Balcon is basic but very clean! We were abit disappointed with the pool bar which closed at 7pm most nights.
Balcon is situated in the Old Town with some good bars nearby.
Balcon is on top of a hill and its abit of a climb but taxis are cheap. Most apartments have a view overlooking the sea and we had some beautiful sunsets.
Cleaners are there most days and do a good job. Everybody nice on reception as well. A few cats there but no bother to you.
Pool freezing and didnt attempt to go in. Saw one or two cockroaches but nothing to get worried about.
Would recommend anybody to go over Xmas. Overall pleased with the holiday!
The apartment was very large with everything you could need except air con - but we had an end apartment so had an extra window that we kept open which created a lovely through breeze.
Yes there are cats but all they do is come have a look at you then move on.
Yes the apartments are at the top of a hill but there are two ways to approach it. Go up/down the purple turtle side and it's not so bad. going down the road on the right into the harbor is fine (just lean back a lot!) but i wouldn't like to try coming up it.
Travel operator: Independent
Staff are very friendly and the pool was cleaned on a daily basis.
There are around twenty cats living here too, they are from a local cat sanctuary although we did not find them a problem.
Travel operator: Globespan
Travel operator: on own
We have just returned from a week self catering at the Balcon Del Mar Apartments.
Location - the apartments are about 15 minutes from the airport. Don't waste your money on a holiday company transfer as the taxi cost about 11 euros each way. But be prepared for a long queuue for a taxi at the airport to get to the resort; it looks daunting but does clear very quickly.
The apartments are set up on a steep hill that leads into the harbour; it was perfect for us because we wanted to be on the outskirts of the action but close enough to dip our toes in the nightlife and stagger home after a few drinks!
The hill can be a bit daunting after a day on the beach but treat yourself to a taxi back up with all your bags - it only costs about 2 euros each way!
Hotel / Rooms - you get what you pay for with the Balcon Del Mar; the accommodation is basic but VERY clean. Our room was cleaned six days out of the seven we were there and to a high standard. The previous occupants left a bottle of wine in our fridge and a bag of ice in the freezer; to re-pay the compliment we left half a bottle of vod and some tonic for the next weary travellers!
There are, I think, about 40 or so self-catering apartments in the complex and all have sea views (even if some are a bit obscured). All the action in the apartments centres around the pool bar which is run by a very friendly english-speaking team. There are two pools plus a third smnaller kiddies pool. If I had to crticise anything it would be the fact that there are no umbrellas for the loungers and very little shade; perfect for sun-worshippers but not so much fun when it gets baking around mid-day.
In general the apartments are very quiet but there is a local disco somewhere in front of the complex that must have opened about midnight and went on until about 4am - but, hey, it is everyone's holiday and you have to expect a bit of noise! The windows blocked most of it out and it never caused us a problem.
There were 3 of us in our apartment; 2 in a twin room and one on the settee in the lounge. Be warned that the settee does not convert into a double bed; you get what you see and it remains a (slightly hard) settee that doubles as a bed.
Staff - the staff at the hotel were evry good; the Reception Staff speak several languages fluently and when we made requests (taxi bookings, extending the hire of the room, etc), they handled it efficiently and effectively.
Overall we had a brilliant week at the Balcon Del Mar and would recommend it to couples and groups. But travellers with young children may find the lack of extra activities you get with large complexes and the steep hill a bit of a challenge.
By the way we only saw one of the cockroaches that everyone on here keeps talking about - and that was in a shop in the village! :o)
Travel operator: OTBeach (internet)
Maid service comes around twice a week.
We stayed here for two and only spotted one cockroach which was dead there is plenty of cats around who kill all the roach's and the cats are clean and well looked after.
There are lots of good resturants close by and the pool bar which is under new management(Jason and Rachel great couple just don't mention the chinese shop) is excellent,spotless, great food and snack's, also some enterianment in the evening's for all ages.
We're going back just for the craic in the pool bar.
Travel operator: Budget
Accommodation is great. My boyfriend and I stayed in a 1 bedroom apartment. The bedroom is a good size with two bedside cabinets, a dresser, a large mirror, and sliding-door wardrobes with plenty of space for clothes. There is a good sized window (with bars on the outside for your safety - sounds daunting but certainly doesnt take away from the overall look of the apartments).
The kitchen is basic, with just two rings for a cooker, but to be honest, who wants to stay in and cook on holiday anyway?! There are plenty of cupboards for storage, and a kettle, coffee maker, and toaster were provided in our apt.
The bathroom is lovely, very clean. Suite consists of a shower into a bath, there is ood water pressure which can be altered and desired temperature is always easily achieved.
The kitchen into the sitting room has a breakfast bar with three high stools, then in the sitting room there is a couch (with a bed underneath), a coffee table, and two large chairs. There is huge bay window with a door onto the balcony.
Balconies are a great size, in all of the apts. All look out to the sea as well. Obviously some still have better views than others, but thats expected. Balconies are a sun trap too for all sun lovers.
There are 80 apts all in so its not that large compared to others. There are two good sized pools. The main pool, situated in front of the pool bar (and featured in all the photos shown on sites of the apts) is lovely. There are two large circles split by a little concrete-style bridge. The smaller circle is good for kids, but the larger of the circles is very deep, and you are unable to stand. The other pool (which I never sat at) is 2m or just over, all round.
Now to the poolside bar. The bar is owned by an Irish couple, Mark and Fiona. They are absolutely fantastic and if you need to know anything about the island or where to go for something, just ask and they will do their best to help you. The bar staff are fantastic too, Lynn and Hazel. However, I did hear that there was to be a new manager and so Lynn and Hazel wont be there. I can only hope that the new staff will be just as friendly and welcoming. Im sure we can trust Mark and Fionas judgement.
If you do visit, do tell them that Ashley and John-David from Glasgow say hello and send our best.
So.... thats the accomodation.
The resort of Puerto Del Carmen itself is great. Balcon Del Mar is in the Old Town and only about 10/15 min walk from the new town. To be honest, its better to stay in the old town and go to the new town than be in the new town all the time. A taxi from Balcon del Mar to the new town is between 2,80 and 3,30 euros - depending on where on the strip you want to go.
A taxi rank is just outside the apts and to the left, and if you go on any excursions (I recommend the Grand Tour and the Fuerteventura Dunes) then you get picked up right outside the apts at the bus stop across the road. Perfect.
All in all I was very pleasantly surprised considering some reviews I had read on here.
There are some cats about but they wont bother you unless you decide to feed them, in which case you'll have a friend for life! They keep the cockroaches down (of which we saw about 2.... and they were dead.... on a path). So not a problem on that front.
Hope I have helped, and I will definitely be back as soon as I can!
Travel operator: find rooms . com
It has also put me off Lanzorote itself!
Travel operator: airtours
The views from some of the rooms are out of this world I will be back again in the near future.
Travel operator: excell airways
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