About Babalu Apartments
- high speed internet in room
- swimming pool
- bar lounge
- public wifi
- wheelchair access
- non smoking rooms
- flatscreen tv
- multilingual staff
- outdoor pool
- paid wifi
- currency exchange
- english amenities
- 24 hour front desk
- snack bar
- private balcony
- german amenities
- italian amenities
- street parking amenities
- spanish amenities
- paid internet
- poolside bar
- free public parking nearby
- convenience store
- evening entertainment
166 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
"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
"As a young couple we didnt know what to expect from the Babalu but when we got there we were pleasently suprised. Rooms were clean and a good size however you have to hire a kettle from reception. The balcony was massive and had a lovely view of the pool. The pool was big and was very clean and there was plenty of sunbeds however people left there towels on over night and didnt move them all holiday! For the week we were there half of the hotel was filled with spanish but they didnt come out til the afternoon. We didnt eat from the pool bar but the food looked nice and the drinks were resonably priced. We both were worried about night life around the hotel but there is enough to do, just across the road there is loads of restaurants and lively bars which stay open til around 4 and are a good laugh, i would recommend Yates bar and Turbos . If you want proper clubs then you have to go down to the big shopping centre its about a 20 minute walk and there are loads of clubs which are great! however drinks are more expensive down there. all in all we both loved the babalu and would recommend it to anyone, we both had a nice relaxing time and would definately return there"
- Travel date: Sun 24th of July 2011
brilliant when we eventually got there
"We arrived at Babalu Appartments only to be told that they were fully booked even though we had booked our holiday months in advance, we were taxi'd down the hill to Niza Appartments after a long and stressful journey, it wasnt the best but too tired to argue, the appartments were ok the pool was alright too, we were not far from the main strip and the beach, the last but one day we arranged with the receptionist to stay back at Babalu as we were being picked up early hours next day, it was like paradise compared to what we had gone through all week, WE WERE TOTALLY GUTTED, there were alot more British people there and alot more children, just a shame that they had OVERBOOKED !!!!!!!!!!!! NOT HAPPY AT ALL to be going home as it was total luxury compared to NIZA Appartments, anyone being asked to change in the future just say NO THANKS"
- Travel date: Sat 23rd of July 2011
"Ok apartments, shame about the music. We stayed at the end of May 2010 for 10 days, and although some of the reviews said it was a bit dodgy, we were pleasantly surprised, obviously it had been refurbished (we were in Room 509), clean, tidy, and met our expectations, BUT no toaster or kettle, which you have to hire from reception, Pool was good, view was great, weather was fine. Dave runs the poolbar, and must have brought every single 1980's and 90's disco MP3 Cd available, which drove us up the wall, music from 10 till 12.00, teher are also "show nights" and a BBQ ok, but a bit amateur. There is a local shopping centre (looks abit tatty, a bit like Puerto Rico), for a good day go to Mogan and Amadores beach, which is really nice, and good restaurants, Supermarkets are expensive, but we got all our food from Lidl as we had a hire car (Sangria 1L was 1.25, and 70 cl of White Run was Â£3.50), also go to Soria which was really nice"
- Travel date: Sat 18th of June 2011
"Just back from a weeks holiday here, we thoroughly enjoyed it. Rooms basic but, very clean, super large balcony, friendly staff. We were not hassled by Dave at the pool bar, went for a couple of drinks in evening. The BBQ night was good value for money. I love eating out and the best place we found was the Balkon Canario, quite expensive but, it was spanish! which is quite hard to find as there are heaps of english places. Another really good spanish place was the Trebor (i think it said something about being irish but, it's completely spanish) their seafood was fantastic and the staff were lovely. one good thing about both these place was the staff weren't hassling you to go in. they didn't need to because the food spoke for itself.
another great thing about the holiday was there were no mosqitoes. we did the jeep safari which was quite good to see the rest of the island we also went on thomsons free trip with PAL, that is worth it even though the talk you get is about matresses and bedding, they don't pressure you into buying anything and then you get to go and see the cave people! the rep was really informative. I would go back to Gran Canaria and definately the Babalu appartments if I was just wanting a week in the sun but, it doesn't seem to have much culture. Not that cheap either. Found one pub- Extreme that was 95cents a pint but, mostly it's 2euros a pint. some food is cheap but, you get what you pay for - usually british pub grub! there is a small supermarket attached to the hotel but, the one accross the road was cheaper. if your hiring a car it would be worth taking a trip to the carfour near las pamas. the hippo supermarkets are geared for the tourists."
- Travel date: Sun 31st of October 2010
"Arrived at the Babalu in the middle of the night, staff were reasonable despite some negative comments in other reviews. All rooms have a great view of the sea and pool area and they all have large balconies. Rooms were basic but clean with everything you need, except kettle and toaster which we managed fine without. Could maybe do with air conditioning but a fan can be hired from reception as can a toaster and kettle.
Dave the entertainer - never had much dealings with him but seemed like a nice guy whenever we did speak to him. Totally different guy to what I was expecting, he was friendly and not too in your face. The Babalu BBQ is a must - 10.90 euros for all you can eat and the food is great.
We never spent a great deal of time at the pool but we'd recommend the Amadores beach as it's absolutely beautiful. It only costs 3 euros in a taxi to get there and it has some excellent restaurants, in particular the Portofino Italian restaurant. Went there twice, food and service were amazing!
