I stayed by myself in a superior double for four days for a mini-break in the sun. Spent most of my time by the pool or on the beach.
Room: bit shabby, good air-con and great little balcony overlooking the beach and pool. The lock on the balcony door kept breaking, but they always had someone up in a flash to fix it. Very secure safe, hard core blackout blind, no noise and fridge had room for your own things. Overall pretty good.
Pool: loads of loungers, water cool, but not cold. 21 meters, so ok for laps.
Beach: get there early to get a lounger. Watch out for jellyfish in the water! stings aren't too bad and they'll give you vinegar from the bar. I think I was just unlucky.
Prices: Reading other reviews before booking I just thought people were over-reacting about the prices... not so! 5 Euros for 400ml of beer, cocktails for 12 -15 Euros (although they are pretty lethal!) These prices are at the bars by the pool and beach, mini-bar and room service, but there are cheaper options if you look: the jug of beer (a pint, still expensive at 6 Euros, but better value) and the small hamburger and chips (about 11 Euros).
Dining: Lovely! They only had the one restaurant open when I was there, but good selection of food, much more reasonable prices compared to the rest of the place, good wines, lovely evening dining on the patio. Very friendly staff. They put the second half of my bottle of wine aside for the next night. Breakfast was fantastic, great spread, including cava.
Staff: Absolutely brilliant, from the reception staff checking in, through house keeping providing extra towels to bar staff customising the burgers, they were all smiling, friendly and couldn't do enough to make sure I was enjoying myself.
I would happily stay here again for a short break as an expensive treat, maybe forking out for a junior suite. You should take taxis into Porta Banus after dark and there is not really anything around the hotel, so think about what you want before booking.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Unbeatable location. This beachfront resort is only 15 minutes walk from the centre of Puerto Banus. Hotel Guadalpin Banus 5* has 181 exclusive rooms decorated with noble materials & luxury finishings, offering splendid views of the Mediterranean Sea in an atmosphere of privacy and rest. You can also enjoy an exclusive and varied gastronomic offer in an idyllic setting: the sea front in Puerto Banus. High Cuisine Restaurants & exclusive Bars, Beach Club & Pool Bar, Fitness Centre & Sauna, Children playground, complimentary Wi-Fi, Meeting rooms will make of your stay the most exclusive and relaxing holiday. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Gran Hotel Marbella