El Secreto del Agua
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El Secreto del Agua

Calle del Pintor Rosales S / N, 30384 Mar de Cristal, Municipality of Cartagena Spain
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#1 of 2 hotels in Mar de Cristal
4.6 of 5 bubbles
Location
4.6 of 5 bubbles
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4.3 of 5 bubbles
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4.4 of 5 bubbles
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There is a different place next to the Mar Menor, full of new sensations. A corner where every second is a unique experience .. A place where everything is illuminated, is full of life, large, upscale, quiet ... Where laughter, discover, live and dream. This is where the senses are. Discover our facilities in La Manga del Mar Menor.
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Property amenities
Free public parking nearby
Free internet
Beach
Bicycle rental
Car hire
Business Centre with Internet Access
Conference facilities
Rooftop terrace
Street parking
Wifi
Bicycles available
Boating
Diving
Golf course
Horseback riding
Snorkelling
Windsurfing
Bicycle tours
Canoeing offsite
Fishing
Tennis court offsite
Nightclub / DJ
Taxi service
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Non-smoking hotel
Sun deck
Sun terrace
Sun umbrellas
24-hour check-in
Self-serve laundry
Room features
Air conditioning
Fireplace
Housekeeping
Seating area
Coffee / tea maker
Kitchenette
Flatscreen TV
Walk-in shower
Sofa
Wardrobe / wardrobe
Clothes rack
Iron
Private bathrooms
Tile / marble floor
Microwave
Refrigerator
Stovetop
Electric kettle
Kitchenware
Radio
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
Room types
Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
Suites
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HOTEL STYLE
Family
Mid-range
Languages Spoken
English, French, Spanish

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Calle del Pintor Rosales S / N, 30384 Mar de Cristal, Municipality of Cartagena Spain
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Helen C wrote a review May 2024
La Marina, Spain44 contributions41 helpful votes
+1
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Beautiful hotel on the beachfront, stayed 2 nights rooms were spotlessly clean. The reception staff were amazing and accommodating to our needs. Just below the hotel is the Arena Cafe where we had tostadas and coffee for breakfast and drinks with our friends later, there is also restaurant, Picolo Mare who serve fresh traditional Mediterranean food, Indian food, pizzas and pasta , there is a shop within walking distance should you need anything else. Everything you need is here! Highly recommend
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Date of stay: May 2024Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: Parking within walking distance, tea and coffee not provided in the rooms, although equipment is
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xx54lly wrote a review Oct 2021
Shrewsbury, United Kingdom9 contributions14 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Wow! Family owned and what a difference that makes. The fact that we were recommended by another restaurant owner says everything. We travelled down the coast 25 mins but so worth it..the tuna tartare and the chateau briande were phenomenal. Superb customer service. No faults at all, in fact a return visit is imminent. Thank you for a lovely evening and showcasing a beautiful restaurant.
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Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Closed Monday/Tuesday and only open for lunch at the weekend. Booking essential for a guaranteed...
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Richard M wrote a review Jan 2021
Mar de Cristal, Spain93 contributions26 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We have now been countless times and this restaurant has really developed. Excellent food, excellent and friendly service and a location to die for... The variety is also something unique. Imaginative, creative, novel, always scrumptious....
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Date of stay: January 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Anne B wrote a review May 2024
London, United Kingdom55 contributions20 helpful votes
+1
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Staff were extremely helpful and lovely and the location is splendid, but the room was very basic and dismal.
However, it was clean .
The cafe on the beach is perfect for breakfast.
The lounge restaurant was okay, nothing more although I note it gets very good reviews.
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Date of stay: May 2024Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Gary L wrote a review Feb 2020
Ramsgate, United Kingdom11 contributions6 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Stayed in Loft 202, a fantastic luxurious apartment overlooking the Mar Menor with a huge wrap around terrace. Lovely receptionist (Ana) was on hand along with a wonderful onsite restaurant, nearby cafe/bar and supermarket. Everything about our stay was wonderful, highly recommended.
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Anna-Karin M wrote a review Aug 2015
Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates6 contributions12 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
The hotel is perfect placed direct on the beach, with a lounge, bar/cafe and restaurant, the studios is small and basic but is clean and fresh. We really liked it until the last day when we were checking out, the night before we were not sleeping there and guess if we were surprised when we entered our room very early in the morning to collect our last things before checking out. The room was already prepared for other guests, it was totally cleaned out, our last belongs were gone. When we confronted the reception they told us that our room door had been vide open the previous day, (we locked) and that they tried to phone us all day,(no missed phone calls) and when we asked were our belongings were they said that the room was empty. So
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Date of stay: July 2015
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Hard-t-please wrote a review Oct 2013
Valencia17 contributions47 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
If you are looking for a beach holiday without the hassle of continually brushing off the sand this is the place for you. On the other hand if you must have the sand between your toes it's only a five metre walk from El Secreto del Agua to get on the beach.
We stayed in a large, spotlessly clean and superbly equipped one bedroom 'Loft' with it's own enormous, well furnished, decked terrace area overlooking the beach. Who needs sand ? The complex has two of these 'Lofts' and a number of smaller 'Studios'. In addition to a patio garden area for the use of residents the complex also houses a Sports/Chill Out bar, a seafront Bar/Café and an Italian themed restaurant. Everything you need on the doorstep, which is just as well because the only other bar/eateries within walking distance are two Chiringuitos, which, whilst we were there in early October, both closed at dusk.
The whole thing was totally spoiled for us on the Wednesday and Saturday evening when completely illogically every TV screen in the complex was showing the same football match. It was on in the reception area, the Sports/Chill Out bar, the Piccolo Mare restaurant and the Arena café bar both inside and outside on the terrace. The volume was excruciatingly high and normal conversation was impossible (see my separate review for Piccolo Mare). For this reason alone we would never return to El Secreto del Agua, at least not during the now extended football season ..... a great avoidable shame.
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Date of stay: October 2013
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: If you have a 'Loft' ask for room 202, the terrace area is probably four or five times...
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Kate M wrote a review May 2015
Knutsford, United Kingdom7 contributions9 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Studio apartments are lovely but for luxury go for a loft apartment. Everything you could wish for with fabulous views and right on the beach. Delightful staff and the Arena cafe next door provides great snacks and drinks. Mar de Cristal is beautiful and a few minutes along the coast from La Manga. A Supermarket a few minutes away means you can self cater with microwave, coffee machine, fridge etc and lovely toiletries also provided. Cannot recommend highly enough.
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Date of stay: April 2015
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled solo
Room Tip: Front room studio or loft.
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Alan R wrote a review Sept 2013
Cambridge, MA130 contributions53 helpful votes
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I had long wanted to visit the city of Murcia and was in a position to make a trip to Spain in summer 2013. Rather than stay in the city itself, I chose El Secreto del Agua to be by the water... Staying here was a really great choice.

