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“Would no longer reccomend” 1 of 5 stars
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Hotel Artola Golf
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Carretera de Cadiz, Km 194, 29600 Marbella, Spain   |  
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Ranked #69 of 78 Hotels in Marbella
London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Would no longer reccomend”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2012

After several years of staying here i will not come back again.The rooms are not cleaned properly,the towels are old and worn. The grounds which were once lovely are now in a poor state where dogs run riot before washing themselves in the pool.
The bar no longer has the tapas it used to offer and too is looking unused, and the worst of all
is the ex pats who appear to run it and the foul language i over heard during my stay.
What little spanish authenticity was left with this place has now gone. Big Shame.

Room Tip: Dont bother
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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English first
Bedford, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2012

Having, like others found this idyllic gem I just can not find enough praise for it, it is full of rustic charm, the beds are very comfortable, the rooms very clean, the Service very relaxing, you want something just ask, the pool excelent, sure there is no resturant but it is Bed /Breakfast and there are loads of Resturants around, (Dont look for McDonalds) I would like to be able to put into words just how different and wonderful this Hotel is but words fail me. For a good resturant try Bogart's in Calahonda, just at the start of 'The Strip'
N.B. My wife and I were so impressed we have decided to return again next month and maybe again in October.

John R Martin

Room Tip: I hope to add Photos later in the week
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  • Stayed June 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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araruna pb
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2012

special type of rustical hotel.nice rooms and nice naturalesc beaches in this aerea.

Room Tip: if you are not by car,use taxi from Marbella
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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Brighton, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2011

This hotel is on it's last legs. Neglected, no service to speak of. Bar rarely open and when it is-- the staff (if any) are very rude.
Air conditioning out of order and so called staff said' nothing we can do!'.
Rear rooms very noisy---window in room would not shut properly.
All in all--a terrible experience.
Would not be surprised if this place shuts down soon.
Not even that cheap!

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled solo
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Dunfermline, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2011

This hotel is gem. Full of character and characters! We found Hotel Artola by mistake and then fell in love with it. The location is ideal, bus stops outside to Fuengerola and Marbella, beach 5 mins walk and local bars and restaurants approx. 10 mins.
Our special thanks to Vic and Lyn for guiding to us to this hotel. Throughout our stay they kept us informed of the best places to go and helped us with everything we needed. Vic also kept us entertained with his dulcet tones!!! Thanks guys.
The grounds are very relaxing with a large pool and terrace bar.
Ou thanks to all the staff for their friendly and efficient service.

Room Tip: Best rooms are 101 to 106, but the other rooms ar.
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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2011

beautiful hotel that is in need of some TLC however found staff to be friendly and ideal location for us close to the beach and only 15 minutes away from either fuengirola or marbella . Local beach, bars very convenient and for a short romantic getaway found this to be perfect for the price we paid . Like i said whole place could do with a some small renovations but then it does add to the historical feel of it and the golf course could do with being maintained as my partner was hoping to have a game however it was overgrown so couldn't. All that aside we found it good value friendly and situated in an ideal location and would go back

Room Tip: if you want a veranda book early
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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Bridgend, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2011

Oh dear! What can I say? We hoped this would be as their website purports, a quiet, little grand boutique hotel. It was dreadful. Do not believe the favourable reports on here as they have permanent English residents who I suspect are writing the good reports. The hotel is nothing like any of the good reports. The concierge could hardly be bothered to get out of his own way. He began by trying to get us to pay for the whole week in advance and in cash!! I paid for one night in advance but the place just got worse and worse. The pity is it could be a lovely hotel. Its got a lot going for it but it desperately needs and update and some serious repairs. We were the only people at breakfast which was OK I suppose but a little sparse even for a continental. If you are the type who can sleep through a bombing raid then no problem because the toilets are old fashioned type that sound like the dam-busters are on their way! The door to the bar was continually blocked by a chair preventing access, when we did force our way in, there was this very old seemingly permanent fixture of a guest smoking his pipe and watching English TV at an incredibly loud volume! It seemed he was allowed to put the chair there to keep others out as this was a constant fixture! No bar staff to try and get a drink and an atmosphere reminiscent of the London smog.
One of the very few other guests spoke to us and offered some help with directions told us it was old Paddy and not to mind him!! This chap also seemed to a permanent resident and said he was a friend of the owner and helping him out! He seemed to be the only hotel representative available.
If you can't use the bar then you have no choice but to walk or drive some distance to Cabo Pino and eat and drink there. We had hired a car and thank goodness! The Hotel is right on the main coast road to Marbella and actually seems to have its own turning off the very fast dual carriageway. Road noise was not a problem for us as we had a room at the rear or side whichever it is facing the grounds and pool. There are considerable sized grounds but they seem to open to all and sundry to walk through. If it was in the UK I would say there was public right of way. The grounds and garden were unkempt and dirty with lots of dogs passing through. Most of the owners seemed to remove their dog excrement but we still found a few examples. I certainly would not allow my children to play there. The pool could have been lovely but it was full of leaves and branches!
The final straw amongst too many to list was the toilet pipe started leaking and was very smelly. I reported it and was told not to worry as it was only 'poco poco' Oh well only a little bit of Salmonella, no problem there then. I think this hotel would be all right for a stopover but that is about it at the moment. by the way, we did not go there for the 'Golf' but we could see no golf course at the hotel at all. There was a nine hole golf course across the other side of the dual carriageway about a mile drive [you could never walk there!] and I was told it had nothing to do with the hotel. So there you are. A brilliant example of how a very good website can fool you entirely. We put up with this for two nights but when we couldn't get a drink at the bar due to this special smoking guest having taken up residence, we thought enough was enough. However, it is quite cheap and if i was backpacking or something it would be OK. I have to say their website producer deserves an Oscar! On the whole I would give this one a miss.

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  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Carretera de Cadiz, Km 194, 29600 Marbella, Spain
Location: Spain > Andalucia > Province of Malaga > Costa del Sol > Marbella
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant
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Ranked #69 of 78 Hotels in Marbella
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Artola Golf 3*
Number of rooms: 36
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