I guess my 1st review was rejected. Maybe too long? I'll try again. We were at Blanca for 1 week, July 6th-July 13th. Stayed in Building 3.
Staff: I felt bad for the staff. They were friendly but looked overworked and tired. I guess when you have to deal with multiple languages, it can be stressful. The staff was ok to me but did some other customers lose their temper with the staff.
Rooms: as stated in other reviews, ACs are very outdated and barely work. Average temperature in my room was 75F. Bed was ok. TV was an old 14" tube tv but that didn't bother me for I never turned it on. Loved the bathroom -- very tall shower head. yes!
Food: Average and bland but hey.....it's an all inclusive so don't expect 4 star cuisine.
Pool/Beach: Awesome. Beach and pool was great. Nicely maintained. Note: to get a first row chairs on the beach - you will need to get out there around 6am to save some chairs. yes, you will have people dance for money or buy things but no big deal.
Amenities: It's sad this property "nickel and dime" you. Really? Not only pay for Wifi but only have it in the lobby? Every night the lobby would be full of people using Wifi. Can't sit down (there's usually a nice cool breeze) and the line to the super small bar was long! Also pay for a room safe? I know it's only $2 but still? The night time activities were average. Good dancing groups but after a while, dancing can be so much fun to watch.
Tip: The staff and bartenders don't get paid too much so please tip them every once in a while. I would tip the bartender every so often but would be surprised to see people ordering many drinks without tipping! Also, by the pool, do not sit near the towel area for you will get harassed in buying a trip or adventure.
I agree with others -- until the upgrade the entire property to the 21st century, spend a few more $$ and go to another resort. Feel free to ask me any questions.
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- Also Known As:
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