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Urbanización Costalita del Mar S/N, 29680, Estepona Spain
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A note from Hotel Costa del Sol
Updated 12/03/21

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#4 of 34 hotels in Estepona
Location
4.0
Cleanliness
4.5
Service
4.5
Value
4.1
Costa del Sol hotel is located right in front of the quiet beach of El Saladillo, Malaga. This is a 4-star hotel that’s designed to impress even the most discerning travellers due to its high-quality services and privileged location. At the Costa del Sol hotel there are up to 20 different pool areas including slides and waterfalls, as well as a complete activity programme for adults and children, a Monkey Club, free Wi-Fi, SPA Sensations with 800 m² of space, two restaurants, two bars and its exquisite Sea Soul Restaurant & Beach Club, where your days and nights can last forever. This hotel has 265 rooms and suites with first-rate facilities, some with a private pool, which ensure the rest and relaxation that families require, as well as exclusivity for even the most discerning guests.
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JohnTinaXX wrote a review Oct 2021
Welling, United Kingdom20 contributions15 helpful votes
Hotel was very clean, you could not fault them. Food was ok, my husband found the food Better than I did. We arrived on a Saturday afternoon, all I can say it was like walking into Butlins, kids everywhere and the noise. We did not realise that the hotel opens up to the Spanish at weekends from Friday, this is something I wish we had been aware of. We went to have lunch there was not a clean table and most of the food was gone. Due to so many people at the pool side we upgraded the room to the private swim up pool which was lovely, it overlooked the beach. If you want a quieter part to sunbath there are sun beds located by the snack bar on either side overlooking the beach. Got up on the Sunday and everywhere was peace and quite it was like this until Friday again. The hotel caters very much for the Spanish, there were six different milks at breakfast but all were in Spanish, also the entertainment team talked us into playing Bingo, again all in Spanish which we found quite funny as you can imagine we didn’t win. The smoking area is right where you have to enter reception area, as we are not smokers you had to hold your breath to walk through not nice. There is a daily Charge for your safe also and a deposit for towels which you get back when you check out. Would we stay here again, I don’t think we would.
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Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: If you can afford it upgrade the room the private pool
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Responded Oct 29, 2021
Dear John, It has been an absolute pleasure to read this great review of your recent stay at our hotel and we appreciate that you took the time to write and share it with us. We would like to consider all aspects to create an environment for our guests that fulfil all their wishes to achieve a perfect holiday. Therefore, we welcome both your praise and your helpful critique with gratitude and will, of course, look into your concerns as we aim to meet the preferences of all our guests. It is nice to know that you felt so comfortable with us and that have chosen to share that fact with others and we hope to see you again soon. Best Regards, Quality Manager, Iberostar Costa Del Sol
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Paula B wrote a review Oct 2021
Manchester, United Kingdom2 contributions
Recently stayed at the Iberostar, Estepona and was not disappointed. We booked a double room that was spacious and very clean, as is the rest of the hotel. I would like to say a huge thank you to the staff, from reception, catering and cleaners who never failed to acknowledge your presence with a friendly “hola”. The food was exceptional! We booked an all inclusive package and never failed to find something different to taste. The extra pounds l gained during this holiday says it all. Would not hesitate to book this hotel again.
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Date of stay: October 2021
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Response from Iberostar Hotels and Resorts, Owner at Hotel Costa del Sol
Responded Oct 26, 2021
Dear guest, First of all, we would like to thank you for your kind review of your recent holiday with us at our hotel. Such a friendly review is, of course, a great pleasure to read and confirms for us that our daily actions are worthwhile and that we are on the right path with our numerous efforts. Again we thank you for your pleasant opinion of our hotel and hope that we will continue to provide you with excellent holiday experiences in the future. Best Regards, Quality Manager, Iberostar Costa Del Sol
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Sarah R wrote a review Oct 2021
Belper, United Kingdom12 contributions17 helpful votes
We have just returned from a very relaxing week away. Much of this was due to the hotel being in a very quiet, beach front location and of course the lovely staff. The hotel is very well maintained and cared for by all its hotel team. The rooms are big and as other reviewers have commented if you can stretch the budget to a sea view room it’s well worth it. We stayed in one of the swim up rooms and were not disappointed. The choice of food available was amazing as you’d expect from a buffet. At meal times we were allocated a 45 minute time slot to keep the numbers down and whether it was this or it being at the end of September it was never overly busy. We tended to go in 10 to 15 minutes into the time slot and never had to queue. I would recommend an all inclusive package, however there are a very small number restaurants within walking distance of the hotel. There are a number of areas where you can sunbathe. Either round the pool, but this is where the entertainment team run their program of events so can be very noisy at times - but great for kids. There are 2 quieter areas at the beach end of the hotel over looking the sea which we preferred or additionally there are sun beds available on the beach (payable locally). I would definitely recommend this hotel to friends and family. We had a very deserved much needed relaxing break. For anyone with health concerned about Covid-19 the hotel requests mask wearing in communal areas (but not when you are sitting down to eat or drink), to observe social distancing and the use of hand sanitizer points. From what we experienced all guests complied with this and we felt very safe with all the measures that the hotel had put in place. We wouldn’t hesitate to return. Many thanks to all the staff at iberostar costa del sol
