Staff were really helpful and friendly and would go out of their way to say hello or 'ola' to you. We stayed in a one bedroom suite which was very spacious and typically Andulasian in style. As we were on the lower floor our room was always lovely and cool even in the late 30's early 40's heat. The hotel is unusual in design as it was like separate apartments but with the use of the hotel facilities. So yes you had to walk outside and up the road to the main building for breakfast but it was so glorious in the sunshine it was fine. The main thing we enjoyed was the very short walk (2 minutes)down onto the lovely sandy beach, usually if you went before 11am you could easily get sun loungers and the cushions and towels were brought to you by attendants and once you had paid (which you could put on your room) the loungers were yours for the day (just make sure you put something on your sun lounger if you go for lunch)
I know some people have said it was expensive for drinks etc on the beach but it is an exclusive part of Marbella and to be expected. You didn't have to have beach service (at £5 per small bottle of water in a glass with ice and lemon) you could buy a 1.5litre bottle for £2 from the little beach shops which you pass on the way to your loungers anyway.
The biggest problem with this hotel was the breakfast area, the food itself was fine but it was all squashed into one area, the toast machine which was very popular was right at the end of a table which crossed with another table with juice and cereal and milk, so you had to push your way through then keep moving for people who wanted milk on their cereal then pushing back in to get your toast, small moan but.... the cooked food side was minisule as well but we never used that, stuck to the fruit toast and cereal because it was easier. There was almost a rugby scrum if you came for breakfast in the last half hour which most people seemed to do, but that happens wherever you go.
Not much to do for younger kids, our son is 6 and if he didn't like the beach we would have struggled, there is a water park but 45minutes drive away so didn't go.
We really enjoyed this holiday and would recommend it and would definitely go back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Puente Romano Beach Resort & SPA Marbella, member of The Leading Hotels of the World, is situated on the southern coast of Spain in the Costa del Sol within the "Golden Mile", a residential area between Marbella and Puerto Banus, just 35 minutes' drive from Malaga Airport.The heart of the Resort and its social focus is the Roman Bridge (Puente Romano) from which the property takes its name. This ancient artefact from the first century is a remaining structure of a road which once linked Cadiz with Rome, the Via Augusta.Resembling an Andalusian village, the 278 spacious guest rooms are spread in 27 three-storey villas, scattered around 55.000 sq. m. of lush, sub-tropical landscaped gardens, gently cascading down to the Mediterranean Sea. Over 400 species of plant life have been brought to the gardens from all around the world, many literally in a suitcase courtesy of HRH Principe Alfonso de Hohenlohe, the founder of the Puente Romano. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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