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“Nice view”
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Marina Elite
Denmark
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“Nice view”
Reviewed 11 December 2011

I stayed here with my family in february 2009. (It's not on the list.) As you can see, it's a very big complex. We had a quiet room with a beautiful view. Our room was near the pool area, it was always pretty crowded. On top of the mainbuilding, there is a spa for the guests, that was very nice.

If you don't have a rented car and if you don't want to take a taxi all the time, I recommend that you stay in the mainbuilding. Or else it's a long walk to your room, when you get home, tired in the eveing. - And there's no lift in the second building neither. (Lift in the first one, is only from 3. floor and up. All in all, I don't recommend the place if you don't have a car/go by taxi. You can't just walk to all the restaurants or the beach.
The bus stops just outside the complex, which is near to Puerto Rico.

It was a nice stay, in a standard hotel.

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Stayed February 2011, travelled with family
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Stirling, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 9 October 2011

we have just arrived home from spending one week at balito beach, its true to say that you et what you pay for,The receptionist was very helpful and friendlyhe couldnt do enough for us. After having been there for 1day we though how quiet it was, only to dicover that in actual fact we were the only 2 people on the resort, honestly for the size of the complex we had it all to ourselves,cool? you would have thought so. The apartment itself was clean, tidy, basic with a fantastic view and in all the time we were there we saw only 1 cockroach, hey thats good!there was no restaurant open, the shop was empty of stock except water or juice, but we had the new renovated pool to ourselves, now that was heaven!!on reflection it isnot the worst place in the world, and anfi del mar is just around the corner, and should you choose too eat out go to anfi and eat at the tex mex, and tell ALFIE that the scots send there love, one last thing we did try the telly and all we got was spanish channels, but hey who wants to watch telly when on holiday, as I said before you get what you pay for ,its not as bad as some of the reviews Ive read, very friendlystaff and your holiday is what you make of it, so would we go back probably not, we will put down to lifes experience

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Norway
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Reviewed 21 August 2011

This hotell is a cheap alternative to the nearby Anfi Del Mar. But at the same time we were enjoying the beach at Anfi, which after my personal opinion is the best at Gran Canaria. It was quite warm in our rooms, and no aircondition. And the rooms were OK. Not great, but you get what you pay for... But if you are like me, you don`t travel to Gran Canaria to stay in your hotel room all day long... The rooms were clean.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled with family
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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 July 2011

Balito Beach doesn't have a beach. It consists of a main hotel block set on a rocky shoreline with an area of scrub land next to it (this is the beach - it resembles the sort of car park you get in towns when they have just demolished ghetto housing and decided to call it a car park until they can decide what to do with it) and a seperate area of apartments built on a cliff top - many with spectacular views. If you walk around the bay to the left of the hotel you will come to a lovely timeshare complex with man-made beach, bars and restaurants etc.
The main problem with the place is the food. It really is the worst I've ever encountered anywhere in the world. All meals are buffet style. There are usually 3 or 4 choices such as chicken nuggets, meat balls, pasta, chips, fried fish full of bones and some form of stew which may have been rabbit. All of this food was kept warm by means of vats of boiling water under metal tins - the result was that everything was soggy. There was also a salad bar which was left open to the elements so that flies gratefully shared your choice of salad. The ice cream bar was empty for 12 out of our 14 days stay.
Our room was adequate although the sliding door to the balcony didn't slide and had to be shoved open. Outside there was a 2-inch gap above the sliding door - a wooden wedge had been hammered in to hold the door in place.
Next the "Supermarket". Not so super. Very limited stock - if you were staying self-catering (I wish we had) there was not enough variety to feed a family sufficiently. Also do not believe the sign which says "open all day 8 till 8" on the supermarket window as it closed for 4 hours every afternoon.
In a similar vein posters by reception boast of "entertainment and dancing every night". Perhaps I missed it but I never noticed anything like that.
"Sky Sports" in the pool bar was also slighlty exagerated. I went to watch a football match one night and the "pool bar" was shut and there were builders drilling everywhere. The manager assured me I could watch it on my TV in my room - this was also totally untrue of course as we only had German or Spanish stations.
The pool was packed and dirty and unpleasant.
Overall, apart from the view, this is an awful place to stay.

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  • Stayed August 2010, travelled with family
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Torquay
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Reviewed 15 May 2011

We paid £126 for a week’s stay for two adults, which I found to be amazing value.
The apartment was very clean and the sea view was superb. We wanted to be close to Anfi so we could visit family so the location was excellent although it was only 3-4 euros for a taxi into Puerto Rico.
We found the reception staff very helpful, they even printed off some tickets for free.
We did not eat at the hotel so cannot comment on the food.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 May 2011

We booked up 3 days before we went, about £1350 for 2 adults and 2 kids all in, in the the easter holidays so not a bad price.
The apartment was ok it was 3 star, but the food was not the best ,breakfast was ok but lunch and tea always seem to be what was left over, there were not many guests in the hotel so not much food to choose from. The bar closed at 9.30 so we had soon early nights.
The hotel is all on its own. Its about 20 min walk to Anfi beach which is nice, but would not walk there at night in the dark. Porta Rico is $4 in a taxi.
As not many guest at hotel we could always get a sun bed at the pool what ever time of day.
Would go back as a self catering holiday for the right price but not all in.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled with family
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goole
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 April 2011

where to start.... a walk up cardiac hill then climb the numerous steps to your appartment. the food is disgusting, we went all inclusive, which was a joke, the bar opens at 10 in the morning and closes at 9 at night, the food times are set times with no snacks available in between, no ice creams or lollies for the kids and worst of all there is no entertainment at all in this hotel, which for an all inckusive hotel is terrible, you have no choice but to get a taxi down into poto rico. i dont even want to get started on the cats and cockroaches. DONT WASTE YOUR MONEY OR TIME PEOPLE

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled with family
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Property: Marina Elite
Address: urbanizacion Balito S/N | Playa Balito, Bco de Balito, 35129 Arguineguin, Mogan, Gran Canaria, Spain
Region: Spain > Canary Islands > Gran Canaria > Mogan > Arguineguin
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 6 Speciality Lodging in Arguineguin
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Marina Elite 3*
Number of rooms: 264
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Marina Elite Resort is situated in a quiet location on top of Balito Beach offering spectacular views over the Atlantic Ocean. You will reach Anfi beach in about 10 minutes by a pleasant walk along the coast. At just a 5 minute taxi ride away, you will find the lively locations of Puerto Rico and Arguineguin, where you will find a big variety of restaurants, shops, bars, pubs and day or night leisure activities. The Marina Elite offers five types of rooms for all tastes and needs, from simple but cozy one-bedroom apartments to Deluxe rooms equipped with all the luxuries. At the buffet restaurant you can have breakfast, lunch or dinner while you observe the waves breaking on the beach. You can also relax in the two swimmingpools enjoying the sunny weather of the coast of Mogán with a refreshing drink from the poolbar. Children can enjoy the miniclub where plenty of activities will be held to ensure their entertainment. For sportsmen, the Marina Elite offers a tennis court, a gym and a sauna. The Marina Elite is all inclusive, therefore it includes all meals, snacks and drinks that you could desire. You will only have to worry about enjoying your holiday. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Balito Beach Apartments Hotel Arguineguin
Balito Beach Grand Canary
Marina Elite Gran Canaria/Arguineguin

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