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Babalu Apartments
Ranked #18 of 68 Hotels in Puerto Rico
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Reviewed December 5, 2009

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.

  • Stayed: November 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 29, 2009

On arrival at the Babalu which is situated high into the hillside,and near to the Europa Shopping Centre,with it's bars,clubs and restaurants,We checked in at the small reception area,then were guided to Cable Lift,which took us some 15 metres down to our floor on level 2,Our Apartment with Kitchenette,Diner,TV,Lounge,WC & Shower,and Twin Bedroom was adequate,with a large balcony big enought to host a small cocktail party,which overlooked a lovely Pool & Poolside Bar,The whole complex during our stay was kept to a good clean standard,with friendly staff & locals,The weather was superb and our holiday experience was excellent value for money.

  • Stayed: November 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 13, 2009

We have spent the last week in october in puerto rico for the past ten years purely for a last dose of sunshine to set us up for the winter. The last few years we have been to the babalu.For a good value no frills holiday it can't be beaten! ok its not 5 star but we havn't paid 5 star prices the appartments are maybe a bit dated but we have always found them spotlessly clean on arrival and serviced each day except sunday our towels changed every other day and bedding midweek. We have yet to see a cockroach in any of the appartments we have had over the years and very few in the public areas. The balconies are brilliant with 9 hours sunshine on them during our stays the pool areas are excellent cleaned first thing daily as are all the public areas. The equipment for self catering is adequate for breakfast/ snacks who wants to be cooking full meals on holiday anyhow ok no kettle but we have stayed in other places on the island that dont provide one just pack a travel kettle.The pool bar is good for snacks and pizzas reasonable prices and well cooked food.Lots of eating places in the europa try valentinos for good service and food. All in all the babalu is a great value for the money paid and it cant be just us that think this as there is always a number of familiar faces back again each year! (Just one little niggle babalu could you invest in some new pillows before we return next october?)

  • Stayed: October 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 26, 2009

This was our second visit to the Babalu in 12 months, and we were not disappointed. We were greeted & given our room keys promptly on arrival and were pleased with the ground floor apartment. Although basic, they are clean and provide everything you need for your holiday base. Nice outside patio with table & chairs.
Pool area cleaned daily, with plenty of beds. I recommend taking a sunbed cover/cushion as these beds are rather uncomfortable, and also you cannot adjust them into seating position which could be uncomfortable if you're trying to read.
Dave "the rave" (the entertainer) keeps everyone informed on a very regular basis of what's going on in the evening, from Neil Diamond and friends to a Comedy (?) reptile show.
Poolside snacks available all day and are reasonably priced, just go and see Juan at the bar.
If you book the mid week BBQ, you will not be disappointed with the food on offer (if you don't like it you get your money back and free drinks for the rest of the holiday). Food includes beef steak, chicken fillets, pork chops, burgers, sausage, rice with tuna, rice with ham, canary potatoes, MOJO sauce, Salad and ice cream to finish, eat as much as you want. The tickets sell quickly but Dave keeps you informed how many tickets are available throughout the week, he's great, and always thanks you for your support.
Just across the road from the Europa Centre and a 10/15 min walk to Amadores Beach.
Had a fantastic time, and will be returning again next year.

  • Stayed: October 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 25, 2009

We would recommend these apartments to any one who wants a relaxing and fun holiday. The rooms are clean and the staff are polite and friendly. The pool area is spacious and there is a bar nearby that serves drinks and excellent fresh food. Dave the entertainer is guaranteed to make your stay more enjoyable and welcoming and he puts on a fantastic bbq weekly and entertains night and day, he appreciates your support and lets you know.

  • Stayed: October 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 14, 2009

Really basic apartment but has everything you need!!

Had great entertainer Dave, real laugh!! Shows were on in evening and the comedy Bingo is crackers!!

Only a 5 min walk from Europa Centre with all shops, bars and restaurants although would recommend the Chicken n Chips from Babalu restaurant at the pool side - chargrilled - gorgeous!!!

Loved every minute of my hols, been before but this so far best place stayed in Puerto Rico!! Would go back in a flash!

  • Stayed: September 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 13, 2009

Got back from a 2 week stay at the babalu a few weeks ago.
Went with my friend, and her family.

What can i say, i loved the babalu!
Reception were friendly, didn't speak to them much but they were very nice when we did, always said hello and goodnight.

Rooms were basic but very clean, not sure how many times the cleaner came throughout our stay because either i was alseep or we were out, we always new when she came as there would be clean towels ect.

Bar staff were great! Very friendly.. Haraldo and Juan aka Harold and Sean-John Juan :P
the food at the bar was lovely, would reccomend either the chicken or steak baguette.
The weekly BBQ was also great, the food was lovely and great value for money.

Loved the entertainer Dave such a lovely and funny bloke, took me, my firend, her sister, her fiance and the two girls we met there out a few nights. Such a laugh! He's also great with kids and organises football for the young guys who stay.

The Europa Centre is a 2min walk from the babalu would reccomend the supermarket in there to buy your food as the shop outside the hotel is a rip off!
Went to the Barbacoa... AWFUL! The food was nice but came out 2minutes after we ordered it. The entertainment is rubbish, was not amused at all! (and i'm 19)

Went down to Puerto Rico centre alot of the time we was there, costs about 3euros each way, would reccomend Cafe Central to eat out in the centre, food is lovely, and great value. Went to a few bars also in the centre, Snoopys, Jack Daniels and Bora Bora, all were fantastic with lovely bar staff.

Would also reccomend Arizona Restraunt by Puerto Rico harbour, food was excellent as were the staff.

Went to Puerto Mogan a couple of times. Such a beautiful and relaxed place with some amazing scenery. Costs 15 Euros in a taxi each way. but you can also get a boat from the harbour which costs 6euros one way, would definatley reccomend geting the boat as you pass the beaches on the way so get your cameras out for some amazing pictures :)

Also, wouldn't reccomend the Babalu for people who do not like cats as there were a few strays wondering around, they never bothered you though, just done there own thing.

Would definitley go back to the babalu.
Already planning a return trip for the new year!

  • Stayed: September 2009, traveled with friends
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Address: Avenida Cornisa s/n, 35130 Puerto Rico, Gran Canaria, Spain
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Location: Spain > Canary Islands > Gran Canaria > Puerto Rico
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Bar / Lounge Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Puerto Rico
Price Range: $34 - $52 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Babalu Apartments 2*
Number of rooms: 112
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