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Albatros 3 pool and gardens.
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Albatros 3 pool and gardens.
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24 reviews
Albatros 3 pool and gardens.
View of the rear of the villa.
Dining and living area looking on to rear downstairs breakfast patio.
Dining area looking towards breakfast bar and kitchen area.
Master bedroom - ensuite bath/shower room attached.
Downstairs bedroom No.1
Downstairs bedroom No.2
Upstairs terrace.
Downstairs breakfast patio with view on to pool area.
Peaceful solitude.
The beach and promenade at Mar de Cristal
The beautiful Mar Menor from the promenade at Mar de Cristal.
Mar de Cristal beach.
Hill walking near Calblanque beach with Lion Mountain in the distance.
Sunday market at Cabo de Palos.
Cabo de Palos promenade Sunday afternoon.
The 'Calle Major' ( main street ) Cartagena.
'Boogie Boat' in the port at Cartagena.
Roman amphitheatre in Cartagena.
Golf in La Manga.
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3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6
Mar de Cristal, Municipality of Cartagena

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fanosun
Ayr, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
42 reviews
21 hotel reviews
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“Our Worst Spanish Holiday”
Reviewed October 13, 2015 for a stay in September 2015

Despite contacting the property agent from the airport we had to wait 10 minutes in hot sun for him to arrive and give a “whirlwind” tour of the accommodation.
The property was not clean with dust on all floors and surfaces. The brooms provided caused as much dust as they swept and had to be washed before they performed. The roof terrace was littered with leaves and debris from the previous days wind and rain. It was not until day three having hosed and swept the terraces, undertaken countless indoor sweepings, dusting and lots of spraying for cockroaches that we felt comfortable. There are two fixed position sunbeds for the accommodation which sleeps six.
A loose hand rail on the stairs caused me to fall and incur severe bruising.
Mar de Crystal is an isolated resort with the various urbanisations located on the outskirts. There was obviously lots more building planned as evidenced by the abandoned plots of land. The town itself is tired and in need of lots of TLC. Obviously suffering from the economic downturn it is best described as in decay. There is one minimarket with the essentials but a poor selection of fresh fruit and vegetables. The “crystal” waters were a muddy green/brown and the sand turned into mud after some rain. The area is surrounded by flat open farmland. Be prepared for dust when the farmers are working the fields and the aroma of fertiliser as he prepares the soil. We had both.
A car is essential. The nearest bus stop being a 40 minute walk, along a busy road, in Los Belones a one street town for the bars and restaurants. The nearest Mercadona a 1 ½ hour hike along the coast via Playa Honda and Playa Paraiso. There is a regular bus service from Mercadona to Los Belones but you still have that 40 minute walk home.
Local walks are over uninspiring open ground which after rain turns into a quagmire. Los Nientos is a 20 minute walk along the coastal path. If Mar de Cristal is in decline then Los Nientos is in ruin. The esplanade is littered with crumbling and boarded up houses.

Date of stay: September 2015
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Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 65+
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   No.
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SjeWells
Stockton-on-Tees, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
“Excellent stay in lovely accommodation”
Reviewed August 27, 2015 for a stay in August 2015

Very nice, clean and spacious accommodation. Lovely positioning so that you are nice and close to the communal pool but not right next to it, so our accommodation was always quiet and totally private, even though we stayed during the busy month of August. Mar de Crystal is a perfect base for a Murcian holiday, plenty of trips to the Mediterranean beaches along the La Manga strip and the national reserve of Calblanqu, a day exploring Cartagena town along with a boat trip, a full day spent at Terra Natura Murcia combining a water park and zoo, snorkelling from the beach just below the Cabo de Palos lighthouse and not forgetting all the calm gentle beaches along the shores of the Mar Menor. We can thoroughly recommend this lovely Spanish accommodation.

Date of stay: August 2015
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Liked best: Positioning of the accommodation
Liked least: Sometimes we had a bit of a problem with parking
Traveling group: Teenagers
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Families with young children
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Barcelona, Spain
Reviewed August 25, 2015 for a stay in August 2015

Date of stay: August 2015
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Leicester, United Kingdom
Reviewed August 12, 2015 for a stay in July 2015

Date of stay: July 2015
Traveling group: Teenagers
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Lancaster, United Kingdom
Reviewed April 25, 2014 for a stay in April 2014
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Date of stay: April 2014
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Abb1989
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Reviewed September 1, 2019 for a stay in August 2019
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Date of stay: August 2019
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Management Response
Sep 14, 2019
Muchas gracias Fernando,
I am happy to hear you enjoyed your stay and enjoyed the tranquility of the area and the comfort of the villa, excellent guests.
I look forward to welcoming you again, thank you for taking time to write your review,
Kathryn
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ccarrasco...
Argenteuil, France
Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed August 27, 2019 for a stay in August 2019
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Date of stay: August 2019
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Management Response
Aug 29, 2019
Thank you Christelle for taking time to write your lovely review. Once again you were great guests and I am glad you enjoyed your stay and found new restaurants to visit.
I look forward to welcoming you to Albatros 3 again in the future.
Kathryn
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