The hotel is set back away from the beach in a residential road, but it is only a very short stroll to the nearest beach. The beach is not great to be honest but the great Corralejo dune beach is only about an hour away on foot- the hotel does run courtesy coaches twice in the morning and afternoon to this fabulous beach.
After a disastrous start to the holiday ( more about that later) we were looking forward to a good nights rest on our first night ( we had been up since 2am with no sleep). However there was a singer singing in the foyer until 10.30 and she sounded so loud she could have been in our room! As we had asked for a quiet room this was massively disappointing and a couple of rather irate phone calls were made to reception. They said the music would be turned down but it was not. The next morning we let our feelings be known to the hotel who said the hotel was almost full and the only room available was on the ground floor- not what we wanted. So we kept our room and fingers crossed it would not be so noisy the following nights. They certainly have a problem with accoustics and rooms too close to the foyer.
The food was generally pretty good and we did not go hungry. The service at the tables was good but the choice of sweets was the most disappointing aspect. Why do they think guests want a choice of about 10 or 12 different (looking) gateaux? Yes there was ice cream but little else. One night there was stewed pears and one night there was rice pudding. Go there if you like gateaux!
The early morning scrum for the sunbeds was a bit annoying. The lifeguards put a chain across the entrance to the pool area and at 9am on the dot they take it away and all hell is let loose! Very undignified but necessary if you wanted a premium site by the pool. Quite a few of the Brits just unhooked the chain and bagged their beds whilst those decent folk quietly fumed and muttered under their breathe! The pool area was clean but there is far too much shade for us "sunnies" and only a few beds seemed to get uninterrupted sun. Otherwise it meant constantly moving your bed, which in a smallish pool area is not that easy.
The animation team did try hard to drum up some support for the activities and they were very friendly. The entertainment was ok but have seen better.. an ABBA tribute band and a traditional flamenco were the best attended.
Back to the start... we booked with Cosmos for the first time in many years. We landed at around 12.40pm and whisked through customs etc and started queueing at just on 13.00. We had been told that Cosmos now use a scheduled bus service (Viajes Urbis) to take guests to their hotels. We are told there can be up to an hours wait for the bus, but at 14.15 the bus turned up. We had been waiting an hour and a quarter in the early afternoon sun... no shade available. The guests on the TUI flight that landed 20 minutes after us left 20 minutes before we did. We were amongst the first in the queue but it was obvious that not all those waiting would get on, so there was a mad scaramble to get on the bus and people were pushing in front of others, and there was some unpleasantness. Some just gave up and hired a taxi at their own cost. BE WARNED!! We then took a tortuous route to every hotel-it seemed- in Corralejo until we arrived at 15.40..... THREE hours after landing. We hired our own bus with other guests on the way back as we could not bear the idea of that happening on the return trip. It took us 40 minutes from door to Departure Lounge. The hotel arranged the mini bus for us and everyone was delighted despite having to pay 18 euros per couple!!
Overall a good holiday spoilt by the bad start we had. Make sure you know about your airport to hotel transfer!
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- Also Known As:
- Barcelo Corralejo Bay Hotel Corralejo
- Bluebay Palace Corralejo
- Bluebay Palace Hotel Corralejo
- Barcelo Corralejo Bay Fuerteventura