166 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
"Babalu Apartments has been one of our favourites in Puerto Rico. Over 20 years we have spent our hols in Puerto Rico and stayed in Babalu several times. Last time we stayed in sixth floor (top). Visited friends in Babalu last December and nothing has changed since our last stay. Friendly staff in reception. Rooms cleaned 5 days a week by a lovely Spanish woman. Basic equipped. TV with coin box. Deposit with code in bedroom. Huge balcony with gorgeous view, especially from upper floors. Spacious pool area. We feel safe, all guest have to walk through the reception in the sixth floor. Beside the reception you'll find a small supermarket.
Babalu is situated on the top of Puerto Rico. 150-200m to CC (Centro Comercial) Europa and CC Family, which has many shops and restaurants. If you want to go to main CC or beach (approx 600 steps down!!) in Puerto Rico or Amadores beach you can walk down. Taxi cost around â¬3, one way. Bus 0,90.
Can recommend Babalu to anyone who don't search for a luxuriously holiday. Great location, view and plain apartment."
- Travel date: Fri 8th of June 2007
"Had a great holiday at babalu.All you need is there except perhaps a toaster!!!!!!!! Enjoyed walk down to front of resort but used taxi going up.They are very cheap.3 euros.
Babalu is very convenient for the europa centre and the barbacoa which has free entertainment every night .I would go back.We enjoyed our time in Puerto Rico."
- Travel date: Thu 29th of March 2007
Great Basic Family Appt.
"Excellent holiday for families with young children - three pools and a play area. Pool side bar staff very friendly and even played footbll and table tennis with my young son during quiet periods.
Appts very clean with cleaning service 6 days out of 7, clean towels every other day and clean sheets 3 times per week. Poolside bar serves limted but delicious snacks and light meals throughout the day up until around 10pm. Excellent value for money - especially at Happy Hour! Cats not a huge problem, saw three mainly around lunchtime.
Shame about the kitchen amenities - kettle and toaster available to hire from reception which was manned 24/7
Europa center with restaurants, bars and shops only a few minutes walk away. Mini Market right outsde reception which is a little pricier than the supermarket at the europa center but great for convenience!
Taxis to the playa puerto rico and the main resort centre only 2.5 euros or 90 cents on the bus.
Would not recomment the new amadores beach - gritty sand that once you get into the water is lke quicksand - buried to your ankles before you know it!!
Would definitely stay here again."
- Travel date: Fri 6th of October 2006
"Me n my 2friends went to this hotel for 2wks on the 24th July this year. Got there and it looked fab just like in the picture. Unpacked our suitcases and me n my friend went to get a safety deposit box from the reception...no-one was there so we waited about 10mins still no show of any1 so we just left it what harm could be dun if we hid all our valubles which we done with the passports, money etc in our suitcases we thought it would be safe enough there, well wrong...one of my friends had left her money in her handluggage bag which was in the lounge. It was a big bag but someone would have needed to move the bin which was infront of it to get to the bag...well as we headed out to return about 4hours later after being to the pool we decided we were too tired to go out that night, so we stayed in. Didnt need any money so my friend didnt need to make sure her money was there, next morning got up early for the welcome meeting, as me n my other friend got dressed Jemma realised that all her money was gone out of her bag..wow great start!! Headed to the welcome meeting after tearing the apartment apart....wasnt there! Rep advised us to go to police station but we needed to pay the translator to take us. So our second day we spent searchin for money which had clearly been nicked and then another hour in a foreign police station. When we returned to the hotel we decided we were going to hang out at the pool and chill...thats when we met a family who also THAT DAY went to the police station because they had also had theyre money stolen although theyre apartment window was broke obviousley had to get a way in...although our apartment was exactly the way we left it, so its obviousley an inside job...someone who has the keys is getting all the money that you save up all year round for. Would never go back to this hotel and if you want to go to this hotel keep in mind you'll no doubt be another target to get your money stolen. Also 6th day my mobile went missin during the night. Had a fab holiday...Gran Canaria is fab but I would definately never #return to this hotel in a million years."
- Travel date: Tue 8th of August 2006
"We stayed in the babalu 4/6/06 for one week , after reading some reports on this site i was a little worried about staying at the babalu. we had no need to worry we were a group of 19 with ages rating from 2 to 62. Rooms were very clean and our room was cleaned 6 days out of 7, the maids even washed up for us. balconys were very big. pools were brill and all staff were very friendly, everyone that was in our group said that they would def stop at babalu again ( this coming from my mam and dad who normally pay 3k for 2 weeks in palma nova) . yes there is cats but not loads of them and they only there at 8am in morning.So dont belive all the bad reports some people expect a home from home on holiday."
