We have just come back from a week at the Marbella Club. In the 13 years I have gone to Marbella, I have stayed at almost all the 5 star properties, including:
I can honestly say I won't ever be staying anywhere else but the Marbella Club, after this holiday! Here's why:
Room: We had a junior suite. All the rooms have been refurbished in the last year and ours had pretty furnishings and was a really good size. We had a large terrace with sun loungers and table. The bathroom had a double sink, bathtub and walk in shower. At the Puente Romano, the sort of 'sister' hotel, the same room had THE most dreadful walk in shower, with a shower fit only to wash our dogs! Something out of the 1970's and as a woman, would deter me from staying there again!
Pools: As they only have around 100 rooms, you never feel crowded. The pools are lovely and well maintained and the sunbeds all have lovely mattresses to lie on - with unlimited towels. You don't need to get up at the crack of dawn to reserve them, as the hotel doesn't have hundreds of rooms. Such a relief!
Outside bar: if you go between June to October, the outdoor bar is STUNNING at night. They have a pianist and singer and you sit amongst trees and the stars. It's so beautiful and I've been going there for years and it still impresses me.
Spa: This was a real treat. It's not cheap but my husband and I both had amazing massages and she unlocked tension in my shoulders, so I'd recommend it! You also get to use the hydropool beforehand which is incredible - full of jets including ones around underwater loungers! Also use the steam room as it's like a proper hammam and really lovely.
Food: breakfast is a buffet and has everything you'd need. It's not over the top but the hotel isn't either. But there's a chef preparing eggs any style and you have all the usual stuff.
Dinner is outside in the summer and is an amazing experience. Great food and setting.
Service: THIS IS WHERE THEY EXCEL! The staff have nore often than not been there for many years. This is such a lovely feature and as we had our wedding there last summer, we know a lot of them and they are so polite and helpful. Nothing is too much trouble; they go out of their way to please and if you have any issue in your room, they are there in minutes to rectify it. The same cannot be said in a number of other hotels in Marbella and this is what you pay more for, amongst other things.
Location: I think it's perfect. You have the beach at the bottom of the property, along with the old town 5 minutes by car/ taxi and the port (Puerto Banus) 6 minutes in the other direction.
You can even walk to one of our favourite restaurants, Villa Tiberio, just 7-10 minutes by foot!
If you're looking for a true 5 star hotel in the traditional/ Leading Hotels of the World sense, this is the one to choose.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located on the Southern Spanish Costa del Sol, on the heart of the ‘Golden Mile’ only 5 minutes to Old Town Marbella and Puerto Banús, the Marbella Club Hotel • Golf Resort & Spa enjoys 325 days of sunshine. Open year round, the renowned Marbella Club Hotel, one of the “The Leading Hotels of the World” was once the private residence of Prince Alfonso von Hohenlohe and features 85 luxury bedrooms, 36 suites and 14 Andalusian-Style villas throughout 42.000 square metres (452.083 sq. ft.) of lush subtropical garden.In addition to its stunning accommodations and grounds, the Marbella Club also offers guests a wide variety of amenities and activities including two outdoor heated swimming pools, seasonal water sports, fitness centre, 10 tennis and 4 paddle courts at sister hotel, Puente Romano (only a 5-10 minute beach walk away), Kid´s Club for Children, shopping gallery, equestrian centre, Dave-Thomas designed 18-hole golf course within the hills of Benahavis, Thalasso Spa, an 800 square metre (8.611 sq. ft.) state-of-the-art facility with dynamic indoor sea water pool, steam baths and saunas, a solarium and 12 treatment rooms and more. The hotel also features six bars and restaurants including the famous Beach Club Buffet, legendary Grill Restaurant and avant garde MC Café. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Marbella Hotel