The Cala Nova Apartments are clean and adequate - nothing special, but great for the price - and if you're going to be out an about all day (or down by the pool), then they're absolutely fine and cater for all needs from sleeping and washing to eating and sitting in the sun on a balcony. There’s a fridge in the kitchen and an electric cooker, with a basic set of crockery, utensils and knives & forks etc supplied. You can watch TV is you pay extra.
Staff friendliness was hit and miss, depending on whom you encountered, but then there's Ricardo - the cheery, resident fun and games organiser who never seems to run out of energy; our 13 year-old son was kept entertained playing water polo, snooker, quizzes, darts and generally having a darn good time as we relaxed by the pool – he’s probably the hotel’s best asset.
The Cala Nova also arranges evening entertainment most nights – from bingo and live music to floor shows (if you like snakes!) and drinking games - which can be great if you like that kind of thing, but be aware that all this takes places in the open bar/pool/terrace area so, if your apartment is on the first floor, you are in for a noisy time until around 11-12pm; we discovered this little annoyance on our first night, but thankfully managed to arrange a relocation up several floors for the rest of our stay, which helped a bit. The bar does basic ‘grub’ and a decent cooked breakfast, but nothing that equates to an evening meal – although the barbecue night food was very good for the price.
As others have said, getting fresh bed linen seems to be an uphill struggle: There’s no air conditioning in the rooms as standard (although you can hire units) and the nights can be a bit sticky, so after 4 or 5 days we asked for a change of sheets – in fact we asked twice during our 8 day stay and despite assurances that the rooms would be serviced this did not happen. By the time we left for home, our linen could have qualified as a biohazard – not good and loses Cala Nova some points.
Talking of uphill struggles – Puerto Rico spreads up the sides of a fairly steep valley and there’s several flights of street-level steps between the apartments and the town or beach – the actual distance is minimal (a 5-10 minute walk into town, maybe 15 tops to the beach), but if you don’t like steps, Cala Nova’s location might be a bit of a challenge.
Overall, Puerto Rico is a noisy place – the town’s night clubs are mostly in the floor of the valley in the town centre (at the top of town, with the beach at the other end), and the noise from the clubs rattles round the steep sides and so everyone gets the boom-boom bass thump of the music until around 4am - and then there’s about another hour of general, shouty hubbub as the revellers stagger back to their beds. If you’re one of the party goers then this is not a problem, but if you’re on a family trip, or just want a quiet time, you’ll have to either sleep with your apartment’s patio doors shut (and swelter unless you’ve hired air-con), hope you sleep through the noise, or (as we did eventually) bring/buy ear plugs – perhaps unsurprisingly, the local shops have plenty of stock! During our stay (Late Aug-Sep 2013), there was also some construction work taking place not far from the hotel and the crew began drilling and cement pouring at 7am on several days – so for us this meant a few nights with perhaps just two hours of good, quiet sleep! Both noise sources weren’t particularly a Cala Nova problem, but they will influence where we choose to stay if we go back to Puerto Rico – somewhere round the beach or marina area looks better shielded from the sound of the nightclubs.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The ideal accommodation for those looking for quality Gran Canaria hotels and apartments at superb prices! Our recently renovated apartments are ideal thanks to the all year round tropical climate. Cabau Cala Nova is part of the CABAU Hotels group that has been offering high quality holiday accommodation for over 30 years in all their hotels in Gran Canaria. Cabau Cala Nova offers 56 one bedroom and 3 two bedroom apartments which have been totally refurbished and feature a spacious balcony with views to the valley of Puerto Rico and the Atlantic Ocean. The accommodation has been tastefully decorated to make you feel comfortable. Think of Cala Nova as your holiday apartment in Puerto Rico, Gran Canaria. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Cala Nova Apartments Hotel Puerto Rico
- Cala Nova Apartments Puerto Rico
- Cala Nova Gran Canaria
- Cabau Cala Nova Puerto Rico, Gran Canaria