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“"More like a 3 star at best"”
Review of KN Matas Blancas

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KN Matas Blancas
Ranked #15 of 27 Hotels in Costa Calma
Reviewed 13 August 2012

We booked for one week full board plus at the Best Age Fuerteventura. After reading the reviews about a 'hidden gem' and 'marvellous selection of food' we were expecting this having stayed in many 4/5 star hotels before. The hotel was very dated in some areas even though it said it had been recently been renovated and the windows at the front of the hotel could have done with a clean. If you do decide to stay here I would recommend asking for a suite on the ground floor overlooking the pool, these rooms seem to have been renovated unlike the room we had on the 3rd floor overlooking the tennis court. As the previous review stated there did seem to be a strange smell around the hotel. Rooms are not cleaned on a Wednesday or Sunday.

The hotel is situated at the top of a slope with a 15-20min walk to the beach. However you do have to walk past some wasteland to the right which smells a lot as it is used as a toilet area for the local dogs.

I would say that the breakfast had the most selection of food available. Lunch was very limited in selection- 5 hot trays of food-chips,veg,meat,fish, salad, fruit, icecream. Dinner was an extension of the lunch menu.

We would say that it was more of a 3 star hotel at best and would not stay here again, the hotels along the sea front which where also 4 stars seemed a lot nicer.

On the plus side the staff were very friendly and always willing to help and the pool area was very clean. You can take the free hotel bus to the beach and enjoy a walk along the beach which can take from 1-2hours.

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 August 2012 via mobile

The structure was really old and decadent, rooms large but very badly furnished, a very bad smell in the elevators and in the principal ways that bring to the room ( probably chemical products? ) breakfast, dinner and lunch very poor with a variety of "low quality" products: fruit juices first of all was really awful. The only nice thing was the reception personal: very well educated and accomodating. All the rest was horrible.

  • Stayed: August 2012
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1  Thank Dani1981Milano
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Reviewed 6 August 2012

The hotel was kept immaculate by lots of busy staff. All the staff were wonderful, nothing was too much trouble, they were proud to be able to help. The majority of staff were multi lingual and put us to shame as we, in the main are only english speaking. I met lots of friendly people of different nationalities and ages. I would recommend this hotel, but would point out that I was sold the holiday as an over 50s hotel, which it is not. There were more 18 to 40s than 50 + and while I was there the wind and kite surfing world cup was in full flow, further round the bay at the playa esmerelda ( which was breathtakingly beautiful ). As a consequence, come friday evening the spanish youth descended on the hotels en mass for three days to party at night at the venue! I am told there were 4,500 youths at the gig each night in two massive marquees! Overall I had a very pleasant stay and would discount the negatives and definately go back again, hopefully next January. Didn't use the pool so won't rate it. The beaches were to good to stay away from!

Room Tip: saw a revue that recommended room 208 to 218 for views etc. requested and got room 208 which was gre...
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  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 28 July 2012

