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Apartamentos Vista Blanes
Ranked #34 of 57 Hotels in Ciutadella
Dundee
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“Great holiday”
Reviewed 17 July 2013

We have just had a lovely holiday at Vista Blanes appartments. Basic but spacious and comfortable apartments and very clean. The pool area was lively with lots of families and kids enjoying themselves and joining in the organised activities. We enjoyed the complex. There was plenty of space for everyone to relax and chill out in the sun and the nearby beach and the lovely beach bar were great. Vista Blanes is a quiet area with just a few restaurants. That suited us fine but if we wanted a more livlier time we went to Los Delphines which is a 10/15 minute walk away with more choice of bars and restaurants there. There is a great bus service into the beautiful old city of Cuitadella. Wonderful history and architecture, restaurants and bars. Menorca is a beautiful island and we look forward to going back again.

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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Derby, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 17 July 2013

Just returned from a week at the Vista Blanes apartments. The check in was performed cheerfully and efficiently (although we didn't get the high room we thought we had booked-ended up on ground floor).
The rooms are a bit tired and dated, as we expected from a 2 key complex, but have most things you'd need kitchen-wise; kettle, toaster, microwave, hobs, pots&pans and an iron. One thing missing though- no TV (I know you don't go away to watch telly, but we're both learning Spanish so find it handy having the Spanish channels on in the background). Depending on what site you look at, the apartments feature a TV and there's supposed to be free Wi-Fi in the public areas. On asking at reception about these issues, we were told that TVs have to be rented (at €6 per day) but they hadn't got any left till mid week, and wifi used to be free, but not any more.

The on site shop is surprisingly well stocked and priced- the majority of people were buying drinks from there instead of the bar whilst sitting around the pool (€0.95 for large can of San Miguel)!

The snack bar was pretty good too, offering a decent menu at a reasonable price and the pool is very clean and well kept, though not as big as it looks-very shallow around all the edges making actual swimming only possible across one section in the middle. Lots of sun loungers available as well.

A couple of minutes walk and you were at Cala'n Blanes beach, which is fine and has a handful of bars and restauarants, but we prefer the cove at Cala'n Forcat (the main resort, with lots of bars, restaurants and shops) which is only about 20 minutes walk away.

The worst thing about the room (2.112) was the fact that there was no air conditioning (we knew this in advance though) and the bedroom was absolutely stifling at night. The ceiling fan barely caused a hint of cool air. No combination of windows/doors open/closed made any difference. I heard another couple refer to their room as a 'Sweatbox'.

All in all, not a bad place, especially if you go at the beginning or end of the season when the weather cools off slightly. Seems very family orientated with a kids club etc.

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 16 July 2013 via mobile

Just returned from a family holiday at vista blanes & it was great. Rooms are basic & clean , pool is good sized with kids club & daytime activities like water polo & football. Only 2 mins from small cove beach with many more within walking distance.Live entertainment 3 nights a week , we saw 2 acts which were ok.The hotel supermarket is well stocked & cheaper than local supermarkets. Special mention to the nightshift watchman who never stops & is really friendly. As stated its about a 15 min walk to the pubs & resturants & we really enjoyed the food at castaways. The place to be at night is jimmy hills which has tribute acts every night , whitney & lady gaga were the best.This is a great place for relaxing as all is quiet after midnight but if u want a night out its only a short walk away. Hope to return next year !!

  • Stayed July 2013
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Gorleston-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 12 July 2013

This was the 9th year we have visited the Vista Blanes Apartments. We return each year because we really like the location and the Apartments, which we find basic, but very clean and well maintained. The local area appears to be suffering from the recession though and a lot of businesses have closed. The complex nearby that used to have a Good Chinese, a Chippy and Churchills, is completely closed down now, except for the Car Hire Office, with Churchills closing since last year.

