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“We will return!”
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La Villa Marbella
Ranked #2 of 71 Hotels in Marbella
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Auchterarder, United Kingdom
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“We will return!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 21, 2013

La Villa Marbella is a collection of lovely houses of differing styles scattered around the old town, with Tapas bars and restaurants all within a few minutes walk.
My wife and I have just stayed in the lovely Bintan room in the "Courtyard" building for 8 nights. This room, decorated in beautiful pale Duck egg Blue, has a small terrace, and steps down to the pool and courtyard area where breakfast is also served, it is a also a super spot for a bit of lounging around in the afternoons.
There is a king sized bed, separate (beautifully tiled) w.c. & bathroom. The large wash basin has well lit mirror above and a great shower. We had fresh towels and bedding changed on a regular basis. The service here is a personal as you could wish for without being invasive, Marcos and his dedicated team are professional.

There are so many fantastic comments from guests who have spent holidays with this wonderful team that it is impossible to add anything new. We have no doubt that, like many others, we cannot wait for "the next visit"

This would be an ideal place to spend a few days in the "out of season" period.

Well done Marcos!

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 20, 2013

Of all of the hotels in all the world this is by a long, long way our favourite. Marcos and his fantastic staff treat all guests like family and look after your every need. From restaurant recommendations to booking trips to Morocco nothing is too much trouble. My luggage was lost this trip and the Villa Marbella team took care of tracking it, liaising with the airline and ensuring its safe arrival 24 hours later. The Villa Marbella is like a cherished friend - you may only meet once a year but you look forward to it and know it is going to be wonderful encounter. Stay there. it really is that good and Marcos, Bolli and the team go out of their way to make it extra special.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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Bournemouth
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 17, 2013

We stayed here at Christmas 2012 from Boxing Day for four nights. Not sure what to add to all the other brilliant reviews, but this place just is brilliant. The location, the rooms, the service, the breakfast, the personal attention to your needs by the owner. Everything is just what it should be. Seems to good to be true..........................it isn't. You still feel as if you are staying in an area frequented and lived in by locals. laying in bed listening to the sound of voices drifting in through the windows, food smells etc. The whole ambiance of the place is just wonderful. We had the Saigon room, beautifully decorated with a little balcony overlooking the pool and a front juliet balcony overlooking the very quiet street. Highly recommend this hotel, but please don't ruin it for me by you all turning up at the same time

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 16, 2013

We stayed for just one night in Villa Marbella, and what a wonderful stay!
We were a family (2 adults, 2 small children) and had booked a 2-room suite. Upon arrival we found otu we'd been upgraded to the Sarawak duplex, with 3 bedrooms, living room, full kitchen and 2 bathrooms. The proprietor told us the next day he thought we would be more comfortable there, with two children - what a nice treat for just a one-night stay!
The duplex was lovely with lovely decors and very comfortable beds. The whole of Villa Marbella is situated in the old town of Marbella, in quaint little streets (very little traffic).
Breakfast was amazing - they ask you to fill in an order form the night before, and then serve a wonderful, freshly cooked breakfast for you the next day. The breakfast waitress was very friendly and helpful, and already had a babychair ready for our youngest (just under 2 years). The proprietor came around and greeted the guests, and took the time to talk to new guests. Lovely, and very personal service!
Looking at the other guests, I assume families aren't the most common guests at this hotel, but I have no hesitations recommending this to other families, given their hospitality and willingness to provide just that little extra to make a family stay a real vacation.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 16, 2013

