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Princesa Playa Hotel Apartamentos
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Paseo Maritimo, s/n, 29600 Marbella, Spain   |  
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Ranked #22 of 77 hotels in Marbella
Copenhagen, Denmark
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25 hotel reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
“Location, location!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2013

Five stars for location, three for the hotel. I spent 4 days in Marbella to find a property to buy. For that reason the hotel was perfect! Good underground parking facilities (private, but you get cheaper price by saying you are the hotel guest and got a ticket for the whole period to drive in and out). A short walk to plenty of restaurants, the old city, shopping, everything!

Nice front desk staff and they speak good english. But don't trust their restaurant recommendations! At least I got recommended a very touristic restaurant with those plastic pictures of food, which should be enough to turn you around immediately.

The room was very clean and spacious for one person, a basic kitchenette with micro oven and fridge. Bring your own washing up liquid if you wish to was dishes, the cleaning person doesn't do it. A small grocery store just around the corner. A small bathroom with almost no amenities; only a soap and shampoo in a small bag which was impossible to open. Balkony was small and facing to the sea. First I enjoyed the constant sound of waves, then I got tired to it. Maybe it would be less noisy on the upper floors. No sound isolation in the rooms! Especially the noise from corridors was terrible when people were coming back in the middle of the night! They don't care a bit of others trying to sleep.

WiFi available only on the common area, very annoying! And a funny view, because sometimes the ground floor was full of people with their iPads, smart phones and laptops -and of course by that time WiFi was slowing down...

Breakfast was ok and I enjoyed the great view over the sea. Coffee from an automat and juice was concentrate. I went to see the pool, which was very small and not so inviting, I skipped to try it.

This hotel cannot be recommended to handicapped people, because you can't reach the restaurant or the roof top pool with an elevator.

Room Tip: Ask a room on the upper floors and NOT next to the elevator! Sea facing rooms are great.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2013

great location - not expecting much in the line of luxury as very very reasonable for a four-night stay! staff at reception not overly helpful but pleasant enough. rooftop pool very small but adequate if not too busy. we stayed in a 1-bedroomed apartment which was supposed to be for four people - would have been very cramped. on our first morning we went to look at the pool and then enquired about breakfast as it was only served til 11 and it was just after it. very pleasant girl said it was finished but she could get us some fried eggs which was nice of her. however considering we hadn't availed of the full cooked buffet it was a bit steep @ 12.50 per head so needless to say we didn't partake of breakfast there again. all in all a very good location for exploring marbella a short walk to orange square and right across the road from the beach. great shopping centre la canada a taxi-drive away - well worth a look if you are hoping to have some retail therapy

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service

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Galway, Ireland
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15 hotel reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2013

Nice professional staff that speak perfect English.

Hotel and rooms are dated but are well maintained and are clean.

Good location and a good base for walking the beach or going to the old town.

We had breakfast. Bring an appetite as it is €12.50 per person. It's fine. Nothing special.

Our room was very good value at €55 per night and as a result this is to be recommended.

  • Stayed April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Tampere, Finland
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2013

When marketing hotel as an apartementos hotel, customer has a true cause to believe that the rooms are equipped as an apartementos should. Not only one kind of glass this, other of that etc. We came with a rental car, believing that a marketing promise "only few parking places, optional" means, that there's still some of them. Receptionist could only say, that if you find place from street, you can leave your car there and pay it daily. And still: There is a big parking house under the hotelproperty! "We have nothing to do with it!", said the receptionist. Just asking: "Why do you not?". Should you have, because it was quite easy to negotiate a moderate price fot the week, should it be your cup of tea to do this negotiation, not for you but for your customers. For the service at all, five points to the young male receptionist for trying and kindness, for you others much less. Good morning, hola, buenos diaz for the customers is much more than your papers on your desk. Believe me, been a hotel GM for over 25 years... If your pool is open and you say, that you can get extra towels there, its also a marketing promise, None! Not even a person to ask for them.

Room Tip: If you need the apartment equips, ask those beforehand. When you are there it's nothing to do.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Pontefract, West Yorkshire, England
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82 reviews 82 reviews
17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 38 cities Reviews in 38 cities
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2013

Like a trip back to 1990! Yellow walled corridors with fake onyx and gold pillars and red patterned carpets with gold grippers in reception. However the rooms are spotless and the location is perfect. Staff very helpful. This seems to be a Thomas Cook and other travel companies hotel. We would return no problems.

  • Stayed April 2013, 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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roma
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39 reviews 39 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2013

Here is a very good address for a comfortable stay in Marbella. Right in the center of the town, on the Paseo Maritimo and a short walk from the Old Town.
Great service of the housekeeping. In the apartments, also provide for the collection of waste, already organized in a very comfortable way.Free Wifi, but only in the reception area.
Anyway, a valuable alternative to the many hotels in Marbella.

Room Tip: The more expensive rooms are sea facing, but they are not always the largest. Specify at time of boo...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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28 reviews 28 reviews
19 hotel reviews
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2013

We rented a suite for one week during the March break. We found the suite to be good value for the money. The bed was large, and the unit very clean and housekeeping came everyday and kept it that way. The unit came with a small fridge, a small stove, microwave, tv and sitting/dining room. Our room overlooked the sea and the boardwalk and we spent some time on the balcony enjoying the sun. The staff was very helpful and we took day trips from the hotel to Ronda and Gibraltar. They are both about an hour away and the bus is the best way to go. The costs varies, so check with the desk staff in the lobby. There is wifi in the lobby but not on the rest of the floors. There is a PC in the lobby that you can use 1 euro=20 min. Laundry services are available, buy the tokens at the front desk. The laundry is on the 6th floor. You cannot use the facilities before 10:30 am and not after 11:00 pm. The location is excellent and we went on many walks down the beach and along the boardwalk. There is a grocery store right next to the hotel and it is open 365 days a year. Breakfast is available in the hotel for 12 Euros a day per person. There are lots of cafes and restaurants in Marbella. It is a very safe small town. We enjoyed our stay and would stay there again.

  • Stayed March 2013, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Paseo Maritimo, s/n, 29600 Marbella, Spain
Location: Spain > Andalucia > Province of Malaga > Costa del Sol > Marbella
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#13 Luxury Hotel in Marbella
#20 Romantic Hotel in Marbella
#22 Top resorts Hotel in Marbella
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Princesa Playa Hotel Apartamentos 4*
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