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Hotel San Cristobal
Ranked #23 of 70 Hotels in Marbella
Brisbane, Australia
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10 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 194 helpful votes
“good value”
Reviewed August 4, 2011

i liked the hotel. the only problem was the internet, some rooms got internet other guests had to go down to the lobby or the 2nd floor to connect to the internet. the staff didnt speak good english. they charge you for using the safe box in the room.

in general the hotel is average.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled solo
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Mattoon, Illinois
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed May 5, 2011

This hotel was nice once you got to it. Its in a very busy section of Marbella, almost impossible to stop outside hotel to offload luggage and check in! Parking is a distance from hotel and is not free! Nice breakfast, but staff not very friendly. Two older men at front desk were pompous, irritable and no help! Young lady tried to help, but as she was new, they over ruled her! Room was ok, very basic, but clean. Wifi available free, but not in your room. Great location for shopping, eating, and nightlife! Bakeries and their goods are to die for! Very difficult area to navigate on your own (we rented a car) as street signs are hard to find and each street twists and turns so much! Park across from hotel was lovely as was the promenade along the beach.

Stayed April 2011
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Kilkenny, Ireland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed September 7, 2010

I was a little bit worried when i booked this hotel as other reviewers mentioned the smell of sewerage but luckily i can i got no unpleasant odour. It's very important to get a room with a balcony as they don't all have balconies. The location is excellent; centrally located between the beach and orange square. The only complaint i have is that while the breakfast is very substantial the orange juice is dreadful....buy your own!! Staff were very helpful.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Bedford UK
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9 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed April 8, 2010

Unpreposessing from the front but a clean and friendly hotel.and excellent value for money. Access to the reception was up an escalator or steps so no good for disabled visitors. Our room was spacious at the front on the top floor giving a superb view of the main street (not noisy at night) and the sea. Mostly Spanish guests, we seemed to be the only English couple there in the week before Easter. Breakfast was the usual fairly unexciting buffet but the lunchtime menu at 11 euros per head seemed good value although we took advantage of beachside cafes as the weather was so good. An easy stroll through the formal gardens opposite to the beach or to the Old Town situated at the rear of the hotel. We would certainly stay there again.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
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Hampshire,England
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
Reviewed February 5, 2010

The position of the San Cristobal was one of the main reasons for booking a Winter week with our friends. It is minutes from the seafront, Old Town and all the shops and restaurants you could wish for. We were impressed with the quality of the hotel and the cleanliness and size of rooms.The staff were helpfull and friendly. The room maids in particular did a very good job.
Hotel car park is a few minutes walk and is safe and secure.
The only downside was that the hotel restaurant was not open in the evenings and as our first night was very rainy it would have been a bonus. However, they provided us with umbrellas and restaurant suggestions.
If you don't need 5 star luxury this is a very good choice and certainly isn't basic. We had previously stayed at the unfriendly and basic El Rodeo (which now seems closed) and the two could not be more different for the same 3 star rating .

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
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Ireland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed September 30, 2009

5 min walk to beach, 3 to the old town. Breakfast is fine, could have included some fresh fruit though. Rooms are very clean & so it didn't matter that the decor was not fashionable. The location of this hotel is perfect for access to the beach, bus routes, shops, restaurants! I would go back.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled with friends
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London
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed September 8, 2009

Excellent location. Good clean rooms with air conditioning. Food was good especially if you like fish. Staff mainly friendly but can be a bit abrupt. It felt like a truely spanish experience. I would definitely go back and stay in this hotel. Shame there is no swimming pool but its close enough to the beach to not worry. Felt like being in the city until you crossed the road (which is very busy but has lights to stop the traffic) and walked through the fountain area to the beaches and bars which were all good. Really reccommend Crusoes which is on the beach, great place to chill out and unwind. Must mention Head Waiter during our stay who was very helpful and friendly. We couldn't read the menu as it was in Spanish..he did a good job of translating it every night. Only disappointment was the staff turning off the lights dead on 10.30 at breakfast and glaring at you if you dared to go and get more! Tip was to go in before 10am. Overall I would definitely reccommend this hotel.

  • Stayed August 2009
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Property: Hotel San Cristobal
Address: Avenida Ramon y Cajal 3, 29601, Marbella, Spain
Location: Spain > Andalucia > Province of Malaga > Costa del Sol > Marbella
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
#4 Best Value Hotel in Marbella
#17 On the Beach Hotel in Marbella
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel San Cristobal 3*
Number of rooms: 96
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Downtown Marbella and 225 mts. from the Beach and the Sea promenade in front of the Alameda ParkShoping, restaurants,bars and Entertainment around the hotel not needing Vehicle.96 rooms (70% with terrace) redecorated between 2003 and 2007) complete bathroom, hair dryer ,telephone,satelite chanel TV, rental safe box, air conditioned and heating.Breakfast buffet. Lunch/dinner waiter service daily menu.Bar and meeting room 100 people with free WIFI.Over 800 private parking places 250 mts around hotel, the hotel owns a limited nº at special fare. Not suitable for phisically handicapped persons.Granted with “Q” Tourism Spanish autorities quality award and ISO14001 environmental management standard ... more   less 
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Residencia San Cristobal Marbella

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