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“2nd time around” 5 of 5 stars
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Hotel Fuerte Estepona
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Arroyo Vaquero Playa | Crta. A-7 km 150, 29680 Estepona, Spain   |  
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Ranked #8 of 35 Hotels in Estepona
South Croydon
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23 reviews 23 reviews
17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
“2nd time around”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2013

Just back from another gorgeous week here. Not much has changed, but again please make sure you only go here if you have a car, you cannot manage without. The beauty of this resort is the feeling of space, there are plenty of sun loungers, the grass areas are lovely and well used by children playing and adults sitting quietly away from the pool. The pool area is immaculate, everywhere scrubbed down each morning, there is no rush to put out towels either. But this is only possible because this resort is away from the main hustle and bustle. We have stayed in another hotel nearer to everywhere, but you feel as if you are squashed around the pool and have no privacy, so you can't have both. And you can always park your car here, there is safe underground parking for 3 euros a day, or lots of free spaces around the front entrance.
The staff are very friendly. There are lots of safe play areas for children, life guard by the pool, and it is gated down to the beach with cctv. The beach isn't beautiful but there are plenty of lovely coves up towards Gibraltar. The rooms are very clean, well maintained and again spacious. We've never had a problem with the massive shared living communal areas as our room is enough for us - you would only use this if you were two parties sharing and you want somewhere else to sit after putting the kids to bed. Breakfasts were fine, nothing special but more than adequate; bread and pastries freshly baked. Cooked breakfasts a bit greasy and only luke warm. The beach bars offer the best value for night time eating. Just drive up the coastal road and pull in anywhere you see a beach sign! The entertainment was very minimal, but to be honest that is how we like it! After coming back from dinner, I like to sit on my balcony and hear the sea!

Room Tip: A sea view is a must
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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rrppfes, Director de Relaciones Públicas at Hotel Fuerte Estepona, responded to this review, July 25, 2013
Dear Guest,

thank you very much for sharing your opinnion with all the tripadvisor's users.

I am happy to know that you had a nice stay with us.

We hope to see you again!!

Kind regards,

Yolanda Lopez
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Romford, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

Champagne on arrival, we knew it was going to be good. My family and all enjoyed our stay and would love to go back. The apartment was amazing, the pool was great and its so close to the beach. There were activities everyday which included olive tasting, tennis, darts and more of which i cant remember, the spa was very good, so relaxing my dad fell asleep during a massage.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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rrppfes, Director de Relaciones Públicas at Hotel Fuerte Estepona, responded to this review, July 10, 2013
Dear Guest,

thank you very much for sharing your opinnion with all the tripadvisor's users.

I am happy to know that you had a nice stay with us.

We hope to see you again!!

Kind regards,

Yolanda Lopez
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

Very good hotel with nice facilities. It helps that it is pretty new. Family rooms are huge, it might be the biggest room I’ve ever been for a regular family room. The swimming pool and the green areas are the dream for the kids.

Personnel service excellent. Special mention to Clara on reception who satisfy any request with excellence.

On the “things to improve” side I’d say the restaurant. Although is good doesn’t reach the excellence level of Melia. The beach is not among the ones I like but I guess there is very little the hotel can do to change that.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2013

Food not good at all ? Pool freezing games room to far for kids to play by them selfs, no English only Spainish and Russian people, do not go here its a waste of money if you bring your family, we booked for 10 days and moved by luck after 4 ,no enter ment only a mini disco for 20 minutes and then you have to sit on a couch with a drink, no shop, no way of walking to a shop as its 2 miles away,out of 10 we would give this hotel a 1-2 no more and this so called holiday took place on the 24 June 2013 till the 4 th July

Room Tip: Some rooms have a good view the others have none book a high room
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2013

We booked this hotel as part of a package with e bookers, on arrival we had to queue as there was only one person to cover reception, we were hot, tired and very hungry, the wait was at least 30 minutes.

On arrival we were delighted with the two rooms we had booked...a deluxe apartment and a family room.

Beautifully appointed and very spacious indeed, we were delighted.

The deal with e bookers gave the family room breakfast, but no breakfast was included for our deluxe apartment.

Despite having the paperwork from e bookers the hotel would NOT give us the included breakfast with the family room, as they did not have it on their system!!! The cost for 3 persons for a 10 day holiday was 250 Euros so not a small deal to us.

It took us 2 full days and numerous phone calls on my mobile to e bookers (expensive) to get this resolved. The reception staff were arrogant, rude and offhand and even on realising their own mistake, did not apologise or offer us any compensation for the lost breakfasts at all.

To be honest this ruined the first 2 days of our holiday, as most of it was spent going up and down to reception and calling e bookers.

Put this aside and the other staff were great helpful and nice to deal with.

The kids club only started half way through our 10 days, but when it did, it went on from 10am till midnight and the entertainment team were really super with the children.

The hotel itself is very nice and clean and modern as are the rooms.

There are 2 areas to sit poolside, one for adults wanting quiet and one for the children and so you can choose.

The gardens are very small but nicely kept.

