This was our second trip to the Don Pepe having previously visited in April this year. Once again we had a super 12 day stay. This may not be the grandest of hotels or the most modern but the fabulous location and most of the lovely staff (male reception staff could do with some re-training) make up for any shortfall.
The flat 25 min walk along the marble paved prom into the centre of Marbella old town is such a bonus as is the flat 15 min walk to the port to catch the foot ferry (30min) to Puerto Banus. The walk back from Puerto Banus, again flat prom walk, all the way to the hotel takes about 1 hour 15 mins. The added bonus here are the great restaurants along the way.
We stayed Red Level in room 715 which we had requested having stayed there on our previous visit and loved the view and the Red Level service.
We must make a special mention of Fina (Melia Club staff) who was a delight, she was always around with a happy smile and left no stone unturned when it came to finding out information for us. We would also like to mention the staff at the Champagne and Oyster Bar where we had our nightly Bellinis (free to Red Level clients) they were just super and very friendly and courteous. Another mention has to made with regard to Eva (Spa staff) who gave me probably the best back, neck, shoulder massage ever (ask for her by name).
Ok, so there always has to be a little gripe I suppose... The T-Bone Restaurant is not very good and needs to up its game. The food is bland and not well prepared, do not have the Cod Fish Tempura it is dry and quite frankly revolting, the Sea Bass was poor and served cold - the staff were surprised when we asked for it to be warmed up which they did by microwave - this is not a 5 star service surely. If possible try and eat out of the hotel as there are hundreds of excellent restaurants in the local vicinity.
Breakfast was superb and one could not ask for more from the great buffet and Egg Chef.
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