Globales Cortijo Blanco3.0 out of 5.0
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10-day holiday - family of four (including two teenage boys). Hotel POSITIVE: Beautiful setting - bougainvillea, water features etc. Well maintained and clean. Bars, 3 pools (plus paddling pool for youngsters), plenty of sunbeds and parasols. (TIP: Some people reserved parasols by hanging t-shirt/bag on them. Put parasols down in high winds as dangerous – I was hit by one). (TIP: Buy special large pegs designed to prevent towel blowing off sunbed). Largest pool unexpectedly easy to get into (not freezing). Good souvenir shop. Two table tennis tables (TIP: we took our own paddles and balls), volleyball, children’s play area, 2 pool tables (2 x 1 euro or 1 euro for one with smaller balls), table football (1 euro), air hockey and Tetra-type game. NEGATIVE: Souvenir shop closed without warning for about 5 days. Luckily I had already purchased two (very pretty, Spanish-style) hair clips and scarves. We put 1 euro (a few times) in Tetra-type game and found it was broken. Money back at reception but no-one put “Out of Order” and I’m sure others lost cash. Large pool good but crowded. Others less crowded but not as pleasant. (NOTE TO HOTEL: Ladies’ poolside toilets not great – including one where lock didn’t work. On one occasion I was desperate and the ladies’ was taken so tried the door to disabled loo … and walked in on someone using it as lock broken in there too). Room POSITIVE: We had rooms 1048 and 1050 in Almeria block near large swimming pool. Ground floor with large balcony. Pull-out washing airer rack for wet towels etc. 3 beds in each room (only two of us in each but third handy for putting things on). Plenty of wardrobe space and mirrors. Nice bathroom with hairdryer. TV – not many English channels but could get World News. (I preferred Spanish as trying to learn the language). Air-con fine but didn’t need it. NEGATIVE: Our room was great but don’t think we would have been as happy in rooms near other pool with tiny balconies, or those near entertainment (too noisy) or – perhaps the worst – rooms in Seville block ‘across the road’ (although very close). (TIP: We emailed in advance to request Almeria block near the large (new) swimming pool. I wonder if there is any difference in price). (NOTE TO HOTEL: Definitely feel inferior rooms should be cheaper). TV was set to come on too loudly so needed to turn it down immediately. Safe expensive. No fridge. Walls of room thin (seems to be common problem in hotels). Food POSITIVE: Fantastic choice –generally very good quality and flavoursome - not sure why some have found it ‘boring’. Great fish and meat options (some in sauces) and always either paella or noodle dish plus plenty of salad choices, veg, soup, bread, pizza, pasta, chips etc. Variety of cakes and fruit for dessert (plus ice cream or yoghurt). Breakfasts brilliant - a full English if you wanted it (minus the mushrooms). Sometimes crepes or chunky waffles available. I can’t imagine how anyone can feel dissatisfied with such a wide variety of food. (TIP: There’s an extra room with themed meals – Mexican, Italian etc. - turn left when you enter the restaurant. I’m sure some people are unaware of this). NEGATIVE: (NOTE TO HOTEL: Themed room could be better advertised). However, perhaps the worst thing – as others have said – was the busyness in the dining area. Bearable at 7pm but by 8.30 the queue was ridiculous (although to be fair it did move quite quickly). Food 4-star but dining experience 3-star as it was too noisy, crowded and no sense of finesse (e.g. no wine waiter as we have had in similar hotels and food waste trolleys were too close to the diners.) (NOTE TO HOTEL: Main problem is the layout. Cold counters should be separate from hot as many guests felt obliged to queue from the start (cold food) – despite only wanting hot dishes. Others ‘jumped in’ to hot food but it wasn’t clear whether you were supposed to or not). Toaster at far end took ages (TIP: toast bread as soon as you get in, then briefly warm up when ready to eat). (TIP: Although you’re not supposed to fill water bottles in dining room, people did. I think it’s OK as long as you don’t hold other people up). (NOTE TO HOTEL: Other negative was packed lunch could have been better - e.g. it would have been nice to have made-up rolls with ham and cheese rather than just sachets of pate and jam … and maybe a little cake rather than just fruit? Overall seemed a poor replacement for the wonderful lunch we were missing). Entertainment POSITIVE: Rifle shooting and archery were good. Evening entertainment (outside stage) varied. Best was probably the soul group on Saturday night. (Or the magician … although our view was obscured). Sons are way beyond kids’ disco age but it looked fun. NEGATIVE: (NOTE TO HOTEL: The music played around the hotel was too modern considering a large proportion of guests were middle aged and above. It would have been nice to hear some Elton