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“Fuerte Hotels makes their guests come back! But Conil is not that inspiring.” 4 of 5 stars
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Hotel Fuerte Conil - Costa Luz
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Av. de la Fontanilla S/N, 11140 Conil de la Frontera, Spain   |  
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Zwolle, The Netherlands
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“Fuerte Hotels makes their guests come back! But Conil is not that inspiring.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2012 via mobile

Indeed, our experience in Fuerte Conil was great. The basics were just very well covered. Spacious room, nice staff, great house keeping and a wonderfull breakfast. The atmosphere in the entire hotel was authentic and relaxing. Nothing to modern or fancy, which was definitely an upside.

The main pool area was also fine, with abundant sunbeds and parasols, even since the hotel was almost fully booked. The layout was also very spacious. No crowded poolside rows of sunbeds, but grassy meadows with plenty of choice regarding the view (sea, pool, ...) As guests of Fuerte Conil you can also use the facilities from the next door Fuerte Costa Luz, but why would you, when you are in better hotel!

We didn't get to use the beach facilities due to the heavy winds, but its just a short walk down. Really, we doubted it to, but it really had an easy beach access with just a short walk down some stairs.

Besides having breakfast everyday we decided to have diner and lunch once as well. I am personally not that fond of buffets, but there was a tremendous choice during diner, so nobody can be disappointed. The lunch menu at the pool restaurant was fine, but we are light lunchers and the choice of small sandwiches of some sort was not that big. But the one on the menu was great!

To finish this review I would say that Fuerta Conil is a beautifull hotel, just make sure you either stay in the hotel or get a car to get around Andalucia, because Conil itself was not inspiring at all (this offcourse could also be because we visited just outside the main summer season). We preferred Cadiz and Vejer de la Frontera.

Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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abasallote, Gerente at Hotel Fuerte Conil - Costa Luz, responded to this review, May 26, 2012
Dear Guest,

thanks for sharing your opinnion with all the tripadvisor's users.

I am happy to know that you had a nice stay with us. It is great to know that you enjoyed the hotel facilities.

We hope to see you soon again.

Kind regards,

Antonio Basallote
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  • Location
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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
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  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2012

We booked this hotel on the recommendation of a work colleague. Over the years we have stayed in various hotels of this category all over the Costa del Sol, where you felt as if they were doing you a favour by your staying there and didn't seem too bothered whether you came back or not. We were very pleasantly surprised at the level of courtesy and service we received, all the staff, without exception, went out of their way to be helpful and make us welcome. It was refreshing to receive some so-called old fashioned service, and with a smile too.
Although a modern hotel, we liked the traditional style of decor and the feeling of space and tranquility. At check-in, which was quick and efficient, we asked for and received a quiet room at the back overlooking the lawn. The room was spacious with a flatscreen TV with Sky & BBC channels and a mini bar, although was half empty on arrival; guess would have to request it being stocked if required. The bathroom was likewise spacious and impeccably clean as was the rest of the hotel including public areas and restrooms. The room safe was the best ever encountered, card operated, no need to punch in codes.
The hotel is arranged in two phases, the Fuerte Conil and the Fuerte Costa Luz, both interconnected with mature gardens and swimming pools. Guests have access to all the amenities of both hotels and both are equally attractive in their own way.
The swimming pools were particularly attractive in that there were not hundreds of sun loungers side by side as in other hotels, rather they were arranged on lawns on different levels, so you could find your own ideal quiet spot if you so desired. There were pools for little ones as well as for adults.
Night entertainment was excellent, with some very professional artists. Regarding the food, we take this very seriously and we found the quality and variety very impressive, freshly cooked in front of you as well as an extensive buffet to suit all tastes.
On the first evening at dinner we must have detained one of the waitresses a little too long with a question because we noticed the Maitre di’ subsequently speaking with her to find out if there was problem. Within ten minutes, a very pleasant young lady called Maria from Customer Relations was at our table to satisfy any queries we may have had. It was only out of interest we asked a question, but it gave us confidence that had we had a real problem or been unhappy with something, it would have been addressed immediately.
Our compliments to the hotel management for a very well run hotel. Will we return? Most definitely, yes!

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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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abasallote, Gerente at Hotel Fuerte Conil - Costa Luz, responded to this review, May 24, 2012
Dear Guest,

first of all thanks for your commentaries. I am glad to know you enjoyed your stay with us. Our main aim is our guest's satisfaction so words like those make us happy with our job.

I would also like to pass you our Manager's gratitud on.

¡We will congratulate our team!

Kind regards to Gibraltar and ¡see you soon!

María Echeveste

Guest Relations Manager
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2012

Just spent the May bank holiday at this hotel. The Hotel is a very clean and well kept. The gardens are beautiful and swimming pools clean. Located slightly off the beach a very short walk though the gardens leads you to the beach (nice fish restaurant there). The beach is 18km long and so no cramped sun bathing like the Costa del Sol.
All staff were especially attentive, i had a problem with the mini bar not cooling properly, the maintenance man arrived in under 15min (I was shocked so quickly), but I was more shocked when he came back to check it was still cooling an hour later!. The receptionist even sent me up a small birthday present as she had noticed my DOB when checking-in.!!!