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Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: If you can stretch to a sea view room it’s well worth it
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Response from Iberostar Hotels and Resorts, Owner at Hotel Costa del Sol
Responded Nov 3, 2021
Dear Sarah, Thank you for your positive review and score and we are very pleased to read that you had such a pleasant time in our hospitality. We would like to express our gratitude to you for mentioning "how we care" our health and hygiene measures that we have implemented in all of our establishments to keep everyone safe and at the same time doing our utmost to guarantee that our guests enjoy their well deserved holiday, we are thrilled that this was the case for you. Again we thank you for sharing this wonderful review of our hotel and we hope that we will be able to serve you again in the not too distant future and wish you all the best. Kind Regards, Quality Manager, Iberostar Costa Del Sol
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Kirsty M wrote a review Oct 2021
March, United Kingdom63 contributions86 helpful votes
We booked this hotel as a weekend away in the sunshine. Overall we had a good weekend and wasn't disappointed. The hotel was spotlessly clean and all the Covid 19 safety measures were in place to keep us as safe as possible. There was plenty of food to choose from at meal times, however, we was allocated the 19:30hrs slot and the fresh meat cooking station was never ready so we all ended up queuing for 5-10 minutes until the meat was cooked. In my option, if the restaurant opens at 19:30hrs the grill/food should be ready. Saying that the food at all meals was lovely with plenty of choice. All the staff are friendly and accommodating so we won't hesitate to return.
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Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from Iberostar Hotels and Resorts, Owner at Hotel Costa del Sol
Responded Oct 22, 2021
Dear Kirsty, It has been a pleasure to read this great review of your recent stay at our hotel and we appreciate that you took the time to write and share it with us. We would like to consider all aspects to create an environment for our guests that fulfil all their wishes to achieve a perfect holiday. Therefore, we welcome both your praise and your helpful critique with gratitude. Thank you for mentioning our health and hygiene procedures, numerous measures that have been put in place in every area of our hotels and we are delighted that you were so satisfied with them. It is nice to know that you felt comfortable with us and we hope to see you again soon. Best Regards, Quality Manager, Iberostar Costa Del Sol
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Pauline P wrote a review Sep 2021
Widnes, United Kingdom36 contributions49 helpful votes
Cannot rate this highly enough, from the minute we arrived the hotel reception could not do enough to make your stay as good as possible, nothing was to much trouble they are very good at what they do. The rest of the staff are also friendly and helpful going out of their way for you. Our room had side sea view and was immaculate the cleaner did a brilliant job. The poolside was also very clean. Situated right by the beach with a beautiful view.The food was of good quality and plenty of choice. No tea making facilities in the room which as a tea loving Brit for me is a must. I would recommend this hotel for rest and relaxation these guys make you so welcome and really look out for you
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Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from Iberostar Hotels and Resorts, Owner at Hotel Costa del Sol
Responded Oct 21, 2021
Dear Pauline, Thank you very much for your review of our establishment. We are always very happy to receive confirmation that our guests have enjoyed an excellent holiday and have left wonderful memories. Our combination of both a friendly and competent service is one of our highest priorities and we are constantly working to provide our guests with an excellent experience. Finally, we thank you once again for your kind comment and we look forward to welcoming you back again. Until then, we wish you all the best. Kind Regards, Quality Manager, Iberostar Costa Del Sol
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Tatiana G wrote a review Sep 2021
Casablanca, Morocco41 contributions97 helpful votes
Let me start by saying that just this year I spent more than 30 nights in different Iberostars. And I’ve been a customer for 20 years. So my low rating is determined by certain expectations that the hotel failed to meet. I have chosen this hotel vs it’s 5* neighbour as it was allowing short stays, without minimum nights requirement. And luckily so cos if I had to stay there longer I would not be happy. Let’s start with positives. Very clean, seem to be recently renovated. Sleeping quality - mattress, pillows - is good. That’s where it ended for me. The premises are tiny. Very small pool with million people in it. We got a room facing the pool, there r some kind of shows in the evening which run until 11 pm? Or midnight? So loud that you can’t sleep even with a pillow on your head. Not my idea of relaxing vacation, at a minimum I expect to be warned about it. Food variety is minimal. Service in the restaurant? You ask for a draft beer (we were on half board), the waitress takes her time to bring you the form to sign for consumption and payment and then tells you to go and bring beer yourself. Oh really? Self service for €3,4 draft beer? Also the beach next to the hotel is pretty average, the entrance to the water is hard with pebbles, but that did not affect my rating, just wanna share it with people who travel with small kids - not suitable.
