Hotel Don Alfredo

Calle Portada 11, Marbella, Costa del Sol, Spain, 29600

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By George Prior, your Marbella expert

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#19 of 20
expert-rated hotels in Marbella
Expert overall rating:3.6 out of 5
Location:
4.2
4.2
Bedrooms:
3.5
3.5
Eating/drinking:
3.4
3.4
Public areas:
3.2
3.2
Leisure facilities:
0
N/A
Service:
3.7
3.7
Value for money:
3.8
3.8
Recommended for:
Backpackers / Students, Couples, Families with teenagers, Singles, Art, Design and architecture, No fuss, Shopping, Sightseeing

Expert review of Hotel Don Alfredo

Great budget option in the heart of Marbella's casco historico.

While Don Alfredo will never win any style awards, its location right by the 9th-century Arabic alcazar of Marbella's old town takes some beating. Even better, you can stop your car right outside to unload and there may even be somewhere nearby to park. It's a fairly ugly modern building, but once inside it has a pleasant, no-nonsense ambience and a decent café/restaurant on the ground floor. Fully refurbished in 2008, it still feels nice and new.

Location: 

In the heart of the historic quarter of Marbella, you are on a relatively quiet street and just five minutes' walk to the beach and two minutes into the old town. I particularly like the rarely seen view from the bedrooms at the front of the old, historic alcazar of Marbella old town.

Bedrooms: 

All the 17 bedrooms have pleasant views, either to the evocative walls of the ancient Moorish fortress in front of the hotel, or at the back up to the soaring peaks of the Sierra Blanca. The rooms are simple and quiet, apart from at school times just before nine and at 2pm, thanks to its scholarly next door neighbour. All rooms are standard and it is difficult to single any out, but for extra quiet you might opt for one of the rooms facing inland. Given the low price, you are doing well, with a TV and DVD, plus air-conditioning and central heating in winter. There is even free WiFi. And you get a full-size bath.

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Public areas: 

The foyer is a pleasant place, with mauve wallpaper and wooden floors. Next door is the excellent café - with bright paintings, chandeliers and simple, wooden furniture - which serves up basic tapas and drinks all day long.

Eating and drinking: 

The café downstairs is often busy in the day, particularly with its reasonable menu del dia, and you can have breakfast here - a coffee and a tostada (toast) – for just 2.40 euros.

Service: 

Simply and unfancy.

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Who stays there: 

Local businessmen, civil servants and anyone looking for a great budget spot in the centre.

Price advice: 

This is a simple hotel, but finding rooms for this low price in Marbella old town is a great deal. The hotel is always busy in summer, so you had better book fast if you want to come in August.

Pros: 
Excellent central Marbella location
Top budget option
Cons: 
Bit noisy at school times in the morning

More information on Hotel Don Alfredo:

Type:
Hotel
Address:
Calle Portada 11, Marbella, Costa del Sol, Spain, 29600
Amenities:
High-Speed Internet

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