- Travel date: Mon 12th of June 2006
Basic but pleasant
"Stayed at the Babalu Apartments, Puerto Rico first week in April. Apartments are very basic and initially we were a little disappointed with the standard as this was not in our opinion a 'cheap' holiday. Self catering facilities are minimal (no kettle, toaster or microwave) although you can hire these from reception! which annoyed us even more. Failing that, we had a great holiday. Maid cleaned 4 times, clean towels nearly everyday and bedding changed once. Pools are brill! Music around the pool pleasant enough to listen to, started around 10am and finished around 11pm depending if anyone was round the bar or not. Palm trees round pool and apartments just like picture in brochure. Only saw 2 cockroaches (not in room!) and about 5 cats, but only first thing in the morning or at night (no cat mess!). Can imagine it being very different at peak times, i.e noise levels, lack of sunbeds, but it was just right for us and the weather was fab. Just beware, it is at the top of Puerto Rico near Europa Centre, which has shops and restaurants but if you want to go to main Commercial Centre or beach (approx 600 steps down!!) in Puerto Rico or Amadores beach (gorgeus)you can walk down but you need to get taxi back, but it only cost around 3 euros. Happy holidays!!!!!"
- Travel date: Tue 18th of April 2006
"We booked this holiday through our local travel agent as it was the cheapest deal we could find in the school holidays. We were a little worried that the apartments are listed as only one star and were even more concerned after reading some of the reviews.
We set of expecting the worst but were very plesantly suprised when we arrived. To respond to some of the problems raised -
Our apartment was on the ground floor and was very well presented.
The room was cleaned 4 times while we were there and the sheets changed three times
The poolbar played music from 10am till about 11:30pm. The music was at an acceptable level except for the start of happy hour when it was turned up slightly to anounce the start but then returned to a lower level. At about 10pm the music was turned even lower to allow children to sleep.
Externally all apartments were painted white, there are palm trees all around the pool and plants in flower beds.
The pool was cleaned every day at about 8:30am
The beds are quite hard but nothing too difficult to get used to (I recommend taking your own pillow)
There is no kettle in the apartment but we boiled water in the pan.
Over all this apartment deserves at least two stars!!. The only downside is the the balcony of the apartment above is on top of your bedroom. Therefore we were woke a few times by the people moving furniture (chairs/table) around."
- Travel date: Wed 12th of April 2006
"My wife and myself have just spent a week ay the babalu apts. peurto rico.arriving there on the 24th. dec. and returning home on the 31st. dec. on our arrival we discovered we were staying at the top of a mountain. our apt. was on the second floor of a seven floor complex. the first problem we experienced was the tv. i inserted two coins in same which stuck in the meter. this was reported seven times, eventually after three days we got the tv. replaced. we have yet to receive any refund for money lost. Second problem was the apts. being placed at the top of a mountain which meant if one even walked down the steep roads to the beach on returning to your apt. there was no way we could climb up the hill again. to return to your apt. we found we had to queue for long a period of time to get a taxi. (local taxis must make a fortune in this area.) The next complaint would be the continuos noise and bad langauge which occurred every morning between approx. 0400 hrs and 06oo hrs. went i mentioned this to reception they replied, we heard nothing. this dosent surprise me as the reception was on the seventh floor and the design of the apts. which were built into the mountain face meant the reception was further awaw from the noise. the apts. themselves were basic to say the least. finally i would not even consider recomending these apts. to anyone. i myself will never return to them. i will most definitely return to this part of the canaries but next time i will make sure we are at ground level."
- Travel date: Thu 5th of January 2006
"We visited Babalu apartments 2nd July 2011 for two weeks with a group of friends. Four of us stayed in Babalu and the other four stayed about five minutes away down the hill in Montebello.
First impressions of the apartments were good they were clean and tidy and the room was better than we expected with a huuuge balcony overlooking the pool area.
Throughout our holiday there was so much to do, we done a Dolphin&Wale watching boat trip, which was good but i wouldnt reccommend it if you get sea sick, and the glass bottom boat goes to see the dolphins too and its about 10 euros cheaper and shorter! :/
There is a large water park (aqualand) in maspalomas, theres also Palmitos park, sand dunes and camel rides.
The shopping centre directly opposite Babalu was really handy, it had a supermarket and lots of bars and restaurants (perfect for pre-drinks), it was basically a smaller version of the main centre down the bottom.