This however has not affected the Apartments which continue to thrive, with lots of holiday makers on return trips that we have met over several years. Mr Bep's in the next complex is still thriving and doing an excellent 3 course evening meal for 8 Euro's each, this includes Bread and a Glass of Wine or Sangria. The local beach is a bonus too, although the sunbeds are still very expensive and normally at least half are empty because of this. 18 euros a day for 2 beds and an umbrella is a bit over the top even more so now with less visitors. A lower cost would earn the local council more as they would all be used.

The resort of Forcat though has suffered really bad, with restaurants and bars closed, which is being put down to more complexes changing to All Inclusive. I can understand people wanting to go all inclusive especially when they have children, but please don't forget the local businesses otherwise there will be nothing to go back to.

The walk to Ciutadella along the coast is a must for all, it takes my Wife and I about and hour to walk in now with a couple of stops, but we are now in our 60's/70's.

We hope to return again next year.

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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 10 July 2013

We returned back to Vista Blanes this year after a fantastic week last year, this time bringing our daughter and granddaughter (Grandson came last year).
Apartments clean, we had a large 2 bedroom excellent in size and with two bathrooms, receptionist friendly and shop good.
However Thomson poor, for what we paid and I booked after returning last year ( with free Child Place) I cannot justify their costs, I know they have a Kids club but when we arrived they had mixed all ages together, not suitable for children age 3 years – 12 years of age to be in the Kids club room together. This year they seemed to have a lot of pay for activities and if you did not payt he children could not go on that day. One day was cancelled as staff not available- Thomson charge over £500 more than anyone else and to me that is extravagant just for the privilege of a kids club!
Last year the children had early evening entertainment with mini disco etc. provided by Vista Blanes themselves– nothing this year! (That’s what my Grandson went back for; he made lots of friends and enjoyed the dancing).
On a plus side the pool and surrounding area are very well maintained and the pools themselves clean. Again downside is no toilet facilities around the pool area, (you cannot go through the bar area if you are wet), with two young children aged 3 & 7 going back to your room on the 3rd floor was tricky at times to say the least.

Mr Beps was as good as ever for the food and they all love the children.
Would we go back next year, unlikely- although we love Menorca will look at other areas of the Island.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 30 June 2013

We have just returned from vista blanes hotel in. Menorca I took my two grandchildren age 10 and12 for two weeks it was the worst holiday ever the rooms are very dated and ours was dirty kitchen door was hanging off patio area was all broken could not sit on. It bed was only changed once in ten days had to ask for toilet rolls nothing for kids to do to old for kids club astrid the entertainer was lovely but had very limited equipment for any activities football pitch was concrete to dangerous to play on it was a good twenty minute walk to get decent meal and any thing to do as I am 70 yrs old my legs were very painful I had had enough and paid 500 pounds to come home 4 days early Thomson needs to drop this hotel well below their standards would never go back to menorca hated it

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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
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durham, england
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Reviewed 27 June 2013

Just returned from a week's holiday at these self catering apartments with my friend, my daughter and my 8 year old granddaughter. Our apartment was basic and a little bit tired looking but for the price we paid was adequate. However, we only had towels/ sheets changed once when Thomsons clearly state this would happen twice. We ran out of toilet roll and asked daily at Reception where we were given one a day. Our apartment was overlooking the pool but we were not too bothered by the noise from the pool or the bar although things may step up in July and August. The Kids Club was great as was the pool for children, my granddaughter loved it and made some new friends. We were a little disappointed with the Menorcan food we sampled but for those who want it there are plenty of food outlets serving chips with everything, we just wanted to try some local food. Perhaps we tried the wrong places. All in all, we enjoyed our break and I would go back to Menorca with my husband but to a quieter site.

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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
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Property: Apartamentos Vista Blanes
Address: Cala en Blanes, s/n | Urbanizacion Calan Blanes, 07760 Ciutadella, Minorca, Spain
Region: Spain > Balearic Islands > Minorca > Ciutadella
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool
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Ranked #34 of 57 Hotels in Ciutadella
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Hotel Class:2 star — Apartamentos Vista Blanes 2*
Number of rooms: 192
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