There are tennis courts and a Volleyball sand enclosure.

Plenty of basic sun lounges and umbrellas surround the pool area, we never had to fight for a bed.

The beach was a huge let down, it is gravel and not nice to sit on at all, mostly nudists came to the beach and so for the children, it is a no no as the nudists are not at all shy, their hotel is about a mile away and really they should keep to their own area but don't.

There is a shop on site but it sells very little for a self catering apartment at all and if you want bread, you have to order it a day in advance and it is 3 x more expensive than the supermarket.

The food was OK not as much variety as other 4 star hotels we have been to, but all edible and nicely prepared.

Around the hotel, the poor economy shows, unfinished complexes, closed businesses and unfinished walkways, a sad message to everyone.

Here is where you need to listen up.........

The hotel is miles from anywhere, over an hour from the airport and a car is absolutely essential.

The hotel is on a dual carriageway and so you cannot cross the road to go anywhere.

The supermarket is opposite the hotel on the other side of the dual carriageway and so to get to it, you either walk on the scrub alongside the dual carriageway, over a bridge about a mile and a half away to the other side of the dual carriageway to the supermarket and walk back, or get a taxi.

We used to walk there and get a taxi back which was so ludicrous it was frustrating. A taxi back was 7 Euros, there and back and for the taxi to wait 20 Euros, we went everyday for fresh bread and pastries as well as drinks and water, so this was expensive.

A taxi to Estepona and back was 24 Euros per taxi, we had to have two taxis as there were 5 of us and the cabs only take 4, so it was very expensive.

The market is 3 times a week in Estepona Wed/Sat/Sun.

Amazingly full of English stall holders!

The brochure we had said 15 mins to Estepona and other major towns and I think this was very misleading.

We kept our room on for a late check out and it was 45 Euros but to us, worth it to feel fresh and clean to go home.

I dont wish this to be negative, just informative, we had a very nice holiday in a lovely hotel with superb weather, I would not go back just because of its difficult location, which added hundreds of Euros to our budget.

Room Tip: We had a deluxe apartment room 1212 perfect view of the outside, the pool and the sea
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2013

this was our second time at the hotel and again was extremely comfortable holiday. we stayed in a beachfront room which was very comfortable with fantastic views. all the staff as usual were very attentive and always smiling. anyone who comes to this hotel will undoubtedly want to return. we will be back next year

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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houston
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2013

First I want to address the reviewer who suggested that he/she had to share a room with strangers (this review almost caused me to book elsewhere). As far as I could see, each room is a separate unit with its own room number and key card. Each unit has a small but functional kitchen, a large dining/living area, 1 or 2 bedrooms, 1 or 2 baths and 2 patios or balconies. Our room had a 2 patios facing the sea. As with most of the Costa del Sol you will need a car as the hotel is located about 4 kms west of the city. If you want to prepare your own meals, the kitchen is well equiped and there is a supermercardo across the road. As others have noted, there are 3 nice pools and a short walk to the beach. Not appropos of the hotel, but the beaches on the Costa del Sol have nothing on those in the Carribean. If you are looking at tours to Tangiers, this would be a good option because it is generally the last stop before the hour ride to Tarifa, And do not freak out about having to cross the road to catch the bus (going towards Tangiers) because the road will not be busy at 7 AM. If you do not want to prepare your meals, however, the meal options for dinner are limited. You will need to drive several kms to find a restaurant off site. Otherwise your choices are the buffet at 30 euros each or an a la carte bar menu. There is a large bar/dining area on the ground floor which did not seem to be in use. Management should consider offering more meal options for guests

Room Tip: We booked a one bedroom and one bath suite and got a two bedroom/two bath suite.
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Arroyo Vaquero Playa | Crta. A-7 km 150, 29680 Estepona, Spain
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Location: Spain > Andalucia > Province of Malaga > Costa del Sol > Estepona
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Best Value Hotel in Estepona
#3 Family Hotel in Estepona
#4 Luxury Hotel in Estepona
#5 Spa Hotel in Estepona
#6 On the Beach Hotel in Estepona
#8 Romantic Hotel in Estepona
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Fuerte Estepona 4*
Number of rooms: 210
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Fuerte Estepona is a magnificent hotel with 210 rooms and deluxe suites with 1, 2 or 3 bedrooms with sea views. Thanks to its location, a modern spa and its specifically-designed spaces for couples and families, the hotel holds a respected place among the hotels in Estepona. It is 82 km from Malaga International Airport and half an hour from Gibraltar.EL OLIVO RESTAURANT: Our traditional, high-quality Mediterranean cuisine using natural flavours with a modern touch to be enjoyed in modern surroundings. Our exclusive Fuerte Estepona restaurant, located within the hotel, is the perfect place to start and end a day at the beach, enjoying all the flavours it has to offer. A wide range of breakfasts, lunches (solely during the months of July and August) and buffet dinners.The Estepona Spa is a place where you can alleviate stress, charge your batteries and return home better than ever, thanks to our cutting-edge hydrotherapy circuits and massage and beauty treatment regimens. ... more   less 
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