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Loved the Cordial Mogan Valle
We had a great week at these lovely apartments. The apartments were spacious, comfortable and well equipped- in fact one of the best we have ever stayed in. Almost like a boutique hotel. We were on 8th floor and although lifts can be confusing at first we had no problems.The reception staff are in the main fine but some were more helpful than others. Only negative really was being charged to use safe in room and the bar was very quiet apart from entertainment nights- which we managed to miss.
The resort is lovely, very pretty and well thought out. Great choice of restaurants- our favourite being La Tortuga on the harbour (free apetizer too which was always lovely)- best fillet steak we`ve had in years. Mind you all the restaurants we tried were great even the canarian one near band stand with large wooden round tables despite the very rude owner (not sure if it is a gimmick with him though).
Only down side was that apart from eating out there is very little night life- very quiet everywhere but could be because of time of year.
I would have no hesitation recommending this resort or these apartments.
Great apartment/Beautiful resort
We have just returned from the Cordial Mogan Valle apartments and had a great week (wish it had been longer). Arrived at about 3.30am and it took us nearly half an hour to find our apartment. We were only on the ground floor but were given the wrong room number! Our apartment was very spacious with a small patio area near to the pool which was surprisingly quiet. Mogan is a beautiful resort. About 10 minutes stroll to the beach and 15 minutes to the restaurants, all of which had great food. Never had a bad meal. It is worth taking a walk to the other side of the harbour to a restaurant called El Faro. There are lovely views both upstairs and down and we were the only couple there one evening which felt very special and romantic! This restaurant is busier during the day when day trippers arrive to go out on the Yellow Submarine which is a 45 minute trip which is worth going on just to see the shipwrecks. The cost is 28 euros per person. We also went on an excursion to the north side up in the mountains in a people carrier which is very comfortable. The views are spectacular but not for the faint hearted! Remember to bring a jacket though as it is freezing! We also had use of the spa, including jacuzzi, sauna, steam room (we understand this was because of the restaurant not yet being open). We also had a look around the Mogan Valle hotel nearby which has the most stunning receiption area! There was just one negative point that we would like to mention about the apartments - if you are leaving late (our coach was collecting us at 11.20pm) it may be worth prebooking a late check-out room. We tried to do so while we were there but had no luck as we were told that all rooms were full. This is fair enough except that they do not provide a courtesy room for you to have a shower after you have spent the day at the pool/beach! We have travelled to many apartments over the years and have never not had a room to shower in on the last day. After speaking to our rep she did manage to persude the hotelier to allow us to use the shower in the spa (closes at 7.00pm). This resort and apartments are a really lovely and relaxing place to spend a quiet week or two and if you want a little more nightlife then Puerto Rico is only a short ride away. It would be lovely to come back again in a few years time and really hope that it has not changed too much as it is just beautiful as it is!
Away from the Madding Crowd
Cordial Mogan Valle Apartments Puerto de Mogan Gran Canaria
Mention has been made on the difficulty of locating your apartment. This huge block of self catering apartments have been constructed on a series of terraces each terrace set back from the one below.
Every terrace has a number of lifts surrounded by steps which go up and down one level. Some lifts, access behind their square lift shafts, go up and down two levels.
Access to higher levels are via the three small lifts opposite reception generally button 2 takes you to the left of the apartment block and button 3 to the right. The lifts deposit you onto an outside area and it is important that you ask reception where to go. Numbering of the apartments is confusing and you should be given a map from reception which shows you the layout. Ask them to clearly mark your apartment and the route you should take.
Check in was somewhat tedious. A room safe key cost us14 Euro for the week. The T.V. controller is free as long as you return it upon departure. There are only two English speaking channels BBC World News and CNN which we considered inadequate.
The apartment was spacious with a large private patio. Access to the apartments is via long echoing corridors, noise can be a problem. Our apartment looked out over a large area of rubble strewn ground to the barren valley side opposite. The apartment was obviously new with signs of hasty completion - surface cement staining on floor tiles, poor fitting kitchen cupboards etc. However these did not distract unduly. We were informed that towels & bed linen would be changed, our bed linen never was and our towels once.
Cooking facilities are limited to simple meals. Provisions are best obtained by walking down the main pathway to the town turning right to the bus station and into the SPAR opposite. Buy smaller items in the SPAR and heavier / extra goods on the way back at DINO. Both stores are good but don't expect too much.
