We stayed at the Babalu for a week at the end of November, we chose it purely because it offered the best value for money & we wanted good weather which you are almost guaranteed in Puerto Rico.
We were pleasantly suprised with the size of the apartment and it offered (almost) everything you would expect from budget self catering accommodation. I say almost as the one thing you didn't have was a kettle (you could hire one from reception) I found this a little odd, never experienced this before, but boiling water on the hob was no bother.
We were on the ground floor, so had a large terrace leading to the pool.
There were plenty of sunbeds, although they weren't adjustable so not the most comfortable, especially if you like to sit up to read. The pools were cleaned early every morning when we were there. They were pretty cold, but not unbearable.
The maids came in to change the towels, make the beds, take out the bins and sweept the floors 4 times during the week, only the 1st and last day they didn't come in, which is understandable.
The bar by the pool is reasonably priced (2euro for a large beer) and the snacks they serve too were good. The entertainment was pretty lame to be honest, although Dave the entertainment guy tried hard, no one was really interested. I must say that the paella that was cooked by the pool one afternoon was delicious, do try it. At this time of year I think the guests are a more mature crowd and looking for a quieter time. A couple of nights there was no one at the bar at all. The dreadful country & western / rock n roll 'singer' on the Sunday night summed it up for us. If he can make a living doing that, then I'm off to Puerto Rico with a microphone and backing track next summer!!
There are a number of cats who live on the complex, they don't do any harm, but some people seemed to have a real problem with them, shooing them away & even throwing water over them! No need for that really. They would only come near if you offered them food, I'm a cat lover so I must admit I did spoil them a bit!
The location is ok, a few decent bars and restaurants in the Europa centre. a 2 min walk away. I would recommend the 'Torro Negro' restaurant on the right hand side as you walk through the ground floor, great steaks and pasta, and not expensive. Around 25-30euros for a main course, a couple of drinks and coffee. The Italian place opposite it alaways seemed busy, but we weren't impressed, I was able to make a nicer pasta dish in the apartment!
The Hypodino supermarket in the europa centre is the best value, FAR cheaper than the little one at the apartments, which as stupidly expensive.
It is a good 15-20 min walk down to the beach in Puerto Rico, (several hundred steps) not so bad going down but you'll feel the burn on the way back up!! At night I'd definately recommend getting a taxi as the steps are poorly lit and steep. A taxi from the commercial centre is around 3 euros.
I would go back to the Babalu, Puerto Rico is a great place for a winter holiday, we thoroughly enjoyed our week. I would steer clear of Purto Rico in the summer personally as I think it would be a bit too manic for my liking.
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