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“Fab winter break at The Babalu!!!”
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Babalu Apartments
Ranked #19 of 70 Hotels in Puerto Rico
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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“Fab winter break at The Babalu!!!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 3, 2014

Came back to the Babalu the first week of December 2013 after I stayed there with my Husband back in October 2012. This time my In Laws came with us too.
I had e-mailed the Babalu in advance to request a pool level/ground floor room as I like the fact you could go in and out of your room easy from the pool. I was delighted that we had both been given ground floor rooms next to each other.
The rooms are very basic and I agree with other reviewers, they could do with a bit of a refurb, but they do the trick for what you need. You get what you pay for which is value for money. We did have a slight problem with the hot water not lasting long in the shower which we did mention and someone did come in to have a look but the problem never got rectified.
The kitchenette is, again, small and basic with a small hob and microwave but you do have to hire a toaster and a kettle if you want one. We bought a little travel kettle with us so we didn't need to hire one. We didn't really eat in the room apart from lunches. We popped over to the supermarket in the Europa Centre over the road and bought in the essentials. The pool bar does do some great snacks at fairly reasonable prices.
The pool area is fabulous and one of the main reasons I booked to go back. The main pool and the kids pool are not heated and are way too cold for December (braved it up to my waist and chickened out, haha) but the smaller adults pool was heated. My only gripe would be the plastic sunbeds. They're not very comfy. There are always plenty of them around though as the place seemed dead. We got chatting to a really nice lady who owns one of the apartments (quite a few are privately owned) and she informed us the apartments were full and usually are over the winter months. You'd never of believed it though. There weren't many English guests though. Prehaps its just us that are the pool bunnies!!! It was nice and peaceful though but it would be nice for the music at the pool bar to be a bit more modern or at least cater for all ages. It wasn't too loud though like other reviewers pointed out.
The Babalu is situated quite high up and is inbetween Amadores and Puerto Rico. We walked down to both sides. The walk to Amadores is less steep than the roads down to Puerto Rico. There are steps down to Puerto Rico but after experiencing them last year, we opted for the road way this time. We didn't chance walking back up, although my In laws did on a couple of occasions, putting us to shame!!! Taxi's are readily available and only cost about 3-4 Euros back up.
The Europa centre is across the road from The Babalu but has really had its day. Hardly any bars or restaurants in there and the ones that are cater for the Scandinavians. In the space of a year, Barbacoa has been changed into a Scandinavian bar!!! I can recommended Mary D's bar though. Real friendly bunch and a great atmosphere. My hubby even won €70 on a game of Deal or No Deal. Bonus!!!
The main shopping Centre down at the bottom in Purto Rico is much much bigger so a lot more choice. Riders is a good lively bar and we had a nice Indian in the Happy Valley restaurant.
Down on the harbour I can recommend Charliez Cocktail Bar. Amazing and great value cocktails and a great atmosphere. We also had an amazing meal in Arizzona Resturant. The service and the food was spot on.
Aside from a couple of bad days at the start of the week, the weather was glorious. The nights can get a bit chilly though at this time of year so you'll need a cardigan.
We had a fab week at The Babalu and will definately return.

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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 3, 2014

Upon arrival we were greeted with not as much as a smile, only “ Name “ and facts about hiring a kettle, safe and toaster etc., although the toasters were all broken and unavailable, the cost and deposit required.
Receiving the key, we proceeded to the lifts, I say lifts but one was actually out of order. Going down to the ground floor and walking along the corridor to apartment 109 we could see large areas of the white wall covering had faked off leaving a shabby unkempt appearance, and many of the fire notices were broken, also there were potato chips scattered on the floor. Not the start we`d hoped for. Anyway unlocking the door of apartment 109 the first thing we noticed is that the TV was left on (using the previous occupants remaining credit we assumed). Looking further around the apartment we saw these points:
1. There were potato crisps on the floor.
2. Brown stains in the bidet.
3. Pubic hairs in the shower.
4. The beds were rock hard.
5. The sheets were dirty, old and ripped.
6. The pillows were very old and lumpy.
7. The fridge leaked water and had a smelly residue at the bottom.
8. The Television was old, coin operated, with poor reception and only 1 English Channel.
9. The cutlery was old and dirty.
10. No air conditioner available.
This upset my wife so much she wanted to leave immediately but as we had a long day / nights traveling we stayed the night. After a poor night’s sleep we found the food we put in the fridge for breakfast ruined by the water dripping on it. At this point we left the apartment and hotel Babalu for good.