Barbacoa up the top do some lovely cocktails especially the frozen ones! and you get a great view!
You can get great 241 drinks deals at the Europa (down the bottom) and our favourite was Tropicana as you could get bargain cocktails in a sand Bucket! We had some amazing nights out down there in Snoopy bar, Harley Davidson bar and Jack Daniels bar. Theres so many bars and clubs everywhere!
The pool at Babalu proved the best hang over cure!
The food at the Babalu pool bar was great especially the BBQ which was amazing value for money. I basically lived off the Chicken, Chips and salad it was that good, Not even joking.
We ate out the whole holiday, El Torro up the top centre was lovely although they pestered us the meal was amazing. We also ate in Barbacoa and a mexican restaurant on the top level; all equally as impressive!
The beach was lovely although a long way down the walk has some gorgeous views, and a taxi back up only costs 3 euros.
There is lots of water sports to do like, Jet skis, Para-Gliding, Banana boats etc. but we went to Mogan to do these as they were cheaper, and we also visited the massive market there, bus only cost 4 euros!
The entertainment in the hotel was good (but not really our thing), there was bird, reptile and tropical shows, bingo and singers! all hosted by Dave, LEGEND! haha he gave great advice and was always happy to help. All the bar staff were friendly, helpful and worked so hard !!! The atmosphere round the pool was always good, with a variety of music playing, drinks flowing and sun shining!
The highlight of the holiday was defenately Big Red! a speed boat ride down off the beach. AMAZING !! We highly reccommend it it was 20 euros and worth every penny!!
Babalu was so good for what we paid! very impressed, the only downfalls i would say was you had to rent the safe , kettle etc, the lift did break but that didnt really bother us tbh, and I swear its haunted.
All in all a great holiday, Highly reccommended! "
- Travel date: Mon 31st of October 2011
"me and jules went in may 2011 and we really had a chilled and relaxing time people were friendly complex was lovely but basic but for what your paying it was nice met some lovely people and had fun times dave the rave was sound had a laugh not to mention antonio who serves and cooks during the day very nice fella hope to visit again soon "
- Travel date: Thu 6th of October 2011
Babalu Sept 2011
"Just back from a great week at the Babalu apartments! Sad to have left! Some of the reviews had been negative but didn't put us off going! Glad we didn't heed them! Arrived in evening and we were greeted by a very friendly receptionist who checked us in very quickly! We were in room 212 which was simple but spotless! Balcony was massive! All apartments looked over the pool which was a bonus! Pool was lovely and very clean, plenty of sunbeds and we never had to put towels down. Plenty of room around the pool too! We picked a quiet week so there was always space around pool! Pool bar was good value and the staff very friendly! Dave was a legend! Very good at his job which sometimes wasn't very easy! The Europa centre was directly opposite the apartments where there was a good supermarket as the one at the hotel was expensive! Could not complain about any of the food we got, all was very good and reasonably priced! We ate in El Torro, Chicago, Little Italy a few times! All very good! Puerto rico is VERY steep and def not for those with walking difficulties! We walked into puerto rico which took about 20mins but got taxi back for bout 3 euro! Def worth it if you want to avoid the hills! Amadores beach was absolutely gorgeous! Very clean and the sea was warm and lovely to swim in! You can hire a sun lounger for 3euro for the day and the beach cafes are very reasonable! They have toilet and locker facilities also! All in all I had a great time and would def go back to the Babalu apartments! "
- Travel date: Sun 2nd of October 2011
"The title says it all.... Just got back from two weeks at the babalu apartments puerto rico gran canaria. Although the break was just what i needed i would not recomend the hotel nor the actual island of gran canaria to anyone. Its expensive, isolated, tatty and deserted. To save money me and my girlfriend decided to make our tea our selves one evening only to realise that we had attracted some lovely cockroaches!! That was it then....she was sleepless for the rest of the holiday. Europa centre is annoying! they practically beg you to eat in their restaurants or visit their shops! you dont get a chance to breathe! There is a lot of spanish people there but i didnt mind them, the kids are well behaved and the parents are friendly. Its the middle aged english couples with their families that got my back up! all they do is moan! hardly spoke to anyone by the pool as they were all miserable! moaning about the towels on the loungers with nobody on them, moaning about the spanish etc.... Sad and bitter boring people. If you love a good moan go there, we'r a young couple and just wanted a laid back nice time so unfortunatly we were dissapointed. "
- Travel date: Thu 28th of July 2011