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Hotel Fuerte Marbella
Ranked #9 of 71 Hotels in Marbella
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Reviewed 19 February 2012

After reading loads of Trip Advisor reports we decided to opt for this hotel. We were not disappointed in any way. We had a full sea view room in the newer part. The room was large and the bathroom nice and big. Both well cleaned during our stay.The hotel was the first to be built in Marbella and the location in perfect. A very short walk to the old town and you could not get any closer to the sea! You can walk straight onto the front.As the original hotel is so old it has retained some of the traditional features such as brasswork and rich red carpets.The newer part of the hotel ( the hotel has extended vastly over the years) is very spacious in white marble. The two blend together and gave the hotel a warm welcome feeling. All the staff certainly did make us feel welcome and nothing was too much trouble.The hotel has a lovely pool and nice gardens and patio areas.Breakfast is great with everything that you expect for breakfast and everything you don't.(Chocolate fountain??)We aslo booked the evening meal which is a buffet.No complaints here and we had a choice of 5 -6 different types of fish that were freashly cooked as we watched. We stayed over Valentine's day and the hotel had put thought and preparation into the meal to make this a more special occasion.I would certainly book again. However we stayed at a nice quite time of year and there was no issue with any noise or sunbeds or quenues at the buffet etc.

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Reviewed 14 February 2012

We stayed for a long weekend at the Fuerte Marbella (not to be confused with the Fuerte Miramar Spa just down the road) in Feb 2012. The weather was sunny and clear, perfect as a getaway from the snow and cold.
It was our first trip to Marbella, having travelled extensively in Spain and Portugal and we have found our favourite Spanish resort so far, without a doubt! The beachfront promenade is stunning and the service in the restaurants and hotel the best we have experienced on holiday in Europe.
The hotel is classy and the service levels top-notch. One of the receptionists even gave us one of their own personal snacks to eat when we mentioned we were hungry after a late-night dancing outing!
Everywhere was relatively quiet given the time of year, which we appreciated. We plan to go back in June to see the resort and hotel when it is more lively but we are even considering taking a group there some time because we were so impressed with both the hotel service and the resort.
Check out Clerico restaurant for the best chorizo and steaks we have eaten in a long time, and La Clave club for salsa lessons and dancing. Obviously the old town is also stunning...

Room Tip: We think it is well worth the extra money for a high floor seaview room and even a side seaview woul...
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 February 2012

A lovely hotel where we spent a 11-night holiday every year in january and march to break the cold winterperiod in our own country. Last january however was the first time (out of 18 visits) that we did not enjoy our stay there as much as all the times before. When we arrived the room for people with a handicap was under construction and we were given the smallest room with side seaview (that is the tarif we payed for because booking for frontal seaview is not possible with dutch travelagencies) in which I could not drive my wheelchair. We asked for a bigger room and offered to pay an extra amount but this was not possible. On hour later it became clear why......all the bigger rooms with seaview were given to a big group of young footballplayers (age about 16/17) who, as it seems, had never visited any hotel before! They all got a free upgrade and made a lot of noise screaming from one balcony to another. After we complainted we got a great room the next day but the atmosphere in the hotel was totally different because of all the footbalteams. Due to the Spanish law the public spaces like restaurant and bar are smokingfree zones and the hotel used to have heatinglamps outside on the terrace which always functioned as a nice meetingpoint for those who wanted to smoke and have a drink outside. This year all the lamps had disappeared so many people went out to the boulevard where you can find many places where you can sit near the fire but this decreases the nice, cosy feeling you had in the bar of the hotel.
El Fuerte remains a very nice hotel with an excellent service and proud to their concern on the environment but we hope they will realise that many guests would love to have the outside heating back. We will go back in march for a short stay but january next year we certainly will not go back during the winterstopperiod of football.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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FMARBELLA, Gerente at Hotel Fuerte Marbella, responded to this review, 8 April 2012
Thanks for your comments and for coming back to Fuerte Marbella Hotel.
Sorry about the inconvenience with the young footballers. We have now decided we will only have groups of older players, who do not bother other guests.
Regarding the heating lamps, we are planning to replace the gas heaters (which are not environmentally frriendly) by infrared lamps, so that guests can enjoy our terrace in the winter. See you soon again.
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Reviewed 3 February 2012

Very welcoming hotel on the beach in Marbella, but also close to the town. Staff there were very helpful, most spoke excellent English, and if they didn't they would always find someone who could. The hotel Director was often seen about and always spoke to you. Very comfortable sea facing room, lots of space and, rarely, tea/coffee making facilities provided. Breakfasts were anything you could imagine, lots of different fruits, meats, cheeses, hot food, the chef would even make pancakes for you. Evening meals were buffet style, again with lots of choices, and this time the chef would cook freshly a wide choice of meat and fish. Easy access to local buses and a short walk to the fascinating old town with its narrow streets, boutique style shops and lots of restaurants. Only drawback going in January/February - lots of the restaurants were closed. Hotel right on the promenade for long walks along the sea. Easy to get to other places nearby: Gibraltar, Ronda, Cordoba, Malaga and all in between from the bus station.

Room Tip: Upgrade to a sea facing room in the new block - well worth the extra cost.
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 January 2012

We stayed for 4 nights in January for a winter break (20c in Marbella vs 10c in the UK!). The Fuerta is really well located - literally 2 mins from hotel room to the promenade and beach, right next to a number of restaurants and a short distance from the central park and old town. We paid c£100 per night, which included breakfast (which was available until 11am and on a self serve basis - good range and we found we didn't really need lunch as a result) and wi-fi. Staff were very friendly and helpful, room was clean and comfortable with satellite TV (several channels in English inc BBC1, 2 and 3), and a great shower. Hotel has a well equipped free gym, a large bar, swimming pool and terrace overlooking the sea. My only quibble was that the range of food in the evening was a bit limited and quite expensive. I daresay that the hotel is more expensive and hectic in summer but during winter this was perfect.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Fuerte Marbella
Address: Calle El Fuerte s/n, 29602, Marbella, Spain
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Region: Spain > Andalucia > Province of Malaga > Costa del Sol > Marbella
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Top resorts Hotel in Marbella
#5 Luxury Hotel in Marbella
#8 On the Beach Hotel in Marbella
#9 Family Hotel in Marbella
#11 Romantic Hotel in Marbella
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): €€€
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Fuerte Marbella 4*
Number of rooms: 263
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Fuerte Marbella, the most emblematic hotel in the centre of Marbella, combines tradition and innovation. On the beach front and surrounded by 4000 sq. Meters of garden, Fuerte Marbella Hotel is an oasis walking distance to the Marbella old town, with restaurant and shops. Most of the rooms have magnificent views of the Mediterranean sea. A 7 km long beach promenade allows gentle walking to the famous Puerto Banus, with international shopping and restaurants. Fuerte Marbella offers a complete sports centre with covered heated pool (winter only) and a beach restaurant with sun beds (extra charge, summer only). Easy access from Malaga International airport (60 km) by rental car, shuttle bus or private transfer (book through the hotel). Public direct bus to Marbella bus station is also available. ... more   less 
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