John, Bowie, Queen, Beatles … anything other than ‘Bills’ by LunchMoney Lewis - especially with annoying chicken noises. Also I don’t think music is necessary in dining room at breakfast as there’s more than enough noise already). Music quiz could have been better organised so everyone could join in rather than just a few running up on stage. Staff POSITIVE: I’m amazed to read any complaints about the staff. Everyone we came across was pleasant, helpful and extremely hard-working. Very impressed by (and envious of) the ease with which they switched between languages. NO NEGATIVES All Inclusive Positive: Worked brilliantly for us. Our two teenage sons refuse to get up at normal breakfast time but didn’t go hungry as there was more food offered mid-morning. They also took advantage of the late night snacks (burgers etc.) … although one son said he would have liked some sweet food choices for late night (cakes etc.) Wine in restaurant drinkable. Bar rule of two drinks at a time worked perfectly as prevented queues. Generous measures of spirits. NEGATIVE: Cocktails although free didn’t taste great … and they’re never quite the same in a plastic cup. (TIP: I abandoned pina coladas and drank Malibu and pineapple which was lovely). Location POSITIVE: 2 bars nearby and San Pedro town only about 10 mins walk. (Sons walked to beach – about 5 mins I think). NEGATIVE: Buddies bar next-door had limited cocktails and we decided it wasn’t worth paying 7 euros when we had all inclusive at the hotel. Emerald bar looked OK but was empty. Trips/things to do POSITIVE: Free bus to Puerto Banus. Cheap buses to Estepona and Marbella (where the teenagers enjoyed La Canada shopping centre – line 1 bus from Marbella centre). We all enjoyed a pub quiz at The Hogan Stand (an Irish bar) on Avenida Luis Braille in San Pedro. (10-15 mins walk). Very well organised but poorly publicised (no sign outside). It’s held every Thursday starting at 8.15pm. NEGATIVE: Wish we’d known about the bus to Gibraltar for 12 euros return (mentioned below by Paulslater2). We paid 24 euros per person for our trip there which we booked at shop (come out of hotel and turn right). The extra amount for rock and monkeys or to see the dolphins seemed excessive so we didn’t bother. (NB this is nothing to do with the hotel as we booked at the shop – but I think the hotel/TUI trips were over-priced too). Nowhere to change cash in San Pedro (although later realised you could do it at hotel reception). Bus times are a bit hit and miss. Holiday in General POSITIVE: Great holiday (even the teenagers were happy). Coach transfers fine. Other guests generally pleasant and polite. Mixed nationalities but mainly Brits and French. Great weather – slightly too hot midday but evenings perfect. (TIP: If you go in July don’t bother packing a cardy/jacket for the evening). I know some people may struggle with the free Wi-fi as it’s limited in bedrooms but we had no problems using it in reception. Overall our holiday (booked with First Choice) was excellent value for money and would definitely recommend it. NEGATIVE: Wish there had been more Spanish guests as part of the appeal for me is to improve my Spanish. Also not keen on the English wording decoration in our room – prefer traditional Spanish style (and online photos of dining area before it was done up appeal to me more) … but others may like the modern look. Worst thing overall was dining room layout which is a shame as I know it’s been recently refurbished! (NOTE TO HOTEL: Maybe the snack bar/themed area could be better integrated into the main dining room to expand seating/serving space … or put the cold foods/desserts in there? Or maybe create an outdoor dining area?) However, I’ve given my review 5 stars as everything else (including an overall very happy atmosphere) made up for the less-than-ideal dining experience.
We spent two weeks here 7th to 21st June. Our second visit and really can't fault it, beautifully Spanish design, food is fabulous, really clean and the staff are so friendly.Especially the bar staff, quick to serve but still time for a joke and bit of fun, especially the lovely Manoli (my husband never did buy me the Mojito despite her telling him). We spent the first week with our daughters and grandson, really nice safe enclosed kiddies area, their room was near the bar area (really nice just like a typical Spanish square). Room had private little patio with gate (ideal for a two year old to nip in and out of room to watch his dvds) while we had a few slurps. He loved the kiddy disco and the entertainment staff were great with the kids. second week my sister and bro in law came over so we had a more grown up holiday. Cycled to Marbella (lovely and flat all the way along the seafront). Hotel shuttle bus to Puerto Banus so went to the market and another day shopping and walked back along the seafront. We danced salsa on San Pedro beach with about another 100 people as you do! All in all fab holiday we will definitely go back for a third visit.
