Just returned from a two week holiday at Cortijo Blanco. Before we went we read TA reviews and were fairly confident that we had made the right choice of hotel.
Yes the hotel is next to main road, but you don't hear it at all even on car park at front of the the hotel.
Reception very friendly and when we were not happy with the very small room we were allocated it was changed for us the following morning, to one overlooking tennis courts and small pool.
Our room was clean and spacious and exactly what you need for your holiday. The only thing I would say is another English Channel would be nice BBC world news gets a bit boring. But you don't go on holiday to watch TV.
I think the rooms would also benefit from a small fridge and kettle as I missed my cup of tea and theirs is awful ... but now I am being picky.
Drinks were plentiful, the bar staff work extremely had and even though there were a Q sometimes you still only waited for a minute at most.
Food was of a very high standard. Yes it could be a bit cold, but wait for new tray of whatever and then it's piping hot. The worse bit about the dining area was how busy it got especially at evening meal time and there could be long queues and some frayed tempers because of pushing in, I think it's only the British that like to Q :) I don't know what the hotel could do to solve this as it's just sheer volume of people. The team of staff in dining room are a credit to the hotel and keep the food flowing and tables clean.
The entertainment team ... A lot has been said on TA about them, but this is my opinion... They are a team of young adults who have not been together very long. They put there heart and soul into what they do and never once did I see them without a smile. The shows they put on in evening are OK, think the comedy show needs a bit more work though. But the Dance show was very good you could tell they had worked so hard to get it right. What I would say though is look at the average age of your audience which I would say when we where there was 45+ Maybe put music on to suit not the dance music :-( ... This year they are Good, next year they will be Great !!! :-)
Location is a little remote but it's a lovely walk along boardwalk to Puerto Banus about 40mins and a ok walk up into San Pedro which is worth visiting lots of nice shops, cafés, bars etc..market good on Thursday .
Would I go back... YES!!
Would I recommend to my friends ... YES!!!
I think I would avoid school holiday time though, unless you have children then it would be fine.More
caroll139, Oldham, United Kingdom
Our 10 Night Experience,
Arrived to a very friendly check in by Jorge, Who got us sorted with our All Inclusive bands, and asked us if we would like to leave our luggage in the luggage room and go into the Dining room for some lunch as it was 2.15; and it would be lunch over at 3.p m, although the Snack Bar later we found out reopened at 3.30, but this was still a nice thought, as we had not been fed and watered,
After lunch we got the Hotel map and Room key and found our room 1010, Ground Floor opposite the Tennis Court, which i had previously emailed them for as my Husband has a bad knee, this was granted, Room clean, quite basic but spacious plenty of wardrobe space,and has
been modernised to the Suneo Club Theme, Bathroom also was spacious and clean,
The Hotel grounds are very well maintained and very pretty with all the gardens and flowers, and all the outside features are all Olde Worlde Spain with patterned tiles in the corridors,very in keeping with everything,
Meals was of a good standard, Have to say do not like the streaky bacon, not my thing, or the
fatty sausages, but loved the Spanish Omellettes and could always find something, from Cakes, Waffles, Crossants, Toast, Cereals, Fruit, Cheese, Ham, and Eggs, Beans, etc, For Breakfast,
Lunch, Was of good standard, Fish, Grilled Chicken Fillets always Salads, Pasta, Fresh Pizza,
Soup,Breads,Maybe Meat Squewers, Chops etc,,Cakes, Apple Pie was lovely, Rice Pudding etc,
Evening Meal consisted of all the above, but with a joint being carved, e,g, Veal, Pork, Turkey, One evening there was Baked Salmon with Garlic Potatoes and was delicous, You cannot fault the staff on all their hard work, but at times the Dining Room could get so hectic and very warm, Some Al/Fresco Eating at this hotel would be lovely, and their is lots of space to do it,They do however do a BBQ Twice a week, but the Chicken legs are brought out cooked as is the Chorizo Sausage and Potato, and all that is grilled is Burgers and Chops, There is no nice salad to have with it, just im afraid some ver dry bread, Would be nice to have some Burger Rolls and Salad as this is served during Snack times,
Entertainment, Was not our thing but loved looking at the Children enjoying the disco,One night there was a Soul/Motown Band brought in and they was excellent, I do think a few more professional acts would be such a bonus here, or leave the music on for the adults instead of throwing darts at Balloons, I cannot get int that Audience participation thing,
Loved San Pedro Town, walked into it most days, found it very traditional and lovely Tapas Bars, and Lovely shoe shops,
The market in San Pedro on a Thursday, i thought was just lovely, and very good prices, if not a bit out of town and uphill,We started walking then grabbed a Taxi, and walked back downhill,
All in All,,,,A good 10 Night break was had by us,The Staff are very good at this hotel, from Garderners, to House Keepers, Bar Staff, Very efficent, and Waiting Staff, and very good on Reception, WIFI! Never worked for me or i lost the will with it as it was so slow,
Would we return, Yes,,No reason why not,,,
I actually think things will improve and improve here as they aim to please,
Thank You All at Cortijo Blanco,,,More
We booked this holiday through Thomas Cook - having wanted to go to Marbella we thought that this would be a good base...... werent we wrong.
