I am a regular visitor to Marbella and usually stay at premium beach hotels but for my off-season visit I wanted smth more cosy, private but still very comfortable. Marbella off season is quite windy so I was looking for a hotel in the old city.
I have chosen Claude Marbella because all of the comments on Trip advisor and that was a perfect visit.
Location is very good, in the heart of old city, with many restaurants and nice shops around. It takes 10 min to walk to the sea but if your visit is off season that can hardly be a disadvantage.
In reality hotel looks even better than on photos, very clean, stylish and comfortable. It still feels brand new (facilities), despite the fact that it operates for some time, maintenance is really good.
Beds are comfortable, heating works perfect (that was important for me as Marbella wind and humidity always make me feel a bit chilly), there is always a person 24 hrs at the desk. But the main thing is service and personal touch: you feel welcome from the first minute and your visit turns more into a family stay. I travelled alone so it was nice to have a company to chat, when you have such a need. But since the hotel has just few rooms you always have your privacy.
Manager and staff are very friendly and ready to help, you get bathrobe of your size, in common areas there is always complimentary good tea (and good tea is rarity in hotels in Spain), infusions, coffee machine and water, good cosmetics in shower,
glossy magazine and water in your room, hotel has a big selection of DVDs, wifi connection is fast. Breakfast is good and terrace on the roof is very charming. Hotel also provides free access to the O2 wellness centre, it takes 15 min walk to get there but it definitely worth it.
I can say that it was one of the rare cases when hotel exceeded my expectations. I will definitely be back and recommend this hotel without any hesitation.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Revamped Royal Townhouse Once the summer residence of Empress Eugenia de Montijo (Napoleon III´s wife), Hotel Claude Marbella is a 17th- century townhouse that has been revamped and restyled to meld authentic period features with modern design, setting a new benchmark in the boutique-is- beautiful league of southern Spanish hotels. This latest chic retreat takes its name from the late Claude Devoize, the French Opera singer, whose home this townhouse was back in the 70s and 80s, hosting endless soirees and cultural gatherings. The focus of Hotel Claude is its marble-flagged patio and its unique romantic roof terrace, overlooking the bustling old town of Marbella. The seven rooms, divided into 6 Superior Deluxe Rooms and 1 Suite, have been designed individually and each boasting their own unique personality and feel, though all come equipped with the latest in comfort and technology. The Suite Francesca is the only room that looks out onto the old town’s main street. A large balcony and a huge floor-to-ceiling window keep it bright and airy, and the high, wood-beamed ceilings and decorative arch leading to the minimalist mosaic-fitted bathroom create a sense of spaciousness. All 6 Superior Deluxe Rooms are located to the back of the building, overlooking neighbouring patios and roofs. Up in the eaves, The Flamand room overlooks the roof terrace and has its own private stairwell leading up to a smart loft-style studio with glossy oak floors and a semi-open-plan bathroom. Listening to the church chime outside and looking out over the steeple, you feel like a princess in a tower. Savannah and North African-themed Marroqui are joined by a courtyard, making them ideal for families or friends travelling together. Small properties can sometimes feel stifling, but not here, and the design incorporates a flurry of velvet, purples, reds and cream colours. Once the a la carte breakfast has been served on the roof terrace or the black and white themed “bijou” style dining room, guests are left to their own devices. Focusing on showing guests a slice of the old Marbella, in addition to the Costa del Sol´s beaches and golf courses, Hotel Claude emphasises on slowing down and enjoying the surroundings. You´d be hard-pressed to find a retreat as slick or private as The Claude anywhere in Marbella. ... more less
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