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2013

As I write this it is 11 o'clock at night I'm still here at the hotel. So still very fresh.
Would I stay here again no, nothing really to do with the hotel more to do with the noise around. The people above have spent the best part of a week dragging furniture across the floor in the end I just want to go up there and slap them. The Europa centre just across the road was noisest Saturday and Sunday with some old crooner belting out tunes from nine till eleven very loudly. The road outside is fairly busy with the taxis thinking it's ok to bleep each other hello day and night. The actual hotel is fairly quiet no huge influx of locals at the weekend as was mentioned below, infant I have only seen a couple of people at the bar of an evening all week. There have been plenty of sun beds free every day, even though you still have the few getting up before eight to put their towels down..

The hotel room is very basic if you can cook an evening meal on a two ring hob and a microwave then you are fine as that's all you have, there are more than enough restaurants locally if you don't want to cook. Also as said you don't get a kettle or toaster you have to hire them but there is a coffee perculator, the tv you pay one euro per hour like the old slot ones in the uk...
I had a problem with my mattress and it was changed straight away.
Something to bear in mind if you drive, the transfer to hotel if not included would of cost us £60. With Thomas Cook .We shopped around and hired a car for the week for £70 and got to go wherever whenever we wanted to. Make sure you get directions first we forgot that, there are any many hotels that all look very similar and Babalu is right at the top of the hill you cannot even see it from ground level. It is a beautiful lush island unlike some of the others,
The staff are very friendly and helpful, we didn't have a problem with the bar music from the babalu noise from across the road drowned it out. The view from the large balconies is stunning across the sea, we preferred higher up then being on pool level, it was windy one night apart from the the weather was great. I can't advise on buses as we didn't use one but they did seem quite frequent. If you do have to visit a chemist the one on top of the hill just along from the hotel is a bit of a rip off. £3 for a pack of plasters and £4 for a pack of paracetamol. Especially when a prescription for the same thing was £1.20. Use centre salute if you need to see a doctor it's free with your health card and. The doctors are excellent no long wait like the private ones tell you there is plus you get prescriptions at forty percent off we needed three items and it cost less than a fiver. Wish it was that cheap in the uk

Room Tip: As stated many times lower ones to walk out on pool area higher ones for views. Reception and exit a...
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2013

