Stayed in this hotel for one week from 24th August. Chose the hotel based on resort, price and other reviews on tripadvisor.
First point - if you intend to travel to this resort during mid to late August it will not be quiet due to the festival. We were already aware of the festival when we booked but had no idea how loud or close it would be. When the street festivities end there is some sort of open air disco starts around midnight and unfortunately this is right at the back of the hotel. The music goes on (very bad and very loud) until around 6am. Sleep is only possible if you have ear plugs and have made full use of the all inclusive drinks! Luckily for us we only overlapped the last two days of the festival but I think if you were there for longer / had kids with you it could be a real headache. It also meant the restaurants were very busy and getting a table without a reservation was difficult.
Transfers - we booked a private transfer through Travel Republic. This was £66 a return but worth it (I think if we had went for shared shuttle we would have probably went via Corralego hotels). Transfers were bang on time would definitely use them again.
Hotel itself - clean and pool area is spacious and well maintained. They have some policy in operation where your room in not cleaned day after arrival. Not really a big deal but we had to ask about it as I like towels changed daily at least. Room was cleaned (and towels changed) daily after that except one day just before we left when maid seemed to miss our room.
Hotel food - I can only echo most of the previous comments. The food is edible but bland. My biggest issue (also mentioned on other reviews) is that they seem to struggle to keep the food warm. Yes, a microwave is provided but I don't expect to have to taste the food, realise it's cold then run to the microwave to reheat it. I have never been to another hotel where they have a chef show cooking but doing it in batches then leaving it to get cold - seems pointless. The restaurant also has a very canteen feel to it. No ambience, or attempt at it.....even for evening dinner not a candle or anything on the table. As other reviews have mentioned - there are some great, reasonably priced restaurants in this resort if you budget in for eating out a few nights.
Drinks are served during the day at the pool bar then during the evening from a marquee where the entertainment is held. As other reviewers have pointed out, drinks are definitely not watered down although the pre-made cocktails from the machine are vile (avoid).
Entertainment - we attended one night and that was enough. It's a very difficult thing to balance entertainment for all age groups and this hotel is no different to others we have visited where entertainment is provided. It ended up a mixture of kiddies disco / name that tune for the adults.
Would I go back or recommend? If you want a quiet, non commercialised resort then this is for you. Hotel, yes - so long as you don't expect al a carte dining you won't be too disappointed. To be honest for the extra we paid between all inclusive and the room only rate it was a no brainer to take all inclusive.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Cotillo Beach, located in the paradise area of El Cotillo, Fuerteventura. 3 star Hotel, is a few meters from the El Toston Beach. The Hotel has a spacious outdoor area with pool, sun loungers and parasols. It has spacious rooms overlooking the pool, and fully equipped. Cotillo Beach Hotel has a restaurant with a large and varied buffet with international cuisine, where we offer half board and all-inclusive options is available. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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- Hotel Cotillo Beach El Cotillo, Fuerteventura