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“Room ok, food not very good”
2 of 5 bubbles Review of Marina Elite

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Marina Elite
Lincoln, United Kingdom
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“Room ok, food not very good”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 4, 2011

We booked up 3 days before we went, about £1350 for 2 adults and 2 kids all in, in the the easter holidays so not a bad price.
The apartment was ok it was 3 star, but the food was not the best ,breakfast was ok but lunch and tea always seem to be what was left over, there were not many guests in the hotel so not much food to choose from. The bar closed at 9.30 so we had soon early nights.
The hotel is all on its own. Its about 20 min walk to Anfi beach which is nice, but would not walk there at night in the dark. Porta Rico is $4 in a taxi.
As not many guest at hotel we could always get a sun bed at the pool what ever time of day.
Would go back as a self catering holiday for the right price but not all in.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with family
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 25, 2011

where to start.... a walk up cardiac hill then climb the numerous steps to your appartment. the food is disgusting, we went all inclusive, which was a joke, the bar opens at 10 in the morning and closes at 9 at night, the food times are set times with no snacks available in between, no ice creams or lollies for the kids and worst of all there is no entertainment at all in this hotel, which for an all inckusive hotel is terrible, you have no choice but to get a taxi down into poto rico. i dont even want to get started on the cats and cockroaches. DONT WASTE YOUR MONEY OR TIME PEOPLE

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with family
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2011

Room - Ants crawling all over wall & furniture!! Like thousands of them!! The shower curtain was mouldy and brown. That night (my birthday night) when we were sleeping I kept hearing croaking noises from the wardrobe... asked my boyfriend to check it out and we couldnt find anything yet the croaking noise was still there every few mins - was soo freaky so I asked to change rooms, the receptionist said we couldnt until morning, meaning we had to pull the beds into the living area and I had to sleep with the TV full blast cause I was soo scared of the noise, still dont know what the hell kind of creature was living in there but moved rooms next morning which was slightly better.
Location - Was close to city centre/main attractions but you could not walk there because its directly onto a motorway which meant you had to pay for a 1min ride in a taxi or near enough the same price for a bus. If you think about it 3 Euros there and another 3 back, everyday... it really adds up!
FOOD! - Was appalling! My boyfriend didnt eat anything apart from chips! It was a small meer buffet with very small verity (salad, Meat, potato - THATS IT) food was recycled because the day before would be white rice and the day after paella or something made from the same ingredient used the day before. I regretted dinner time at this place, every other all inc hotel ive been to was never as low as this.
Facilities - The pool was ok, plenty of sunbeds so never had to fight. Not much for the kids. No entertainment at night time so you had to amuse yourselves. No other facilities that we knew of. No lift up to the cafe (where the food is served) you had to literally climb up a hill everyday in the heat - very exhausting.
Staff - some where pretty polite, nobody rude.
Overall - I would never stay at this hotel again. I think they need to have a big clean-up and introduce some nicer food. Some entertainment would have been nice too considering the price we paid. I could have gone away to a 4* hotel instead - wish I did now. Ill always learn from the mistake of staying here. If your looking for clean hotel with facilities, this hotel isnt for you!

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 5, 2011

Over all holiday was lovely… about 5 minute taxi or bus from the main towns.. cost about ¾ Euros.. ammmmaaaaazzziiiinn view from balcony.. Rooms were very clean and spacious.. Rooms 4****..

Food wasn’t all that great.. edible most times… although its not an actual restaurant…more a café as you have to sit outside.. all inclusive stopped early.. but did so much walking was ready for bed by then.. Food 2**

Staff lovely..no real entertainment.. an animal show… although right next door is an amazing resort.. so took a walk there for their enetertainment… Used next doors private beach too… next main beach is probably in Puerto Rico



Only bad thing that happened was the pick up bus for our departure didn’t come.. well it did and picked up every one else on our flight but he couldn’t find our names,, luckily the receptionist who’s just finished the night shift dropped us to the air port.. luckily we made it just in time for our flight..

