach Resort Lowlands
We stayed 6 nights at the Hilton. Room was good, pool very nice and
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 !!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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