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Globales Cortijo Blanco Hotel
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
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“Girls weekend away”
Reviewed September 9, 2013

We chose this hotel for a hen do for a group of 10 girls.
The hotel is very close to Puerto Banus which was perfect for us.
The hotel is in a lovely setting with 3 pools.
The food was of a good standard for a 3 star hotel we were pleasantly surprised.
The rooms were a good size and clean with a nice balcony.
There is also free wifi in reception, but you do have to pay for it in the rooms.
We found the bar good too with a wide range of drinks available.
We didn't see any of the entertainment as we went out of an evening.
For what we paid for our holiday the standard was excellent and great value for money.
We would all return to this hotel in the future.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
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King's Lynn, Norfolk, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 8, 2013

First and foremost; If you don't want a two hour transfer to the hotel after you land, get a taxi. Cortijo Blanco is the last stop/first pick up so expect a long journey. We also had to wait for a good 45 minutes on the coach at the airport for other flights to get in before we set off, so although we landed at 8:50pm we didn't actually get to the hotel until gone midnight.

Rooms: We were put in room 32 on arrival which is just inside the courtyard and backs on to Buddies Bar - we found this out the hard way. The noise level was unbearable, and the room had no natural lighting as the window was barred up and faced a large pillar. The bathroom was cramped and the door didn't close. We had the worst nights sleep imaginable but mercifully when we asked to change rooms in the morning we were put in 1104 which is as far away from the noise as you can get, overlooking the tennis courts. The difference in the rooms is shocking! In 1104 we had a balcony which let in the natural sunlight, a large wardrobe with full length mirror and spacious en-suite bathroom decorated in modern slate. I can only hope the hotel is going to refurbish the rooms near the courtyard because they are more hostel-like than hotel. Definitely recommend you insist on moving if you get put in one of these. Rooms are cleaned daily and towels changed.

Food/Drink: Breakfast is your usual fry-up foods, very tasty and definitely the best meal of the day! Lots of cereal and fruit to choose from too. We only ate lunch once at the hotel so can't really comment but at dinner there's at least 10 options usually consisting of pasta, rice, fish, meat (the lamb stew was divine), chips etc. Vegetarian options and cold meats/cheeses/rolls are available too. Puddings are delicious! Snack bar is open four times a day. You can also order a pack up before 6pm for days you won't be at the hotel in which you get bread rolls, biscuits, jams/spreads, fruit and a bottle of water. You can have juices/tea/coffee/water in the restaurants and there are two pool bars (one by the main pool and one by the kiddies pool next to the tennis courts) plus the Bodega Bar that opens in the evenings. We never queued for more than a minute for drinks and there's a variety of cocktails (although these are pre-mixed and come from a machine) and local spirits to choose from. Service is very efficient.

Hotel/Surrounding area: In general the hotel is incredibly spacious and well-kept. Beautiful plants and shrubbery all around. There's free wifi in the entrance hall with plenty of chairs, and just left out of the hotel about 25m along the road is the supermarket. This is where the nearest cash machine is for those of you who want to withdraw Euros! To the right of the entrance is Buddies Bar if you fancy a change, although I don't recommend the food. Down the road next to Buddies are a couple of shops and this is where you can find Les, the man who organises excursions at a reasonable price. We went to the markets in Fuengirola, Gibraltar to see wild dolphins and had the day in Morocco with a tour guide. On the road to the right is the bus stop which is where the free shuttle will take you into Puerto Banus three times daily - definitely go if you get the chance. You can also take the local bus into Marbella for just over a Euro. The local beach is a 10 minute walk, just head down the path to the left of the entrance as you're leaving the hotel, it's the most direct route. Gorgeous sandy beach with a few shops and restaurants along the promenade.

Entertainment: Children are most definitely kept entertained, with plenty of sporting activities in the day and discos in the evening. Can't comment much on entertainment for adults as we only spent a couple nights at the hotel but from what we saw it was bingo followed by either karaoke or a show (the acrobatics was actually pretty good) - other than that it seemed most people were content to sit at the tables around the bar and chat, so if you want a good night I'd suggest going into the port or Marbella.

Other: The sunbeds around the main pool fill up quickly in the morning but there were always free beds by the kiddies pool near the tennis courts, plus there's a bar there too so you're not having to walk far to get a drink.

All in all, it's definitely a high standard three-star hotel and the staff work hard and are very friendly, so I'd recommend Cortijo Blanco to friends and family who want a cheap and cheerful holiday.

Room Tip: Rooms near the tennis courts are quieter and more modern.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
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Paisley
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Reviewed September 7, 2013

Just back from staying at this complex. We arrived at this hotel after a two and a half journey from Malaga airport at approx. 2.35 pm feeling tired and hungry. When we arrived at check in we were told in a rather abrupt manner that we would have to get to our room and back down as the lunch stops being served at 3 pm. We had to lug our cases through the complex with no offer of assistance, only to be passed a photocopy of a map with crosses as to where we would locate our room. We went as quickly as we could but arrived back down too late for lunch. We were advised, again in a curt manner, that we would have to wait until 4 pm for the snack bar to open and "we cant be expected to be open all the time" was the statement from the receptionist. When we got to our room we were shocked at how basic it was and very, very tired and badly in need of an upgrade. The bed was not comfortable at all. We did have a balcony which had a pleasant view and plenty of sunshine. However, we waited until the snack bar opened and managed to get something to eat. The complex was very busy and very much a family oriented complex. I feel that our needs were not met by the travel agent as I had specifically requested a holiday for couples and this to me was definitely more geared to families, hen and stag dos. We did however get a room at the quiet end of the complex overlooking the tennis courts which was great as the entertainment area is very loud.

