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Rio Real Golf Hotel
Ranked #26 of 69 Hotels in Marbella
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed November 28, 2011

Very nice indeed!
My wife and I stayed at the Rio Real for a week of relaxation during September 2011. Neither my wife or I play golf, however this did not spoil our break in any way, in fact it was nice to sit and watch the golfers teeing off (or whatever it is they do) while eating breakfast. The rooftop pool was mostly deserted so was nice to sit up there and enjoy the sun (watch out for badly hit golf ball though). We dined in the restaurant a couple of times and on each occassion the food was very well prepared and was splendid.
The hotel is a bit out of the way and I would recommend you hire a car (unless you're a serios golfer who doesn't get out much).

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 28, 2011

Myself and 3 friends took a short break lastvweek tobthe Rio Real golf hotel in Marbella.
It wasn't our first visit and I won't be our last.
The hotel (5km from Marbella) is sited on the Golf Course and is a small boutique style with about 30 designer rooms. Although not a good when opened 10 years ago, the rooms are splendid ( overlooking the course) and the staff very friendly & helpful.
The Clubhouse is also excellent and just a few paces from the Hotel. It too isn't as impressive as it once was but nonetheless still retains it's appeal.
The Course is maintained to a high standard with many very challenging holes.
I would recommend it highly not least because of it's close proximity to down town Marbella.

Room Tip: Go for the standard "Par Superior" room - you won't be disappointed
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  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed November 25, 2011

Nice and spacious rooms (incl. spacious bathroom) right on the golf course - it is tugged away in a home community not too far away from the highway yet due to its location (in between some lower hills), it is quiet and has views of the golf course. The service quality/speed in the bar/restaurant depends on the waiter - some are good, some are just slow and forgot your order.

  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 29, 2011

We stayed at this hotel for 4 nights in September as required somewhere near Marbella for a wedding. You definatly need a car to get to this place, as the hotel is the opposite side of the golf course to the A-7 Motorway. However it is easy to get on the Motorway and then either into Marbella, around the bypass towards Puerto Banus or back towards Malaga. The hotel itself is great. We had a standard room (I think) which had larger than king size double bed, sofa, balcony, Bathroom with shower room, wc room (inc. bidet) and bath. Plus Molton Brown shampoos and gels. The restuarant has an a la carte breakfast option which was very nice and then pool (although small, as I guess most people come here for golf) was perfectly fine on a nice sun terrace. So if you want a nice quite hotel close enough to get to Marbella then I would recommend it.

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 25, 2011

The rooms and reception staff at this hotel are truely perfect!! Beautiful golf course away from the craziess of marbella and puerto Banus!!

Room Tip: Ask to be upgrade on off-peak times on check-in always done it for me!
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  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 22, 2011

We stayed in this hotel for one week from August 14th to 21st to enjoy Golf & evenings in Marbella and we have liked it very much.
The hotel is a small capacity one and of very good quality. Rooms are large and very clean with quality furniture and a nice balcony towards Hole 11, the signature hole of Rio Real's golf course.
The small swimming pool was very pleasant and restful after 18 holes.
The club-house served quality sandwiches and snacks and the restaurant we tried once for dinner is excellent with quite inventive cuisine.
The Golf course is of average difficulty and quite nice to play, but use an electrical trolley or rent a buggy as some holes are quite hilly. The Golf offers competitive packaged green fees with buggy included for two players.
The personnel was very nice and service was efficient.
Now, one bad surprise: we were visited during one night while sleeping and all our money was gone as well as one pair of gold shoes that we had left on the balcony, but not the credit cards and wallets. The hotel manager was quite surprised claiming this did not happen in the past but nevertheless, we did not get any apology letter from the hotel Director nor did they offer a discount to buy a new pair of golf shoes from their golf shop. (I bought a replacement pair at Golf US in Puerto Banyus where service BTW is very good).
The hotel and Rio Real compound have security guards and the hotel is protected to prevent robbers to climb the balconies. I do understand the hotel is not responsible for such events and do their best to keep the place secure. I simply wish to remind any traveler that it is always better to close the balcony doors while sleeping to avoid any such bad experience. I usually do it.
I still highly recommend this Golf Hotel which is really close to Marbella’s city center and I wish to be back there in the future.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 4, 2011

The hotel itsel is very good. The rooms are luxurious and really fresch. The front desk serves limited hours, thouhg they are friendly and helpful when they are there.
The service in the restaurant is terrible, but the food is ok. The staff is rude, impolite and straight out unfriendly. They really need to work on their attitude!
We were two couples spending an extended golf weekend in an almost empty hotel, I think a better service would help out in getting more customers.

  • Stayed: November 2010, traveled as a couple
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Address: urbanizacion Golf Rio Real S/N, 29603, Marbella, Spain
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Location: Spain > Andalucia > Province of Malaga > Costa del Sol > Marbella
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #26 of 69 Hotels in Marbella
Price Range: $159 - $359 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Rio Real Golf Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 30
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This property is 12 minutes from the beach. The Rio Real Golf Course is a luxury resort situated 5 km outside Marbella. The hotel has an 18-hole golf course, wellness area and outdoor swimming pool. Free on-site underground and open-air parking is available. The rooms at the Rio Real Golf Hotel are stylishly decorated and feature balcony with views of the hotel golf course. All air-conditioned rooms have satellite TV and private bathroom with separate wash basins. Other facilities at the Río Real include tennis courts, terrace, club house and restaurant. The hotel wellness area offers a range of massages. A free shuttle service to the beach is provided to guests in July and August. Located on the Costa del Sol, the Río Real is located close to several beaches. Puerto Banús and the Sierra Blanca mountain range can be reached in under 30 minutes, by car. ... more   less 
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