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“fantastic holiday made memorable by the emerald sports bar” 4 of 5 stars
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Globales Cortijo Blanco Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Avda Jose Luis Carrillo Benitez s/n, 29760 San Pedro de Alcantara, Spain   |  
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“fantastic holiday made memorable by the emerald sports bar”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2006

found the location to be great.far enough out of the port to relax but close enough to make it accessable. there are excellent local facilities and we found ourselves in the emerald sports bar every night which is just next door an offers the best all round night out for everyone. They show all sporting events, have betting facilities and even have pool tables and roulette to keep everyone amused. The friendly bar staff in particular dave made us feel welcome from day one and we felt like a local from the moment we came in.

Stayed September 2005
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  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2006

not very nice.

really not very nice.

After discovering that Marbella was 9kms away and puerto banus was 3km away we were then told the place we was in was actually San Pedro, which you wont find in any brochures im sure.

Anita, the flame haired bi-lingual receptionist is very professional an caring until you report a problem when all of a sudden you get (and i quote) "i don't run the hotel" and "you'll have to do that yourself" (wrong amount of beds in bedroom, we were told to move them ourselves - she did actually sort this out after i threw a tantrum)

Ants all over sink in the room. i ignored this and plodded on. the next night they were on my bed and in my trainers. so i report my problem "have you left any food out??" was the reply. "no" came my answer. "ok, ill get the maid to sort it out"

The "sorting out" was the mass cull of ants who's poor little bodys were left dead all over the room. needless to say, the ants mates came out in force the next night and we demanded to move room.

"MINI MINI DISCO!! MINI MINI MINI!!!" the incessant, ear bursting nails on chalkboard noise rang out from the loadspeaker. the shocking noise was actually the voice of the spanish "entertainer" who spoke almost exclusively in spanish despite the fact there were no spanish there.....

"BINGO TIME!!.... do we have any spanish here!!!"
<faint grumble comes from the bar>
"any FRENCH??!!"
<silence>
"any ENGLISH!!?"
<room almost explodes with the banging of 200 people banging their bingo dotters on the table and shouting at the top of their voices (i was one of them>
"OK, parjkadk dakdal aldj adpk ddapkad fpjfaljsfl ljsljsfljsf lpepkfdpef;k. everyone understand??"

the other entertainer, a french chap called Will was excellent however and was a true star despite some very poor attempts at saying musical and rhythm in the weekly quiz...

"i weel play yoo a cleep, ok? i want to noo ze withm"
<THE WHAT??!>
"ze wivvim"
<THE WOMEN??>
"no, ze withm"
<THE what???!!>
(loud speaker bursts into action playing the cha-cha)
<YOU MEAN THE RHYTHM WILL!!??>
"ees thees not vot i sed??"

poor man had 200 people tryin to think of women who dance to the cha-cha for a few moments. he was excellent in all the activites however and his english was very good, as was his german and french!

landscaping of the gardens was excellent and the rooms were functional if nothing more (our second rooms door wouldnt lock from the inside though)

The food was passable but some of it did look like it had just been shipped in from a different country on snailback it looked that old.

I do highly reccoment cheese toasties in the snack bar though, and the new years gala food was very nice. The dead pig on show at the carvery was a little over the top though! tradition im told. i wont complain about that then.

the all inclusive drinks were a saviour. there was no stopping that vodka once it started pouring! the word STOP only prompted the barmen to smirk childishly. the barmen were also very friendly which was quite surprising as they dont get many tips with there being no cash involved in ordering a drink or two.
The only problem "beer-wise" was that the poolside bar was never open and going the bar from the back end of the complex (where we were staying) was a mini-marathon especially when you could only get two drinks at a time.

there was no nightlife at all nearby. even new years eve. buddies bar was decent and the irish sports bar whose name evades me was very friendly. they would let you use their internet for free and constantly brought you over trays of nuts. it also had about 50 tv's in there, good for the sports fan. they also take bets in there on sports events which was good.

there was one nightclub called titanic which was a little busier but only opened NYE then closed again.

Puerto banus is a delight. however it is VERY VERY expensive. the bars charge up to 15euros a drink. Linekers (said to be one of the cheaper bars) charged 7euros for bottles of coronita (corona lager) and the same for smirnoff ice. Bar Mango charged 10 Euros but we did get a couple of 2for1 vouchers each so i suppose it was really only 5euros in there (still £3 a bottle).

Food was reasonably priced however, even on the portside. Jacks american brasserie was excellent and a tbone steak (huge) was 22 euros (£16ish).

The yachts there are amazing, good to see how the other half live.

