Using my timeshare based in Asia I decided to exchange a week to go to mainland Spain.
We booked the above and spent a week here from 15th Sept to 22nd Sept2012.
Having read some of the reviews we were a little concerned.
When we arrived the checkin procedure was very quick and informative with English speaking staff who were very helpful.
Our room located in room 302 top floor of the hotel was well equipped if a little dated, but none the less perfectly usable.
The flat sreen tv had only three English channels CBBC, ITV South West region and Sky News, all in all very poor choice.
The safe in the room was free no hidden room charges.
Having to hire for 5 euros a towel to sit on the sun beds was a rip off and feel they should be supplied free as they are by other resorts.
The indoor pool was freezing, it stated in the blurb it was a heated pool. The sauna was a waste of time took far too long to heat up from cold.
Again using the gym or indoor pool no towels were available to use, you had to either supply your own or hire.
Plenty of loungers were available around the outside large pool.
Good hotel etiquette is practiced at this resort, other than around the pool area the wearing of a top is a must in the restaurant and reception areas. Well done the hotel.
A very good info area is located in the reception area, giving attractions timetables etc, so no excuses for being bored.
The beach from the hotel area is less than two minutes walk. Beware jelly fish, an app is available for phone users if you have one that gives details and warnings etc.
Having a car is a must if visiting this hotel, but it only has a small car park with no reserved parking.
Nearest supermarket is 5 minutes walk away, though closed on Sunday.
If without a car there are bus stops on the main road about 8minutes walk away which can take you to Marbella, Puerto Banus, Calahonda, Malaga, Fuengirolla and plenty of other places.
No WiFi is at the hotel which is pretty poor.
We were as usual accosted by the timeshare guys in the hotel. In truth I was braced to tell them where to go having held my timeshare for over 13years. We were introduced to Trevor who we shared a breakfast with. He was fantastic, as a rep he was not pushy didn't try to force things onto us we didn't want or need, all in a very good bloke who done his job very well whilst understanding and aware of our goals. Had I wanted to buy I would have from this guy who also shared information on the region and further afield.Very knowledgeable, he was even able to give us practical advice for our trip to Gibraltar.
Checking out of the hotel was as simple as the check in, flawless and quick.
Would I use the hotel again- yes. Would I visit the Costa region again-NO.
- Also Known As:
- Heritage Resorts Club Playa Real Hotel Marbella
- Heritage Resorts Club Playa Real Hotel
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- On the beach, close to Marbella town centre with famous Puerto Banus nearby. Built around beautifully manicured gardens which house a magnificent outdoor pool and poolside bar, Club Playa Real will fill your days with whatever you wish: lazy hours around the pool, sunbathing, strolling for miles along the beach or dining in one of the numerous "chiringuito", beach bars along the fabulous Marbella golden sands. ... more less