Not going to harp on for too long, we have stayed in many hotels in the Costa,s this hotel is both beautiful and relaxing, I can see why it is not allocated the 4* but it is through no fault of their own!, in my opinion it is easily a 4* but they do not have the certain criteria to meet that! What this hotel does do and is brilliant at it, it gives you that amazing feeling of being away in Spain with its beautiful surroundings personal service, basically it's a little gem hidden away. Your only 20 mins walk to Peurto Banus, 10 mins walk to San Pedro, and 5 mins to the beach, yes it's on a duel carriageway but this is why you can walk to anywhere!, walk to San Pedro and you can get a bus to Gibraltar for only €12 return,the stop you want to go to is La linea and please book the return to make sure you get on the return, it only takes one hour and drops you off 3/5 mins from Gibraltar the 5 mins to walk through. The staff at the hotel were brilliant, entertainment, bar, restaurant. They really made this hotel and the Spanish experience, I Want to say a really big thank you to the hotel staff for such an amazing experience and cannot wait to return.
First off, we had booked a room for 3 and when we arrived our room only had 2 beds and they told us it was impossible that we had 3 in a room, however later added a bed to our room so was sorted quickly. The room was nice and spacious, air con was brill too. There was 2 big pools that were very nice and refreshing and plenty of sun beds- there was never a problem finding one! The bar and pool bar was good, quick and not huge queues. The staff at the bars were very friendly too. (Reception staff not so friendly!!) There was also a range of drinks available which was good. They also did big bottles of water for only one euro and did cups of still water as part of all inclusive. As for the food...breakfast was very good with every option possible, only downside was that some of the cereals were stale. Lunch and dinner were very similar to each other and on each day. We thought the food was bland and boring, and there was a couple of times where the meat wasn't cooked so look out for that! The weather was amazing, throughout each day there were plenty of activities for people to participate in, like the aqua gym which looked very good. And the staff that did these were extremely friendly and nice! The evening entertainment was so good for kids! Each night had a kids disco at 8pm then afterwards there was a different thing each night (e.g. a kareoke night) but not amazing for our group. For families and couples the entertainment was ideal! The hotel had mainly families with young kids and a fair few couples too so seems good for those partys. Our group was 3 18 year old girls, to get to puerto banus, which is where the clubs and bars are is an easy 5 minute taxi drive, and apparently was a great night. Some of the clubs were expensive to get into but had deals, for example one was €20 to get in then free drinks for an hour so it can be made up. Overall, our stay was good, cheap and ideal for what we were looking for. The only down side for us was the food.
This place is lovely, great pools and beautiful gardens. The only issue is the location. Although it's an all inclusive hotel we like to go out and have a look round shops and bars locally. There was one bar opposite - Buddies which was brilliant, and then about 3 shops with limited tourist fare and food. Just off the main road too which was a bit weird but I have to say when you're sitting round the pool you don't hear the traffic. Our room was very small, on the ground floor so no balcony, and bars at the window. We were a bit shocked at first but we decided we only sleep there so put up with it. Kept super clean by a very lovely maid but didn't have any where to dry wet towels or pool stuff. Overall we did have a fantastic holiday, met some great people and had a really good laugh. The food was good - especially the salad bar, always loads to choose from, and if you want it hotter there is a microwave above the ice cream freezer to warm things up. Drinks good and normally not too big a queue at the pool bar, we didn't try the indoor one. Entertainment team were lovely and always on the go, those guys really earn their money. Good shows in the evening and games to play in the day if you want to. If you're not bothered say no they don't mind. Perfect place to stay if you just want to chill by a pool for a week or so and the taxis into Marbella or Puerto Bannus are cheap.
A very good hotel more than worth the price we paid.Lovely architecture, good food with plenty of choice. Spotlessly clean with very good personel. The entertainment team is the best I have ever seen in any Club Hotel. Thank you William, Nikita, Emily, Luca and the rest. I would definitely recommend this hotel. A nice clientel too. Mostly British and then French, Dutch, Russians, Germans and (sadly) very few Spanish. Despite of being an AI hotel, there was nearly never a problem with drunk and/or aggressive people. I cannot find anything to complain about, but there is always room for improvement. So I have one suggestion: Outside the hotel, where people are waiting for the transfer, taxis or the shuttle bus, there is absolutely nothing to sit down. There is plenty of space to put some benches.
