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“As long as you don't go expecting an Anfi resort/rooms, you'll be fine” 3 of 5 stars
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2.5 of 5 Condominium   |   Barranco de Balito S/N, 35129 Arguineguin, Mogan, Gran Canaria, Spain   |  
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Derby
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25 reviews 25 reviews
13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
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“As long as you don't go expecting an Anfi resort/rooms, you'll be fine”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2013

These apartments are now known as Marina Elite and may be a little past their heyday but they are clean, functional and conveniently located to the towns of Anfi, Patalavaca within walking distance and for a short, inexpensive taxi journey, Arguineguin and Puerto Rico too. It lies on what once was a beach but the pool more than makes up for this (we're more pool people anyway) and the nearby beaches are lovely.

Hotel had a 24 hour reception, supermarket, restaurant, bar and snack/pool bar all on site. All were slightly more expensive than locally, but convenient. We didn't go to the bar as despite being advertised as open 15.00-00.00hrs, it was closed when we visited for pre-dinner drinks at 19.00hrs.

Visit the German bar just as you get to Patalavaca and say "hallo" to the friendly German barman!

Anfi is a timeshare resort so therefore quite expensive, if you keep walking you will soon reach Patalavaca where the prices drop and better value restaurants etc. can be found.

All in all, the hotel was a cheap little getaway and you get what you pay for

Room Tip: Higher rooms have better views and are closer to the pool
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    3 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Preston, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2012

Our booking was technically for the Marina part of the complex, however this part and other apts which i presume to be Balito beach are undergoing renovation. Whole blocks are being done which we found out when we asked to move upon arrival as the room we were given faced the road and had red construction tape stopping us from going any further down the corridor our room was on. Also, on the site we booked it did say they were situated in Puerto Rico, this is not the case.. they are in Arguinneguin.. which to get to puerto rico or into the centre of Arguinneguin in not a walk I would like to do as you are walking along the busy busy road, taxi was only around 5 euros.. but we did think we were in the main resort.We stayed one night but decided to leave, pay the extra for another apts. The room itself was fine, kitchen equipment fine... just too far away to even just walk to and of course no mention of the building and renovations going on. Prob best to leave til summer 2013 for work to be completed and if you are okay with the distance from beach and resort centre.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Derry
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2012

We arrived at the apartments around 2am, everything was dark and we seemed to be in the middle of no-where with nothing to be seen. When we went to bed we couldnt sleep with the water (atlantic ocean waves) down below (despite been on the 7th floor) room 715. But we got used too after 2-3 days and it became normal. I dont really have anything else to fault about these apartments.

We stayed 11 nights and really enjoyed every moment. The sea is nice by day, although its called Balito beach, there is no beach as such only rocks.. but if you walk along the path near the hotel after going down 70 steps you will reach nice beaches within 10 mins. and there is nice night shows every night at around 9pm. for 30mins.

The kitchen has everything you need, toaster, kettle, microwave, pots and pans, plates, cups, glasses etc... The TV however in our room has only spanish channels with 1 norwegian channel and one other foreign channel I dont know if its dutch or german. But who comes on holidays to watch tv anyways :)

Buses from the hotel... Are all outside the receiption... cost to nearest towns is 1.40euro single per person. Taxis are around 4-6 euro. depending on time and distance. Buses go to almost everywhere in the island from outside the door and are every 20mins, up until 10pm when they are every hour then, till 2.30am. none between 2.30 and 6.00am

There is a supermarket in hotel next to Receipton but I didnt go.. Prices are very high. I would reccommend going to a local village 10mins by bus called Arguineguin, There is a Spar on the main road, and prices are very cheap, less than half you would pay in the hotel.. (and similiar to tesco/sainsbury´s) in U.K.

The cleaner comes every day except Sunday and Tuesday. She only changed our sheets once during our 11 nights, but did change the towels every 2 days.

There is no air conditioning, but there is no real need for it.. If you anyways hot you only need to open the window, ,, as your looking into the atlantic basically. But dont depend on your clothes to dry instantly... its very humid and the clothes sometimes can take up to 3 days to dry fully.

