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Hotel Solana
Reviewed September 5, 2012

to be positive the pool is well kept i dont know many people if booking cheap and cheerful that spend much time at all in their apartments so in that respect,booked as it came up the cheapest on travel republic at the time due to having to change flights quickly and find different acc,wouldnt stay again but when in puerto rico as i am every year we will come and see the famous brok who is hilarious and is so friendly he is the bar man/receptionist/reminds me of carry on abroad cleaning ladies were lovely but did it all in the first week and none in the second

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 3, 2012

For a cheap sunshine getaway this is perfect! Our apartment was clean and spacious with lovely views. Yes it is a little dated, but for the money we paid it was faultless. Facilities were good - pool was delightful and most of the week we were there, we had it all to ourselves. Outside bar area a little shabby but this is made up for by the excellent service from Brok who was always most friendly and approachable. Cleaning staff came in every other day providing clean towels and sheets. One major problem is lack of fans or air-con, but then for a budget room what do you expect?! Shop not well stocked but supermarkets all within a 5 minute walk. Top tip - on arriving at Gran Canaria airport, jump on a 91 bus from the airport - 5 euros to Puerto Rico. You can then get into a local taxi direct to the hotel for 2.5 euros. Trust us - it's as easy as waiting for transport and definitely cheaper than paying 55 euros each transfer! Yes there are rather a lot of steps (243 in total!) to town centre, but it is easy enough to walk down and then pay just 2.5 euros for a taxi back. And if you are on a budget, find M and Ms for drinks and the International Wok for an 8 euro all you can eat buffet meal. To sum up, if you like cheap and cheerful holidays and don't mind a little shabby-chic book it now! We will not hesitate to return again.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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6  Thank jayney42
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Reviewed July 3, 2012

Apartments were very dated,plug socket hanging off wall, curtain half hanging off rail, very flimsy lock on the door. Not very clean at all. Good size rooms. We were there for 9 nights and never had a change of towels. The cleaner came in twice and she changed the bins and pulled up the bed sheets(which were threadbare). However, this place is in a perfect location, you wouldn't want to be any closer though or else the music would be very loud. It's a 5 min walk from the shopping centre where all the restaurants and pubs/clubs are which you can also see from the top rooms. There is also a view of the sea from these rooms. There is a lot of steps to the apartments but it was fine for us, problems if u had walking difficulties, but a taxi up from the centre or beach was never more than 3 euro. Puerto rico beach is lovely, amadores beach is just a 5 min bus ride away 1.40 euro each way, and then there is also puerto mogan which is 2.40 euro each way and is well worth a visit for boat trips and watersports. We loved it there. Defo return to here just not sure if apartments. We did get it extremely cheap though, I just think it'd be suited to a group not really if u bring kids. We used our apartment for sleeping in at night and weren't there during the day so it was fine. Beach 5 min walk and bus stop just down from apartments.

  • Stayed: June 2012
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5  Thank cpink57
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Reviewed April 2, 2012

The hotel was basic could do with revamping.Pool was very clean,sunbeds were hard so had to get sunbed cushions from the town.Cleaners were friendly but only had clean towels twice in one week.Also the shower would trickle out when a lot of people were using it.The barman was friendly but the reception was only open certain times.Also be warned when you get a key for the safe it is 11 euros plus 6 euros deposit in which you are supposed to get that back.But if you have got an early morning flight the reception is closed even though we asked the day before when it was open in which they replied between 6-7am to hand the key back and it wasnt so they had an extra 6 euros which is a bit of a con.Also there are 241 steps to the centre.Apart from that had a good time.

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 24, 2012

This really is the staff trying to make the best of a bad lot. The hotel still has the same fixtures and fittings that it had the day it was opened. The tap in the bathroom dripped constantly and hot water was limited so more than two showers in the day was not an option. The mattresses, pillows and linen had all seen better days. Pretty disgusting and definitely not white.

The self catering is not encouraged with just two cooking rings and the limited utensils. You have to rent out such things as a toaster and kettle. There is a small table that you can sit with two stools indoors with the balcony also have a small table and two chairs.

The living room area had a sofa with stained cushions and you have to "pay as you go" to watch the telly. You pay even more for satellite with a weekly rental.

If the Solana has anything going that for it was the swimming pool which was in pretty good condition and seem to be well maintained. I only ate once at the pool area and had a double hamburger/bacon/cheese in a bun with chips and two cans of coke.(12 euros). It was very nice considering the area the barman had to work in. However don't ask me about hygiene. I decided not go there.

Finally is the location. The hotel, like most other accommodation in Puerto Rico, is on the hill. I'm a 46 man who goes to the gym three times a week and watches my weight. After climbing the steps from the town to the hotel entrance I was almost breathing out my backside. My mate called it "Cardiac Hill."

As for Puerto Rico it's pretty poor. Nothing to do but eat, drink and play crazy golf. The restaurants are all much the same. That same being mediocre. But Las Brasas was especially dreadful and costly. The Happy Valley Indian Restaurant was excellent however.

Will I go back anytime soon. No. I won't go back at all.

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled with friends
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2  Thank Rabidarab
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Reviewed January 9, 2012

On arrival staff seem indifferent to any form of meet and greet. The "manager" seems a little inconvenienced to give you his attention once you find him! Room was very basic which I expect from a low "key" complex, but the minimum you would expect is for the room to be clean. On first appearance the room was clean-ish but once you looked at the floors and corners of the room it was covered in dust and hairs! The kitchen equipment and fridge/cupboards also appeared clean (at a glance) but on closer inspection it was filthy with old food stuck on it. The ariel socket for the TV was hanging off the wall and the patio doors need a strong man just to open and close them.

  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank toffeeladMerseyside
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Reviewed January 2, 2012

This Hotel was the worst I have been to In over 30yrs.. the mattress was discusting I dont mind basic but clean, this was far from it. you had to hire everything from a kettle, I would never return back to this place.. you have't to go hunting for staff on reception,no-one there to welcome you... It took us over a hour to find room ...

  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled with friends
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5  Thank elainelee05
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Address: Avenida Cardones S/N, 35130 Puerto Rico, Gran Canaria, Spain
Location: Spain > Canary Islands > Gran Canaria > Puerto Rico
Amenities:
Swimming Pool
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Ranked #42 of 51 Specialty Lodging in Puerto Rico
Price Range: $33 - $82 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Hotel Solana 2*
Number of rooms: 34
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