As mentioned in my review of the Marriott Marbella, we stayed in both Marriotts resorts during our holiday in Andalusie.
Both resorts are great, well kept and have great apartments. I'm pretty much sure you are going to enjoy no matter which one you choose. The difference between them are in the details. Keep in mind that this is a vacation club type of resort, which means more self-service, which suited us perfectly.
You can't compare this to an All-in resort, which means in this case you don't have swimming pool service, no roomservice, if you want something you go and order and pick it yourself. The meals are not included. Perhaps only the breakfast if you choose for it. We had it and it was a good breakfast. They even had champagne for the ones that enjoy it already in the early morning. What I liked about this type of resort is that normally you have the more family and calm type of visitors. No the drinking/party animals you sometimes find in all-ins.
This resort is more suited for families than the other resort. Special with small kids as they even offer toys for the kids to play at the beach or swimming pool.
There is baby-playroom, which is for kids younger than 3 years. The kidsclub, which my son (3 1/2 years )went for the first time is for kids older than 3 years. We normally want to spend the vacation with our kids as much as possible and I never consider sending him to a kidsclub before, but my son really enjoyed the kidsclub for 2 days (from 10:00am-13:00pm) and Mar (the name of the lady taking care of the kids) was really great!
Like at the other, they offer high chair and baby cot if you need in your apt.
The buildings are closer of each other (so less space in between them) - there is a corridor along the the apts, which means whoever stays in the 2nd bedroom will have people passing along their window
The swimming pools here are not restricted to family or adults only.
The sunbeds at the beach are for free if you are staying at the resort, otherwise you have to pay 15 euro's per bed per day. The beach itself was ok. There is even a ramp/path you can walk along the resort, which makes it easy if you have a buggy with you. The other good part is that this Marriott paid some guards during the summertime to keep the sellers on the beach away from their guests and that worked and still working, cause just one guy came along, but didn't bother any guest unrequested!
Internet is for free, unless you want fast internet.
The breakfast was not as good as the other one, but still good enough. The same applies to the restaurant. They had a promotion for Breakfast with 25% off for adults (from 17 to +/- 12 euro's p.p.) and kids till 12 years had free breakfast.
The cleaning offered by housekeeping is basic. I don't know how it was before, so if they are making some cost reduction at this service, however the cleaning was good enough for us as we don't make such a mess either. I believe, due to the complaints, they are informing guests better what is or not included in the cleaning/housekeeping service.
At this resort we were invited for the Timeshare presentation. The dutch lady (Peggy) that arranges the meeting is very persistent and can bug you every day. This is annoying. If I have the same experience again at a Marriott I will consider not going to one anymore. This is also the reason why this review has a score of 4 instead of 5 stars.
We had a conversation about the timeshare ourself at the other resort. It really sounds very interesting, but after reading the contract and conditions, we decided not to do it as there additional costs for everything, also because there are many negative reviews about it on the internet.
Should you be interested, know that you can buy a timeshare from other owner much cheaper than if you buy a new one view the Marriott.
Also a timeshare can be interesting - it depends also the type of vacation you like to take (the same place every year for instance? ---even though it's possible to change to other resorts, you always have to pay additional amounts and it depends on the availability - which in high season is always a big risk). Should you be interested, check it out of the internet first! There is a lot information available and reviews about timeshare. Don't take haste decisions, because they will cost you (lots of) money.
In short: I would consider this resort in case of families with small kids and because many additional costs at the other resort is included in the price of this one, but I will not go back if they keep bothering about the timeshare-'deal'.
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- Also Known As:
- Marriott`s Playa Andaluza Hotel Estepona
- Marriott Vacation Club Estepona
- Marriotts Hotel Estepona
- Marriott Estepona
- Estepona Marriott
- Marriott Playa Andaluza
- Marriott's Playa Andaluza Estepona, Spain - Costa Del Sol