To quote Warren Buffet "Price is what you pay. Value is what you get."
Or maybe not get! This is an hotel that will charge you a price that is probably the highest on the Costa del Sol, but that gives the worst value of any hotel that I have ever stayed in.
It used to boast a fine Asian inspired bar and restaurant (Felix) in it's entrance courtyard. The food served was comparable with the best in the area. It also featured a Michelin starred restaurant, El Lido, for more formal evening dining. That was when it was under previous management.
Today, it serves snack menus and two star garbage for seven star prices. In other words the prices still reflect it's glory days but the food compares with the local burger joint. In fact there is less grizzle in the burger served in the local cafe than there was in the inedible offering that I was presented with from their snack menu in the Courtyard.
The buffet lunch served beside the pool area is covered in flies, so much so that guests that we invited to lunch refused to eat there and after doing so, I suffered a tummy bug for 24 hours afterwards.
The "kid's club" is a timber shed in the corner of the garden, staffed by a childminder.
The standard of the room that we stayed in was acceptable, but the ants in the bathroom were not.
With the exception of the management, the staff were friendly and efficient.
The deterioration in the food and high level management of the hotel is reflected in the area generally. Since the jailing of the Mayor, the Assistant Mayor and most of the Marbella Council members on bribery and corruption charges the maintenance of the landscaping in the town has virtually ceased. The grass verges are burnt or non-existent as the hydration system is not functioning, the palm trees and shrubs are no longer being trimmed and have 3 to 4 years of dead leaves hanging from them. The public park on the "Golden Mile" is overgrown and weeds are growing through the pathway shaped in the form of a Saudi sword. The garden and sword were installed in front of the Saudi King's "palace" (a copy of the White House) when the former local Mayor was sucking up to the Arabs. Combined with the stark outlines of the skeletons of unfinished buildings caused by the collapse of the Spanish property market, the whole area is starting to look like New York's wasteland in Will Smith's "I am Legend" movie.
Mr Buffet's value is no longer to be found here - to find that and a real five star hotel; one not living on it's previous reputation - you need to look elsewhere.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.