The dining room is small in comparison with the number of apartments. If on half board you will be given a late or early sitting in the evening. The dining room is self service and functional. Breakfasts are good but we would not recommend eating here at other times.
Puerto de Mogan is full of restaurants the more expensive face the harbour and sea shore. With the current value of the £ we found the prices high. Similar meals can be obtained at lower cost in Puerto Rico a short bus ride away. Although food prices are advertised drink prices are generally not so watch for the 'rip off's' a glass of wine can set you back 8 Euro's more than a bottle of wine in a store.
There is an area in Puerto de Mogan called little Venice, rather nice but the originators of this description should be applauded for poetic licence.
There is no information centre so reliance is on your hotel, word of mouth or holiday rep. This can be vague, confusing or simply wrong.
Puerto de Mogan is a quiet gentle sort of place at night, it can get busy during the day. We found our weeks stay relaxing. There is little or no nightlife except occasionally in your hotel / apartments
We stayed over the New Year and noticed a fall off in prices shortly afterwards
A couple of 'Wrinkles'
We stayed at the Mogan Valle Apartments between 29th Nov - 8th Dec. We have a 3 yr old so booked a two bedroom apartment and it was lovely, really well equipped and spacious and we even had our own ensuite bathroom with lovely corner bath, also the water in the bathroom was always lovely and hot for baths and showers. The balcony was huge with a table and chairs and two sunloungers and a shower. The apartment was spotless and cleaned most days and given new towels. We were self catering and there is a supermarket opposite the hotel were you can get anything you need. Pool at the hotel is lovley and warm this time of year.
It was a 15 minute walk to beach along a nice promenade, very safe for children. The beach is again very safe for children. There are plenty of restaurants to choose from to eat at, our favourite was 'Clipper' in the Port area. All the restaurants were very child friendly. We got a indian take away one night from the Indian opposite the hotel which was delicious. I dont think there is much nightlife in Mogan but as we have young children we wern't after that anyway. There was a junior disco in the bar every night at 8 for the children.
The only thing we were surprised at is how expensive eating out was, the hotel was cheap enough but at the restaurants on the sea front and harbour we were spending 60-80Euros a night (inc bottle wine, 3 main courses and starters), but I expect you could find cheaper places if you looked and we have not been to canaries for 3 years so maybe we were abit out of touch on this. Having said this we could not complain because every meal we had was fantastic and its not their fault the Euro = £ was so bad. I would really recommend this resort for foodies!
All in all I would 100% reccomend this hotel and resort to families with young children. We loved it and I am quite fussy. I would definately go back.
A Little Gem
Stayed at these apartments from the 22nd Sept- 6th Oct.
Arrived late afternoon after a 1 1/2 hr delay from Manchester, check in was quick with a rough sketch of how to get to our apartment room no 930 top floor,4 lifts later we finely found it.
After all the comments about no A/C in rooms I booked a unit when we checked in 90 euros as prev stated, had to pay cash they will not let you charge it or pay by credit card.
Hubby still not forgiven me we used it the first night but it was so noisy we had to turn it off. After that we just kept the fans on and it was fine, there are no refunds available so it was an expensive mistake (also be aware that if your room is on the ground floor the A/C units has a vent tube that has to go out through the sliding doors so you wouldn't be able to lock them)
Apartment was in pristine condition (wonder if that that will be the case in 12 months the chairs and sofa bed were covered in a suede type fabric very nice but not very practical)
The very best thing was the Huge balcony we could have lived out there, because we were on the top floor it was very private not overlooked, so most of our time we just lounged out there reading with a cool drink, total relaxation.
It was a 10 min leisurely stroll down to the beach, 15min to the port and marina, If I am honest by the end of 2 weeks that 15 min walk sometimes got to be a bit of a drag, ( ladies wear flat shoes)
Food wow what can I say fantastic, Spanish ,Italian, Chinese ,Indian ,Wonderful Seafood,, crepes,I have never been to such a small resort and had the choice of so many places to eat..The Chinese restaurant we liked was Man Tang Hong (restaurante chino) there is only one Indian and that is very handy just across the road.
Our fav place to eat was the Italian down by the beach (it has an Italian flag outside) freshly cooked al dente pasta,wonderful seafood catch of the day menu including lobster,they put a bottle of chilli oil on your table beware it's HOT
We were going to book a table at Los Guayres in the hotel next door on our last night but it doesn't open Sunday or Monday.
