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La Villa Marbella
Ranked #2 of 70 Hotels in Marbella
Certificate of Excellence
Belfast, Northern Ireland
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19 reviews
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Reviewed May 31, 2006

We booked this hotel based purely on the reviews on this website and we are so glad that we did!

It's a truly beautiful place: we stayed in the 'brand-new' Cottage, a 140 year old house that has been renovated to create 3 bed rooms, situated a few doors from the main hotel. The main hotel has the words 'Bed and Breakfast' on the wall which definitely need to be removed, as this hotel is so much more than a B&B.

The room we were in was reasonably sized, and elegantly furnished. The bathroom was amazing. Outside there was a private landing area with a very comfortable day bed over looking the enclosed courtyard where breakfast was served. In addition, there was a lovely seating area downstairs, and the piece-de-resistance was a gorgeous roof terrace, perfect for a siesta or a late night glass of wine. From the roof terrace, one can see over the roof tops to the mountains, and there is a 16th century church tower right next door.

Breakfasts were served between 8.30 and 11.30, allowing ample time for a leisurely lie-in, and are continental in style-breads, cereals, fruit juice, ham and cheeses. Beware the croissants-they are enormous!

The hotel is only a few minutes walk from the beach and from the main shopping areas.

Marcos, as described, is a wonderful host. We had hired a car in Malaga airport and had a nightmare drive, getting lost several times (road signs? What road signs?!). We arrived in Marbella late at night and couldn't find the hotel-it's tucked away down a beautiful but tiny street in the old town area of Marbella. We phoned him at midnight pleading for directions, and he jumped on his moped to come and rescue us. All of the staff we met were pleasant, friendly and very helpful.

Negative points-well, none really. The hotel is difficult to get at when driving, but that's bcause of it's wonderful location. Parking can be tricky, but that first night Marcos took the car away and parked it for us. I found the bed very firm, but thats my own personal preference: my partner found it very comfortable. Because the house is so old, the steps to the first floor are slightly steep and visitors with mobility problems could find it difficult, but there are rooms on the ground floor. The hotel seems to be geared more towards couples rather than families, but I think some of the rooms sleep 3.

All in all, if you're looking for a standard, boring, identikit hotel with pool, kids club and bar then this isn't the hotel for you. La Villa Marbella is the perfect getaway from people who are looking for something a little bit more special and unique.

  • Stayed May 2006
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Reviewed April 30, 2006

It is all true!! This is a fantastic hotel. Highly recommended!

  • Stayed April 2006
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Reviewed April 27, 2006

We just returned home after spending 8 days at La Villa Marbella and have only the highest praise for Marcos and his staff. His hotel is a gem in a beautiful area. Its Asian decor creates a peaceful oasis, and Marcos and his staff truly pamper their guests. Their attention to detail and ability to anticipate their guests needs is unique. They are freindly without being intrusive, helpful without being overbearing. Marcos is full of suggestions on what cities to visit, the best sites to see, the most satisfying restaruants at which to dine, and he was right on the mark with all of it. Throughout our stay, we felt welcomed, comfortable, and relaxed and hope to return to La Villa Marbella in the near future.

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Reviewed April 16, 2006

If you're looking for a small, quaint, beautiful, clean hotel in the Old Town (Casco Antiguo) of Marbella, stay in this bed and breakfast. It only has four rooms but they are wonderfully decorated with Asian flair. The rooms are clean and trendy. You have a CD player and satellite TV. The bathrooms are large (which is hard to find in Europe) and you get large soft towels and warm bathrobes. Whenever my husband and I left for dinner, we would come back to our bed sheets turned down, chocolate candies on our pillows, our window shutters closed, and music playing on the CD player. Anywhere you want to go in Costa del Sol - ask Marcos, the owner. He will not steer you wrong. You even get to choose from a list of breakfast foods and he and his staff provide you with delicious treats every morning on the roof top overlooking a mountain. The prices are very reasonable. Marcos is so nice and very welcoming. When we were there, another couple staying at the hotel got lost and Marcos went to rescue them - that's the kind of manager and owner he is. We would go back again in a heart beat (Marcos also told us about another Villa Marbella down the street that he is also managing, apparently with more spacious rooms so ask about those as well). Ask Marcos about food - he'll tell you about Bar Altamirano for the best seafood. We also ate at Castillo del Gourmet along the beach in Marbella - great food for a great price within steps from the ocean.

  • Stayed April 2006
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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
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
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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