We have just returned from a week stay here with 3 teenagers. We requested rooms close together but not adjoining. There room was 5 along from ours. Perfect, thank you. Check in was speedy, friendly and efficient. Both rooms were spotless. Balcony was too small to use. No room for 2 people!! Always able to get a free table in the restaurant - even for 5 of us. Food was fresh and plentiful. Snack bar too was excellent. The Animation Team worked so hard. They honestly were wonderful. Without exception enthusiastic and friendly. Club dance was hilarious! Pool area was always clean and tidy. I think the only negative comment I need to make however, would be regarding the toilets near the pools. A lot of the time there was no toilet paper, floors were always wet and smelt strongly of urine, and for one day in particular tampon and sanitary wrappings were strewn around on the floor as there was no bin. I think this problem could have been solved by having them inspected often throughout the day. All in all a deserved 5 out of 5. I would go again.
I stayed at Cortijo Blanco for 11 nights from 28/6/17-9/7/17 with my husband. As previously mentioned by quite a few people one member of the reception team is extremely rude and was unhelpful when we first booked in. I think he expects you to know the layout of the hotel and the 'rules' governing what is and isn't acceptable. We had the misfortune to see him a couple of other times when asking queries and he was very abrupt and didn't seem to want to answer our queries! The other staff at the hotel were lovely and very helpful! The hotel has many different nationalities especially British, French and Dutch. The differences in the culture was very apparent especially when queuing in the restaurant! The bar queue was much better as the staff ensured everyone queued for their turn. The entertainment was not to our taste but we sat through a few evenings of torture. Mainly because unless you want to go drinking in the nearby bar there is nothing else to do on an evening. The food was really good and very tasty. Loads of different options every night but like with all inclusive hotel's it could get a bit 'samey'. I did have a couple of occasions where my meat wasn't cooked so please be careful and check your food (and your childrens food) before eating . This was especially obvious for the chicken kebabs as there was 4 pieces on my skewer that looked cooked from the outside but were raw near the stick. In fact on our way home we met a couple with some children who had been sick one day and thought it was down to the food, but that didn't happen to us. The hotel is on a busy road but where our room was situated we didnt hear any traffic and i didnt hear any comments for others complaining of traffic noise. There is a great bus route outside the hotel which takes you to Marbella and Puerto Banus (although the hotel also has a free service there and back to Puerto Banus a couple of times a day) we got the bus to Marbella one day and looked around the old town, which to be fair didnt seem that old as they have modernised parts of it and was much more expensive for drinks etc than other areas of Marbella. We also walked to Puerto Banus to look at the harbour which was great as the boats were incredible and some where massive , bigger than a row of terraced houses! We didnt see anyone famous but lots of wannabe stars! We went to Gibraltar which was interesting and cold on the day we went! Although we were warned customs can take a while we went through very quickly and smoothly. Be warned though on the way back you have to leave the coach with all your belonging and walk through customs showing your passport . The walk wasn't long but it was unexpected and most people had got settled for the ride back to the hotel. Gibraltar is worth a visit and you pay in sterling or by CC with no currency charges. The tobacco was £49 for 10 50 grams of golden Virginia which was on a par with the tobacconists in San Pedro but much cheaper than the local shop. The rock apes were very funny and when i was there didnt steal anything from anyone but we were warned this may happen and to be careful with our belongings. As per my title the holiday wasn't a beach one as the local beaches were very rocky and even the ones near Puerto Banus had numerous pebbles which were hard on my feet. We stayed around the pool for a couple of days and had no problems getting a bed and an umbrella. However be warned the winds can be quite strong and the umbrellas lift out of the bases and one day my husband was hit by 3 umbrellas as some people wouldnt put them down even when asked by the hotel staff. I understand that due to the heat people want to be outside in the shade but for the few hours that the wind was really bad if they didnt want sun on them they could have moved to the shady areas around the pool or bar. All in all i had a good relaxing holiday but i wouldnt return to Cortijo Blanco mainly because of the location and also i feel its more suited for a family.
