I have just stayed here for 2 nights and feel rather frustrated with TA, or rather its community. I found this place to be perfectly acceptable but no more. And to describe it as 'overwhelming' and a 'unique experience' (unique in what way exactly?) is rather difficult to understand.
Lets start with the good;
The location is great, right in the heart of the old town, so if you want to be in this part of Marbella and are not particularly bothered about sea vews etc, then the location is a winner.
The hotel itself; well is it a hotel or is it a B&B/guest house? Its been christened a 'boutique bolthole', a 'boutique hotel' and other similar by both booking websites and guests, the hotel itself prefers to describe itself as a 'charming hotel'.
I think its a B&B, personally. In any event on arrival, we checked in at a mini reception and were advised we had received an upgrade from the room I had booked, the upgrade was called 'Lombok' and was a 4 minute walk up the next street in a seperate building with two other rooms in it. Im not sure I have any issue with this arrangement but surely this is where the term boutique hotel starts to look somewhat generous.
The room itself was quite pleasant, and in fairness had some things you dont see in many of even the most accomplished hotels in Spain, such as iron &Ironing board, and tea & Coffee facilities. You seldom see this in Spain, I have no idea why as it is very frustrating, but it was refreshing to see this here.
The bed was large, comfortable and the room had all we needed, but there is no charm or luxury here, it is pleasant and and it is clean, tidy and tasteful and there are some attempts to create a kind of Asian theme in theroom, but Im afraid thats it.
The bathroom, while again seemed to be relatvely new, offered an intensely disappointing shower. Im 6 foot 2 and if you are as well, and you like a powerful hot shower, youre going to be disappointed here.
Breakfast; this is the part I find hardest to understand (from the superlative reviews)
We stayed here two nights, with breakfast included and on the second morning I was tempted to go to a cafe for breakfast, but decided not to.
Breakfast is served in 'the lodge' which again, is seperate from the main 'hotel' and was about halfway to the room we were in, and on the same street. As others have already posted, you receive a small paper list on check-in to select what you would like for breakfast during your stay.
I did so and received a warm croisant with warm cheese in it and some cheap ham. Bloody awful. The coffee, whilst not the worst I have had, was dire. The jam & butter which came with the toast were from Mercadona's own brand. Come on guys, if youre going to go out and buy Mercadona items for everybodies breakfast, at least attempt to disguise it by maybe putting the jam & butter into seperate recepticles? Or actually, maybe don't bother going to Mercadona and instead source some quality for your paying guests which may cost you a bit more but will at least will make their breakfast a bit more enjoyable?Also how about a Nespresso machine?Quick,easy, and either you can do it or guests can serve themselves some brilliant coffee.
On the second day it was served by an Argentinian lady who was nice enough but the 'good morning pleasantries' were rather laboured by her and by the time we were hearing about her ageing parents arthritis over breakfast, we'd really heard enough.Plus through all the chat she began serving our food only, and we had to remind her to bring our juice and sludgy coffee.
The atmosphere in the breakfast room was also a bit bizarre, on the second morning it was just the two of us but the day before there were a few other guests and it felt rather uncomfortable if you speak more loudly than whispers, or grind your (Ikea) chair
I dont want to sound too harsh, but this place is no more than OK .
If I had read reviews which were a bit closer to the reality, I would have set my expectations accordingly before checking in, but from my own experience this place is some way from a boutique hotel, and I dont think I'd find any 'overwhelming beauty' if i was still there looking for it now.
What La Villa is, is a tasteful, quirky,friendly, Bed & Breakfast in a great location, with obvious limitations, and a poor quality breakfast offering.If you get a good price, book away, but dont go expecting any luxury or anything hip, also skip the breakfast and go out for it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- La Villa Marbella Charming Hotel is located inside the romantic Old Town of the internationally renowned Marbella. The 150 years old house has been fully refurbished and the 4 suites carry a very cozy Asian Style. The rooms are full equipped: air conditioner, heater, ceiling fan, TV satellite, stereo chain, ads, mini bar, safety box, electronic keys, telephone with private voice mail and full amenities in the bathroom. From the terrace, during the breakfast or relaxing in our Chinese Lounge, you will enjoy stunning views of the Sierra Blanca, Old Town and the Castle Walls. 3 minutes walk to the famous Orange Square and its selected bars and restaurants, 7 minutes walk to the beach or 10 minutes by car to the famous Marina Puerto Banus and its nightlife , La Villa Marbella gives you the tranquility of the Old Town yet close to the interesting points of the city. You will come back !! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- La Hotel Marbella Charming
- La Villa Marbella