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Bristol Playa Appartments, Corralejo, Fuerteventura The Bristol Playa Appartments are an All Inclusive / Half Board accomodation situated on a small beach near the harbour Corralejo. There's plenty to do in the complex for the kids and adults. I have stayed there 3 times. The best thing about this complex is it's location, being only 10 mins form town centre. Also 3 of the best surfing breaks on the island(Harbour Wall, Shooting Gallery and Lobos) are all close to the complex, which makes it ideal for surfers.
Bristol Playa - Good location and lovely resort
We have just returned from the Bristol Playa, Corralejo after a 2 week break. We had a great time, it was a good location and a lovely resort. Our apartment was very clean and the staff were very friendly. There were 5 of us in our 2 bedroom apartment (3 adults, 2 teenagers) which we felt was quite small compared to other 2 bedroom accommodation we have experienced elsewhere. The kitchen was tiny, virtually no worktop space, which was a shame. All the 2 bedroom apartments are on the top floor so it can be a bit of a hike upstairs if any of your party is elderly. Our apartment was on Block G. We had a great view looking across the sea from our balcony, watching the ferries come and go to Lanzarote. Lovely looking onto in the morning having breakfast but could be a bit breezy at night as we were at the gable end. The pool area was lovely and well kept and very clean.
The waterpark is about 30 minutes walk away and there is a market on Mondays & Fridays from 10am-2pm just next door to the waterpark and is worth a visit. We took a trip to Lanzarote on the ferry (Fred Olsen) which takes about 15-20mins. It was a bit expensive but on arriving in Lanzarote there is a free ferry bus which waits for you and takes you to where you want to go, the two stops were Accerife and Puerto del Carmen which were both nice places to visit, Puerto del Carmen was more commercial and a bit hilly but worth a visit. We walked to the sand dunes one day but it took us nearly 2 hours to get there by foot and we only discovered on our last day that a no 6 bus takes you there. Well worth a visit.
One of our highlights of the holiday was an Atlantic tour which costs 12 euros and was worth every penny. It was hilarious from start to finish. If you book for this make sure you get Barni as your tour operator and Francisco as your driver - Barni is Swedish and together with Francisco they are the best double act ever. We were in stitches with them both. It was a great day out.
We found in Corralejo there were lots of nice restaurants, the food was great and the prices were reasonable too. Our favourite restaurants were Don Camillo, Poco Loco, La Terraza (which is down the side street of Poco Loco), La Tasca and La Cantina Mexicana (situated in the Plaza shopping centre) and the Steakhouse (which is raised above the main street), all lovely and good portion sizes. We had a great time - hope you do too.
Huge seafood platter, order for two - feed four
Most of the seafood restaurants in Corralejo are in and around the old town harbour. This one is next to the Bristol Playa hotel a little further out from the town centre.
Its a family run place, andvery loud and typically spanish, no frills just great local seafood at very cheap prices. Its very popular with the locals, so during busy times (8-10pm) you may have to wait a while for a table. The mixed seafood platter.
Huge variety of local fish and shellfish (not for sqeamish as head & tails are still where they should be). great value and more than plenty for a couple of hearty eaters
I have just returned yestoday from the bristol playa (stayed a week 21-28). My stay in the bristol playa was very pleasant. The reception are very helpful and so are your reps which are present alot to drop by and speak to. The rooms in themselves are clean and maintained to a high standard. In feurteventura there are no police about at all, that is why all appartments including the bristol playa are watched by security 24 hours a day. All staff and people in genral are very polite. I must add there is a mini supermarket located downstairs which comes in very much help for nearly everythink including english newspapers. On your first or second day when you meet your rep you are also given a booklet where it explains trips around fuerteventura or you could go to lanzarote for the day which i chose to do. This is a great way of going on holiday in a holiday, the purpose of my trip was going shopping in lanzarote where there a well known shops with cloths at tax free prices ( quicksilver, zara, mango the list goes on). So overall the bristol playa is a brilliant resalt and i highly recommend.
