Having read some rather negative reviews after booking our holiday we were very pleasantly surprised. We'd decided to go for some winter sunshine and invited another couple of friends to join us. Arriving rather late our first impression was one of amazement as the ever helpful Anita in reception told us leave all our luggage and go straight to the restaurant as it was about to close, we all expected a plate of picked over chips and not much else but were staggered to find a selection which only included chips if you wanted. That set the tone for the rest of our week.The food is not Michelin star quality, but it's varied tasty and plentiful. I did not eat a single chip all week and felt all the better for it.
The rooms were spotlessly clean and a very high standard of cleaning was maintained all week. The staff were cheerful and friendly and the entertainment was an absolute hoot!
I was very reluctant to go along to the evening Bingo session and had to have a fortifying G&T before my first trip, but it was something I don't think any of our party willever forget. The ladies laughed until they cried and several of the calls will be etched in our memories forever.
There were lots of activities provided each day although we used the hotel as a base for exploring the area so didn't take part in any.Anita heard us talking about a visit to a market and instantly produced a list of all the local markets and bus timetables to get us there and back.
The bus service into Marbella is easy to use and the only slight drawback was the return trip when the busy road had to be crossed; fortunately a passing local cyclist stopped and told us where the "steps" to the underpass near the neighbouring hotel were so we didn't have to walk too far.
San Pedro town is a pleasant little place and the Thursday market at the top of the town is a must, my wife enjoyed several haggling sessions and came away with some good bargains.Spices are very, very cheap compared to the UK.
We had a hire car and drove up into the mountains to visit Ronda which was a lovely little town with lots of fascinating buildings. we also drove down to Gibraltar as the gentlemen of the party wanted to see the historical sights; a dreadful waste of time. Car Parking is almost non-existant and signage in general is poor, the locals were very unhelpful and we drove back without ever getting chance to set foot outside the car.
I'm not sure if my review of the hotel would be the same during the summer months when all the pools and courts are in operation, but for two mature couples fed up with the English winter a week in the Cortijo Blanco was a real tonic.
- Also Known As:
- Cortijo Blanco
- Cortijo Blanco Hotel
- Hotel Cortijo Blanco
- Cortijo Blanco Marbella
- Blanco Cortijo Hotel
- Globales Cortijo Blanco Hotel San Pedro De Alcantara, Spain - Costa Del Sol
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