I booked this hotel for the week of May half term, as being a teacher, school holidays are the only time I can go away.
There was very little available within the budget, and I decided to take a big risk on this booking, as last year we stayed at one of Thomson's Premium Hotels (at at least double the price) and was worried about booking 3 star.
This hotel is absolutely beautiful, and I can honestly say my friend and I preferred it to the expensive 4/5 star the year before!
When we arrived in Marbella, we were directed onto a coach, where we sat for almost an hour waiting for the rep!!!! She got on, told us to put our seat belts on, and got off again?!! First Choice/ Thomson need to buck their ideas up. This was also a long and boring transfer (another 1.5 hours, whilst we drove round dropping people at their hotels. Those for the Cortijo are last :(
You are dropped at the side of a duel carriage way..... Don't be put off. Just around the corner awaits the pleasure of a swish entrance hall, where friendly staff sort you out and send you to your room.
The hotel is spotlessly clean, and the grounds are a garden of tropical flowers. Gardeners are around every day, watering and pruning, and maintaining the lovely surroundings.
The rooms are quite basic, but have a flat screen TV (not much to watch in English though) and have been recently redecorated.
Our room was cleaned every day, our beds made, and we always saw cleaners around. The shower was very powerful (a must for me) and the bathroom had a bidet (not that we used it!)
The beds seemed comfortable at first, but by the end of the week we found them quite hard and more uncomfortable. But it wasn't something I'd complain about.
We heard some stories about theft, and a girl had her bag stolen whilst sitting in reception on her wifi, so do make sure to lock your door and watch your possessions.
Having said that, we had no problems at all, and despite being on the ground or we felt very safe.
The best rooms are at the back of the hotel, no's 1000-1200's. The second floor is best, where the balconies get more sun. Great for drying towels even of you don't sit out. Ask for a room facing into the hotel, as the ones facing the back don't have great views. People who stayed around the bar area found it quite noisy.
The food is lovely. You could say its samey, as a similar pattern is followed each day.... 2 types of fish, a meat/ chicken option, rice dish, pasta and sauce, chips, usually a type of lasagne, vegetables, pizza, and a salad bar. But use your imagination, and vary your meals yourself!! If you have a bit of everything, it would get similar. But you can have pasta one night, chips another, salad another, and you will keep your diet varied :) Puddings aren't amazing, but they were better than the 5 star last year!!!
You can get food almost all the time, so you don't have to eat in the restaurant. Plus they did several outdoor BBQs at lunch times.
They won't let you take food from the restaurant or snack bar outside. This was annoying as we love to be in the sun. But it wasn't a massive problem.
The central bar serves cocktails - there is a limited but very adequate inclusive selection, plus others you can buy, plus free unlimited tea and coffees, decent red and white wine and soft drinks, and ice creams to buy if you want to. Drinks are served in plastic cups. Water is free in a cup but a large bottle is charged for (85c). We bought one each, then used the bar taps in the restaurant or the snack bar to refill our bottles all week.
The indoor bar serves the same range but in glasses. You can sit out on that bar terrace, overlooking the road down to the beach.
The sun beds are amazingly comfortable, and we never had trouble getting one. We tended to sunbathe away from the pool, though, on the terraces near the tennis courts. It was peaceful there, despite the children's pool (and remember this was school holidays!)
My only negative would be the entertainment, which is pretty poor. My team WON the music quiz, but it was overly drawn out, and not professionally led. There was one rep who had a VERY loud and annoying voice, and they seemed to choose her to be on the mike a lot :(
On Sunday night we were told it was a flamenco show, but we were "entertained" by a rubbishy magician instead, which was very disappointing. :(
Otherwise, we had an amazing week at a beautiful hotel, which for such a bargain price, we were thrilled with! We got far more than we paid for, in our opinion, and will certainly be going back!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Cortijo Blanco Hotel
- Hotel Cortijo Blanco
- Cortijo Blanco Marbella
- Blanco Cortijo Hotel
- Globales Cortijo Blanco San Pedro De Alcantara, Spain - Costa Del Sol