We thought that being outside Marbella would spare us from the nightmare that I got every time I thought of the costa del sol. Fortunately, we were right.
However, Urban Villa is something of a double edged sword. On the one one hand, the villa itself is fantastic. It's a modern build in the old style. Think plenty of wood and white walls. I believe the house was built to be two magnificent apartments but it is now one. We stayed at the top of the house in the King suite and it is magnificent up there. The bed is considerably wider than it is long, (go look at your bed to see how luxurious this must feel). There is a huge private balcony, a jacuzzi and the wet room in the bathroom is about as big as my whole bathroom at home. It is situated far enough from Marbella that the town is just part of the phenomenal view yet if you want to drive into town you are only a few minutes away.
Right, that's the good bit. Weirdly, we couldn't quite put our finger on what we didn't like but I've had a chance to think about it so here goes. It turns out that the person running the show has rented the villa and is running it as a business. As a result, there is a certain home from home feeling missing. It felt to us like we were staying in a business rather that being invited into someones home and I think for us that is the difference between a good B&B and a great one. I'm sure that if you bear this in mind you will not be disappointed but if you are looking for the personal touch and warmth of staying in someone's home then look at my review of Meerlust instead.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Urban Villa - Marbella's hidden secret!The Urban Villa is an abode recommended among friends... An idyllic Boutique Villa Hotel with four stunning suites above the city of Marbella. This luxury residence, or as it is called these days 'Boutique Casa' is a haven of peace and yet so close to the famous beaches, golf courses, exclusive Puerta Banus marina & the exciting Andalusian lifestyle only minutes away... Each suite is uniquely furnished with a great sense of creativity combining traditional style with an artistic modern twist, creating a cool contemporary chic atmosphere and magical ambiance. Each suit has individual special features, such as a large private Finnish sauna, Jacuzzi with amazing views, large old fireplace, huge panoramic terraces & even a romantic canopy bed under rustic old wood beams. This privileged private location with breathtaking views of the coastline, Africa and Gibraltar Rock, really make this bed and breakfast stand out from all others!Staying at The Urban Villa is as inspiring as it is comfortable! For those intrigued, we welcome you to come and discover this hidden oasis. The Urban Villa - Boutique Hotel - Marbella ... more less
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