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“An average hotel on the whole but clean”
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Diana Park
Ranked #16 of 35 Hotels in Estepona
Manilva, Spain
Level 5 Contributor
34 reviews
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“An average hotel on the whole but clean”
Reviewed February 20, 2010

We stayed in Diana Park for two weeks, we chose the hotel due to it's location (close to Marbella and within easy reach of Gibraltar).

The room was very clean, it had two twin beds and was made up every day. We were on the second floor up in the Granada block. The balcony looked out onto the swimming pool. The style of the hotel is quite dated, it reminds you of the 70's. There was a strange looking air con in the room, with hot and cold settings despite being old, it did work suprisingly well.

There was a TV, quite old looking and had mainly Spanish channels apart from American CNN. The bathroom was nice, the shower was good and the water was very hot. The only complaint we had with it was the smell, every now and then it didn't smell the best, seems like it must have been something to do with the pipes. We bought a bottle of bleach for 30 cents from the local supermarket and this seemed to help.

Fresh towels were provided every day and there was also a safe within the room.
There were a few drawers but not much wardrobe space.

We had free breakfast included in our stay however we were not impressed by it.
The cereal was a bit stale. The only good thing to get at breakfast was toast and the orange juice. Croissants and yoghurts were also available as well as coffee and tea but they were not the best.

As the hotel is not in a main tourist area you do need to hire a car to get around, we hired a car from the airport - malagacar.es.

It is okay for value and good for getting around the costa del sol, we went in February which is obviously not a typical time of year to go.

I would not recommend it for a holiday as the hotel does not have many amenities, however it may be better in the summer when the weather is far better.

Overall we would give the hotel a 2 star rating.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 3, 2009

The Diana Park is a good all round hotel and offered us excellent value for money - it certainly justifies it's 3-star rating and I would put it at the higher end of that category. I guess it was built in the 70's and most of it has not been refurbished but this is simply a comment, not a criticism.

The room was basic but spotlessly clean and the decor was reasonably fresh. There was air-con, hairdryer, TV and a safe in the room (which was free to use), but no fridge or kettle. We were upstairs, on the side nearest the main road and were not disturbed at all by traffic. It would be worth asking for downstairs as your patio door would lead directly to the pool. The pool again was spotlessly clean and the surrounding tiled area and gardens were well kept. It was mainly families when we were there, quite a few Spanish. There was absolutely no rowdiness of any sort.

The food was the usual Spanish hotel buffet style but as this is a fairly small hotel the choice was not as large. Breakfast comprised cereal, cold meat/cheese, fruit, sausage or bacon (generally not both the same day), eggs, plus croissants etc. Evening meal comprised soup, usual salad bar and cold meat, choice of 3 main courses ie fish/meat/vegetarian, with fruit and ice-cream to follow. All drinks in the evening had to be paid for including bottled water, but were reasonably priced. One slight peculiarity was that you were not allowed to leave a half-consumed bottle of wine for the next night, never encountered this before. Food was good quality and well cooked. Staff were friendly and helpful.

There are a couple of restauants and bars in the adjacent area and a good SuperMercado.

This is a hotel for travellers with a car. There is not a lot within walking distance and I don't think the local bus is very frequent. But with the car it's a good base for some days out. It's about 50 mins from Malaga Airport. Follow the A7 / AP7(E15). The AP7 is the toll (Peaje) version of the A7. Sometimes the A7 and AP7 are in fact the same road and there is no toll. At other points they are distinct so unless you are in a tearing hurry follow the A7, it's a good dual carriageway and will only add 5-10 mins to your journey but will save quite a few Euros over the toll road. Heading west on the A7 just past Puerto Banus watch for the exit for Benahavis and take the unmarked exit about 300 yards further onto a service road which runs parallel. You will see the Diana Park on your right after about another 3-400 yards. If you're still on the dual-carriageway when you see it, bad luck, you would need to go a further 2 kilometres until you see "Cambio de Sentido" (change direction) at a junction then double back. Approaching from the East (Estepona, Gibraltar, etc) on the A7 watch for the hotel on your left then take the Benahavis exit, go under the dual carriageway then join it again heading west before coming off onto the service road as above. To leave the hotel and head west is easy, there is a slip on to to the dual carriageway just past the hotel. To head east is slightly more difficult, you can either join the dual carriageway heading west for 2 kilometres (as above) and then double back. Alternatively you can turn right out of the car park, right again past the hotel's front door, keep on past the shops to the T-junction then turn left (away from the dual carriageway) and follow that road as it curves through a housing estate, you will come to a T-junction on the Benahavis road, turn right to reach the Benahavis junction on the dual carriageway, go under it and take the sliproad on (direction Malaga). This is more complicated first time but much quicker than 2km in the "wrong" direction and 2km back.

Recommended visit is Gibraltar, drive west down the A7 (again it's a good road, no need to use the AP7), takes about 45mins. Follow signs Algeciras and then La Linea, then join the queue to cross the border, you could wait up to an hour. If your hire company allows, take the car into Gibraltar, we've always found parking readily available and inexpensive. Genuine duty-free tobacco, etc is available as Gib is not in the EU.