When we stayed there 13-24 July.. Hotel guests were 85% Spanish guests and Im sure you know that Spanish can be quite noisy ... so be warned if you want peace and quiet. But it is July and schoolchildren are on holidays. Most people were also families and very little if any couples.

There is no - night time enterntainment whatsoever. so you need to leave hotel at night...

I would come back to this hotel for sure.. and highly reccommend it to anyone.

Room Tip: Rooms on coast near Atlantic ocean can be very noisy with the waves against rocks, difficult to slee...
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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eastbourne united kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2011

the beach was a nightmare and the apartment did not have the things promised as standard and reception were not interested when you complained. took 3 toasters before one worked and the apartment door was extremely difficult to open. the bath was pathetic as it was peeling badly.they do not cater for brits because the tv is for norwegians swedes etc.
the minimarket has very limited stock and specialises in selling milk past its sell by date.
the walk to anfi is at least 15 minutes and you feel as if you are walking into a different world and as timeshare owners you appreciate the difference between the two resorts.
we found the food at the restauant very good but the hike up the stairs to it was something else.

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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Denmark
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2011

I stayed here with my family in february 2009. (It's not on the list.) As you can see, it's a very big complex. We had a quiet room with a beautiful view. Our room was near the pool area, it was always pretty crowded. On top of the mainbuilding, there is a spa for the guests, that was very nice.

If you don't have a rented car and if you don't want to take a taxi all the time, I recommend that you stay in the mainbuilding. Or else it's a long walk to your room, when you get home, tired in the eveing. - And there's no lift in the second building neither. (Lift in the first one, is only from 3. floor and up. All in all, I don't recommend the place if you don't have a car/go by taxi. You can't just walk to all the restaurants or the beach.
The bus stops just outside the complex, which is near to Puerto Rico.

It was a nice stay, in a standard hotel.

Room Tip: Ask for a room with a view
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Stayed February 2011, traveled with family
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Stirling, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2011

we have just arrived home from spending one week at balito beach, its true to say that you et what you pay for,The receptionist was very helpful and friendlyhe couldnt do enough for us. After having been there for 1day we though how quiet it was, only to dicover that in actual fact we were the only 2 people on the resort, honestly for the size of the complex we had it all to ourselves,cool? you would have thought so. The apartment itself was clean, tidy, basic with a fantastic view and in all the time we were there we saw only 1 cockroach, hey thats good!there was no restaurant open, the shop was empty of stock except water or juice, but we had the new renovated pool to ourselves, now that was heaven!!on reflection it isnot the worst place in the world, and anfi del mar is just around the corner, and should you choose too eat out go to anfi and eat at the tex mex, and tell ALFIE that the scots send there love, one last thing we did try the telly and all we got was spanish channels, but hey who wants to watch telly when on holiday, as I said before you get what you pay for ,its not as bad as some of the reviews Ive read, very friendlystaff and your holiday is what you make of it, so would we go back probably not, we will put down to lifes experience

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Norway
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3 hotel reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2011

This hotell is a cheap alternative to the nearby Anfi Del Mar. But at the same time we were enjoying the beach at Anfi, which after my personal opinion is the best at Gran Canaria. It was quite warm in our rooms, and no aircondition. And the rooms were OK. Not great, but you get what you pay for... But if you are like me, you don`t travel to Gran Canaria to stay in your hotel room all day long... The rooms were clean.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Barranco de Balito S/N, 35129 Arguineguin, Mogan, Gran Canaria, Spain
Location: Spain > Canary Islands > Gran Canaria > Mogan > Arguineguin
Amenities:
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 6 Specialty Lodging in Arguineguin
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Balito Beach Apartments 2.5*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Balito Beach Apartments will appeal to couples and families looking for a quiet location from which to explore the area and enjoy a cheap holiday in Gran Canaria. The hotel is in a peaceful hillside position that overlooks a rocky bay and is a 15 minute walk from the beach. Gran Canaria has been awarded the blue flag for 7 of its beaches. The centre of Puerto Rico is just over 2 miles away, with a regular daily bus sevice from the property. The apartments have a swimming pool, and a children`s pool. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Balito Beach Apartments Hotel Arguineguin
Balito Beach Grand Canary
Balito Beach Apartments Arguineguin, Gran Canaria

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