My husband and I stayed at this hotel for four nights in June 2014. I had previously stayed at their sister hotel next door, the Fuerte Miramar but chose this hotel based on the larger pool area (as the Miramar has limited outdoor space for sunbathing).
When we tried to check-in at midday we were advised that our room was not yet ready but they took our luggage for safekeeping and gave us a voucher for complimentary drinks at the terrace bar and advised that it should be ready in 45 minutes. When we went back after an hour we were told it would be another hour for the room as they had been fully booked the night before and therefore had a lot of rooms to clean after departure. Although this was not ideal, it could not really be helped and the hotel is ideally located for nearby restaurants and bars so we just went for lunch close by.
Our double room was a good size, spotlessly clean, lots of wardrobe space and with a large bathroom. We did not pay for a sea view room but had no complaints at the view out to the front of the hotel. There was very little noise from the street as the hotel is set back from the main road. The only thing in the room that I think could be improved on was the hairdryer in the bathroom as it wasn't particularly powerful and I wished I had brought my own. Another niggle was that we were at the end of a corridor, right next to the lifts so it was extremely noisy every time one of the two lifts was used, regardless of whether the lifts came up to the top floor (which we were on) or not. Had I not already unpacked before I realised this and had the hotel not been so busy, I probably would have asked to change rooms.
All of the staff we met were friendly and efficient. Nothing was too much bother. They were happy to phone us taxis whenever necessary, arranged an airport transfer for us and our friends in another hotel and provided additional facilities e.g. an ironing board/iron, within about 20 minutes of asking.
We only ate at the breakfast buffet and there was a great choice to be had and no long queues for tables, even during peak times. There is a decent sized outdoor pool with plenty of sun loungers and a couple of four poster loungers. There is also a large garden area with plenty of sun loungers and a large indoor pool situated in the gardens too. We didn't have any problem getting sun loungers although it was more difficult to get ones in the shade.
The hotel is a 5 minute walk to the Orange Square area with all of its lovely restaurants, bars and shops. On the other side of the wall from the swimming pool is the beach and the promenade is also full of bars, cafes and restaurants which are extremely reasonably priced. A taxi to Puerto Banus is around 15 euros (slightly more late in the evening) or the bus is a couple of euros and the ferry 8.50 euros one way or 15 euros for a return journey.
This is a great hotel with great facilities and staff and a great base for exploring Marbella
- 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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- Also Known As:
- El Fuerte Resort
- El Fuerte Marbella
- El Fuerte Hotel Marbella
- Hotel Fuerte Marbella Andalucia