An enjoyable new years break
We have just returned from a week at the Bristol Playa. We found our stay to be quite pleasant and really enjoyed ourselves. We stayed in the apartments and found them to be basic but spotless and clean. The maid service was excellent and the apartment was cleaned near enough every day with towels changed every other day. The only gripe we had was that we were situated in Block C which is next to a busy main road. From 7am every morning it was like sleeping at the side of the M1 motorway!!
The apartment had everything you needed eg toaster, microwave and a good set of crockery, cutlery and cooking utensils. The shower was hot and powerful and there was just enough hot water for 2 people. There was a TV with satellite but not many english channels.
The staff were very friendly and helpful and spoke very good english. On one of the days we had a power cut in our apartment and after ringing reception to enquire about the problem, a member of staff was knocking on our door within minutes. It appeared that the problem was down to a toaster and within 10 minutes the member of staff was knocking on our door with a replacement toaster.
The pool area was very clean and inviting. We can't comment on the temperature on the water but there were plenty of people in it every day so I guess it was OK. You had to get up at the crack of dawn to get a sunbed because if you left it late, you wouldn't have got one. Same old story, towels reserved on sunbeds and these were the english!!
The Bristol Playa is situated in an ideal location for all ages. It's pretty central for everything. You could walk to the harbour in 10 minutes. The nearest supermarkets were also 10 minutes away. All the bars and restaurant were 15 minutes away and as we were there for new years eve the resort itself was buzzing. The weather was hot and sunny every day. The only problen being an icy cold wind that seemed to blow all the time making it rather chilly if you were in the shade and especially at night.
All in all we both had an enjoyable time at the Bristol Playa.
A week of pure bliss
Just arrived back on Thursday from Corralejo. It rates as one of my top three holidays which is good as it wasnt our main holiday ! just a break before xmas.
We stayed at the Bristol Playa, very clean and tidy and the staff where all very nice. only problem was they had a problem with very small black flies (we had to get a can of fly spray and spent 1/2 hour every evening getting rid of them. but apart from that hotel was great.Pool area was fantastic (salt water) and a bit cold .
The island itself was excellent! we hired a car for three days to explore the island and it was well worth it ! From great hide away beaches and shack(El Cotillo) best day . to the miles of sand in the south (full of Germans, no problem with Germans though!) to the small towns and villages .broke the holiday up and made the £89.00 for three days with insurance well worth it really.
The resturants and bars in Corralejo where good for eating and drinking, Ela's Bar on the harbour for English Breakfast was the best, the chinese where quite good, overall best meal was at Avendi (spanish resturant) in back streets just behind the bristol playa. was very busy everynight and people waiting up to 1/2 hour for table(tells its own story), Tio Barnby poor meal all the meat was stringy.
I heard the previous person mention about feeling a bit unsafe at night! I must admit that on our first night walking through the back streets of the old town it does seem a bit dark and intimidating! but i must be honest and say we got used to it and never had any problems at all.(apparently they have had an invasion of immigrants over the last couple of years from morocco) and this seems to be the area they have all moved to.
Overall we had a fantastic weeks holiday and would recommend it.(barry& Jeanie) Cheshire England
A great place to stay at
We have just returned from a 10 day break at te Bristol Playa, we found the facities, location, staff and rooms excellent. We had a great room No 172 overlooking the beach front, most of the rooms overlook the sea or the pool. I would advise if you are booking the apartments separately from a tour operator then just arrive without paying in advance for a transfer as it will cost you approx £45.00 euros in a cab which is cheaper. Lots of cabs at the airport or if you where wanting to drive then the roads are in excellent condition, it is a 30 minute drive into Correlejo. The apartments are a lovely 10 minute walk into the heart of the town, but the walk along the promenarde is great day or night and we felt safe. The rooms where big, cooking utensils adequate for self catering and maid service every day except for Thursdays and Sundays. The bar is open from 19.00pm until 1.00am every night with entertainment, not bad singers but good enough for a last couple of drinks. The swimming pool is lovely, very big and ideal for kids with a life guard on duty daily, enough sunbeds to go around but you have to get up early to get one if the sun is out. Some great bars and restaurants in the town, there is a monthly mag which gives you a map of all the bars and where they are, we went to a great bar for a good breakfast, english owned called the Sundowner opposite the Fiesta Correlejo Hotel not far from the Bristol Playa. Overall a great place to stay for a chill out time, location spot on, hotel great, would go back and recomend this to others and stay at other Hesperia hotels.