We booked two adjoining rooms for a week during July 2012 on the strength of the Trip Advisor reviews. I must admit that I couldn't understand how any hotel could be that perfect. Now I can. From the moment we exchanged the first email to the moment we bade our new friends a fond farewell, everything was "that perfect".
We discussed our needs (one room for our teenage children and one for my wife and I) with the owner and he mailed us photos of the rooms and outlined the various possibilities, which ranged from a small town house for our exclusive use, to two adjoining rooms on the first floor of another building, which is where we ended up. We were sent instructions how to get there, where to park and telephone numbers to call when we arrived or if we got lost.
We had no problems at all finding the nearby car park and then the hotel reception where we were booked in with the minimum of fuss and escorted to our rooms in a nearby building. As reported elsewhere, the hotel consists of five separate buildings all close to each other in the old town in Marbella and you have access to all the buildings. There is a pool and sun terrace in one of them, reception area and breakfast terrace in another and public areas of one sort or another in the others and this unusual concept actually works very well. We had exclusive use of the entire first floor in one of the buildings and the smart design meant we could turn it into a two bedroomed flat with two bathrooms. The rooms were just as beautiful as the photos suggest. Beds are very comfortable, there is plenty of cupboard space and the bathrooms are superbly appointed. We had everything we needed, including a safe in each room. You probably wouldn't want to visit Marbella to watch TV but it's worth noting that they provide satellite TV with dozens of channels in several languages, including the most popular UK channels (BBC and ITV 1, 2 and 3 etc), but you'll probably need initial advice on which buttons to press on the remote controls.
The management specialise in advice. Best beaches, restaurants, day trips, car parking, shopping, airport transfers, etc etc. If they didn't know the answer (which is very unusual) they will find out for you and every single staff member will help you in a friendly and efficient manner. We really couldn't find any fault at all with either the hotel or the staff. It may be a good idea if they could set up some sort of common bar area where guests could meet up early evenings for a drink before exploring the old town, but it's not something that you'd really miss unless your main objective is to meet the other hotel guests. In which case, I suppose you could sit up on the breakfast terrace every morning and take a couple of hours to eat your pre ordered fresh breakfast. I could certainly think of worse ways of starting the day.
Very highly recommended, we will most certainly be back.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Whitby, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 15, 2013

We have just returned from a five night stay at La Villa Marbella, we booked this hotel after reading the reviews on Tripadvisor.
We used the bus from the airport to the bus station at Marbella, which was very easy to do, we used a taxi to get from bus station to hotel.
The hotel is right in the centre of the old town, a fantastic location; as other reviews have said it is not one building but a series of buildings all very close together. We were in the ‘Design’ building in the Cherating room, after being greeted by Marcos and paperwork filled in with Ben we were shown where the Courtyard building with a pool was and then taken to the Design and our room. It would be fair to say that the photos on the website are accurate, if anything the room is even better in real life. We had booked this room as we particularly wanted some outside space, which was provided on the terrace. The design building has just four rooms one on the ground floor and two on the first floor with the door to the Cherating room also on the first floor, once through the door there is a short flight of steps to the lounge area which had a TV , sofa, wardrobe and safe etc, a sliding door led into the bedroom area with a door into the bathroom and a door onto the terrace. The room was spotlessly clean, the mini bar was well stocked with a variety of both alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks and some chocolate. We were provided with beach towels as well as bathroom towels and robes, the terrace was beautiful with reclining chairs and a hot tub, (it is described as a Jacuzzi on website but in reality it is a hot tub) which was lovely to sit in when we had a day of not great weather. Breakfast in the main building was served on the roof terrace by lovely helpful staff. All the staff were friendly and courteous, Marcos and Ben were more than helpful with suggestions for days out and bars/restaurants to use, which helped to make our stay more enjoyable.
All in all we thoroughly enjoyed our time at La Villa Marbella and will definitely be returning.

Room Tip: If possible try for one with a terrace
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Berlin, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 14, 2013

Great location in the old town and a lot of excellent attention to detail in the rooms, which are very to a very high standard. However, the main thing which made this hotel stand out was the friendliness and helpfulness of the staff. Extremely nice and always providing you with tips on what to see and where to eat, drink etc. We got some great advice which we wouldn't have got from a travel book. This hotel should be on the top of your list if you are planning a visit to Marbella!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: La Villa Marbella
Address: Calle Principe 10 | Old Historic Town, 29601, Marbella, Spain
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Location: Spain > Andalucia > Province of Malaga > Costa del Sol > Marbella
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Marbella
#2 Family Hotel in Marbella
#4 Business Hotel in Marbella
#7 Best Value Hotel in Marbella
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:1 star — La Villa Marbella 1*
Number of rooms: 25
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
La Villa Marbella Charming Hotel is located inside the romantic Old Town of the internationally renowned Marbella. The 150 years old house has been fully refurbished and the 4 suites carry a very cozy Asian Style. The rooms are full equipped: air conditioner, heater, ceiling fan, TV satellite, stereo chain, ads, mini bar, safety box, electronic keys, telephone with private voice mail and full amenities in the bathroom. From the terrace, during the breakfast or relaxing in our Chinese Lounge, you will enjoy stunning views of the Sierra Blanca, Old Town and the Castle Walls. 3 minutes walk to the famous Orange Square and its selected bars and restaurants, 7 minutes walk to the beach or 10 minutes by car to the famous Marina Puerto Banus and its nightlife , La Villa Marbella gives you the tranquility of the Old Town yet close to the interesting points of the city. You will come back !! ... more   less 
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