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“Good hotel but avoid going "all inclusive"”

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Iberostar Marbella Coral Beach
Ranked #11 of 70 Hotels in Marbella
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed September 3, 2013

My boyfriend and I stayed at this hotel for 7 nights. On arriving at Malaga airport it was easy to get a bus to marbella and then a taxi to the hotel (the taxi costing around €12).

First impressions:

On arriving at the hotel we were advised that our room had not been paid for. Therefore be warned that even if you have completed all card details online you are likely to have to pay on arrival.

The hotel reception area is nothing impressive but is certainly well presented. The staff were friendly and helpful.

The rooms:

The rooms were spacious, clean, comfortable and of a general good standard. The decor is contemporary. The rooms were cleaned daily and had good air conditioning. There was also a nice balcony. Our balcony overlooked the street which was actually a pleasant view and was sunny until around 8pm.

The hotel provide free wifi for 30 minutes per day in the public areas but you have to pay for wifi in the rooms. This cost €20 for 1 week which is nothing to break the bank but I still thought this was pretty poor service given this is not classed as a "budget" hotel where you would expect to pay for all extras.

The pool:

The pool area is lovely! Lots of sun loungers available. Towels are provided. There is even a library of books/magazines to read (which I presume have been left behind). The pool was a bit too cold but it was certainly nice and refreshing on a hot August day!

The food:

My main criticism of this hotel is the food. Not many people have commented on the food except to say that the breakfasts were "excellent". I am really not a fussy eater and would certainly not consider myself much of a "foody" but I have to say the food was a real disappointment and I consider there is definitely room for improvement.

My boyfriend booked the hotel as an all inclusive deal as he said it may save some money as the restaurants in puerto banus could be a bit pricey. Given that we paid £2700 for a one week all inclusive stay it was not a cheap option. Lunch and dinner was a buffet. There was a fairly good variety but the food was poor quality. The food was warm at best. The lasagne, for example, looked like pasta sheets with tomatoe ketchup- not at all tasty. The dinner was slightly better but a lot of the same food from lunch seemed to re-appear!

The thought of a week all inclusive at this hotel was pretty grim and therefore after the first day we asked to change to bed and breakfast only. To the hotel's credit, this was not any problem and we were refunded our money for the rest of the week.

I have read a lot of reviews about the excellent breakfasts. The breakfast was fine but nothing to get up early for!

Location:

The hotel was in a great location. Very close to the beach and only around 15 minute walk from puerto banus. It's a lovely walk to Puerto Banus along the beach front (and I'm not usually someone who walks for pleasure!). If you want to get a taxi to Puerto Banus it only costs around €6.

My only warning is that if you have an early morning flight home (as we had!) the only way to the airport is by taxi. This cost us nearly €90 which was a lot for a 45 minute car journey- just a word of warning.

Overall:

Overall I would definitely recommend this hotel but stress that the food is the main downside and could certainly use some improvement. I would NOT recommend going all inclusive but in all honesty it worked out for the best as there are so many lovely restaurants around that it would be a shame to miss out! Also the restuarants aren't as pricey as I thought!

I would say the hotel is a 4*. The food is 3*

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 28, 2013

Lovely Hotel.... Lovely comfortable Room very clean and fresh.... Lovely friendly Staff ....Great Location 10 min walk to Puerto Bonus, 15 min taxi ride (8eur) to Marbella...Will return next year.......

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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3  Thank Granzo27
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Reviewed August 17, 2013

What can I say .. Recently returned from an amazing holiday in Marbella. The hotel was absolutely fabulous and the staff were extremely friendly. Delighted with our bedroom, amazing sea and pool views .. Definitely worth upgrading and paying the extra.. You couldn't fault the food - it was beautiful - Breakfast was delicious (so much choice)!! A special thank you to the sweet man that cooked our eggs in the morning, c'est parfait! The beach bar and pool was really relaxing .. We thoroughly enjoyed this holiday and wouldn't hesitate to recommend to friends!

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with friends
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3  Thank casey jade n
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Reviewed August 16, 2013

The hotel is in a good location 50m back from the walkway between Marbella and Puerto Banus and only 20 mins walk to Puerto Banus.
My wife and I enjoyed a four night stay here in June. There is a good variety for breakfast and the staff are pleasant and well trained. We didn’t use the hotel restaurant in the evenings preferring to use local ones in Puerto Banus & Marbella. This may have been a mistake as the restaurants in Puerto Banus were overpriced and poor.The poolside was well equipped with sun loungers and access to these was no problem but because of the building shape we had to change locations to get the early morning or late evening sun. .
We had a “sea view” room but the sea was not really visible and our balcony didn’t get any sun. The best rooms appear to be the pool view rooms but these are a bit nosier.
This hotel is good for couples or groups.
I would stay here again

Room Tip: The best rooms appear to be the pool view rooms but these are a bit nosier.
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  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank GPM61
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Reviewed August 11, 2013

After staying for a few days in Elvira at the other side of Marbella, we moved here to be nearer to Peurto Banus. What a good choice it was. Its approx 15-20 mins walk along the beachfront into Banus Marina. Marbella old town is a taxi ride, much too far to walk and is approx 12 euros in taxi each way. The hotel isn't plush but its comfortable, the rooms were nice and clean and spacious with a balcony. The bed was large and comfortable which is a major plus point. The breakfast was also very good. All the staff in the hotel are very welcoming and courteous. The hotel has a nice atmosphere around it. Its suitable for families and couples young and old. The pools are also lovely and our 2yr old daughter was so happy playing in and out of the baby pool.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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4  Thank CHC7
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Reviewed August 7, 2013

This is an excellent hotel and maintains the same standards as other Iberostar hotels globally. The room was very clean, spacious. There was an excellent selection for breakfast and catered for all. Its also worth noting that there is a ALDI 100m across the road and ideal to get bottles of fresh water & newspapers. The spa was great and reasonably priced. I'd recommend this hotel to anyone considering a trip to Marbella. Wifi is available in the hotel at €20 for the 7 days.

Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
4  Thank Stephen T
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Reviewed August 6, 2013

This was by far our best experience of a holiday in Spain, without doubt this hotel is excellent in every way we had interconnecting family rooms, the staff are about as good as it gets we will definitely return, we all came home rested and relaxed, so clean, great food nothing to complain about, and I am a very discerning traveller

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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2  Thank laurenizzy
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Address: Carretera Cadiz-Malaga, Nacional 340 Km 176 | Urbanización Coral Beach, 29602, Marbella, Spain
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Location: Spain > Andalucia > Province of Malaga > Costa del Sol > Marbella
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Top resorts Hotel in Marbella
#8 Luxury Hotel in Marbella
#10 On the Beach Hotel in Marbella
#12 Romantic Hotel in Marbella
#12 Family Hotel in Marbella
Price Range: $191 - $435 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Iberostar Marbella Coral Beach 4*
Number of rooms: 170
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
From the very first moment you arrive, the Marbella Coral Beach hotel brings peace and quiet to all travellers. Located on the seafront at La Milla de Oro in Marbella, decked out in a fine Mediterranean style and offering all kinds of experiences and attractive activities. Its 170 rooms and state-of-the-art suites make this a magnificent hotel where you can spend a few intimate days relaxing in the tranquillity of Marbella. The hotel features free Premium Wi-Fi services, two pools, a fitness room, all inclusive option, massage service, body treatments, a buffet restaurant, Sea Soul Restaurant and Beach Club with sea views, two bars…and an exclusive VIP zone with Balinese beds and open bar service. ... more   less 
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