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“Classic Hotel” 4 of 5 stars
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Hotel Fuerte Marbella
4.0 of 5 Resort   |   Avda. el Fuerte s/n, 29602 Marbella, Spain   |  
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Ranked #13 of 77 hotels in Marbella
Gloucester, United Kingdom
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Classic Hotel”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2012

Historically the first hotel in Marbella. Has a charming character and a fantastic central location and views. Thoroughly Spanish and busy. Good breakfast. Pity the bar by the pool was not manned more or consistently. Found the background noise frustrating and we were on the top floor so ?what would it have been like with people above us!? At 45 I did feel pretty young at this hotel.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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FMARBELLA, Manager at Hotel Fuerte Marbella, responded to this review, November 13, 2012
Thanks for staying with us and for your feedback. By "background noise" I understand you mean the city noise?. We are located in the center of Marbella and on the beach front, so my recommendation, as well as other guests writing reviews is to reserve a front or side sea view room if you wish to have a quiet room. Regarding the poolbar, this time of year, when the weather is unsteady, we keep it practically close but we are happy to serve our guests from the main bar.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2012

we arrived on the 4th and as we go twice a year are very familiar with the hotel and indeed the staff as we have been staying for many, many years and also have recommended it to family and friends. The food and location and facilities are excellent... Just one complaint... unfortunately we locked ourselves in the balcony on the fourth floor, as we did not realise nor was there any sighn not to close the sliding door (on the new wing) from the balcony.. the result an hour calling and in the rain it was not a nice experience as we had plans.... For the rest of the stay my husband used the stairs to come and go which was hastle when on a short break.. We spoke to Maria the manager and hopefully it will be sorted as two more families from ireland that stayed there it also happened to but they were fortunate that the partner was in the room.. us irish have a habit of closing doors!!!! Great place to stay overall and we have always been lucky enough to get a very nice room in a good location also..

Room Tip: all the rooms with sea view are very well located at the frount and also the side of the hotel
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  • Stayed November 2012, 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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FMARBELLA, Manager at Hotel Fuerte Marbella, responded to this review, November 13, 2012
Thanks for returning to Fuerte Marbella! And many thanks for letting me know about the closing of the balcony door (I am so sorry!). Following your suggestion, we will put signs up to prevent that hapenning again.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

Good hotel in the centre of Marbella, very handy walking distance for the "Old Town"
We had a side sea view on the 6th floor which was just as good as a sea front view room.
We were offered a Seniors deal (over 55) which was upgrade to half board and 10% off price
could not complain about that.
Breakfast buffet had a good selection and freshly cooked to order any eggs of your choice.
Although the Hotel Fuerte is an older hotel and furnishings do reflect this in style and age, we did not feel this was worthy of criticism as the price reflected what we received.
Entertainment most nights usual Spanish style.
Evening Meal was average but service was excellent.

Room Tip: Lift only goes up to floor 5 - small set of stairs to floor 6 . Side sea views good value,
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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FMARBELLA, Manager at Hotel Fuerte Marbella, responded to this review, November 13, 2012
Thanks for your stay and your review. Great to hear your stay was good value for money!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

I stayed for 2 nights, 14th and 15th October 2012. The hotel is one of the best I have stayed in for a short break. Rooms were spacious and clean. Shower and bath, Tea and coffee making facilities a safe and a fridge which was stocked with 2 beers, 2 lemonades and 2 bottles of water. A balcony that overlooked the sea and beautiful gardens of the hotel. Separate open air and covered swimming pools were available with plenty of sunbeds. Towels are even supplied free of charge for the beach. The food was excellent and the reception staff were brilliant. Within easy reach of numerous sandy beaches, a strip with plenty of restaurants and drinking establishments. If you go, try to pay a visit to the old town which is a short walk north of the hotel. This hotel certainly is tops in the guest stakes and caters for all parties. There are plenty of places to go and see in the vicinity of the hotel. If you are prepared to walk along the beach for a few hundred yards there are wonderful Irish Bars, namely The Claddagh and Callaghan's. These have the cheapest pints in the town and with plenty of entertainment in the evenings. Although in the middle of October, the weather was glorious and in the high 20's everyday. I was on a trip with work colleagues but I would have no hesitation in recommending this hotel for a family holiday. I will certainly consider this hotel if I take a future family holiday in the Costa Del Sol. When I go here again it will definitely be for longer than a weekend.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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FMARBELLA, Manager at Hotel Fuerte Marbella, responded to this review, November 13, 2012
I am so pleased to know that you made a discovery with Fuerte Marbella and that you consider coming for a longer period. Thanks a lot for your stay and your review.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

Ok its our second time back to the Fuerte so I suppose that in itself speaks volumes.

