Marbella Inn Centre

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Address: Calle Jacinto Benavente, Bloque 6, , Marbella, 29600, Spain

Star rating:
3 star hotel

3.8

A three-star base to explore Marbella's famous five-star heritage.

It’s never going to win many accolades for The Best… well, anything, really. But if you’re looking for a cost-effective base to crash at night and somewhere with good access to the beach, then I reckon the Marbella Inn will fit the bill. Although it doesn’t have the wow factor, this well-run hotel is a good alternative to the more luxurious and costlier accommodation in the area.

Location
4.1
90%
Eating/drinking
3.8
90%
Leisure facilities
3.6
90%
Service
3.8
90%
Value for money
3.8
90%
Bedrooms
3.7
90%
Public areas
3.7
90%

Location

Tucked away just off the main road, Avenida Ricardo Soriano, which runs through the heart of Marbella, I’ve walked to the beach in under five minutes from here. There are a couple of well-maintained parks nearby and high street shops, including the likes of Zara and Mango.

Bedrooms

The 24 rooms are verging on being a bit too basic in this day and age and some of the furniture and linen could do with replacing. The slightly mismatching colour schemes (canary yellow walls and sky blue sheets?) and styles make the interior ‘design’ seem a little shambolic to me. That said, the beds are comfortable enough, and the rooms are spotless and have air-conditioning, a fridge and a safe.

Public areas

The lobby is spacious and suggests the rooms will be grander than they are. The business centre and the meeting room are not massive but serve their purpose well, unlike the bar which seems a little cramped and uninviting, which is not helped by the harsh lighting.

Eating and drinking

A continental breakfast is served every day from 8am until 10.30am. There’s a massive selection of fresh pastries and cereals but very little else. You won’t starve but neither would you bother setting your alarm.

Leisure facilities

There’s a small pool and several sun loungers but you’re best off going to the beach. A large living room with sofas, armchairs, a TV and DVD player reminded me of a social room in a residential home.

Service

Helpful and polite. The reception staff are pretty clued-up on local events and attractions.

Who stays there

Business people who have tight bosses and tourists who won’t be spending much time in their hotel rooms.

Price advice

Very reasonable, and there are some good discounts on offer if you book in advance.

Amenities

  • Business Centre
  • High-Speed Internet
  • Parking
  • Swimming Pool

Recommended for

  • Backpackers / Students
  • Business travellers
  • First-time travellers
  • Singles
  • Nightlife
  • Shopping
  • Sightseeing
  • No fuss

Pros & Cons

  • Near the beach and shops
  • Cost effective
  • Feels kind of old fashioned. And not in a retro-chic way
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