This place looks exactly like every other Marriott you've ever been to. It's pretty new, so the big rooms reflect that, have all mod cons, all ensuite, fabulous plasma tvs (we had 4 in our 3-bed!), well-equipped kitchen. Everso slightly dated decor. I agree with the previous reviewer about the hallways - they did have a motel feel, but not shabby at all. We had a balcony with a (cheapish) plastic table for 4. Unfortunately we overlooked some construction, but it wasn't too intrusive or noisy. The odd thing about this site is that it's quite small, and set right in the middle of a residential area, and not a very lovely one, so feels quite hemmed in.
You can easily self-cater, but other than for breakfast, that's not our style, so we ate in the restaurant the first night. Nice enough room- it was a bit too cold for the more attractive terrace option - although several groups did brave it. Slightly spoiled for me by the cheesy entertainer playing MOR standards ("Feelings") along to a backing tape. He played the harp, guitar and keyboard (not all at once), so was clearly versatile and talented, but I did feel like I was on a seniors cruise.
The restaurant was very busy and evidently understaffed. In the end we waited 20 minutes to get a menu/take our drinks orders - and this only happened when we went to the desk to chivvy them up. This was a feature throughout the evening. They do bring you bread and olives which are nice enough but nothing special. Starters were distinctly average. When the mains came, mine was cold and DH's was non-existent. After the requisite chasing (slightly embarassing, boy does that spoil an evening) mine was returned to the kitchen and his appeared shortly thereafter. So we kind of ate in 3 shifts. Didn't stick around for puds but managed to get the bill after about a 15 minute wait. I was tempted to walk and see if they noticed us then.
We didn't complain because 1) we were tired after an early start and 2) we're British. We did try the restaurant for lunch a couple of days later and it was slightly better but not all that. Staff are nice enough but it's not slick. Never saw a manager. Trouble is, there is only one restaurant on site (there's a beach bar in high season) and the nearby options were all a bit honky tonk (right by the busy A7, garish plastic signs, sport on huge TVs) for my liking so we had to go quite far afield to eat. Not ideal for me.
The pool area is lovely, spotless and roomy and you can buy drinks (no service). But the pools were all freezing (even the kids pool!) and therefore empty so the big indoor pool saw a lot of action. The beach is not lovely.
Great facilities for little kids (except for the cold pool, what a shame) and outdoor pool tables, ping pong. We were off season so for that reason I suppose we saw no evidence of any activities although they were timetabled.
This place is nice enough and the rooms are lovely but they're selling timeshares and I cannot imagine anyone wanting to return year after year.
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- Also Known As:
- Marriott`s Playa Andaluza Hotel Estepona
- Marriott Vacation Club Estepona
- Marriotts Hotel Estepona
- Marriott Estepona
- Estepona Marriott
- Marriott Playa Andaluza
- Marriott's Playa Andaluza Estepona, Costa Del Sol, Spain