Stayed at Barranco apts. 1st week in December 2008
Apartment facilities are basic but clean, maid changed towels three times, bed linen is changed once a week, i.e. on day of arrival and same day the following week. Beds are comfortable.
There is no kettle, hair drier, or TV.
The pool area is OK , but has no bar.
Telephone is in the lower half of apt. So no lazy calls from your bed. A five euro deposit is required before you can make international calls. Beware of call boxes outside, they need three euro to make a call and didn't refund anything when I couldn't get through. This happened twice, different phones. "Be warned"!!! The T. Cook rep. will give you a 'Green Banana' card if you book a trip with them calls then cost 7 cents a min. You can't use it to make cheap calls from your room phone. You have to use a public phone but you will still have to put three euros in the box, no change, no refund.
The spiral staircase which most people comment on is very narrow which makes it awkward to get your cases up and down. There is another more serious aspect. The top of the staircase opens onto the bathroom door. Only about one metre space between door and opening of the staircase well.
You are well placed for shops, a Spar, Dinos supermarket, and another just across the road. The bus stop is just opposit Spar.
Before booking any trips through the rep. I would advise looking in at the travel shop which is immediatly to the right of the front door.
There is a Chinese restaurant a few doors to the left of the apartments where you can choose either a meal from their menu or a buffet which is excellent and good value at only 6.50 euro. Barranco's own restaurant, 'Tango' is kinda middle o the road for food. For example; Their sirloin steak, or at least that is what they advertised it as, " wasn't ". Medium rare was served rather bloody. Avoid their Englsh breakfast. You will receive a 10% discount if you show your residents room card.
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