We booked a late all-inclusive deal at the Costa Del Sol Princess and actually stayed in a room in one of the blocks of the Andalucia Princess, which is on the same complex. It meant we had to walk across to the main hotel for meals, but no problem as the sun shone every day. The room was nicely decorated and furnished and the bathroom had a separate shower cubicle and a good hairdryer. Maid service was excellent.
On arrival we were given a voucher to get poolside towels, which are free so long as they are returned on departure. We usually sat around the Costa Del Sol Princess pool as that is where you can get the drinks and meals if you are all-inclusive. The pool and pool area was spotless. There were so many staff going around all day picking up litter, emptying bins, even disinfecting the bins and poolside showers and checking chlorine levels in the pool. There was the usual daytime entertainment - aerobics, water polo, football, volleyball, etc. if you wanted to join in. Sun beds are scattered all over the grounds so you will have no problem getting one.
The dining area is bright and clean, and again the staff were excellent and very efficient. Meals were a mixture of good and bad. Some of the meat dishes weren't to my liking, but the hotel caters for various nationalities and there was always something to eat. There is a microwave to heat up your food if needed. Take a look in the far right corner. On a morning there is a chef frying eggs, and in the evening he is grilling meats which are additional to those on the buffet counters.
Evening entertainment wasn't brilliant, cabaret type shows and a quiz one night, but you can always just sit in the large lounge or outside on the veranda and have a quiet drink. It really needs a larger seating area. What I liked about this place was everybody there seemed relaxed and friendly. The majority of people staying were 40+. There were some younger families but this hotel doesn't really cater for children.
Outside the hotel there is not a lot. We walked along the beach and either side of the hotel there are private villas and apartments, so if you want shops and bars this is not the place to be. If you are prepared to walk a little further there is a typical Spanish village on the other side of the road which was very pretty to have a wander around and which has a few bars and restaurants.
Shopping wise, forget it. There is a courtesy bus to Estepona or Puerto Banus and I was told (although we didn't go) that the trip to Gibraltar was good for duty free perfume and cigarettes, but you are restricted on what you can bring back. Also, you can book the trip at the small supermarket across the road and it is half the rep's price, or you can make your own way by bus. We bought our duty free at the airport when we left and it was very reasonable.
All in all, a relaxing holiday for a week but I couldn't stay for two.
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- Also Known As:
- Costa Del Sol Princess Hotel Estepona
- Costa Del Sol Princess Estepona, Spain