Babalu is across the road from the Europa Centre, which is more family orientated. We would reccomend El Toro Negro for food and Barbacoa for cocktails. For a more livlier evening the Commercial Centre is the place to go, again 3 euros in a taxi. Bars such as Bora Bora and Snoopys are places we found ourselves going back to more than once.
The only negative of the holiday we had was the local vodka. Try and stay clear of it, it will make you ill. Pay a little more and get smirnoff.
Would totally recommend the Babalu! :)"
- Travel date: Fri 22nd of October 2010
Our 3 weeks hol at the Babalu!!!
"our flight was delayed which resulted in us arriving in the early hours of the morning, the man who check us in gave us the choice of where we wanted to be, which was great as we were there for 3 weeks. the rooms are clean tidy and spacious with very large balconies or terrace if your on the ground floor. pools are great and are never too over crowded and there were plenty of sunbeds...however until the spanish arrive on the weekends but hey we are in spain!!! Dave at the pool bar is a great laugh and is very welcoming...some of the other reviews suggest that he is annoying and begs people to come to the bar but they may not know that the bar is independent from the hotel and if people do not or cant be bothered to go down on a night, it will be closed down and there would be no entertainment or food of which im sure people would moan at and the prices of the beer, bottles, food etc... is very reasonable and the food is really nice!!!
the europa centre is just over the road with plenty of places to eat and some good bars, we loved Extreemz!!! it only takes about 15 minutes to walk to the main centre of peurto rico where there is a large shopping centre with some good food and bars. 6 euro all you can eat chinese is really good value and M&Ms bar is the cheapest we found with 90cents a pint and 2 euros for bottles, all day everyday.it only coast 3 euros in a taxi to get back to the hotel which is very reasonable compared to uk prices.
Amadores beach which is a shingle beach (man made) is really lovely and we preferred it to Peurto ricos main
beach which was soft sand.
we would love to go back to Babalu hotel, good value for money, great bar, loads to do in the resort!!!!!"
- Travel date: Mon 23rd of August 2010
fab holiday at babalu from Lou & Michael (Scotland) xx
"Just returned from a 2wk break in puerto rico where we stayed at the babalu, stayed on 3rd floor, apartment was nice enough, like other reviews u had to hire a toaster and a kettle but did have a microwave and a good workin fridge, pool area was great, dave is a lovely guy and food was good value for money, the only down side was u had to set ur alarm to get up for sun loungers coz if u didnt u wouldnt get one.... by 10am they were all gone, was a bit dissapointed with the europa centre as it looked a bit run down, and the men at the restaurants and shops pestered u to come in everytime u went up, supermarket in the europa centre is ideal, as it sells everything u can think off, ur better buying stuff from there rather than the hotel shop as its cheaper. Not much to do up at the e.centre for younger people, so we got taxis to then bottom strip where there was loadz of restaurants and pubs, i recommend the mexican upstairs as its amazing, oh yeah the indian up in the e.centre is also fab, infact that good we ate there 4 times, great value for money!!! Booked waterpark in maspalomas with Gerry (who is situated at the info booth in middle of e.centre)lovely guy and he goes out of his way to help :) - not to mention hes much cheaper than the reps!!! Not only did i have a fab time but i got engaged, so will defo be going back for another hol to rememeber the happy times :)ANYONE GOIN - ENJOY & TAKE CARE :)"
- Travel date: Thu 19th of August 2010
Go with an open mind!
"Its Marmite - you will either love it or hate it. Arriving at the hotel at 2am with a very tired 11 yr old, we were quickly checked in and off to sleep.
Our room was simply furnished and included a microwave and fridge. Downside is no air con which we knew before we booked, together with a number of the sockets "hanging" loose from the wall.
Hired a fan, which had to be changed twice due to being faulty to be honest they provided minimum comfort.....better actually taking the mattresses off the beds and either sleeping on balcony or in living rooms with balcony doors wide open - we did this most nights (along with most of our neightbours!)
The bar is managed by different people to the hotel, food was cheap and quite tasty. For me, the entertainment was poor - not the actual acts, but there was no real atmosphere in the evening - maybe between 15-30 people watching the shows each night.....for a hotel with c100 rooms, it was disapointing.
Pool area ok, not great but not bad either. Most mornings up until about 11am you could be the only one in the pool, but that changed during the day. Sunbeds, although plentiful, are tied together with wire so cant be moved and sometimes proved difficult to get two beds together. Major lack of parasols at the pool.
For kids, nothing much going on, so you will need to entertain your own kids. Having read previous reviews saying that football games, water polo etc regularly take place, I saw one football game going on and it was adults playing.
In summary, the Babalu is cheap place to stay, and with a number of pubs with entertainment and restaurants on your doorstep, then its an ideal base to enjoy your holiday. All in all, we (38yr old and 11yr old) had a great time - after all, your holiday is what you make it.
Pros: Canarian Combo and Sioux City trips; Lord Byron restaraunt (upstairs in Europa CC); Neptune mini gold (in town centre near McDs)
Cons: lack of amenities at hotel (very small reception area which 70% of time was unmanned); lack of parasols at pool; no air con
- Travel date: Tue 17th of August 2010