On the whole this was a lovely hotel very central to get about we walked to Puerto Banus and walked along the harbour we walked to San Pedro where there is some lovely play parks. Just outside the hotel there is a few friendly local bars. The hotel is spotless clean everywhere you always see someone cleaning as mentioned in other reviews. The dining area is basic but you have to remember it is a 3* and a very good 1. We have not long come back from Mexico and stayed in a 5* which you expect to be a bit fancy. The staff work so hard to keep the tables clear in a busy restaurant. There is always plenty to eat with lots of choice yes they might run out of something at busy times but after a few minutes the tray is re filled. A very happy chef come out to see people with a lovely smile. A lovely older lady about my age took a shine to my granddaughter she wore a dark uniform can't remember her name. At busy times around 7.30-8pm it is busy with queues but you will always find a table and not queue long. People might complain about only being able to only get 2 drinks at the bar at any time but the alternative is having to queue behind someone who is getting 20 drinks. The service and drinks were very good. Some staff could smile more but they are always busy and patient with children. The pool areas are excellent never fault them and in the evening they are corned off with netting to make them safe. Always remember safety first my 3 year old granddaughter run off from me she thinks it is a game then her twin followed her both of them running around the outside of the pool I caught them as they came round again.(don't worry they were never out of sight for a second all the although they were wild at times) It is a very family friendly hotel the entertainment team William Nikita Emily the lovely Cuban guy and the others were excellent always if you saw them at 10am or midnight just fantastic friendly people a credit to the hotel. Go and join in the fun let the kids dance at the kids disco and you can join in later music on until 11.30 bar open until 12. The club song and dance Bills is fantastic William is the best with the chicken dance. They are just full of energy dressing up to entertain the children, getting the adults to join in if they want no pressure. Check on the board for day time activity it is sometimes on the stage and at 4.30 at the pool also volley ball by the kids pool. The kids splash pool and play park was excellent with a play hut as well to keep them cool this was also spotlessly clean. My only 2 points would be for staff to smile more it costs nothing pass it on if you smiled at them you usually got 1 back. The other point was the rude photography guy (I should have complained at the reception) I was watching my grandchildren just behind me when I heard him shout to me I did not turn round as my eyes were on the children when I did turn round he said "so you did hear me then" I said I was watching the children he then tried to pressure us for having a photo we are 50+ not really bothered about a photo. I know he was doing his job but lose the attitude. A lovely hotel with lovely rooms my daughter was given a room next door to us which was brilliant thank you. The reception team were very helpful always giving advice.
10 day all inclusive holiday with a 13 and 17 year old. Returned on 1st July 2017. I have nothing negative to say about the hotel other than the bedding could have been changed more often. However, the rooms were cleaned every day and the towels changed. Most rooms have a front and back balcony. The ones near the main stage can be a bit noisy but the entertainment finishes around eleven. They have hairdryers and you get a small pack with soap, toothpaste etc on arrival. There is a good selection of food in the buffet restaurant. There are drink dispensers for wine, beer and soft drinks. It does get busy at times but as it is open for three hours for breakfast, lunch and dinner there is scope to go at quieter times. When that is closed, there is a smaller restaurant with self service snacks like toasties and things. Service at the bar was very good. Friendly staff and guests form an orderly queue to get served. Drinks are dispensed in plastic cups. Not as nice as glass but you can understand why. There is a large pool and a slightly smaller one. I did not use the large one but it was usually easy to get a sun bed at the smaller pool. The pool closes around seven in the evening and does not open until ten the next morning. The hotel runs a shuttle bus to Peurto Banus a few times a day. And to San Pedro market on a Thursday. Both are well worth seeing. A taxi to Marbella was 16 Euro but there are half hourly buses running past the hotel. The beach is nothing to write home about but there is a nice walk along the promenade to San Pedro with several restaurants on the way. We took a trip to Gibraltar and a tour of the rock for 50 Euro each. This was well worth it. Trips are cheaper when booked from the English lady who stands outside the small supermarket across from the hotel. Have a beer in Buddies or the Emerald bar if you want a break from the hotel. All in all a great holiday.
- Free buffet breakfast
- Free WiFi in public areas
- Free parking
- Onsite dining
Located in San Pedro de Alcantara within a mile (2 km) of Church of San Pedro, Globales Cortijo Blanco is within 2 miles (3 km) of Basilica Vega Del Mar. This 3-star hotel has 311 rooms and welcomes guests with free breakfast, an outdoor pool, and free self parking. Also close to this Marbella hotel are Centro Plaza and El Corte Ingles Shopping Center.
Free buffet breakfast is included with your stay. You can enjoy a drink at the bar/lounge or visit the onsite restaurant for a bite to eat.
Globales Cortijo Blanco's 311 rooms provide balconies and phones. Flat-screen TVs come with satellite channels, and WiFi keeps guests connected. Bathrooms offer free toiletries and bidets.
At Globales Cortijo Blanco, guests enjoy an outdoor pool, a children's pool, and free WiFi in public areas. A stay here includes free parking. The front desk has multilingual staff standing by 24 hours a day to assist with concierge services and securing valuables. Other amenities at this family-friendly hotel include a business center, an arcade/game room, and a terrace.
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