I stayed at Marriott Estepona resort during easter week in 2008. The resort has beautiful grounds right on the costa del sol with views of the mountains & beach. The rooms are spacious, fully equiped, very clean and new looking. We had 4 adults in our room with a 2 bedroom 2 bath apartment. There is a gift shop that makes fresh croissants & bagettes daily. You can also get some grocery products in the shop. We went to a paella & sangria presentation at the hotel that was well done.
The only down fall was the recommendation for a day trip to Tangier from the concierge. This was the most miserable day that we spent on our 3 week trip to spain. We left for the trip at 6am and did not return to the hotel until 7:30 pm. We caught the ferry to Africa and began the tour of Tangier at around 10:00am on a narrated bus tour that lasted about 45 minutes. The bus drove us through the outskirts of town & droped us off at a filthy site to sit on camels that looked mistreated & miserable, for a price of course. When we completed the bus trip they took us to eat lunch at a Moraccan restaurant. We were forced to go to a rug market for an hour & then a spice market for another hour, where people tied to sell you overpriced junk. A haggler form the rug market followed us to the spice market where he was allowed to touch people in the guided tour, even a child that was with the group (3 years old at most). He tried to pressure us for sales. You could not leave the stores due to the numerous hagglers in the streets. They walked us back to the port after the sales pitch at approximately 2:30 where we stood in the parking lot, like a heard of sheep, in the cold and rain with no shelter with our guide no where in site, for 3 hours, while others in the group commented about how horrible and frightning the trip was and how the group from marriott payed alot more money for the tour that others in the group. I am spending so much time on this story because I don't wan't others to spend 95 euros a person for a miserable day. It isn't even about the money. I have been to many places, but I have never feared for my safety like on this tour. I was upset with the concierge & hotel for promoting this trip through this tour company.
I would recommend southern spain to anyone. Places that I would recommend would be the town of Ronda (so beautiful) & the rock of gibraltar (be sure to see the native monkies that are so tame that you could sit next to them) both cities about 45 to 1hour away. I would also recommend a day trip to the alhambra.
I would stay at the Marriott Estepona again, but would be critical of the concierge & the hotels tours.
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