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from Iberostar Hotels and Resorts, Owner at Hotel Costa del Sol
Responded Sep 14, 2021
Dear Tatiana, On behalf of the Iberostar team, we thank you for your loyalty, it is always an honour to serve you and we appreciate the time you have taken to share your impressions of our establishment. We are pleased to read that some aspects of your stay were satisfactory. However, we are sorry that we were unable to exceed your expectations on this occasion. We try our very best to guarantee that the quality of all our services remain at their usual demanding, high standards and that all of our guests feel comfortable and well attended to at all times. We regret this is not the impression you received and we have forwarded your comments to the relevant department for revision. Regarding noise, we do our best to make sure that noise levels always stay within sensible limits so that our guests are not disturbed. Although, at times it can be a challenge to guarantee this, as there are moments during the day, when some noise may be heard. Please do not hesitate to contact our reception on a future occasion regarding any discrepancies you may have as they will happily make sure that your stay is perfect. Furthermore, we are saddened that our exquisite culinary offer did not meet your preferences. Our chefs are passionate about serving delicious, high-quality dishes nevertheless, we will be sure to relay your feedback to the team as they welcome any constructive criticisms. Again, Tatiana, we apologise that we could not fulfil your wishes and we would like you to know that we will look into the areas of concern you raise and we understand the importance of enhancing the holiday experience of our guests. We hope you have the pleasure of your company in one of our Iberostar hotels again soon. Until then, we wish you the best and we hope you had a safe journey home. Kindest regards, Quality Manager, Iberostar Costa del Sol
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Michael Denis M wrote a review Sep 2021
Castlewellan, United Kingdom338 contributions189 helpful votes
Right on the beach, this traditionally Spanish Hotel is a most welcoming spot. Part of the Iberostar family of hotels, this one caters for everyone- couples, families, singles. Lots of activities around the pool and quiet areas facing the beach. By far the most popular booking is for the all-inclusive. Breakfast is an enormous buffet of Spanish favourites of Iberian hams and cheeses or eggs, bacon and fried goodies with cereals, juices, pastries teas, coffees and all sorts of breads. Lunch and dinner have all sorts of choices with drinks to boot. During the day, you can snack and sip beers and cocktails…all served with a gracious Spanish smile. The young, energetic staff are unfailingly helpful. I would not hesitate to recommend the iberostar and sitting, as it does, right in the middle of the coast, it is ideally suited to sightseeing. With the warm, sunny weather, you cannot fail too enjoy. The rooms are large and with tiled floors remain a cool haven in which to rest.
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Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Traveled solo
Room Tip: Pay a little extra for the rooms that share a semi-private pool. They are all oceanfront.
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Response from Iberostar Hotels and Resorts, Owner at Hotel Costa del Sol
Responded Sep 16, 2021
Dear Denis, We want you to know how happy we are that you had such an excellent holiday with us and thank you for sharing it with others. Our team will be particularly pleased by your praise, our staff is not only particularly hospitable but are also provided continuous training in terms of service and general working practice. Therefore we are very pleased that both the efforts of our employees and our passionately prepared gastronomy have left a good impression on you. Thank you again for sharing your motivating comments and we look forward to serving you again at our hotel. Best Regards, Quality Manager, Iberostar Costa Del Sol
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Rockman wrote a review Jul 2021
Gibraltar68 contributions95 helpful votes
After a difficult year for the hospitality industry this Hotel has finally opened its doors to guests. As expected not all the services are available but I am sure that slowly they will. Not an easy task as staff need to be recruited and trained . In summary a nice hotel. Clean spacious rooms, good pool area with access to the beach, buffet breakfast/lunch/dinner has many choices and excellent kids entertainment.
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Traveled with family
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Response from Iberostar Hotels and Resorts, Dueño at Hotel Costa del Sol
Responded Jul 21, 2021
Dear guest, It is always fabulous for us to receive such wonderful reviews like yours. We appreciate the time and effort taken to share this opinion of your holiday at our hotel. We have treated your description as a triumph and your comments confirm that we are still on the right track with our numerous efforts and attention to detail. We, therefore want to express our gratitude again for your excellent review and will be delighted to welcome you back to one of our hotels in the near future. Best Regards, Quality Manager, Iberostar Costa Del Sol
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Margaret L wrote a review Jan 2020
St Helens, United Kingdom46 contributions25 helpful votes
We really enjoyed our time at the Iberostar hotel. The food buffet was delicious each morning and evening with a plentiful supply of every food imaginable. The staff were incredibly helpful, Virginia the reception manager and Jose in particular. They took pains to sort out the issues we had and we thank them very much for their help. Rooms were very clean and the pool facilities excellent. The hotel is right onto the beach. Couldn't fault anything about our stay.