There is a weekly market (every saturday) in puerto nabus which is very good. reasonably cheap, which is just as well as they dont haggle to much. my girlfriend got a pair of shoes for 17euros from 18euros after hard work!!

All in all, the company we kept, both in terms of the group we went with and the people we met made it quite an enjoyable holiday. The weather was fanastic for the time of year 6 out of 7 days were sunny with no clouds, the last day was a little cloudy but still warm. the hotel was really the only downside along with its terrible situation in the middle of nowhere. that is the gamble you take i suppose when you are on a allocated on arrival last minute holiday but they should not put you in an area that is fundamentally residential.

In conclusion, i would like to personally advise you NOT to travel with MYtravel or any of the other 18 (YES EIGHTEEN!) names/companies they operate under to shadow the fact that they are truly a terrible company. from the cabin crew on the flights through to the rep that barked info at you on your transfer to and from the hotel and 6am and mysteriously went missing for the entire duration of our stay. there must surely be better firms out there...go and find them!

  • Stayed January 2006
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2006

Albeit that the hotel looks very attractive from the outside do not be lulled into a false sense of security.
I visited this hotel, through First Choice, for Christmas and the New Year with my Husband and elderly parents. This was to be an enjoyable Christmas break for us all but turned into a catalogue of disasters.
We paid extra for ground floor superior rooms - The furniture was abysmal - better could be found in any local junk shop. The beds were so old and decrepit that we could not get a good nights sleep.
The heating was only on from 4.30pm to midnight and 6.30am to 10am - it was so cold on the first night that my husband slept in his coat. Eventually we were provided with mobile oil heaters but as the maids switched then off when they cleaned the rooms we still came back to cold rooms.
Despite the assurance of the hotel manager that the heating would be out on 24 hrs a day it never happened in our 14 day stay.
My mother hung her clothes in the cupboard only to find that the rail broke and all fell down.
After complaining again to the manager we were then told that there are no ground floor superior rooms! – so why did we pay extra and book one
The food was the worst I have ever seen - for breakfast along with the normal canteen style fry up - Chips, Peas, Sweetcorn and Carrots left from the previous night were dished up.
It was more or less the same food dished up every day and I never saw a fresh vegetable in my whole stay
The drinking water smelt very strongly of chlorine and when I complained was told that others were drinking it
Tea or coffee were not available in the restaurant at lunch or dinner time and the management refused to make it available
There were not tea or coffee facilities in the rooms and the management refused to provide any
In the coffee shop the food was left in the cabinets when shut (whilst the restaurant was open) with the heaters switched off only to be switched on again and reheated after the restaurant closed.
The bar area was so smoky we could not even sit in there. There were quite a few areas with no smoking signs but ashtrays on every table with most of the visitors smoking and the management refused to do anything about it (this will have changed following the new no smoking laws introduced in any public area in Spain as of 1.1.2006)
Every evening at 12.30 the dustbins were wheeled through the grounds past our window and through the block to the outside road and woke us up with the noise
Needless to say we stayed out of the hotel as much as possible and visited some lovely villages. We ate out of the hotel every lunchtime and most evenings. we also drunk out of the hotel in the local bars most evenings.
There was no point in paying for a superior room as they could not offer me one on the ground floor! There was no point paying all inclusive as were not able to eat or drink in the hotel
It became apparent that if booked direct with the hotel you could stay for 58 Euros per night all inclusive - so if you are intent to going to this Hotel do not use the travel agents that charge an excessive amount for a hotel that should be given at the very most a 2* and only then for the attractiveness of the outside of the building. And seriously consider if you would really want to eat and drink in there.

  • Stayed December 2005
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2005

This may be a long review but you will be glad you read it - don't be put off by some of the other reviews! I've been meaning to write this for the last month or so. The only reason I'm writing now is because I'm looking to go back and thought I'd checkout the reviews.

Me (33) and my mum (50ish!) stayed at the beginning of October for a week. My mum had been before with a group of girls in Jan and recommended it for a cheap hols.

We went with First Choice but to be honest, my next booking will be to book flights and accomm myself and get a taxi. Although a little expensive, worth the money as you get to your holiday destination an hour earlier...instead of sitting on a coach stopping and starting along some horrible areas of the costa del sol!

