We have been coming here for about 20 years or so with our children then a pause ourselves
Then with one of our grandchildren . We have always liked liked the place since reading about it as one of the best 100 hotels in the world around 25years ago by the Harper and queens travel writer , the gardens , so pretty , then the 3 pools , the beach restaurant , the buffets etc.
Last time about 5 years ago , my goodness a makeover with taste has taken place .
The beach restaurant ,now the sea grill is a place that dreams are made of of at night particularly
Or by day , we arrived in time for lunch a week ago what a setting , simply sensational , the food does not quite match the surrounds ,but is still good , the service perfect .
At night on subsequent meals our feelings were reinforced -this is the place in Marbella-we did venture out of the hotel once , but regretted it , returning to have a drink in the Hollywood splendour of the bar area .
We also had lunch at their Del Mar on the beach -excellent .
The serafina independently run from the hotel was a dissapointmenr , sadly ,tepid food , nothing special at all , we had high hopes here after the reviews , maybe a bad night , but we didn't try it again.
The problem was our first course was presented in 5 minutes , mine was crab cakes with a very bland sauce ,and I love crab cakes, my wife prawn pil pil curiously not spicy , hopeless. Truly .
And so it continued .
The snacks at the smaller pool at lunch were perfect , service again excellent, not haute cuisine but just right for lunch.
Our room with it's vast bathroom and large balcony , was perfect , a garden deluxe suite .
We had 2 buffet lunches at the Marbella club next door ,part of the same group , my goodness , this was luxury made flesh, the best buffet with lobster , best beef Wellington , the best asparagus , I could go on, any meet or fish cooked as you want, even the suoerlative sandy lane buffets paled by comparison .
A drink or two in the plaza at the hotel of an evening with a live band was a plus .
Didn't try the suite or the Japanese as they were not open during our sty.
So all in all, combined with fabulous October weather in the 25/28 range , no wind , blue skies we had a ball.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hotel Puente Romano, member of The Leading Hotels of the World, is situated on the southern coast of Spain in the Costa del Sol within the “Golden Mile”, a residential area between Marbella and Puerto Banus, just 35 minutes’ drive from Málaga Airport.The heart of the Resort and its social focus is the Roman Bridge (Puente Romano) from which the property takes its name. This ancient artefact from the first century is a remaining structure of a road which once linked Cadiz with Rome, the Via Augusta.Resembling an Andalusian village, the 278 spacious guest rooms are spread in 27 three–storey villas, scattered around 55.000 sq. m. of lush, sub-tropical landscaped gardens, gently cascading down to the Mediterranean Sea. Over 400 species of plant life have been brought to the gardens from all around the world, many literally in a suitcase courtesy of HRH Principe Alfonso de Hohenlohe, the founder of the Puente Romano. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Puente Romano Hotel
- Puente Romano Marbella