The holiday started by being dropped off up the road from the hotel... due to the coach not being able to drive down. There were a few older members who found it difficult to carry their bags so other members of the coach came to assist as staff werent willing to help.
The room - on arrival we were given a key to the hotel room to go in a find that the room had not been cleaned from the previous occupant. We gave the benefit of the doubt as we saw cleaners working their way along so we decided to go and get a drink and come back - coming back an hour later it was still not cleaned so had to complain. Clearly there are better rooms available than the one we had which was extremely unclean and was covered in ants. But from what I heard this wasnt at a more expensive cost.
The Facilities - there was one main pool, which said wasnt open till after 9.00am. I have never been at a hotel where people have qued up to make sure they got a sunbed. We learnt quickly after the first day if you didnt do this you would spend the WHOLE day without a sun lounger and would have to sit on a plastic white garden chair.....
The pool kept having to be shut for unknown reasons.... which appeared to put some people off from entering.
The food - this was repetitive and cold and was not nice at all. There were days my husband refused to eat due to the quality and we ended up spending a lot of money eating out. The drinks were good and the bar was open for good periods of time. My advice would be buy bottled water as my husband woke up in the middle of the night and needed a drink and ended up having to leave the hotel and go to the pub next door for a bottle of water as staff refused to turn the vending machine back on.
The entertainment team - this again was very basic and all seemed to be aimed towards children and not adults. But they did try and made people feel welcome.
The location - This was possible the only plus! The location though next to a main road was only about a 5 minute ride on the bus that the hotel put on. Though we didnt go you could spend the day at the beach in Puerto Banus which looked lovely.
All in all... if you were looking at coming here as a holiday with children I am sure you would find it accomodating and a good break. Anything more I would think again.More
thebasbird, England, United Kingdom
Everything you need
I am just back from a week in this hotel and can not fault any part of it.
The hotel its self is set out in small blocks almost like a holiday village.
Its has 3 pools, the rooms are fresh and the place is very clean.
Food and drink - no matter what time of the day (even until 12pm at night ) you are able to get something to eat.
Breakfast is what I would class as standard, warm and cold buffets.
Lunch and dinner have great variety, always something to choose from infact sometimes spoilt for choice.
The location is a 8-10min walk away from the beach front, directly outside on both sides of the hotel there are a few bars that are open until 3am.
Perfect hotel for a family break, I cant wait to rebook.More
Claire981, Worcester, United Kingdom
Rooms: Very Clean, spacious with a plasma TV on the wall with ample room to store clothes rather than living out of your suitcase.
Food/ Drink: The All Inclusive selection was very good and the quality of the food considering a 3* resort was brilliant. Chefs/ restaurant staff very upbeat and happy to assist.
Main Pool bar: Again staff very happy and attentive to your requirements. Even though at times there was a queue you're not waiting more than a minute or 2. :) - 2 drinks per person and the All Inclusive bar closes at 12 midnight which in my opinion is excellent.
Pools: A selection to choose from with several shallow enough for young children. Plenty of sunbeds, no need to get your towels down early. Parasols available if you're looking for shade during the peak of the day.
Around the hotel: There's 2 bars within 30 seconds walking distance from the hotel. Buddies Bar: Food/ late night dancing/ karaoke if this is your scene. We spent many a nights in here once all inclusive had finished and had some fantastic nights. Prices very reasonable. Approx 3 euro for pint of beer. Emeralds Bar: Fantastic for watching live football, lots of screens within the bar and great deals on drinks. Also a pool table available. :)
There's a substantial supermarket within a minutes walking distance from the hotel.
Beach is around 5 minutes walk, where there's a nice bar.
Last but by no means least the Entertainment team; Evelien, Aaron, Judith, Marlen (Bobby) & Mycoy (Hopefully no one forgotten). Their dedication and attentiveness to making your holiday is truly fantastic. They work long shifts however are always upbeat and arranging activities during the day for both children & adults. Water polo, volleyball, ping pong, basketball, bingo, quizzes to name just a few. :-P - This resort wouldn't be the same without you all. We were lucky enough to see their dance-show which they rehearse during their own time and is fantastic. They are pro-active in what they do, always happy to say hello and chat.
We'll done to you all, you're not compliment enough in my eyes. Keep up the fantastic work you all put in. :)More
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