We visited The Best Age Hotel from 16 July 2012 to 27 July 2012 on half board and an excellent time we had.
The hotel is on the top of a hill so you can see costa calma, this was our first visit to costa calma so we weren’t sure what to expect, however we did read the trip adviser reviews before we went. If you are not so good at walking then the location may be an issue however if like us we walked down to the beach and caught a taxi back to the hotel from sotavento where there is a taxi rank. The cost varied from 2.50 to 2.75 (euro) the difference in price is if the taxi has to turn around further up the road as some of the area of costa calma is one way traffic.
When we landed at Fuerteventura airport we were met by a woman who advised us of the transport/transfer to the hotel, I think the cost was 27.00 euro return. A Taxi from the airport to The Best Age Hotel is 69.00 euro one way so it’s best to arrange a transfer.
The journey to The Best Age Hotel took about 50 mins, the landscape is very different to any we have seen before, one minute you are in a town the next it’s like the Wild West with mountains and open landscape, very barren indeed.
When we arrived at the hotel, the reception area is quite large with seating areas where wifi can be obtained free of charge, there is also a computer in the reception should you want to go on the internet at a charge of 1 euro for 10 minutes. At the far end of the reception there is a bar which is open from 8pm till 12 midnight. You can sit with your drinks and look out over costa calma for a relaxing night.
We stayed in suite 121 (sena) for all our stay; all the suites are named and themed. The suite consists of 2 couches/suites, television, table, fridge, drawers, lamp in one area, air conditioning. Your bedroom is in the next area with the walk in wardrobe to the right which has your safe in at a cost of 21 Euro for our 11 night stay and to the left is your bathroom, shower, bath, toilet, hair dryer. You don’t need much more than that; your patio area has a table and 2 chairs and 2 sun loungers. Towels can be obtained from reception at a price of 10.00 euro’s; on return of the towel you receive a 9 euro refund.
On tripadvisor I got the feeling it would be mainly older people using the hotel, this was not the case, in fact I would say it was slightly in the favour of younger couples/single male and females probably around 30+ years of age however a number of younger couples in their early 20s were there during our stay.
Housekeeping is not done Wednesday & Sunday for the rooms.
Market day is Wednesday and Sunday, it’s an African Caribbean Market which is about 400 yards away from the hotel on some open land, you will see the metal frames to your left when walking past.
Animation/Activities, we tried a few of these, Victoria was great she dealt with all these, Yoga, fitness class, shooting (pellet gun), bowls or whatever it’s called where you through the steel ball at a small ball. Plus others but I can’t remember them.
The Tennis court is half size, table tennis, pool/billiards; squash are also all close together.
There is a shop in the hotel where you can buy most things, but not newspapers. Chocolate bars were 1 euro, twix, bounty etc, chrisps/chipps 1.85 to 2.85 euro, water you can get 1 litre 1 euro or 60 cents for a smaller bottle. Tropical is the local beer, 1 can of tropical 1.25 euro, a nice beer indeed. To save cash we went to the local supermarket where you can buy these for 55 cents each and put them in your fridge. A night on your terrace for 7 euro 12 cans.
Nudist Area/Nudista, this is a very nice area if you use it, I did quite a number of times, it’s quite private, there are a couple of areas of shade, i.e. shelters with two mattresses in each shaded area, and around 10 sunbeds on the roof, the most I saw up there was about 8 people with a mix of Couples, sole female and sole males.
Sauna/Steam Room/Jacuzzi My partner is not into nudism, however the first time we visited this area to use the steam room there was naked people using both the sauna and steam room so we opted to use the Jacuzzi instead, around 8 people can fit in the Jacuzzi, it’s all in the same area and anyone that came out of the sauna/steam room covered up with a towel during our stay. So if you are offended by nudity don’t go in them, my tip is to go around lunch time and you won’t have any problems with naked people. This is a clothes optional area; however you must wear a towel.
Pool area, 3 pools in total all outside, very pleasant indeed and not cold at all, one of the best things I liked about this hotel pool area was no towels on the sunbeds, you didn’t need too, the hotel was full when we were there and there was plenty of room.
The breakfast was continental and English where bacon eggs beans and scrambled eggs, toast etc. were all on offer, different varieties of bread, yogurt, and pancakes.
Lunch, there is a bar and food area near the pool where afternoon lunch is served, 10.00 euro per person for lunch, we bought a cheese sandwich/toastie (i.e spain) which came with chips for 2.80 euro. The staff will make you what you want if you don’t want a main meal, or a light snack etc. Opening hours 11.00am till 6.00pm however the food stops at 3.00pm.
Restaurant, the restaurant was interesting to say the least; some meals were brilliant, world class even. My main concern was some of the food mainly the mushrooms were luke warm/cold on one occasion but in the main very good food indeed. The heat lamps just did not do their job, I did mention this. Overall the fish was great; meatballs were out of this world, they were just so light, amazing. Apparently pork/fish are two of their main dishes on the island, this came from someone we met on holiday who lived on the island but stayed at the best age for a couple of days for a break. They were cooked beautifully. If you are a vegetarian there is 3 different courses every evening however there is plenty of salad, pasta, etc. , soup is available but this was not always vegetarian. Restaurant opening times 6.30pm till 9.00pm evening meal.
Your breakfast, your drinks are free, tea, coffee, juice, milk etc. You have to pay for your evening meal drinks unless you paid on booking to include your evening meal drinks. We paid for ours; wine was 2.75 euro for a glass, water 2.00 euro for a bottle which was about 3.5 glasses full, beer 3.00 euro pint, half pint/glass 2.00 euro, bottles of wine around 14.00+ euros. You pay for your drinks at the end of your stay or later that evening or the following day as they give you a receipt for what you have had and are then added to the computer on your room number, please note no price is on this slip.
Costa calma beach is 10 to 15 mins walk away; once on it you can walk for miles, if you turn right or south you will see the surf hut then the beach bar a few hundred yards further down on the beach, the beach bar cost us 3.00 euro for two coffees.
There are a few shops at sotavento which is around a 5 minute walk further up the hill from the main roundabout. Car rental kiosk, tobacco shop, supermarket, camera shop, a few bars, a bank and a few other shops. The taxi rank is very close to the shops.
We visited Morro Jabel on the bus, 2.50 euro each, each way. It took about 20 minutes, there were plenty of shops to look at and the beach is fantastic.
The hotel cat, was fun, we called it Ninja as it always snook up on you and laid under our sunbed or meowed to tell us it wanted a drink..
Our tip would be get a suite as they are close to everything, they are a maximum 150 yards from everything in the hotel, the only downside is you can just see the sea when stood on the private terrace.