When we first got there we were given our key and a little map on how to find our room. We found our room (which was disappointing because we were overlooking the entertainment and bar area). However, I decided that this couldn't be a superior room which we had paid only an extra £20 or so for) and went to reception the following morning. The manageress (English) was very apologetic and said we had been put in the wrong room. She gave us the key for the correct room and we went back to pack and head to our new room.....what a difference for only a little more expense! PLEASE READ....MAKE SURE YOU ASK FOR A SUPERIOR ROOM OVERLOOKING THE GARDENS AT THE BACK. THEY HAVE AIR CONDITIONING AND ARE IN A MUCH NICER PART OF THE HOTEL (AND A LOT QUIETER!)...what a relief!! We could now enjoy the rest of our holiday!!!

The food was okay - not brilliant but for all inclusive it was okay. The drinks at each of the two bars were fantastic value. You could basically have anything you wanted....and nothing is measured! In fact we had to tell the bar staff to stop pouting as they were triple measures!

Entertainment was okay - they cater for the kids until about 8.30 - 9pm and then there is some sort of entertainment on - different each night and then it's the same again the following week. Karaoke one night, a show another night, and while we were there a boy band from America were on....a tribute band to Hot Chocolate...fantastic! Would have paid £20 to go and watch them!

The beach is five mins down a quiet residential street (would love to live round there). When you get to the beach, don't be put off...turn right and walk along the prom for approx 5 mins or turn left and walk approx 10 mins towards Puerto Banus - the beach is so much nicer.

Overall the place is ideal for a cheap holiday - if you don't want a cheap holiday...don't go! Simple as that....ignore other reviews about flies...yes there are flies in the restaurant but isn't there flies in any restaurant which has it's windows open...it's nature!

The staff were fantastic....all extremely hard working and friendly...we even got a bottle of champagne and a basket of fruit because they had put us in the wrong room... a nice thought!

Make sure you go into Puerto Banus for an experience of nightlife you won't forget. The boats are fantastic...as are the prices in some bars! Try to stick to the bars behind the main frontline bars. Lots and lots of lovely restarants to chose from if you fancy a nice change from the all inclusive!

  • Stayed September 2005
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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2 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2005

Well the hotel was a nice place,cleaned every day ?? the kitchen. the flies in the eating areas were terrible which i think contributed to our food poisoning and several other guests, two lasses from manchester were in bed for four days and ate out in the end at flannagans bar for breakfast VERYGOOD and an italian and chinese place nearby, but as think if the managment could sort the fly problem and choice of food out they would have a nice place to visit, sadly i will not risk going there again

  • Stayed November 2005
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2005

We booked through Expedia to stay in the Pueblo Andaluz which is a sister hotel just down the road. Unfortunately the booking was never confirmed to Expedia and they failed to let us know. The Pueblo Andaluz was full and we were placed in the Cortijo Blanco Hotel about 100m away. The room was fine and the bathroom OK. In fact I think we were lucky as our room was right at the back of the hotel away from the noise and so called entertainment.

After a relaxing tour of Andalusia we were appalled at our poolside experience. It was a Spanish holiday weekend and there were a group of Spanish lads singing, shouting and generally being obnoxious. In the evening we went down to the restaurant and looked at the food. Chips, frozen food, frozen vegetables, yuck it wasn’t what we had come to Spain to eat. Having read glowing reports about the food in the Pueblo Andaluz we went down there to see if it was any better. Here they cater for French guests and the food could not be more different. Proper fish a selection of potatoes, rice and or pastas, vegetables etc. etc..

We went to the reception and told them of our plight and they soon agreed to let us eat there as we had booked there in the first place. Not only was the food excellent but it was accompanied with a free and perfectly palatable table wine.

The next day we came to a satisfactory agreement with the hotel. We ate and pooled at the Pueblo Andaluz and slept at the Cortijo Blanco.

  • Stayed June 2005
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2005

very nice and clean.
the staff a very helpful and friendly
food was nice (try the beef) and even though chips was with every thing there was alot of other things to try
go to gibralter as 200 B+H gold cost only £8.50
they a excellent with kids and well looked after

  • Stayed October 2005
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Avda Jose Luis Carrillo Benitez s/n, 29760 San Pedro de Alcantara, Spain
Location: Spain > Andalucia > Province of Malaga > Costa del Sol > San Pedro de Alcantara
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 5 Hotels in San Pedro de Alcantara
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Globales Cortijo Blanco Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 311
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Hotel Globales Cortijo Blanco is located right next to San Pedro de Alcantara (Marbella) in Costa del Sol, in a tourist core that still preserves features of his colonial past, with numerous luxury urbanizations, golf courses and madnificent beaches. Only 3 KM from Puerto Banus, one of the most glamorous sports ports of the world. The hotel has 4 swimming pools one of them for children. ... more   less 
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Cortijo Blanco Hotel
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Cortijo Blanco Marbella
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