We booked this hotel having read other complimentary reviews and have to agree that we and our 2 boys aged 16 and 14 had a wonderful week-long stay here. Our friends had just come back from a week in a five star hotel in Marbella and we looked at that one and couldn't justify the expense (twice the price at over €4,000 for 4 people for 7 nights!). Plus the 5* hotel is inconveniently situated as it turned out in the western end of Marbella away from the Old Town. Buoyed up by positive reviews of this 3 star hotel we took the risk. Not knowing the geography of Marbella we were very fortunate to find that the hotel El Rodeo is perfectly situated on the edge of the Old Town and only 200 yards from the sea front, marina and fabulous beach. Mostly families seemed to be staying, British and Spanish.
The desk staff were polite and helpful, the rooms clean , air-conditioned with good bath/shower and the towels changed frequently. OK the walls are a bit thin but no one complained about us. Our rooms had a fridge and a safe with a €2.50 daily charge which we happily paid. The roof of the hotel has a small pool with welcome shading, a bar, and free and plentiful loungers; we spent a lot of time up here reading and splashing about. Breakfast was the usual buffet affair; we didn't use the restaurant preferring local Tapas. We booked excursions (Costa Africa tours) to Gibralter (worthwhile) and Tangier (memorable!) at the helpful travel agent across the road from the hotel, although on our last day we noted the same trips could be booked at the hotel desk but were slightly more expensive for some reason.
So if you want somewhere convenient, relatively inexpensive and are basically an undemanding, relaxed sort of traveller who doesn't want a lot of facilities that you are not going to use then this fits the bill.
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- Also Known As:
- El Rodeo Marbella
- El Rodeo Hotel Marbella