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Review of Hotel Fuerte Marbella

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Hotel Fuerte Marbella
Ranked #8 of 71 Hotels in Marbella
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Waterford, Ireland
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11 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Wouldn't hesitate to return”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 May 2014

This was my second time staying in this hotel and it won't be the last.
Hotel very well situated near the quaint little old town, which has plenty
of restaurants and small shops.
Exit the back of the hotel with your key card and you are on the lovely
prom next to the beach. This promenade is stacked with restaurants also
and it actually brings you all the way to puerto banus. I hired a bike
which was organised for me by the hotel and cycled to puerto banus, I would
highly recommend this.
Breakfasts were good, great selection of everything and the gym was fantastic.
It's the best hotel gym I have ever been in and this was a big thing for me.
Rooms basic enough, but kept very clean and has tea/coffee making facilities.
Staff multi-lingual and friendly. I would have no hesitation in recommending
this hotel to anyone and I wouldn't stay anywhere else in marbella.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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3 Thank wellknoxy
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FMARBELLA, Gerente at Hotel Fuerte Marbella, responded to this review, 12 May 2014
Thank you very much for staying with us for the second time and for your review. We are very glad to know your stay was so pleasant, and you enjoyed our Club Fuerte Sport for free. We very much appreciate you comment about the staff being multilingual and friendly.
We all look forward to welcoming you soon again.
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Dublin, Ireland
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36 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 May 2014

Spent 5 nights here just past. To add to what has been covered in previous reviews as well as repeat the great location, the big thing here is the utterly charming terrace that gets all day sun but provides dappled shelter under two lovely pine trees. I will return for this alone.

Also very Spanish, as in friendly and relaxed. Bit too relaxed among the waiters on the terrace but that is no big deal in the circumstances.

Rooms of variable size, sea views seem to mean uplift in size, no scope for that when we stayed, it was full. Got on with enjoying the lovely weather .

Would recommend for lovers of a quiet time and seniors.

Room Tip: Go for sea view and check for room size.
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank CalmTraveller75
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FMARBELLA, Gerente at Hotel Fuerte Marbella, responded to this review, 12 May 2014
We thank you for your 5 night stay and your review. It is great to hear that you enjoyed so much sitting in our Pinetree terrace that you consider coming back just for it.

Regarding rooms with sea view, please make sure you make your reservation quite in advance as these are the most demanded rooms. Furthermore, cancellation conditions are very flexible for bookings made through our central reservation office and our website.

We look forward to your next visit.
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Leknes, Norway
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 April 2014

Was here from thursday to sunday, i liked the location, rooms, food, close to centrum, enjoyed all the days, i think i come back this place in not so many years. the stuff and the washers are very polite also.

Room Tip: i got room 343 very practical, close to the elevator, and nice view, balcony, 2 washes, all you need
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank raino84
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FMARBELLA, Gerente at Hotel Fuerte Marbella, responded to this review, 12 May 2014
Thank you for choosing Fuerte Marbella for your weekend stay, and thank you also for your review. I am very glad to hear that liked the food, you found staff very polite and location was convenient to you.
The team & I look forward to welcoming you soon again.
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Virginia Water, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 April 2014

Very clean hotel, good selection of food , excellent situation. We were on the 6th. Floor with NO AIRCONDITIONING !! While the room was comfortable we could not sleep because of the stifling heat. We were told the air.con. was not working and fans were not supplied. Because of lack of sleep we were glad to come home.

Room Tip: Make sure air conditioning is working before you unpack, otherwise demand another room. We wish we...
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Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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4 Thank Avril R
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FMARBELLA, Gerente at Hotel Fuerte Marbella, responded to this review, 9 May 2014
Thank you very much for your stay in April and for your review. We are happy to know that our location was excellent for you.
Regarding the air conditioning, the hotel is fully AC, however we have a central aircon system, that means we have heat in the Winter and cool air in the Summer. It has been quite warm during the day in April, but at night the temperature goes down to 12 ºC and therefore majority of guests would not wish to have cool air then. Temperatures have stabilized now and at night minimum average is 16ºC during the day 24ºC, so we have changed already to cool air. I am so sorry this was an inconvenience for you.
The team & I are very grateful for your stay and would very much like to welcome you again.
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Swansea, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 April 2014

Location of this hotel excellent and the facilities very good. Constantly kept waiting for service though. Due to flight changes had pre requested a late check out and had confirmed , but then told this was not possible by reception staff,.Also, clientele at this hotel mainly elderly.