Puerto Banus, Estepona and Marbella are all near at hand, enjoy the evening atmosphere of the waterfront in Banus and marvel at the yachts. The ancient town of Ronda is inland about 45mins and worth a visit.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled with family
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Sheffield
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89 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed June 6, 2009

We booked this hotel based on the reviews and overall I have to say that it is definitely value for money.

We hired a car (do recommend for this hotel) and this made life a lot easier.

To find the hotel pull off the main road immediately AFTER the Benahavis turn off. Stay on the slip road running parallel with the dual carriegeway. You will reach a stop sign. Turn right and immediately right again and you will see the secure parking entrance. (You will feel like you have driven passed it so don't worry! )

The room and amenities were fine. Pool was fantastic and the staff were very helpful and friendly.

The food reviews seem to vary and this review is no different.

The breakfast was very basic and in 7 mornings we only got hot food once and that wasn't very good (Sunday) There was one type of cereal and if you arrive at breakfast after 9 there wasn't much left. We saw people walk in and walk out again! We bought our own cereal and took it with us.

Dinner was ok but there was never a veggie option. Every night there was a fish or meat option. The veggies were good and the salad choice comprehensive. The dessert was good as well. If you like the odd chinese/pizza on holiday then we definitely recommend the GUANGDONG chinese and GRAHAM'S PIZZA in the shops next door.

Beach is 15 - 20 mins walk.

We were on the corridor next to the road and we were never disturbed by the road.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
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london
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Reviewed May 11, 2009

This hotel is great. Nice pool and lovely staff. It is also close to many nice bars and the beach. The nearby attractions are also nice.

  • Liked — Comfy beds and nice TV
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed November 2007, traveled solo
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notts
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed January 26, 2009

hi myself hubby and 2 yr old son went to this hotel in oct, the reviews helped me make my mind up to book. it was tricky to find off the motorway, and i think you do need a car. i cannot rave enough about the food at this place it was fantastic every thing you could want. full English, croissants, cereal fruit, toast. tea time chips meats, veggies, salad ice cream, we never spent a penny on food . the room had a safe and air conditioning included in the price , although basic it was clean with a cleaner,its near marbella if you have a car that is. we checked the boats out and beaches the zoo. we even went bowling.estapona was lovely lots of parks, we drove to gibralter as well. the pool was clean within lovely gardens, the staff were great as well helping keeping our son entertained, great value for money. very cheap holiday we flew with ryan air excelent. would recommend.

  • Liked — the food
  • Disliked — the location you need a car
  • Stayed October 2008, traveled with family
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Chicago, IL
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed January 8, 2009

This is a very good hotel near Estepona. Some past reviewers had trouble finding it, but if you are driving from Malaga you have to exit at 168.5km on A-7, which is 1/4mile past the exit for Benahavis. The hotel will be on your right. We booked it at alpharooms.com which had the best rates.
We were most impressed with the food at this establishment, considering this is a 3 star hotel. Breakfast included fried eggs and bacon, churros, rolls, yogurt as well as cereal, some dried fruit, hot tea/coffee and juice. The dinner was considerably better with 3 choices of hot dishes (meat, fish and vegetarian), several side dishes, soup, a salad bar, fruits and ice cream. Everything was quite edible and my whole family was satisfied at the table. The only downside was the fact the drinks, even water, are not complementary and have to be purchased.
The rooms are basic, but very clean. If you are a light sleeper be sure to get a room away from the road. The location itself is not very close to the beach, which also does not have a nice promenade like neighboring towns (Marbella for example). The plus side is that we were next to the road which allowed easy travel up and down the coast. Other positives include a small strip mall with several restaurants and a supermarket right next to the hotel.
The staff is very friendly and helpful. All speak good English. We even got a free fridge during our week long stay.
Overall our stay was very pleasant and exceeded our expectations for this hotel.

  • Liked — Free wi-fi
  • Disliked — Not much to do around the hotel
  • Stayed December 2008
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Derby
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59 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed November 16, 2008

We stayed at Diana Park for 6 nights and had a good time .We had booked a car at the airport , and , to be honest , we needed it .The hotel is set just off the main A7 coast road on the Costa del Sol . The address says Estepona , but it is actually about 10-12 km from Estepona itself . The hotel was clean , and we found the staff very friendly and helpful . The food was very nice , but our only problem was , being vegetarians , there wasn't a massive choice for us . Over all our stay was very good and we would go back there again , no problem

  • Stayed October 2008, traveled as a couple
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Property: Diana Park
Address: Calle Nueva Atalaya, 16, 29688, Estepona, Spain
Location: Spain > Andalucia > Province of Malaga > Costa del Sol > Estepona
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#7 Romantic Hotel in Estepona
#7 Family Hotel in Estepona
#13 On the Beach Hotel in Estepona
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Diana Park 3*
Number of rooms: 90
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Diana Park is 12 minutes walk from the beach. Diana Park is set on the Costa del Sol, surrounded by golf courses and close to the beach. This hotel offers an outdoor pool and air-conditioned rooms with a private terrace. All modern rooms at Diana Park are comfortable and feature plenty of natural light. Each room comes with TV, private bathroom and safe at an extra charge. The hotel has a bar and a restaurant. Other facilities include a 24-hour front desk and bike and car rental services. Free WiFi is also available in public areas. You can drive to Estepona and Marbella in approximately 20 minutes. Málaga and Gibraltar Airports are 40 minutes’ drive from the hotel. ... more   less 
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