It’s on the other side of the motorway to the beach and the port – which is probably a good thing as it can get quite hectic in Puerto Banús, especially at weekends. A subway (which needs a bit of a spruce-up, frankly) takes you from the hotel under the four lanes of traffic and into the heart of the bling and glitz.
The hotel has a catalogue of plusses but design-led bedroom interiors are not one of them. Modern, average-sized rooms are perfectly clean but lack any real imagination. Or coffee-making facilities. The sea-facing rooms across the pool are your best option, but they go fast.
The refurb has had a big impact for all the right reasons. As its name suggests, the lobby is fashioned to look like a Spanish square (olive trees and terracotta tiles and all) and its size is impressive. The pool area is exactly what you’d expect: busy and it can get noisy around lunch time. I’d recommend you get there early to get yourself a sunbed.
Eating and drinking
With some of the Costa del Sol’s best restaurants a few minutes’ walk away, I hardly ever eat in the hotel. There are several good restaurants nearby, including Terra Sana, next to the hotel and, of course, there’s the port itself.
My friends who’ve stayed here say that the dining options are “basic” and “average.” There is normally an extensive hot and cold buffet for lunch and dinner, and an á la carte menu in high season.
Bragging rights include a gym, two swimming pools, and a small indoor one, plus free access to the large, upscale Marbella Casino right next door.
The staff are friendly and approachable, if a little ‘we’ve seen it all before’ for my liking.
Who stays there
You’ll often come across large same-sex groups such as hen and stag parties and golfers. It’s also a popular place for serious gamblers.
Considering you’re in the heart of one of the country’s most exclusive resorts, it’s reasonably priced. That said, I’d imagine you’ll be eating out more than eating in, so that will push up the price.
- Business Centre
- Fitness Centre
- High-Speed Internet
- Families with teenagers
- Sporty types
- Stag / hen parties
- Live entertainment
- No fuss
Pros & Cons
- Location, location, location
- Average food options
- Lacks ambience