On a positive note, the complex was kept clean and the food selection was ok although much the same each day but I suppose that is par for the course with all inclusive complexes when catering for the masses. There were plenty of staff in the dining area and plates were cleared away efficiently with tablecloths changed for new diners. Wine and soft drinks were available on tap in the dining room. There is also the Bodego Bar which is quieter for drinking outside where drinks are served in proper glasses.

The only disconcerting thing for us as a couple was that there were police/civil guards present daily on the complex and I don't know the reason for this. There is also a weekly charge for the safe in your room.

The beach is about a 10 - 15 minute walk from the hotel and is beautiful and very well maintained with a few restaurants dotted along the boardwalk.

We were advised that there was a courtesy bus into Puerto Banus however we waited and it never arrived so we took the normal bus which was only just over one Euro or you could walk.

There are a few gift shops around and another few bars in the area. There is also a supermarket nearby.

We would probably go back to San Pedro but definitely would not choose this complex....not for us Im afraid.

Room Tip: definitely choose a room overlooking the tennis courts as this is the quietest part.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Surrey
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Reviewed September 7, 2013

We stayed in August with our two daughters, 12 & 8. We requested rooms by the tennis courts as recommended in previous reviews but on arrival were allocated rooms in the 'Sevilla' block across the road from the main complex. Initially we were worried about location so decided not to unpack on our first night in case we wanted to move. Across the road from our block was ' Buddies' Bar, we went to bed on the first evening listening to the karaoke from buddies and the thump thump from a disco at the end of the block needless to say we did not sleep well! We went to breakfast and then came back to our block as we had a pool which was very quiet. we were able to get a sunbed outside our room (with no queuing or reserving at silly o'clock) and the girls were able to get what they needed. We took the decision to stay put and used earplugs which I had packed as one daughter is prone to ear infections. We slept well every other evening and loved the privacy and convenience of our location. The entertainment was ok not brilliant but the bingo calling' fivety nine' made us laugh. The major grumble I would have about our stay was the food. Apart from my youngest we could always find something to eat but it was not the best and the snack bar was woeful. The hotel was spotlessly clean and all of the staff were very friendly and worked so hard it was a shame that this let it down. Lovely location we went into Puerto Banus, Marbella and Gibraltar. Lovely mix of guests, ages and nationalities. NO stag or hen parties and no trouble. Very relaxing overall.
No rushing for food or tables at evening entertainment and at our pool, no need to reserve sunbeds no matter what time we went to pool side.

Room Tip: Take a bus from airport to Marbella and then taxi to hotel very easy. Approx. 50 euros and very quic...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 4, 2013

Just back from my 5th visit yet again another excellent visit...It is a busy Hotel due to being a very good hotel.If people do complain about Hotel I would be surprised..Every visit I've been on I see an improvement..It is an excellent base from over places I.E Puerto Banus ,Gibraltar,Rhonda & many other..

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Brno, Czech Republic
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Reviewed September 3, 2013 via mobile

perfect vacation! service, food, location, stuff - everythig was great. room was clean and comfortable. beach is not so far as i expected. one thing was anoying - thin wall and british singing at 4 am.

  • Stayed October 2012
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Harrogate, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
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Reviewed September 1, 2013

We have just returned having spent a week there. We drove and parked easily,The room was ready at 4 as stated, it was spotlessly clean and we could have clean towels each day if we needed them and beds were made and the room cleaned daily. We overlooked the 2nd pool, which was quiet the whole time. The bar staff were friendly, especially to those who bothered to speak a bit of Spanish.There was a good selection of drinks, and they kept the tables clean and tidy frequently. The restaurant was big and the food, for me, excellent. If you wanted there was a snack bar open in addition. I had roast beef carved off the bone,same with pork, always fish, chicken, masses of salad,rice, pasta..how anyone could go hungry or complain is beyond me. The entertainment team worked hard, there were activities for children and adults, shooting and archery were free, although I don`t like bingo there is one guy who reads the numbers in a weird and funny way (you have to be there!), As far as being isolated?? A 10 min walk to the beach and promenade which for a further 15 mins takes you into Puerto Banus, or the free luxury coach that is provided? My only bad point,as most have stated, is the sunbed situation around the main pool,but I don`t know how they can stop the towel brigade? Just to add, the main clients were Spanish, French and English, all of whom I thought added to the atmosphere of being in a foreign country. This is only my second all inclusive,but have been to the Costa del Sol over 20 times,I will return to Cortijo Blanco!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Property: Globales Cortijo Blanco Hotel
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 Beach Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 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: 310
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Globales Cortijo Blanco is situated in San Pedro de Alcantara, Marbella, in the Costa del Sol, in a tourist area that still preserves traces of its colonial past. The area has many luxury residential areas, golf courses and magnificent beaches. Just 3km from the hotel is one of the most glamorous sport ports in the world, Puerto Banus. It was built in 1962 and over the years has undergone many renovations over the years the last of which was in 2014, however it still retains its pure Andalusian style with white walls decorated with forged iron, typical balconies, grassy areas shaded by trees - the perfect place for a relaxing and unforgettable holiday. Enjoy the cosmopolitan and fun ambience of the hotel, with the best value for money hotel offer in the Costa del Sol. ... more   less 
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