Just returned from a great week in Puerto Rico staying at Babalu. It was our first visit to the island and we will definitely return and definitely come back to Babalu. We were very pleasantly surprised at the standard of accomodation considering the apartments are at the budget end of the price range. The rooms are clean and fresh with a well stocked kitchen area for self-catering and a large balcony with table & chairs, perfect for lazy breakfasts and early evening drinks. The balconies are also a real suntrap and we recorded temperatures of 27 in the shade to 38 in the sun most days (not bad for the last week in October!). Certain items are available to hire so, if you are on a budget you may want to take that into consideration i.e. safety deposit box in room (13euros/week + 12euro deposit), kettle (10 euros/week + 10 euro deposit), sunbed for the balcony, fan, toasters. They are also available to hire by the day so you may want to wait & see if you really need any of them - for example at this time of year it really wasn't necessary to hire sunbeds as there were always plenty available by the pool plus it was too hot on the balcony anyway. Most brochures warn that Babalu is not suitable for people with mobility problems due to its location at the top of the hill. It's true that the bus does not come up this far but there are plenty taxis and we were assured it would only be about 4-6 euros maximum to travel to anywhere in Puerto Rico. The Europa Centre with plenty of bars and restaurants and the big supermarket is just across the road. There is a lift in the apartments but this only goes from the 6th to the 1st floor (the entrance and reception are on the 6th floor) so you would still need to negotiate one short flight of steps if you had one of the poolside rooms with terrace. If you are up for the exercise though there are a couple of different routes down to the two beaches and harbour area. People have commented on the music from the pool bar - we think they must have taken this on board as we found that it was turned down at about 9pm. The pool area was well kept and cleaned early every morning and with 2 main pools and a small kids pool there was plenty places to cool off. One major plus point of Babalu is that the pool area is not overlooked from the road which cannot be said for a great number of hotels and apartments in the resort - budget and high end alike. All in all, a really pleasant place to stay with kind and helpful staff and we would thoroughly recommend it. 2 things to do we would also recommend are 1) catching the ferry to Mogan for a leisurely lunch and some people watching as well as a wander round the pretty houses and nice shops (avoid Friday if you don't want to go to the market) and 2) hiring a car & getting up into the mountains and across to Teror before coming back over the mountains and down to Maspalamos to see the dunes at sunset. It cost us about £35/day + petrol but you can shop around. We only used 1/4 tank for 212K of driving and we went over the mountains via windy roads twice. Enjoy!

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2013

just back from a lovely two week break at the babalu (booked with sunshine travel),have been going now for 20 years,its basic not changed a lot in that time,except the new lift,at last ! staff as always helpful,the only thing i found changed was the level of the pool bar music and some of its content,the babalu has always been a nice peaceful place,yes the bar has always had music but for some reason they seem to find the need to up the level at certain times of the day,and especially late at night,i am just glad we didn't have young children,not only from the noise level but some of the rap songs were very inappropriate,did spoil the relaxing holiday we have come to expect,that said i would recommend the babalu as long as you realise its very basic,and the have a word with the bar staff.

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2013

We stayed at the Babalu for the second from from 22nd September 2013 for 2 weeks, there has been improvements with the new lift, fresh paint and new furniture. The rooms are basic but adequate but good value for money given the price. The rooms could do with "touching" up hear and there but the maids clean often with clean towels and bedding. The pool area is fantastic, clean and at the time or the year quiet and plenty of room, there is one heated about 7ft deep with the larger second is about 4ft and another child's paddling pool. The pool bar is great value and the food and drinks are very well priced and good quality. It's a short walk to numerous restaurants and shops and only 2-3 Euros taxi ride to two very good beaches.
The staff we found were very friendly and check in was quick and easy after a long bus transfer journey.

All in all another wonderful stay at a great location given the cost and I would recommend it with no hesitation.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Prudhoe, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2013

Just back from a weeks stay at the Babalu.
After a nightmare transfer both ways the last time we visited Puerto Rico we paid a little more to use the Speedy Shuttle this year which meant the trip between the airport and the Babalu was approx. 45 minutes, which I would highly recommend.
Stayed here on numerous occasions with no complaints and this year was no different. The rooms were clean and tidy as always and whilst you do need to hire a kettle and a toaster if you want them, you can get round this if you want to, by using pans. Whilst the rooms are basic, they are perfectly adequate, especially when you consider the price you pay for them.
The pool area is excellent and we had no problems getting sunbeds between 10.00 and 10.30 each day. Pool bar opens at 10.00 each morning and appears to remain open until the last customers leave at night, whatever the time. Prices are reasonable and staff excellent.
Overall, another excellent stay at the Babalu, where I am sure we will be returning next year.

Room Tip: We have stayed on various floors and they all have different benefits. The ground floor means you ca...
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Babalu Apartments
Address: Avenida Cornisa s/n, 35130 Puerto Rico, Gran Canaria, Spain
Location: Spain > Canary Islands > Gran Canaria > Puerto Rico
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Hotel Class:2 star — Babalu Apartments 2*
Number of rooms: 112
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