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“Good value, great location and lovely rooftop pool!! (Great clothes shops at Puerto Banus)” 4 of 5 stars
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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 #24 of 79 Hotels in Marbella
Certificate of Excellence
Devon
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17 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Good value, great location and lovely rooftop pool!! (Great clothes shops at Puerto Banus)”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2013

We spent 3 nights at this hotel at the end of May. My teenage children loved being close to the beaches, shops, cafes and restaurants - it was so easy to just walk everywhere. The Old Town was so much better than we had expected, with lots of gift shops, boutiques and fantastic restaurants. We enjoyed eating out every night, sitting watching the world go by. It felt safe and relaxed. Lots of families with younger children too. We hired bikes from just behind the hotel and cycled to Puerto Banus - an hours cycle ride on the flat promenade - lovely!! There is a great shopping centre with Zara, Mango, Pull and Bear, H & M etc at the back of Puerto Banus, worth a visit if you like clothes shopping!! Would definately come back to this hotel for a short break. The only downside was the pool was 'mobbed' in the afternoons with not enough sunchairs, so get there early!!

  • Stayed May 2013, 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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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
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Nottingham
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7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2013

My wife and I stayed at this hotel for 7 nights as we were invited to a family wedding.
The wedding was in the Church of la Encarnacion in the old town and it is a stunningly beautiful backdrop to any wedding. The old town is a charming maze of narrow cobbled streets, small plazas, kept spotlessly clean and bedecked with flowers and plants. The walk back through the streets from the church to the reception gave countless photo opportunities.
The location of this hotel is perfect as it is directly opposite the beach and only 5 minutes walk to the old town with all its shops bars and beautiful churches and chapels. Tip:- Make sure you bring plenty of money as the shops are just too tempting and we could have spent much more than we did, were it not for the luggage weight restrictions!
If you wander out of the reception and head left along the promenade you are spoilt for choice with hundreds of restaurants and bars. We tried many places over the week and never had a bad meal and everything from Hamburger and fries to fine dinning is available.
Our room was a decent size for the two of us and would easily sleep 4. The twin beds (we pushed them together were firm with good bed linen and we slept really well. The air-conditioning unit made little noise & we were soon became used to it. The bathroom had no bath but the shower was powerful and ran at a steady pressure and temperature. The kitchen was small and basic but if required you could whip up a small meal or snack. There were a good selection of cups, plates, bowls & cooking pans and most essentially there was a corkscrew to open the wine we were keeping cool in the fridge. The room was kept clean and tidy everyday, as were all the communal areas. The staff were all very friendly and those on reception spoke great English. The only slight let down to the place is the lack of WiFi in the rooms but I did not let this spoil our holiday.
Overall a great location, a great hotel and good value for money.

Room Tip: Most of the side facing rooms still have a fairly good view of the sea and you probably will not be...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Kongsvinger, Norway
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14 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2013

We were two couples,65+,who stayed for one week.The appartments were good,clean and quiet.The beds very good.The AC worked. We loved the pool on top of the hotel,very pleasant water temperature! Our flight home was late in the evening, but we could keep our luggage in a room behind the reception,where we also could have a shower with free soap and towels. We will surely come back to this Appartement hotel,not luxury, but very good value for money.

Room Tip: Our rooms were on the 7th floor
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Dublin Ireland
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15 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2013

Location is amazing - right on the beach. Rooms with a sea view and twin/double beds are allocated on arrival. In our one bed apartment (room 507) we had twin beds which was a bit annoying for a couple but we did get the sea view so we couldn't really complain. The apt was fine, bedding was clean, bathroom was nice, good hot powerful shower (even with the leak in the hose), small balcony with chair. There was black out blinds in the bedroom and living room - which was great for getting a long sleep. But the place doesn't seem to have good sound-proofing. We could hear everything that was going on in the room above us. Tip - bring some ear plugs! The Kitchenette was compact but useful - only two rings on hob but that was enough for us. The decor of the apt is a bit dated but when you have such beautiful scenery outside who cares!! The staff were pleasant but not overly helpful. The major drawback is that there is no WiFi in the apt. There is WiFi in the lobby downstairs but would be better if it was in the apt. There is a sun terrace upstairs with sun loungers, a cafe and a small pool. The price we paid was amazing - we got over and above what we paid for taking everything into account.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Sunderland
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62 reviews
51 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2013

This is deemed to be a 4* aparthotel, but it did not compare with other 4* places we have been to in the Canaries and Costa del Sol recently. Yes, it was beautifully located, but the actual 1-bedroom apartment was ordinary. The settee was desperately uncomfortable, there was no oven and only two heat rings, so self-catering was out. The bathroom had no bath or bidet, and the whole place felt austere.
Other comments about being dated are fair, and it was commendably clean, with nice reception staff. From what I understand (we felt €12.50 excessive) breakfast was modest. We tended to take croissants and coffee on the small balcony, but sadly the high floor corner position meant lots of wind.
We had a few little niggles on arrival - radiators that mysteriously came on when switched off, air-con that we couldn't work out, which actually was the result of a flat battery in the remote, a bathroom door that would not close, and an extractor fan that never went off in our 10 days. No, not major issues, but 4* - not really.
Another minor niggle was that I booked well in advance through Bookings.com, paying, I think €61 per night. People were arriving 'off the street' and were paying less, with breakfast thrown in. Perhaps these agencies aren't as cost-effective as we think?
There are no gardens or grounds to wander round on site, just the compact roof-top pool and lounge area beneath it. The Princesa Playa was decent, but not 4* standard.

Room Tip: Sea views are not bookable - we tried!
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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45 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
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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dublin
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
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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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 ) Room Service
Hotel Style:
#6 Best Value Hotel in Marbella
#14 Luxury Hotel in Marbella
#20 Romantic Hotel in Marbella
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Princesa Playa Hotel Apartamentos 4*
Number of rooms: 100
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