Probably wouldn’t go back only because of the food…also would not recommend to any one who is unfit… have children or walking problems.. a lot and I mean a lot of hills and stairs.. I actually lost weight on this holiday rather that put on weight.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled with friends
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Edenbridge, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 19, 2011

the welcome at reception and at the restaurant are warm and genuine; the maid service at all times seeks perfection and the restaurant provides arguably the best meals available anywhere on the island - their steaks are to die for! We have holidayed there for all but three years since it opened for business in 1993. It really does represent excellent value for money.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
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Ipswich
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 1, 2011

Me and my boyfriend visited Balito Beach last year and were less than impressed. I have stayed in many all inclusive budget hotels, and sorry to say that this one was the worst by far. The hotel should not be allowed to sell an "all inclusive" pacakge. There were usually 3 or 4 dishes a night and the same few were repeated throughout the week. Breakfast was okay, as it was what we expected, but other than that we found ourselves having to eat out a lot. Considering we ahd paid for meals already, we weren't impressed. The bar also stopped serving all inclusive drinks at 9pm! ALL drinks had to be paid for, even just a lemonade to take to bed! In our opinion this was a ridiculous hour and they shot their prices up because they knew people would stay later than 9!

The hotel itself was undergoing refurbishment in some areas. It wasn't a terrible hotel; the rooms were good sized, clean and adequate for what we wanted them for - sleeping and showering. If you wanted to spend more time in your room then this is perhaps not the place to go. The hotel is built in the cliff face and we had a lovely view of the sea from our balcony. For what you pay, the room really can't be complained about.

The location is not the best. The hotel isn't on the beach as it is described. Although I am sure it was once a lovely beach, it is now no more than a stoney waste ground where many locals walk their dogs. Puerto Rico is a 6Euro taxi ride away or a 5 minute bus ride. The bus stop is opposite the hotel so you can get to town pretty easily. You would be mad to walk down the winding main road full of fast Spanish drivers! The resort of Anfi was the opposite way and we stumbled upon it by accident. It was like a dream town and we spent most of our days here. It is a 5 minute walk over the "beach" and round some dangerous looking rocks! But it's well worth it.

Overall, the holiday was what we made of it. We had a lovely time and went on a few trips from Puerto Rico, and just spent the remaining time relaxing. The main let down was the food and the bar. Sold as a self catering holiday, I would recommend this hotel, but it is not what I would class as all inclusive.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 10, 2010

we booked a last minute holiday to balito beach hotel never stayed there before and we would never stay there again !
its in the middle of nowhere and right next to a main rd that is like a motorway day and night !!
we did not sleep for 3 days and then we asked to be moved the staff in recepton were rude and eventually moved us to a room away from the road and we slept.
the pool is horrible with green fake felt around it the drops around the hotel are very dangerouse i would not take kids and there is no beach.
teenagers were running arond the hotel day and night and you could hear everything as the walls are so thin every stomp every shout .....
in the end we hired a car as there is nothing there its in the middle of no where no shops nothing .

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
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Property: Marina Elite
Address: urbanizacion Balito S/N | Playa Balito, Bco de Balito, 35129 Arguineguin, Mogan, Gran Canaria, Spain
Location: Spain > Canary Islands > Gran Canaria > Mogan > Arguineguin
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 6 Specialty Lodging in Arguineguin
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Marina Elite 3*
Number of rooms: 264
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Marina Elite Resort is situated in a quiet location on top of Balito Beach offering spectacular views over the Atlantic Ocean. You will reach Anfi beach in about 10 minutes by a pleasant walk along the coast. At just a 5 minute taxi ride away, you will find the lively locations of Puerto Rico and Arguineguin, where you will find a big variety of restaurants, shops, bars, pubs and day or night leisure activities. The Marina Elite offers five types of rooms for all tastes and needs, from simple but cozy one-bedroom apartments to Deluxe rooms equipped with all the luxuries. At the buffet restaurant you can have breakfast, lunch or dinner while you observe the waves breaking on the beach. You can also relax in the two swimmingpools enjoying the sunny weather of the coast of Mogán with a refreshing drink from the poolbar. Children can enjoy the miniclub where plenty of activities will be held to ensure their entertainment. For sportsmen, the Marina Elite offers a tennis court, a gym and a sauna. The Marina Elite is all inclusive, therefore it includes all meals, snacks and drinks that you could desire. You will only have to worry about enjoying your holiday. ... more   less 
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Balito Beach Apartments Hotel Arguineguin
Balito Beach Grand Canary
Marina Elite Arguineguin, Gran Canaria

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