Room Tip: Our tip would be get a suite as they are close to everything, they are a maximum 150 yards from ever...
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  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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14  Thank Graham N
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Reviewed 26 July 2012

I stayed in the hotel for 7 days, overall I have a positive experience. The room was clean, lovely bathroom......now yes the pool was a bit cold but when you wanna cool down from the heat its perfect. I really enjoyed the spa and the sauna, just found a bit annoying the fact that I had naked old people walking around to the jacuzzi....I know its a spa but it wasnt a nice experience.
The b'fast was ok just the usual food didnt went for lunch and the dinner was ok too. Enjoyed the activitys with Viktoria from the animation and the lovely coctails from Federico. All the stuff was very helpful and they all are speaking english, french, german....spanish
I general very positive experience for a great value.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled solo
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3  Thank pata181
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Reviewed 24 June 2012

stayed at this hotel form the 9th june-16th june and i couldn't fault it at all,from the moment we arrived we were treated really well,food was brought to our room as we didn't arrive till after 9.30pm,we had a pool view which was lovely,the staff were all fantastic with us!!! Frederico,Sina,Bari,Victoria and even the couple from the little shop!!!
We would certainly go back for the peace and quiet (no kids allowed),...
The rooms were clean and nothing was too much trouble for any of the staff if you had a problem.
Just be very careful of the burning winds they are very deceiving....got very burnt myself!!!

Room Tip: ground floor pool view.
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  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank sandra r
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Reviewed 20 June 2012

My friend and I just spent 10 days at this wonderful place. We just needed to have a break from work, the men, the kids and the daily routine and wind down. We did just that. If you are looking for a quiet wonderful chill out then this is the place. The place is spotless and the staff are very professional and very polite and attentive. Be careful on the spa floor as it does become very slippery when wet. There were young couples, friends, ladies on their own, gents on their own, middle aged couples all staying at the resort. Thank you Federico, Jose, B sorry I don't know how to spell the name of the lovely waiter in the white shirt who served us most of the time and looked after us very well as did all the staff from the chamber maid to the housekeepers to the pool guys, the chef, hope I havent missed anyone. I have been telling everyone about our fantastic time there. Only ten minutes walk to the beach. Market twice a week. Bars and restaurants close by if you wanted to venture outside the hotel. Supermarket down the road.
Fab Fab Fab Sue and Sue room 309 - we will be back xx

Room Tip: Any but over looking the pool is especially nice. I would go for the 1st or 2nd floor overlooking th...
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5  Thank Sue M
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Address: Calle Punta Pesebre 6 | Urb Mirador del Río, 35627 Costa Calma, Pajara, Fuerteventura, Spain (Formerly Best Age Fuerteventura)
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Region: Spain > Canary Islands > Fuerteventura > Jandia Peninsula > Pajara > Costa Calma
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Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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#2 Best Value Hotel in Costa Calma
#8 Spa Hotel in Costa Calma
#11 Luxury Hotel in Costa Calma
Price Range: £45 - £95 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — KN Matas Blancas 4*
Number of rooms: 202
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