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“No change at the Babalu” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Babalu Apartments
Ranked #18 of 71 Hotels in Puerto Rico
Certificate of Excellence
Liverpool, United Kingdom
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38 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
“No change at the Babalu”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 February 2012

Another week at the Babalu, and everything is just the same. pleasant staff always have your key ready when they see you approach, Dave's ok always mixing with holidaymakers and getting to know you and the waiter/chef/barman always polite. Beer and snacks at the pool are really cheap. Rooms are very basic but clean and the beds have seen better days so maybe a little money should be spent on them. kitchen area small but we dont cook anyway so not a problem if you eat out. if you like the sun all day try and get a room quite high up but we feel that the english are given the lower rooms, but we did like our ground floor room with the big terrace last year, 1st floor this year. Weather could get quite cool in the evening so a jumper or light jacket is recommended. Hotel was full but not many around the pool so great for sunbeds. We've only stayed at the Babalu in Feb and enjoyed on both occasions, but i think it would be really lively in the summertime with a really good atmosphere. Deffo go back again,but new beds please.

Room Tip: More sun for longer the highr you go.
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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8 Thank mjpburns
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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sheffield
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2012

we have just returned from a weeks holiday at the babalu apartments,19th febuary 2012,we found the rooms to be really clean ,but very basic,we were on the ground floor were the patio doors led on to the fantastic pool area,the nightly entertainment that were put on were good.,especially the robbie williams tribute,and the weekly barbacue ,good value for your money.Dave who did the entertainment,and the bar staff were really friendly,the bar snacks were really good value,all in all a good holiday,we did hear people moaning about little petty things,but some people just like to have a good old moan,all in all good value for your money definatly would stay again.

Room Tip: ask for a low floor,leading on to the pool.
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank debalah
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Perth, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2012

I'm not usually a fan of Tripadvisor, think it's too easy for people to slag off places unecesarily, however I do think it's good to give practical information to others. This is why I want to sing the praises of Babalu. We have been going to Puerto Rico for probably 16 years now and I have to say these are one of the best apartments we have stayed at. The location at the top of the resort is fantastic with magnificent views out to sea and just minutes from the Europa Centre full of great bars and restaurants. The apartments are not huge but bigger than some we have stayed at and have huge balcony/terrace with table and chairs and more than plenty room for a couple of sunbeds which you can hire if you don't want to go poolside. Bascially equiped kitchen with a microwave surprisingly, kettles/toasters, fans etc can all be hired if required at reasonable prices if you require. Bathrooms have big shower cabinets, down side is that the boiler seems to run out of hot water pretty quick, which in the summer not an issue but in February would be nice to have a hot shower. Maids were fab, came in most days, beds changed halfway through stay and towels changed twice. Great pool area and pool bar with entertainment, good priced snacks and drinks offers. All in all nothing fancy but one we will definitely be returning too.

Room Tip: High floor would be good idea, would get great views and handy if the lift breaks down, as in most c...
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Stayed February 2012, travelled with friends
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Leirvik, Norway
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58 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2012

The apartment was convenient and easy but slightly influenced by the fact that it is an older hotel.
We had a fantastic view and sun from 0900 until it went into the sea. The terrace was big and good, where we ate breakfast every morning. This is a budget hotel that offers great value.

Although many of the taxi a driver was very irritable and some tended to hate tourists, so it was easy to get a taxi down to both the Amadores beach and the Puerto Rico beach.
It was a bit steep down but it is everywhere on Grand Canary.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank Håkon Frode S
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2012

the place was cheeo but basic, freindly staff, the first room we had wasent any good by the pool but the windows wouldent lock so we swoped, the place is ok if your after a cheap holladay but it is very basic, BAD POINTS you have to pay for the tv witch isent cheap the beding is filthy fag burns and other peoples hair, the room could of done with a coat of paint, but the room was tidyed regalur and the swiming pool is nice, i would give the hotel a 6 out of 10 not sure if i would stay again

Room Tip: make sure you ask at reception were and what floor your room is because if its on the ground floor w...
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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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4 Thank cash23
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cardiff
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58 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2012

We have been travelling to these apartments since 95 and they have been great. this holiday was different, they are now catering for Scandinavians and you cant get a high room only a low one as they say they stay longer so you cant have them.

last trip for us I think, apartments need updating

Room Tip: You should have a high room if possible as near the reception too many cats on ground floor
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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Julie P
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belfast
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19 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 December 2011

without doubt the babalu could do with a coat of paint and the ski-lift type lift would not be to everyones taste. badly lit corridors were also a problem.the lack of a kettle and toaster [ which can be hired for 20 euros] hardly qualifies it as self catering. no air conditioning might also be a problem for some.the view of the pool and sea is excellent and all rooms except for ground floor have sea view. the rooms are on the small side but are spotless as our room was cleaned every day which was a welcome surprise. the balconys more than make up for this as they are huge and 2 sunbeds can be hired for 12 euros per week.the entertainment provided for guests was also very good and staff on the whole were friendly. a 2 minute walk to the europa centre is a massive plus where there are lots of bars restaurants and shops. we would certainly return to this venue. if u want 5 star accomodation book a 5 star. if u want a nice clean basic hotel i would certainly reccomend this accomodation

Room Tip: the higher the floor the better the view
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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank david m
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Property: Babalu Apartments
Address: Avenida Cornisa s/n, 35130 Puerto Rico, Gran Canaria, Spain
Region: Spain > Canary Islands > Gran Canaria > Puerto Rico
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#2 Best Value Hotel in Puerto Rico
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Babalu Apartments 2*
Number of rooms: 112
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