Room Tip: Request a romm away from lifts.
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank Tina D
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FMARBELLA, Gerente at Hotel Fuerte Marbella, responded to this review, 2 May 2014
Thank you for staying with us and for your review which will help us improve our service. We are glad to know that you consider our location excellent and our facilities very good.
We are already taking some action for a quicker service. Thanks again.
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 April 2014

We have now stayed at the Hotel Fuerte Marbella twice - once last summer and our second visit in March of 2014. We really like this hotel. The interior is a bit dated but it was always clean and the decor is in good nick. The staff are very friendly (English as a second language could be a bit hit and miss but that encouraged us to practice our Spanish). The breakfast buffet is well suited for vegetarians (and meat eaters), with a great selection of cheeses, fruit, pastries, and an egg and pancake station. The dinner buffet is fine as well (again, good selection for vegetarians) but a bit on the pricey side if you are just having salad and vegetables, and some things felt a bit like ‘experimenting with left-overs’. It is a good option if you are knackered after a long day trip and just want to stay in the hotel though.

The hotel is also ideally located. It is tucked away on a side street with the Old Town about a 5 minute walk away and the main road and motorway within easy access for day trips. The hotel is also directly located on the boardwalk.

As for rooms - on our first stay last summer we stayed in a standard 'garden' view room. This was very comfortable and quiet. I say this as they had live music most nights in the summer. The set-up for this is directly under the sea view rooms. We stayed in a sea view in March and the room was really lovely but we did wonder what it would be like with the musician in the summer.

There is an actual gym attached to the hotel which was a bonus (not one of these token efforts). The hotel also has two pools - one which is a designated lap pool. Last summer, my husband was training for a tri and this hotel was perfect!! He was able to do spinning in the gym, go for runs on the boardwalk and do laps in the pool.

We only thing I would say was that the hotel (and Marbella in general) seems to have two seasons – in the summer the hotel was full of families and couples. In the spring it was mostly elderly and Irish golfers. This was fine, but made for a different vibe than our summer trip. This was also mirrored in the Old Town when we would go out for dinner and not a negative on the hotel in any way!!

We will definitely be going again!!!!

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank lmue
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FMARBELLA, Gerente at Hotel Fuerte Marbella, responded to this review, 2 May 2014
Thank you for staying with us and for your review. We are so glad to hear that really like our hotel and our sports center which is free for hotel guests, with the covered heated pool in the winter, sauna, Turkish baths and many more activities.
Regarding music in the summer, yes, we have live music almost every night; however we only have the performance outside on the terrace until midnight. Then the music goes on inside the bar.
The team and I look forward to your next visit.
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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2014 via mobile

The location is excellent ... Right on the beach ... 5 minute walk to the old town and shops

The breakfast buffet ... Very good selection

Service... Everyone very nice and friendly and willing to help

Cost ... We went low season and it was a bargain ... Worth every penny

Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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FMARBELLA, Gerente at Hotel Fuerte Marbella, responded to this review, 2 May 2014
Thank you for staying with us and for your review. We are so glad to hear that our location was excellent for your, right on the beach and 5 minute walk to the old town and shops; that you enjoyed our very good selection for breakfast. We are proud to hear that everyone was friendly and willing to help. We all look forward to welcoming you soon again at Fuerte Marbella.
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Property: Hotel Fuerte Marbella
Address: Calle El Fuerte s/n, 29602, Marbella, Spain
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Region: Spain > Andalucia > Province of Malaga > Costa del Sol > Marbella
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Top resorts Hotel in Marbella
#4 Luxury Hotel in Marbella
#7 On the Beach Hotel in Marbella
#9 Family Hotel in Marbella
#11 Romantic Hotel in Marbella
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Fuerte Marbella 4*
Number of rooms: 263
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Fuerte Marbella, the most emblematic hotel in the centre of Marbella, combines tradition and innovation. On the beach front and surrounded by 4000 sq. Meters of garden, Fuerte Marbella Hotel is an oasis walking distance to the Marbella old town, with restaurant and shops. Most of the rooms have magnificent views of the Mediterranean sea. A 7 km long beach promenade allows gentle walking to the famous Puerto Banus, with international shopping and restaurants. Fuerte Marbella offers a complete sports centre with covered heated pool (winter only) and a beach restaurant with sun beds (extra charge, summer only). Easy access from Malaga International airport (60 km) by rental car, shuttle bus or private transfer (book through the hotel). Public direct bus to Marbella bus station is also available. ... more   less 
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El Fuerte Resort
El Fuerte Marbella
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