For the past couple of years I have checked out Trip Advisor before booking any accommodation from a one night stay in the UK to a long weekend in Barcelona to a fortnight in Crete . So, if you have written a review, a huge thank you – our holidays have held fewer unpleasant surprises.
For my husband and I, holidays aren’t just about whether a hotel has 1 or 4 stars, it’s about the helpful, welcoming staff, cleanliness, good food and an overall relaxing experience. In March 2008 we stayed at the H10 Playa Meloneras Palace in Gran Canaria (see separate review), a holiday that my 53 year old husband rates as a 9 out of 10, so a difficult one to beat. While the Blue Bay Palace didn’t quite reach these lofty heights, they certainly tried and came close.
We arrived tired and hungry just after 9.30pm having spent 45 minutes driving around Corralejo stopping at other accommodation (why do we always seem to be last to be dropped off?). However, just as we got off the bus, one of the reception staff came out to welcome us and take our cases into the reception. We were greeted by a smiling receptionist who said that as the restaurant was just closing perhaps we would like to make our way down to the restaurant straight away and check in later. Once we had dined and checked in, we arrived at our room to be greeted not only with a welcome bottle of wine but a tray of cold meat and fruits which had been left for us in case we hadn’t arrived before the restaurant closed. What a welcome and what a great start to the holiday!
I don’t have much more to add to the other great reviews already written. The hotel is now 9 years old and became part of the Blue Bay Group 18 months ago however most of the staff are still there from when it opened. If you get chance to go on the hotel tour conducted by the Manager, then I strongly recommend it. We were particularly impressed by the kitchens.
The food was good although I don’t understand why veal was on the menu most nights, particularly when it wasn’t being eaten (50% of the guests are British).
In summary, it is a lovely, clean hotel with great staff and lots of facilities. Inflatables are banned (great if you don’t have kids) and the middle pool is heated so you can have a swim even in March. We used the steam room and jacuzzi but couldn’t have a massage together as there was only one masseuse. It’s in a great location, handy for the town and beach and we were fortunate to be there during Carnival week – a fabulous and unexpected bonus with free entertainment which I can recommend but wish that the tourist board would promote it.
Go to The Blue Bay Palace if you like a little class, peace and quiet but I can’t recommend it for children.
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- Also Known As:
- Barcelo Corralejo Bay Hotel Corralejo
- Bluebay Palace Corralejo
- Bluebay Palace Hotel Corralejo
- Barcelo Corralejo Bay Fuerteventura