Correspondence prior to arriving was quick and friendly, and service from the desk staff (particularly Sara) was equally friendly and helpful.

As I was traveling alone, I chose a studio facing the water... Plenty big for one, even two people... It had a fully stocked kitchenette, a big bed, table and chairs and a spotlessly clean bathroom. The decoration is simple/minimal and that's just what I like.

The complex has a snack/tapas bar, an Italian restaurant, and a sort of outdoor evening lounge area... I had tapas at the snack place (standard fare, well priced) as well as one great meal at the Italian place.

The beach is right there, steps from the rooms. Water is lovely but there were jellyfish, for sure... Still, it was nice to take a dip every now and again and then to sit in the sun. If you don't want the beach, there's a huge sun terrace available for the rooms without private balconies... Great views from the terrace.

And finally, the price was right... Quite affordable for what I paid. Granted, there's not much in the immediate neighborhood but a few cafes and a well-stocked grocery store, but if you've got a car you can easily get around. The beach itself was populated by Spanish families and and it all felt very local... Simple, quiet, nothing over the top at all.

I myself didn't have a car and was amazed that Sara drove me, on two occasions, to the little train station nearby so I could get around. It didn't really seem to be a big deal to her, but it was a huge deal for me. Thank you, Sara.

All in all I had a great week at El Secreto del Agua and rate it highly for the kind of accommodation that it is.
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Date of stay: July 2013Trip type: Travelled solo
Room Tip: Definitely ask for a room facing the water - either a loft or a studio...
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Indre K wrote a review May 2016
Kaunas, Lithuania18 contributions14 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Despite of all building being shabby and in need of good clean up and renovation, the room didn't leave good impression as well. Windows are really dirty, ceiling is covered in mould spots. I had to clean sand from the drawers by myself, cause staff mostly speak only Spanish (except the receptionist, who ain't always there). No linen for the blankets (which are obviously made to be used covered with linen), flat screen tv seems to be te size of my laptop etc.
The roof top terrace is ok, but some of the furniture should be changed into new ones.
A little disappointment, though the location is still very good. It's a calm place to stay if you don't pay much attention to the cleanliness.
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Date of stay: May 2016Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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PRICE RANGE
£58 - £62 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
SpainRegion of MurciaMunicipality of CartagenaMar de Cristal
NUMBER OF ROOMS
14
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Frequently Asked Questions about El Secreto del Agua
Which popular attractions are close to El Secreto del Agua?
Nearby attractions include Playa de Calblanque (3.0 miles), Parque Regional de Calblanque (3.1 miles), and Faro Cabo de palos (3.8 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at El Secreto del Agua?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a business centre, meeting rooms, and a golf course.
Which room amenities are available at El Secreto del Agua?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
Is parking available at El Secreto del Agua?
Yes, free public parking nearby and street parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to El Secreto del Agua?
Conveniently located restaurants include Paras indian Restaurant, El Rancho de Cabo de Palos, and Bollywood Indian restaurant.
Is El Secreto del Agua located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.3 miles away from the centre of Mar de Cristal.
Does El Secreto del Agua offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business centre, meeting rooms, and a banquet room.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at El Secreto del Agua?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, and French.
Are there any historical sites close to El Secreto del Agua?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Ermita De Los Ángeles (3.6 miles), Cabezo De San Ginés (3.7 miles), and Mina Julio César (4.2 miles).
Does El Secreto del Agua have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.
Is El Secreto del Agua accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access and reduced mobility rooms. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.
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