Like many other reviewers I feel that 4* is very generous. Decor - tired, but the cleaning staff and gardeners do a very good job.
Food - at first seemed very good but soon became ordinary. But breakfast was excellent. Don't know what it is about Spanish eggs and bacon, but I can't say that I've ever had better.
Entertainment 9.30 pm was kids disco for 45 mins even in October! and cabaret!!!!! at 10.15. This was poor. One night bingo, another dancing competition, Flamenco on another (didn't bother!), Varieties consisted of the hotel entertainment team dancing to some very odd choreography, and live music one night but again didn't bother. Basically it was all too poor and too late.
Having booked with Jet2.com, I would have expected a few brits. Yes there were a few, but Jet2 did absolutely nothing to bring them together. There's a book in the lobby of the dining room, in a rack with all the other foreign tour operators literature. This is where you find that the Jet2 rep isn't the kind who "bothers" you during your holiday and if you need to contact them then there's a mobile number to get them "in case of emergency". A little bit of effort on their part could have changed the experience of many Brits.
Excursions!! Listed on a small card at reception. Gibralta, Cadiz, Nerja, Ronda etc.. After hearing from another couple who had done the Cadiz trip which cost them E62 each, only to find that everybody else on the trip (from other hotels) had only paid E40.
Hotel shop - not much variety and not cheap.
And DON'T GET ILL. Elderly lady had a fall and after a couple of days her knee was very bruised. So much so that she felt she needed a doctor, so got reception to call one. Despite having her Euro health card, this cost her E90. (See daily Telegraph report on Spanish health charges which infers that hotel receptions and taxi drivers are in cohoots with doctors and hospitals and taking backhanders!)
And finally to the title of this review. If you're a sun worshipper you'll never need to leave the site. But if you want to get off the site, it's about 200m to the main road. The road resembles the A1M. Dual carriageway with crash barriers both sides, and 2m high crash barrier in the middle. There's a pedestrian walkway next to the crash barrier, but seriously, you do not want to go for a walk down this road, The only way of crossing this road is over foot-bridges about every kilometer or so, but if you do cross over, there's 20% of not very much when you get over there.
For us, I'm afraid we'll never be going back to the Marbella area.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This marvellous tourist resort situated in Marbella, which imitates the style of an Andalusian town, offers fully equipped cottage type rooms and a fantastic themed pool with slides for the little ones. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Lti Marbella Playa Hotel Marbella
- Lti Hotel Marbella
- Hotel Marbella Playa