Went on the ferry to Puerto Rico, hated it ,we were harrassed by time share, couldn't walk past the shops without being stopped .
Did not stop long !!!!
Went on a small fishing boat from the port to see if we could find the dolphins OMG there was soooo many of them it was fantastic , a lttle rough but well worth it.
While we were there we met T/A Mrs Byrne AKA Lisa and her family I am sure she will give her take on things when she gets back.
All in all a good holiday, will be better when there is a restaurant at the apartments and a little more entertainment.
Will post pics later
Overall - loved it
Stayed at the Cordial Valle Appartments from 29th September to 13th October. An absolutely stunning reception area greeted us at 10.30pm with 2 helpful male receptionists. We requested a 1st floor appartment within close vicinity to the in-laws and close to the childrens pool. The 1st 2 requests were fulfilled, however, we were at the total opposite end from the childrens pool. We were told if it was a problem we could try and arrange to move the following morning but we didn't bother. It took us about half an hour to find our rooms, which at 10.30pm after almost a 12 hour door to door journey with a tired 3 year old, was not funny!! We were given a photocopy of a map of the complex but it was so confusing, there are so many lifts. They don't have anyone to show you to your rooms let alone help you with your cases. We saw some poeple later in the week still looking for their rooms after an hour!! It took us about 4 days to actually find our way around the complex properly.
On a more positive note, the appartments were lovely, all finished to a high standard. We had a one bedroomed appartment, which also had a sofa bed that had twin beds that pulled out, not the most comfortable but was fine for 2 weeks. Rooms were quite warm but not unbearable. Kitchen was fully functional with everything necessary to prepare basic meals. Beware of the microwave, its really powerful!
We used the main pool area as thats where the childrens pool was and also the pool bar. There are 2 other pools. One of which is still not open and looks like its going to be an infinity pool. The 3rd pool is just that, no childrens pool or bar, hence its really quite by that one. We didn't struggle for a sun lounger at all. No-one reserves beds which is good and as the sun didn't really hit the pool until around 10.30am we didn't have to be up at the crack of dawn either. Just strolled down around 10.15am and basically had the pick of the lot! The childrens pool was small but good. You do get some older children in there and they can get a bit rowdy but generally it was fine.
The pool bar is just that, a bar. We were disappointed it didn't sell snacks (unless you call kebabs a snack!) or ice lollies for the children (although Karla, lovely girl behind the bar, told us they are putting a fridge with ice lollies in this week after all the complaints she had!).
The snack bar is open from 12 til 4pm. In our opinion these hours should have been extended in light of the restaurant not yet being open. If you wanted something to eat after 4pm it was either in your room or a stroll to the Indian across the road (lovely food/staff even though it doesn't look very inviting, its very clean) or down to the harbour. You can eat at the restaurant at the hotel next door but be warned it doesn't open until 8pm so if you have small children this may be a little late.
There was only 1 entertainer for the whole of the complex, a really lovely girl called Sarrah (not Sarah!), she did pool games in the morning with the adults, such as water polo, aqua gym. Then in the afternoon did handycrafts for the children by the pool bar. My little girl called her the Orange lady as she wore an orange top! There is a childrens disco for about half an hour from 8pm, then occassional bingo/film quiz. There is an acrobat show once every 15 days, so all in all entertainment not great. Again, it might be this improves with the opening of the restaurant?
The harbour/beach was a 15 minute stroll with plenty of restaurants to choose from. There are plenty of cash machines, novalty shops, even a Lacoste shop (very nice!).
In terms of recommending a restaurant, I would definitely recommend the Berlina Garden. It was a small German run restaurant and we ate probably 8 nights out of the 14 we were there. Food and service was outstanding. I had Seabass, Paella, Beef Stroganoff, Mixed Grill. The meat is cook to perfection every time and all the dishes we presented beautifully. Whilst were were there we met a family whose daughter was celebrating her 3rd birthday. We had recommended the restaurant to them and they themselves loved it. They mentioned it was their daughters birthday and the owner said he would make her a cake!! They invited us along too and sure enough there was a table set out special, with flowers. When they brought out the cake, each of our plates had her name written on in chocolate sauce and the cake came complete with sparklers, they really went to town and made it special for her. Please see for yourself if you go, you won't be disappointed.
