I went with a friend and we stayed in a 2 bedroom apartment which was very nice, it contained 2 full sized bathrooms. The bathrooms were newly renovated, they look very new. The kitchen is nice, has a large enough refrigerator of a family of 4, oven and 4 electric burners, and coffee pot, water kettle and pots and pans any thing you need to make a meal. Our room was near the bar area so it was a little noisy at times but OK if you are in the back room or noise doesn't bother you. The resort staff was always very nice and helpful. They are there 24 hours so if you needed something and they thought it needed to be taken care of immediately they would tend to it then and there, else first thing in the morning. Our water heater died in the late evening (10PM) one night when I called they asked if they could fix it in the morning, for us this was perfect since we were ready for bed and didn't want to wait for someone to come and look it over and then do whatever they were going to have to do. We left that morning for a tour and when we returned the water heater was working perfectly and didn't have any problems afterwards.
The surrounding area is very easy too drive if you wanted to, since I went in May the traffic is light, it is hard to find parking in some area's though. You may need to park in a lot which could cost a pretty Euro. We got lucky a couple of times, just remember Yellow is a No-No, do not park wherever you see a solid yellow line, blue lines mean you need to pay the munimeter and white is free..I saw blue and white lines, you may want to ask about those spots, it could be some days or times they are free but others you need to pay..Oh gas is expensive, but if you can drive a stick shift and use a small car it may be great for you. I needed an automatic and that alone brings up the price incredibly, but we drove around on a tank (550KM) for about $100, this was the gas the car agency supplied at 1.20 Euros as opposed to 1.08 Euros you can buy on the road.
The towns were easy to find and fairly close, Marbella is very close to the resort. The resort also offers shuttle buses to different parts of the area, El Zoco which is a shopping area nearby, they take you to the supermarket, the beach - cabopino, and you can also take the shuttle to connect to other buses that take you to different parts of the Costa Del Sol, I didn't take those buses since I had the car but I overheard people say they thought it was fabulous, so you really don't need a car. The resort has a tour desk also and their prices are a little bit more expensive that if you went to the tour agency down the block, you can change money with him also for a better rate, or with the resort, still better than the airport, change only the amount you need to get you to the resort if changing money at the airport, bad exchange rate .63 Euro cents to a $1 USD vs .71 euro cents to a $1USD. If you want to go to Granada to see the Alhambra you should book this one first thing since the tours do sell out fast and you will find it difficult to get tickets on your own since only 300 are sold a day, most to tours.
They scare you with all the warnings about watching out for your purse and pick pockets, as a New Yorker I didn't feel any less safe than I do at home.Just watch out, it may be worse in the summer months.
The resort restaurant bar had very good drink prices and limited food menu but adequate when you didn't want to venture out (there are many restaurants along the main road to Club Marbella, just 5 -10 minute walk away). They have some sort of entertainment every night, Monday night we had a Flamenco show, which was very nice.
The pools were clean and warm, deep also. They have an indoor and an outdoor pool.
All in all I would recommend this resort for it's amenities, staff and location, can't say for the value since I got it through a timeshare exchange so I didn't really pay much at all, so for me it was a great value. I would go back there.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located on the Southern Spanish Costa del Sol, on the heart of the 'Golden Mile' only 5 minutes to Old Town Marbella and Puerto Banus, the Marbella Club Hotel • Golf Resort & Spa enjoys 325 days of sunshine. Open year round, the renowned Marbella Club Hotel, one of the "The Leading Hotels of the World" was once the private residence of Prince Alfonso von Hohenlohe and features 37 luxury bedrooms, 78 suites, 14 Andalusian-Style villas and the majestic Villa del Mar, throughout 42.000 Square metres (452.083 Sq. Ft.) Of lush subtropical garden.In addition to its stunning accommodations and grounds, the Marbella Club also offers guests a wide variety of amenities and activities including two outdoor heated swimming pools, seasonal water sports, fitness centre, 10 tennis and 4 paddle courts at sister hotel, Puente Romano (only a 5-10 minute beach walk away), Kid's Club by minimec, shopping gallery, equestrian centre, Dave-Thomas designed 18-hole golf course within the hills of Benahavis, Thalasso Spa, an 800 square metre (8.611 Sq. Ft.) State-of-the-art facility with dynamic indoor sea water pool, steam baths and saunas, a solarium and 12 treatment rooms and more. The hotel also features six bars and restaurants including the famous Beach Club Buffet, legendary Grill Restaurant and avant garde MC Cafe. ... more less
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- Marbella Hotel