The hotel was not busy - a plus not a negative. We eat midday at the Beach bar at their sister hotel within the same complex (20E for both of us, 20% discount for guests), the breakfast was good and service first class

I would point out that along this coastline the hotels are rarely busy apart from mid summer (as was brought up in another post), so if you want a relaxing sun soaked holiday with miles of untouched beaches and historic areas of interest (Bolonia, Cadiz etc) and wonderful food come here. If you want Fish and Chips, packed beaches and high rise hotels then go elsewhere.
I will be back for sure

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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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antoniobasallote, Director General at Hotel Fuerte Conil - Costa Luz, responded to this review, May 8, 2012
Dear Guest,

first of all I would like to thank you for your commentaries.

I am glad to know that enjoyed your stay at the Hotel Fuerte Costaluz.

You wil always be wellcome

King regards
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2012 via mobile

I'll come back again for sure. I really enjoyed my stay in Hotel El Fuerte. It's very well located, just 10 minutos from the city centre. Cosy rooms, nice and helpful staff and beautiful surroundings, at a very reasonable price.

  • Stayed May 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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antoniobasallote, Director General at Hotel Fuerte Conil - Costa Luz, responded to this review, May 7, 2012
Dear Guest,

first of all I would like to thank you for your commentaries. I am glad to know that you found the nice the located, rooms and our staff .

Our Guest's Satisfaction is very important for us.

Looking forward to see you again,
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2012

This place is a beautiful resort on the coast of Spain outside busy Cadiz. We booked a double room front sea view and our view was very nice from the balcony. The room was spacious and very clean and quiet. Our only complaint was the mattress pad on the bed was not comfortable. We ate at the dinner buffet and the breakfast buffet. The selection was amazing at both and the food and service were very good.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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antoniobasallote, Director General at Hotel Fuerte Conil - Costa Luz, responded to this review, April 24, 2012
Dear Guest,


first of all I would like to thank you for your commentaries. Our aim is the constant improvement that is why it is so important to know our guests' opinion. I am glad to hear that you enjoyed the room facilities and service, specially the balcony and food in Hotel Fuerte Conil

We appreciate your suggestion, we will take into account for next investments.

Looking forward to see you again

Antonio Basallote
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2012

My husband used this hotel as a 2 night stop over on our tour around Andalucia. On first seeing the hotel I was quiet horrified as it was part of an enormous complex. Fortunately as it was still early in the season and there weren't many guests fewer blocks of rooms were let out. I think it could be really noisy in the high season as it was bad enough when we were there. The restaurant also seemed to be straining under this capacity!

Our room was basic and rather cramped and although we had booked a front seaview room we did struggle to see the sea. I did not like the fact that we couldn't sit on the balcony without inhaling everyones cigarette smoke and if you left the door open it permeated in.

The reception staff at this hotel do try to be helpful and friendly, although this is lacking in the restaurant where we had to go and find someone just to take our wine order.

There is plenty of choice in the restaurant, although it would appear that the same sorts of things appear each day. Not sure that I would enjoy this if I had to stay here for a week as it would become very monotonous.

The area around Conil is interesting if you want to get out and explore the many wide and endless beaches.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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abasallote, Gerente at Hotel Fuerte Conil - Costa Luz, responded to this review, April 19, 2012
Dear Guest,


first of all I would like to thank you for your commentaries. Our aim is the constant improvement that is why it is so important to know our guests' opinion. We will work to offer a better service.

Kind regards,

Antonio Basallote
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2012

My husband and I spent last night in this hotel and were appalled. When we arrived on the Tuesday before Easter, it was like a deserted hotel. A very glum receptionist informed us that we would have to go to the hotel next door if we wanted dinner and also for breakfast which we had paid for on booking. We then discovered that none of the normal hotel facilities were available - nothing was open! In fact apart from the receptionist we only saw one cleaner in the hotel, no other staff and only 2 other guests in the building. We ate in a lovely beach seafood restaurant nearby but could not even get a drink of water in this hotel as there was no bar open. There was no power to the mini fridge in our room and there was no shampoo or shower gel in the wall dispenser in the bathroom. There were no tea or coffee making facilities in the room. On checking out we complained to the receptionist and said we felt we had been misled when we made our reservation and we would not have booked if we had realised the hotel was not properly operational. The cost of our stay was exorbitant based on a complete lack of facilities. She simply invited us to write a letter of complaint! We are terribly disappointed and would definitely not recommend this hotel to anyone nor will we ever return.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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antoniobasallote, Director General at Hotel Fuerte Conil - Costa Luz, responded to this review, April 16, 2012
Dear Ms. Newtown,

thank you very much for choosing us to enjoy your holidays. I appreciate your comentary.

You can reach me in the future for further informatión, and if you want to stay specially in one of our buildings, don´t hesitate contact me and I´ll do my best.

King regards


Antonio Basallote
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Address: Av. de la Fontanilla S/N, 11140 Conil de la Frontera, Spain
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Location: Spain > Andalucia > Costa de la Luz > Conil de la Frontera
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Green Hotel in Conil de la Frontera
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Conil de la Frontera
#2 Family Hotel in Conil de la Frontera
#2 Luxury Hotel in Conil de la Frontera
#3 Romantic Hotel in Conil de la Frontera
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Fuerte Conil - Costa Luz 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The ecologically friendly Fuerte Conil / Fuerte Costa Luz Resort is located on the beach front in one of the few remaining unspoilt areas on the Cadiz coast, next to the typical fishing village of Conil de la Frontera.469 twin and family rooms with central climatization (cold in summer and hot in winter), telephone, minibar, safety box (extra), music channel, hairdryer, satellite TV, Internet connection (extra), WIFI in some of the rooms (extra), baby carriage, cot and baby bath free (depending on availability). ... more   less 
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