My wife and I had the opportunity to have 4 days away at Easter and because flights were good from East Midlands with Jet2 we went to Malaga airport and stayed at La Villa Marbella in Marbella Old Town. We had chosen this hotel based on Tripadvisor reviews and the fact it was located in the old town of Marbella.
Flight left on time on Friday morning at around 7.30am and arrived at Malaga airport around 11.00. We had decided to get the bus to Marbella and the bus kiosk is just by the exit doors. They are regular but you have to book your ticket for a particular bus before you can board. We booked the direct bus at 12.30pm to Marbella. This was €16 for the 2 of us. The bus left at 12.35 and at 1.15pm we were at Marbella bus station. Smooth and hassle free and so much cheaper than a taxi. We then got a taxi from the bus station to the hotel which cost €9 (only 7) on the way back .
We arrived at the hotel around 1.45pm and we were greeted by Marcos the owner and Isabella, an employee. What a lovely, lovely guy Marcos is. Marcos speaks 5 and a 1/2 languages, he says the half is German. We were welcomed like long time friends and were delighted to be told we had been upgraded to a Shanghai room. At the time it did not mean too much but we were then told our room was ready and Isabella would show us to our room. The hotel consists of 5 houses in the cobbled streets of Marbella Old Town all in different locations but all near each other. Our hotel "the Courtyard" was about a minutes walk from reception. We were shown to a room on the top floor and when the door was opened we were greeted by a four poster bed. We then had to go up some step and we were shown the bathroom and leading off the bathroom was a door to our own roof top terrace complete with hot tub !!!! Absolute bliss. We spent each early evening in the hot tub sipping bubbles before we went out for an evening meal .
The room we had wasn't large when compared to some hotels we have been to in Turkey and New York but it had a flat screen tv, DVD,cd player, free safe and a pay as you go minibar and a tea and coffee making facility We did not watch too much tv!
The room was very clean and the beds were comfortable and Marcos told us if we needed more pillows or blankets just call ANY time. There is no point trying to sleep if you haven't got the right pillows he said and we are available 24hours a day. Superb customer service if you wanted it.
For breakfast you ticked a list of things you wanted , fruit juice, tea/coffee (nespresso) croissant filled with ham and Spanish cheese , pain au chocolat, cereal or fresh fruit and yoghurt. We had breakfast in what was effectively the living room converted to Breakfast room. We could have eaten on the patio area by the downstairs small pool if we had wanted to.
The location of the hotel was superb, near restaurants, shops, and bars. Marcos said when we had settled in to come back to the reception and he would advise what were good restaurants and he sent us to a lovely Tapas Bar near the beach. Rose wine was €1.70, heaven for my wife. The tapas was excellent and was brought out from the kitchens on a regular basis and you chose whether you wanted to sample the cuisine. Each tapas snack had a stick in to and the type of stick determined the price of the tapas. For example one stick with a heart on the end was say €1.75 but another with just a plain stick might be €1.50. Lovely way to spend a Good Friday afternoon.
We had a great 4 days and all to soon it was over.
Had we enjoyed the break ? Wow yes, but this had been given that wow factor by the hotel we had stayed in . Service was personable and superb. Nothing was too much trouble for Marcos or the staff. They also said we could stay in the room until we had to leave at around 2.45 pm which meant we could relax and take our time packing. They also organised the taxi for us to get to the bus station .
Would we go back , without a doubt. Great hotel and fully deserving of its no 1 spot for hotels in Marbella. 5 star in all aspects for me (although only rated a 3 star officially) but really this hotel is for couples who want to relax and walk and see the sights.
Take the Shanghai room if possible if you like privacy of a roof top terrace and a hot tub.
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