The weather was brilliant, had 1 afternoon of rain, the rest of the time it was probably between 27-30 everyday, clouding over from about 4pm as its in a valley. Didn't turn cold in the evenings and didn't need a long sleeved top.
Took a couple of boat trips, one to Puerto Rico - what a dump! and one to Arguineguin, not much there but was nice to see.
There are no late night bars or nightclubs so really quiet and ideal for people with small children or older travellers.
Would definitely go back to the apartments once the reastaurant was open. All in all a good time had by all!
Photos to follow soon I promise!
had a great time
Just returned from our hols and we had a really good time, lovely weather, nice location and great apartments. Puerto Mogan is a pretty place right by the marina. Good variety of places to eat about the same prices as in the U.K. Not much for kids to do apart from the beach and no clubs for young people which is all great for the more mature ( like us ) The apartment complex is very modern with lots of art work everywhere and only opened earlier thisyear. Our apartments was really for 4 so we had to pay an extra £144 for under occupancy. It had a large twin bedroom with plenty of storage and lovely decor. A large bathroom with bath with shower in. A large lounge kitchen diner plenty of kitchen eqipment. The lounge was nice comfotable furniture, the sofa was a sofa bed. Good T.V. with only BBC World T.V. in english. A maid came in every day to clean and do the beds. Everywhere in the complex was spotless. The restaurant is still not open but there is a nice bar serving snacks and drinks about the same prices as everywhere else. Ther is a very comfortable seeting area with comfy out door sofas ans chairs. There are 2 pool areas one with a kids pool and play area and snack bar. The only thing you have to get to grips with are the numerous lifts or stairs you have to use to get anywhere. But you soon sort it out after a few wrong turns. Ther is a supermarket opposite and one in the town 5 mins walk away. It is a 10 mins flat walk to the marina.We were dissappointed on our last day thet there was no courtesy room or late checkout as our pick up was not till 10.30 PM . We would definately return as long as we had better flight times.
Very good, but still under reconstruction
Hotel / apartments were nice and clean, plenty of room. The renovation did bother a bit. Also the view from the apartments isn't so lovely ( mountain/ road). Staff was friendly, but they did however have some difficulties communicating in english. Excellent spa! Remember to book in advance, the services are limited. Last, but not least: you CAN book & get a car from Mogan Playa without a trip to Puerto Rico.
Fantastic apartments in a great location
My wifeand I stayed in the apartments for a week at the end of November. We hired a car from the airport and found them without any problems whatsoever. The hotel reception staff were helpful and polite and had no difficulties describing the facilities or giving us any advice when asked.
The apartment block is still under construction but the builders didn't spoil our stay at all - it was even amausing trying to decide what they were trying to achieve at times. Noise and dust were kept to a minimum.
The apartments are very spacious and well appointed and, because the whole place is brand new, none of the decore is scuffed or damaged and the towels, bedding etc. are all brand new as well. How long this will last will be the testament of the hotel and apartments. The one criticism I would have is the overall design of the place. It is rumoured that there are in excess of 20 lifts but none of them carry passengers for more than a couple of floors. That means that you wander a corridor to one lift, go up a couple of floors, wander in another direction to another lift etc etc etc. I felt I needed Sat Nav to find my room some days! Also, to get to the apartments from the reception there is a lift - what I never found were stairs in case of fire. All the other lifts in the complex have stairs at the side of them but not these. Not being a morbid person I don't even know why I thought of it but, since I did I thought I would share. I don't think there is any risk because there are ample opportunities to get to the gardens but they don't give any access to the streets.
The apartments are only a 10 miniute easy walk to Puerta Mogan that really is one of the most picturesque villages with ample opportunity to eat. The exchange rate when we were there made everything expensive but that's not their fault.
There is a good supermarket very close by for those who want to self cater.
One draw back to hiring a car and using this as a base to explore the island was the road between Puerta Mogan and Puerta Rico that is very narrow and on the cliff edge most of the way. There are a couple of bends that buses have difficulty getting round and the locals obviously know it a lot better than me given the speeds and overtaking manouvres they continually achieved.
I will be staying at Puerta Mogan again as it is the prettiest place we visited but I will also be watching Tripadvisor to see if they keep the standards up before booking the apartments again.