Our negative experience on this occasion had nothing to do with the hotel.

This is a lovely hotel which we could highly recommend to anyone thinking of going to Marbella. Location is fantastic, the staff are lovely, and the entertainment in the hotel bar was really great every night.

We were unfortunate with the weather. It rained for most of the week we were there. But that happens, and its no ones fault.

Our negative experience was that my wife had her purse stolen in the Old Town one evening. Its so annoying with all the usual hassle that it entails, cancelling cards etc. I have to say that the reception staff could not have been nicer, helping with phone calls etc. But of course it sorta knocks the shine off what otherwise was an enjoyable week.

I think the hotel could be more active in warning guests about this danger. Just reminding people to be on their guard when relaxing in the Old Town.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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FMARBELLA, Manager at Hotel Fuerte Marbella, responded to this review, November 13, 2012
Thanks for your stay and sorry about what happened to you in the old town. Although this does not happen often, we have already informed the local tourist authorities so that police patrols walk more often around the area. I am happy to know that you had a good experience with Fuerte Marbella and that you appreciated the help of our reception staff.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

Visiting Marballa for buying a property we needed a comfortable base. The hotel was fantastic. Nice, well furnished and equipped rooms, nice restaurants, a fine bar with evening entertainment, a large pool area with two pools - one of them covered (it was end October/early November where the weather occasionally can be less sunny than usual). It is situated at the sea side in the very heart of Marbella with all restaurants etcetera close by. It is hard to imagine a better hotel taking the whole package into consideration.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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FMARBELLA, Manager at Hotel Fuerte Marbella, responded to this review, November 13, 2012
Thanks for your stay and your review. I am glad to hear you are buying a place in Marbella and you found our hotel pleasant for your recent stay. We would be very happy to welcome you in our bar and restaurant in your next visit!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

It says a lot about this hotel that we keep it for celebrating special occasions. We requested a room on the top floor of the old building and that's exactly what they gave us. Delighted to see a hotel that provides normal coat hangers rather than the most useless and annoying clip on things. Well done Fuerte, who wants to take coat hanger home?
Staff are most polite and helpful and seem to take real pride in working there. Breakfast, as ever, a real feast and extends from 7.30 till 11.0
Dinner was excellent by any hotel standards with fresh fish and meat dishes being cooked until the restaurant closed at 10.0
Some of the hotel's age is showing in the fixtures and fittings, particularly the carpet in the bar. I believe a partial refurb is due this winter. For us though, we're happy to see the grand old lady keep going along in classic style with classic service to make our special occasions just that.
This year we had less than celebratory weather but the excellent position of the hotel meant we could still get out with only a minor drenching! We'd taken a small umbrella but asked if we could borrow one of the hotel's large ones. The receptionist said sadly they were all in use in such awful weather and that he had even loaned his out to some guests. Now that's service!

Room Tip: Choose new wing if you like more modern style and original building if you like a more traditional f...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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FMARBELLA, Manager at Hotel Fuerte Marbella, responded to this review, November 13, 2012
Thanks for your stay, once again. We are very proud to hear that Fuerte Marbella is a special place for you, as you are special for us. Yes, we are doing some refurbishing in the "older" building during this winter, but we are still open in the newer building (we never close, since 1957!). Thanks especially for the comment on the carpet in the bar area: we are fitting a new one in the coming months. Look forward to your next visit soon.
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Also Known As:
El Fuerte Resort
El Fuerte Marbella
El Fuerte Hotel Marbella
Address: Avda. el Fuerte s/n, 29602 Marbella, Spain
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Location: Spain > Andalucia > Province of Malaga > Costa del Sol > Marbella
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Top resorts Hotel in Marbella
#5 Luxury Hotel in Marbella
#8 On the Beach Hotel in Marbella
#9 Family Hotel in Marbella
#11 Romantic Hotel in Marbella
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Fuerte Marbella 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Fuerte Marbella, the most emblematic hotel in the centre of Marbella, combines tradition and innovation. On the beach front and surrounded by 4000 sq. meters of garden, Fuerte Marbella Hotel is an oasis walking distance to the Marbella old town, with restaurant and shops. Most of the rooms have magnificent views of the Mediterranean sea. A 7 km long beach promenade allows gentle walking to the famous Puerto Banus, with international shopping and restaurants. Fuerte Marbella offers a complete sports centre with covered heated pool (winter only) and a beach restaurant with sun beds (extra charge, summer only). Easy access from Malaga International airport (60 km) by rental car, shuttle bus or private transfer (book through the hotel). Public direct bus to Marbella bus station is also available. ... more   less 
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