Nice place and well priced
Good points: Staff at reception and at bar are excellent and very friendly. The swimming pools are very big and are salt water. My first time in salt water pools and I thought they were wonderful. Location is very near the old town and harbour which is the part of Correlejo I liked most so I could walk back to apartment in 5 to 10 mins. So, well worth staying here.
Bad points. A lifeguard really should be employed.
I had one main gripe: I know cockroaches are a feature of warm climates but I felt there were enough of them about the Bristol Playa complex to warrant some sort of pest control being called in. Dont be put off though, its by no means out of control and we never had any in the apartment. But at night they are around the pool area and the bar etc in reasonable numbers. A once off sray job would get rid of them for a couple of months.
Better than 3 star
Just returned from a week at the Bristol Playa. A lovely stay and didn't want to leave!
We were in room 148 in block F, so had a ground-floor, west-facing, pool-side terrace and a bedroom that backed onto a side street (not overlooked). We didn't have a sea-view but were away from the sewage plant and the "noisy bar area", which to be honest we didn't get round to visiting. At first we were a bit dubious about the apparent lack of privacy, as we were right in front of the pool area, but this turned out to be a convenient spot; no stairs, and could happily trot to & from the room if we needed anything. Ideal for those with small children or don't like being routed to the same spot for too long!
The maid service (daily except Sunday & Thursday, following main changeover days) was good - floor and bathroom cleaning, plus 3 sets of clean towels and a change of bedding mid-week. Apartments were adequately equipped with crockery & utensils, although you'll need washing-up liquid, tea towels & dish cloths. Lots of loo rolls though!
The apartments were comfortable, clean and better than we had hoped. Nicely maintained and fresh. Ideal size for the two of us. As mentioned in an earlier review, there's no air conditioning and you can't secure the windows open. We did see security guards patrolling at night, but we were nonetheless reluctant to leave our window open. OK while we were there, as the weather wasn't that hot, but this wouldn't be pleasant in high season. Also, you have to pay 2 Euros per day to hire the safe in your room (with a 5 Euro deposit for the key).
There was some building work going on nearby and we could hear pneumatic drills some mornings at about 9am, but it didn't really bother us. If it was associated with the scrubland beyond our room (prime building location) then maybe one to watch in the future.
We didn't use the on-site 'supermarket', instead ventured to the nearby Spar and Hiperdino stores, which have everything you need, cheaply.
There are several restaurants within a couple of blocks of the Bristol Playa and many more within 15 minutes walk. We liked the tapas at La Luna (part of the Hotel Dunas complex) overlooking Lobos and just along the (newly?) well-lit promenade. Also the mixed platter tapas at Cafe Latino by the port. If you fancy a taste of "home", the Mexican cantina near the hotel was clean, reasonable & the food tasty. With regard to the eating-outdoors experience (which we love), it's a shame that the new "no smoking" ban has driven all the smokers outside (you'll find this at the airport too - don't bother catching any last minute rays unless passive smoking doesn't bother you).
We had a pre-arranged hire car for the week and were impressed by the road network on the island; well-surfaced with low volumes of traffic. However, some of the beaches are down rougher tracks and 4x4s are necessary to reach a few of the remoter places on the south west coast e.g. American Star ship wreck. Spent a day driving through the mountains (fantastic viewpoints and pretty towns), went to El Cotillo to watch the sunset, explored a fraction of the dunes National Park, and visited a stunning beach Risco del Paso near Jandia (only family friendly if you don't mind nudists ;-). Do consider visiting the island, even if it's just one trip out. The drive through the centre (via La Oliva) and up to the various view points is breath-taking.
Finally, our last gripe is the 40 Euro charge for an arranged late check-out. Normal check-out time was midday and we didn't have to leave until 3.30pm for our flight. However, it is a handy option on a rainy, blustery last day (like we had).
Staff all seemed pleasant and professional and the overall image of Bristol Playa was higher than 3 star. We rarely go back to the same hotel/villa/apartments twice when we go on holiday, as we like trying different places, but would consider this again in the future. Very tasteful and not too big. Overall big thumbs up!