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Marriott's Playa Andaluza
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Crta de Cadiz, km 168, 29680 Estepona, Spain   |  
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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“Just love this resort...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2013

The resort is excellent. Spacious apartments, and fully equipped with everything you need. Beds are amazing, and every room is equipped with flat panel TV. Only reason for not giving it excellent rating is for the following:

- The restaurant is disappointing. We have eaten there a couple of times, but never been very satisfied. Food is expensive, and mediocre. Only good experience I recall was the tapas night, though the live music was very loud an awful (my taste). If you want good food, go to Benahavis, San Pedro De Alcantara, Marbella, or cook it yourself. They even now have a barbecue area build, with two large barbecues that you can use free of charge. I've heard that there is an excellent butcher near Los Aqueros. Have to try that next time.

- The surroundings are not very nice. A part of the area looks abandoned and wrecked, which is sad.

- The beach is not very nice for bathing. Go to Marbella instead.

In summary, highly recommendable resort.

  • Stayed September 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
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  • Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2013

. First time to this resort will certainly try to go back. 2 bed 2 bath with fab decor and furnishings. Good gym with nice indoor pool area. O/S pool with lots of sunbeds, nice and comfy.Nice beach area, beware of Chinese masseurs. Get the VIP card and book, lots of good restaurants are recommended. The best were Guey(Way) and La Fiorentina. Also a must is to visit the small village on Benahavis for lunch, A car is essential to get around, to see all there is in the surrounding area, also much cheaper than getting a taxi to and from the airport..

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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newmarket
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2013

This is the 2nd time I have visited this resort and I think it was even better this time! Arrived mid afternoon Sunday and was promptly checked in. Apartment was two bed and extremely clean with everything you expect from a Marriott. Unfortunately we had rain for most of the week so didn't get to experience the outdoor pools, the main one was being repaired. It was great to have the gym and indoor pool and again these were very clean. We didn't use the onsite spa as we thought it was a bit pricey. Staff were extremely friendly in the bar and restaurant and the food served was lovely, the Flamenco evening made a nice change. I would agree with others that eating places within walking distance are in short supply, however if you are prepared to drive then there are some great places around. All in all a great week away and look forward to returning, hopefully when the sun is shining!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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Faringdon, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013

We has just had a very wet but lovely week here.Having stayed at many Marriott places before we always expect great service but I felt this place deserved a special mention. The staff were wonderful all so pleasant and helpful.Our apartment was immaculate, the grounds were really well maintained.The food in the restaurant was absolutely superb and the service was excellent.Keep up the great work Playa Andaluza!

  • Stayed March 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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Chippenham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013

The Marriot resort is about 45 minutes drive from Malaga Airport down the A7 Motorway, it is easy to find and the directions we were given were clear with good checkpoints, however be warned that Spanish Motorways have less warning of junctions and turn offs than UK /Dutch/German M Ways. Also stay off the AP-7 which I believe is a toll road.

The resort is 5 star, it is an impressive location, and the apartment we had was two bedrooms for my wife and I , our two year old, and my mother in law. The apartment has a lounge and kitchen diner, utility room, and two bedrooms and two bathrooms , ours had a huge bath, and shower, the other one was a bath & shower as well. The standard of furnishing and décor is very high, all rooms had TV,s and we had a DVD player as well, with international as well as Spanish channels. The kitchen was super equipped with cookers, dishwasher, fridge freezer, utensils., glasses, cook ware, microwave, and more, so you can easily cook, and buy your own food. We were first floor, and the buildings have basement parking which there are lifts down to, very convenient for large amounts of luggage we were carrying. Check in was a delight , quick, convenient, prepared, no form filling etc. There is a convenient little supermarket on site you can juts bill what you but to your room. There is a very plush indoor heated pool, with multiple Jacuzzis , kids pool, and very modern gym and saunas all to a very high standard of equipment.

There is a dining area (casual) and bar with some nice staff , who are polite,efficient, and well trained , the food is very good there and well priced , again you can charge direct to your room.
I ordered flowers as a mothers day gift from my son to my wife , the staff organised this without any issues at all.

There are two kids areas with ball pools, and toys etc which were well equipped, safe, and very clean, in terms of facilities, its hard to fault the place, there are also tennis courts, ping pong tables, giant chess and draughts boards, outdoor pools and outdoor kids pools, and so on .

Externally it is very Spanish in style (nice) and the gardens and layout of the buildings is very impressive, and absolutely immaculate.

My minor issues are the following, the beach fronting it was stony , gravelly, and not all that attractive, there were a few niggles at night with the power turning off at night, also there was some work going on during our visit , we went to sit outside for a drink, at that point the refurbishment of the outside pool started , and drills , hammers, etc all banging away, i know work has to be done , however it was unfortunate timing. We also had a crew cutting trees on a Sunday ,morning at around 10.30 right outside the window, again work has to be done , but timing was poor.

Check out was fine, although we literally had a maid knocking at the door the second the clock struck the hour, which was a little too efficient. It is very near Puerto Banus , 16 euro in a cab, but is kind of out of a town , Marbella centre is about a 25 minute drive, parking quite easy there. You are going to need a car basically if you have children, if you do have children note the hire car companies have child seats , but do NOT fit them , you need to do that at the pick up. Unless you stay at the resort the whole of your time and you easily could , you will need a car.

I enjoyed it, it was relaxing , great place to stay, and very high standard of accommodation, immaculately kept, however slightly removed from any nearby towns, and you will need a car in my opinion.

Room Tip: You will need to ask to get a view of the sea .
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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Washington DC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

I spent a week here and traveled the south of Spain. You can not go wrong with this property. The lights went out periodically when it rained but other than that the trip was perfect and everything about this place was great.

Room Tip: Not a bad room in the house but the garden view was best for me.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
    • 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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Venice, Florida, United States
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56 reviews 56 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2013

We spent a week here at the end of February.

Total Marriott experience. Love these places.

Great facilities and rooms. Lovely, friendly people. Beautifully maintained grounds.

The worst and most over-priced restaurants and marketplaces ever!

Same as every Marriott resort I have ever stayed at. So why do I stay here? Because they are beautiful, efficient, and centrally located to great sights and restaurants.

Hence - 4 out of 5.

  • Stayed February 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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Address: Crta de Cadiz, km 168, 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 High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Spa Hotel in Estepona
#1 Family Hotel in Estepona
#1 Romantic Hotel in Estepona
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Estepona
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Hotel Class:3 star — Marriott's Playa Andaluza 3*
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