Spent 1 week here over Easter. We had apartment 154. It has a reasonably large terrace but only the end 2' gets any sun for about 2 hours in the afternoon. This room is directly above the cafe/bar so expect to be woken every morning at 8 o'clock as they prepare for the day's trade (opening shutters etc).The apartment itself was quite well equipped and big enough for my wife and I and the 3 kids (5, 7 and 9 years old). The room gets cleaned only once a week and I think that this is too long to go without a change of towels. I thought the beds were very hard too.
The resort is OK but lacks a proper bar - there is just the Cafe Marbella cafe/bar but this is more for dining than having a few drinks and watching the entertainment. The entertainment is just OK too but finishes at 10:30 sharp each night. There are a few good bars just around the corner (Harp Irish bar and Rumors). For restaurants, the Chinese 'Slow Boat' was excellent.
The pools are good, however, and kept quite warm - around 27 degrees C for the outdoor pool with the indoor pool much warmer. The indoor pool is 1.4m deep throughout which was just too deep for the kids though - the outdoor pool has a shallow end at 1m. Bathing caps are required for the indoor pool - buy them at the local shops for around 3 Euros (much more expensive on site). We got ours in a little shop close to Lidl for €2.20 each. No problem at all getting a sunbed by the pool whatever the time of day. The sun terrace overlooking the pool appeared to be the area of choice for the sun-worshippers so probably a bit harder to get a lounger up there.
A hire car is highly recommended. We went to Gibraltar which was great (I recommend the Rock Tour- 1.5 hours guided tour by taxi at €25 each including entrance to the caves and Great Seige Tunnels - not to mention the monkeys) and Ronda which is an absolute 'must see'. It was one of the most beautiful and spectacular places I have ever visited - an old white-washed Spanish city perched perilously close to the sheer cliffs overlooking the Andalucian plains. It also has the oldest bull-ring in Spain. The Cabopina beach was also really nice.
In summary, the Club Marbella was OK as a base from which to explore, but 1 week was long enough.
Now my turn- the wives perspective!
There were a few lines of ants marching along the electric hob kettle area which was a little off putting, you are given ant spray but out of all the holidays I've had, I've never once had this problem. No sooner had you sprayed them they would be back!
The double bedroom had an infuriating noise like a nail on a wine glass which tapped irregularly throughout each night, I found stuffing a cushion behind the mattress stopped it. (We both had terrible nightmares each night, which was very odd). I'd often wake up with pins and needles as the mattress was so hard.
This place was not good for my children. The kids club started at 11 and they would be shipped off to another hotel, which they or I did not want. There was no mini disco, no poolside bar for lollies.
We were forced to go out of an evening and we would spend most evenings sitting in the Irish bar watching the golf or football, with me wishing I could try and have a go of the kids DS's!
You have to hire a car for this location, but beware, the slip roads joining the motorways are perilous.
There are Lidls everywhere and I kid you not, a bottle of wine 75C, bottle of vodka €4.00! But strangely things like yoghurts and jars of sauce for pasta well over £2.00!
After looking on trip advisor, we drove to Gibraltar, tolls being around £4.00 each time. Gibraltar is beautiful and very impressive. I was lead to believe that the monkeys were dangerous and thieving, but I found them friendly, holding and stroking them!
Ronda was one of the best places I have ever been too, even the journey there was magificent.
But maybe not if you have a child who likes to climb!
Overall, I was very dissappointed in the hotel, but okay for a base. one week was long enough.
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