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Barcelo Marbella
Ranked #13 of 70 Hotels in Marbella
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed April 25, 2013

We had a few days away from 15 to 21 of april at trhis hotel. The season does not start until may so was very quiet. Having said that the service was superb, the food was great as were the rooms. My only sugestion would be to have tea and coffee making facilities in the room. Not a beach hotel. but within reach, lovely part of spain. It would be difilcult to find somthing to complain about.

Room Tip: no bad rooms all good we had two double rooms with conecting dood
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  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with family
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marbellabar, General Manager at Barcelo Marbella, responded to this reviewResponded May 23, 2013

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Reviewed April 23, 2013

In Marbella about 21:30. We too had difficulty finding the place despite having printed off the directions. Eventually used my phone and after what was in total an hour's delay we found the place and there our difficulties and misery finished. But, this review is about the hotel and the difficulty in finding it. Arrived at the door at 23:06.
At reception it was pointed out to me that the parking was 15 Euro per night and if I upgraded at a cost of 30 Euro less my discount The parking was included in the cost of the room. You have to use the Parking as there is no on-street option. We upgraded to a Junior Suite, it was two large rooms and very comfortable, I'll try and attach a photograph. Bath Gowns, slipper, huge bed etc.etc. the accommodation was beyond reproach and we are already looking forward to our next visit.
After some sandwiches, limited choice but it was nearly midnight, we had a wander in the hotel's large gardens around the waterfalls and swimming ponds, perhaps a great place for rest and relaxation.
Next, the breakfast (desayuno) extensive selection of hot and cold, pastries etc. etc. staff on hand to prepare omelettes and pancakes. When an establishment tries to make available, on demand, hot food there is always a conflict with the food being hot and the food drying slightly on top with over heating from the equipment. The hot food suffered slightly from being under the heat for too long.
Would I recommend this Barcelo to a friend, most definitely.
Asked at Reception for directions to Ronda, absolutely no problems following them.
Thanks for a pleasant stay.

Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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marbellabar, General Manager at Barcelo Marbella, responded to this reviewResponded May 23, 2013

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Thank you for your opinion, I´m very pleased to hear that you had a pleasant stay in Barceló Marbella.

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Reviewed March 8, 2013

We stayed for 9 nights late Feb/ early March 2013 and found this hotel excellent. Very clean, massive comfy bed, lovely view over golf course with mountains in the background. Weather wasn't wonderful but hotel nicely warm. Wonderful breakfast - we ate out in the evenings with friends. Staff very helpful and friendly. We would most definitely recommend, and would certainly book again. No complaints whatsoever. Thankyou Barcelo Marbella.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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marbellabar, General Manager at Barcelo Marbella, responded to this reviewResponded May 23, 2013

Dear Guest,

Thank you very much for your opinion, I´m very pleased to hear that you had a pleasant stay in Barceló Marbella.

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Reviewed November 5, 2012

A competent hotel and reasonably worthy of its 4-star rating. Impressive building and nice grounds - set in a very pleasant part of Guadelmina, surrounded by golf courses. Room was spacious and elegant with a very pleasant inland view across the golf course to the mountains; and the AC was quiet but very effective. At the time we went (late October) it was clearly out of season, with not many residents; as a result there were probably less staff on than normal, so service could be a bit slow at times (just one person doing the food and drinks for both the inside bar and the pool area, for instance; and having to leave the bar to go to the kitchen to collect the food). Buffet breakfasts were quite good - nice selection and eggs etc. all cooked fresh to order - but a bit short on luxury items, like smoked salmon - that you would normally expect in a 4-star - the Marriott, for instance. Were very obliging in instantly providing a kettle, which we needed to sterilise things. We chose the hotel because we wanted to travel the whole area and thought it would be a central position - it proved very suitable for this purpose - only 5 minutes in each direction to either the A-7 or AP-7 motorways. With a car, it's about 10 minutes to beaches in San Pedro de Alcantara (very nice area) and about 15 minutes to Puerto Banus, a little longer either into the centre of Marbella or to Estepona. Main drawbacks are if you don't have a car - it's a very long walk to nearest restaurants etc. It's also a little misleading to describe this as Barcelo Marbella - the town is a 20 minute drive away (although it is technically within the Marbella area). Car parking at the hotel is a bit expensive, but it is a rarity in Marbella hotels, so I guess they can justify a premium. There was nearby free street parking, if you were prepared to walk about a quarter mile.
Overall, for business, touring or golf, a very good, comfortable place to stay; and we found the rates compared very reasonably with similar quality hotels in the area.

Room Tip: Quietest overlooking the golf course; but all rooms appeared OK from what we could see.
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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed October 14, 2012

To start with I'll say the interior of this hotel is gorgeous. The rooms are huge and well decorated/maintained. The buffet breakfast was one of the best I've had in Europe.

My problems- we could not find this hotel. Coming in at night with google map directions website directions and a map we got soooo lost. Eventually asked some cops who gave us an escort to the hotel (in her words- there is no way to describe how to get there) When you get there it is not apparent where to go, there is a hidden driveway in front of the building with a sign saying not to stop in the driveway and no place to pull over on the street. Parking is unexpectedly pricey. Given bad directions by the front desk on way out.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with family
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marbellabar, General Manager at Barcelo Marbella, responded to this reviewResponded October 16, 2012

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Reviewed September 28, 2012

I stayed at this hotel at the end of september 2012. we arrived at 2am in the morning and check in was easy and efficient. We found the hotel easily with a sat nav.

The hotel lobby and bar was very nice; and reasonably priced. Pool area was pretty and had a tennis court and childrens play area.

The room was spotless, very large with a well equipped bathroom and balcony. TV had several channels including BBC1, BBC2, ITV1 and Sky News.

The location of the hotel is a little out the way, but if you have a car or are there to play golf, you will be fine. We took a cab to Puerto Banus one night and this cost about 9 euros each way. There is a supermarket, pharmacy and a lovely restaurant called demario's about a 10 minute walk away.

We didn't eat at the hotel, but it looked like a nice restaurant.

My only small gripe was the fact the room did not have an iron, due to the fact they have a extortionately priced laundry service. But if you bring an iron you will be fine.

Would definitely stay there again.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 27, 2012 via mobile

Stayed recently for an event. Efficient, friendly staff. Surrounding pool area pretty. Food pretty nice. Would score the rooms average due to a dated feel.

The lobby also had an overpowering smell of 'country pine' air freshener.

Fantastic wifi connectivity.

  • Stayed: September 2012
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Additional Information about Barcelo Marbella

Address: C/ de Granadillas, s/n. Urb Guadalmina Alta, 29670, Marbella, Spain
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Location: Spain > Andalucia > Province of Malaga > Costa del Sol > Marbella
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#6 Spa Hotel in Marbella
#8 Luxury Hotel in Marbella
#12 On the Beach Hotel in Marbella
Price Range: $89 - $208 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Barcelo Marbella 4*
Number of rooms: 206
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Hotel is in a magnificent natural setting, with one of the largest and best golf courses in Europe, the Guadalmina Golf Club, with a 45-hole course, where Hotel guests can benefit from special rates. All this, together with its wide range of functional facilities for congresses, conventions and incentive travel, large rooms, gastronomy and sports and leisure facilities, make this Hotel the ideal venue for a pleasant stay. ... more   less 
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