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Review of Marriott's Playa Andaluza

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Marriott's Playa Andaluza
Ranked #1 of 36 Hotels in Estepona
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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44 reviews
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“The Marriotts...”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 30, 2012

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.


In general:
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'.

Room Tip: Avoid staying at Granada building close to the restaurant and children playground.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2012

We have just returned from the resort, it is very nice, although quite quiet.
We have stayed at several marriotts and this is average to good in comparison.
We only had a studio which we were warned was v small and they were not wrong! It was no bigger than a standard hotel room but did include some kitchen facilities. The balcony was only just big enough for a table and 2 chairs.
As ever, very friendly, helpful staff.
Not many restaurants on site but several good ones within 10 minutes walk, across the main road.
We would return but only in a larger room.

Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2012 via mobile

As a founder member of this resort I've just spent another glorious week here,always a warm greeting from reception and got the Almeria block which gives you a great view and late sunshine.Read the most recent reviews and understand their complaints but have also tried the other Marbella resort but found it stuffy,not relaxed like the Andaluza.Only once have I ventured away from here,but always considered this home from home and still recommend it to my friends and family so give it a try.

Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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Brixham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2012

My recommendation if you are thinking of going to one of Marriott's two resorts on the Costa del Sol is to go to the Marbella location. Having been to the Marbella resort several times I can report that it is superior to the Playa Andaluza (Estepona) resort in just about everything.

Wheras Marriott Marbella is a genuine 5 star resort Marriott Playa Andaluza is a grade down from that.

You get the impression at the Playa Andaluza resort that Marriott did not put the same investment into the place as it did into the Marbella location. For example at Playa Andaluza the floors are regular tiles whilst in Marbella they are marble, the main pool at Marbella is twice the size of the Playa Andaluza main pool and so on.

Probably the fact that the reception personnel at Playa Andaluza kept us waiting several hours until after their designated check in time to allocate our room despite the fact that we came out of season and the place was less than half full didn't win them any service credits with us, (when you got up at 2:00am to make a 6:00am flight, being made to wait 5 hours to get into the room was not what we were hoping for).

On the plus side the Playa Andaluza resort staff were very friendly and obliging and the daily mini housekeeping service was excellent. The underground parking at Playa Andaluza was the one thing this resort had over Marbella. The Marbella underground parking is very confined indeed and if you have anything bigger than a Fiat 500 watch out!

All in all I wouldn't put anyone off going to Playa Andaluza but if you've got a choice go to Marbella.

Room Tip: If you like to have breakfast on the balcony (morning sun) ask for the eastern side of either the Se...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2012

This was the first time I have stayed at a Marriott resort. There is plenty to do for all ages. We had a teenage boy with us, there was no end of activity for us all, including the paddle tennis which is a lot of fun, pool activities arranged by holiday guests, good sized gym and many relaxing areas. The resort is very clean, apartments are very large. We had a pool/garden view. There was nothing I could fault with the place except it was on the expensive side, including the restaurant. There was a welcome pack to invite you to join as a member, this part I did not like, they expected us to take out a couple of hours from our holiday to discuss!! I would go back without hesitation. Overall very good

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Wokingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2012

We just returned from a break hear as part of the Marriott vacation club deal, we got 3 nights and a hire car for £119 each which we thought was great. The apartments are lovely and spotlessly clean we made great use of all the pools but the hotel is in a remote location so you can’t walk to any other bars or restaurants which aren’t part of the Marriott apart from one on the beach which had an extremely grumpy owner but it made for some nice sunset drinks, the area around the Marriott felt very run down and empty which we didnt really like. It’s a great place for families but as a couple we would have preferred a bit of a livelier area. We didn’t buy into the timeshare deal as we think it is actually quite expensive and doesn’t suit us, the talk was quite interesting and they weren’t too pushy which was good. Overall a great deal for a few days of sun and a bit of exploring around the area.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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NJ
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2012

Just finishing up a one week stay here. Typical great Marriott location, with tile floors throughout units and comfortable furniture . The pools are lovely and the lounge chairs are comfy.

Units are smaller than we have had at the Marbella resort as well as smaller balconies. Refrigerator is also smaller than those from US will expect. Also, smaller bedroom has two single beds pushed together so not as good as ifit were one queen bed, but this way You could separate if needed. On a positive note there is light maid service daily so you can get fresh towels as desired

But the staff here at the front desk and concierge are top notch. Great at giving directions, useful information, restaurant suggestions. Very customer focused in their interactions, either in person or on the phone.

Close to Marbella, Estepona, and Benahavis. Easy to drive to Gibraltar , Ronda and Granada.

Room Tip: Ask for ocean view. If you get floor 1, that is actually second floor as floor zero is ground level
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Marriott's Playa Andaluza
Address: Calle Cadiz km 168, 29680, Estepona, Spain
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Location: Spain > Andalucia > Province of Malaga > Costa del Sol > Estepona
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Estepona
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Estepona
#1 Family Hotel in Estepona
#1 Spa Hotel in Estepona
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Marriott's Playa Andaluza 3*
Number of rooms: 173
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Marriott Estepona
Estepona Marriott
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