I always check tripadvisor before booking a holiday and this hotel looked beautiful but had very mixed reviews at the time of booking. I decided to take a chance but the closer the holiday came the worse the reviews were getting so I was really worried by the time my partner and I arrived.
Firstly I have to say reception staff were efficient and polite, we arrived around midnight and a night watchman opened up the dining area so we could have a snack and bottle of water.
Our room was a very large double with a lovely balcony with nice padded wicker chairs and coffee table overlooking a pretty court yard, there was also a little balcony at the other side of the room overlooking the small pool. Large bathroom with shower, bath and bidet.
We were very pleased with the room, yes I'm sure it could have done with a wee touch up here and there but that would be bit picky to complain about it.
Rooms were cleaned everyday, lovely crisp white sheets think the towels were the original ones from when hotel was built so had seen better days but were changed daily.
There is two pools, one small with a wooden pergola over it, this was used for massages etc although I never saw anyone in it throughout the week. There is only a few loungers at this pool so its very peaceful except that its outside reception and diningroom.
The large pool has a small divided area for children its very nice and we found it very peaceful. All the bathing/lounging areas are on grass there are no tiled areas so can be abit damp underfoot first thing in the morning.
The main dining area was used for all meals, main lounge was only open in the evenings and pretty sedate. Pool bar served snacks at lunchtime but you had to pay for these.
There is also a beach bar five minute walk down the road, this again you have to pay for, drinks food and use of the loungers on the beach (14 euro for 2 people). We thought this was rather expensive but its even more expensive towards Puerto Banus.
Food was okay but nothing wonderful, 4 day break would be fine but we found it getting too restricting after a few days. Breakfast was cereal, yoghurt, cheese and meats as you would expect, lots of baked goods, crusty breads and always hot selection as well.
Lunch was probably our favourite meal, salads, usually some pasta dishes, meat and there was always paella. You helped yourself to wine at lunch, juice or beer in the evening the waitress would pour you a glass when you eventually caught her attention, I have to say my glass was never topped up throughout the meal.
There is a bus stop right outside the hotel, so if you fancy a trip into Marbella or can't face the walk into Banus its handy. Depending on the bus its either 1.18 or 1.23 euro into Marbella central. coming home its a bit more difficult we ended up getting back to Banus and taking a taxi to hotel which is about 7 euro. Hotel is nearer San Pedro than Banus.
If getting a bus home look for number 27 or 78. There are 2 timetables at the stops, main bus line is L1, L6 etc the timetable for the 27 and 78 tends to be on a different lamp post.
It's a beautiful area, lovely weather and some spectacular looking villas, yachts etc obviously it can make dining out or going for a wee drink bit expensive..
We had a lovely holiday but was happy we hadnt booked for 2 weeks.
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Rincon Andaluz
- Rincon Andaluz Marbella
- Riu Rincon Andaluz
- Rincon Andaluz Hotel