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Date of stay: October 2019Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from ReputationOnline, Quality Manager at Hotel Costa del Sol
Responded Jan 2, 2020
Dear guest, We are very pleased to read that you had such a pleasant time in our hospitality at Iberostar and want to thank you for sharing your opinion with others. Confirmation that we were able to exceed your expectations is spectacular news for us. It is also very satisfying for us that you have kept us in your fondest memories and it will be an honour to welcome you back again in the future until then we wish you all the best. Kind Regards, Quality Manager Iberostar Costa del Sol
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bryantwomey wrote a review Nov 2019
Swansea, United Kingdom2 contributions4 helpful votes
Me and my wife spent a week here on the last week of the season October 2019 all inclusive. Transport- contrary to other reviews the bus took us to the door and also on the return trip ( booked with TUI) Staff- everyone excellent Food - really good and plenty of choice for everyone. Entertainment - one night we had flamenco type dancers. The other nights the guests were the entertainment with Karaoke, busting balloons and bingo on separate nights so no professional entertainment. Room - although dated we had a queen size plus bed, big round bath, separate showers and kept spotless by wonderful cleaners. Facilities- there is really only one pool. Alongside there are two round small pools - a Jacuzzi type pool and a kids pool ( max 3 m and 2 m diameter) and cold.There is an indoor pool, jacuzzi and sauna but to visit costs 15 e each. There is a minimal Gym on the third floor slightly smaller than the rooms. Plenty of sun beds , self serve restaurant and a bar with snacks. The restaurant where the hotel borders the beach remained closed whilst I was there. Location - on the beach. In an area of villas with an Aldi 1/2 mile walk away. There is a bus stop which takes about 10-15 min walk away. Go all inclusive as there are no alternative places to eat without catching a bus. Speaking to other guests I believe to convert from full board to AI costs 40e per day. This hotel does one above AI ( where you can use the indoor pools and have other drinks available but again costs a lot for very little gain) Would we visit again - enjoyed our week but no due to location which can’t be resolved. There are many families who return regularly due to the kids clubs but I can’t comment on that. I also think a three star rating max.
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Date of stay: October 2019Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from ReputationOnline, Quality Manager at Hotel Costa del Sol
Responded Nov 7, 2019
Dear Bryan, Thank you for taking the time and effort to share your impressions of our four-star, beachfront establishment, First and foremost, we appreciate your generous comments towards our dedicated employees. They will be thrilled to hear of your compliments. Moreover, we are well-known internationally for our superb gastronomy services. Our exemplary chefs enjoy spoiling our guests with fresh international dishes and typical Málaga cuisine using high-quality, responsibly-sourced ingredients. Thus, we are pleased you were satisfied with this aspect. On the other hand, we have outdoor pools, well-maintained gardens, spa facilities, a games room, the Star Camp programme, entertainment and sporting activities. Additionally, the hotel is situated on Estepona ́s longest beach, is between Marbella and Estepona and 10 minutes from Puerto Banús. However, we are sorry we could not meet all of your expectations on this occasion. We trust you have taken home some lovely memories with you despite this and we hope to serve you again at Iberostar in the near future. Best regards, Quality Manager, Iberostar Costa del Sol
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$181 - $403 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
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Iberostar Costa Del Sol
LOCATION
SpainAndaluciaProvince of MalagaCosta del SolEstepona
NUMBER OF ROOMS
265
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Frequently Asked Questions about Hotel Costa del Sol
Which popular attractions are close to Hotel Costa del Sol?
Nearby attractions include Gregorio’s Bar (0.4 miles), Escuela de Arte Ecuestre Costa del Sol (0.5 miles), and Torre del Padron (0.7 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Hotel Costa del Sol?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a sauna, a private pool, and locker rooms available in the fitness center.
What are some restaurants close to Hotel Costa del Sol?
Conveniently located restaurants include Jaipur Purple, El Legado, and Bodeguita Santa Maria.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Hotel Costa del Sol?
Yes, guests have access to a sauna, a private pool, and locker rooms available in the fitness center during their stay.
Are there any historical sites close to Hotel Costa del Sol?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Iglesia Mayor de la Encarnacion (3.3 miles) and Iglesia de San Pedro (3.8 miles).
Does Hotel Costa del Sol have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the bay view available here.